Moto Z Play: Download & Install Official Nougat 7.1.1 Update [India]


The Nougat 7.1.1 update has been made available for Moto Z Play and now you can manually download and update the same on the device. Ever since Moto’s announcement for the Nougat update on Moto Z Play, people have been waiting to grab the OTA. But the OTA prompt is not yet made available for every user and it takes a while to complete the latest firmware roll out

Moto Z Play Nougat update is rolling out as soak test builds; which means Moto sends the update to selected users to try the firmware for bug testing. These users send bug reports to the developers so that they could fix the issues and release the stable firmware quickly.

Nougat update for Moto Z Play in India has become a trending keyword nowadays after Moto’s official announcement (Moto Z Play Nougat update India release date) and I’ve been getting numerous messages regarding the same. So let’s see how to manually update Moto Z Play to Nougat 7.1.1 firmware.

Firmware & Device Info:

Device: Moto Z Play 
Code Name:XT 1635-02
Firmware info:[retin] Blur_Version.26.51.21.addison.retail.en.US 
Size: 1GB

Moto Z Play 7.1.1 Update: Pre-requisites

  • Check whether you have received the update via OTA from the System Updates option. If not, proceed further.
  • Download and install Moto Z Play USB drivers on your PC. [Check the below download section]
  • Similarly, make sure you have installed necessary ADB & Fastboot drivers. If not, download from below.
  • Make a full backup of your phone’s internal memory and calls/message logs. It gets wiped.
  • Maintain a decent battery juice on your device.

Moto Z Play Nougat Update Download

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How  to Update Moto Z Play to Nougat 7.1.1 Official Firmware

ADB Sideload Method

  • Enable Developer Options on your Moto Z Play by tapping the build number (About Phone section) 7 times.
  • Now enable OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging options under Developer options for accepting ADB commands.
  • Connect the device to the PC in recovery mode. For this, attach the device to the PC and under the ADB folder, open a command window and type the following command:moto x play nougat update
adb reboot recovery
  • Most of the time, the command window would stuck saying “Waiting for device” result. In this scenario, simply re-install the USB drivers on your computer. If that doesn’t fix the issue, install the PDAnet application on both phone and computer and perform the driver setup to install all necessary USB drivers on the system.waiting-for-device-error
  • To check whether the device is detected on the computer, enter the following command on the terminal:
adb devices
  • If that returns a serial code, your phone has been detected successfully. If you use mfastboot instead of fastboot, you may need to replace fastboot with mfastboot in all commands.
  • Now copy the downloaded Moto Z Play Nougat 7.1.1 firmware inside the adb folder and sideload it on the device. For this, execute the following command:
adb sideload
  • Replace “firmware” with the firmware name (case sensitive).
  • After hitting the final command, the device will reboot and eventually complete the Nougat 7.1.1 update on Moto Z Play.

Stock Recovery Method

If you’re having trouble with the aforementioned ADB sideloading method, you could use the following procedure. This doesn’t need a computer access. Moreover, this particular method is easier to perform as well.

  1. First of all, download Moto Z Force Nougat update OTA firmware from the above download section and copy to the device (not inside any folders, keep it in the root directory).
  2. Switch off the device. Then reboot the phone into (stock) recovery mode. For this, press and hold Vol – & Power buttons together followed by Vol + & Power buttons combination.
  3. Choose Apply update from SD card option and load the firmware from the storage.
  4. After successful update, reboot system.

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Special Note

  1. You cannot downgrade the device once it’s upgraded to the Nougat firmware unless the bootloader is unlocked.
  2. The root access will be lost upon performing the firmware update.
  3. The bootloader status doesn’t change, however.
  4. The data may be wiped and cannot be recovered easily. So I strongly advise you take a full backup.

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Now you have successfully updated Moto Z Play to Nougat 7.1.1 firmware using the official fastboot image. Flashing the official firmware doesn’t void the warranty, but an incorrect execution of the command may brick your device. So proper care should be taken.

If you’re having difficulties while updating Moto Z Play to Nougat or downloading Moto Z PlayNougat update in India, let us know via comments.

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