Few days ago, Google had finally unveiled its new Android version which is named as Android L and the developer preview version is made available for all the Nexus users. Google have added many new features such as Do-not-Disturb, Battery Saver, new notification style as well as new lock screen. The whole new look and fill of the Android L is based on Material Design. Many such features and added in Android L and I know all the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 users are interested to install Android L on their respective Nexus smartphone.
As Google states, “This is a preview version of the Android system image, and is subject to change. Your use of this system image is governed by the Android SDK Preview License Agreement. The Android preview system image is not a stable release, and may contain errors and defects that can result in damage to your computer systems, devices, and data. The preview Android system image is not subject to the same testing as the factory OS and can cause your phone and installed services and applications to stop working.”
The Google have warned you, but the good news is that the Android L developer preview is not much buggy and you can use it normally and you can also uninstall the Android L preview and go back to factory settings. So without wasting much time, let me start the tutorial with Step by Step Guide to install Android L.
Steps To Install Android L on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7
1. Update the Drivers.
Make sure that your computer have the latest USB drivers for the Nexus 5 or Nexus 7. You can also download and install the USB drivers from here.
2. Download Minimal ADB and Fastboot
To install Android L, 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 L rather than to install the whole Android SDK.
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 and Nexus 7).
After extracting the file you will get the following files for the Nexus 5 to install Android L Image.
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.
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 L into your smartphone.
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.
7. Install Android L
This is the final step to install Android L, 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 L in place.
The installation process 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 L Nexus device.
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, your now running your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 on the newly installed Android L version and your safe to after locking the bootloader. If you don’t understand any of the steps or face any difficulty comment us below or ping us on any social network. After installing the new Android L also share your experience of using it in the comment box below. Android Rocks 🙂
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