Nokia 7 Plus is among the non-Google devices that are eligible for the Android P Beta program. However, unlike Pixel handsets you cannot register to the program and receive the update automatically afterwards. In this case you will have to complete the update process manually. So, if you are looking for a detailed Android P Beta manual update operation explained for your own Nokia 7 Plus, don’t hesitate and read the lines from below.
You should use the Android P Beta firmware if you want to find out what’s new in term of Android features, apps, capabilities and functionality. However, the software is not meant to be used on a daily basis as it’s not yet fully stable. As the name suggest, this is an early release of Android P that’s still under development stage and which is still running with bugs and other software related issues – based on your feedback the devs will fix these problems in order to eventually roll out the final build of the Android P system.
Therefore, you should choose to install the Android P Beta platform on your Nokia 7 Plus only if you are an advanced Android user. The software isn’t running with major problems but still, it’s not recommended for a daily usage.
Anyway, the actual flashing process is official as you won’t be using a custom ROM but the Android P system that’s developed by Google in collaboration with Nokia. Thus, you won’t be risking in losing your Nokia 7 Plus warranty or access to built-in apps. However, for being able to resume the steps explained below, your device should run on stock Android OS; also tweaking procedures shouldn’t be enabled (for example, if root was gained, you won’t be able to enjoy the Android P software).
Before installing the Android P Beta OS you should make a Nandroid backup on your Nokia 7 Plus. In that way you can save the Android firmware that runs on your handset and restore it afterwards if that’s needed – for example, you can flash the Nandroid backup package for reinstalling the stock OS if the Beta software is not running as you expected.
Along with the Nandroid backup you should also save your personal data, info, accounts and files. You must make a general backup because a wipe will be initiated during the steps from below – the Android P Beta OS can run on your Nokia 7 Plus only if you first make a hard reset and clear app data cache. Therefore, it’s imperative to save all the files which might be still required afterwards – and we’re mainly thinking about stuffs such as contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on. As backup and restore solutions you can use: sync files with your personal Google Account, use built-in cloud storage apps, download dedicated and already tested backup and restore platforms from Google Play.
A computer must be at your disposal. On this PC you first have to install the Nokia 7 Plus drivers. Afterwards, you have to install Android SDK: use this guide if you want to flash Android SDK on Windows, or this tutorial if you want to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
You need to enable Developer Options on your phone – go to About Phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number: keep tapping on this field until the ‘you are a developer’ message is returned. Then, navigate to Menu – > Settings – > Developer Options and check the USB Debugging feature.
Charge your Nokia 7 Plus if you phone is running low on power – as a precaution measure you should plug in the charger if the power left is currently lower than 50%. In that case your handset can get suddenly turned off and if that happens while the update operation is applied different software related issues might be caused – so, if you’re not careful enough, you can end up in soft-bricking your Android device.
How to Install Android P Beta on Nokia 7 Plus
- First of all, from your computer access the Nokia official webpage – just go here.
- On that page fill out all the forms in order to register for the Android P Beta program.
- Note: the IMEI will be required; thus on your phone dial *#06# and write down the IMEI number.
- After doing so, on your computer download the Android P package; save this file on desktop and rename it into ‘update.zip’.
- Meanwhile, switch off your handset – press and hold the Power key and then wait while the shut down process is being completed.
- Enter recovery mode on your Android device.
- In recovery choose to make a hard reset and to clear app data cache – just pick ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ and by ‘wipe dalvik cache’.
- When done, return to main menu of recovery and choose ‘reboot system now’.
- On your computer transfer the ‘update.zip’ package from desktop to the Android SDK folder.
- From the same path open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and while doing that right-click on any blank space; afterwards choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
- Enter recovery mode on your Nokia 7 Plus again. This time, in recovery choose Apply update from ADB.
- Connect your smartphone with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- In the cmd window type ‘adb devices’ and press enter – your device should be listed there if it will be properly recognized; if different, reinstall its drivers and retry.
- Now, in the same cmd window type ‘adb sideload update.zip’ and press Enter.
- The Android P Beta firmware should be now flashed on your smartphone.
- When that’s done, close the cmd window and also remove the USB cord.
- Finally, reboot your device as that’s all that must be done.
The steps explained above are what you need, if you want to test the new Android P Beta firmware on your own Nokia 7 Plus. So, go ahead and try the new software and make sure you write down your experience. Then, share it with us by using the comments field from below; also, share it with the developed by going towards this page. Enjoy and stay close for further update opportunities and for other Android related tips, tricks and step by step guide.