Install Android N on Nexus 5X Developer Preview 3 Official Factory Image

Google released Android N for their Nexus Devices about Four Month ago. Now the Third developer preview (Android N NPD35K) is available for Nexus 5X. With this easy and Quick tutorial, you can update your Nexus 5X to Android N NPD35K Developer Preview 3 Official Factory Image. We saw Android N originally being announced months back and now at Google I/O 2016, we are finally getting a proper keynote for it as well as an update. The Latest Developer Preview 3 is aimed to provide us solid and enjoyable Android N experience with all new Android N features.
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You can Update Nexus 5X to Android N Developer Preview 3 Official Factory Image using this tutorial below. If this will be your first time playing around with a factory image, you might have to unlock your bootloader first before continuing – which means wiping all of your phone data.

As you continue reading below, we will guide you how to install Android N Developer Preview 3 on Nexus 5X. Don’t forget to backup all your apps and personal data as a precaution. Major revamps like these usually have a wipe script with them, meaning, after you finish the update process, your phone will be completely wiped. Now in order to avoid any problems we recommend backing up your data which might include documents, contacts, or even downloads. Let’s continue with the tutorial now.
NOTE: Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods, etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

Nexus 5X Android N NPD35K Factory Image Details:

This Google Branded Android N Developer Preview comes with tons of new features which are based on the latest Google I/O 2016 program. A quick list of some main features are given below, and we are sure you’d love to use this on your Xperia Z3:
  • Enhanced Doze Mode
  • Freeform window mode
  • New Android N settings menu
  • Revamped notification shade/quick settings panel
  • Change display size in Android N
  • Faster app optimization in Android N
  • New Data Saver feature in Android N
  • Dark Mode returns in Android N!
  • Improved call screening and number blocking
  • Put emergency info on your lock screen
  • Unicode 9.0 emoji support
  • 75% Faster App installation
  • and lot more..
Like this Cool features of Android N? We love it too and we know you are looking forward to install it on your phone now. Please read every step carefully so that your installation goes smooth and you do not end up with any problems.

Disclaimer: Please read the following instructions thoroughly before attempting to flash your phone. absolves itself from any responsibility should something go wrong. Please proceed with caution and at your own risk.

To Remember:
  • This tutorial is only for Google Nexus 5X by LG and we are not sure if it will work on the other variants of the Nexus on other carriers.
  • Your phone can be on any previous Android version or even on a custom ROM. It doesn’t matter at all. This tutorial will still work for installing Android N Developer Preview Beta.
  • Enjoy Android N on your device and let us know your review about it!
NOTE: Installing Android N NPD35K Developer Preview 3 factory image will WIPE/FORMAT everything from your Nexus phone if your Bootloader is not unlocked from before. Please make a Backup of your important data before installing this firmware.

HOW TO: Install Android N NPD35K on Nexus 5X Using Official Factory Image

We have put together a detailed step-by-step installation instruction so that the first time users doesn't face any problem on updating LG Nexus 5X to Android N NPD35K Developer Preview 3 using the factory image provided by Google.

Please make sure your phone fulfils all the requirements and we recommend you to read this tutorial once before actually performing it on your device.

Tutorial- Step-by-Step:

Step 1: Download Android N Factory Image (bullhead-npd35k-factory-5ba40535.tgz) for Nexus 5X on your PC.

Step 2: Download and install the latest Android SDK to your computer from the table below. Make sure ADB and Fastboot are configured properly on your PC.

PlatformSDK tools packageSHA-1 checksum
Mac OS Xandroid-sdk_r24.4.1-macosx.zip85a9cccb0b1f9e6f1f616335c5f07107553840cd

Step 3: Connect your Nexus 5X to your computer using the USB cable provided by LG.

Step 4: Switch OFF your phone.

Step 5: Now to get into the Bootloader Mode. Press and hold Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons till you see the Fastboot menu and START on top while connecting it again with the USB cable.

Step 6: Now extract the downloaded file on the Desktop of your computer. Open the folder hammerhead-NPD35K and then copy/paste all the files to your Fastboot directory.

Confused with Fastboot Directory? Navigate to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory (on your computer)

Step 7: From the factory image files in your Fastboot directory, perform the following as per the Operating System of your Computer:
  • On Windows: Run the file "flash-all.bat".
  • On Mac: Run the file "" using Terminal.
  • On Linux: Run the file "".
That's what you need to do in order to install Android N 3rd Developer Preview Official Factory Image on your Google Nexus 5X. Now wait and watch the progress as the process is completed.

NOTE: If your Bootloader is not unlocked, follow the on-screen instructions on your phone to unlock the bootloader.

After the installation completes, please wait for some time. It may take little bit more time for the first boot. Be patience! Nothing wrong is going to happen.

That’s it! Your Nexus 5X should now have Android N NPD35K Developer Preview 3 installed on your phone! Go to Settings > About phone to verify.

NOTE: In case if your process interrupts during installation and you brick your device, you can Contact Us to get back your Original Phone. So don't worry if anything goes wrong.

Any problem during installation? Do let us know by commenting below! If you find the above tutorial useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or SHARE with others so they can also take benefit from these!

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