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How to Install Android Nougat 7.0 on Google Nexus Device

Google Has Released a stable version of Their latest mobile OS Android Nougat 7.0. Updates can be installed on already expired Nexus line of smartphones, as well as on some other devices from Google or a program Android One: Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and others. We are delivering different method through which you will be able to upgrade your device. Please follow the article;

To begin with, we have listed the devices that are already receiving update to Android 7.0:

  • Nexus 6P;
  • Nexus 5X;
  • Nexus 6;
  • Nexus 9;
  • Nexus Player;
  • Google Pixel C;
  • General Mobile 4G.

The easiest way to update

The most straightforward and faster update to Android 7.0 Nougat on the new Nexus is available in Android Beta testing program and get the latest build. Despite the fact that this is a testing program, but participants can also receive a “7.0” stable assembly.
The program Android Beta testing is compatible for only the following devices: Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Sony Xperia Z3.

How to sign up for testing fresh assemblies:

  1. Go to the Portal Android Beta.
  2. Please, login to a Google Account, which is configured on one of the participants in the testing devices.
  3. Scroll to the section “Your devices that meet the conditions of the program” and there select the smartphone or tablet, wherever you want to install a new version of the OS.
  4. The installation will start automatically – update “fly” on OTA protocol.

How to flash manually Android 7.0

This method is much more complicated, not only regarding action but also in term of how much needs to be done. We divide the firmware into several stages. In total there will be four steps:

[1]. Installing the firmware needed for utilities (on the computer)

  1. Go to Android Studio portal.
  2. Scroll to the section “Get just the command line tools” and download from there zip-archive (Direct link) c ADB and fast boot. If you have Linux or OS X, you need the files .tgz or .zip respectively.
  3. Unzip this archive in the main section, where the system is installed in drive C. There will be a folder android-sdk-windows.
  4. Navigate to the folder and run the SDK Manager application.
  5. Start the program in which you only need to press the button 12 Install Packages. A window appears in which you need to select Accept License and click the Install button. Next start installing the necessary components. How to install Android 7.0 Nougat on your NexusHow to install Android 7.0 Nougat on your Nexus
  6. Upon completion, you can close the app – you’re done.

[2] The activation of the USB-debugging and unlocking the bootloader

  1. On your device, go to Settings Nexus→ ABOUT phone / tablet.
  2. There, find the section with the build number and tap on it as long as the shows: “Now you are a developer.”
  3. Go back to the settings and go to the Features section for developers.
  4. First, activate the switch itself functions section for developers.
  5. Also, activate the switch in paragraph Debugging via USB.
  6. Enable OEM unlock switch (OEM Unlock).
  7. Connect your Nexus to your PC and enable the USB-on debugging.

After these operations still need to unlock the bootloader – it is necessary for a successful firmware.

[3] Unlocking the bootloader Nexus
These actions are performed both on the PC and on your phone. Note: Unlock the bootloader requires a hard reset, which means the complete removal of all data from your smartphone or tablet.

  1. Turn off your smartphone or tablet.
  2. Hold the power button and the volume decrease button.
  3. Open the standard Windows command prompt and navigate to Platform-tools folder with the command cd c: / Android-sdk-Windows / platform-tools /
  4. In the terminal, type fast boot flashing unlock
  5. On the device, hold down the volume increase and the power button to confirm the unlocking of the bootloader.
  6. Then enter the fast boot reboot command on the computer.

The bootloader is unlocked and ready to install other firmware on the device.

[4] Android 7.0 Firmware on your device
First, you need to get yourself firmware files. At the time of writing the news they are not available for all devices (direct download link):

The downloaded firmware file should be placed in a Platform folder tools, which is in the directory of Android-sdk-windows with the necessary utilities (adb, etc.) – mentioned earlier in the article.

We now turn to the firmware:

  1. It is necessary that the device was in an unlocked bootloader mode (refer to step [3]). Firmware file must be located in the Platform-tools folder.
  2. Open the Windows command prompt. Inside it, go to Platform-tools folder with the command cd c: / Android-sdk-Windows / platform-tools /
  3. Enter the command adb devicesS using it to make sure that the device is properly connected to the computer.
  4. If everything is OK, then enter the flash-all.bat team
  5. After that starts the system firmware update – only need to wait for its completion.

Recall, all these operations you are doing with your gadget at your own risk. If something goes wrong, the device may remain inoperative.


Also, you can just wait for the update to Android 7.0 Nougat for your Nexus for OTA-protocol. Check for updates in the settings; you can Check from Setting→ ABOUT phone / tablet → update BY.

The update takes place gradually and not immediately, so not all owners of new Nexus immediately get new Android version.

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