Some Pixel owners can’t wait until Monday

If you’re a Pixel owner running the Android 13 QPR2 beta, Monday could be your chance to exit the beta program without having to wipe your phone. Hey, nobody likes being forced to erase the data from his or her device, especially if it wasn’t backed up to the cloud. But once you install the stable version of the beta (known as March Pixel Feature Drop), you have about a week to exit the program without penalty.

Well, that’s important. We’ll walk through the steps you need to take to exit the beta in a moment, but only follow these instructions once the stable version has been installed on your Pixel. You can find the update as soon as it’s released (hopefully Monday) by going to Settings > System > System update. When the update appears, follow the download and install instructions.

How to exit the Android 13QPR2 Beta program after installing the stable update

Once you have the stable version of March Pixel Feature Drop installed on your Pixel, tap this link or go to Tap the View Eligible Devices button and you will be taken to an image of your Pixel model. Below the image is a rectangle that says “Log Out.” Tap on it and follow the prompts to end the beta program.

The feature, which allows a Pixel user to lower the resolution of their phone’s display, could be part of Monday’s feature drop

It’s not clear what features will appear in Monday’s release, but one that became available for my Pixel 6 Pro after I joined the QPR2 beta could be coming as part of March’s Pixel Feature Drop. Originally released with the Pixel 7 series, this feature allows Pixel users to toggle the on-screen resolution from 1440p QHD+ to 1080p FHD+. This puts less strain on the battery and you can switch back and forth at any time. When I plan to be out and about for a few hours, I switch from full resolution (1440p) to high resolution (1080p) to extend the battery life on my phone. I usually do this while turning on the Battery Saver option to get more battery life out of my handset. To turn on Battery Saver, go to Settings > Battery Saver and enable Use Battery Saver. The phone enters dark mode and limits background operations to reduce phone battery drain.

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When Google launches the Android 14 beta program, be sure to join here

Google is currently running Android 14 Developer Preview 1. The Android 14 beta program, designed for public use, starts next month. Platform stability is expected in June and July, followed by the final stable version of Android 14, which could be released in August. Android 13 was officially launched on August 15, 2022.

It’s not considered wise to install an early beta version of Android on your Pixel if the device is your daily driver. That’s because beta software is notoriously unstable. Battery life decreases, some apps and features (including some you rely on) may not work. You may want to wait for the beta to reach platform stability before joining the Android 14 beta program. This occurs when all developer APIs and underlying system behaviors are complete.

With Platform Stability, developers assume there will be no more changes that affect their apps. Of course, there’s no guarantee you won’t run into issues, but if you’re dying to be the first in your block with Android 14 running your Pixel, you should probably join the beta program.

Pixel models receiving Android 14 include the Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro. Once Google opens the Android 14 beta program next month, we’ll be happy to show you how to join the program.