How To Update Your Nexus Phone To Android ‘O’ Manually Full Tutorial
Google’s upcoming version of Android, namely Android O, is still a long way far before it’s revealed. But just like last time Google has released the Android O developer preview images on their official site so that app developers can fine-tune their apps to work with Android O before its final release.
These developer preview images of the Android O currently only support the
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus 5X
- Pixel C
- Nexus Player
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
If you own any of the phone listed above than you can download & install the Android O developer preview on your phone! And I’m here to show you how to do it manually.
Before You Flash
Though before jumping into the Android O hype train & deleting your current OS. I need to make one thing clear that This version is not stable and if you aren’t careful, One miss-hit can make your phone end up dead. Like I said previously, the software is still in development so expect regular crashes and freezes.
Download Android O Developer Preview For Your Phone
If you’re still daring enough to install the Android O developer preview here are the download links. Make sure to download the one made specifically for your phone!
These are the only devices that support Android O developer preview at the moment. More may get added later so check out the official website from here if you’re from the future.
How To Download & Install Android O Developer Preview Manually
Here’s the manual tutorial on how to download & install the Android ‘O’ Developer Preview on your supported device. Keep in mind though that this process is a little bit on the geeky side and you really need to have an idea of what you’re doing as well as have an backup of your current ROM before attempting this because a wrong flash can brick your phone for good.
If you’re kinda scared by the words I just said and you’re about to close this tab STOP. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty by the manual method you can always try the Android O Beta Program By Google. Its a much more easier process but it may not work for all regions/devices though.
1: Install the latest Android Debug Bridge (ADB) tool on your PC.
2: This installs the ADB program, which can be accessed through the command terminal on your PC.
3: Add the folder where you’ve installed ADB to the PATH by following these steps: Right click My Computer and click on Properties. Click on Advanced System Settings.
4: Click on System Properties > Advanced > Environment Variables. In the window, select Path, then click on Edit, and then type in the name of the directory where you installed the SDK, and remember that each entry is separated by a semi-colon.
5: Enable USB debugging on your device. First, go to Settings > About Phone > Software information. Tap Build number seven times.
6: Go to Settings > Developer options. Tick USB debugging. Make sure you’ve downloaded the correct correct OTA binary for your device from the links given above:
7: Connect your device to your computer over USB, and make sure USB debugging is enabled as described above.
8: Via the ADB tool, go to the command terminal and execute the following: adb reboot recovery. Your device is now in recovery mode, and users will see an Android logo with a red exclamation on their display.
9: Hold the power button and press the volume up key once, and you will be shown a menu. Within the menu, select Apply update from ADB. Remember, volume keys help you navigate up and down, while the power button makes a selection.
10: Run the following command on the ADB tool via your PC: ADB sideload (OTA file.zip). Do replace the ‘OTA file.zip’ in the command with the actual name of the OTA file you have downloaded.
Once the update is finished installing, Choose the option Reboot system now. after which your phone will…reboot. (duh).
So, did the process worked? How’s the new Android O feels like? comment your problems & opinions in the comment section down-below! And if you know someone who’ll find this tutorial helpful do share it with them!
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