Update Google Pixel XL to Android 7.1.1 NMF26U Nougat Official Factory Image

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As a part of the Google Pixel lineup, the Pixel XL has started receiving the January security patch build with the title Android 7.1.1 NMF26U Nougat. This new firmware carries the latest security patch and nothing more. There are minor bug fixes but you wont notice any major experience change. Regardless of the magnitude of these changes, we recommend you jump to this firmware version immediately. Google has already made it very easy to update the Pixel XL as the phone itself can be configured with background updates. If you can’t however find the update or are rooted / running a modified system, you should read our manual guide. The manual procedure wipes data so make sure you have everything backed up. You can manually update Pixel XL to Android 7.1.1 NMF26U factory image from the tutorial below — and also root Pixel XL on this Nougat update. The only catch is that if this will be your first time playing around with a factory image, you might have to unlock your bootloader first before continuing – which means wiping all of your phone data.

If this is your very first time installing / flashing a factory image, we understand you would want to make sure your installation process go as smooth as possible. So before we actually jump to the installation process of Android 7.1.1 NMF26U image, let’s take a look below at how to backup all your data. When installing this Android 7.1.1 Nougat factory image, your entire data will be wiped clean — like a brand new phone. As a Pixel XL user, you have several options to choose from depending on how you want to store your data. These are the some of the tips given below that we want you to keep in mind and then proceed.

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Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmware, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Pixel XL Android 7.1.1 NMF26U Factory Image Details:

Android 7.1.1 Nougat is now available for the Nexus 5X, Pixel XL, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 and Nexus 9 phones and tablets. These are the major changes in Nougat release of Android 7.1.1, as per Google:

The newer firmware now sports the latest January 2017 security patch. It is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat which itself has loads of new features such as Google assistant integration, better Android Pay and more. Moreover, with newer builds, we do expect newer hardware drivers which therein improve the overall performance of the device.

Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:

If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Pixel XL, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

Google Pixel XL USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Google Pixel XL properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Google Pixel XL USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop and Nougat.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend not to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

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All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading on the next page and update your Pixel XL to Android 7.1.1 factory image.


  • Sean Fisher

    “Step 6 – Now extract the downloaded file anywhere in your computer. Go to the folder sailfish-NMF26U and then copy/paste all the files to your Fastboot directory.”

    Did you mean, “marlin-NMF26U”?