How to Manually Install Official Android 7.0 Nougat OTA update on Moto G4 Plus

A while back, Motorola started soak testing the Android 6.0 Nougat for Moto G4 Plus and Moto G4 in Brazil and India. For those unaware, soak test updates are rolled out by the company to smaller test groups for monitoring performance and user feedback before releasing the final update widely. As reported by some users, they’ve started receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat OTA software update for Moto G4 Plus and Moto G4 in India. It should be noted that this is a final update and not a soak test build. Generally, such major OTA updates are rolled out in batches and can take some time to reach your device. However, those curious to try out Nougat can rather install the OTA update manually by following the simple steps stated below.

Moto G4 Plus running Android 7.0 Nougat

The Android 7.0 firmware update for Moto G4 Plus India variant (XT1643) carries NPJ25.93-11 build number and comes with November 1 Android security patch. Thankfully, a member at XDA-Developers forum has managed to capture the OTA Zip file for the Indian model of G4 Plus, hence allowing other users with a supported phone to manually flash the update. The new update brings Android 7.0 Nougat to G4 series with new multitasking features, better notification controls, improved data saver and battery features. It also upgrades the split-screen feature and Doze mode besides packing other enhancements. [View Full Changelog]

Without further ado, we’ll now guide you as how you can manually update your Moto G4 Plus to Nougat:

Requirements: Moto G4 Plus running the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshallow software with stock recovery and completely non-rooted stock ROM

Note:

  • Applicable only when updating from build number MPJ24.139-63 to NPJ25.93-11
  • This won’t wipe any apps or data
  • Backup your important data (Advisable)
  • Make sure your phone is charged

Guide to Manually Update Moto G4 Plus to Android 7.0 Nougat (NPJ25.93-11) –

1. Make sure your device model is XT1643 with build number MPJ24.139-63

Moto G4 Plus running Marshmallow

2. Download the official OTA update here: Google Drive | Mega (Mirror)

3. Transfer the downloaded zip file “Blur_Version.24.31.64.athene.retail.en.US.zip” (sized 733MB) to the phone’s internal storage. (Refer below image)

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4. Boot Moto G4 Plus into Bootloader > Recovery: 

To do so, power off the phone. Then press Volume Down and Power button simultaneously for 3-4 seconds. Then navigate to Recovery using the volume rocker and press Power button to select.

Moto G4 Plus_Bootloader

When you see the Android logo with ‘No command’ message, simply press the power key for 2 seconds and then press the Volume Up key to enter into recovery mode.

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5. In Recovery mode, select “Apply update from SD card” and select ‘Blur_Version.24.31.64.athene.retail.en.US.zip‘ file that you transferred in #3 step.

Now wait for the update to get installed automatically. The installation takes around 10 minutes, so be patient.

Moto G4 Plus_Android 7.0 Nougat Installation

6. After you see “Install from SD card complete”, select ‘Reboot system now’.

That’s it! Say Hello to Nougat 🙂

Moto G4 Plus_Android 7.0 Nougat

Now enjoy the goodness of the latest Android version and you should not worry as users will continue to receive the official OTA updates in future. We’ve performed the above process on our Indian Moto G4 Plus and it worked like a charm. Do let us know in case you’ve any queries.

Few screenshots of Nougat running on G4 Plus:

Source: XDA

Mayur

Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter where he is extremely active.

18 Responses

  1. Keshab says:

    Will it void the warranty if i manually flash this update??

  2. Manish Bafna says:

    I have the soak test build NPJ25.75-2 on India Moto G4 Plus XT1643. Can I follow this process to directly upgrade to this stable build NPJ25.93-11?

    I\’m unable to downgrade it to earlier Marshmallow, as well as I\’m not getting OTA update on my build, hence, thought of upgrading manually.

    Please suggest ASAP.

  3. Utham says:

    Using this method will unlock bootloader?

  4. mahendra says:

    u have to unlock bootloader and downgrade to MM then u can lock bootloader .. search online .. after that u can update this offical nogut ..

  5. Manish Bafna says:

    I am not clear with the response given to my question, and hence, I repeat –

    I have the soak test build NPJ25.75-2 on India Moto G4 Plus XT1643. How can I get to latest build NPJ25.93-11? Please note that I am unable to downgrade to Marshmallow from NPJ25.75-2.

    Please suggest.

  6. Aniruddha Roy says:

    Can I delete the ZIP file from my storage after applying the update.

  7. Partha says:

    I didnt get the nougat start up logo for moto g4+ after downloading and installing nougat update manually.. can u plz say y?? And how to rectify this

  8. Atul Gupta says:

    Hello Mayur,
    I want to know after updating with this method will my phone moto g 4 plus get rooted? Or still will be in under warranty.

    Thanks

  9. Hims Mehta says:

    I have updated my Moto G4 Plus manually and it has Build Number NPJ25.75-2. with Android security patch level 1 October 2016.

    How can I update patch level with November 2016?

  10. sundeep says:

    will warranty void if i update with blur version in my moto g4 plus..?
    can i get future ota updates if i install this blur version in my moto g4 plus…?

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