The official Android Nougat update is available for the Huawei P9 Lite. The firmware package, which has 1.5 GB in size, is currently available in form of a new OTA so it should be automatically received by your device. However, since when talking about OTAs we must consider some additional aspects which might delay the actual notification I decided that it is the right moment to show you how to manually install the very same Nougat software package on your Huawei P9 Lite.
Based on the latest EMUI 5.0 that brings a great (and iOS-like) experience to your P9 Lite, the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware represents a major OS improvement that is currently available for your phone. Measuring 1.5 GB in size, the software comes with new features, apps, capabilities and with a new custom UI which is here to make things work faster and also better. Overall, the official update is light, fast and secured. Moreover, the B360/B361 firmware will smoothly run on the Huawei P9 Lite as we are dealing with a fully stable ROM and not with a custom or beta release of the same.
Manually flashing the official software is a process that is supported by Huawei. Shortly, you will complete an official operation during which your P9 Lite will be in safe hands all the time – you won’t have to use complex apps or third party software so you won’t lose your phone’s warranty while taking care of all the steps from down below. Thus, you really have nothing to worry about.
As I already mentioned, the EMUI 5.0 Android 7.0 Nougat firmware is currently rolled out for the Huawei P9 Lite. But, when discussing about OTAs we must consider that the firmware is pushed out gradually and also for limited markets only. Shortly, some users might receive their notification sooner than others – not to mention that an official OTA can be received only by devices that aren’t rooted and which are already running on stock Android OS.
So, if you are tired of waiting, or due to any other reasons you have to complete the update process manually, don’t hesitate and use the guidelines from below. In this way you can successfully update your Huawei P9 Lite with the official Nougat EMUI 5.0 software.
Being a manual update procedure that uses the stock Android OS, this tutorial can also be used as a manual troubleshoot solution that can fix various problems such as boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, battery drain, screen freeze, signal strength problems, heating situations, total blackouts and similar other malfunctions that can interfere with the Android core system.
Now, since a manual operation is involved, you shouldn’t complete the steps from below without taking some precaution measures. And the first thing to start with is a backup process – even though you will be using the official Android package, during the flashing process your data might be erased or corrupted. So, for avoiding further unpleasant situations take your time and use your favorite backup and restore solutions (such as using carrier built-in cloud storage platforms, syncing your files with your Google account, or using dedicated apps from Google Play) in order to store everything that you might use afterwards (apply the backup for both personal and system files).
Before starting the steps from below charge your Huawei P9 Lite – this is essential as if the power is lower than 50% chances are your phone gets turned off right in the middle of the flashing process. If that occurs you can experience software related problems – malfunctions can be caused if your phone gets turned off in the middle of the update operation.
A manual operation will require a computer, your smartphone and your phone’s USB cable. On the computer you will have to download the update package – you have the download link offered below. On your phone, before resuming anything else check the USB Debugging option which is located under “menu – settings – developer options”. If Developer Options can’t be accessed, first from “menu – settings – about phone” tap 7 times repeatedly on Built Number (until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed).
Complete this step by step guide only if you own the Huawei P9 Lite with model numbers: VNS-L21C185B360, VNS-L21C10B360, VNS-L31C185B360 and VNS-L31C636B361. The steps from below are not compatible with any other models or Android based smartphones or tablets, so be careful and try not to mess things up.
How to Manually Update Huawei P9 Lite to Official Android 7.0 Nougat EMUI 5.0 Firmware
- Start by downloading the compatible update file for your own P9 Lite (two files are required the update.zip and the data full package): for the VNS-L21C185B360 get the files from here and from here; for the VNS-L21C10B360 get the update.zip from here and the data full file from here; for the VNS-L31C185B360 you can download the first file from here and the second from this page; for the VNS-L31C636B361 you have to download the first update package from here and the second from here.
- Save these files on your computer; preferable on desktop.
- Unzip these files in the same location.
- On desktop make a new folder and name it ‘dload’.Put the unzipped files in this directory.
- Power on your smartphone and connect it with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- Transfer the dload folder in the root directory of your device’s SD card.
- Unplug the USB cable when done. The computer is no longer required.
- On your phone launch the phone dialer app and dial *#*#2846579#*#*.
- Next, select Project Menu - > Software upgrade - > SDcard upgrade - > and confirm the flashing process that is about to be initiated.
- The update will be now automatically installed.
- When done, reboot your smartphone – do note that the first boot will take a while so don’t panic.
Good job; your Huawei P9 Lite can be now booted into Android 7.0 Nougat OS. Test the new EMUI 5.0 UI and share your experience with us and with other users who might want to complete this step by step update tutorial – you can tell us how things worked for you easily by using the comments field from down below.