Google finally released a preview build of Android N specifically for the Android developers of all over the world. Developers were not expected too early of this release. But there is a solid reason behind this early release, Google basically wants to get as much feedback as possible before the final release of Android N. If you love to try the latest technology before the final release you could try the preview on your Nexus devices. What you need to have one of the following Nexus devices:
- Nexus 6
- Nexus 9
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus Player
- Pixel C
The two tested and working methods has been released to install the preview build on Android N on your Nexus device. The first option is to enroll your device into Android Beta Program, to get the regular over-the-air (OTA) updates of all builds of N Developer Preview. This method is the recommended one, because through this you can experience the seamlessly transition within your current environment via the updates of the N Developer Preview. And the second method is manually installing the N Developer Preview on your Nexus devices using PC. But in this case you have to install all the new updates each time manually.
Warning: Your device data will be wiped f you proceed with this guide, so its recommended to backup all your important data before starting with this guide. Also, Android N officially at dev preview stage so do not consider using it as a daily driver. And, proceed at your own risk.
1. Android Beta Program
- First of all, enroll your Nexus device to the Android Beta Program.
- Click on this link and then Sign-In using your Google account (Use that account which you use to Sign-In into your Nexus device).
- Check whether your device is listed in the eligible devices category or not.
- Then select the right device and enroll it in the Beta program.
Once you successfully enrolled in the beta program, you will receive an update every 4 to 6 weeks, until the public launch of Android N, hopefully in the third quarter of 2016. For more information regarding same follow the link given above or drop your queries in the comment section below.
Note: Just in case if you opt-out while your device is running a beta version of Android, all your device data will be wiped.
2. The Manual Method
- Download the factory image for your device from here on your PC. (scroll down to Flashing a device manually for the download links)
- Go to Android Developers Official website and download factory image for your device on your PC.
- Install Minimal ADB and Fastboot on your PC. Follow this comprehensive guide to install Minimal ADB and Fastboot on your PC.
- Go to developer options of your device and enable USB debugging. If developer options is not visible, then you will have to enable it first by tapping build number several times which you can easily find in the About Phone option under Settings app.
- When you plug in the device for the first time, you have to accept Always allow from this computer to enable USB Debugging.
- Turn off your device and unplug it from your PC.
- Now boot the device into bootloader / fastboot mode. To do so, press and hold these keys (Volume down/up + Power) together for 6-7 second.
- You should see the bootloader screen, now connect the device to the PC using stock USB cable.
Note: Choose Fastboot if this option is available.
- You can also boot your device into bootloader mode without powering it off. To do this, simply push the following code while connected to the PC.
adb reboot bootloader
- Now plug in the device to the PC and wait until the drivers installed.
- Browse that folder on PC where you have downloaded the factory image file, use any unzip tool to extract that file to get files with .img extension.
- In the extracted files, you will find flash-all.bat file, simply execute this file on Windows PC and confirm the process of flashing. Just wait for few seconds for the process to finish. Linux or Mac users run the flash-all.sh file, and follow the instructions.
- Once the process finished, reboot the device.
To receive the further update over the air, simply enroll your device into Android beta program right after flashing the update manually.
We would love to hear from you regarding the newly released Android N, share your experience with us in the comment section below. If you encounter any issue while installing Android N on your device please let us know.