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Having trouble sideloading Android 7.1.2 on your Nexus or Pixel? You're not alone

For the few keeners, like me, who are interested in quickly getting an update to Android 7.1.2, you may have run into a hitch while using ADB, the tool provided by Google for the purpose, to flash your phone.

Google reportedly broke the ADB sideload functionality for large files like the ones included with the new Pixel and Nexus in its latest platform tools that were distributed on March 16. Specifically, version rev.25.0.4 has been repurposed to save memory, but in doing so cannot deal with the size of the extracted OTA image files.

The fix is simple: if you're using ADB, you should download the previous version, rev.25.0.3 released in December, which should fix the problem.

Download ADB rev.25.0.3 from Google

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

11 Comments
  • OS X/*NIX version?
  • Just got the OTA
  • z
  • Luckily I'm on Verizon so I don't have to worry about sideloading because they're lightning fast and I already got the OTA
  • Verizon lightning fast with updates.... Lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol
  • Lololololol
  • Just wait you impatient nerds
  • Hey I don't understand why you all are going to so much trouble to sideload 7.1.2. I have had that version for over a month now and running stable. Just sign up for the Android Beta program and you can get the ota with no problem. I have not had any problem with the beta version and it gets regular updates to fix any bugs. Just check out the Android Beta program and if you have a Pixel or Nexus you will always be on the latest version.
  • 7.1.2 on 6P has been stable and consistent--very consistent on killing battery at >1% per minute!
  • This is illegal.
  • what is?