How to get the Android Nougat update for your Nexus device right now

The latest flavor of Android begins rolling out today. Here's how to jump the line and get it on your device right now.

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Watch this: New features in Android Nougat

Google on Monday announced that Android Nougat will begin rolling out to Nexus-branded devices over the coming weeks. The latest version of the Android operating system adds dozens of new emojis, multiwindow support, direct reply from notifications, improved battery life and other features.

In addition to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player, the update will also be available for the Pixel C and Android One devices.

Here's how to check if the update is available on your Nexus device:

  • Head to Settings
  • Scroll down and select About Phone
  • Click on System Updates
  • Tap the "Check for update" button

How to jump-start the update

Don't want to wait for the update? We have confirmed that those users who are enrolled in Google's Android Beta Program are being updated to the final version before others. You can sign up for the program here, click Enroll device and follow the same steps to check for an update as listed above. You should see the update available for download within a few minutes.

You can then unenroll from the program once you have installed Android Nougat. This method worked for me on a Nexus 6P and didn't erase my personal information or apps. We have also confirmed that it works on the Nexus 5X.