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Nexus 5 Android Marshmallow update: latest news

Update: Critical security patch rolling out

Authored by: Kris Carlon — 2 months ago

Android Marshmallow for the Nexus 5 has now fully rolled out across all carriers, and a critical security patch was issued in March. See below for instructions on how to download and install the Nexus 5 Android Marshmallow update (if you haven't yet received it OTA). You'll also find details on the Stagefright security fix and Google's monthly security updates. Read on for all the latest Nexus 5 Android update news.

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The Nexus 5 is now being updated to Android Marshmallow. / © ANDROIDPIT
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Nexus 5 Android Marshmallow update

Android Marshmallow began rolling out to the Nexus 5 on October 5. The update is happening in stages, with different carriers receiving the update at different times. If you haven't received Marshmallow yet, it will be on its way, but if you're impatient, Google has made the factory images available to download and install. If you choose to do this, take precautionary measures. Follow our guide to make sure you install the image in the safest way.

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We'd love to see mute mode return to the Nexus 5. / © ANDROIDPIT

Nexus 5 monthly updates and Stagefright fix

Google previously announced regular monthly security patches for seven Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5, on its official blog on August 5, 2015. The aim of this schedule is to disentangle security patches from platform releases, meaning that any security patches that can't be handled by the latest Google Play Services update can be issued in one of the monthly Nexus security updates. 

The Stagefright patch was the first such security update, and it went out as an OTA update, but a factory image that includes the fix (LMY48I) also appeared on the Nexus factory images page for those who prefer to flash it themselves.

In case you missed it, Stagefright is an MMS vulnerability that allows an Android device to be exploited by text message, as you can see below. 

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The Stagefright exploit is triggered by MMS. / © Zimperium

On March 18, 2016, Google announced that it was issuing an emergency security update to the Nexus 5 and 6 patch to combat a vulnerability in the device's OS that allowed a rooting tool to affect the code. This tool had to be installed by a user to be able to take advantage of the vulnerability, but, to be on the safe side, Google is issuing a fix. The rollout has already begun and should be on your device now or within the coming days.

Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 update

Tthe Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update, which included the Stagefright fix mentioned above (LMY48I), was made available for the Nexus 5 earlier in the year. It is still available as a factory image on the Google Developers site, which can be downloaded and flashed to your device if you're unhappy with Android Marshmallow for whatever reason.

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The Android Marshmallow update is now rolling out for the Nexus 5. / © Google

How to install the latest update manually

The MRA58N build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the Nexus 5 is available on the Nexus factory image page.

If you wish to install it manually or downgrade to Lollipop for whatever reason, you can follow our guide here.

The most prominent features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow are the new Doze settings, which save battery, and OK Google on Tap, which lets you access contextually relevant search results from Google based on whatever is showing on your device's screen. To find out more about the latest version of Android, read our review.

To find out more, visit our Android 6.0 Marshmallow update page.

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Some updates are worth missing. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to root a Nexus 5 running Android Marshmallow

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

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

Are you excited about getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow on your Nexus 5? Let us know about your experiences with Android Marshmallow in the comments below.

Kris is a former AndroidPIT Editor who came to the team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.


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  • My nexus 5 won't update after android 5.1 ..whenever i try to check on updates it always tells me its upto date..but the current update on android is Marshmallow and my phone won't show the update package :( its been few months i have been looking for the solution. I even reset the phone to factory default. nothing happened !!

    • I have Marchmallow update on my Nexus 5 since last year,also from Nexus 5.1. On AndroidPit side there werw instrukciones haw to update on Marcmallow manualy if you didnt get it over A0P.
      You van also write to Nexus help forum, to solve your problems.
      Goo lyck!

  • hi guys i am writting since i do not knw what to do. On monday i have done the latest upadate on android software and everything was fine. Today my phone suddenly turned off and i am trying to open it but i cannot. It appears the google logo and then it turns off, When i have it plug in the screen lights the google logo appears and then the phone turns off and then again the same thing happening all the time. I cannot close it during the plug in. Please help

  • this is lastes official update from nexus 5 ? :(

    • It looks so, buth you newer know; maybe ther will be some mirror updates in bfuture... Just follow all on the Android Pit news.

    • Security patches wii comes for cca year and maybe some mirror updates to, buth updates for Android N for Nexus 5 2013 probably not.

    • I'm afraid that Marcmallow is the last update on Nexus 5 2013, though it is a little chanse that will be upgradet on Android N too. I wish and hope it will.

  • vicky 5 months ago Link to comment

    Google launcher on nexus 5 is not working well, plzz help somebody. I have performed factory reset even.

  • johnnyk 6 months ago Link to comment

    My Nexus5 MPA44I not yet rcv OTA.

  • My cellphone bug sooooo much since I updated! It's slow as an old smartphone. I though I had to change mine, but it's only been a year that I have it! That's insane! And then, I've realise that it was because of the last update that my phone is malfunctioning. All the lasts updates said "bugs fixes" but I didn't had any bugs till this update!! And I didn't wanted download the last update 'cause my cellphone was great, but I was OBLIGED to download it!!!! Please, fix that!! :(

    • Tom 7 months ago Link to comment

      Mine had same issue, i called google support and LG but they were unable to help at all. I searched and got a fix. Turn off your phone, turn it back, while turning on press power button and volume low button. Phone will start in safe mode. use it for few minutes and restart it. it should work fine after that.

  • After my recent update. My nexus keeps on turning on and off frequently. I can't finish a task because it turns off. Sometimes I can't turn it back on so I have to wait until it turns on by itself. And the battery seems to drain after every time. Can you please help me with these problem.

  • My son have a lot of problems after latest update for his Nexus 5. The phone tries to install it already 5-7 times.
    After the restart any screen or side button touch shut down the device.
    I think about down grade to ghe previous version :-(:-(:-(:-(

  • This damn update does not install. Right now I have 5.1.1. I get a notification saying a 16 megs OTA update is availabe, and while installing I get "Error". Quite anoying

  • Darren 8 months ago Link to comment

    First thing I noticed on the 5.1.1 update is the voice mail text messages are now at a volume so low the I have to hold the phone to my ear in a quiet room and can hardly hear it. (Volume set to max)

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    9 months ago Link to comment

    Sorry but I don't understand why you make a change in a 5.1.1 titled new.

  • I have enabled the developer's option... But i havent still got the 5.1.1. Update.. And i dont want to flash my device... Any solution?

  • I just updated my test "Nexus 5" with Android M. I used the WUG Android "Nexus Root Toolkit for "Windows". It was so simple and easy . You just need to make sure that your Nexus 5 is "Rooted" and USB debugging is enabled. Just besure that you have backed up all your data files files . Messages and Photos, Music etc backed up beforehand............ You will need to download the "Android M Preview" file from the Google Developers Preview for your Nexus device. Be sure to copy the MDS Hash Tag and paste in whe requested......... and away you go............

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