Moto Z Play was Motorola’s mid range device from last year and it received a lot of positive reviews for its 2-day battery life and the modular feature. The device was launched with Android Marshmallow 6.0 and it was updated to Android Nougat 7.0 earlier this year.
While most Motorola devices have already been updated to the latest stable version of Android Nougat 7.1.1, Moto Z Play is late to join the party. It has been in the soak test for the past few weeks and Motorola has finally decided to roll out the Android Nougat 7.1.1 to the Moto Z Play devices across the world.
Currently, the Moto Z Play devices in India are getting an OTA update for the Android Nougat 7.1.1 with the retin firmware and the July Security Patch update. You can manually check for the update by going to Settings->About Phone->System Updates.
Android Nougat 7.1.1 brings with it a few minor UI changes like adding a settings icon to the notification panel, app shortcuts to the launcher and color and design changes of stock icons and app. There are a lot of under the hood changes though like performance and stability improvements and a new Google Duo app has been added.
If you have not yet received the Android Nougat 7.1.1 update on your Moto Z Play, don’t worry, you can download the OTA update from the link below and install the update manually on your device by following our step by step instructions.
- Set up ADB and fastboot on your PC. If this is your first time using adb, it’d be better to install minimal ADB and fastboot.
- Install Motorola USB drivers on your PC.
- Moto Z Play Android 7.1.1 OTA File (Download from below)
- Backup all your important data just to be safe.
- Ensure that your Moto Z Play has at least 60% battery.
Things to consider …
Flashing an official update shouldn’t void any warranty that you may have. But if you don’t follow the steps correctly, you might end up with an unusable device. Sometimes, even when you’ve seemingly done everything right things might not work out. Human errors are always a possibility. In any case, DroidViews does not take any responsibility. But we are willing to help solve your problems.
Also, note that you cannot downgrade to a previous software version after installing this update. That is unless your Moto X Play has an unlocked bootloader. If it doesn’t have an unlocked bootloader, flashing the official ROM will not automatically re-lock it. It will, however, unroot your device if it is rooted.
Install Android 7.1.1 Nougat on Indian Moto Z Play via Recovery
You should have stock Android recovery installed in order for this method to work.
- Download the nougat OTA update zip from the download section above and transfer the file to your phone.
- Now boot your Moto Z into the stock recovery mode. To do this, you’ll first have to boot into bootloader mode. Follow the below steps to do that:
- Power off your device.
- Now press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons together for a few seconds.
- You will now enter into the bootloader.
- Use the volume buttons to select the the recovery option on the screen.
- Now use the Power button to boot into the recovery mode.
- You will now see the Android icon with a question mark on your screen. Hold all three of the Volume up, Volume down and the power buttons together now to enter into the stock recovery mode.
- In recovery mode, select the apply update from sdcard option.
Now use your volume and power button to browse for the OTA file you downloaded and then select it.
The installation process will now begin. Please remain calm for a few minutes till the process is completed.
That’s it you have successfully installed the Android Nougat 7.1.1 on your Moto Z Play. You can now reboot your phone.
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Install Official Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update on Moto Z Play via ADB
If the above method doesn’t work for you, you can follow this method to install the Nougat update through ADB. ADB is the Android development bridge through which a connection between your phone and your computer would be established.
You have to first download the Motorola USB drivers and setup ADB on your computer for this method to work. You can download these from the links above.
You can also follow our simple guide in case you are not familiar with the process.
- Enable USB debugging on your phone. If you don’t know how to do it, you can refer to our guide.
- Download the Nougat OTA zip from the link above.
- Now move it to the folder where you installed the adb files (usually C:\adb). If you installed Minimal adb and fastboot you’ll find the installation folder in C:\Program Files (x86)\Minimal ADB and Fastboot.
- You rename the file to OTA.zip to easily identify it.
- Turn off your phone and boot into recovery mode as explained in step 2 of the above method.
- Select the option Apply update from ADB and then connect your phone to the PC via a USB cable.
- In the adb installation folder, type cmd in the address bar and hit enter to open a command prompt inside the folder.
- Check your connection by typing the following command. You should see the serial number for your device which means it is connected.
- Now enter the following command to initiate the flashing process. Replace file_name with the file name of the OTA zip. This command is to transfer the OTA file you have stored in your computer to your phone and then install it.
adb sideload file_name.zip
- When the process is complete, disconnect and reboot your phone manually or enter the command given below.
Once the reboot is complete you can now find the Android Nougat 7.1.1 successfully installed on your Moto Z Play.
If you got stuck anywhere or don’t know how to do something, let us know in the comments. We will be happy to help you.