This guide will explain how to easily install Google’s latest release of Android 7.1.2 Nougat for all Nexus and Pixel devices. After debuting Nougat in August of 2016 and an update in December, Google’s ready for the next step. Here’s how to get Android 7.1.2 Nougat on your Nexus or Pixel today.
Most users are currently enjoying Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which was released in December. However, Google is ready for the next version and have already started a beta program. Read on for more details.
Users can simply sign up for the beta or download the Android 7.1.2 Nougat System Factory Image. Which contains all the files needed to install the latest software on the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5x, Nexus 6P, Pixel C and Nexus Player. Some devices will get it at a later date, while others like the Nexus 6 will not. Lets get started.
First things first, the Android Beta program is without a doubt the easiest way to go about things. It’s dead simple, doesn’t erase any information, and is all done by Google. Start by heading to Android.com/beta and enroll your eligible device.
However, this was supposed to start on January 30th and we’re still not seeing the update arrive. If you don’t want to wait (or partake in the beta) flashing the just released factory images is the fastest way.
What’s New in Android 7.1.2 Nougat
Android 7.0 Nougat was a major release for Google’s smartphones and tablets. It adds a slew of features which are highlighted in the vs and what’s new post linked to at the top of the page. Considering this is just a maintenance release and small update, there isn’t much that’s new. Here’s what we know right now:
“Android 7.1.2 is an incremental maintenance release focused on refinements, so it includes a number of bugfixes and optimizations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users. ” — Google
Google didn’t share too many details, but we can expect multiple beta releases with more features as 2017 progresses. It will fix some problems, optimize performance and do a few other things. Stay tuned for more details. Now, lets install it.
This guide will show you how to install the just released Android 7.1.2 Nougat update right now, instead of waiting. This is something you can do from Windows, Mac, Linux or ChromeOS. There are multiple ways this can be done, and lots of things that can go wrong, but below are the easiest steps without spending hours setting up all of Google’s developer software. First you’ll need ADB, some files, factory images and then we’ll be ready.
How to Install ADB on Windows, Mac, Ubuntu & ChromeOS
Before you can install Android 7.1.2 to the Nexus 5x, Pixel XL or others you will need to install ADB and Fastboot to your computer. This is a program that runs on your PC/Mac to connect to your Android device through a USB cable and flash Android software to a device.
Installing ADB and Fastboot is one of the most annoying parts of installing Android factory images, but several tools make it incredibly easy.
How to Install ADB on Windows
Those using a Windows computer can download the 15 second adb installer to streamline the process and get up and running in a few minutes.
Download the ADB installer for Windows. Find the file, right-click on it and choose Run as Administrator. When prompted you need to give the app access to run as an administrator. After the app launches type a Y and enter to select yes to Install ADB & Fastboot, to install ADB/Fastboot systemwide and to install Drivers. When a new window pops up follow the steps to install the drivers.
After this is installed you should be ready to flash the Android 7.1.2 Nougat release to any supported device.
How to Install ADB on Mac, Linux & ChromeOS
Nexus Tools makes it easy to install ADB on a Mac, Linux or even ChromeOS. Simply open Terminal on the computer and past in the code from xda. Open terminal by going to search, and just type Terminal to open it. Then copy/paste that code to get started.
This will install ADB and Fastboot on Mac, Linux and Chrome OS without the need to do anything else. It’s extremely easy, and avoids all the ADB package mess that typically takes much much longer to complete.
After the script finishes type ADB or Fastboot to start running either process. This is where you’ll need to be to flash the new Android 7.1.2 system images provided by Google to your device. Remember to head into settings > developer options and enable USB Debugging first.
Install Android 7.1.2 Nougat Right Now
The first thing you need to do is download the Android 7.1.2 Nougat Beta System Image for your device. These aren’t in the typical location, because it’s a beta. You’ll have to agree to the terms to proceed. Click the links below to download the files for each device. Some will be released at a later date.
So far Google has released the image for most supported devices, but not all. It’s available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Pixel C and Nexus Player. The Nexus 6P will be added in the coming weeks. However, Android 7.1.2 will not come to the Nexus 6 or Nexus 9.
- Nexus 5X Android 7.1.2 Image (Coming Soon)
- Nexus 6P Android 7.1.2 Image (Coming In a Few Weeks)
- Google Pixel Android 7.1.2 Image
- Pixel XL Android 7.1.2 Image
- Pixel C Tablet Android 7.1.2 Image
- Nexus Player Android 7.1.2 Image
Next you will need to unzip these files to a folder you can access. We unzipped it to our Mac desktop. After you have the Android 7.1.2 Nougat system image unzipped you will need to find it. Then type cmd into the address bar on Windows, or open terminal and direct it to this new folder on Mac, Linux or Chrome OS. Reminder, if you’re on a MAC you need to make sure terminal is running inside the folder you just unzipped.
If your Nexus/Pixel is not bootloader unlocked you should do that first. We could not install the Android 7.1.2 System image and update with the device locked. This will wipe your device and erase all user data, settings, pictures, etc. Repeat, this will erase everything! If you don’t want to do this, just enroll in the beta mentioned earlier. Then wait for it to arrive.
Open a Terminal in the adb folder and type the command below then hit enter.
adb reboot bootloader
In Fastboot type:
fastboot oem unlock
Then hit enter. Follow the on-screen instructions and choose to erase the device. Wait a minute or so for it to unlock. This removes everything on your device.
Nexus 6P users will need to use “fastboot devices” and then “fastboot flashing unlock” to unlock the bootloader. Then proceed.
Flash the Image
Now open the folder containing the unzipped Android 7.1.2 System Image file you just downloaded. Type cmd in the address bar. Type the multiple commands posted below and hit enter. Or copy and paste to avoid mistakes. On a Mac you can open Terminal in the folder by enabling terminal shortcuts in settings. This is key for Mac users. Head to System Preferences and select Keyboard > Shortcuts > Services. Find “New Terminal at Folder” in the settings and click the box. Now when you’re in Finder, just right-click a folder and you’re shown the option to open Terminal. Or just do it from the desktop where you unzipped the Factory image as shown below.
Once in terminal simply copy and paste the commands below to install Android 7.1.2 to your Nexus or Pixel phone.
This will flash all of the needed files. If you are on a Mac or other computer you will need to type;
This will push all of the files and update your device to the latest official release of Android 7.1.2 Nougat right from Google. The files will start sending and installing and your Nexus device may reboot. Take a look at the new updating animation, and wait for the process to complete. The logo screen may stay for a long time. Don’t unplug the device. This may last 10 minutes or longer. When Android prompts you to complete setup you can unplug the Nexus. It took less than two minutes for us.
It’s worth noting that some users may experience a “missing system.img” error and the installation will be aborted. This is because the way you’re trying to flash the update. Instructions on how to get around this can be found right here. Essentially users will need to unzip the update.zip folder and move all the images to the original folder we mentioned above, then manually flash them one by one, vs the flash-all command we’re using here. Only do this if you run into issues with missing images. It takes a few more steps, but works all the same.
When the process finishes you can enter your information or Gmail account and start using Android 7.1.2 right now on your Nexus devices. As soon as the rest of the factory images are posted we will add the download links. If you don’t want to start fresh, just enter the beta program.
Android 7.1.2 Nougat Release Date
For right now the only way to get Android 7.1.2 Nougat is the beta program or flashing the factory images. We’re expecting Google to release at least two betas before the official release date later this year.
Speaking of which, Android 7.1.2 Nougat won’t be here for a while. That’s why many may want to follow our steps above instead. According to the official announcement Android 7.1.2 Nougat should be released in “the next couple of months”. Meaning we have a little while longer to wait. As soon as we know more details about what’s new, we’ll share all of the details. Give the instructions above a try and enjoy Google’s newest software.