Nexus 6 users on Android 7.1.1 Nougat reportedly receiving OTA that downgrades

Nexus 6 users on Android 7.1.1 Nougat reportedly receiving OTA that downgrades-Google has a history of goof ups regarding updates, and the tech giant has often faced the brunt of faulty updates. In one of the latest cases, it looks like the Nexus 6 has come under some trouble and Google is now pulling the Android 7.1.1 update from it and bringing it back to Android 7.0.

The company thought that this move would fix the problem, but it ultimately resulted in making it more complicated. As per the comments of various Nexus 6 users on Reddit, Google is pushing a fresh update to downgrade the Nexus 6 to Android 7.0. Now, the problem here is that this new update does not ask users to reset their device before coming on to a new (err old) version and neither does it have a step for automatic reset.

Several people have confirmed in a reddit thread that they’ve received the update. And at least one user complains that installing the update makes the phone pretty much unusable, since all apps will crash once it’s installed.

It sounds like this might be some sort of a mistake rather than an attempt by Google to address bugs in Android 7.1.1 for the phone by rolling users back to an earlier version.

Android is usually designed to work well when upgrading from an older version of the operating system to a newer one. But going backward usually requires a factory reset (which means wiping all your data and re-installing apps after the new OS is loaded).

Since the Nexus 6 probably won’t be officially supported much longer, this might be as good a time as any for users to consider unlocking the bootloader and installing a custom ROM. Or if you haven’t installed the update/downgrade yet, you might just want to keep an eye out for it and not tap the install button.

The bad news is after rolling back to Android 7.0 Nougat, none of your apps installed on the Nexus 6 will work any longer, so you will have to perform a factory reset. It's worth noting that Android Nougat is the last major OS update for Nexus 6.

Nexus 6 7.0 OTA downgrade: How to fix issues?

If you are experiencing issues on Android 7.0 after downgrading, then to fix this, you can perform factory reset.

Here’s how to do factory reset.

  1. Power off your device.
  2. Reboot to bootloader mode by pressing and holding Volume down and Power button together until anything comes up on the screen.
  3. Use volume buttons to reach Recovery menu, and press power button to select it.
  4. Now, you will reach ‘No command’ screen.
  5. Press Power button and Volume up together to reach 3e recovery.
  6. Now, select wipe data/factory reset using power button, and confirm on next screen.
  7. When done, select reboot system now to restart the device.

Now, to go back to Android 7.1.1, in the most proper manner, ever, download the factory image (7.1.1 firmware) from here for your Nexus 6, and install it using the guide given here (guide is for Google Pixel devices, but works perfectly for Nexus 6).