The Nexus 6 has aged, definitely, but Google is still keeping the phone on its software update list as evident with the release of this new firmware, Android 7.1.1 N6F26U Nougat. The changes with this firmware aren’t quite evident on the User Interface side rather, all changes are behind the scenes to make the phone more reliable and less susceptible to exploits. Also, it carries general bug fixes and minor improvements in performance. The installation part is two way. Either you can opt for OTA(Over-the-air) update system or you can follow our manual procedure given below. The manual procedure is special in the fact that it doesn’t have any wait time related to it and also can be applied to modified smartphones. You can also root Nexus 6 on Android 7.1.1 after you update your device. 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 N6F26U 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 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.
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Nexus 6 Android 7.1.1 N6F26U Factory Image Details:
Android 7.1.1 Nougat is now available for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 and Nexus 9 phones. These are the major changes in final 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 Nexus 6 on Android 7.1.1 N6F26U Nougat Official Update.
- TWRP Recovery: How to Install TWRP Recovery on Nexus 6 – Tutorial.
- Unlock Bootloader: How to Unlock Bootloader of Google Nexus 6.
- Install Nougat: How to Install Android 7.1.1 Nougat on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For the complete collection of Nougat based ROMs for the Nexus 6, visit our Custom ROMs page.
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:
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?
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 7.1.1 factory image.