Nexus 4
Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA is now rolling out for Nexus 4.LG

The Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA update has already seeded for the first wave of Nexus devices. Now, the highly anticipated stock Android software upgrade is available for the fourth generation Nexus smartphone, codenamed Mako.

The official Android Twitter account confirmed the roll out last week with a post that reads, "Android Lollipop roll-out has started and will soon be available on most nexus devices. Dessert is served."

So far the OTA has arrived for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 models), Nexus 9 and Nexus 10. Now, Nexus 4 users can also enjoy Google's latest Android treatment.

Several users at Reddit have confirmed the update. According to the release note, the Lollipop upgrade with build version LRX21T weighing 394.4MB introduces a bold new visual style, improves performance and adds features.

Apart from this, the update extends time between charges with battery saving mode, manages notifications with automatic interruption controls, as well as protects users' privacy with the Smart Lock. In order to install the OTA firmware, Nexus 4 users should have at least 500MB of free space.

Android 5.0 Lollipop
Screenshot of Android 5.0 update for Nexus 4imgur

In case you also own a Nexus 4 and wish to install the OTA update manually, and if it has not hit your region until now, head over to the installation guide.

Key-notes

  • Uninstall any modifications you may have on your Nexus 4, such as XPosed and Adblock or else the update will fail. Note that XPosed in not compatible with Android 5.0, hence you cannot install it after the update.

  • Install Minimal ADB
  • Install Android USB driver
  • Enable USB debugging
  • Verify that your Nexus 4 has above 80% of battery charge.
  • The Android Lollipop OTA file works only with Nexus 4 and applying this on any other device could brick the device.

How to install Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA update on Nexus 4

Step-1: Download Android 5.0 OTA update for Nexus 4 [Alternate link]

Step-2: Connect the Nexus 4 to your PC using USB cable

Step-3: Open Minimal ADB, enter adb reboot recovery and press

Step-4: Once the device reboots you should be able to see the recovery screen. Now tap Power and Volume Up buttons at the same time. A menu should pop-up

Step-5: If the aforementioned step fails, just retry until the menu pops up

Step-6: Using the Volume buttons select apply update from adb and select it with the Power button

Step-7: In Minimal ADB enter adb sideload (and give some space after sideload), then drag the update file into the command prompt. This will automatically insert the filename for you. Now press return and wait until the update is completed

Step-8: Nexus 4 should now reboot and start optimising the installed apps

Note: If step-7 fails, this compatible driver should help you out.

You should now be having Android 5.0 update installed and running on your Nexus 4.