Android Nougat is officially here and it’s rolling out to all Nexus devices but the thing it that process is a bit slow. If you still haven’t got the update and can’t wait then this little trick right here is a life saver.
Users who are using a Nexus 5X or any other Nexus device and haven’t receive the update can follow these few simple steps and run Android 7.0 without any problem. You don’t even need an unlocked bootloader for this.
It appears that the devices which are enrolled in the Beta program are getting the priority with this update. If you aren’t in the Beta program you can enroll now–and if the update has started to roll out for your device, you’ll get the final version of Nougat right away. And once it’s done you can unenroll from the Beta program without any aftereffects.
You are only eligible for this process if you are using a Nexus device such as the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 9, as well as the Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G. In addition, it won’t work just yet for some devices–Google has started rolling out to the 6P, 5X, and Pixel C first, and this trick should work right away. Nexus 6 and 9 users are reporting that it isn’t working yet, but once Google starts that rollout, it should work there too.
Step One: Enroll in the Android Beta Program
This is step when can be done with your eyes closed, click on the link below and if you are logged into your Google account you should see eligible devices in a list further down the page. Click on the “Enroll Device” button to enroll in the beta.
NOTE: The page claims your data will be wiped when you opt out, but as long as you’re downloading a final build and not a preview build, you’ll be fine–your device won’t be wiped. But it couldn’t hurt to make a backup of your important data first, just in case.
Step Two: Download and Install the Update
Now almost instantly you should see an update notification on your phone and you’ll get more information about the update.
If you see the screen on the top, that means Google is serving a final release for your device, and you can tap the Download button to continue. If you see the screen on the bottom, however–which notes that the update is a preview build–do not tap the Download button. The final version isn’t rolling out to your model yet, so try again later.
Give your phone time to download and install the update, and soon you should be running Android Nougat, fresh from Google’s official update mechanism.
Step Three: Unenroll in the Beta Program
Now once the process is complete, head back to the Beta enrollment page and click “Unenroll Device” button for your phone. Now that you have the update, you don’t need the beta program anymore (unless you want to keep it). Again, the page warns that your device will be wiped, but as long as you installed a final build and not a preview build, your device should be fine.
There it is, now your phone is upgraded to the latest Android Nougat 7.0.