I know; your Google Nexus 5 will not receive the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware. Unfortunately Google will stop the official support for the Nexus 5 even though the device can easily handle the Nougat features, apps and capabilities. However, this aspect shouldn’t make you consider in buying a new Android powered smartphone as you can anytime turn your attention towards the custom support offered by the xda-developers community. In that respect, during the following lines I will show you how to install Google Pixel ported features along with the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware on your own Google Nexus 5.

So, as you can already tell, this tutorial will show you how to install a custom ROM. This firmware is ported from the preview built of Android 7.0 Nougat software and also brings the main features from the Google Pixel system. Dubbed as Euclidean, the update will customize and optimize your Google Nexus 5 for providing on of the best Android experience. Yes, the platform is stable enough for a daily use and promises a smooth OS even for the most experienced users.

Overall, you have nothing to worry about. All the features, apps and capabilities are working and you can use built-in settings for customizing and optimizing the general performance. In a few words, with the Euclidean ROM installed your Google Nexus 5 can run even better than before. And don’t forget that this is the best way in which you can test what’s new in the Google Pixel system and also you can test the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS by yourself, from your own smartphone.

But, a Nandroid backup should be applied before anything else. I recommend this operation as during the same process you can save the current Android firmware that runs on your device. So, if this Nougat OS will not run properly you will be able to go back to stock without any other problems by using the same Nandroid backup file.

And since we are talking about the backup and since a custom ROM is involved, you should also save your personal files before resuming the other steps from below. If you choose to skip the backup then your personal data, info and accounts will be removed during the update process when you will have to make a hard reset and clear app data cache. Thus, take your time and sync your data with your account; or use built-in cloud storage platforms; or download compatible backup and restore apps from Google Play – it is up to you what backup and restore methods you choose, the most important thing is to save everything that you might use afterwards.

You can get the ported Google Pixel features and the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware only if you have a rooted Google Nexus 5. So, the internal system of your phone must be already unlocked or else the new software won’t be able to access and modify the built-in apps, processes and features. Moreover, a custom recovery image, such as CWM or TWRP recovery, must be used on your device – the Euclidean software is being offered in form of a .zip file, which can be flashed only through a custom recovery platform.

Keep in mind that the custom ROM is not an official update provided by Google. This update is brought by third party developers and flashing it will make you lose your Nexus 5 warranty. As a result if something bad happens, you will be by yourself – going to your service will imply in paying for the technical assistance so the best will be to learn how to manually resolve all the problems.

After ensuring all the aspects from above you must take care of the pre requisites. Probably you are already using a computer; if not, make sure you can access such a device – there you will download the files from below. Your Nexus 5 is probably there too; well, make sure you can use its USB cable as a connection between your phone and your computer will be a must. Gain developer rights on your smartphone – tap 7 times on Built Number - and then from the “menu – settings – developer options” path check the USB Debugging feature.

Don’t forget: this is a manual update operation and your phone must have enough power in order to complete the actual process. If it will get switched off while the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware will be installed various software related problems can be issued. Thus, charge your Nexus 5 for avoiding further unpleasing situations – plug in the charger especially if the power left is lower than 50%.

How to Install Google Pixel features and Android 7.0 Nougat Firmware on Google Nexus 5

  1. Open your computer and ensure an internet connection. Then, open your web browser app and navigate towards this page.
  2. Download the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware file and save it on desktop.
  3. Power on your smartphone. Connect it with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
  4. Select the update file and transfer it to your device. When done, unplug the USB cable.
  5. Switch off your handset and wait while the shut down operation is completed.
  6. Reboot recovery mode on your Google Nexus 5.
  7. Use the recovery options and clear the internal storage system – select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
  8. After wiping everything select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
  9. Load the Euclidean package and resume on screen prompts in order to resume the flashing process.
  10. When done, go to the main menu of recovery and select “Reboot system now”.

Start testing the Google Pixel features and built-in apps along with other Android 7.0 Nougat capabilities right from your own Google Nexus 5. Don’t forget to share how things works with us and with other users who might want to use this step by step guide. You can contact us by using the field from down below.

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