How to set up Lollipop Android 5.0 on Tablets and Phones

What do you think about the newly released Lollipop-Android 5.0? Do you want to install it on your Android device?

Well, I think it is never bad to have a try since this operating system is brand new for most of us. And Android 5.0-Lollipop update will be Google’s most important operating systems upgrade in recent years.

For sure this breakthrough OS will bring its users to a brand new experience of using Android devices. I personally believe this Android 5.0-Lollipop will expand a larger market for both Android devices.

So, it is not hard to predicate that many people would like to update their Android OS for something totally awesome.

But the truth is, almost every time we want to update the OS system, some bugs will pop up. Not all Android users know how to fix this. That’s why we need to learn how to do it correctly.

Only by following the right steps, you can smoothly update your Android 5.0-Lollipop on your Android smartphone or tablet. There are so many different devices on the market, which require different solutions.

The rest part of this article will be separated into 4 parts so that you can easily understand what to do according to your situation.

Part 1: Confirm Whether Your Android Devices Support Android 5.0 Lollipop or Not.

I. Google Flagship Products: Devices with Google Play and Nexus 4/5/7/10.

You properly know that Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 are already allowed to use Android 5.0-Lollipop. Even for the remaining users of Nexus 4, it is totally no problem for them to use Android Lollipop. Not for long, Nexus 10 will have the OTA. In case you don’t want to wait for the update OTA, there is another option for you, just come to factory image from Google and download it.

II. Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Alpha As Well As Samsung Galaxy Note 3

As the latest released model of Samsung, Galaxy S5 is the very first Samsung product that allows updating to Android 5.0. As for Samsung Galaxy Note 4, even it was launched long before the Android 5.0 Lollipop; it can also be updated with this new operating system. The reliable news is, soon the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Alpha will be able to access Android 5.0 Lollipop too.


III. HTC Products: HTC One (M7) and HTC One (M8)

According to HTC official confirmation, the global update of Android 5.0-Lollipop will be launched in less than 90 days after receiving the software’s final fails from Google. Except for the announced two models, there will be a great chance other models like HTC One Mini, HTC Desire Eye, HTC One Mini/Max to have the opportunity to update their OS system to Android 5.0-Lollipop.


IV. Motorola Products: Second-g Moto G & Moto X Pure Edition

Motorola Company is pushing the update process, while there were two models has confirmed which are Moto X Pure Edition and the second-generation Moto G. Further information is coming soon.

V. LG Products: LG G3

LG G3 will be the first model of LG that is able to update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. According to the announcement of LG, its first Android 5.0 users will be in Poland instead of on a worldwide scale.

VI. Sony Products:

Sony Xperia Z / ZL / ZR, Xperia Z1 / Z1S, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z Ultra / Z1 Compact, Xperia Z3 / Z3v / Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, and Xperia Z2 / Z2 Tablet. series of Xperia Z will be able to update to Android 5.0-Lollipop according to Sony’s official news.

Check the devices listed above, if you were using one of them, the correct operation you should take is to hang on for the certified OTA. Be aware the OTA might come to you in 2-3 months since it depends on your Xperia’s manufacturer. The safest method is to wait the official OTA which will make sure you smoothly update your operating system.

More detailed operation processes will release in the future. For those users who don’t want to feel behind and also have the confidence to handle some technological problems, flash Android 5.0 ROM[Cannot be rephrased ] will be an available choice for them.

If your phone manufacturer hasn’t made any announcement about updating to Android 5.0-Lollipop, but you want to have a try anyway. The only option might be flashing Android 5.0 ROM.

Part 2: Update to Android 5.0 Lollipop via Official OTA

When you saw the official OTA message show up on your smartphone, please follow the next 3 steps to update your OS.

  • Step 1: You need to back up the device first. It is better to restart the phone and use recovery mode, and then you need to hold on the Power as well as the Volume button. After that, select the backup or Nandroid segment to confirm your directions to the phone.
  • Step 2: Make sure you have a stable Wi-Fi connection as well as safely stored cellular data.
  • Step 3: The rest process is to download and install an installation package for your phone. This won’t be difficult since your phone will guide you on how to do it.

Note: OTAs are available for the following devices.

  • Moto X Pure Edition
  • Second-g Moto G,
  • Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi and Mobile version),
  • Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi), Nexus 5 (GSM/LTE), Nexus 4 (GSM)
  • And Nexus 10
  • More devices’ names will be added on the list.

Part 3: Install Lollipop Android 5.0 to Nexus Series Devices

We find one problem from the feedbacks of some Nexus users, this part of users say they didn’t get the OTA to update to Android 5.0 Lollipop even though their devices are on the available list. Well, it is not difficult to solve this problem.

You may want to check the next steps carefully, so you will find a way to save time for waiting for the official OTA.

Step 1: First, you need to download then launch Nexus Root Toolkit on PC. This tool supports Windows system but not Mac, so Mac users have to use the same in a virtual PC of Windows. Of course, this operation comes together with some risk to both your computer and phone, if you do care about this, please just hang on for the authorized OTA.


Step 2: Tap Settings and click the About Phone option. Find your device builds in Build Number. Do remember this number.

Step 3: Tap Settings and then About Phone so that you can enter Developer mode. Then you have to turn on the USB Debugging in order to connect to your Nexus Root Toolkit.

Step 4: Use a USB cable to connect the Nexus device to the computer. Run the Nexus Root Toolkit. Then, choose your device. Allow the tool to connect your phone when you see the confirmation window pops up on the phone’s screen. Sometimes the tool might fail to identify your phone, you can try to click the Full Driver Installation Guide option on the toolkit, and then you will be able in order to set up a software driver.

Step 5: Check Nexus Root Toolkit’s interface, and then click the Unlock button, click OK and then click YES. This process will make your phone restart.

Step 6: Now check your Nexus phone, find the Build number under the Setting section. Next, you should turn on the Developer Mode. Then, turn on the USB debugging process.

Step 7: Download Android 5.0 factory image file at Google official website. Choose carefully about the version you download, the version must fit the model and brand of your device. It would be better if you can back up an image file on your computer or local drive.

Part 4: Method to Flare Android 5.0 ROM to Android Phone or Tablet

There are still some parts of people who can never get an official OTA to update to Android 5.0 because of their phone manufacturers. If this part of users wants to experience Android 5.0-Lollipop, the only option for them is to flash Android 5.0 ROM.

And currently, the 3 variations of Android 5.0 Lollipop ROMs are exclusives for Nexus 5. I believe there will be more options for this part of users in the near further.


Let’s check the preparation work that needs to be done to flare Android 5.0 ROM.

  • 1. Ensure your Nexus phone has more than 80% battery charge. So that our device will work perfectly during the whole process.
  • 2. Back up data on your phone via some software. You may want to try the software from MobileGo for Android. All software that come from its design is well appraised by its users.
  • 3. Make sure your USB cable works fine and no break situation will happen during the whole flash Android 5.0 ROM process.
  • 4. Your Nexus 5 must be ingrained with TWRP recovery set in. Also, you need to ensure your Nexus 5’s boot loader is unlocked.

For more detailed steps to flash Android 5.0 ROM on Nexus, please check this guide article.



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