How to Test One UI 5 and Android 13 on Your Samsung Galaxy Phone

Every year, Samsung Galaxy users are able to enroll in a beta program that allows them to test out the latest upcoming version of One UI and the new version of Android. Along with the ability to try new features before its public release, users can report bugs to aid in developing stable software for mass rollout.

Galaxy users can once again join this program to test out One UI 5 and Android 13, and signing up for the beta is straightforward. We’ll walk you through the process of enabling these beta features.

One UI 5 and Android 13 Beta Features on Galaxy Devices

One UI 5 and Android 13 are on the horizon, and they bring with them a plethora of features and general quality-of-life improvements. While most of what we expect from Samsung’s One UI 5 comes from leaks, One UI 5 is expected to redesign the Galaxy’s permissions and security options. You should also look forward to improvements in navigation and Bixby.

Android 13 will come with a slightly tweaked design and UI. There will also be changes to individual app notification permissions, improved device pairing, a new privacy dashboard, and a few more features.

Galaxy S22 devices in the United States, United Kingdom, the Republic of Korea, China, Germany, India, and Poland can participate initially. Access may be expanded to other countries and models in the future.

Can You Roll Back to a Previous Version of Android?

Beta features can be messy and hinder your device’s performance, as you might expect. This is something to consider before opting into the beta program. Un-enrolling in the beta is possible for most devices, but rolling back to a previous version of One UI and Android will wipe your device.

So, before you sign up, be sure to back up all your data on your Samsung phone. This way, in the event that you aren’t pleased with One UI 5 and Android 13, rolling back to Android 12 won’t mean losing everything on your Galaxy phone.

Pixel 6 users don’t have the option to roll back, and this is due to a feature implemented by Google that prevents an older version of Android from loading while a new version is present during the boot process. Attempting to roll back after Android 13 has been installed, or failing to install Android 13 on both A and B partitions of the Pixel 6’s storage, could cause the device to stop booting.

How to Install One UI 5 and Android 13 on a Samsung Galaxy

To begin the installation process for One UI 5 and Android 13, you have to download the Samsung Members app. Launch the app once it’s ready.

  1. Once you’re on Samsung Members, sign in using your Samsung Account.
  2. On the home page, there will be a banner labeled Registration for One UI Beta Program. Fill this out to proceed.
  3. Now exit the app and go to Settings > Software update > Download and install. Your Samsung device will scan for updates, find the now available beta update, and begin the installation process as normal.

With the beta installed, you can now test the latest One UI 5 and Android 13 features. In doing this, you have the opportunity to report bugs and suggest features to help improve the experience for future users, when the software eventually rolls out to the public.

Enjoy the Latest One UI 5 and Android 13 Features

The beta will surely offer its fair share of bugs, but if you’re willing to endure the occasional incompatible app, you can help shape One UI 5 and Android 13 into a better update for everyone else.

With enhanced privacy features, redesigned notification settings, improved pairing, granular media permissions, an updated camera app, new themes, and new emojis, there should be plenty to enjoy.

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