Google has just released the new Android 7.0 Nougat a couple of days ago. Unfortunately, there is no telling as to when the exact roll out will be. Android users could be looking at months of waiting before they can finally get their update.
For users who cannot wait that long, there is a way of getting the new Android operating system to your mobile devices. Sideloading is a process of transferring files to mobile devices with the use of computer. A word of caution though, if you are not very totally familiar with manual Android update, proceed with caution. TheBitBag will not be held liable in any respect for any damage done to your device.
Before starting, it is important to download the latest Android SDK the mobile device in question. Users can do so by visiting the Android Development website. Once downloaded, users can then proceed with the update.
Enabling developer settings and USB debugging
This is the first step of the update process. To enable developer settings, go to the mobile device?s Settings and tap on the About Phone or About Tablet. From the About page, tap on the Build Number several times until a dialog box appears saying you are now a developer. After this, go back to Settings and tap on Developer Options. From this menu enable the developer options and make sure that USB Debugging is also turned on.
For devices running Lollipop or higher, make sure that Enable OEM Unlock is also active. Once done properly, users can now proceed to the next step.
Unlock the bootloader
This is the part where it gets a bit complicated. Users are required to have prior knowledge in Command Prompt or Terminal.
To proceed, connect the mobile device to your computer via USB cable. Make sure you click OK when the device asks to activate USB debugging. Once connected, users can now enter the Bootloader Menu.
To do this, type in the following lines to your command prompt or terminal:
./adb reboot bootloader
Note that for Windows users, you can omit the ?./?.
After executing this command, the bottom of the screen will show the status you the mobile?s bootloader. Normally, it will be locked. Before proceeding, it is worth mentioning that unlocking your mobile device?s bootloader will ?factory reset? the device. Meaning, all the data in it will be erased. Make sure you backup your device before performing the manual upgrade. To unlock the bootloader, enter the following line to the terminal or command prompt.
For older Android version (pre-Marshmallow), use:
./fastboot oem unlock
For newer Nexus devices, use the one below:
./fastboot flashing unlock
Proceed with unlocking the bootloader by pressing the power and volume button of your phone.
This concludes the first stage of the tutorial. Be sure to check out the next steps here.
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