It’s been months since the announcement of Android 7.0 Nougat, but now, finally the official public release is out, meaning you can update to it without jumping through too many hoops. Or at least you can if you happen to own one of the few devices that Android Nougat is initially launching on
If you are lucky, you will have already received over-the-air update and you’re reading this having updated to Android 7.0, but the chances are you’re still either waiting for Google to push the update, or for your carrier to OK it. Neither position is a fun one to be in.
The search giant announced that it has started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat OS to Nexus devices, it also mentioned that the process will be incremental and will take time to reach all Nexus devices. The OS will be hitting select devices including the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One) at the moment.
The search giant has not revealed exactly when the OS will be reaching different regions. However, if you are one of those users who did not risk your Nexus with developer previews but cannot wait enough to get the final public version either, then these following steps are for you. Users won’t need to root their Nexus device in this process and can also switch back to the final consumer version of the OS if required:
- Head to Google’s Android Beta programme website from the Nexus smartphone or the Pixel tablet. Mind you, the version can only be installed in those devices that are currently eligible for it.
- Sign-in with your Google account connected with the particular device.
- Hit on ‘Your eligible devices’ find your device and hit on ‘Enrol device’.
After the processes, you would receive an OTA update, which you can download to enjoy the taste of the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS. It is worth adding that if you stay on the Beta version, you will keep receiving future maintenance releases.
Step 2: Connect your device to your computer using a USB cable.
Step 3: Start the device in fastboot mode. To do this, with the device powered on, open up a terminal/command prompt window on your computer and run the following.
“adb reboot bootloader”
Step 4: Unlock the device’s bootloader by running one of the following commands in terminal/command prompt window.
- For newer devices such as the Nexus 5X and 6P:
“fastboot flashing unlock”
- For older devices:
“fastboot oem unlock”
Step 5: Your device will show you a confirmation screen, but be warned – it’s at this point your device will be completely wiped. You did backup, didn’t you?
Step 6: Within the terminal/command prompt, navigate to the unzipped system image folder from step 1.
Step 7: Run the flash-all script inside (flash-all.bat on Windows and flash-all.sh on OS X and Linux). Remember that you need to have the fastboot tool added to your computer’s PATH variable for the script to work from this directory.
Step 8: Once it finishes flashing, your device will reboot itself. At this point, you can lock your device’s bootloader once again. To do this, simply start the device in fastboot mode again, just as you did in step 3 above. Within the command line, run one of the following.
- For newer devices like the Nexus 5X or 6P:
“fastboot flashing lock”
- For older devices:
“fastboot oem lock”
Depending on the device in question, this process may wipe the storage again. Be sure to do this before configuring or installing anything after the initial update to Android 7.0 or you may end up having to do it all again!
Note: The device’s data won’t be wiped off while upgrading. However, if you opt out while being in Beta version, all user data from the device will be wiped off.
Assuming no hiccups, you should now have a fresh install of Android 7.0 Nougat. Feels good, doesn’t it?