The rare Google Pixel XL smartphone can now be installed with latest Android 7.1.1 NOF27B Nougat firmware. Users have lately seen a shortage of Pixel smartphones in stores and Google is failing to meet with online demand as well. Nonetheless, lucky Pixel XL owners can now update to Android 7.1.1 NOF27B Nougat firmware. This update brings in the security patch release for the month of March 2017. Apart from that, there will be minor bug fixes but all of these changes wouldn’t be directly noticeable. On to how you can actually update? The two main procedures include the built-in update OTA(Over-the-air) system while the other is manual update. We will be covering the latter in this article. We have given all the steps needed for updating your Google Pixel XL to Android 7.1.1 NOF27B Nougat manually right below. After updating your smartphone, you can read on how to root Pixel XL on this Nougat update. 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 – which means wiping all of your phone data.
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 7.1.1 NOF27B image, let’s take a look below at how to backup all your data. When installing this Android 7.1.1 Nougat 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.
Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmware, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉
Pixel XL Android 7.1.1 NOF27B Factory Image Details:
Android 7.1.1 Nougat is now available for the Nexus 5X, Pixel XL, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 and Nexus 9 phones and tablets. These are the major changes in Nougat release of Android 7.1.1, as per Google:
The monthly security update from Google brings in latest security patches and bug fixes. This monthly set release of firmware gives Google an opportunity to not only push the newest security fixes but also address any sort of underlying issues present in the firmware. Apart from the security update, nothing major has changed but this shouldn’t keep you from updating as these monthly updates are crucial for reliability.
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Root Tutorial: How to Root Pixel XL on Android 7.1.1 NOF27B Nougat Official Update.
- Install Nougat: How to Install Android 7.1.1 Nougat on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For the complete collection of Lollipop 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 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?
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.
If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!
All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading on the next page and update your Pixel XL to Android 7.1.1 factory image.