Android Nougat has been around for more than a month now, but a lot of people are still waiting to get their hands on it. If you want to enjoy the new features that these update brings, here’s how you can download and install it in your device:
If you own a Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, or Nexus 9
Got any one of these four phones? You’re in luck: the Nougat update is already available for them. You might even have already downloaded it; if not, wait for the OTA notification to arrive and download and install the update when it’s available. Take note, though, that many Nexus owners have experienced issues when they got Nougat. These problems include abnormal battery drain, troublesome Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, and continuous boot loops.
If you own a new or flagship phone from other brands
You’ll have to wait for a few months or at least weeks before you can receive Android Nougat. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, for instance, are still going through testing, although the update may be rolled out for them before the year ends. The Note 7, Note 5, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge Plus, and other S6 variants will follow suit. Motorola, meanwhile, has published the full list of phones that will receive Android Nougat, and it includes the Moto G4, Moto Z families, and Moto X series.
The best thing to do is to wait for OEMs to roll out the official Android Nougat update for your device. Once it’s out, you can update your phone through OTA connection. You can go to your device’s Settings and tap on About phone to check if the OTA update is available. If you don’t want to wait, though, you can use a custom ROM to get Nougat now.
If you own an older or mid-range phone
A lot of models are not eligible to receive the Nougat update. Some are simply too old, while others have problems with hardware/software compatibility (such as those with Snapdragon 800 and 801 processors). If you have one of these units, you most likely won’t get Nougat in your device. You can either fork out money for a newer model or use a custom ROM to enjoy the features that Nougat brings.