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Update Nexus 6 to Android N NPD90G Developer Preview 5 Factory Image

Install Android N NPD90G Developer Preview 5 on your Motorola Nexus 6 manually through this quick and simple guide. This is the last build of Developer Previews for Android N as Google claims after this it will proceed to the public release. The stability level of this build is quite high and can be considered as “near-to-final”, Google says. All the features which were discussed during Google I/O are now implemented and working. After installation of this preview, developers can rigorously test their apps and have them published on Play Store as Android N compliant. OTA (Over-the-air) update system is available for the new Developer Preview builds so if you are already running an older preview just check for new updates. However, if you want to flash the image manually, this is the guide to follow. The exact Android N Developer Preview 5 build is NPD90G for Nexus 6. You can manually update Nexus 6 to Android N NPD90G factory image from the tutorial below — and also root Nexus 6 on this firmware release. 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 and installing a system image on a device removes all data from the device, so you should back up your data first.

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 N NPD90G image, let’s take a look below at how to backup all your data. When installing this Android N Developer Preview 5 factory image, your entire data will be wiped clean — like a brand new phone. As a Nexus 6 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.

Nexus 6

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Nexus 6 Android N NPD90G Factory Image Details:

Android N Developer Preview 5 is now available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6, and Nexus 9 phones and tablets. These are the major changes in Developer Preview 5 release of Android N, as per Google:

As we close in on the public rollout of Android 7.0 Nougat to devices later this summer, today we’re releasing Developer Preview 5, the last milestone of this preview series. Last month’s Developer Preview included the final APIs for Nougat; this preview gives developers the near-final system updates for all of the supported preview devices, helping you get your app ready for consumers.

Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:

If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Nexus 6, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

Motorola Nexus 6 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 Motorola Nexus 6 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Motorola Nexus 6 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 Developer Preview 5.

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 Nexus 6 to Android N factory image.

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