Want to give the developer preview of Android 7.0 Nougat Beta a try on your compatible device? Unlike before, it’s much easier to download and install the developer preview on eligible Android devices. Here is how it works:

You Need to Know:

  • The final developer preview of Android 7.0 Nougat Beta has been released.
  • The beta has been primarily released for app developers for testing purpose.
  • If you wish to download and install the beta on your device, make sure to test it on your secondary handset as there may be some bugs.
  • Android 7.0 Nougat is set to be released “later this summer. Currently, Android 7.0 Nougat is compatible with only certain devices like Google’s Pixel C tablet or a newer Nexus device such as Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus Player or Nexus 9.
  • Sony has reported that Xperia Z3 smartphone can work with Android 7.0 Nougat.
  • With Android N, Google has made it a lot easier than ever to get the developer preview on your compatible device via the Android Beta Program.

How to Download & Install Android 7.0 Nougat

Before moving ahead with the process to download Android 7.0 Nougat on your smartphone, make sure to back up your device. As Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview still has some bugs, it’s better to have a backup of your device.

If something goes wrong and you are unable to download the beta, you will have the backup to fall back on.

Open Settings app on your device → tap on Backup & reset → make sure to check both ‘Backup my data’ and ‘Automatic restore’.

Step #1. Once your Android device has been successfully backed up, you need to download Android N. Go to the Android Nougat Developer Preview web page.

This page displays the overview of the several stages of the preview. You will also get to know Android N’s features and functionality.

Step #2. Next up, you will have to go to the Android Beta Program website, and sign in using your Google account.

Step #3. After you have signed in, you will see your compatible devices listed. Now, you need to enroll your device in the beta program. Click the ‘Enroll Device’ button.

Step #4. After your device has been enrolled, you will get over-the-air updates to Android 7.0 Nougat just like any other regular OS update.

Besides, there is an option to install the Android Nougat update manually by downloading and installing the Android 7.0 system image. However, this process is not just a bit risky but also problematical.

(Check out Google’s instructions on how to flash your Nexus device, if you want to update to Android N manually.)

How to Downgrade from Android Nougat

For whatever reason, you no longer want to test Android Nougat, you can go back to an earlier version. However, make sure to back up your device first as it will wipe up all the existing data on your phone.

Step #1. If you wish to go back to the previous version of Android, go to the Android Beta Program website.

Step #2. Next up, you will have to click on ‘Unenroll device’.

Step #3. You will see an update on your smartphone. You need to download and install the update to remove Android N and reinstall the latest stable public version of Android.

That’s it! Android N is awesome. Just like millions of Android users around the world, I’m also waiting for it to arrive sooner than later. What’s your take on it? We would like to have your feedback with us in the comment.