How to Install NMF26F Android 7.1.1 on Nexus 6P and 5X Using Factory Images and OTA Files

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Dec 5, 2016
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After a brief period of testing Android 7.1.1 developer preview, Google has now started to roll out the latest update to Nexus and Pixel devices. We have already shared with you steps to manually update your Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones. However, today’s update is more important and exciting for Nexus users since it brings some Pixel-exclusive features to Google’s Nexus phones. Follow this guide to install NMF26F Android 7.1.1 Nougat on Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X using factory images and OTA files.

The factory images and OTA files used in today’s guide include December’s security patch that fixes some critical security bugs. Can’t miss out on the latest release since it brings both the new features and security fixes? Here’s how to manually update your Nexus phones.

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Prerequisites to flash NMF26F Android 7.1.1 on Nexus 6P, 5X

  • Create a backup of all important data on your Nexus phone.
  • Download and install USB drivers for Nexus on your computer.
  • The Nexus bootloader should be unlocked.
  • You should have Android SDK installed on your PC.
  • 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 phone carries more than 70% of charge.

1- How to flash NMF26F for Nexus 6P, 5X using factory images

Required files: Download NMF26F Android 7.1.1 factory images for your Nexus 6P OR Nexus 5X from here.

  1. Connect your Nexus phone to your PC using a USB cable and turn it off.
  2. Now, start the device in Fastboot mode: turn on the phone while pressing and holding the Volume Down + Power keys until you see the Fastboot menu and the START text on top.
  3. Extract the downloaded Nougat file anywhere on your PC. Go to _NMF26F_ 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 factory image to your Nexus phone. Open the folder containing the factory image downloaded and extracted. In the address bar, type cmd and type the command written below and press enter.
  • Windows: Run flash-all.bat
  • On Mac: Run flash-all.sh using Terminal
  • Linux: Run flash-all.sh

Once the script finishes running, your Nexus 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. Once it’s back up, your Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X will be running the latest version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat. For more details, visit the official site.

2- Update Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X to NMF26F Android 7.1.1 using OTA files

Required Files: Download the correct NMF26F Android 7.1.1 Nougat OTA file for your Nexus on your computer (today’s release doesn’t support Verizon Nexus 6P). Copy and paste the downloaded zip file to your ADB / Fastboot directory, which should be in your Android SDK directory. Rename it to nougat.zip for easier reference.

  1. Turn off your Nexus device.
  2. Enter in the Bootloader mode: turn your phone on while pressing and holding the Volume Down and Power buttons until you see the Fastboot menu.
  3. Now, we will enter the Recovery mode: Press the Volume Down key to scroll down to the Recovery mode and select it using the Power key. Your Nexus will now reboot and enter the recovery mode.
  4. When in the Recovery mode, you will see the Android logo with an exclamation mark. Hold the Power button and press Volume Up once to get the menu. In this menu, you will have to navigate using the volume keys and select any choice using the Power key.
  5. Locate and select the Apply update from ADB.
  6. Now, connect your phone to your computer using the USB cable.
  7. On your computer, go android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory. This is the directory where we saved the Android 7.1.1 Nougat zip file.
  8. Open Command Prompt: Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt.
  9. Type in the following command and press Enter.
    • adb sideload nougat.zip
  10. Once the installation is finished, navigate to and select Reboot system now.
  11. Your Nexus 6P or 5X will now reboot, but it will take over 5 to 7 minutes.

Go to Settings > About phone to verify the update. For more details, visit the official page.

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