As announced by the Android official Twitter account, the new Android 5.0 Lollipop update is now making its way through Nexus devices.
Google rolls out the OTA update in phases so that they can flag the bugs. Also, this is to ensure a hassle-free update process for millions of Android owners across the world.
The over-the-air (OTA) update via .zip files are now available for download on some of the Nexus devices such as Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013, 2012), Nexus 9 and Nexus 10.
Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA download links
Nexus 7 2013 LTE [loading]
Nexus 7 2012 Wi-Fi+3G [loading]
If you are looking for a method to install stock Android 5.0 on your Nexus device, head over to the following installation instructions.
There are two methods: one explaining how to get OTA URL for Nexus devices and the other is to install the update via adb sideload on Nexus devices without root or, custom recovery. You may choose either of the methods depending on the root status of the device.
- The following instructions work for everyone. You do not need to have a rooted device.
- You should have adb up and running on the computer with Android SDK.
- Ensure that USB debugging is enabled on your Android device. Go to Settings>> Developer options to enable the option.
Method-1: How to get Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA file on your Nexus device
Step-1: When you get the notification to download an update on your Nexus device, plug your device to the computer immediately
Step-2: From the computer, open a command prompt, type adb logcat and press Enter. For Mac users, it is ./adb logcat
Step-3: The command prompt should now provide information about your phone
Step-4: Tap the Download button on the update from your phone
Step-5: When the download starts, you should find the URL of the file that is downloading in the logcat
Step-6: You can perform the following to find it
- Check if you can spot a URL in the command prompt starting with, android.clients.google.com
- Or, Copy the logcat info, paste into a text editor and then search for the string
- Or, Search for the codename for the device (for example: Nexus 5 is hammerhead)
Method-2: How to install Android 5.0 via adb sideload on Nexus devices without root or, custom recovery
Step-1: Install latest Android SDK
Step-2: Connect the Android device to your PC. Ensure that USB debugging mode is enabled
Step-3: In order to test that you have adb up and running and your device is recognised, open a command prompt. Go to Platform-Tools in the SDK. Hold Shift+Right Click and choose Open Command prompt.... from the context menu
Step-4: Execute the following command
Step-5: You should get a serial number followed by the device name
For example: 015d182f9a0aac28 device
Step-6: If you see something like the aforementioned number lines, know that your adb is working properly
Step-7: Download the update.zip to your PC (use the above download links)
Step-8: Copy the file into the Platform-Tools folder
Step-9: Type in the following command
- adb reboot bootloader
Step-10: Your Android device will now reboot into the bootloader
Step-11: Use the Volume Down button on your device until you see Recovery and select it using the Power button
Step-12: Your device will boot into an Android logo with an exclamation mark
Step-13: Press Volume Up and Power buttons together
Note: Depending on the phone, you will have to press Volume Up first then Power. On the Nexus 5, press the Power button then Volume Up.
Step-14: Your device will be in stock recovery
Step-15: Using the Volume Down button, highlight apply update from ADB and press the Power button to select it
Step-16: On the computer, type the following command
- adb sideload
Step-17: If the adb is working properly, you should see the files are moving to your device in adb
Step-18: When that is completed, your device will begin to update
Step-19: When the update is finished, reboot your device and enjoy the new update.
Now you should be having Google's latest Android taste on your Nexus device.