Google has released the new Android 7.1.1 Nougat Factory Image files for all the Nexus 6P devices.

If you are looking to upgrade your smartphone or to restore it to stock Nougat 7.1.1 firmware, then this is the guide that teaches you how to successfully do it.

Android 7.1.1 Nougat brings the following new changes over the 7.0 Nougat firmware: touch-input latency tweaks, new 7.1 Emojis, support tab, revamped Camera app with exposure adjustment, viewfinder grid modes, AE AF locking, Smart Burst, new smart storage, new call screen, app shortcuts, Google Wallpaper app, Reset button, and other small new changes.

If you are looking to flash the new factory image, then you should check the guidelines below first:

  • use this tutorial only with the Google Nexus 6P smartphone variants except for the Verizon model.
    - so, don't try to update the Verizon Nexus 6p with the files found in this post.
  • enable the USB Debugging and OEM Unlock from the Developer Options of your Nexus 6P device.
    - if you cannot find the USB Debugging you need to go to Settings> About Phone and tap seven times on the Build Number section.
    - return to Settings and the Developer Options menu will show up in there.
  • the installation of this Android 7.1.1 Factory Image will wipe clean the entire smartphone.
    - make sure that you backup any important files before starting the flashing process of this new factory image.
  • in case you install the new Android 7.1.1 Nougat factory image over rooted firmware, then you need to know that root access won't survive the installation.
  • this is a tutorial destined to be used by advanced users only.
    - we cannot be blamed in case you brick your smartphone nor in case you lose any important data files in the process.
  • check battery charge level of your smartphone and make sure that there is at least 50% charge left before the phone powers off completely.

Since you've read all of the above you are now ready to begin the Android 7.1.1 factory image installation.

How to Flash Android 7.1.1 Nougat Factory Image for Google Nexus 6P:

First thing that you need to do is to setup the new Android SDK on your computer, as this will help you install the new update manually for your device.

Check the info below and learn how to setup Android SDK for your device:

  • download Android SDK from here.
  • install SDK on your computer.
  • now you need to find the SDK Manager exe.
  • use SDK Manager to download and install the SDK "platform-tools" and the usb drivers needed for the installation.
  • after the SDK Manager installs everything you need to go back to SDK main directory and find "platform-tools" folder.
    - leave the Platform-tools folder opened, as that's where you need to put the Android 7.1.1 factory image installation files.
  • in case your phone is not detected by the PC you have to install the Google USB drivers here.

INSTALL Android 7.1.1 Factory Image for NEXUS 6P:

  1. Download Android 7.1.1 Factory Image NMF26F image file from HERE.
  2. After the download is completed you need to unzip the contents.
    Place all the obtained files in the PLATFORM-TOOLS folder under the SDK directory you created above.
  3. Switch off your smartphone.
  4. Boot it in the FASTBOOT mode.
  5. Connect the phone to your PC via usb cable.
    - verify that the device has been connected.
  6. Get to platform-tools folder and launch the Command Prompt / Terminal window.
  7. Unlock Bootloader of your device. This will delete all the data from your smartphone.
    Enter the fastboot flashing unlock 
    Confirm process.
  8. Get back to Platform-tools and start the Android 7.1.1 Nougat installation. Double click the Flash-all.bat
    Confirm the flashing process of your device.
  9. When the installation is done you can unplug the smartphone from the PC.
  10. Reboot your device in normal mode after the update is done.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to complete the Android 7.1.1 factory image installation for your device.

If the installation fails, then you are forced to try and repeat the whole tutorial more than once. If you repeat installation you need to make sure that you won't skip any steps, and that your phone meets all requirements listed above the tutorial.

If you need more help completing the guide, then you should tell us in comment and we will try to come up with solutions for your problems.

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