Google Nexus 7 (2013) is the second version of the Nexus 7 released in 2013. It features a 7-inch, 1200 x 1920 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core chip, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage. It was the first device to come with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Android L was announced at the Google I/O last week with many new features. Previously, we saw how to install Android L Developer Preview on Nexus 5. This developer preview is also available for the Google Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi version. This preview will not have all the features of the Android L since it is not a final version. Also, it might contain some bugs. Still if you wish to install it, follow the instructions given below.

Google Nexus 7 (2013)

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 7:


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

Steps to install developer preview on Nexus 7:

  1. Download the factory image and unzip it on your computer.
  2. Place the fastboot files in the same folder.
  3. Connect the Nexus 7 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 7.
  6. In the command prompt, type the following line and press enter
    adb reboot bootloader
    Nexus 7 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 7.

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