Motorola is releasing the official Android 7.0 Nougat update to many of it devices including the new Moto G4 and G4 Plus, Moto Z (Force), Moto Droid Turbo 2, and much more. The Moto Z Play is now the latest device to receive the Nougat update. The stock firmware files like OTA and factory image are already available. The Nougat OTA comes with the firmware build number NPN25.137-24-1 with January 1, 2017, security patch level.

Below you will find the OTA with software version Blur_Version.25.36.1.addison.retail.en.US and a factory image which is required base firmware for the Nougat OTA to work. You can flash the complete factory image to restore the device to stock and then install the OTA. December 1, 2016, security patch is required for Nougat OTA.

The OTA update is live in many regions across the globe and can be updated via system updates options. If you can’t find the OTA notification from Settings>About phone>System updates>Tap on Update Motorola software, then here are the captured OTA and factory images. The files listed below will update your device to official Android 7.0 Nougat.

Moto Z Play firmware information:

  • Build Number: NPN25.137-24-1
  • Android 7.0 Nougat.
  • January 1, 2017, Android security patch
  • Complete change log and what’s new is listed on official Motorola’s Release Notes page.

Download Nougat factory image and OTA for Moto Z Play

  • Moto Z Play factory image | Download | Flash the proper firmware for your device.
  • December security patch OTA | Download | Flash this first via stock recovery.
  • Moto Z Play Nougat OTA | Download (Mega app)| Mirror | Final Nougat OTA.

How to Install flash factory image on Moto Z Play and restore to stock?

This will take the Moto Z Play to stock by flashing the factory image. Once your device is on complete stock firmware, get to the December 1, security patch level via ADB sideload listed below. Then you are all set to update to Nougat via OTA using stock recovery. The OTA method is listed below.

Requirements:

  • Your device must be on stock firmware. If not then flash the factory image. If already on stock, move on to the next tutorial for OTA.
  • Enable USB Debugging on your device. To do so, go to Settings>About Phone> Tap on the Build Number several times until you get a new Developer Options in theSettings. Open Developer Options and enable USB Debugging from there. Trust the connection by allowing it when you connect it to your PC for the first time.
  • Install latest device drivers on your PC. Download USB drivers from official Motorola page.
  • Get the quick ADB and Fastboot Installer from here or download the minimal ADB and fastboot package or Universal ADB drivers.

Installation Instructions:

  • If your device runs on the October 1, security patch level, then download the full stock firmware file for Moto Z Play along with the Nougat OTA.
  • Transfer the files where the ADB and Fastboot are setup.
  • Make sure that you setup ADB and Fastboot on your PC. Trust the connection by checking “Always allow from this computer” when you plug in the device for the first time.
  • Now turn off your device completely and unplug it from your PC.
  • Reboot your Android device into the bootloader or Fastboot mode. To do so, press and hold volume down + the power button for a few seconds. Choose Fastboot if such an option is available.
  • Now go to the location where the factory image and OTA are available on your PC.
  • If you are flashing the factory image, then extract the firmware file where the ADB and Fastboot are setup.
  • Open a command prompt cmd window or terminal in the same folder. Hold shift key on the keyboard and right-click on an empty space and select “Open command window here”.
  • Connect your Android to PC and test connectivity by issuing the following command:
fastboot devices
  • Now flash the factory image by issuing the following commands. Each string is a firmware file. So make sure you have flash each and every file.

Note that you type the exact name with its proper extension. You can also use keyword- mfastboot. Count the number of sparsechunk files and flash each one.

fastboot flash partition gpt.bin
fastboot flash bootloader bootloader.img
fastboot flash logo logo.bin
fastboot flash boot.img
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
fastboot flash dsp adspso.bin
fastboot flash oem oem.img
fastboot Flash system system.img_sparsechunk.0
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.1
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.2
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.3
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.4 
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.5
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.6
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.7
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.8
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.9
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk. 10
fastboot erase cache
fastboot erase userdata
fastboot reboot
  • Once the firmware gets installed, reboot to system.

First boot may take a while. Now check the firmware build number, Android version, and most importantly the security patch level in About Phone.

How to update Moto Z Play to Nougat via OTA using Stock Recovery and ADB?

If you already have the December Security patch then simply flash the Nougat OTA via adb sideload. Install the December security patch using this same OTA method listed below. Go through all the requirements listed in the above section.

  • Download the Nougat OTA.
  • Rename it to update.zip
  • Copy the OTA where the ADB and fastboot are setup.
  • launch a command prompt window as admin.
  • Reboot Moto Z to recovery mode by issuing the following command via cmd:
adb reboot recovery
  • From recovery, select “apply update from adb”
  • Now type in cmd
adb sideload update.zip

Once done, reboot to recovery.

If the device doesn’t boot into Nougat firmware, perform a factory reset or wipe user data and personal files and then reboot. Enjoy Nougat on Moto Z Play.

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