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Update Nexus 5 to Android M MPZ79M Developer Preview 2 Official Factory Image

Nexus 5 can now manually install and flash the Android M MPZ79M Developer Preview 2 factory image files. This comes after little over a month when the first Android M Preview was released for developers to try out their apps and play around with the new upcoming Android M release. An OTA update should be rolling out in the next few days as per Google, but for those who cannot wait can download and install Developer Preview 2 manually on the Nexus 5 — we have a tutorial below. The exact Android M build is MPZ79M for Nexus 5. You can manually update Nexus 5 to Android M MPZ79M factory image from the tutorial below — and also root Nexus 5 on this Developer Preview 2 update. The only catch is that if this will be your first time playing around with a factory image, you might have to unlock your bootloader first before continuing – which means wiping all of your phone data.

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 M MPZ79M image, let’s take a look below at how to backup all your data. When installing this Android M Developer Preview 2 factory image, your entire data will be wiped clean — like a brand new phone. As a Nexus 5 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 5 Android M MPZ79M Factory Image Details:

Android M Developer Preview 2 is now available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 phones. These are the major changes in Preview 2 release of Android M, as per Google:

The Developer Preview 2 update includes the up to date M release platform code, and near-final APIs for you to validate your app. To provide more testing support, we have refined the Nexus system images and emulator system images with the Android platform updates. In addition to platform updates, the system images also include Google Play services 7.6.

UPDATE: Android 6.0 Developer Preview 3 is now available. Download here!

Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:

If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Nexus 5, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

LG Nexus 5 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for LG Nexus 5 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download LG Nexus 5 USB drivers!

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:

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Developer Preview 2.

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 phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone 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 phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading on the next page and update your Nexus 5 to Android M factory image.

About the author

Haris Nadeem

He lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.

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