Motorola Moto X Play which was launched around 2 years ago with Android 5.1 Lollipop was promised by the company to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update at some point. That point somehow never seemed to have come. In what can only be called good news for the owners of Moto X Play the device is not getting the Android 7.0 update. That’s because it is now being directly updated to Android 7.1.1 Nougat by Motorola. For a device almost 2 years old, this is rather surprising, even for Motorola. The new update comes with several bug fixes and improvements. It also brings with it, apart from the latest mobile OS from Google, the May 1, 2017, security patch.
Thus, you can be sure that your device is as secure as an Android smartphone can get. Motorola’s official support site already has documentation about this update listed, so the over-the-air rollout should already be reaching out to you soon. The OTA update is about 1.1 GB is size so make sure you’re on an unlimited plan or connected to a Wi-Fi network. Considering this is a Nougat update, you will be getting features such as bundled notifications, split-screen, improved Doze mode, quick reply and more. If you didn’t see a notification already, you can check for the update in Settings > About phone > System updates.
Don’t want to wait for the OTA? You can also get the update by flashing the official factory images provided by Motorola. We’ll show you how, but you’ll need to meet certain requirements first.
- 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 X Play Android 7.1.1 Nougat Factory Image (Download from below)
- Backup all your important data because it might get wiped.
- Ensure that your Moto X 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.
How to update Moto X Play to official Android 7.1.1 Nougat
- Once you have the necessary factory image, connect your phone to the PC with a USB cable. Make sure the cable provides a proper connection and isn’t lose at any ends.
- Now launch the ADB command interface. Hold down the shift key and right-click an empty area in the ADB installation folder to do so. This can also be done by simply typing cmd in the Windows Explorer address bar and pressing enter.
- Type is the following ADB command to see if your device is detected.
- If it is detected, boot your Moto X Play into fastboot mode with the following command.
adb reboot bootloader
- You may also boot your phone into fastboot mode by pressing and holding the Power button and Volume down button together for a few seconds.
- When the phone is in fastboot mode, enter the following commands one by one.
fastboot oem fb_mode_set fastboot flash partition gpt.bin fastboot flash bootloader bootloader.img fastboot flash logo logo.bin fastboot flash boot boot.img fastboot flash recovery recovery.img fastboot flash system system.img fastboot flash fsg fsg.mbn fastboot erase cache fastboot erase userdata fastboot erase customize fastboot erase clogo fastboot oem fb_mode_clear fastboot reboot
- These commands first flash the necessary image files, wipe your data and then reboot your phone.
The first boot after an update will take up a bit longer than usual. But when your phone does boot up, you should be running Android 7.1.1 Nougat.