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How to Update Google Nexus 5

In this tutorial you will find info on how you can successfully update the Google Nexus 5 to a brand new Android OS version.

The Google Nexus 5 smartphone is one of the most popular devices and it was first launched with the Android 4.4 KitKat first edition. At the moment this post was created the Android 4.4.2 KK update has reached all Nexus 5 devices sold worldwide. From now on there should more new Android version updates to be released for this particular device, so you should read this post if you want to learn how to check for new updates and how to install them.

Updating the Google Nexus 5 is not a task that’s too hard to complete, but there might be some users who don’t know how to do it.

Make sure that your device is running on a stock Android ROM, as it is easier to apply an official update by Google on it. Nexus 5 devices that are running on custom ROMs might not get the update notifications and you might not be able to easily flash a new firmware update.

Usually an update is sent by Google OTA (over-the-air) to your Nexus 5 devices, which is an ideal way to install such new files.

Note that the new update files are usually measuring hundreds of MB and you should use a Wi-Fi Connection in order to complete the downloads without worrying about data costs.

How to Update Google Nexus 5 with new Android updates:

When the OTA Update Notification is sent to your device you simply need to click it.

You will now see the changelog and general info about the update files. Click the Download button and then wait until all files are copied.

After the download is complete you simply have to press the Install button, confirm the process and wait until the device reboots and install all the new files. After the installation is complete you will be taken to the main Android welcome screen. Start testing all the new features and functions added by the new Android OS version.

Note that the update shouldn’t delete any data from your Google Nexus 5 and all data has to be intact after the installation is complete.

If you know that the update was released and the Nexus 5 Notification bar isn’t showing the new files, then you can use an alternated method to check for new updates:

  • Go to Settings menu.
  • Scroll down to About Device. Open it.
  • Tap on ‘System Updates’ and then hit the Check Now button.
  • If there are any new files available, then you simply need to press the Download Button and confirm installation.

In case there are no new updates available for your Nexus 5, then it most probably is due to the fact that it didn’t reach your region yet. You can wait until the update reaches your device or you can choose to flash a Factory Image from Google.

The Android Factory Image is usually a full stock copy of the new Android version and by installing it you will get the update on your phone, but that will wipe all data from the phone. So, use the Factory image only in extreme cases and only in case you have backups for all the important files.

The Android Factory Image files for Google Nexus 5 are found here.

The Installation of an official Android Factory Image can be found in your tutorial here.

  • note that the ‘install Android factory image’ guide is used for Un-bricking Nexus 5, too.
    – it is basically the same process as you would normally do an un-brick.

These were all the basic steps that you had to follow in order to successfully learn how to apply an update from Google for your Nexus 5 phone.

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