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Nexus 5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update: the latest info

Kris Carlon
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If you'd been following our Android 5.0 Lollipop update coverage, you'd know that there were some significant delays in the rollout of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Nexus 5. Knowing that the delay was caused by a software bug which was wreaking havoc with battery life made us understanding, but no less impatient. But November 12th was the day: Google began the rollout of Android 5.0 for the Nexus 5 and it's now thoroughly widespread. Update: With the OTA rolling out steadily and plenty of early adopters running the factory images released last week, there's lots more info around about Lollipop on the Nexus 5. See below for details.

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The Nexus 5 is still awaiting the Android 5.0 update, which has been delivered to Moto devices as a well as the LG G3 already. © Google

Install Android 5.0 update on the Nexus 5

If the over-the-air (OTA) update hasn't arrived for your yet, there's nothing stopping you from following our simple tutorial and installing the factory image on your Nexus 5 right now. It's easier than you think. So skip the wait and get Android 5.0 on your Nexus 5 right now. 

Root the Nexus 5 on Android 5.0

If you've got the update but want some additional freedoms to shift things around and customize as you see fit, then the next step you need is to root the Nexus 5 on Android 5.0. There's a couple of methods available already.

Android 5.0 Lollipop problems

If you've made the plunge and found yourself having a few issues, then don't despair: you're not alone and we've got your back. In this article we run through the major 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 5.0 problems.

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Who would have guessed that a new firmware update brought some bugs with it? © ANDROIDPIT

How to downgrade a Nexus

The Android 5.0 Lollipop update is not for everyone. A few people have already asked me how to downgrade their Nexus 5 back to an older version of Android like Android 4.4.4. So I put together a quick tutorial to walk you through how to downgrade a Nexus.

Is Lollipop all that? The biggest Lollipop fails

Not everyone is sold on the Lollipop update. In these two articles, we discuss the biggest Lollipop fails in the latest update and ask the question of our readers: is Lollipop really all that? If you're running the latest version of Android on your device, let us know what you think the biggest issues are and where you think Google made some bad decisions. While we love all things Android, it's always fun to poke Google with a stick!


The recent history of the Nexus 5 Android update...

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Take a seat kids, as we walk you through the recent history of the Nexus 5 Android 5.0 update. © ANDROIDPIT

While both the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 come out of the box running Android 5.0, the rest of the Nexus range had to wait a little bit longer. The Nexus 9 got the final build version of Android 5.0 just before it hit the Play Store: what Google called the ''retail version'' of the new Android firmware. And earlier in that same week, as various Nexus devices saw the Android 5.0 source code uploaded to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), we all got tittery with excitement and awaited imminent OTA rollouts or factory image deployment. But nothing happened. So what went wrong?

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I've got my Nexus 5 ready to take all that Lollipop goodness the second its ready. © ANDROIDPIT

It seems that the Nexus 5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update was suspended thanks to a catastrophic battery drain problem caused by the upgraded firmware. Nexus 5 owners using the Android L preview build reported the problem on Google's issue tracker service, where a Google employee promptly responded stating that the issue was being worked on. The complication was reportedly provoked by a Wi-Fi bug which would continue to wake the device without cause. Since then the issue has been fixed, but we still didn't see the Nexus 5 Lollipop update arrive until November 12th, as with the rest of the Nexus range.

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Why does Google keep baking Nexus 5-specific bugs into stock Android updates? © AndroidPIT

Traditionally, the more significant Android updates have had a two-week window or so in between the AOSP code being uploaded and the factory images appearing. Smaller updates tend to see the AOSP code and images go live around the same time. The over the air updates, however, may start before the factory images appear, but because they take weeks to complete, the factory images usually appear before everyone has the OTA anyway. The same was true of the Android 5.0 update for the Nexus range (although both the Moto X (2014) and Moto G (2014) as well as LG G3 variants got Android 5.0 before the Nexus factory images were available).

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This is a screen you'll be seeing more of in weeks to come: the factory image page. © ANDROIDPIT

The two update methods deliver the same result, although the OTA won't wipe your device clean like flashing the binaries will. The OTA will simply appear for you one day (or you can feverishly go to Settings > About Phone > System Updates > Check Now like a madman). The second method simply requires you to download and flash the factory image from the Google Developer's site.

What date are you expecting Android 5.0 for the Nexus 5? Will Motorola beat Nexus this time?

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  • Stevan 3 weeks ago Link

    Come to Austriaaaaaa updaaate ! :)

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  • Lawrence Victor 3 weeks ago Link

    I want to know entry level android Lollipop mobile phone! Please advice me which mobile suits my choice!

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      Kris Carlon 2 weeks ago Link

      If you live somewhere that the Android One devices are available that's your best bet, or you can go for a Moto G (the new or the old one) as they will all be getting Android 5.0 very soon.

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  • Helbert Pina 3 weeks ago Link

    I'm running the second developer preview. I wonder if the OTA is coming for me or if I'm gonna have to flash the final build manually...

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    John F. 3 weeks ago Link

    Now that's what I call getting trolled :D I have seen people talking all the day that yes we are going to get Lollipop at any time now and now ... hee heee... I really feel like laughing my heads of so sorry Nexus5 users.

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    • Bryan vella 1 week ago Link

      Im dying here waiting for my update on my Nexus 5 lol

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  • arpan shahi 2 weeks ago Link

    I am sure about that this time also Motorola beats nexus :) just waiting for android L 5.0 update on moto x

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  • Marcis 2 weeks ago Link

    What about Huawei - do they have plans regarding 5.0?
    More specifically - Ascend P7?

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  • Varun Agarwal 2 weeks ago Link

    Guys will I receive the OTA update
    I am running Lollipop developer preview 2 Lpx13d
    nexus 7 2013

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    • Youssef Niaz 2 weeks ago Link

      no you have to be running an official rom to receive the update

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  • Varun Agarwal 2 weeks ago Link

    ain't there a way to just flash the image without losing data????

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  • Atik Sayeed 2 weeks ago Link

    Having No network issue with nexus5. tried in both manual and automatic search, but not working, when i put the same SIM in other device its perfectly working? please help me, just brought the beautiful set few months ago.

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  • parthi ban 1 week ago Link

    Will micromax android one device get update of android l

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  • aeondae 1 week ago Link

    i think there will be no image before the 19th. 18th nexus 6 will be shipped...
    :/

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  • Joel Merza 1 week ago Link

    Its offical google has posted the 5.0 images on there website I can hardly wait now

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  • Anup Prusty 1 week ago Link

    When do i get lollipop for my nexus 5 here in india ?

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    • Bryan vella 1 week ago Link

      Still waiting here too :/ im in malta tho..

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    • Vineet Bhatt 6 days ago Link

      I have received ota for nexus 5 in India. But how can I install? Will it lose any my data?

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  • Anup Prusty 1 week ago Link

    where is malta

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  • Anup Prusty 1 week ago Link

    cant wait more to lay hands on the desert...

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  • Jalal Myslym 1 week ago Link

    Still waiting... I am in Azerbaijan

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  • Antonio Andrade 1 week ago Link

    I only would like understand why Google gave to LG G3 and other brands the upgrade when was supposed Google Nexus be the first ones receiving the upgrade...Still wainting...

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    • Bryan vella 1 week ago Link

      Yeah right..its annoying...still waiting too mg

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  • Gamal Faris 1 week ago Link

    Still waiting, I am in kuwait

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  • PaRam MeHra 1 week ago Link

    can i update my LAVA iris 406Q 4.4 kitkat to 5.0 lolipop??? :)

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  • Vadim Hristov 1 week ago Link

    We landed on a comet. No lollipop to be found there either :-)

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  • Sridhar Doijode 1 week ago Link

    Got the OTA last night Location Bangalore

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  • Tod McNamara 1 week ago Link

    Call Detector doesn't work with this version.
    A very useful app.

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  • a create 1 week ago Link

    im using nexus 5 , but still not updated.
    what should i do.

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  • Steven van Honschooten 1 week ago Link

    Still no update. I'm getting annoyed. Why does it have to take so long. Android 4.4.4 was there in a whimp... So, no update yet in Holland.

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    sinkster 1 week ago Link

    To be honest you're better off waiting. At the moment we're on 5.0 release6, with various fixes to resolve the Nexus 5 battery drain issue. The developer preview was fine yet there seem to be a few issues with the release version. Plus there are still quite a few apps that haven't been updated to work with lollipop.

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  • Ashfaq Bhojani 1 week ago Link

    I m on kit mat 4.4.4 as of now. I use a nexus 5 that is a very recent purchase. Over the last few days there have been numerous updates to the apps on the device particularly Google Apps ( Google +, Maps, etc etc ) I am finding a considerable drain the battery then before these updates. I am assuming that this has to do with the apps that are updated. Particularly after the battery reaches the low battery levels... 14% and lower! it drains out within a few minutes. Let's hope Lollipop fixes this issue.

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  • Dawson Snache 1 week ago Link

    Still waiting for the Ota to arrive


    Hope That there aren't any major wifi issues like ive been hearing about

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  • Eli Morais 1 week ago Link

    Just received my via ota. Battery low, can't wait to get in home to install.

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  • JasonMastrandrea 1 week ago Link

    Still No OTA Lollipop Update - Toronto Canada

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  • sampath 1 week ago Link

    if I install factory images (lollipop 5.0) on my nexus 5 will I get future OTA updates...like lollipop 5.1 ...?

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  • Adié Doshi 1 week ago Link

    did the way as you mentioned...but cannot get through the installation. it asks for boot , recovery and system file. during the installation in command prompt and thereafter it fails. please help. :/

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  • parth 1 week ago Link

    its seems like in several days this lolipop goes in quantum physics
    in wich we can only talk abt it bt cant feel it😭😭😭😭😭

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  • Oussama A. 1 week ago Link

    I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Android 4.4.2). Can anybody please tell me when am I going to receive Andoird Lollipop update ?? thanks.. :-)

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  • parth 1 week ago Link

    mid 2015
    before dat dis is nt possible i think

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  • Srinu Vasu 1 week ago Link

    Hiii recently upgraded my nexus4 to lollipop after installation my gallery from home screen has gone please help in fixing the problem

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    • Bryan vella 1 week ago Link

      Yeah same on my Nexus 5...i think its replaced by Photos...not entirely sure.

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  • Ali Gee Jay 1 week ago Link

    Seriously regretted upgrading my N5 to Lollipop. I don't mind change, but not change for change's sake. The biggest issue I have is with the already widely commented upon Silent mode being moved and the Power Button menu being deleted.

    I want to be able to put my phone onto silent mode as and when I want to, not to have to set up different profiles for when I am at work, when I am on holiday or asleep. I also want to be able to put it into pure silent mode but still have the alarm option turned on.

    They have made this far to complex so I have decided to revert back to KitKat until Google put this one tiny option back.

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  • Melanie 6 days ago Link

    Just did my update on to my Nexus 5 and now most of my aps are not working! This really sucks!

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  • Sheck Welle 6 days ago Link

    Man, when I am going to get that on my Nexus 5!

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  • Thảo 6 days ago Link

    i am using 4.3. how can i get it

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  • Kanmani Ravi 6 days ago Link

    There is also an issue with the phone lock and unlock. Once the unlock is done, it automatically goes to the call log and not home screen. This is really irritating. Also having issues with WiFi, battery, silent mode

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    • Sorina Mar 5 days ago Link

      Having the same problem with unlock and call log. Also, battery issue is really annoying.. Hope for an update really soon to solve these issues.

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  • CoasterMatt 6 days ago Link

    I got the OTA update on T-Mobile the other day, and ended up having to get a replacement phone. Wifi would not work, phone kept restarting randomly, and SMS messages stopped working. Got my new Nexus 5, but not gonna let the system update just yet.

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  • Luckygirl 6 days ago Link

    When are we, nexus 5 users getting the Lollipop update? This is disappointing!

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  • Sandy 6 days ago Link

    Nexus 5, India... Still no update! Impatient and disappointed 😭

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  • Vatsal Gandhi 6 days ago Link

    i didnt get android update L for my nexus 5 in india

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  • Girisha 5 days ago Link

    Can not download the Android 5.0
    I got my update notifications early in the morning but it has been 6 hours and it's not downloading. it is almost 70% done but from last 6 hours nothing is happening.

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  • Vatsal Gandhi 5 days ago Link

    Guys can anybody tell why I haven't got my nexus 5 update , i stay in india

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  • Abigail Tritt 5 days ago Link

    I am also very displeased with the new update. What would possess an intelligent company to eliminate a very small, yet highly important feature such as the silent mode through volume control?? You took something easy and efficient and then overcomplicated it. In my opinion, that was one of my most used and important features on my phone. This change is unbelievable and ridiculous to say the least.

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  • Aditya 5 days ago Link

    Today got an update of lollipop
    Not sure whether to update my device or not
    Because of d problems such as not connecting to WiFi etc
    Hmm totally confused

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    • Bryan vella 5 days ago Link

      I sideloaded it....have no wifi problems...the only oroblem im experiencing is the excessive battery drain....but its until it gets optimized.

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  • steve starek 4 days ago Link

    My Nexus 7 1st is useless after update to lollipop, non responsive, shutting down without cause, can not be used any more, what can I do?

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  • Amol Kadam 4 days ago Link

    Nexus 5:
    In the 'time' settings, I have set 2 alarms. Both alarms have a 'drop-down' arrow on the right corner.
    The bottom of the screen has a reddish 'Add' button and besides it, on the right, there are 3 dots which indicate 'settings and help'
    Now, in the 2nd alarm, when I use the 'drop-down arrow' for more settings, it expands and the 'drop-down arrow' sits on top of the 3 dots (indicating settings & help).
    When i have to minimize the tab, I click on it, but it opens the 'setting & help' pop-up.
    You have to slide it up and then click the arrow to minimize it.
    It gets even confusing when you have 2 or more alarms set
    The alarm 'on-off' button is on the right side. So all the more confusion.
    -Also, the 'switch' turns Red when the alarm is turned on. Usually its green. And if not green the any other color but Red. Because Red indicates 'off' or 'close'

    Rgds

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  • Gaurav Aggarwal 3 days ago Link

    Got the OTA. I am in Bangalore, India. Got it installed within 30 minutes and it works just fine. Liking it so far

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  • sue blessett 3 days ago Link

    Not liking the up date at all and can't recommend it. Why change the calendar it was functioning perfectly before. Can anyone find the month view with appointments shown? And why add a seemingly useless front screen?

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  • SaurabhChaudhary 3 days ago Link

    yupiieee...
    updated yesterday...
    was slow a bit but running very smooth after doing factory reset...

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  • Hydromis Chrysogaster 2 days ago Link

    Downloaded update on Friday to a Nexus 5 - Battery life sucks - half a day and it's virtually drained memory usage is nearly double. On the plus side I like the new features but battery drain and it is the Andriod OS needs fixing.

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  • CJ Brown 1 day ago Link

    All I can say is, whomever predicted that Android OS 5.0 would be available for 1st generation Motorola Moto X before any Nexus Device? Epic fail!

    I'm still waiting with my Moto X (2013) , but I am patient - why? I keep reading about various problems with Lollipop (android pit has published enough articles about a variety of OS problems). I want a problem free OS 5.0 and not lose Moto X's awesome feature (voice activation).

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  • CJ Brown 1 day ago Link

    Having typed all that?

    Dear Google - please don't mess this up , same message to all of the smart phone manufacturers, and the cellular service providers (please don't mess up, or your customer service reps will be up shat creek).

    Happy Thanksgiving Day to all (to those outside the USA? Please accept thanks and may peace be with you always)

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  • Yogesh Pardeshi 1 day ago Link

    Hie I have upgraded my pH to android 5.0 and am very unhappy . First of all I can't view all my pics which I had clicked from my device they have given an app called photos instead of gallery which doesn't open many of my pics, the interface was much better in 4.4 nw they have given white background once u click on ur menu which is very sad it kills the look of the pH the only thing I liked is battery saving option and flash light too sad google..

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  • Dianne Purccecll 9 hours ago Link

    The white layer behind many features. Too bright and bad for my eyes - may have to add a filter app to be able to use the phone. Do not want to change brightness settings as have these set to automatic. Maybe there is a way to customise the colour of the layer but I haven't found it yet...
    And there seem to be more clicks to do simple tasks like answer an SMS now...
    I am sure there are many new features that are great but to me the visual interface is very important especially for old tired eyes.

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  • Desperate person 6 hours ago Link

    I still haven't received android l on my nexus 5 yet, will it come for my phone because everyone else I know who owns a nexus 5 have got the ota update but it hasn't come out for me yet. I am really desperate for android l on my nexus xd

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