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Installing an OTA image on a Nexus phone #4476826
08/01/17 06:54 PM
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I did a Google of "Nexus 6 OTA image".

So I downloaded the Android SDK tools package to my Windows PC, it includes ADB which I am reading is needed.

Then I downloaded the latest image for a Nexus 6 to my PC. That may take awhile.

So one the phone I click "enable USB debugging" then connect the phone to PC via USB and then enter the "ADB" command on my PC.

The instructions are a little lacking as to what needs to be downloaded where. At this point I am thinking nothing needs to be downloaded to my phone?

https://developers.google.com/android/ota?hl=vi


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Re: Installing an OTA image on a Nexus phone [Re: Donald] #4476851
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Re: Installing an OTA image on a Nexus phone [Re: Donald] #4476857
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Have you read this item?

http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/03/15/...-running-7-1-1/

Also, ADB is a command line program on the PC, so you need to enter a set of parameters that are described in the developers website. The parameters will gather up the software and "sideload" it to your phone. It appears that regardless of which version you install, a full system reset will be necessary so back up your phone before you start.

Re: Installing an OTA image on a Nexus phone [Re: Donald] #4476859
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You don't need to root the phone, just use ADB to sideload it.

Re: Installing an OTA image on a Nexus phone [Re: jaj] #4476933
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Originally Posted By: jaj
You don't need to root the phone, just use ADB to sideload it.


Will a sideload wipe out what is currently on the phone?


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Re: Installing an OTA image on a Nexus phone [Re: Donald] #4477037
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Yes

Re: Installing an OTA image on a Nexus phone [Re: Donald] #4477337
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Isn't there anything I can install like the way Google use to update my phone. Incremental updates that just add or fix a few things, not a replace of the entire operating system.


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Re: Installing an OTA image on a Nexus phone [Re: Donald] #4481916
08/07/17 03:22 PM
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I read your other thread and I'm in a similar boat. I LOVE my Nexus 5, but it hasn't received any official updates since Dec. 2016. Thank god Nexus 5 and 6 are beyond popular with xda-developers that newer OSs are available in the open source community.

I'm familiar with stock Nexus images and changing OSs off Nook, Kindle Fire, Nexus Player. Getting adb driver on a Win8/10 installed is the hardest part. Most of the time, getting the PC into safe bootup and allowing it to run 'unsigned' drivers tends to always work. Next is to display the hidden Developer settings in Android. I think you're suppose to tap the Build number 7x time to show it. Once that is running when you connect your phone via USB, ensure that you choose MTP or PTP in the developer menu. Then you it show automatically that you want to allow your laptop to debug the phone and accept it. If it doesn't show, unplug the USB, again in the developer menu remove all previous debug devices and try again.

Google's instructions off this page https://developers.google.com/android/images?hl=vi is a concise version of what you need to do assuming everything goes well. I tend to do a full wipe since most of my apps/contacts get synched online. My SMS/MMS messages get backed up using Helium. So I tend to use the Factory images, not OTA. In fact you reminded me prep my Nexus 5 for Android O next month.

Just slightly off topic. The Google Pixel is currently on a ridiculous sale direct from Google. $524 with a VR Daydream for free. I plan on selling the DayDream for $60 knocking my new phone price to about $465. Not bad for a flagship phone.

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