How to Install Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Nexus 5/6/7/9!

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Want to install the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow official firmware on your Nexus 5, 6, 7, or 9?  You can use this method if you already have a rooted device with unlocked bootloader.

Step 1. Download fastboot.zip, USB drivers (for Windows), 7Zip (for extracting the firmware files), and the latest Nexus firmware for your model.

Download:

Download fastboot.zip

Download USB drivers

Download 7Zip

Download Nexus firmware

Step 2. Unzip both fastboot.zip and USB drivers zip files.

Step 3. Unzip the Nexus firmware ending in .tgz.  You should get a file ending in .tar, unzip that also and you should end up with a folder with firmware image files.

Step 4. Unzip the zip file inside the firmware folder starting with “image” and ending with “.zip”.  This should give you a bunch of files ending in .img.  Copy both “boot.img” and “system.img” file to the “fastboot” folder.

Step 5. Also copy over “bootloader-xxx.img” and “radio-xxx.img” file from the firmware folder to the fastboot folder.  (Note: “xxx” means that part of the filename may be different depending on your device of Nexus.)

Step 6. Open up a command prompt/terminal and type:

For Windows:

cd Downloads
cd fastboot
fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-xxx.img
fastboot reboot-bootloader
fastboot flash radio radio-xxx.img
IMPORTANT: Replace “xxx” with the actual filename!!! Or you can also type the first 3 letters and hit the Tab key on your keyboard as it will fill it out for you automatically!
fastboot reboot-bootloader
fastboot flash boot boot.img
fastboot reboot-bootloader
fastboot flash system system.img
IMPORTANT: If you get error for fastboot in this line, try using “mfastboot flash system system.img” instead!!!

For Mac:

cd Downloads
cd fastboot
chmod 755 *
./fastboot-mac flash bootloader bootloader-xxx.img
./fastboot-mac reboot-bootloader
./fastboot-mac flash radio radio-xxx.img
IMPORTANT: Replace “xxx” with the actual filename!!! Or you can also type the first 3 letters and hit the Tab key on your keyboard as it will fill it out for you automatically!
./fastboot-mac reboot-bootloader
./fastboot-mac flash boot boot.img
./fastboot-mac reboot-bootloader
./fastboot-mac flash system system.img
IMPORTANT: If you get error for fastboot in this line, try using “./mfastboot-mac flash system system.img” instead!!!

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4 Responses

  1. Munjal Mahida says:

    Will this method keep root?

  2. MikeS says:

    This procedure works on my Nexus 7 2013 wifi only (razor) and it has many times. It also worked for the initial version of Android 6.0.0. I’ve installed the lastest 6.0.0 update (MRA58V) and now SuperSU will no longer install. Any recommendations for resolving this?

  3. Kyle says:

    What if I just want to do it all the twrp

  4. Kyle says:

    Can I do this without a computer I have recovery on my phone through teamwin

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