How to Install Android L on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

As Google has Dropped Android L developers preview, the nexus 5 and nexus 7 owners are in pleasant treat, as these are the first android smartphones to get the Android L support. In this guide you’ll learn how to install android L on your nexus 5 or nexus 7.

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Interested users can follow out step-by-step guide below to install the Android L developer preview release using the factory image provided. Download links to Android L developers preview and the details instructions to install it on your NExus 5 and Nexus 7 can be found below.

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Pre-requisites

  • Setup ADB & Fastboot and Install USB drivers.
  • Enable USB Debugging Mode on your Nexus device by going into Settings > Developer Options. Here’s how to enable developer options.
  • Backup all your important data before you proceed with installation process.
  • Ensure the device’s battery has at least 80% charge.
  • The Android L developer preview is compatible only with the LG Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 models only. Do not attempt installing this firmware on incorrect variants as it may damage or brick the device. Verify the model number of the Nexus device by navigating to Settings > About phone or About Tablet.
  • Make sure the device is running Android 4.4.4 KTU84P OTA stock firmware before you proceed. here’s how to install Android 4.4.4.

How to install Android L on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013

We assume that you’ve read the above mentioned pre-requisites and have properly setup ADB
Fastboot and have drivers installed. Let’s install Android L developers preview on your Nexus device.

  1. Download the required factory image for your device and extract it in your ADB & Fastboot folder.
    Download Android L for Nexus 5
    Download Android L for Nexus 7 2013
    Make sure the downloaded firmware build number corresponds to LPV79.
  2. Once the factory image file is extracted, you will see a file containing the codename of your device along with two files named “flash-all” but with different extensions. Besides, you will see a bootloader image file.
  3. Ensure that all the extracted files of the factory image are in same folder as ADB and fastboot files. This is to avoid file not found error.
  4. Boot your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 2013 into fastboot mode as follows:
    1. Turn off the device.
    2. Press and hold Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons simultaneously until the bootloader screen or fastboot mode appears on screen.
    3. Then release all three buttons together to boot into fastboot mode.
  5. Connect the Nexus device to your computer and ensure the device is recognized in device manager.
  6. Double-click on flash-all.bat on Windows computer or flash-all.sh on Mac or Linux computer to begin flashing the new firmware.
  7. Wait until the flashing process completes and then reboot the device.

Note: The first boot may take longer than expected, as the device rebuilds the cache files for first use after installing the update. So, do not interrupt the process and leave the computer alone for a few minutes after the installation.

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