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Update Nexus 9 to Android 7.0 NRD90M Nougat OTA Official Firmware

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We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install the official Android 7.0 Nougat (NRD90M) OTA update on Nexus 9 using the ADB sideload method. This tutorial is for beginners who are not used to installing such OTA update files manually on 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. We are not responsible if you mess up with your Nexus 9.

Just To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for HTC Nexus 9. Please do not try it for any other phone that you are not sure of.
  • Your phone 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 7.0 Nougat.
  • Enjoy Android 7.0 on your device and let us know your review about it!

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download Android 7.0 OTA File for Nexus 9 on your PC, if you haven’t already.

Step 2 – Please make sure ADB is configured and properly installed on your computer. How? See here: How to Set Up ADB and Fastboot with Android SDK.

Step 3 – Copy/paste the downloaded ZIP file (in Step 1) to your ADB / Fastboot directory and rename it to something shorter. For example, here we will rename the file as

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 4 – Turn OFF your Nexus 9.

Step 5 – Get into the Fastboot/Bootloader Mode on your phone. Turn ON the phone while pressing and holding the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons till you see the Fastboot menu and ‘Start’ on top.

Step 6 – Press the Volume Down key several times till you see “Recovery mode” on your screen. Press the Power button to select it. Your phone will reboot and get into the Recovery Mode.

Step 7 – The device is now in recovery mode and an Android logo with red exclamation mark should appear on screen. Then, hold Power button and press Volume Up button once, and a menu will be shown.

Step 8 – Navigate using your volume keys and select the option “Apply update from ADB” with the Power button.

Step 9 – Now connect the phone to your computer using the USB cable.

Step 10 – Navigate to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt) on your computer. The file downloaded in Step 1 should also be here in this same directory.

Step 11 – Type in the following command and press Enter.

adb sideload

Step 12 – After the installation completes, you should select “Reboot system now” and wait with patience for the phone to boot up completely. First boot after an update might take about 5 minutes!

That’s it! Your Nexus 9 should now have the official Android 7.0 NRD90M Nougat software update installed on your phone! Go to Settings >About phone to verify.

ROOT TUTORIAL: How to Root Nexus 9 on Android 7.0 NRD90M Nougat Official Update.

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