Nexus users are starting to get the new Android 7.0 Nougat update straight on their devices, and in this post, we will show you how to update your HTC Nexus 9 to Android 7.0 NRD90M Nougat via OTA. The final build name for Android 7.0 Nougat is NRD90M. Right now, Google has initiated the OTA update and has started to roll it out to everyone. However, the builds haven’t been published on the developer sites and are only available through captured links thanks to users who got this update. As with any other OTA update, it can take days or even weeks to arrive on your device after it is initially spotted but through this guide, you can immediately install it on your HTC Nexus 9. You can manually update Nexus 9 to Android 7.0 NRD90M software update from the tutorial below. You do not need to have an unlocked bootloader since this is an official OTA update image file. Your data is also safe and will not be wiped clean, but it is always better to backup your data.
If this is your very first time installing / flashing an OTA update file via ADB manually, 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 7.0 NRD90M image, let’s take a look below at how to backup all your data. As a Nexus 9 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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Nexus 9 Android 7.0 NRD90M OTA Update Details:
Android 7.0 Nougat is now available for the Nexus 9, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, and Nexus 9 phones and tablets. These are the major changes in Nougat release of Android 7.0, as per Google:
Google just launched Android 7.0 Nougat that brings expanded emoji, quick settings, new notifications panel, multi-window support, quick switch, direct reply from notifications and much better battery stats. Games will run much faster with improved graphics and Google has made Android much more secure with seamless updates and file-based encryption.
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Root Tutorial: How to Root Nexus 9 on Android 7.0 NRD90M Nougat Official Update.
- Custom ROMs: For the complete collection of Marshmallow based ROMs for the Nexus 9, visit our Custom ROMs page.
If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Nexus 9, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
HTC Nexus 9 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 HTC Nexus 9 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 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 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?
3. 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 9 with Android 7.0 Nougat OTA update.