Android 7.0 Nougat released yesterday. Google is getting faster at pushing OTAs and Most of the nexus users have got their Nougat update via OTA. Today some factory images of nexus devices have appeared on the Google Factory Images for Nexus site. You cant expect everyone to get the update as fast as some did. If you don’t want to wait and you want a clean install, You should flash Android 7.0 Nougat Factory Image on your supported Nexus Device. For those that are familiar with flashing ROMs, there’s nothing new to learn from this.
If you’ve never flashed a ROM before, there are a few hiccups along the road. If you have never unlocked your bootloader in your Nexus 5X or 6P, you need to install the latest version of the Android SDK since these devices only recognize the new command ” fastboot flashing unlock ” for unlocking the bootloader.
- Nexus Device with USB Cable to Connect it to your Computer.
- Latest Android SDK installed with ADB and Fastboot command working. Here’s a link to download them!
- The specific factory image for your specific Nexus Device. Download from this website.
- Unlocked BootLoader.
How to Unlock your Bootloader?
If your phone’s bootloader has never been unlocked, you’ll need to follow the steps below. Also, Unlocking the bootloader will reset your phone meaning you lose your personal data so make sure you save them.
- Power off your Nexus Device.
- Hold the power and volume down buttons.
- On your Nexus, type ./fastboot flashing unlock
- Press volume up and power button to confirm bootloader unlock.
- Type ./fastboot reboot
- Your boot loader is not unlocked.
How to Flash Android 7.0 Nougat Factory Image on your Supported Nexus Device
- Boot your Nexus device into Fastboot mode. You can do this by turning it off and holding down the volume up + volume down keys and then pressing power.
- On your computer, extract the .tgz file your downloaded from Android Developer website. Again, extract the .tar file you extracted from the .tgz. You should have a folder with many files in it.
- Copy all of those files and paste them in the platform-tools folder in the Android SDK on your computer. This should be under the C drive, then under Program Files(x86) on Windows.
- Connect your Nexus device to your computer using the USB Cable. ADB and Fastboot commands should work.
- There are two flash-all files. In Windows, you’ll want to double click that one that has the gear logo and says ” Windows Batch File ” on the right. In Linux, you should double click the flash-all.sh.
- A popup box should open up and you should see the installation taking place. Don’t unplug your device.
- After the installation is completed, your device will automatically reboot and your should see the official Android 7.0 Nougat Boot Animation. Now, you can disconnect your device from your computer.
Android 7.0 Nougat is now installed on your Nexus Device. Play with it and Check all the new features out!