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Manually Update Motorola Moto Z Play to Official Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS

The official Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS for the Motorola Moto Z Play is officially available. The firmware is currently pushed out in India, so for now the OTA can be received only by the Indian model of the Moto Z Play. However, the OTA file can also be manually downloaded from online which means that the very same update process can also be manually completed. Thus, if you are ready to flash the new Nougat release by yourself, now you can succesfully use the detailed steps from below in order to ensure that everything will go as planned.

The OTA is available only in India. So, even if you are using the Indian Motorola Moto Z Play in other region you will not be able to receive the Nougat notification. A manual update process will be required in that case. A similar scenario can be applied if your smartphone is rooted or running on a custom ROM firmware – in that case you can apply the official Android 7.1.1 software only if a manual procedure is being followed. And, of course, a manual process is indicated because, as always, the OTA is offered gradually meaning that some users will receive the notification sooner than others.

Overall, for avoid any sort of problems you should choose to resume the guidelines from below. There I will show you two ways in which the OTA can be manually flashed on your Moto Z Play. You can choose the process that you prefer the most as the result will be the exact same one: booting and using Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS on your Motorola Moto Z Play without experiencing any soft related problems.

Yes, this update is coming straight from Motorola so we are talking about an official roll out and not about a custom ROM that’s only based on the default Nougat system. Shortly, you can complete this update operation without using third party apps since the flashing steps are all supported by your d OS void if you choose to use this step by step guide.

In case root access is ensured on your Motorola Moto Z Play, after manually installing the Android 7.1.1 Nougat firmware the root access will be revoked – that’s happening because the stock Android OS will be re-flashed. Thus, in that respect the bootloader will also be relocked, the stock recovery re-installed and the bloatware re-applied. Basically, you will manage to restore your device back to its initial state, which makes this tutorial helpful even when you try to manually fix software related malfunctions.

Your data should be saved before you start the steps from down below. Even though it is unlikely to happen, your personal data, info, accounts and files might get corrupted or even wiped out while you try to update your Android device. So, as a precaution measure you should secure what’s important for you and what might still be required afterwards – contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, the EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and more. On the Moto Z Play the backup can be applied easily – use built-in cloud storage platforms, use cloud storage apps from Google Play (get only already tested platforms) or sync your data with your own Google account.

A computer will be required because a manual update procedure can’t be completed without such a device. On the computer you will download the OTA file and other additional tools: for sideloading the OTA on your computer you must first install the Moto Z Play drivers and the Android SDK toolkit – learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.

On your phone you have to apply two things. First you need to become a developer – go to About Phone and from there tap repeatedly on Built Number until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message (you will have to tap 7 or 10 times on Built Number in order to gain developer options). Then, from the recently enabled Developer Options (located under “menu – > settings”) you have to check then USB Debugging field.

Finally, you must verify if there is enough power left on your Moto Z Play. As a general rule, you should’t start the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update operation if the power left is currently lower than 50%. If your device will remain out of power its system will get turned off right in the middle of the flashing process and in that case you might end up in soft bricking your device.

It goes without saying: this step by step guide is compatible only with the Motorola Moto Z Play (the Indian model for now). The files which are offered below will work only for the already mentioned phone so try not to mess things up.

How to Manually Update Motorola Moto Z Play to Official Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS

Method 1

  1. First of all, on your computer download the Android 7.1.1 Nougat OTA file from here.
  2. Save this package on desktop.
  3. Power on your smartphone and connect it with your computer via USB cable.
  4. Transfer the update package from desktop to your phone and then unplug the USB cord.
  5. Next, switch off your handset and then reboot recovery mode on your Motorola Moto Z Play.
  6. In recovery select Apply Update from SD card.
  7. Load the OTA file.
  8. The flashing process will begin automatically; just wait while your smartphone is being updated and reboot in the end.

Method 2

  1. Once more, download the OTA file on your computer – just use the link that’s mentioned during the previous section of this guide.
  2. Next, transfer the OTA file inside the Android SDK folder; also rename this package into ‘update.zip’.
  3. Now, power off your Moto Z Play and then reboot into recovery mode.
  4. From recovery choose Apply Update from ADB and afterwards connect your device with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
  5. From the Android SDK folder, where the update file is also located, open a cmd window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space; and then select ‘open command prompt window here’.
  6. Now, in this cmd window type: adb sideload update.zip.
  7. Wait while the Android 7.1.1 Nougat firmware is being installed and when done, in the same cmd window, enter: adb reboot.
  8. That should be all. Enjoy.


Well, now you should be able to boot your Motorola Moto Z Play into Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS. So, our work is done for the moment. However, don’t hesitate and share your update experience with us and with other users who might want further info related with this tutorial – you can get in touch with us easily by using the comments field from down below. Enjoy.