How to Update Huawei Nexus 6P to Android N Developer Preview

Rafia Shaikh
Posted Apr 13, 2016
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Google has started releasing the second developer preview of Android N. If you are looking for steps to help you update Nexus 6P to Android N, you will find all the details here. We have already shared with you the complete changelog and download links for the factory images for all the Nexus devices. Here is how you can update Nexus 6P to NPC56W Android N developer preview. You can follow these same steps to flash the latest images on your own Nexus device; just make sure to use the relevant download links from this post.

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Prerequisites to update Nexus 6P to Android N NPC56W:

  • Create a backup of all important data on your Nexus 6P.
  • Download and install USB drivers for Nexus in your computer.
  • The Nexus bootloader should be unlocked.
  • Enable USB debugging option by pressing Menu > Settings > Applications. Navigate and tap on Developer Options to ensure that USB Debugging is enabled.
  • Ensure that your Nexus device carries more than 70% of charge.

Steps to update Nexus 6P to Android N NPC56W:

Required files: Download NPC56W Android N for your Nexus 6P from here.

Step 1: Connect your Nexus 6P using a USB cable and turn it off.

Step 2: Now, start the device in Fastboot mode: turn on the phone while pressing and holding the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power keys until you see the Fastboot menu and the START text on top.

Step 3: Extract the downloaded Android N file anywhere in your PC. Go to _NPC56W_ folder and copy/paste all the files to your Fastboot directory (which often is the platform-tools folder inside Android SDK directory).

Step 4: This step involves flashing the desired factory image to your Nexus device. Open the folder containing the Android N factory image downloaded and extracted. In the address bar, type cmd and type the command written below and press enter.

  • On Windows: Run flash-all.bat
  • On Mac: Run flash-all.sh using Terminal
  • On Linux: Run flash-all.sh

Once the script finishes running, your Nexus 6P will reboot. First boot may take up to 5 minutes, so don’t be worried if it takes your device longer than usual to boot up.

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