Since Android 5.0 initially started rolling out last fall, it’s been a long bumpy road for Nexus users to get the latest version of Android. Which is not common for Nexus users. As one of the major selling points of Nexus devices is the fast updates. The Nexus 9, for example, got its update to Android 5.1.1 just a little while ago, with the Nexus 9 LTE OTA surfacing earlier today. Now we’re seeing the Nexus 5’s Android 5.1.1 OTA is available, which we have the link down below for those that want to sideload the update.
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This OTA link gets you to build LMY48B from build LMY47D, and it weighs in at about 24MB in size, so it’s not a huge update at all, which is kinda expected. The Android 5.1.1 update is not a huge update, it’s more of a bug fixer, but still an important update to help with battery life and other bugs. Many of you are probably wondering how to sideload the update? Read on to find out how. If you just need the link, head to the bottom of this post and download the OTA.
Before we get started, make sure you have the latest Android SDK installed. Now you’ll want to plug in your device into your computer and make sure that USB Debugging is enabled under developer settings. Next up you’ll need to make sure that adb is up and running. And open command prompt the easiest way to do so is to jump into the Platform-Tools folder inside the SDK and hold the SHIFT key while right-clicking and then choosing “Open Command Prompt”. Now you’re going to type “adb devices” you should see it come back with a serial number followed by “device” if you see it say offline, check your phone and just click “OK” on the pop up.
Now the fun part, actually sideloading the update. You’ll want to download the update, obviously. Move the file into the Platform-Tools folder, and now type “adb reboot bootloader” into the command prompt. Your device should reboot in a few seconds. Now use the Volume Down on your device to select the “Recovery” and use the Power button to select it. Your phone will not boot to an Android logo with an exclamation mark. Don’t get worried, just press Volume Up and Power at the same time. Now press Volume down until you highlight “apply update from ADB” then press power to select it. Going back to the command prompt type in “adb sideload <filename>.zip, once it transfers the file over, it will begin to update. Give it some time and let it reboot. And that’s it.
Download the Android 5.1.1 OTA for the Nexus 5 here.