How to get Android Nougat on your Nexus device right now

Android Nougat

At last, the day you’ve been waiting for. Android 7.0 Nougat is finally here, and those with a compatible Nexus device will soon be able to try out the new software.

As with previous updates, Google is rolling out the update in phases, starting with people enrolled in the beta program. So it may take one or two weeks for the update to reach your device. But did you know you can download the update right now using a simple trick?

The trick is to temporarily enrol your Nexus device into the Android beta program. Why should I do that you ask? Well, since the update is currently being rolled out now in the beta program, if you are enrolled, you can get the update immediately as well!

We have tried this method using a Nexus 5X and the process worked perfectly. It is not a beta version, but the final stable version. So, here’s how to do it:

  1. Visit g.co/androidbeta and sign in using the same Google account you use on your Nexus device
  2. Enrol your device into the beta program

Android beta

  1. Go to system updates on your Nexus device and download the update (it’s around 1 GB)

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  1. After the update installs, go back to About phone and verify that the build number is NRD90M

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  1. Unenroll your device from the beta program through the same webpage

And that’s it! You have successfully updated your device using this workaround.

Keep in mind that you need to unenroll your device as soon after you finish installing the update, otherwise you may be downloading the next beta version in the future. Google says this beta program will continue, and users will be able to test the first Android N maintenance release which is set to release this fall.

Now, we are assuming that this method only works with the latest Nexus devices right now, like the 5X and the 6P. That’s because Google hasn’t released the update for all the compatible Nexus devices yet, so users with a Nexus 6 or older, don’t do this yet. You will end up getting Developer Preview 5 instead.

If you are a power user, you can also flash the OTA using ADB. Here are the direct download links (thanks to Android Police)

Nexus 6P

Nexus 5X

Pixel C

Nexus 9 Wi-Fi

Nexus Player

So go ahead! Try it out and let us know if it worked for you in the comments.

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