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How to Download and Install Android 7.0 Nougat on Nexus Devices Right Now

Nougat is the latest Android flavor after Marshmallow. Recently, Android Nougat started rolling out for Nexus devices. Nexus devices are getting update via an OTA (Over-the-air) update. Below list of Nexus devices are getting latest Android Nougat update:

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

One of the most simplest way to update to Nougat is just wait for the OTA update. But, if you don’t have patience or you just can’t wait to taste the latest flavor of Android then follow our guide below:

Download Android 7.0 Nougat via OTA update

We already said above that OTA is the simplest way to if you don’t know about OTA update then check this small guide first.

  1. Open Settings > About > System updates.
  2. Tap Check for updates.

If the update shows up there then just download and install Android Nougat update on your Nexus device. If it hasn’t showed up and you want to update it manually then keep reading below guide.

Download Android 7.0 Nougat via Android Beta Program

If you didn’t got the OTA update then you can use Android Beta Program to download and install Android 7.0 Nougat. The release build is available for only some devices such as the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi) and Pixel C via this method.

NOTE: Perform a backup of your Android device before updating. For devices that don’t have the release build, this method will install a preview version and you could lose data and apps.

  1. Visit g.co/androidbeta and Sign into your Google account.
  2. Scroll down and tap Enrol Device. Once you’re enrolled, go to Settings > About > System updates.
  3. Now in the 2nd line you will see details of update including build name. This appears in brackets after Android N.
  4. The release build name is NRD90M for Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C, and Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi). If the build name on your device starts with NP, it’s a preview build, and we suggest you don’t install it.
  5. To remove your device from the beta program, go to http://g.co/androidbeta, sign in and tap Unenrol Device. If you’ve updated to a release build of Android 7.0 Nougat, unenrolling your device will not remove the update.

Manually download and install Android 7.0 Nougat

The above beta program is also simple way to update but if you don’t want to do that for some reason, you can try another way.

NOTE: Installing Android 7.0 Nougat using this method is not recommended by us and flashing is a process that could wipe your all data if something goes wrong. So take full backup of all your data and proceed at your own risk:

  1. On your PC, install Android Debug Bridge (ADB) tool.
  2. After installing, Right click My Computer on desktop and click on Properties. Click on Advanced System Settings.
  3. Click on System Properties > Advanced > Environment Variables. In the window, select Path, then click on Edit and then type in the name of the directory where ADB is installed and remember that each entry is separated by a semi-colon.
  4. Enable USB debugging on your device. First, go to Settings > About Phone > Software information. Tap Build number seven times.
  5. Go to Settings > Developer options. Tick USB debugging.
  6. Now, Download the correct OTA binary for your device:
    Nexus 6P
    Nexus 5X
    Pixel C
    Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi)
    Links for other devices were not available at the time of writing; we will update the post as and when more links become available.
  7. Now, Connect your device to your computer over USB and make sure USB debugging is enabled as described above.
  8. Via the ADB tool, go to the command terminal and execute the following: adb reboot recovery. Your device is now in recovery mode and you will see an Android logo with a red exclamation on your display.
  9. Hold the power button and press the volume up key once, and you will be shown a menu. Within the menu, select Apply update from ADB. Remember, volume keys help you navigate up and down, while the power button makes a selection.
  10. Run the following command on the ADB tool via your PC: adb sideload (ota file.zip). Do replace the ‘ota file.zip’ in the command with the actual name of the OTA file you have downloaded.
  11. Once the update finishes installing, users should choose the option Reboot system now.

That will install Android 7.0 Nougat on your Nexus device. For more tutorials, visit our How To section.

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Shubham Mishra

Founder and Chief Editor at PaidFreeDroid. Shubham likes to keep on top of the tech world and loves to help people around him who face day to day trouble with technology.

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