Download August Android security update for Nexus Devices – Steps to Install

by Karthik Iyer 1

Google’s Android Security update kicks off today, and it is pushing out this month’s i.e. August Android security update to Nexus devices. It is in fact already published on their official website. The company posted both the factory image as well as the OTA .zip files. The security bulletin as provided as well. So if you wish to update to this new security patch, then you can do so by flashing the image manually.

As far as eligible devices are concerned, the new Android 6.0.1 files are available for the Pixel C (MXC89L), Nexus 6P (MTC20F), Nexus 5X (MTC20F), Nexus 5 (MOB30Y), Nexus 6 (MMB30R, MOB30W), Nexus 7 2013 (MOB30X, MMB30S), Nexus 9 (MOB30W), and Nexus Player (MOB30W). The factory images for all these devices with their respective version of download is available now to download. These monthly patches will eventually be rolled to other devices when the manufacturers decide to do so. Lenovo recently said that they are not committing for the monthly patches as of now.

If you are interested in downloading and flashing the new security updates for this month then follow the below instructions carefully and proceed with the method:

  • Firstly, download the factory images to be flashed to your device. Make sure to download the right one for your device and flash it accordingly to avoid any issues later.
  • Now unzip the file and extract its contents into your SDK/platform-tools folder. This is important since all the adb and fast boot files are located here only.
  • From within the platform-tolls folder, open the command prompt.
  • Once the command prompt opens, type the following commands and wait until it’s finished before entering the next one. Note: if you are using a Mac, then be sure to add ./ in front of all the commands.

    adb reboot bootloader

    fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-hammerhead-HHZ11d.img

    fastboot reboot-bootloader

    fastboot flash radio radio-hammerhead-M8974A-1.0.25.0.17.img

    fastboot reboot-bootloader

    fastboot -w update image-hammerhead-krt16m.zip

    fastboot reboot-bootloader

  • Now at this point, if you wish to go back to 100% stock with a locked bootloader then type, fastboot oem lock
  • Or if you want to keep your bootloader unlocked, then just tap the power button from the start screen. You will now be back to 100% stock.

There you have it. You have successfully flashed the factory image. Try this method and let us know how it worked for you. Stay tuned for more tutorials like this.

Karthik Iyer

Karthik is a Computer Science Graduate and a Tech Aficionado who has always found himself fascinated or playing around with all the latest and the best from the world of smartphones and beyond. When he is not working on any smartphone or covering the latest scoop, you can often find playing his favorite PS4 titles.

  • Himanshu Kainth

    I am using nexus 6P. Security patch won’t come on OTA? And also having issues with mobile data using jio it keeps on displaying exclamation mark with LTE. It is hunting for 4G. Is it a issue or bug? Please ans