Google, famous for surprising everyone with their products and the gimmicks used to market them, has done something extraordinary yet again. The launch of a public beta of their android version 7.0, back in March, came as a “sweet” surprise. The announcement came quite early as compared to their previous version history and is impressive and nifty as expected. After half a year, the next big thing has come out of beta and is rolling out. As of yet it is made available for Google’s own Nexus devices (Nexus 5X, 6, 6P, 9, Player), General Mobile 4G and the Pixel C tablet. The first phone with Nougat pre-installed will be the LG V20 ( expected to release in September’16) as per the official nougat page.
This time, unlike in the past, the new version is not launched with a new Nexus device and if Google’s blog post is anything to go by, this will be a slow update and can take several weeks to get to the devices mentioned above. It certainly is worth the wait, BUT, why wait when you can get it right now. Keep reading while we reveal what steps are to be taken, to taste the official dessert before everyone else.
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There are two methods that are good for upgrading right now, but obviously, less secure than the official OTA update. But, if you successfully complete any of these methods, you sure are in for a treat.
By Using Android Beta Program
The best way to upgrade would obviously be an OTA update, but, in case it hasn’t shown up yet, you can try the Second safest method, that is, installing Android 7.0 Nougat via the official beta program by Google. The release build is out there for some devices such as the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C and Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi) via this method.
We strongly recommend you to properly back-up your Android device before attempting this method. Especially for devices that don’t have the release build, a preview version would be installed. Thus, data could be lost and apps could stop working properly. Hence, a proper backup tops the list of steps.
- Visit co/androidbeta on your browser(mobile or desktop).
- Sign in with your Google account associated with your Nexus device.
- Scroll down and tap “Enrol Device”.
- After enrolment is completed, go to Settings > About > System updates on your device.
- You will come across the build name in brackets after Android N.
- The release build name is NRD90M for Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi).
NOTE: If the build name starts with NP, it’s a preview build, and we would suggest you skip installing it to prevent any hassles.
- Once all above steps are done, reboot your device to use the new Android 7.0 Nougat.
After you are done installing and upgrading (Preferably the release build), you won’t really need the beta program.
To unenroll, visit http://g.co/androidbeta, sign in and tap “Unenrol Device”.This wont take away your update, provided,, you updated the release build.
In case this step doesn’t work, or you don’t want to do this for some reason, there is another manual way to upgrade to Nougat 7.0. We recommend using the next method at your own risk after full backup of your valuable data and applications, because, flashing is a process that could easily wipe off all your data if something goes wrong. Proceed with caution.
By Manually Flashing
We recommend using this method the least due to the aforementioned risks involved, but again, be sure to follow the steps carefully or you can hit severe chances of taking things down the hill. If everything goes right, be sure to take a full backup of all your data and proceed at your own risk, if you must:
- Download and Install the latest Android Debug Bridge (ADB)tool on your PC.
- An ADB program would be installed, which can be accessed through the command terminal of the pc (cmd).
- Move the folder where you’ve installed ADB to the PATH. To do this you need to: Right click My Computer and click on Properties, Then Click on Advanced System Settings in the menu overhead.
- Click on System Properties> Advanced > Environment Variables. A window appears, select Path, click on Edit, and type in the name of the directory where you installed the SDK, and don’t forget that each entry is separated by a semi-colon.
- Now, Enable USB debugging on your device that has to be upgraded.
- First, go to Settings> About Phone > Software information. And tap Build number seven times.
- Go to Settings> Developer options. Tick USB debugging.
- Download the correct OTA binary for your device from below(Please download for your device only):
Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi)
If yours is not listed here, it might not be available for now; you need to wait a little and keep searching for it (ONLY OFFICIAL)
- Now, connect your device to your computer over USB.
- Using the ADB tool, go to the command terminal and execute: “adb reboot recovery” without quotes. The device will now go into recovery mode, and an Android logo with a red exclamation should be on the display of the device.
- On your device, hold the power button and press the volume up key once, a menu will come up. Within the menu, volume keys would help you navigate up and down, while the power button helps making a selection. Select Apply update from ADB.
- Back to the ADB tool via your PC put in the command: “adb sideload (ota file.zip)”.
Replace the ‘ota file.zip’ in the above command with the name of the OTA file you have downloaded.
- Wait for its installation to complete, ensure, your device isn’t low on battery and doesn’t switch off during the process.
- Once the update finishes installing, choose the option Reboot system now.
- The system would now reboot to the new Android 7.0 Nougat.
We hope this article helped you update your android device to the latest version. Be sure to follow these steps carefully and you would taste the confectionary much before some people even see it. Happy Nougat Day!