Google has recently announced a developer preview image for the Pixel XL, the new Android 7.1.2 NPG05E Nougat. The Pixel XL currently runs Android 7.1.1, and in fact, it was launched with it. This newer build will be the first iteration number change for the Pixel XL to experience. The Android 7.1.2 NPG05E Nougat build isn’t that much of a change but you can assure yourself it does carry improvements. There are two major ways of installing Android 7.1.2 NPG05E Nougat on your Google Pixel XL, the first being the Beta program and the second one being the manual installation. We have detailed the manual procedure right below. As this is an officially supported preview image, you would get further releases and even the final build directly on your Pixel XL via OTA(Over-the-air) update system after you install this. You can manually update Pixel XL to Android 7.1.2 Nougat NPG05E factory image from the tutorial below — and also root Pixel XL 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 7.1.2 Nougat NPG05E image, let’s take a look below at how to backup all your data. When installing this Android 7.1.2 Nougat Developer Preview 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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Pixel XL Android 7.1.2 Nougat NPG05E Factory Image Details:
Android 7.1.2 Nougat Developer Preview is now available for the Pixel XL, Pixel XL XL and Pixel XL C. These are the major changes in Developer Preview release of Android 7.1.2 Nougat, as per Google:
Android 7.1.2 is an incremental maintenance release focused on refinements, so it includes a number of bugfixes and optimizations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users.
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Root Tutorial: How to Root Pixel XL on Android 7.1.2 Nougat NPG05E Developer Preview Official Update.
- Install Nougat on Computer: How to Install Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For the complete collection of Nougat based ROMs for the Pixel XL, visit our Custom ROMs page.
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:
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, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop and Developer Preview.
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 7.1.2 Nougat factory image.