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Nexus 5 Android Lollipop update news [new Android 5.1 build available]

Kris Carlon

The Nexus 5 is yet to get the Android 5.1 update through network carriers, but as of early March, you can upgrade it to Android 5.1 by using factory images from the official Google developers' site. This means that if you're a Nexus 5 owner currently running Android 5.0.1, you don't need to worry about the 5.0.2 update, and can jump straight to 5.1. Head to the update section below to find out the latest Nexus 5 Android update news.

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The Android 5.1 Lollipop update has been spotted on Nexus 5. / © Google

Update: A new build of Android 5.1 for the Nexus 5 has appeared on its official factory image page. The latest build is entitled LMY471, and appears to be a minor update which irons out a few small bugs. If you already have Android 5.1, it's probably not worth installing unless you're experiencing problems with it. 

The most prominent features of Android 5.1 are support for multiple SIM cards, HD voice calls on compatible phones, and Device Protection. The latter feature locks your phone until you sign in with your Google account, even if it's reset to factory settings. This could prove a great tool in the fight to discourage phone theft.

To find out more, visit our Android 5.1 Lollipop update page, and scroll down for info on how to update to Android 5.1, and how to flash it to your Nexus 5.

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Some updates are worth missing. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to upgrade the Nexus 5 to Android Lollipop 5.1

Your Nexus 5 should update automatically in the coming weeks, but if it doesn't go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update to see if it' available.

If you just can't wait any longer to get Android 5.1 on your Nexus 5, go to the Google Developers' factory image page right now and get flashing. If you'd prefer a walkthrough, follow our tutorial on how to get Android Lollipop 5.1 on the Nexus 5. Even if the firmware version has changed, the same steps apply: just substitute the newer Android version.

How to root a Nexus 5 running Android Lollipop

If you've got the Lollipop update but want some additional freedom to shift things around and customize as you see fit, then the next step is to go to our how-to page on how to root the Nexus 5 on Android Lollipop.

Android 5.0 Lollipop problems

If you've taken the plunge with the Android Lollipop update for the Nexus 5 and found yourself having a few issues, then don't despair - you're not alone and we've got your back. We have a page dedicated to Android 5.0 Lollipop problems and their solutions. This will be updated as more bugs come to light, so stay tuned for more solutions to Android Lollipop problems. For more specific Nexus 5 Lollipop problems, check out our solutions to the most common issues.

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Who would have guessed that a new firmware update could bring bugs with it? © ANDROIDPIT

How to downgrade a Nexus

The Android Lollipop update is not for everyone. Lollipop's effect on the the Nexus 5, in it's current state, is being questioned (here's at least one good reason why you shouldn't upgrade your Nexus 5 to Lollipop). A few people have already asked us how to downgrade their Nexus 5 back to an older version of Android like Android 4.4.4. So we've put together a quick tutorial to walk you through how to downgrade a Nexus.

Are you excited about getting Android 5.1 on your Nexus 5? Let us know about your experiences with Android Lollipop in the comments below.

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  • MjikThize 3 weeks ago Link

    I don't have a nexus, I'm on a play store version of the Moto G XT1032. I had upgraded to 5.0.1 when it was released and it worked great. Last week 5.1 was released for my phone so I immediately downloaded it and installed. Well what happened next was truly amazing. It took 30 minutes to do it but the update wiped my phone clean of any and all apps and personal information, (restoring itself to stock), then installed 5.0.1 which it was already running, then it took 45 minutes to download all my apps again. I spent the next couple hours re entering all my passwords and resetting my preferences and alarms. What a waste of time. Great work google. Installing the same OS version i'm already running.

  • Hallo 1 month ago Link

    Very nice Update *_*

  • OmarMostafa 1 month ago Link

    should i update to 5.0.1 or its not worth it

    • Viktor jovanović Viki vkin H. 3 weeks ago Link

      A few days ago I have got by OTA on my Nexsus 5 updated 5.1 and it is worth to update on your device. there is steel some troubles with memory lake; for once, just restart phone to increase it. Rumores are, that it will be fixed with next update on 5.1.1 so much I know...

  • Mr.A-TechieTrekkie 1 month ago Link

    I have downloaded the 5.1 update, it was pushed to my phone. It hangs during the install, however and display the word "error" suspended over the android graphic. I've tried 4 or 5 times with no difference in the outcome.
    My phone has been rooted. It is currently running 5.01.

    • Фредерик Иванович 3 weeks ago Link

      I'm in the same situation, in the /cache/recovery/last_log, i find these lines : 'file "/system/bin/app32" doesn't have any of expected sha1 sums; checking cache
      failed to stat "/cache/saved.file": No such file or directory
      failed to load cache file
      script aborted: "/system/bin/app_process32" has unexpected contents.
      E:Error in /cache/
      Status 7)

      Installation aborted.
      I:Saving locale "fr_FR"'

      • Фредерик Иванович 3 weeks ago Link

        According to post on reddit inspired by post on, it would require an update with the Nexus Root Toolkit (NRT).
        I'm trying now to remove superSU and install the OTA update.

    • Фредерик Иванович 3 weeks ago Link

      It's done but no way to use 'No Wipe Mode', I've checked 'Force Flash Mode' and 'Post-flash Factory Reset' and Nexus Root Toolkit do the job :)

  • Anuj Agarwal 2 months ago Link

    For the battery drain problem, power off your n5 while charging it and fully charge the device.
    This time battery should last longer. It worked for me.

  • Jon Lafave 2 months ago Link

    when will 5.0.1 come out for galaxy s4! :(

  • Katie Chamberlain 2 months ago Link

    When I upgraded to 5.0.2 I got a lot of glitches. Randomly my phone will open apps when I am using another. Also it changes my wallpaper to black, and freezes. Some times when it does this it won't let me restart. I hold the power button and it asked if I want to power off, but the touch screen won't let me. Will the new 5.1.0 update fix this?

  • Yash Kumar 2 months ago Link

    I bougth nexus 5 two months back and after a week i got update of 5.0 and 5.01 but i am not netting any update for 5.02. why?

  • Santosh 2 months ago Link

    when android 5.0 officially update available for micromax canvas a1 (andriod one) plz tell me

  • francis 3 months ago Link

    Hi,have received notification re upgrade to 5.01. should I wait till 5.02 comes to settle battery drain,camera issues
    do I need to save contacts ,gallery,etc. etc or does it bring them across after factory download. will all my emails be saved.
    forgive if this has been covered by others

  • Mārcis 3 months ago Link

    Hey, watsup, my new Nexus 5 built nr. KTU84P doesn`t receive Lolipop update from 4.4.4 Kitkat. How can it be possible? Have they forgot Baltic states?

    • Katie Chamberlain 2 months ago Link

      No, I had the same issue. It is more likely you got a phone that was sitting in a wharhouse, rather than a newly made phone. If it is sitting with KitKat, it was most likely made last spring, and put to storage in case of backorders. They update phones periodically, so not everyone gets the update at the same time. The whole process can tale months. I originally got the update on my Nexus4, around October early November, but when I got the nexus5, two months later it came with KitKat. I had the nexus5 for two months before I got the update. Just hold on a little longer.

  • karan kampani 3 months ago Link

    when will the lollipop version for galaxy note 4 update enter Dubai. this is taking too long.

  • Sheena Lima 3 months ago Link

    Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 is now on sale

  • rbjork 3 months ago Link

    I Still haven't received "over-the-air (OTA) update" for Android 5. I'm still at 4.4.4 (updated last month - Dec). Am I just unlucky and missed it all-together? Or maybe I need to be patient and wait maybe a couple more weeks?

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