Most of you must be aware that Android 7.0 Nougat is already out in the market and is available for many devices. You can get your device updated to it without going through too many hoops. For most of the mobile devices and tablets, the update for Android 7.0 Nougat will be found ready and be awaiting your device. Devices such as Pixel NL, Nexus 5X, Google Pixel, Nexus 6P as well as other Android One devices can also download the early Android O software as well.
However, if you find out that your phone or tablet is not yet ready for Android 7.0 Nougat, then we suggest you keep an eye on the release dates to get the latest information regarding the update and to find out when you’re most likely to get the update for your device. If your device is fairly new and updated, there will be more chances of it getting ready for the update of Android 7.0 Nougat.
Why Download Android 7.0 Nougat
The reason why Android 7.0 Nougat has already gained immense popularity with users is the fact that it comes with lots of additional features. It allows you to have a multi-window mode, which lets you two apps side-by-side, simultaneously. It also gives you the ability to directly reply to notifications without changing the screen you’re on. Further to that, there’s also a new quick settings menu. The existing Android features have also improved with Android 7.0 Nougat. There is an improved battery efficiency with doze mode in the new update and a lot of improvement in the general performance.
Which Devices Have Got Android 7.0 Nougat Already
There are a couple of devices that have already got the update for Android 7.0 Nougat. The Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, Google’s latest smartphones, launched with Android 7.0 Nougat. The update is also available for the Moto Z, Moto Z Force, LG G5, the budget-friendly Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus devices. Moreover, Sony’s Xperia X and Xperia X Compact phones have also already got Android 7.0 Nougat. In fact, a new version, Android 7.1.1 has also been released with some new updates and bug fixes.
Backup Your Device Before Downloading Android 7.0 Nougat
Before you go ahead and download Android 7.0 Nougat on your phone or tablet, you need to consider backing up your device. Though Android 7.0 Nougat is a stable, finished update, there’s still a chance that something might go wrong during the upgrade process. Once you have taken a backup of your device, you can always go back to your previous version of Android very easily and quickly if something goes wrong while upgrading to the new update.
Before you create the backup of your device, make sure the built-in backup feature of your device is enabled. To enable it, go to the Settings of your device and open Backup & Reset. Check both the options, ‘Backup my data’ and ‘Automatic Restore’ and then you’re good to go.
Another way to create a backup of your device is plugging it into a PC through a USB and then view the contents of your phone in Windows. Open the DCIM folder and then copy paste the folders to your computer.
Check for the Update
After you’ve taken a backup of your device, you need to make sure that the device itself is ready for the new update. Apart from some of the above-mentioned devices, not all the devices will be getting updated on the release day. In fact, it is quite possible that the update may take over some weeks to reach your device and your device will receive the update much later than the other devices. If you have any of the above-mentioned devices that are likely to receive the update sooner than others, you just need to keep an eye out.
Whenever the update is available for your device, you will instantly receive a notification for Android 7.0 Nougat update whenever it is available. However, if you do not receive an automatic notification, you can always check manually on your device if the update is available or not. Head to the Settings menu of your device, scroll to the bottom to open ‘About phone’ and then select ‘System updates’ or ‘Software updates’. By doing this, you will be able to know if the certain update is available for your device or not.
Force the Android 7.0 Nougat Update
There might be a possibility that your device might not be likely to receive the update of Android 7.0 Nougat, despite having a recent Nexus device. But do not worry. You can force the new update to your device by signing into the Android Beta program. Though Android 7.0 Nougat has been pretty much finalized and finished, just by signing up the Android Beta program, you will get the Android 7.0 Nougat update on a priority basis and you will be able to download it right away. You will need to have a latest Google Nexus in order to sign up for the Android Beta program. All you need to do is select ‘Enroll device’ on the Android Beta website and then just wait to see an update waiting for you on your device.
Download Android 7.0 Nougat
Once you have either received a notification or manually checked if the Android 7.0 Nougat update is available for your device, you just need to download and install it on your device. Before you start the update process, make sure your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network and it has enough battery to carry out the process smoothly.
In fact, we would recommend you to plug in your device to a charger while upgrading process because you would not want your device to die out of battery whilst upgrading. You should choose a time for the upgrade process when your phone is fully free and is not engaged in any other important activity. Once you have downloaded and installed the update, get ready to taste the new version of Android 7.0 Nougat.