How to update your Nexus or Pixel to Android 7.1.2 Nougat without waiting

Since yesterday the final version of Android 7.1.2 Nougat began to arrive via OTA to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL in a staggered way so that in a few days this update will not be Available to everyone.

How to update your Nexus or Pixel to Android 7.1.2 Nougat without waiting

Fortunately, Google always takes into account the most impatient, and for this, it always offers on its website for developers all the files necessary to keep your devices always up to date.

Android 7.1.2 Nougat

With Android 7.1.2 we are facing a minor update of Nougat, which solves enough performance and connectivity failures, and that its most important novelties are found in the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P with the gesture in the fingerprint sensor and the tablet Pixel C with the Pixel Launcher.

These are the new features of Android 7.1.2: important bug fixes and battery usage alerts

How to manually install the OTA update

If you want to enjoy Android 7.1.2 right now on your Google device you can easily update if you have the ADB tool on your PC, Google drivers, enabled USB Debugging and if you follow the following steps:


The following steps are for updated from Android 7.1.1 Nougat.If you have Android or Developer Preview you will have to install the factory image of Android 7.1.2 to go back version.

OTA File:

Download the OTA file corresponding to our device and save it without decompressing inside the same folder of the ADB.
We connect the Nexus to the computer and in a command window, we execute ADB reboot recovery. When the Android logo appears on the device with the red exclamation, we press Volume up + Power at the same time.
Using the volume keys select apply update from ADB and enter with the Power key.
We write the command ADB sideload (OTA from the command window of our computer. For example:

ADB sideload
When the update finishes installing we only have to restart the selected device Reboot the system now. This process will leave the device updated respecting our data.

Install the factory image of Android 7.1.2 Nougat

If we want to do a clean install or if we have Android O and want to go back to Android Nougat what we have to do is install the factory image of our device.

Once downloaded the factory image we have to unzip all the files in the ZIP next to the files of the folder platform-tools such that:

In order to install a factory image, we have to have the bootloader unlocked. To do this, turn off the device and turn it on in Bootloader mode by holding down Volume + Power at the same time until the hidden menu is displayed. If you prefer you can also enter the bootloader with the mobile connected to the computer by entering the command ADB reboot bootloader in a command window.

Once inside the Bootloader, and with the device connected to the computer, you just have to enter the fast boot flashing unlock command to unlock the bootloader of the device. This process will remove all data from our device, do a factory restore.

With the bootloader already unlocked, we just have to execute the following command to install the factory image:

Flash-all.bat (Windows) or (Mac or Linux)

Once the file is executed, it is only necessary to wait for the process to finish. When our device has rebooted to the new version we can safely remove the USB cable. This process also erases all data from our device.