Nexus 7 (2013) just received a new build for the Android 6.0 Marshmallow – build MRA58U. There has been no changelog or official announcements about this update, but it looks like an incremental one that would only bring a small bug fix. Since the factory image was just released officially, an OTA update should be rolling out soon to your Nexus 7 tablets. As for those who can’t wait to try out the new changes, the factory image is available for manual installation. You can manually update Nexus 7 to Android 6.0 MRA58U factory image from the tutorial below — and root Nexus 7 on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This is a full firmware and does not require your Nexus 7 to be on a specific Android version from before.
As you continue reading below, we will guide you through how to backup data, some other important tips and the entire process of how to install Android 6.0 MRA58U on Nexus 7 using the official stock factory image. The only catch is that if this will be your first time playing around with a stock factory image, you might have to unlock your bootloader first before continuing – which means wiping all of your tablet data. Make sure you read all the step-by-step instructions carefully before performing it. Let’s continue to the tutorial below.
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Nexus 7 Android 6.0 MRA58U Marshmallow Factory Image Details:
Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Nexus 7 phones, but this specific build is only for the Nexus 7 tablet and has the following changes:
- Bug fixes
Also, you might be interested in the following posts:
- Install Marshmallow: How to Install Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of custom ROMs on Team Android, visit our Custom ROM section!
If you plan on rooting this tablet or are still confused for why to root Nexus 7, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
ASUS Nexus 7 USB Drivers
You will need to connect your Android tablet with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the Android 6.0 USB drivers for ASUS Nexus 7 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
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:
- Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your tablet, we strongly recommend you to also backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing tablet set up.
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
1. Having problems connecting your Android tablet 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 and Marshmallow.
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 tablet goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your tablet 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 tablet 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 below and update Nexus 7 to the official Android 6.0 factory image for the latest Marshmallow firmware.
Install Android 6.0 MRA58U on Nexus 7 with Marshmallow Factory Image
We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install the official Android 6.0 Marshmallow (MRA58U) on Nexus 7 using the factory image provided by Google. This tutorial is for beginners who are not used to playing around with official factory images by Google for their Nexus devices.
Please make sure your phone fulfills all the requirements and you read the entire tutorial once before actually performing it on your device.
Disclaimer: Try this on your own risk. I’m not responsible if you mess up with your Nexus 7.
Just To Remember:
- This tutorial is only for ASUS Nexus 7 and I am not sure if it will work on the other variants of this tablet.
- Your tablet can be on any previous Android version or even on a custom ROM. It doesn’t matter at all. This tutorial will still work for installing Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
- Your bootloader should be unlocked.
- Enjoy Android 6.0 on your device and let us know your review about it!
NOTE: Installing Android 6.0 MRA58U Marshmallow factory image will WIPE / DELETE / ERASE everything from your tablet if your bootloader is not already unlocked. Please make sure you have a backup of all the data. Read: How to Backup Android Apps and Other Data.
Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:
Step 1 – Download Android 6.0 Factory Image using the following links for Nexus 7 on your PC, if you haven’t already.
- Download Android 6.0 Image for Nexus 7 (WiFi).
- Download Android 6.0 Image for Nexus 7 (LTE).
Step 2 – Connect your Nexus 7 to your computer using the USB cable.
Step 3 – Please make sure Fastboot is configured and properly installed on your computer. How? See here: How to Set Up ADB and Fastboot with Android SDK.
Step 4 – Turn OFF your tablet.
Step 5 – Get into the Fastboot/Bootloader Mode on your device. Turn ON the tablet while pressing and holding the Volume Up + Power buttons till you see the Fastboot menu and START on top.
Step 6 – Now extract the downloaded file anywhere in your computer. Go to the folder razor-MRA58U and then copy/paste all the files to your Fastboot directory.
Note: If you followed our tutorial on setting up Fastboot on your computer, there is a 99% chance your Fastboot directory will be the platform-tools folder in your Android SDK directory.
Step 7 – From the factory image files in your Fastboot directory, do the following depending which OS you are on:
- On Windows: Run the file “flash-all.bat”.
- On Mac: Run the file “flash-all.sh” using Terminal.
- On Linux: Run the file “flash-all.sh”.
Step 8 – That’s pretty much that you had to do for flashing the stock factory image on your Nexus 7. Now wait and watch as the process is completed — or follow the on-screen instructions on your tablet if in case you have to unlock the bootloader.
Step 9 – After the installation completes, your tablet will boot now and it might take about 5 minutes to boot on your first time. So, please wait with patience!
That’s it! Your Nexus 7 should now have the official Android 6.0 MRA58U Marshmallow software update installed on your tablet using the stock factory image from Google! Go to Settings >About tablet to verify.
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