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How to Install Android N on a Nexus Device


How to Install Android N on a Nexus Device

In a surprising move, Google has released the developer preview of Android N, the upcoming version of Android. We had already covered the leaked screenshots indicating the new features coming to Android N. The company is providing the latest preview build for Nexus devices and this includes Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, and Pixel C devices.

So in case you have any of these devices, you can try installing the latest preview version of Android N. If you are looking forward to installing Android N, here is how to do it.

Android N_1

[box type=”warning” ]Note: This initial preview release is for developers only and not intended for daily use or consumer use. This might contain bugs, so you shouldn’t try this if the device is your daily driver.[/box]

The process of installing Android N is simplified by Google. The company is rolling out a new Android Beta Program wherein you can register with any of your Nexus devices.

1. To enroll in the program visit the Android Beta Program site. You’ll see all of the devices registered to your account that is eligible to enroll in Android Beta.

2. Now choose the device you want to install Android N.

3. Once you have enrolled in the beta program, your device will get an OTA update. This update will install Android N on your phone or tablet. In most cases, you will not need to do a full reset of your data to move to Android N, but it’s recommended that you back up any data you don’t want to lose before enrolling the device.


In case you do not want to proceed with this method, you can also download the system image. To manually flash the system image to your device and control the updates yourself, you can download the appropriate system image for your device from the table below.

For this, you will need to unlock the bootloader of your Nexus phone.

DeviceDownload / Checksums
Nexus 5X
MD5: b5cf874021023b398f5b983b24913f5d
SHA-1: 6c877a3d9fae7ec8a1678448e325b77b7a7b143a
Nexus 6
MD5: af183638cf34e0eb944a1957d7696f60
SHA-1: 54b13c6703d369cc79a8fd8728fe4103c6343973
Nexus 6P
MD5: bc4934ea7bd325753eee1606d3725a24
SHA-1: 85ffc1b1be402b1b96f9ba10929e86bba6c6c588
Nexus 9
MD5: c901334c6158351e945f188167ae56f4
SHA-1: 0e8ec8ef98c7a8d4f58d15f90afc5176303efca4
Nexus 9G
MD5: 7bb95bebc478d7257cccb4652899d1b4
SHA-1: 1bafdbfb502e979a9fe4c257a379c4c7af8a3ae6
Nexus Player
MD5: f5d3d8f75836ccfe4c70e8162e498be4
SHA-1: 7027d5b662bceda4c80a91a0a14ef0e5a7ba795b
Pixel C
MD5: 4e21fb183bbbf467bee91598d587fd2e
SHA-1: 335a86a435ee51f18464de343ad2e071c38f0e92
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