Now Reading
How To Update Nexus 5 Manually to Android 5.0 Lollipop

How To Update Nexus 5 Manually to Android 5.0 Lollipop

by Abhishek VoheraNovember 13, 2014

Finally, Google have started rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Nexus Users, which will be soon or very soon available on most Nexus devices and says that the Desert is served in the tweet by the Android Official Account. Still Lollipop factory images only for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (Wifi-only, 2013 + 2014 models) and Nexus 10 are added on the Android Developers site. Few days ago, Google has announced that Android L will be called as Android Lollipop and it has amazing list of new features, which excites Nexus 5 users to get this update right now.


So quickly check out that your phone have received the Android 5.0 Lollipop Update by following these steps:

  • Go to the Setting
  • Then About phone (Last Option)
  • Tap on System Updates your phone will automatically check for new updates, and if no new updates is available, then it will display no new updates or you are fully updated.
  • Press Install Now if there is new updates available. Then it will be downloaded and restarts automatically.

But all are not really lucky enough to get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update within few hours. So we have written this article to help Nexus 5 users on How to Update Nexus 5 Manually.

Steps To Update Nexus 5 manually to Android 5.0 Lollipop

Note : Above Android is not responsible for any problems you have. Proceed at your own risk. We are always here to help you.

1.  Update the Drivers.
Make sure that your computer have the latest USB drivers for the Nexus 5. You can also download and install the USB drivers from here.

2.  Download Minimal ADB and Fastboot
To update Nexus 5 manually with Android 5.0 Lollipop, you need to download the minimal 2MB installer from this XDA thread which includes the Android ADB and fastboot tools. Its is the best and fast way to install Android Lollipop rather than to install the whole Android SDK.Install_Android_L ADB and FASTboot tools3. Download the Update File
Now download the appropriate Android L image file. Please take a note that you download the image file of your Nexus device only. The image will be downloaded in a .tgz format, and you will need an extractor utility like WinRAR or 7-zip to extract the files from the archive. Extract the files to the same folder that contains the Android  Minimal ADB and Fastboot tools. Download image file from here (Nexus 5 only) to Update Nexus 5 Manually.

After extracting the file you will get the following files for the Nexus 5 to install Android 5.0 Lollipop Factory Image.

  • bootloader-hammerhead-hhz12d.img
  • flash-all.bat
  • flash-all-sh
  • radio-hammerhead-m8974a-

4. Enable USB Debugging
Make your Nexus device enable for USB Debugging. Go to Setting, then scroll down to About phone at the bottom, then go to Build number and tap on it for 7 times.  This tapping will enable the developer options, which aren’t displayed from start in Android 4.2 and later. In the Developer options menu, enable USB debugging.Install-Android-L- USB Debugging5. Go to Fastboot Mode
Now power off your phone  and then hold down both volume buttons and the power button to boot the handset into Fastboot mode. This will let you  to install Android Lollipop 5.0 into your smartphone.

Install-Android-L- bootloader6. Unlock the Bootloader
If your Bootloader is in the Locked state, then connect your device to computer via USB cable and open the minimal ADB and Fastboot folder. Now press Shift + Right Click to get Open Command Window option, then click on it. You will get a Command Window there. First check whether your device is connected to the system or not, to do so type – “fastboot devices” in the command window and press enter.If your device is connected, it will show your device over there.Install-Android-L-unlock bootloaderNow to unlock Bootloader type – “fastboot oem unlock” and press enter, this will show a screen on your device asking for your permission to unlock the bootloader.  Note : Unlocking boot-loader will void your warranty and erase all your apps and data. With the help of volume key buttons, select Yes and press the power button. It will take about 30 seconds to unlock your bootloader and it will show the LOCK STATE as UNLOCKED.

7. Install Android 5.0 Lollipop
This is the final step to install Android 5.0 Lollipop, now open the folder which contains the firmware files and double click on the “flash-all.bat”  file. It will take about 4-5 minutes to wipe, download and install the new firmware into your nexus device. Once it is complete, your phone will reboot with Android 5.0 Lollipop in place.Install-Android-L flash all8. Yuppie , Android 5.0 Lollipop is installed
Now you are done with the process to update Nexus 5 manually. The installation is done, now the device will take few minutes to boot for the first time with the new amazing boot animation. Fill up all the details to recover all the apps and data into your new Android Lollipop 5.0 Nexus Lock the Bootloader (Optional)
Just for the security concern, go back to the fastboot mode and connect your device to your computer and open the command window in the way which you did for the step 6. Now type – “fastboot oem lock” and hit enter. Locking the bootloader won’t wipe any data, but if you unlock it again, it will erase the device of all user data and settings.

That’s it, You have successfully made up in the process to update Nexus 5 manually to Android 5.0 Lollipop. You can check out many feature of Android Lollipop over here and feel free to share your experience while installing and using the great Android 5.0 Lollipop Update. Stay Connected with Above Android for more updates on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

What's your reaction?
Love It
Hate It
About The Author
Abhishek Vohera
Abhishek Vohera is the Founder and Chief Editor at Above Android. He is from Mumbai, India. Abhishek is a Software Engineer at Multi-National Company by profession and Blogger and SEO expert by passion. He is crazy about Android and a true Google Fan Boy.
  • Subham Bapna

    Won’t this cause Lose of Warranty ?

    • Yes … When you unlock your phone it will cause you to lose your warranty… But thus we have also added steps to lock your phone again and make it normal.