How to Install Android L on your Nexus Device?

Hey guys! Do you own Nexus 5 or Nexus 7? Yes? Then now you can easily install Android L on your Nexus device which Google unveiled a day before yesterday at I/O event. Previously, Google used to release the Android finished versions but now they are bringing out beta versions which are known to be developer previews. The official release of the upcoming version of Android is set to release soon but Google released its beta version only for Nexus 5 as well as Nexus 7 (only Wi-Fi 2013) anticipated owners. The preview beta version of the new upcoming Android has been made available from today.

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Before following the instructions, it is recommended for you all to consider your data to be lost and if your Nexus device is being rooted then it will be gone as well. But do not worry at all because you can simply and easily return to stock and re-root your Nexus device in a minute only if you backed-up all your apps as well as the data. If you did back up everything, then you will really love trying this out because it will give you tons of new features along with a new design which you will surely love to experience. Users who don’t have a Windows PC then there is an equal easy way to install Android L on your Nexus device.

Users can easily use fastboot method along with a command prompt. Users need to have a Windows PC as well as good quality USB cable but with no visible damage.

Install Android L on your Nexus Device

  • users need to enable USB debugging because installing Android L on your Nexus device through this method will use an Android Debug Bridge. Users can easily find the debugging option in the Developer Options menu. If in case, users could not able to find the same in the Settings then they need to go ahead and unlock it manually.
  • Users need to click on settings and head on towards the bottom and click About Phone. Then they need to scroll down and click on Build Number about 7 times. Now, they can back out and see a new settings menu with Developer Options. Click on the same and enable USB debugging followed by a pop-up.
  • Users now need to connect their Nexus device with the PC and though this step is pretty simple but is really an important step. Users need to make sure that the USB cable connected to PC is in good condition and make sure a firm fit.
  • Users now can download all the preview images from Google which are made on the special developer’s website. Now click here to head towards the download page and scroll down to click on Nexus 5 (GSM/LTE) “hammerhead” entry or Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi) “razor”.
  • This will take users to the Terms of Service page and then they need to click on I have read and agree with the above terms and conditions followed by a download link right below the preview images.
  • Users need to install the Nexus root toolkit which is a handy tool and guides through all the harder setup aspects which will include the installation of all the ADB along with its drivers followed by the flash factory images with just a click of a button.
  • Users now need to click here for downloading WugFresh’s Nexus Root Toolkit. The download will automatically start and when its successfully done then users need to click on to open the file and Run. A window will pop up and users need to click on install.
  • At the time of completion of installation, NRT will ask to enter device name as well as the build number. A dialog box will pop up which will ask you to enable USB debugging and if done in step 1 then users need to allow their PC to connect to their Nexus device. Users need to click on OK for the all the followed pop-ups.
  • Users need to configure their Nexus Root Toolkit and by now you all must have arrived to the main screen of the Nexus Root Toolkit. You just need to make sure about the order of your device drivers before flashing the images. In order to begin, click on the Full Driver Installation Guide on the top.
  • Followed a next screen, skip to Step 3 and select the corresponding option to Recommended Driver solution. Selecting this will help in installing all the appropriate ADB and device drivers and finally the device will interact with the Windows PC securely and properly.
  • Now flash all the preview images because this is the very right point where you need to install Android L on your Nexus device. In order to begin, users need to select Flash Stock+Unroot from the NRT main screen. Followed by a screen, where users need to select other/Browse and do ensure that the second option must be I downloaded a factory image myself that I would like to use instead.
  • A file browser window will pop up and users need to navigate to the downloads folder and select file hammerhead…tgz which was downloaded earlier or razor…tgz for Nexus 7.
  • A window will pop up asking MD5 number in order to verify the file’s integrity. Copy 5a6ae77217978cb7b958a240c2e80b57 (different for Nexus 7) and paste in the required space and further the file will be verified as well as extracted. This process might take one to two minutes and finally a window will appear summarizing all the options selected for installation.
  • Click OK in order to begin flashing the update and finally making sure that phone does not disconnect from PC during the process. This process might take up to 5 minutes and finally a confirmation dialogue will pop up instructing the user to Press any key to exit. Close all the further dialogue boxes and disconnect your USB cable.

This is a big release of Android by Google and personally I love it. What do you think about the same?