Install Android 5.0 Lollipop on your Nexus 5 [Easiest 5 min guide]

Install Android 5.0 Lollipop on your Nexus 5 [Easiest 5 min guide]

Google Nexus 5 has been  still not received over-the-air official update to Android 5.0 Lollipop whereas many other phones including Motorola Moto X, Moto G and Moto E and Google’s Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are using Android Lollipop 5.0.

Many people still use Nexus 5 after one year of the release and so here is a method to update Nexus 5 to latest Android OS alias Android Lollipop 5.0.

But here’s a simple method for you to update your Nexus 5 device to the latest version of Android if you can’t wait for the official one.

Easiest Method to Update Your Nexus 5 to Android 5.0 Lollipop:


I will be using Nexus Root Toolkit to install Android Lollipop 5.0 custom ROM on your Nexus 5. But before proceeding further, note a few important things.

A Few Important things to Know before Updating Your Nexus Device:

  1. Installing a Custom Lollipop ROM by the method given below might void your warranty.
  2. will bear no responsibility in case you brick your phone during the process. Though this is a very rare case to happen.
  3. To avoid any such thing, it is recommended to carefully read and follow all the steps given below. Delay the Updation if you are in a rush or hurry.

Before Starting, Make Sure that:

  1. You have more than 60% charging on your Nexus device.
  2. You have a basic knowledge of how to enable Developer mode and USB Debugging on your Android OS. (There are different procedure for different OSs)
  3. You have a working USB Cable.

Charging of Nexus 5 must be above 60%

Buy a USB Cable for Google Nexus 5 from Amazon for $3.99

Files Needed to Unlock Bootloader and Install Custom Lollipop:

Download the following softwares before proceeding further to update your Nexus.

  1. NRT_v1.9.6.sfx.exe that is the installation file for Nexus Root Toolkit developed by WugFresh. Click here to know more about Nexus Root Toolkit.
  2. After this you have to download official package file by Google for Android 5.0 Lollipop by following this link. You can also browse various other images on the Google developers website.
  3. Also copy md5 checksum written next to the download link. [Important]


Ready to Go!!! Start Updating Nexus 5 to Lollipop:

Now you have all the required files to install Lollipop on your  Nexus device.

Now is the time for you to start updating your Nexus device. It is highly recommended to follow the steps mentioned below with extreme care to avoid anything odd.

Step 1: Enable USB Debugging:


Most of you must be familiar with this step. But for those who do not know how to enable USB debugging on Google Nexus 5 follow these steps:

  1. Go to About Phone section and click on Build Number.
  2. Select Developer Options and enable USB Debugging check-box.

See the screenshot explaining it all.

Step 2: Install Nexus Root Toolkit:

Open the file you downloaded previously from Nexus Root Toolkit website and install it somewhere on your hard drive. The better is desktop.

Step 3: Install Drivers to Connect your Nexus device with Rootkit:

Nexus 5 Root Toolkit Driver

There is a button on the main UI of the Rootkit saying “Full Driver Installation Guide – Automatic + Manual”, click that link and carefully follow the 4 steps mentioned there and install your drivers.

Step 4: Unlock Bootloader:

Nexus Root Toolkit Unlock

Before you can Flash Lollipop custom image  on your Nexus, you need to Unlock Bootloader by clicking the “Unlock Bootloader” button on the Rootkit UI.

Step 5: Flash the Image “hammerhead” just downloaded from Google Developers Website:

Nexus Root Toolkit Final

Now is the time to flash the image you downloaded before starting the update process.

To do that click the “Flash Stock + Unroot” button, followed by browsing to the image on your hard drive you previously downloaded.

Now paste the md5 checksum copied in a previous step and let Nexus Root Toolkit do the rest for you.


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