Nexus 7 can now be updated with Android 5.1 Lollipop (build LMY47D), which was just announced by Google a little while back. The official factory images have also been released for the Nexus 7, Nexus 5 and Nexus 10. No word on when the rest of the Google devices will be getting this new Android 5.1 Lollipop software update. An OTA (over-the-air) update should have already started to roll out to Nexus 7 users, but for those who do not want to wait, we have a complete guide. You can manually update Nexus 7 2013 to Android 5.1 LMY47D factory image from the tutorial below — and root Nexus 7 on Android 5.1.
If this is your very first time installing / flashing a factory image, we understand you would want to make sure your installation process go as smooth as possible. So before we actually jump to the installation process of Android 5.1 LMY47D image, let’s take a look below at how to backup all your data. When installing this Android 5.1 Lollipop factory image, your entire data will be wiped clean — like a brand new tablet. As a Nexus 7 user, you have several options to choose from depending on how you want to store your data. These are the some of the tips given below that we want you to keep in mind and then proceed.
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Nexus 7 Android 5.1 LMY47D Lollipop Factory Image Details:
Android 5.1 Lollipop was just announced earlier today and we already now have the new Android 5.1 LMY47D Lollipop factory image files for all the Nexus family of devices. This will be the second major update to Lollipop after the first one was released a few months back. We have written a complete step by step tutorial on how to get this new Android 5.1 Lollipop update installed and working on your tablet.
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Root Tutorial: How to Root Nexus 7 on Android 5.1 LMY47D Lollipop Official Update.
- Try Lollipop on Computer: How to Try and Install Android 5.0 Lollipop on Computer – Complete Guide.
- Custom ROMs: For the complete collection of Lollipop based ROMs for the Nexus 7, visit our Custom ROMs page.
If you plan on rooting this tablet or are still confused for why to root Nexus 7, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
ASUS Nexus 7 USB Drivers
You will need to connect your Android tablet with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the Android 5.1 USB drivers for ASUS Nexus 7 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
Backup and Other Important Tips
Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:
Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:
- Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your tablet, we strongly recommend you to also backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing tablet set up.
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
1. Having problems connecting your Android tablet to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Lollipop.
2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your tablet goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your tablet might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?
4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your tablet is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.
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All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading on the next page and update Nexus 7 to the official Android 5.1 factory image for the latest Lollipop firmware.