Quick Steps to Install Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Nexus
Android 6.0 Marshmallow is ready and you’re probably all set to relish its sweetness on your Nexus device. Since there are still a few more weeks to go before it becomes readily available to you as an over-the-air (OTA) update, you will have to wait this while with bated breath. Or, better still, go ahead and install it yourself!
Yes, you can do that easily by following the solution steps offered below. Before you apply the steps, here’re a few important points about this operating system that you ought to know:
- Marshmallow promises to offer you an enhanced user experience via its several improvements.
- Its redesigned permission model will prevent apps from automatically enjoying specified permissions at the time of installation.
- Finger print recognition and longer battery life (Doze power scheme) features will add to the delight of Marshmallow users.
- The list of devices that will be eligible for this OTA update includes Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013), 9 and Nexus Player.
So, if your mobile device (smartphone or tablet) is any of the above mentioned models, you can go ahead and install the update right away.
Like is the case with everything that you want to install prior to its release, there’s always the risk of losing data during or after the process. Therefore, we highly recommend that you back up your device’s contents or install the update on a device other than the primary one that you use. Once the data is backed up, you are good to go…
Installing the Marshmallow OTA update
- Update your device to the non-beta version of Android, Android Lollipop 5.1.1 if not done already.
- Download and install Google’s Android Studio developer tools if not done already.
- Visit the Android official website to do the same and follow the prompts to complete the installation.
- Once this is done, download the Android Marshmallow factory image. Ensure that you download the specific image developed for your device; with an incorrect (incompatible) image, you will not be able to install the update.
- Unzip the image by double-clicking on it and save it on your device.
Preparing your device
- Turn on the Developer mode on your device from the About Phone option in the Settings app.
- Scroll down to the Build Number and tap it 7 times. This will unlock the developer options.
- Return to the Home screen and tap on Developers Option.
- Toggle the switch to the ‘On’ mode for USB debugging.
Windows users will need to download the required drivers, ADB and Fastboot tools. Get them from the official Android SDK Tools. Mac users will also need the ADB and Fastboot tools, although they won’t require any relevant driver for the same.
Once these are obtained, Windows users will have to download the Google USB driver and Android SDK Platform tools from the program. Mac users will have to launch the Security and Privacy settings in the System Preferences option to allow the program to run besides installing Java to let this work.
- Once these are downloaded, copy the Android SDK Platform Tools folder’s content and paste it in the same location where you saved the extracted Android Marshmallow factory image.
- Windows users with the installed program will have to enter the phrase (without quotes) “adb reboot bootloader” and upon confirmation, further enter “fastboot oem unlock”. This step will erase all the data on your phone and therefore the backup will help here.
- Mac users have a simpler task to do.
- If you are a Windows user and want to go in for a clean install, run the flash-all.bat file and go ahead with the process. If you want to simply upgrade, edit the flash-all.bat file and remove the ‘w’ sequence from the last fastboot command.
- Mac users will have to enter the "./flash-all.sh" command in Terminal for a clean install. Also, remember to add ‘./’ before every command in the .sh file.
- The upgrade process remains the same as is for the Windows users.
o Go to Settings and select Shortcuts in the Keyboard option.
o Go to Services and then check the 'New Terminal at Folder' option.
o Go to the same folder where the factory image is stored and right-click on it.
o In the available space, enter "./adb reboot bootloader" and then "./fastboot oem unlock".
Once this is done, your device will automatically reboot. This may take longer than usual but once the reboot is complete, you’ll get to see the latest OS Marshmallow on it!
Before you start enjoying the features, remember to lock the ‘bootloader’ to continue securing your device. To do it, re-enable the Developer Options and the USB Debugging option, boot into fastboot mode and run the lock command. Restart your device again and that’s all that you need to do. Enjoy exploring Marshmallow…