Frustrated Nexus 6 users who have been awaiting the latest Android update will be happy to hear that your woes will be coming to an end.

Thanks to CyanogenMod, Nexus 6 devices will now be able to get Android 7.1 features via the CM14.1, Nightly custom ROM based on Android 7.1 Nougat. Just follow these steps and you’ll be Nougat-ified in no time!

1) Download CM 14.1 Android 7.1 custom firmware and GApps package on your PC.
2) Via a USB cable, connect your device to your computer and duplicate the downloaded files unto your SD card.
3) Disengage your device and turn it off.
4) Boot it into Recovery mode by simultaneously pressing down the Volume Up+Home+Power buttons. Use the Volume buttons to highlight and Power button to choose.
5) Next, go to wipe data/factory reset and affirm the wipe. Then, select wipe cache partition followed by wipe dalvik cache.
6) Select install zip from sdcard . Then, choose zip from sdcard. Search for the CM 14.1 Android 7.1 Nougat zip file and affirm the process.
7) Once the ROM installation is completed, repeat the same steps to install the GApps package.
8) And when that is done, return to the main recovery menu and tap on reboot system now.

And, there you have it, your Nexus 6 running on Android 7.1. However, it’s vital that you download and install USB driver for Nexus 6 on your PC prior to attempting this flash. You would also need to enable USB debugging option by going to Menu>Settings>Applications>Developer Options and turn on USB Debugging.

Be sure that your Nexus 6 is rooted with TWRP recovery installed and that your device has more than 70 percent charge before carrying out this update.


Mike Dogg · November 30, 2016 at 9:22 am

Ummmm, AOSP has built custom ROMs for the Nexus 6 for quite some time now without all of the CM bloatware apps that come with their ROMs.

Keith Kmichik · November 30, 2016 at 11:02 am

In other words, Google left us hanging out to dry. I don’t thing you should have waited until the last paragraph to say that the device has to be rooted.

Shiraz Sun · November 30, 2016 at 11:05 am

I don’t know what “expert” wrote this but he obviously doesn’t know that there is no SD card slot in a Nexus 6. Total doofus.

Keith · November 30, 2016 at 12:57 pm

The update to Nougat on the N6 will also become via OTA from Google “sometime” in December. I’m going to wait.

Jack · November 30, 2016 at 9:02 pm

I am still waiting for OTA update to Nougat 7.0 on my Nexus 6. I have T-Mobile. Anybody else not get Nougat on the Nexus 6 yet?

    Vadim · December 1, 2016 at 2:29 am

    Jack, I also have Nexus 6 on TMobile and I gave up waiting for TMobile update a few days ago and signed for Google beta access and got 7.0 update pushed in a few hours. Works pretty well, no reason to wait for TMobike stamp of approval.

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