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How to Install Android 7.0 Nougat Factory Image or OTA File on Nexus 6P

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Google recently posted links to factory images and OTA files for Nexus 6P that brings improved performance, a number of new features, and hopefully longer battery life. Now you can manually flash Android 7.0 Nougat for Nexus 6P.Follow this guide to update Nexus 6P to Android 7.0 Nougat. The factory images used in this guide include the September security patch.

Follow this guide to update Nexus 6P to Android 7.0 Nougat. The factory images used in this guide include the September security patch with build NRD90U.

Prerequisites to flash Android 7.0 Nougat on Nexus 6P

  • Backup all important data on your Nexus phone.
  • Download and install USB drivers on your computer.
  • Bootloader should be unlocked. Click here to know how to do it.
  • You should have Android SDK installed on your PC.
  • Enable USB debugging option by pressing Settings >> About phone and find the entry labeled build number. Tap it five times, read the pop up telling you that you’re a developer now, then go back to the main settings page. Near the bottom, you’ll see a new entry labeled Developer options. Tap it to get in there then enable USB debugging.
  • Ensure that your Nexus 6P carries more than 70% of charge.

How to Install Android 7.0 Nougat Factory Image on Nexus 6P

Required files: Download Android 7.0 factory image for your Nexus 6P from here.

Step 1: Connect your Nexus 6P to your PC using a USB cable and turn it off.

Step 2: Now, start the device in Fastboot mode: turn on the phone while pressing and holding the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power keys until you see the Fastboot menu and the START text on top.

Step 3: Extract the downloaded Nougat file anywhere on your PC. Go to _NRD90U_ folder and copy/paste all the files to your Fastboot directory (which often is the platform-tools folder inside the Android SDK directory).

Step 4: This step involves flashing the factory image to your Nexus 6P. Open the folder containing the factory image downloaded and extracted. In the address bar, type cmd and type the command written below and press enter.

Windows: Run flash-all.bat
Mac: Run flash-all.sh using Terminal
Linux: Run flash-all.sh

Once the script finishes running, your Nexus will reboot. First boot may take up to 5 minutes, so don’t be worried if it takes your device longer than usual to boot up. Once it’s back up, your Nexus 6P will be running the latest version of Android 7.0 Nougat.

How to Install Android 7.0 Nougat OTA File on Nexus 6P

Required Files: Download Android 7.0 Nougat OTA file for Nexus 6P on your computer. Copy and paste the downloaded zip file to your ADB / Fastboot directory, which should be in your Android SDK directory. Rename it to nougat.zip for easier reference.

Step 1: Turn off your Nexus 6P.

Step 2: Enter in the Bootloader mode: turn your phone on while pressing and holding the Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons until you see the Fastboot menu and START on top.

Step 3: Press the Volume Down key to navigate to the Recovery mode and select it using the Power key. Your Nexus 6P will now reboot and enter the recovery mode.

Step 4: When in the Recovery mode, you will see the Android logo with an exclamation mark. Hold the Power button and press Volume Up once to get the menu. In this menu, you will have to navigate using the volume keys, and select any choice using the Power key.

Step 5: Locate and select the Apply update from ADB in this menu.

Step 6: Now, connect your phone to your computer using the USB cable.

Step 7: On your computer, go android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory. This is the directory where we saved the Android 7.0 Nougat zip file.

Step 8: Open Command Prompt: Shift + Right-click >> Open Command Prompt.

Step 9: Type in the following command and press enter:
adb sideload nougat.zip

Step 10: Once the installation is finished, navigate to and select Reboot system now.

Step 11: Your Nexus 6P will now reboot, but it will take over 5 to 7 minutes.

Go to Settings >> About phone to verify the update. For more details, visit the official page.

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