How to install Android N on your Nexus without reset

Android is the most popular operating system in the world, installed on millions – even billions – of devices, from smartphones and tablets to smart devices such as televisions and refrigerators. So it’s always exciting when a new version is available, and Google will look to release Android N this year. But even if it is still too early to have N Android, you can download and install it now – although there are some caveats.

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With the release of Android N Developer Preview, Google will finally facilitate the process of installing the latest version of Android on your Nexus device.

Before today, you needed to manually flash the factory image, but a new Android Beta program allows you to receive updates to Android Developer Preview N by technology over-the-air (OTA) like any other public update. The option to flash the image is always available, but this beta program does not require a factory reset.

Before explaining everything you need to know about Android Beta program, I need to point out that the Android Developer Preview N is not supposed to be an OS that you will use every day on your smartphone . It is for developers who want to test their applications on the next version of Android. However, I know that Android enthusiasts are willing to undergo some bugs to test the latest version of Android from Google. Just keep in mind that some things might not work as well as you would like.

You can always go back to the latest stable version of Android Marshmallow, but unfortunately, this process will require a factory reset.

compatible devices
If you want to try Android N, you must have one of the following devices:

Nexus 5X
Nexus 6
Nexus 6 P
Nexus 9 Wi-fi
Nexus 9 LTE
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Nexus Player
It is not known if the final version of Android N will be available on other Nexus devices, but these are the only currently.

Register for Android Beta Program
This process is for those who have not previously flashed manually N Android Developer Preview. If you did, your device can not receive updates over-the-air . If you use Android Marshmallow, follow these instructions:

  1. Visit the Android Beta website , either on your device (other than the Nexus Player) or on your desktop
  2. Log into your Gmail account and go to the section of compatible devices ( Your eligible devices )
  3. Click “Enroll Device” , and accept the terms of the agreement

That’s all. In the next 24 hours, your device will receive a notification that an update is ready to be downloaded and installed. I l will be the latest version of Android Developer Preview N. It will install like any other Android update, so a factory reset is not required. Then you can expect to receive an update over-the-air Android N every 4-6 weeks until the last update (final) to be released this summer.

Provide feedback to Google
Since this is a beta program, it is imperative that Google gets as much feedback as possible to ensure that the final release has minor bugs. There are a few ways to do this:

  1. On your device (other than the Nexus Player): Go to Android Settings N, then “About> Send feedback on this device”
  2. Post your comments in the Google+ Android Beta Program community
  3. A bug in the tracker Android Open Source Project

Unsubscribe from Android Beta Program
If you find that Android N is too buggy, you can always go on Android Marshmallow . However, there is one important caveat. A factory reset is required , meaning that all your data will be erased. It will be necessary to do a full backup before proceeding. Follow these instructions, when you’re ready:

  1. Visit the Android Beta website , either on your device (other than the Nexus Player) or on your desktop
  2. Log into your Gmail account and go to the section of compatible devices ( Your eligible devices )
  3. Click the device you want to remove Android N, and accept the factory reset when prompted

Within 24 hours, your device will receive a notification that an update is ready to be downloaded and installed. This will be the most recent stable version of Android Marshmallow. This update will take a little longer than normal because all your device will be erased.

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