Nexus 5 is the latest Android device in the Nexus line. It is powered by a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU. The 4.95″ True HD IPS Plus display has a resolution of 1080 x 1920, with a pixel density of 445 ppi. Storage comes in at either 16GB or 32GB. Other features include an 8MP camera, LTE connectivity and a 2300mAh battery.

Android L was recently announced at the Google I/O. Google also promised factory images of the Android L for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi version. And as expected the factory images are available for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. Follow the instructions given below to install Android L developer preview on Nexus 5.


Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. The writer cannot be held responsible for any bricked or unusable devices. Even though the chances of your Smartphone getting bricked are negligible, the owner of the device must take full responsibility of it!

Note: Installing the developer preview will wipe off all the data. Have a proper back up in place

Pre-requisites and Backing up your Nexus 5:


  • Bootloader unlocked
  • Android SDK installed on the computer
  • ADB and Fastboot installed on the computer
  • Factory image 

Steps to install developer preview on Nexus 5:

  1. Download the factory image and unzip it on your computer.
  2. Place the fastboot files in the same folder.
  3. Connect the Nexus 5 to the computer via the USB cable.
  4. Open the command prompt in the folder where factory image and fastboot files are present.
  5. Switch off the Nexus 5.
  6. In the command prompt, type the following line and press enter
    adb reboot bootloader
    Nexus 5 will enter in bootloader mode.
  7. Now again in the command prompt, type the following line and press enter
  8. After a few minutes, Android L developer preview will be installed on the Nexus 5.

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