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How to install the Android N preview on your Nexus device

How to install the Android N preview on your Nexus device

Google recently surprised us when it announced the preview for Android N developers, considering that we all expected the next Android version to be unveiled at Google's I / O conference. Well, certainly a pleasant surprise, as Android N offers long-awaited features like multi-windows, notifications improvements and more. And while the release aimed at developers, available for download for everyone, thanks to the brand new Android Beta program.

Unfortunately, the Android Beta program is only open to Google devices, including devices Nexus 6P, 5X, 6, 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and Android One . So, if you're rocking one of the devices above, here are ways to install Android N Preview on your device:

Ways to install Android N

There are two ways to install Android N Preview on one of the Nexus devices:

You can download the Android N Preview image of your Nexus device and flash the device manually. Although this method bodes well for developers, we do not recommend it to people like us, who just want to take a look at Android N. Il Flashing a device manually deletes all data and there is no support for OTA updates unless you subscribe to the device in the Android beta program. Therefore, we recommend this procedure only if you are a developer trying to offer Android N a new installation. So, if you want to go ahead, here are the steps listed by Google to manually display the Android # developers preview.

We recommend the Android Beta program because the process is simple and you do not lose your data. Moreover, every time that it is generated a new preview build, the device will receive it as an OTA update . You'll also get public builds of Android N when Google publishes them. If, at some point, you think the bugs of a preview build are too much for you, you can easily get back to the latest Android public build.

So, let's start, here are the steps to install Android N Preview on your device :

1. First, you'll need to register your device in the Android Beta program. To do this, go to the Android Beta registration page e sign in with the Google account you also use on your Nexus smartphone or tablet . Once logged in, you will see your eligible devices. Click " Register device " to start.

2. Accept the terms and conditions of the beta program and click " Participate in the Beta ". You will then receive a message on the screen that says" Device registered ".

3. Therefore, the Nexus device should receive one notification of a system preview update available for download. Open the notification and you'll see the update details. Tap the button " Download "to start the download.

Note : the size of the Android N Preview update for the Nexus 5X (the device on which it was tested) 1123, 5 MB, so we can expect the update to have approximately the same size on other devices as well. Also, if you don't receive a preview update notification soon, you can go ahead and check Settings-> Information-> System Updates.

4. Once you have downloaded the update, you can install it at that time or program it for later. To install it, open the notification " System update downloaded "and awards" Restart and install ". The device will then be restarted and the new version of Android will be installed.

5. After installing the update and restarting the device, you will receive a message from the Android Beta program, which will provide you with more information and a Feedback button. Touch " Ok "and then, go up Settings-> Information and you should see the Android version listed as N. You can also continue to touch the Android version to launch the Android N Easter egg, which only an N, as at the moment and still opens the same old game of Flappy Bird.

Note : you can easily unregister your device from the Android Beta program by accessing its page and clicking "Cancel device registration". You will then receive an update that returns the device to the most recent stable public version of Android. However, you will lose all your data, so don't forget to back up everything.

Have you already installed Android N on your Google device?

important to note that the version of Android N Preview aimed at developers and not yet sufficiently polished for everyday use. If you still want to go ahead and download the preview, you should decide to live with bugs and performance problems. Now that we have solved this problem, install Android N by following the previous steps and, if you have already done so, let us know your experience on Android N in the comments section below.