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Update Moto E 2015 to Android 7.0 Nougat with AOSP Firmware

The 2015 model of the Motorola Moto E will not receive the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware. Being a budget / entry level device the phone will no longer receive OTAs or any other official OS improvements. However, if you aren’t willing to change your smartphone for the moment, then you can try to tweak its performance in order to test and run the latest Android apps, features and system. So, that’s why during the following guidelines I will show you how to install Android 7.0 Nougat on the Moto E 2015.

Since your OEM isn’t going to officially update your Moto E to Android 7.0 Nougat you can complete the flashing process mentioned above by using a custom ROM firmware. In that respect, the Android Open Source Project team managed to port and customize the latest Android system especially for the 2015 model of the Moto E. However, the firmware package is still under development stage which means that you might experience minor software related problems while using the OS on your phone.

That’s why, this update procedure should be followed only by experienced users: an entry level customer might find the Android 7.0 Nougat AOSP software hard to use on a daily basis. Also, an experienced user should know how to smartly deal with different situations and how to easily restore his device back to stock Android OS if that’s required – for example if the Nougat system isn’t running good enough. In that respect, before resuming any other steps from this step by step guide you should take your time and complete a Nandroid backup operation.

The Nandroid backup is a dedicated process through which you can easily save the Android firmware that runs on your Motorola Moto E. So, in the end, after applying the AOSP ROM and after testing the Android 7.0 features you can choose to go back to stock by using the same Nandroid backup file.

As you can tell, this Android 7.0 Nougat system update isn’t official as it isn’t provided by your OEM – the ROM is developed by those of xda-developers so we must thank them for this update opportunity. Anyway, that aspect is concluding only one thing: the warranty of your Moto E 2015 will be void, so starting from now you won’t be able to reclaim the warranty even if you have to take your phone back to service for asking for official technical assistance – so, in most situations you will have to learn how to manually fix your (possible) bricked Android based device.

If you are used with these types of tweaking procedures then you know that this update operation can’t be completed unless your Moto E is rooted and installed with a custom recovery image. Therefore, before doing anything else take care of these two additional processes. A final hint: if you want to ease your work, choose to install the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery and also choose a compatible one click root solution.

Other pre requisites are talking about:

  • A computer which must be near you: there you need to download and save the files which are being indicated in this guide.
  • Your Motorola Moto E 2015 along with its USB cable.
  • On your phone you must become a developer – just tap 7 times on Built Number under “menu – settings – about phone”.
  • Also from your phone check the USB Debugging option – you can easily do so but only if you are a developer as the mentioned option is found under “menu – settings – developer options”.
  • Check the battery status on your Moto E. The update operation will drain the power from your device and if there isn’t enough juice under the hood your handset might get turned off in the middle of the Nougat flashing process.
  • If your smartphone will get switched off while you try to complete the steps from below various software related problems might be issued and you can even end up in soft bricking your device.
  • So, as a result, plug in the charger if the power left is currently lower than 50%.
  • Backup your Moto E 2015 because during the following steps you will have to complete a hard reset. Moreover, clearing app data cache will be a must which means that without the backup ensured you can lose everything that’s important for you.

How to Update Motorola Moto E 2015 to Android 7.0 Nougat with AOSP custom ROM Firmware

  1. The first thing to do: download the required files – from here get the Android 7.0 Nougat AOSP software and from here compatible Google Apps package.
  2. First, save these files on your computer – you can place them on desktop if that’s ok for you.
  3. Then, connect your smartphone with your PC with the help of the USB cable and transfer the same files on your device.
  4. When that’s done, unplug the USB cord and also power off your handset – don’t reboot it; switch it off.
  5. Reboot recovery mode on your Motorola Moto E 2015.
  6. Wipe everything from recovery – just select the following options: “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
  7. After wiping the system return to the main menu of recovery and select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
  8. Now, load the AOSP firmware file and the Google Apps package.
  9. Follow on screen prompts and wait while the installation process is completed.
  10. When it’s done you have to select “Reboot system now” from main menu of recovery.

That should be all. After the final reboot you should be able to run and test the Android 7.0 Nougat software right from your own Motorola Moto E 2015. Enjoy and do tell us how things worked for you.

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