Like keeping your Nexus device up to date? Who doesn’t!? Google has just let go of the Android 6.0.1 factory images for Nexus devices on its Developers site.

Bear in mind that installation isn’t just a simple download and execute. The new build needs to be flashed, which involves having the Android platform tools ready on your computer, communication channels to your Android flowing, and adb commands. If all this sounds foreign to you, you may just want to wait for an official OTA push of the update.

[toggles title=”Factory image flashing instructions”]To flash a device using one of the system images below (or one of your own), you need the latest fastboot tool. You can get it from one of the sources below.

Once you have the fastboot tool, add it to your PATH environment variable (the flash-all script below must be able to find it). Also be certain that you’ve set up USB access for your device, as described in the Using Hardware Devices guide.

To flash a system image:

  1. Download the appropriate system image for your device below, then unzip it to a safe directory.
  2. Connect your device to your computer over USB.
  3. Start the device in fastboot mode with one of the following methods:
    • Using the adb tool: With the device powered on, execute: adb reboot bootloader
    • Using a key combo: Turn the device off, then turn it on and immediately hold down the relevant key combination for your device. For example, to put a Nexus 5 (“hammerhead”) into fastboot mode, press and hold Volume Up + Volume Down + Power as the device begins booting up.
  4. If necessary, unlock the device’s bootloader by running: fastboot oem unlock
    The target device will show you a confirmation screen. (This erases all data on the target device.)
  5. Open a terminal and navigate to the unzipped system image directory.
  6. Execute the flash-all script. This script installs the necessary bootloader, baseband firmware(s), and operating system.

Once the script finishes, your device reboots. You should now lock the bootloader for security:

  1. Start the device in fastboot mode again, as described above.
  2. Execute: fastboot oem lock

Locking bootloader will wipe the data on some devices. After locking the bootloader, if you want to flash the device again, you must run fastboot oem unlock again, which will wipe the data.[/toggles]

[toggles title=”Downloads for new Nexus devices”]

“angler” for Nexus 6P

Version Download MD5 Checksum SHA-1 Checksum
6.0.0 (MDA89D) Link 896bd9f0c04e7cc027ea979b753cdb1 956d70f72e35ac3f110c3d0fdcb3a780b44da182
6.0.0 (MDB08K) Link 7d184642424e183ec77324dc6576aee8 5719a7795e8c1edf8c285a3046830f8c0f0870ec
6.0.0 (MDB08L) Link a4c98cfc6a7f50dc6989603bc07e1841 7294b489a9cb931f9b3b98adbbd73da39bc966df
6.0.0 (MDB08M) Link f7464cbaa4bfff29c551a8de92882b01 dbc179403ce935ae9a0cb5297cae4a39e3e5de5d
6.0.0 (MMB29N) Link 6f7a77005d4b73792108f68152f9b250 b1463752d920c8b2c500ecdf246335aff8620aeb
6.0.1 (MMB29M) Link 86bcc1c70e52d51b305e8449a1efc046 8c31db3ff02fb5226799eb5f456c6a69986ea752

“bullhead” for Nexus 5X

Verison Download MD5 Checksum SHA-1 Checksum
6.0.0 (MDA89E) Link 1da307ca29aac7fab620c463fc936a94 29247942177a9a083548c6a95e60c3547199665b
6.0.0 (MDB08I) Link d1c8f63a4e449868d533c324c79b615e 64536fcf713b219acf18a23157fa0d253ed2f059
6.0.0 (MDB08L) Link c387484c8206e61ffe58f548ce01acff b3f1796524301a02b82074c5509900d60ff4c152
6.0.0 (MDB08M) Link f5233f827a44f99e26722e349f3c9445 5867cc27a23257a47688fe180ec272f1152ddde2
6.0.1 (MMB29K) Link b0dc5f572f5ec6cb58aeebef487211a2 a5eaf7150ee2dbe78901a2f9c515a8de2cf3a37b


Hit up the source link below for downloads to other Nexus devices. And as always, don’t forget to backup your user data!


The 6.0.1 update brings a multitude of new/redesigned emoji’s and some other minor changes. Check out our coverage of the update here.

Happy flashing!

Source: Google Developers

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