Android 7.1.1 for the Nexus 6P were released last week on December 5, 2016. However All carriers except ‘Verizon‘ next to version number NMF26F. Verizon users seem to have been excluded from the update.
Not to stress, however, since clients over on XDA Developers have taken a risk and flashed the factory images to their devices on Verizon’s system. Turns out, nearly everything works splendidly! So underneath, I’ll demonstrate to you generally accepted methods to physically update your Verizon Nexus 6P to Android 7.1.1, notwithstanding the most recent shenanigans from Google and Verizon.
Install Android 7.1.1 on Your Verizon Nexus 6P
Things you’ll need:
- USB Data Cable
- Mac, Linux or Windows Computer
- Nexus 6P used on Verizon Network
The only way to get the latest Android version is to install that manually. So in order to get that update on your Nexus 6P and to get Android 7.1.1, The first thing you’ll have to do is install ADB and Fastboot on your computer.
Next, you’ll need to download the Android 7.1.1 factory images package from Google’s official website. This is essentially the entire Android update that Google and Verizon have been holding out on, so click the following link from your computer to grab the files.
Enabling Developer options and USB debugging is something we must do in order to unlock the device bootloader and flash the factory images that Google (or Verizon) apparently doesn’t want us to have on the Nexus 6P. So use the following link to get yourself squared away on that front if you haven’t already done so.
Next, open your phone’s Settings and head to the “Developer options” menu that you just unlocked. From here, make sure to enable the switch next to the “OEM unlocking” option, as this will allow you to unlock your bootloader and flash the update.
Unlocking the device bootloader is the first and foremost thing one should do before playing around with their phone’s operating system. It’s the only way to make sure you can fully restore your device if something ever goes wrong.
You’ll want to do this before you flash the factory images. Do note that this step will wipe your data, so be sure to back up anything you want to keep.
- Plug your phone into your computer using the USB data cable.
- Open Command Prompt or Terminal (use the one that corresponds to your computer’s operating system).
- Change directories to the platform-tools folder inside of your ADB installation directory.
- Type in adb reboot bootloader and hit enter.
- Wait for fastboot to boot up, then type fastboot oem unlock.
- On your Nexus 6P, confirm that you want to unlock the bootloader.
For the final step, start by typing the following command into your Command Prompt or Terminal window to reboot:
- fastboot reboot-bootloader
Once you’ve done that, you’ll now be ready to install the Android 7.1.1 update. To do so, just flash the factory images with the fastboot flash commands..
Enjoy Android 7.1.1 on Your Nexus 6P
The one common report is that the Verizon Visual Voicemail app doesn’t work. That’s probably okay, though, since most users don’t use it at all due to its extremely finicky and erratic nature.
If you do use Verizon’s Visual Voicemail and can’t live without it, don’t worry, we have a fantastic alternative: Google Phone (aka Google Dialer). This app has visual voicemail support on Verizon’s network as of Android 7.1 for Nexus and Pixel phones, plus it’s entirely free, which is all we need.
So now you’re officially running the latest Android Nougat update, even though Google and Verizon were holding it back. Congratulations are in order.