Lately, Google started rolling out the latest version of Android 7.0 Nougat to a handful of newer Nexus devices. But your phone may not get the OTA (over-the-air) update for another couple of weeks.

If you know your way around a command line, you can skip the waiting game by downloading the factory image for your Nexus device and flashing it on top of your software.

This latest iteration in Android world adds features like improved multi-tasking and better notification control. If you want Nougat update right away then you’ll have to follow some easy steps or you can wait for Google to actually push update for your device.

How to get Nougat through the Android Beta program

Best way to get Android 7.0 Nougat right now is by opting into the Android Beta program, which has been extended beyond the initial release of Nougat.

Any Nexus device eligible for the receiving Nougat can also opt into the Beta program — Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C — any continue receiving updates past the stable version. That is because Google has announced that it will continue offering preview versions of Nougat as it prepares the first of its Maintenance Releases, which is expected later this fall.

Devices that are currently enrolled in the Beta program are the first to receive the stable version of Android 7.0, and the opt-in process is fairly easy.

Enrol Nexus Device

  1. Head over to Android Beta Program portal on your Nexus phone or Pixel C tablet.
  2. Sign into the Google account associated with that phone.
  3. Scroll down to Your eligible devices.
  4. Find the device you want to enroll in the Beta program and tap Enroll device.
  5. Follow the prompts to accept the over-the-air download.

Google says it will then take up to 24 hours to send the update to your device, but I found this usually happened in seconds. You’ll want to be on a Wi-Fi connection for the download (and maybe charging as well), but it’s basically a very simple process.

That’s it! Have fun with your Nexus device boasting Android Nougat now. If you’ve any queries then feel free to ask.


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