How to Update Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X to NPF10C Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview


Google has started rolling out the highly anticipated Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview. The easiest way to get these latest preview updates is by enrolling in the Android Beta Program. However, if you can't wait for the OTA updates, you can manually install NPF10C Android 7.1 Nougat on your Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. Here's how.

Prerequisites to install NPF10C Android 7.1 Nougat on Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

  • Create a backup of all important data on your Nexus device.
  • Download and install USB drivers for Nexus in your computer.
  • Unlock Nexus bootloader.
  • The Android SDK should be installed on your PC with ADB and Fastboot command working.
  • Enable USB debugging option by pressing Menu > Settings > Applications. Navigate and tap on Developer Options to enable USB Debugging.
  • Ensure that your Nexus phone carries more than 70% of charge.

Steps to install NPF10C Android 7.1 preview on Nexus 6P and 5X

Required files: Download NPF10C Android 7.1 factory images for your Nexus devices from here. Remember to download the factory images, NOT the OTA files.

  1. Connect Nexus your Nexus 5X or 6P using a USB cable and turn it off. Make sure that Fastboot is installed on your PC.
  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.
  3. Extract the downloaded Android 7.1 DP file on your PC. Go to _npf10c_ folder and copy/paste all the files to your Fastboot directory (which often is the platform-tools folder inside the Android SDK directory).
  4. This step involves flashing the desired factory image to your Nexus device. Open the folder containing the Android Nougat factory image downloaded and extracted. In the address bar, type cmd and type the command written below and press enter.
    1. On Windows: Run flash-all.bat
    2. On Mac: Run using Terminal
    3. Linux: Run
  5. Once the script finishes running, your Nexus device 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.

Enjoy the brand new features that Android 7.1 promises for your non-Pixel, Nexus devices. For more information, please visit the official developer website. As for other Nexus devices, hold on until November as Google has promised to release the preview for more devices later in the year.