Nov 13, 2014

How to get Android 5.0 Lollipop on Nexus 7 without waiting for OTA update?

I have a Nexus 7 (2013) and would like to get Android 5.0 and try it out. I know there is an OTA update that is going to happen, but I’ve seen nothing so far. Is there a way I can upgrade the Nexus to 5.0 without waiting for the update?
Billy has a great answer, but here's a link to the official Android 5.0 Lollipop for further information about it:
I also have a Nexus 7, and I’ve decided to just wait a week or two until the OTA rollout is complete. My primary reason for deciding to wait is that if you go ahead and install a factory image of Android 5.0, it will wipe everything on your device the same way a factory reset would. This isn’t a huge deal, but enough of one that I’m willing to wait a couple more weeks to avoid the hassle. If that doesn’t matter to you, you can find the factory image here:

Of course, it won’t flash itself. Android Central has a nice guide on how to do it:

"1. Unpack the factory image package from Google to the Android SDK/platform-tools folder on your computer
2. On your Nexus, go to Settings > Development options and switch the toggle on. Then enable USB debugging under the "Debugging" menu group.
3. Power down your phone or tablet.
4. Start up the bootloader by holding down volume up, volume down and power on your device.
5. When the menu loads, plug your Nexus into your computer.
6 .On your computer, open up a command prompt or terminal window.
7. Using the command line, navigate to the Android SDK/platform-tools folder
On Windows, type: flash-all.bat
... or on Mac, type: ./
... or on Linux, type: ./
Your device will be wiped and set up with a clean install of Android 5.0."
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