The Nexus 6P made by Huawei can now be updated with the latest Android 8.0 OPR5 Oreo November 2017 firmware through the guide ahead. Even though the Nexus 6P has been around for a couple of years, Google hasn’t removed it yet from its update cycle. Furthermore, Google has even introduced Android 8.1 Developer Preview for it hence showing that there is still a major upgrade left before the brand decides to render the Nexus 6P obsolete. Android 8.0 Oreo OPR5 firmware – apart from carrying November 2017 security patch – carries some minor fixes and tweaks. We advise you to immediately update your phone to avoid any sort of inconvenience. Once you do update your device, you can also root Nexus 6P. 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.
We have each step detailed clearly so even users who are doing this for the first time can follow along easily. Right before we proceed to the actual installation procedure of Android 8.0 OPR5, it is vital to know how to backup all your data. This image has a wipe script with it which means, once you complete flashing, your phone would be reverted to factory settings just as it came when new. As a Nexus 6P 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 6P Android 8.0 OPR5 September 2017 Factory Image Details:
This update only brings a newer security patch with some bug fixes however, you can read about the changes of Android 8.0 Oreo right below
Android 8.0 Oreo brings several new features to the Android platform. Unfortunately, Nexus 6 has been dropped from official support by Google. Most notable features of Oreo are:
- Notification dots
- Picture-in-picture mode
- Username / password autofill for apps
- New Settings screen
- Android Instant Apps
- … and many under-the-hood changes to make Android super fast!
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Root Nexus 6P: How to Root Nexus 6P on Android 8.0 Oreo.
- Install Android 8.0 Oreo: How to Install Android 8.0 Oreo on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For the complete collection of Lollipop based ROMs for the Nexus 6P, visit our Custom ROMs page.
If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Nexus 6P, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
Nexus 6P 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 Nexus 6P 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. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.
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. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]
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, Marshmallow, Nougat and Oreo.
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.
All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading on the next page and update your Nexus 6P to Android 8.0 Oreo factory image.