Nexus 7 3G (2012) and Nexus 7 LTE (2013) users are in for a big surprise, as Google has just rolled out the latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop factory images with build LRX22G for both the devices.

The same build was released for Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 (Wi-Fi versions) just a couple of weeks ago and now their 3G counterparts have just received the download links for official Android 5.0.2 factory images from Google.

Interested users can try out the latest Lollipop update on their Nexus 7 2012 (Wi-Fi), using the step-by-step guide provided below.

Downloads Required

Android 5.0 factory Image for Nexus 7 2012 (3G)

Android 5.0 factory image for Nexus 7 2013 LTE

Minimal Fastboot


  • Download Android 5.0.2 factory Image for Nexus 7 3G 2012 and LTE 2013.
  • Set up ADB drivers for Android on your PC. The ADB drivers are required to connect the Android device to the computer for installation of firmware via fastboot mode
  • Download Minimal FastBoot tool and extract its contents to a folder. This is for quick fastboot setup, which needs Android developmental SDK. If the setup is already installed, then skip this
  • Install appropriate USB drivers (download here) to connect the device to computer via USB cable
  • Enable USB debugging mode
  • Back up important data and settings on the tablet before flashing the factory image.
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How to install Android 5.0.2 official factory image on Nexus 7 (3G 2012 and LTE 2013)

Step-1: Extract the downloaded factory image file with the .tgz extension. If the file is in .tar format, rename it to .tgz and extract it afterwards

Step-2: Open the extracted factory image folder and find a zip file there. Unzip and extract it

Step-3: Copy the extracted files to the fastboot folder

Step-4: Boot the Nexus 7 to fastboot mode by holding Power and Volume Down buttons together for a few seconds while powering the device on

Step-5: Connect the Nexus 7 to your PC using USB cable

Step-6: Go to the fastboot folder where you have copied the content of the factory image file. Hold Shift + Right click on an empty space within that folder. From the right-click menu, click on Open Command Window Here

Step-7: Execute the following commands in the command prompt window

  • fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-filename.img
  • fastboot reboot-bootloader
  • fastboot flash radio radio-filename.img
  • fastboot reboot-bootloader
  • fastboot flash system system.img
  • fastboot reboot-bootloader
  • fastboot flash userdata userdata.img
  • fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  • fastboot flash boot boot.img
  • fastboot erase cache
  • fastboot flash cache cache.img

Now, the official Android 5.0.2 factory image should be running on your Nexus 7 3G 2012 and LTE 2013.

[Source: Android Central]