I think that many users have at least once thought about the topic of beta testing an application on Android . Yes, such programs do not work as stably as we are used to, but they have many different features that are not available to other owners of Android devices. Just imagine: Telegram has just announced the appearance of some new feature, and you already have it. Agree, cool? Today I propose to figure out how to download the beta version of the application on your smartphone and analyze all the nuances of its use.
In fact, signing up for a beta version of an app is not as difficult as it sounds. Until the moment when I myself did not touch on this issue, I thought that I would have to shovel mountains of different literature, go through a bunch of registrations on different sites and have a document confirming that I am a developer. In fact, friends, everything is much simpler.
How to participate in app beta testing
The first way to download the beta version of the application is easier than a steamed turnip, but this feature will not work with all programs:
- Open Google Play on your smartphone.
- Click on the Search button at the top of the display.
- Find the program that interests you.
- At the bottom of the app page, find the Participate in Beta Testing section.
- Click Join and confirm the action.
Next, the registration process will begin. A few minutes after it, you should receive an application update. This will be the beta version. You can unsubscribe from it in the same way, just by going to the program page on Google Play.
How to Install a Beta App on Android
As you may have guessed, the method described above does not work with all applications, but there are several workarounds. The easiest of them is to google the name of the application and add “Beta Google Play” to it. Often, developers post detailed instructions on their website indicating all the nuances of work.
I tried to go to the site and join the queue, but at the moment the acceptance of applications is over. Note that this is also common.
However, please note that there is another possibility to use the beta. For example, here is a link to the beta testing of the linked devices feature in WhatsApp. You don’t even have to download it for this:
- Open the WhatsApp app on Android.
- Click on the three dots in the top right corner.
- Click on Linked Devices.
- Tap Multi-Device Beta.
- Then click Use Beta.
Google also excelled for the better. By clicking on this link, you can read the detailed instructions for the branded Google Search application. All you need is an Android phone and a Google account.
How to download the beta version of Telegram
The messenger from Pavel Durov has a whole channel Telegram Betadedicated to beta versions of the application. All new Telegram features are posted here, indicating the operating system. You can also find links to APK files here.
The only nuance that may bother you is that the beta testing Telegram channel is in English. But that’s not a problem either. The author of AndroidInsider.ru Ivan Kuznetsov just recently talked about how to translate any message into Telegram . I recommend reading.
You can also install the beta version of Telegram through a third-party App Center website in the following way:
- Go to the beta versions of the Android app.
- Select the latest version of the application (usually pinned at the top).
- Tap on the Download button and wait for the APK file to download.
- Next, install Telegram following the suggested instructions.
It is very convenient that the beta version does not replace the program, but is installed as a second application. If you encounter any errors (which is not uncommon for beta), you can always switch to the official client.