Install Android 5.0 “Lollipop” for Nexus 7 (2012)

Google released the Android 5.0 Lollipop update this week for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, as well as Nexus 4 devices, here’s a look at updating.

Google launched its new line of Nexus devices with each running its latest mobile OS – Android 5.0 “Lollipop” last month. Then the Android 5.0 update reportedly started to roll out to other devices. Recently I found my  first–generation (2012) Nexus 7 tablet was ready to get the Over-the-Air (OTA) update.

It turns out that Google released the Lollipop update this week for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, as well as Nexus 4 devices. If you haven’t seen the update, just give it some time as Google says OTA updates are rolled out in phases. Keep hitting System Updates and it will arrive eventually, hopefully sooner than later!

Update to Android 5.0

I first found out that it was available when swiping down on the Notifications list as shown below. Tap on the notification and it will take you directly to the point to start installing the system update.

Update Notification

Or you can check for the 5.0 update by going to Settings > System About Tablet > System Updates. Do note that you will need at least 500 MB free on your tablet to apply the update.

Before starting the process, make sure all of your important data is backed up in case the update goes awry. Also, make sure your tablet’s battery is charged fully, or plug it into a power source while the update occurs.

From this screen just tap the Download button and wait. For me the download was just over 310 MB.


After the update downloads, tap Restart & Install. Then wait while Android 5.0 is installed on your tablet – it will restart a few times during the process.

restart nexus 7 and install android 5

Below are a couple of screenshot that a look at some of the new design and features. Apps that are running separately and the content responds to touch in a more intuitive way…not bad for stock Android.

Android 5.0 Features

I haven’t had much time to play with this yet, but as I do, be sure to come back and check out our tips and tricks for using Android 5.0.

The new Lollipop version of Android includes some design changes to the user interface, improves performance, notifications on your lock screen, and more. To get a full take on everything it’s going to offer, head to the official Android Lollipop page.

What is your take? Have you been able to install Android 5.0 on your old device, or did you buy one of the new Nexus devices that already include it? Leave a comment below and let us know!



  1. pawnderin

    November 18, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Got my update notification and went to download later and found it had “retracted” the offer. System updates states that I am updated on my nexus 7. Showing still the 4.4.4 KitKat. Wondering if they will send it again?

  2. Matt

    November 18, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    My 2012 Nexus 7 hasn’t updated yet, but my mom’s did and it’s now incredibly slow. Any idea why this may be, or how to solve it?

  3. Luny

    November 18, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I got the update on my 2012 Nexus 7.
    Unfortunately, it ran abysmally (We’re talking post Cache Wipe and Factory Reset).

    Everything from the initial setup procedure to browing the internet to accessing apps is slow.
    And this is a new Nexus 7 (even if 2012). While I don’t know how it ran before 4.4.4, for me at least KitKat was responsive and snappy.

    This is sludge.
    I also found some very weird bugs:

    – Swiping diagonally (let’s say in a browser) seems to only work sometimes, while other times it just locks your swipe on either the Vertical or Horizontal Axes.
    – Dolphin refuses to remember passwords now.
    – Dolphin Jetpack Enabled causes Dolphin to run immensely slow.
    – Chrome is not far behind it.

    Did I mention everything’s slow?
    Oh well. Back to KitKat for me.

  4. bsm

    November 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Similar to Matt’s mom, I have a 2012 Nexus 7 and I’m regretting my decision to upgrade to Lollipop. Extreme slowness to the point that I’m considering wiping the device and starting fresh. Hoping the depths of the internet will hold a recommendation to alleviate it.

  5. Brian Burgess

    November 18, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Yes, I have to agree with the slowness now that I have played around with it more.

    I am curious how it runs on the other Nexus devices — and the 2013 Nexus 7?

    Well, at least this lets you try it out and see what you can expect with the new Android. I will look around to see what we can do to speed it up.

    Otherwise, I am with @Luny — Back to KitKat

  6. Masterswag

    November 19, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Uc Browser

  7. tejas

    November 19, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Hey guys! Haven’t downloaded Android 5.0 on my nexus 2012 yet. But looking at these comments I wonder if i’d be happier with KitKat! What do you guys think?

    • Brian Burgess

      November 19, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      @tejas: unless you have an overwhelming need or desire to use Android 5.0, I would hold off on installing it for now.

    • Kyle

      November 24, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      OMG!!! Stick to KitKat!!! You will appreciate! Lollipop looks cool, but it is operating hell on N7 (2012). Not worth the headaches. I don’t have the brick effect, but performance is night and day different on Lollipop vs KitKat.

  8. Dean Kinard

    November 19, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I too am EXTREMELY disappointed with the performance of my 16gb 2012 Nexus 7 after the Lollipop update. I am hoping an update will be released quickly to resolve the performance issue. If not, then I guess I will also be forced to reinstall Kit Kat and reinstall all my apps. Ugggh.

  9. Anonymous Coward

    November 20, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I installed the update to my Gen 1 Nexus 7. I totally regret it. it is super slow, as everyone has stated. It also just randomly freezes for while, very frustrating. And the most frustrating problem I have noticed is that apps just randomly close and it goes to to main screen. Or apps go back to the app main screen for no reason. All Android OS upgrades have been flawless up till now. I guess my luck has run out.

  10. LLow

    December 12, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I have the first generation Nexus 7 tablet. My lollipop came to me with the notice of OTA update. Like everyone else who has complained of the slowness and other problems, I experienced it too and it got worse and worse. I finally did a factory reset and it is much more responsive but I don’t know how to use it. I am trying to find a guide just for my particular tablet. Looking at YouTube videos has helped but I’m clueless as to how to set up the screens and making it look and act the way I want it to.

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