How to Update Google Pixel and Pixel XL to Android 7.1.2 NPG05E Nougat


Google started releasing Android 7.1.2 Nougat NPG05E to Pixel and Pixel XL along with Pixel C and Nexus Player. If you are registered to Google's beta program, you will receive the notification to regular over-the-air (OTA) updates of all milestone builds. Want to go the manual way? Here is how to update Pixel to Android 7.1.2 NPG05E. The steps will help you flash factory images on both Google Pixel and Pixel XL.

Prerequisites to update Pixel and Pixel XL to Android 7.1.2 Beta

  • Create a backup of all important data on your Pixel device.
  • Download and install USB drivers for Pixel on your computer.
  • Unlock Pixel 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 Pixel phone carries more than 70% of charge.

Steps to flash Android 7.1.2 NPG05E on Pixel, Pixel XL

Required files: Download factory images for your Pixel or Pixel XL from the links shared below:

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Let's now flash the latest beta beauty on your Google Pixel or Pixel XL.

  1. Connect your device 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 7.1.2 file on your PC. Go to _NPG05E_ 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 Pixel device. Open the Fastboot folder where we just copied our Nougat factory files. 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 Pixel will reboot. First boot may take up to 5 minutes, so don't worry if it takes your device longer than usual to boot up.

Let us know if you like this incremental Android 7.1.2 Beta update. Not a fan? You can always get a factory spec system image and then manually flash it to your device. Check this post for Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Or, for a more updated list of OTA and factory images, head over to Google.