After a long wait, Google’s latest dessert is finally here. Yesterday, the stable version of Android 7.0 Nougat was finally released and immediately started rolling out. For the moment, only some Nexus and Android One handsets, running on the Android Beta program will receive it over the air, while other handsets, currently using Marshmallow, need to wait a bit more in order to try it.
The Android 7.0 Nougat OTA images are now available for download, meaning that anybody with a supported device can flash the firmware, without waiting to receive it officially. However, only Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi) and the Google Pixel C are receiving the update. Other devices, like the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 (LTE) and the Android One handset, General Mobile 4G will get the update soon.
Install Android 7.0 Nougat Stable Version on Nexus 6P, 5X And 9 (Wi-Fi)
Before detailing the process, it’s important to mention that the current OTA images are not incremental update, but full firmware, which can be loaded via Android Debug Bridge. Also, the method presented here won’t unlock your boot loader, so you don’t need to worry about losing your date. However, it’s still recommended to make an update, in case anything goes wrong. Now, let’s see how you can get that update!
Step 1: Download the Android 7.0 Nougat OTA zip file.
Step 2: Rename the downloaded file to update.zip and move it in the ADB installation directory.
Step 3: Power off your Nexus and boot it in Recovery mode, by pressing and holding Power and Volume down button, the select Recovery mode to confirm this, using the Power button. When the phone shows an exclamation mark, press the Power button and then press the Volume down button.
Step 4: While in Recovery mode, select the ‘Apply update from ADB’.
Step 5: Connect your Nexus device to a PC, via USB cable.
Step 6: Go to the ADB folder, where you have the update zip file and launch a command prompt window. The latter can be done by pressing the Shift key, then right clicking and choosing ‘open command prompt window here’.
Step 7: While in the command prompt window, type the following command: adb devices. This should list your Nexus device in the command prompt. If it doesn’t happen, you don’t have the fastboot drivers installed on your computer.
Step 8: If your phone is listed, type the following command and hit enter: adb sideload update.zip
Step 9: The installation process should begin shortly. Wait until it’s ready.
Step 10: Select the ‘Reboot system now’ in your phone. This will start a longer boot process, which could take around 30 minutes, depending on how many apps you have installed on your phone.
After the boot process is done, you can start enjoying Android 7.0 Nougat stable version on your Nexus. Being the consumer edition, everything should run smoothly, without any issues.
If you’re facing any issues during the update process, feel free to drop us a few lines, using the comments section below!