After months of waiting, some, if not all, Android users can now experience the features of the latest OS version for their phones, the Android Nougat. For now, Android 7.0 Nougat is already available in Nexus , Nexus 5x, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Android One devices as well as Google Pixel C. However, Nougat will be available for other devices in the near future. Some new Nexus phones and the upcoming LG V20 are said to be some of the smartphones that will already have the latest OS. Having said that, there is no need for an OS update. But what about phones where updates need to be installed, what are the steps to in installing or updating to Android 7.0 Nougat?
If you are one of those looking forward to updating your smartphone, it is important to consider backing up your phone so as to prevent data loss in case something goes wrong with the installation. As for a way to get the latest Android OS, it can be done via the Android Beta program. Here are the steps to do so for owners of Nexus phones:
- Open the Android Beta program portal and sign into the Google account that is active in the phone.
- Go to “Your eligible devices”.
- Look for the device you want to enrol in the Beta Program and choose “Enrol device” and follow the prompts for over-the-air download.
You can also download the factory image and replace your current Marshmallow OS from your computer. First, download the command line tools to ensure your smartphone is read for flashing. Next, there are two steps to be done. One is to enable USB debugging and the next is to unlock your bootloader.
- From your computer, go to the Nexus Factory Images page and from your phone, scroll down and look for the Android 7.0 image and download.
- Extract the file into the Platform tools folder.
- Place your phone into bootloader mode and connect it to your computer.
- For Windows, open Command Prompt while for Mac, open Terminal and go to the Platform tools folder.
- Type “./adb devices” on the command line and type “flash-all” command.
- Flash the actual system image to your device with this command, “. /fastboot –w update [image file].zip”. This will erase your data so if you do not want this, remove the “-w” from the command prompt.
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