How to Update Mi Box to Android Nougat

Last Updated: April 17, 2017

When Xiaomi announced the Mi Box, it was expected to launch with Android Nougat. While that didn’t happen, it was expected that there will soon be an OTA update available for the Android TV box. Now, finally, some users have been seeing beta versions of Nougat being pushed to their Android TVs. So, if you haven’t received any notification regarding Android Nougat for your Mi Box, don’t fret. In this article I’ll tell you how you can sideload the file, and update the Mi Box to Android Nougat:

Install Nougat on Mi Box

The update file that brings Android Nougat to the Mi Box is fortunately available for downloading freely. Before you can update your Mi Box, you’ll first have to download the “update.zip” file from here, and then copy it to a USB thumb drive. Once you’ve done that, you can proceed to installing the update on your Mi Box. Just follow the steps given below:

  • First, turn the Mi Box on, and plug in the USB drive. Once the Mi Box detects the drive has having been plugged in, disconnect the Mi Box from power.
  • Next, on the Mi Box Remote, press and hold the “Back”, and “Ok” buttons, and then connect the Mi Box to power.
  • The Mi Box will boot into recovery mode. In the menu, use the remote to select the option that says “Apply Update from EXT“.

  • Then, select “Update from udisk“.

  • You will be able to see all the files inside the USB thumb drive, just select “update.zip”

  • Mi Box will then start installing the update.

  • Once the update has been installed, just select “Reboot system now“.

Changes in Android Nougat

When your Mi Box starts up, you’ll be running Android Nougat. Since this is not the stable release, there may be some bugs and issues. However, there have been no reports of anything major being broken. There aren’t even a lot of changes in this version of the beta build of Android Nougat for the Mi Box. Here are a couple of the changes you’ll see:

  • The Settings Page has been revamped, and now follows the style that Android Nougat brought to mobile devices. However, it doesn’t make good use of the screen real estate on a large screen TV, which is weird. Maybe they’ll fix it in the upcoming builds.

settings pane nougat mi box

  • Users now have the option to customize HDMI-CEC settings from the Settings page.
  • Live Channels also get Picture-in-Picture mode with the new update.

Things Not Working in Android Nougat TV Beta:

  • HDR is not working in Netflix.
  • Automatic refresh rate switching doesn’t work, either.

SEE ALSO: 12 Cool Android TV Tips and Tricks to Enhance Your TV Experience

Easily Update your Mi Box to Android Nougat

If you’re like me, and you just can’t wait to lay your hands on the latest updates, you probably don’t want to wait for installing the update on your Mi Box. Well, with these instructions you can easily install the beta build of Android Nougat on your Mi Box, and get to exploring all the new features of the (yet) unreleased Android Nougat for Xiaomi Mi Box. There are quite a bit of new things to explore, but there are some bugs as well, so make sure you know what you’re doing before you get to installing beta builds on your Mi Box.

So, have you updated your Mi Box to Android Nougat yet? Are you going to sideload the update file, or are you waiting for an official release of Android Nougat? Also, let us know about your thoughts on the new beta build of Android Nougat for the Mi Box, in the comments section below.

13 COMMENTS

  1. I side loaded nougat to my mi box. It has been working well, but there is a OTA update available. Every time I try to install it I get an error. Is there a way to side load the July 1st nougat update to my Mi Box?

    • I think this an update for Android 6 (marshmallow).
      You should ignore until official release or update for Andorid 7 (nougat ).

  2. How to downgrade?

    I tried to downgrading to Android 6, but I got error.

    Any hing please.

    I need to downgrade because some apps not compatible with Android 7

    MZ-16AB

  3. Hi,
    I want to try this update in order to get more options for HDMI-CEC management, just to be able for the box to control TV Set power up/down.
    1/ Did the upgrade solve this problem ?
    2/ Is downgrade still possible after upgrade ?
    3/ Does the upgrade to this beta version will authorize upgrade to next offial ones ?
    Thanks

  4. Loaded up and really like it. All my apps were still there. The big plus for me was google live tv. It works great with my hdhomerun complete with guide and dvr. Pluto tv is pretty good for free too.

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