If your Huawei P9 is running on stock EMUI 4 then the official EMUI 5 OTA should be automatically installed on your device. However, since the EMUI 5 firmware was officially rolled out from a while now, if you are still waiting for the very same Android 7.0 Nougat notification, maybe a good idea will be to try to install the software manually. And that’s exactly what you can learn by checking all the guidelines from this tutorial: how to manually update the Huawei P9 to Android 7.0 Nougat using the official EMUI 5 ROM.
The new EMUI 5 firmware is an official update that is available for the Huawei P9 and which comes with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat build. The software is also pre-loaded with new features, apps, capabilities, bug-fixes, stability improvements and security patches that can ensure a stable and a smooth Android experience regardless of what apps or processes you will choose to run on your smartphone. So, bottom line, if you want to enjoy the best Android experience you have to flash this last EMUI roll out.
As you might know, a new roll out is usually offered in phases, gradually and in limited markets only. That’s why not all the Huawei P9 can receive the Nougat OTA at the same time and also that’s why you should consider in completing the update process manually – yes, the full firmware package is now available and can be succesfully downloaded on your own computer.
The best is that the manual update process can be applied even if your smartphone is tweaked – as you know, the OTA cannot be applied unless your phone is locked (not rooted). In our case, you can use the guidelines from below even if your Huawei P9 is rooted, running on a custom recovery image or on an unlocked bootloader. There is only one thing to ensure: the EMUI 4 firmware should be already running on your device as otherwise you cannot use the new EMUI 5 Android 7.0 Nougat based software.
Since this is going to be an official update procedure you won’t risk anything while taking care of the steps from below: your smartphone will remain in safe hands all the time – you don’t have to use complex or risky tools and you won’t lose your Huawei P9 warranty while updating its system to Android 7.0 Nougat OS.
However, you have to backup what’s not there from day one – mainly you have to take care of your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, the EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and any other files that might be required afterwards. The backup will help you secure what’s important for you as during the update process your data might get corrupted or even wiped out. Do note that there are various ways in which you can succesfully complete this operation; I can only remember the most common ones: syncing your data with your Google Account, using dedicated backup and restore apps from Google Play or using already built-in cloud storage platforms.
As this is going to be a manual way in which the EMUI 5 firmware can be installed, before doing anything else you should take care of some general pre-requisites which are being listed below:
- Make sure that a computer can be used during the steps from below – you will have to download some files there, so an Internet connection is also required.
- Your Huawei P9 and its USB cable must be there too as a connection between your devices will have to be ensured.
- On your phone you must check the USB Debugging option (located under “menu - > settings - > developer options”) as otherwise you might have problems while trying to connect your handset with your PC.
- If developer options can’t be accessed first navigate towards About Phone and from there tap repeatedly on Built Number until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message.
- Don’t forget to charge your smartphone before doing anything else; plug in the charger if you don’t want to brick your device – that can happen if your smartphone gets turned off right in the middle of the update operation.
- Therefore, plug in the charger especially if the power left is currently lower than 50%.
- Make sure you apply the steps from below for installing the new MIUI 5 Android 7.0 Nougat firmware only if you own the Huawei P9 with model numbers: EVA-L09, EVA-L29, or EVA-L19.
How to Update Huawei P9 to Android 7.0 Nougat using Official EMUI 5 Firmware
First you have to complete the download section – save the files from below on your computer’s desktop; in order to do so, follow:
Now, follow the first part of the update process as it is explained below:
- Unzip the update.zip file in a separate folder.
- On your smartphone create a new folder and name it dload.
- Connect your phone with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- Now, copy-paste the update.app file (resulted during the unzip process from above) from your computer into the dload folder.
- Next, on your smartphone open the dialer and enter: *#*#2846579#*#*.
- From the hidden menu that will be opened choose Software Upgrade followed by SDCard Upgrade.
- Pick up the update file and wait while the flashing process is completed.
- When done, reboot your Huawei P9.
The second section of this tutorial must also be completed as it follows:
- Unzip the update_data_full package on desktop.
- Next, connect your phone with your computer via USB cable.
- Transfer the update.app file and the new package that was unzipped before into the dload folder.
- When asked, replace the update.app file.
- Open the Dialer and enter: *#*#2846579#*#* and from the menu that will be displayed select Software Upgrade and SDCard Upgrade.
- Confirm the processand wait while the update is being completed.
- When done, reboot your Huawei P9 and enjoy.
There you have it; the new Android 7.0 Nougat OS, powered by EMUI 5, should now reboot on your Huawei P9. Test the new Android OS, try all the apps, features and capabilities which were installed on your device. Of course, don’t forget about us; use the comments field from down below and share your observations and your experience with us and with the other users who are thinking in using this dedicated step by step guide. Enjoy.