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Nexus 7 (2013) Android update: latest news

Update: Nexus 7 (2013) receives Marshmallow

The Nexus 7 (2013) Android Marshmallow update is currently rolling out OTA update, despite that fact that the tablet is more than two years old. The Nexus 7 (2012) will not not receive the update, however. Read on for the latest Nexus 7 Android update news and how to install the Google factory images.

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The Nexus 7 (2013) currently runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. / © ANDROIDPIT

Nexus 7 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update

Google recently changed its policy on Android updates for Nexus devices, promising security patches for three years after initial release and major software updates (i.e. new Android versions) instead of two years, but it wasn't clear whether this would affect the older generation of devices. It has proven to apply to the Nexus 7 (2013), which started to get Marshmallow in October 2015.

Google tends to make the factory images available for software updates on its dedicated Google Developers Factory Image page soon after release. Currently, the factory image is at version number MRA58V for both the Nexus 7 (2013) Mobile and Wi-Fi editions of the device.

For instructions on how to install the factory images, take a look at our How to install Android Marshmallow 6.0 on your Nexus guide.

Have you received the Nexus 7 Android Marshmallow update? How is it working out for you? Let us know in the comments. 



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  • yet another nexus 7 2013 32gb bricked days after auto update.

  • I bought a nexus7 from a friend to bought a new tablet and it worked fine until the update. Now it just says error and I have tried a factory reset and wiping the cache, but no luck. It says that there is no driver installed. Please tell me how I can fix this!!

  • I have marshmallow 6.0.1 on my Google Nexus 7 2013 and it's work's find for me :)

  • I installed the 6.0.1 update on my 2013 Nexus 7 and it is working fine.

  • k p Dec 17, 2015 Link to comment

    I have a same problem. i have tried resetting and wiping user data etc. but nothing is working. it keeps going into boot loop post this upgrade that was pushed down.

  • 6.0.1 bricked my 2013 Nexus 7. So far, unable to restore to factory settings.

    • Did you have any luck sorting it out. Looks like 1000s of others have had same problems but no real fix. I will never buy another asus product again.

  • I have it. Works fine. Waiting for ,6.0.1

  • I'm still waiting for the over the air update for Marshmallow on my Nexus 7 (2013). Does anyone have it yet?

    • Mondo Man Nov 22, 2015 Link to comment

      Nope. I've got the 2013 LTE model, and it got an OTA update to 5.1.1 just recently (48X image), not the 6.0 58V image. Annoying!

  • Although Nexus 7 has a limited screen, sometimes rotating it is necessary. I hope rotation comes back ASAP.

  • I have a $350 Nexus 7 (2103) 32GB LTE. How will I able to upgrade to Marshmallow 6.0, when the Lollipop 5.0.2 upgrade just bricked my device? Only 1 month after the 12-month warranty expired. ASUS wants $139 to "repair" it. Let me get this right Google/ASUS does a firmware update that destroyed the device and they want *me* to pay them for their error? What's next? Will GM start charging those that survive their auto accidents to have their ignition switches repaired?

    • Mondo Man Nov 22, 2015 Link to comment

      I've got two of the 2013 LTE models, and both have gone through updates from v4 to 5.1.1 (48X image) without being bricked. Perhaps there's a hardware issue on yours? My sympathies...

    • Manny Jan 23, 2016 Link to comment

      I hope you have recovered you nexus but if you haven't you can use "nexus root toolkit" there are many tutorials on YouTube.

  • 5.1.1 lolipop is better then android 6.0 marshmallow

  • Robert H. Sep 29, 2015 Link to comment

    I'm still on 4.4
    I have the 5.0.2 update available should I want it but user experiences put me off updating. Unfortunately I've never been offered 5.1.1 through System Update.

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