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How To Install Android 7.0 Nougat on Nexus 5

This week, Google finally released the consumer edition of Android 7.0 Nougat. Unfortunately, the access to it was pretty limited, as only Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Google Pixel C users can currently receive it, if they’re enrolled in the Developer Program. Unfortunately, if you own an older Nexus model, you won’t get if officially.

Like expected, Nexus 5 owners were disappointed after hearing this, but it didn’t take long until an Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Nexus 5 was made available, thanks to an XDA Developer user!

We’re talking about s special ROM, which is an initial Android 7.0 Nougat build for the Nexus 5, so it does contain a few bugs that can lead to issues. However, it’s perfect for those who want the latest Android on their Nexus 5. Let’s see how it can be installed…


Warnings & Requirements


Like mentioned above, Android 7.0 Nougat for Nexus 5 is not completely stable. You might experience issues with the Bluetooth connectivity, camera and many more. On the other side, we can say that the Wi-Fi and Audio (for calls and basics) are completely functional.

  • Your Nexus 5 needs to be rooted and have TWRP Recovery installed in order to use this ROM.
  • The ROM works only for the Nexus 5. Don’t install it on other devices.
  • The installation process will completely erase your data, so it’s recommended to perform a full backup before starting, in order to avoid unpleasant situations.
  • Follow the steps below correctly, as there’s the risk of bricking your device if something isn’t done correctly.
  • Make sure your phone has a battery level above 60% before starting. However, our recommendation would be to start with a fully charged one.


Download Android 7.0 Nougat For Nexus 5


Install Android 7.0 Nougat on Nexus 5


Step 1: Download the Android 7.0 Nougat zip file and save it on your device.

Step 2: Boot your device into Recovery mode, by pressing Volume Down + the Power button.

Step 3: After entering Recovery mode, create an Nandroid backup, in order to avoid the scenario in which something goes wrong and you lose all your data.

Step 4: Go to Wipe > Advanced Wipe > Select Wipe cache, Dalvik cache, System and data. Swipe in order to confirm the Factory Reset.

Step 5: Go to Install and locate the Android 7.0 Nougat zip file.

Step 6: Swipe in order to install the ROM file. The whole process should take around 10 minutes.

Step 7: After you’re done with the ROM, repeat the same process for the Gapps zip file, which can be found here.

Step 8: Go to Wipe > Advanced Wipe and this time select only Wipe cache and Dalvik cache.

Step 9: Reboot your phone.

That’s it, you have successfully installed Android 7.0 Nougat on the Nexus 5. Remember, this is not a very stable build and there are high chances of experiencing various issues while using it. Keep this aspect in mind before installing!

If you have any questions regarding the installation process, feel free to contact us, using the comments section below!

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