Google announced several days ago that Android 7.0 Nougat is coming over-the-air to several Nexus devices in the coming days and weeks, but if you’re a die-hard that likes to always have the latest from Google, you know that could mean a pretty decent wait depending on your device. Thankfully, you can install the over-the-air (OTA) update manually now by following our quick guide…

This guide assumes you already have the ADB tools installed on your computer. If you don’t know how to do this or what this is, this guide probably isn’t for you. If you need the ADB tools, head over to Google’s developers site and download the Android SDK. Downloading the SDK and making sure ADB is correctly set up is probably the hardest part, and the rest of this guide assumes you already did.

Download the OTA

The first step in updating to Android Nougat using OTA files is to actually download the proper OTA image file for your device. We’ve compiled a full list of currently-available Android 7.0 Nougat download links straight from Google’s servers to help you with that.

Prepare your Device

Once you have the OTA zip downloaded to your computer, reboot your device into its bootloader. To do this, power off your Nexus and power it back on while holding the volume down button and the power button down simultaneously. You need to get into the recovery from here. Press the volume button down until you see “Recovery mode” then press the power button. This should present you with the below screen.

Lastly, when you see the green Android icon on the screen, you need to hold and power button down and then press and release release volume up button to reveal the menu. From that menu, select “apply update from ADB” and make sure your device is plugged into your computer if you haven’t already.

Install the OTA

Open up the command line on your computer (terminal for Mac, command prompt for Windows) and change the directory to the location of the OTA file (For example: cd /Users/<yourusername>/Downloads/).

Now run the command “adb sideload <name of the OTA file>”. The name of the OTA file is going to be a long string of letters and numbers and will end with “.zip.”


Once you see “Install from ADB complete” on your Android device’s screen, simply reboot your device. Once you’ve successfully rebooted, you should have the latest release of Android on your Nexus.

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