Nexus 7 2013 (Wi-Fi) has finally started receiving the long-awaited Android 5.1 Lollipop over-the-air (OTA) update, just a day after its LTE counterpart got the new update from Google.
The new Android 5.1 update weighs in nearly 170MB and bumps the firmware build number to LMY47O from LRX22G, as it brings tons of new bug-fixes and feature enhancements to the 7in Nexus tablet.
As the Lollipop update is being rolled out in a weekly phased manner, the OTA notification may not yet be accessible to some users, depending upon the country or region where they are located.
Such users who missed the OTA notification or cannot access the update via Google's servers for some reason can install the same manually, using the step-by-step guide provided below.
IBTimes UK reminds readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to device during or after the firmware installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.
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- Back up important data and settings on your device via recovery mode
- Ensure that your Nexus device has above 80% battery charge
- The bootloader of the device should be unlocked
- The Android 5.1 OTA update is only for said Nexus devices. Installing the firmware on any incorrect variant could brick the device. Therefore, verify the model number of the device before installing OTA update
- This is the stock Android 5.1 build LMY47O released by Google, not leaked firmware
- Your Nexus 7 Wi-Fi (2013) should be running Android 5.0 LRX22G Lollipop stock firmware
How to install Android 5.1 Lollipop via adb sideload on Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi
Step 1: Download Android SDK from the Android Development site and follow the instructions on how to install it correctly. For the following process you need the adb and fastboot files which are located in the Platform-Tools folder
Step 2: Enable developer settings and USB debugging.
- Navigate to Settings then About tablet
- Tap on build number seven times until a dialogue box appears saying you are now a developer
- Return to Settings menu and you should find a new option called Developer options, click on it
- Ensure that the Developer options are turned on and the USB debugging is checked
- Ensure that Enable OEM unlock is checked, if you are upgrading your Nexus device that has Android Lollipop already installed
- Connect your Nexus device to the computer and click OK on the dialogue box that asks you to Allow USB debugging, while connecting to the computer.
Step 3: Place the OTA file in the Platform-Tools directory in order to simplify the process of sending the files to your Nexus tablet
Step 4: Ensure that your Nexus 7 is connected to the computer with the device's serial number showing up as a connected device. Then execute the following command: adb devices
You should see the serial number followed by the name of the device
Step 5: Boot your Nexus tablet into bootloader mode or recovery mode by entering the following command: adb reboot bootloader
Or hold Power and Volume Down buttons together while your Nexus tablet is turned off.
Step 6: Now press the Volume Down buttons twice until you have scrolled to Recovery mode. Now press the Power button to select it. This will look like your Nexus device is restarting but an image of an Android with red exclamation mark over it will appear. Now hold the Power button and press the Volume Up button and your device will be in recovery mode.
Step 7: When your Nexus device is in Android system recovery, use the Volume Down button to highlight apply update from ADB and hit the Power button to select it. Now enter the following command
- adb sideload [OTA file].zip
Step 8: The terminal or command prompt will now show a dialogue with the progress of transferring the update to your Nexus tablet. Once the update is transferred, you can see the progress bar on the screen
Step 9: Once the update is completed on your Nexus device, it will restart automatically and boot to normal mode
Your Nexus 7 2013 (Wi-Fi) should now be running the latest Android 5.1 LMY47O stock firmware.
[Source: Android Police]