How to Update and Root Nexus 9 LTE on Android 7.0 Nougat NRD90R

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Oct 7, 2016

Google officially released Android 7.0 Nougat on August 22. While available for several other Nexus devices, the company had promised that Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE will receive the latest OS in the coming weeks. Following the release of Android 7.0 for Nexus 6 earlier this week, now we are also seeing the update being sent out to Nexus 9 LTE. You can now update your HTC Nexus 9 LTE to Android 7.0 Nougat over-the-air.

This update includes the security patch of September, which is odd since Nexus 6 received October’s security patch. In any case, it’s the latest update available for your Nexus 9 LTE and Google would probably send October’s security patch with another OTA update. Follow this guide to update Nexus 9 LTE to Android 7.0 Nougat.

Prerequisites to update Nexus 9 LTE to Android 7.0 Nougat 

  • Create a backup of all important data on your Nexus 9 device. Creating a Nandroid backup of your device is highly recommended.
  • Download and install USB drivers for Nexus 9 in your computer.
  • Enable USB debugging option by pressing Menu > Settings > Applications. Navigate and tap on Developer Options to ensure that USB Debugging is enabled.
  • Make sure that Android SDK is installed on your system and you have experience working downloading and installing files with it.
  • Ensure that your Nexus 9 carries more than 70% of charge.

How to update Nexus 9 LTE to Android 7.0 Nougat NRD90R

Required files: download Android 7.0 for Nexus 9 (LTE). Once downloaded, follow these steps to flash NRD90R Android 7.0 Nougat on Nexus 9 LTE.

  • Connect your Nexus 9 using a USB cable and turn it off.
  • Now, start the device in Fastboot mode (assuming that you have Fastboot and ADB already set up and ready to use): turn off your device. Then, press and hold Volume UpPower and Home buttons until you see the Fastboot mode. You will see a START option at the top of the screen.
  • Go to the downloaded folder volantis-NRD90R and copy / paste all the files to your Fastboot directory. Your Fastboot directory should be the platform-tools folder in the Android SDK directory.
  • Unlock the bootloader:
    • fastboot oem unlock – confirm.
  • From the factory images files in your Fastboot directory (platform-tools folder), also run the following command depending on your operating system:
    • Windows: Run flash-all.bat
    • Mac: Run using Terminal
    • Linux: Run
  • Once the script finishes running, your Nexus 9 will reboot.

Your Nexus 9 is now running the latest Android 7.0 Nougat. You can follow the steps in this guide using the latest links to root Nexus 9 on Android 7.0. For more details, please read the official instructions.