Google has excited all of the current Nexus users by making available the newest version of Android, 7.0 Nougat. It’s happening, all the links are available, and all the factory images have surfaced online through official sources. The only problem is that while some of the users are getting the OTA update on their compatible Nexus devices, many aren’t, and Google says it might take a good 2-3 weeks until it is globally rolled out. That, obviously is not an option for some die-hard fans. If you want Android Nougat installed on your compatible Nexus device right away, you’re absolutely in the right place.
We are going to install Android Nougat using the factory images available online. For this, you need a bunch of basic things setup. Moreover, you can only install Android 7.0 on compatible Nexus hardware, namely Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Google Pixel C, Nexus Player, and the General Mobile 4G. You can find all the pre-requisites and download links down below in their respective sections, and without any further delay, let’s get right into it.
- The following procedure will result in a full wipe of your Android device, so make sure you have an entire backup already done.
- You will need ADB and Fastboot setup on your Windows/Mac computer to begin with. Follow our in-depth tutorial to get it right.
- Make sure you have USB Debugging and Enable OEM Unlock enabled from Settings > Developer Options.
- For total newbies, the following procedure might seem like Greek and Latin. If you need a truly simplified tutorial, check the following guide out which we have targeted towards noobs.
- Finally, Some brains.
Factory Images for Android 7.0 Nougat for the respective devices are as follows :
- Nexus 6P: NRD90M
- Nexus 5X: NRD90M
- Nexus 6: Coming soon
- Nexus Player: Coming soon
- Pixel C: NRD90M
- Nexus 9 (LTE): Coming soon
- Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi): NRD90M
- General Mobile 4G: Coming soon
Extract the downloaded .zip file to get the firmware files.
Install Android 7.0 Nougat On Nexus Devices
- From our above download links, grab the one suitable for your Nexus device, and unzip it to a location which is easy to find.
- Connect your Nexus device to your computer using the cable provided.
- Now open the Minimal ADB and Fastboot installation folder in your Windows drive, which is most probably the C:\ drive > Program Files x86 > Minimal ADB and Fastboot > Inside the folder, shift the hold key and right click on an empty area > click on “Open command window here“.
- Now boot your device into fastboot mode using the following command in terminal:
adb reboot bootloader
- Unlock your bootloader using the following commands. The first command is for newer devices like the Nexus 6P and 5X, and the latter one is for older hardware.
fastboot flashing unlock
fastboot oem unlock
- Navigate to the extracted folder of the firmware, and run the flash-all script file. It is mostly in the form of ‘flash-all.bat‘. This will initiate automatically the Android 7.0 Nougat installation.
- The whole process might take several minutes, so please be patient. Once done, you can now enjoy Android 7.0 Nougat on your Nexus device!
That’s it! You now have the latest, greatest, and the sweetest version of Android that Google has to offer! What are you waiting for? Brag all about the new features in the comments section down below!
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