How To Install The Android L Developer Preview On Your Nexus 5 Or 7

How To Install The Android L Developer Preview On Your Nexus 5 Or 7

Google just released its first developer preview of the newest version of Android. For those of you who are eager to get your hands on the latest and greatest, here’s how to install Android L on your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 (2013) right now.

To begin with, you’ll need to have your device unlocked and ADB and fastboot installed. Then, follow these instructions:

  1. Download the factory image for your device here.
  2. Unzip the file and place it in an easy-to-find location.
  3. Connect your device to your computer via USB cable and ensure debug mode is enabled.
  4. Open up a command line for ADB.
  5. Enter adb reboot bootloader to access your device’s bootloader.
  6. Navigate to the folder containing the factory image.
  7. Enter flash-all to run the installation script.

The script will take a minute to run and your device may linger on the boot animation for a while (in my own tests, it took about five minutes for the device to boot). Once the device boots, log in and you’re ready to go!

If you’re not one of the lucky few who owns a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, you can check out our roundup of all the cool things in Android L here. We’ll also be going hands-on to highlight more cool things Google didn’t announce at I/O yesterday. Android L will officially launch later this year.

Android L Preview Images [System Image Flashing Instructions [Google]

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