Google has launched yet another great version of Android. This time, it’s called Android 7.0 Nougat. Nougat is a confectionery dessert item, just in case you are wondering. Anyways, as expected, users having Nexus devices can install Android 7.0 Nougat right now, but many users have reported that Google hasn’t pushed the update yet. Installing Android on your Nexus devices depends on your country and timing, as Google launches the update stepwise. However, if you have a supported Nexus device, you can install Android 7.0 right now on your Android phone. We will use a technique called ‘flashing’, in which you will install the new OS using the factory images Google hosts on its servers. You should backup your handset before the process. Any harm or data loss will not be on our part.
Install Android 7.0 Nougat
You will have to use your laptop or PC to flash your phone. For that, you must have adb flashing and Android SDK on your Windows computer. If you don’t have, check out this link (http://www.redmondpie.com/how-to-set-up-android-adb-and-fastboot-on-windows-tutorial/) to see a step by step method to do all of this.
Now, download the system image file of Android 7.0 and unzip it in a location in your computer where you would be able to find it quickly. (Check out this link to grab the system image file of Android 7.0: http://www.redmondpie.com/download-android-7.0-nougat-final-version-released/)
You can also check out our detailed guide on how to configure your computer and phone for flashing for installing the latest version of the Android OS.
Now connect your phone with your computer with a data cable. You now have to run your Android device in the fast boot mode. In order to do that, open command prompt and write the following command:
adb reboot bootloader
Now you have to unlock the device’s bootloader by running one of the following commands in the command prompt. You can try both and see what works.
fastboot flashing unlock
fastboot oem unlock
As soon as the above command is implemented, you will see a warning screen. Make sure to have backed up the data as after this screen’s confirmation, all the data will be wiped off your phone. Now navigate to the unzipped system image folder of the download OS file by implementing the command in the command prompt in your computer.
Run the flash script inside the command prompt now, that is, flash-all.bat on Windows and flash-all.sh on OS X and Linux). You should have the fastboot added in your computer’s PATH variable for the script to work from this directory.
Your device will now restart. You can afterwards lock device’s bootloader. For that, just started your device in fastboot mode as you did above. Type on of the following commands in the command prompt:
fastboot flashing lock
fastboot oem lock
This is how to install Android 7.0 Nougat. In case you face any problem or confusion during the process, just let us know in the comments and we will get back to you with help.