You misunderstand me.
As i wrote above, I've clicked on the upgrade button in the ad, downloaded the XDA labs apk from where it took me to download it and installed that apk as an upgrade. But when I reopen XDA I am still not 'upgraded' to the full XDA labs.
That is what I'm asking. Something about that upgrade is not working. I am assuming that once the upgrade to XDA labs succeeds I will no longer see the ad to upgrade.