Google Nexus 5 was launched and now users who want to unlock its bootloader, root it and flash custom ROMs can read this tutorial and learn how to flash the Nexus USB Drivers.

Also, the same USB Drivers will allow you to connect your smartphone with your computer, so that you'll be able to copy and paste files between them. Use this tutorial and learn how to flash all the required files easily on your computer.

These drivers can be installed on all Windows editions without problems. If you cannot complete the installation, then you can ask for more help in comments.

Google Nexus 5 comes with Android 4.4 KitKat, a locked bootloader, un-rooted. USB Drivers are essential for connecting Nexus 5 with computers to transfer files back and forth, but also for flashing custom ROMs, kernels, files, unlocking bootloaders and others more.

Make sure to enable the USB Debugging for your Google Nexus 5 from the Developer Options first.

  • Open Settings, then About Phone.
  • Tap the Build Number seven times to unlock Developer Options.

Now you can continue to the tutorial.

How to install Google Nexus 5 USB / ADB / Fasboot / Bootloader drivers:

  1. Download the Nexus 5 Drivers from here.
  2. Extract the zip contents and place all files in a single folder on your desktop.
  3. Connect your device to your computer.
  4. Launch the Device Manager on your PC.
  5. Now you should see the Nexus 5 listed in the hardware list.
  6. Right-click the 'Nexus 5' line and then click on Update Driver Software.
  7. Next, click the 'browse my computer' option.
  8. In the new window click on 'Browse...' button.
  9. Go to folder unzipped at step 2. Select the folder where you extract the USB Drivers. Click Next.
    - make sure to tick the subfolder box too.
  10. Now, the Windows installer will search for Nexus 5 drivers, click Install when asked for permission.
  11. Wait for the process to complete and then check the Device Manager list to confirm that the installation was successful.

Also, you should launch the device in Bootloader Mode to check and see if the device is connected by your computer. If not, then you should stay in Bootloader Mode menu and then repeat the entire tutorial listed above. Eventually, the Google Nexus 5 will be recognized by your PC.

Google Nexus 5 Download Mode can be launched like this:

  • power off your phone.
  • press and hold Volume Down and Power buttons simultaneously
    - an Android robot will show up and the Fastboot Mode text is listed.
  • connect the Nexus 5 to your PC via USB Cable.
  • from this menu you can access Recovery and all the other

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to complete the installation. For more questions, use the comments field below.

Comments
kmaustral · 4 years ago

I tried this but it says 'Could not find driver software for your device'. The Nexus appears on the Device Manager under other devices with an exclamation mark.

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Retno wulandari · 6 days ago

Kingoroot

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venku · 4 years ago

Connected my device to pc and in control panel I couldn't find nexus-5!

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saniat · 4 years ago

i found that my nexus 5 does not get the ear phone though it is plagued in, what should i do ??

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Insiya · 4 years ago

This worked for me! thank you so much

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Vikram · 4 years ago

Amazing Post!!!
Was trying to connect my nexus 5 since weeks!!!
Amazing help...
!!!!

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Chris M · 4 years ago

Nice to see that it's working for all of you guys. Still not working for me. I get "The best driver software for your device is already installed" message and windows REFUSES to install the driver.

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Parth Pandya · 4 years ago

Thanks

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Mayank Manjul · 4 years ago

You guys are really genius...

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Boris · 4 years ago

How can I find Device Manager at the first place?

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Kaieteur_Canada · 4 years ago

Right click > my computer >properties >Hardware >device manager

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Srihari K · 4 years ago

Thanks buddy. it worked!

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Abhishek Jain · 4 years ago

Thanx guys for this. Awesome explanation. Can you please help me for how to move back on stock?.....pls email me

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Eric · 4 years ago

This doesn't work for me. :( It just shows h5321 gw under "other devices" when I tell him to apply the downloaded drivers he tells me that he cant find drivers. I tried it with usb debugging, in mtp mode, in ptp mode and I also unchecked both and tried again in usb debugging. Do you have any suggestions?

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thedrs · 4 years ago

doesnt work can't see the nexus 5 device in device manager - tried everything.

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Utkarsh Gupta · 5 years ago

Many people are facing problems due to MTP driver and WMF-Dist-11 Runtime library:
Follow these steps to successfully transfer files from Nexus 5 to PC vice-versa:

If anyone is trying to connect Nexus 5 to a formatted Windows XP then follow these steps:

Download and install media transfer protocol porting kit: MTP porting kit

Download and install WMFDistributable-11 for XP: WMFDist-11 XP

Download and install LG United Mobile Driver v3.10.1

Connect your device.

Go to Device Management

Right click on Nexus 5 and click Update Driver

Select Yes this time only

Select Install Software Automatically

Wait for sometime.. and enjoy transferring files

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Nick · 5 years ago

Awesome! Works like a charm! It's March so the errors that others were having may have been fixed (potentially)!

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Richard Brogdon · 5 years ago

People, follow the directions step by step and it'll work. Helped me a lot, thanks!

What he means when he says "Look for Nexus 5" is in your device manager, right click, update drivers and then browse directory and pinpoint towards your SDK folder location, It'lll find the driver install and bam, done.

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Alex K · 5 years ago

Still not working for me (Win 7, Nexus 5).. I tried the sdk version, the standalone driver provided by Google. When I'm setting it to Camera (only get pictures to transfer) it installs the driver but as soon as I switch back to MTP Win7 won't recognise it... Arg!

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PRIYANSHU SRIVASTAVA · 5 years ago

Last week I factory reset my brand new Nexus 5 from setting menu...and it got stuck on "ERASING..." step. From that moment, I tried all hard reset method found on internet...nothing got changed...each time every process proceed to same "ERASING..." thing.
And when I tried to hard reset by connecting it with PC...it never connected...shows...Device not found while putting command in Command Prompt.
Please help...I'm fed up...by seeing that ANDROID LOGO with ERASING...

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Jeet Dholakia · 5 years ago

thanks for this, im an app developer and eclipse was driving me crazy by not detecting the phone!

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Nicholas Chu · 5 years ago

It wasn't working for me before, BUT after toggling "USB computer connection" to Camera (PTP), it works with the downloaded file.

Settings -> Storage -> Options (...) -> USB computer connection -> Camera (PTP)

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Shanon Coleman · 5 years ago

Wow its april in 2014 and this method still works thanks so much dumb damn settings

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jvoelkel · 5 years ago

Dude, thank you. I've been at this for hours and this is the only thing that eventually worked.

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Nexus 5 · 5 years ago

Thanks lot....it really worked awesome.

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Odin · 5 years ago

At F*k1ng last !!! Thx dude.

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User · 5 years ago

F*cking hidden setting... i've uninstalled and re-installed my usp ports drivers for no results!
now it works perfectly for me! Thx

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MLu Ji · 4 years ago

you sir, are god

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Sam · 4 years ago

This was pure magic.. i had been idiotically scouring web for some Godly driver to help me install the device in media transfer mode.. had opened up debugging options and all the geeky stuff.. still helpless. Silly me to have forgotten this setting is there in Storage option which i had totally ignored till now. Bloody hidden setting this!

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vinay · 4 years ago

Thank you very much friend that I changed setting at storage and able to tranfer media now.

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kishore cherukuri · 4 years ago

Thanks dear...Its working for me...

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Maayan · 4 years ago

Thanks!

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Anh HT · 4 years ago

Oh dude, thank you a lot, it works like a charm :))... Thanks again !!!!

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Noah Gekiere · 4 years ago

THANK YOU!!!

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Peter Lustig · 4 years ago

Thx! This really helps! Windows had already the right driver installed automatically...
And THE REAL TRICK ist to change afterwards back to MTP mode again --> Then this mode works also as it should! ;)

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Dawar Ahmad · 4 years ago

Thanks man, mine worked as MTP

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james · 4 years ago

still works THanks :)

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Fred Dunsaas · 3 years ago

LOL. Can't believe that worked. You don't need to install the drivers, even. Windows 7 does it automagically when connecting the device. Great tip!

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Jesse · 5 years ago

Thank you for this. For whatever reason my computer was putting up a huge fuss, but this helped me "debug" my issue. I appreciate it.

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machochild · 5 years ago

well I just tried it sand it worked....

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Spi · 5 years ago

This would be nice not to post without knowing. Please remove this.

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Bo · 5 years ago

Doesnt work. The usb driver doesnt not work with the nexus 5.

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Utkarsh Gupta · 5 years ago

If anyone is trying to connect Nexus 5 to a formatted Windows XP then follow these steps:
Download and install media transfer protocol porting kit: MTP porting kit
Download and install WMFDistributable-11 for XP
Download and install LG United Mobile Driver v3.10.1
Connect your device.
Go to Device Management
Right click on Nexus 5 and click Update Driver
Select Yes this time only
Select Install Software Automatically
Wait for sometime.. and enjoy transferring files

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abcd · 3 years ago

i know you wrote this 2 years ago lol but i want to THANK YOU

thanks to you i finally got it working :D

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Jo · 5 years ago

The latest usb_driver from Google IN FACT does NOT include support for the "Nexus 5". (I wrote this on the morning of Wednesday 05-Nov-2013.)

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