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Perhaps many people have now been able to know that not all devices can update to the latest Android version. Even the older Android Lollipop is not as accessible to just any mobile device. Thus, many people using older devices resort to flashing factory images to certain devices as an alternative to acquire the said Android version.

Here are things that you need to do when flashing a factory image for your device.

  • Enable USB Debugging

Just go to Settings, then tap About Phone option, and go to Software Information. Then, tap the Build Number option for seven repetitions. After that, you need to go to settings and tap the Developer option, so that you can tick USB debugging.

  • Download the Right Factory Image

Take note of the phone model and the Android version compatible with it. If your device can support Android 5 Lollipop like the Nexus 5, then you should determine the right image to download from a reliable source onto your computer. After downloading, extract the image on your PC.

  • Set the Device in Fastboot Mode

The quickest way to do this is via key combination when powering up your device. You can hold the volume up, down and power buttons when doing so. There are other ways to boot your device into fastboot mode with the use of an ADB tool.

After doing that, you can now install the Android 5 Lollipop on Nexus devices. However, it is highly recommended that you should wait for the OTA update to arrive on your mobile device. If you can’t wait to install Android Lollipop over the air, you can just follow the instructions presented here. Otherwise, you might make a mistake that should brick your device. If you need assistance, you can find a few tips around this website to install Android Lollipop on your Nexus device.


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