How to install Android 7.0 Nougat on your Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, or Nexus 6 right now

Google just released the finished goods of Android 7.0 Nougat to those impatient Nexus owners out there, making good on rumors and promises that Nougat will be available before the summer is over. 

We haven't had a summer Android release since way back when Jelly Bean was outed in July 2012, so this marks a pretty significant change, indicating that more frequent and sped up updates may be in the future of Android, unlike the annual cycles available in the fall that we've had for the past three editions or so. 

That's all fine and dandy, but we know you want the sticky teeth-crushing Nougat right now if you are the proud owner of a Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C tablet, or a General Mobile 4G, so here's what to do:

1. You can just wait until the official OTA update notification hits your handset or tablet in the next few days or weeks, tap install and that's that;

2. Or, you can actually push the update to your handset right now by simply signing up for the Android Beta Program. Make sure you use the Google account that is active on your Nexus gear, choose the device you wish to enroll, and sign up - Google will usually push the latest update, which just happens to be Android 7.0 Nougat now, to your unsuspecting handset in a jiffy.

As for the rest of Android gear owners, well, custom ROMs will be here in no time to save the day for those more adventurous and with more popular handsets, while those who don't want to push it, will have to wait quite a bit longer to jab their teeth in sticky Nougat.

Related phones

Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h talk time)
Nexus 5X
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh(20h talk time)



1. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Be careful if you sign up for the beta program just to get the update. If you opt out of the beta later on you'll have to wipe your device.

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

No joke, I ended up going back to Marshmallow when I first went to Android N Beta, I couldn't handle all the issues.... that was several months ago and I've still been too lazy to reconfigure all my custom contact's ringtones and text notifications..... It's always such a hassle.

28. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

That's why its a Beta bro...don't expect it to be stable until later versions come in

4. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Incorrect. Doesn't wipe your device if you opt out.

6. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Have you tried this? Maybe it wiped only when opting out of the dev previews.

9. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Didn't wipe out my device. I updated and then opted out immediately.

13. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

On which model did you update? I've just enrolled and and received OTA for the dev 5 preview on my Nexus 6.

14. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

It wipes your device only if it's running the beta version

29. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I await to hear from my friends who own the 6P if the random wakelocks from Google Play Services (not store) are still there eating up the battery. If iOS can go into deep sleep without issue Google should have no problem doing the same considering their rather high requirements to being a software dev at their company.

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You can also install factory images when they're released as well. I never have, but you can do it.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

16 hours in and I'm already starting to question if Doze is working properly. I've had my Nexus 6P off the charger for 2 hours now and it's dropped 8% with next to no interaction from me... I would think it would be working much better than that..... Anyone else have any early observations they care to share? I've had Nougat for 16 hours so far and everything else is smooth as silk.

21. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I don't have the N update yet, but after most updates there will be large battery drain for awhile. It takes a while for the software to shake out, and some services need to adjust to the newer OS. If it's still that way after a few days to a week, then I'd start to worry. Many people suggest doing a factory reset so everything starts fresh. I've never done it, but those that suggest it swear by it.

25. AlikMalix unregistered

Vzwuser is right? That also happens on major iOS updates too. Give it a couple of days.

26. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Were you shocked I was right? ;-)

23. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

I was about to ask about Doze. Hope your experience is a bug and it gets improved. As good as Sony's Stamina on lollipop. I can dream can't I?

20. Nopers unregistered

I bet the battery life still won't beat the 6/6S plus though

24. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Standby won't. Other than that it depends upon the devices.

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.