How To Install Android Q Beta On The ASUS ZenFone 5Z

ASUS just announced the release of Android Q Beta for ZenFone 5Z smartphones! You lucky few will be the first in the world to try the new features of Android Q!

In this guide, we will teach you how to install Android Q Beta into your ASUS ZenFone 5Z smartphone, and share with you the benefits of upgrading to Android Q!

 

What Is Android Q?

Android Q is the next-generation Android operating system that will supersede Android P (Android Pie) that is currently running in the latest Android smartphones.

When it launches, Android Q will bring with it a bevy of new features, which include :

  • A Dark Theme : Android Q now has a system-wide Dark Theme. Activate Dark Theme in Settings, or by turning on Battery Saver.
  • Suggested actions in notifications : You can now take action on messages with suggested actions in notification.
  • Prioritised notifications : You can decide whether an app’s notifications are interruptive or gentle. Interruptive notifications will make noise, vibrate, and appear on your lock screen, whereas gentle ones will not. Android Q also introduces algorithms to automatically determine whether notifications should be interruptive.

 

The Android Q Beta Programme

The Android Q Beta programme gives you access to an early build of Android Q, letting you experience Android Q ahead of its launch.

How To Install Android Q Beta On The ASUS ZenFone 5Z
Needless to say, this is NOT the final build, so there are some bugs or known issues in the current version :

  • SD cards with exFAT format are not supported.
  • There is no beep when the volume up or volume down buttons are pressed. The beep still works with other functions.

 

Android Q Beta For ASUS ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL)

ASUS is providing an Android Q Beta firmware for their ASUS ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL) smartphone. Please note that :

  • The firmware is for ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL) only. Do NOT attempt to install it on other ZenFone models.
  • Android Q Beta updates are sometimes not as stable as official ASUS firmware updates. By installing this update, you accept the potential risks.
  • Please be aware that installing the system image on a device removes all personal data from the device, so you should back up your data first.
  • Please follow the instructions below to opt-in via Fastboot. Should you require any onsite help, please visit your nearest ASUS customer service center.

 

How To Install Android Q Beta On The ASUS ZenFone 5Z

We separate the steps below for different operating system. But in all cases, download the Android Q Beta for ZenFone 5Z image file first.

Microsoft Windows

  1. Please ensure battery level is higher than 20% before you begin.
  2. Hold down the Power and Volume Up buttons until the ZenFone 5Z reboots.
  3. When it reboots, you’ll see Fastboot Mode appear on the fourth line on the screen.
  4. Connect your ZenFone 5Z to your PC using its USB cable.
  5. Decompress the Android Q Beta image file you downloaded earlier.
  6. Double click on “update_image.bat” and it will start the flash image command.
  7. While the flash process is underway, do NOT unplug the USB cable, and ensure a stable connection between your ZenFone 5Z and PC.
  8. When the flash process finishes, a ‘Download Complete’ message will appear on the terminal.
  9. Hit the Enter key on the keyboard to restart your ZenFone 5Z.

If a ‘Update image failed’ message appears on the terminal, the flash was unsuccessful. In this case, please try again or report the issue.

Ubuntu

  1. Please ensure battery level is higher than 20% before you begin.
  2. Hold down the Power and Volume Up buttons until the ZenFone 5Z reboots.
  3. When it reboots, you’ll see Fastboot Mode appear on the fourth line on the screen.
  4. Connect your ZenFone 5Z to your PC using its USB cable.
  5. Decompress the Android Q Beta image file you downloaded earlier.
  6. Open the terminal on the image’s path, and run “update_image.sh” on the terminal to start the flash image command.
  7. While the flash process is underway, do NOT unplug the USB cable, and ensure a stable connection between your ZenFone 5Z and PC.
  8. When the flash process finishes, a ‘Download Complete’ message will appear on the terminal.
  9. Hit the Enter key on the keyboard to restart your ZenFone 5Z.

If a ‘Update image failed’ message appears on the terminal, the flash was unsuccessful. In this case, please try again or report the issue.

Mac

  1. Please ensure battery level is higher than 20% before you begin.
  2. Hold down the Power and Volume Up buttons until the ZenFone 5Z reboots.
  3. When it reboots, you’ll see Fastboot Mode appear on the fourth line on the screen.
  4. Connect your ZenFone 5Z to your PC using its USB cable.
  5. Decompress the Android Q Beta image file you downloaded earlier.
  6. Open the terminal on the image’s path, and run “update_image_for_mac.sh” on the terminal to start the flash image command.
  7. While the flash process is underway, do NOT unplug the USB cable, and ensure a stable connection between your ZenFone 5Z and PC.
  8. When the flash process finishes, a ‘Download Complete’ message will appear on the terminal.
  9. Hit the Enter key on the keyboard to restart your ZenFone 5Z.

If a ‘Update image failed’ message appears on the terminal, the flash was unsuccessful. In this case, please try again or report the issue.

 

How To Uninstall Android Q Beta & Revert To Android P

In case you run into difficulties, or do not like Android Q Beta, here are the steps to uninstall it and revert to Android P via Fastboot.

Before you start, download the Android P for ZenFone 5Z image file first.

Microsoft Windows

  1. Please ensure battery level is higher than 20% before you begin.
  2. Hold down the Power and Volume Up buttons until the ZenFone 5Z reboots.
  3. When it reboots, you’ll see Fastboot Mode appear on the fourth line on the screen.
  4. Connect your ZenFone 5Z to your PC using its USB cable.
  5. Decompress the Android P image file you downloaded earlier.
  6. Double click on “update_image.bat” and it will start the flash image command.
  7. While the flash process is underway, do NOT unplug the USB cable, and ensure a stable connection between your ZenFone 5Z and PC.
  8. When the flash process finishes, a ‘Download Complete’ message will appear on the terminal.
  9. Hit the Enter key on the keyboard to restart your ZenFone 5Z.

If a ‘Update image failed’ message appears on the terminal, the flash was unsuccessful. In this case, please try again or report the issue.

Ubuntu

  1. Please ensure battery level is higher than 20% before you begin.
  2. Hold down the Power and Volume Up buttons until the ZenFone 5Z reboots.
  3. When it reboots, you’ll see Fastboot Mode appear on the fourth line on the screen.
  4. Connect your ZenFone 5Z to your PC using its USB cable.
  5. Decompress the Android P image file you downloaded earlier.
  6. Open the terminal on the image’s path, and run “update_image.sh” on the terminal to start the flash image command.
  7. While the flash process is underway, do NOT unplug the USB cable, and ensure a stable connection between your ZenFone 5Z and PC.
  8. When the flash process finishes, a ‘Download Complete’ message will appear on the terminal.
  9. Hit the Enter key on the keyboard to restart your ZenFone 5Z.

If a ‘Update image failed’ message appears on the terminal, the flash was unsuccessful. In this case, please try again or report the issue.

Mac

  1. Please ensure battery level is higher than 20% before you begin.
  2. Hold down the Power and Volume Up buttons until the ZenFone 5Z reboots.
  3. When it reboots, you’ll see Fastboot Mode appear on the fourth line on the screen.
  4. Connect your ZenFone 5Z to your PC using its USB cable.
  5. Decompress the Android P image file you downloaded earlier.
  6. Open the terminal on the image’s path, and run “update_image_for_mac.sh” on the terminal to start the flash image command.
  7. While the flash process is underway, do NOT unplug the USB cable, and ensure a stable connection between your ZenFone 5Z and PC.
  8. When the flash process finishes, a ‘Download Complete’ message will appear on the terminal.
  9. Hit the Enter key on the keyboard to restart your ZenFone 5Z.

If a ‘Update image failed’ message appears on the terminal, the flash was unsuccessful. In this case, please try again or report the issue.

 

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