Android 7.0 Nougat lands on Nexus devices; update your Nexus manually

Android 7.0 Nougat lands on Nexus devices; update your Nexus manually

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Android 7.0 Nougat lands on Nexus devices; update your smartphone manually Google has opened the floodgates of its Android dam partially letting lose a few factory images of the highly awaited Android 7.0 Nougat enabling Nexus owners to get the taste of the much talked about mobile operating system. There are those who may have already got a notification of an over-the-air-update, but there could be many of you who are still waiting.

Waiting isn’t all that bad, but it doesn’t stand a chance against getting your hands dirty with manually upgrading your Nexus device to Android 7 Nougat. If you are a Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player or a Pixel C owner, you are one of those lucky ones who have got the chance to try out Android Nougat first.

The OTA will most likely hit the first set of devices in the course of two to three weeks, but if you don’t intend to wait, you can download the factory images and manually update your device. However, for that you will need to know your way around command lines.

Are you ready then? A little warning here: If you are not comfortable with flashing factory images on Android devices, we would recommend you not to follow the steps as we are not responsible if you end up bricking your device. However, if you wish to proceed at your own risk, do read on.

Get Android 7 Nougat on your Nexus by flashing a factory image

Primary requirement is that you get the right tools to flash a factory image. You need to head over to your computer and have a portion of Android SDK installed on your computer – adb and fastboot. You will get both of them on Android Studio portal.

  1. Navigate to Android Studio webpage and scroll to the bottom of the page to find command line tools for your platform — Windows, Mac, or Linux.
  2. Extract the accompanying file (.exe, .zip, .tgz)

The next important bit is getting your smartphone ready for flashing. For these you need to enable USB Debugging; and then unlock your bootloader. If you have already unlocked your bootloader, you can skip to flashing.

How to enable developer settings and USB debugging?

  • Go the settings option of your Nexus smartphone, and scroll until you see the About Phone/Tablet option.
  • Go ahead and tap on the Build number seven times and a dialog box will pop-up saying that you are now a developer.
  • Next, go to settings and now you will find a new option called Developer options.
  • Tap on that and make sure that the developer options are turned on and that USB debugging is checked on.
  • Then tap on Enable OEM unlock.
  • Then plug your Nexus device into your computer and tap OK on the dialog box that pops-up on your phone asking you to Allow USB debugging.

How to unlock your bootloader?

Warning: This will factory reset your smartphone and you will lose all your apps and personal data. Make sure you backup your device before proceeding any further.

  1. Turn off your phone or tablet.
  2. Then, you need to hold down the power button and the volume down button.
  3. Now go to your computer and open Command Prompt (Windows) or Terminal (Mac) and navigate to folder with Platform tools.
  4. In the Command Prompt or Terminal type: ./fastboot flashing unlock
  5. Press volume up button and the power button on your device to confirm bootloader unlock.
  6. In the Command Prompt or Terminal type: ./fastboot reboot

Now you have with you a bootloader unlocked and and flash-ready Nexus device.

How to flash the Android 7.0 Nougat factory image?

You might not find a Android 7.0 factory image for your device as it hasn’t been made available for all devices yet.

  • Go to Nexus Factory Images page and scroll to find your phone.
  • Download the image and then extract the contents of the file in the Platform tools folder on your computer.
  • Put your phone into bootloader mode and plug it in your computer.
  • Then open Command Prompt or Terminal (depending on your computer), navigate to Platform tools folder.
  • Go ahead and type:./adb devices to ensure your phone is seen by your computer.
  • Type the flash-all command. [For Windows it will be flash-all.bat and for Mac it will be flash-all.sh]