How to Download Android 7.0 Nougat to a Nexus Device

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Now that it's out of Beta testing, Google released the final, stable version of Android 7.0 Nougat on Monday (August 22). This update allows users to multitask easier with split-screen views and receive interactive notifications. The easiest way to get this update is to wait for Google to push an update eligibility notification to your device, but we've got another method if you can't wait. screenshot 20160824 103120

The only catch is that it's currently only available for select hardware including Nexus and Android One devices.

Getting the OTA Update the Easy Way

If you own one of these smartphones or tablets, which include the Google Pixel C, Nexus 9, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 and Nexus Player, you should first try to trigger the over the air download. 

1. Open Settings

2. Tap About tablet or About phone.

3. Select System updates.

Unfortunately, this method may not succeed right away, because Google is rolling out its over-the-air updates over time.

Joining the Beta Program to Get Your Update

If the first method doesn't work, you can register your device with the Android Beta program, as those are the first devices that Google is pushing Nougat to. Don't worry, you can leave the Beta program after updating to the stable release of Nougat, so you don't need to constantly download the updates. Here's how to update to Android 7.0 Nougat:

1. On your device, navigate to enter your password and click Sign In.

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2. Find your eligible device and click Enroll Device.screenshot 20160824 102945

3. Check the box next to "I agree to the terms of the beta program." and click Join Beta.screenshot 20160824 103003

4. Click OK and swipe down the drop-down menu. 

screenshot 20160824 1030185. Under Android 7.0, tap Download.screenshot 20160824 103041

6. Tap Download.

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8. Tap Restart & Install.screenshot 20160824 104830

You've updated to Nougat. Confirm by opening Settings, tapping About phone or About tablet and looking at the Android version number. 

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After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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