With the release of Android 12 QPR3 Beta 1.1 for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Google today also announced that it will soon offer testers the option to exit the Android Beta program at the end of each cycle without having to reset their device.
Earlier this month, Android 12L testers were unable to easily upgrade to a stable 12.1 version before upgrading to QPR3, as disabling the Android Beta program resulted in their device wiping data. A workaround for not losing your data was to manually sideload version 12.1 on Android 12L Beta 3, but this had to be done before QPR3 Beta 1 was installed.
Android beta will allow you to opt-out of the final version without data loss
Following numerous complaints, Google will ensure that all Android devices running the beta have the option to forego the final build without having to wipe data for a limited time, until the next beta update is applied so that users don’t have to continually test previews.
This option will only be offered upon completion of a beta cycle, but it is unclear how much time will be granted before a new preview starts. This policy is in line with how Android 12 in October offered a window of opportunity to deregister without restoring the device before the 12L beta began in December.
Google confirmed today that the stable public version of QPR3 will be released in June and once users receive the final version they will be able to unsubscribe from the beta program, via google.com/android/beta, without having to reset their device.