Android 5.0.1 factory images and update files now available for Nexus 5 and Nexus 6

Android 5.0.1 comes to Google's latest Nexus handsets. Photo: Google

Android 5.0.1 comes to Google’s latest Nexus handsets. Photo: Google

Google’s latest Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update is now available for both the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 6. You can download it now either as a factory image or as an update package for manual flashing — or you can wait for Google to roll it out over-the-air to your device.

Android 5.0.1 brings mostly bug fixes and performance improvements, so you’re not missing out on a lot if you wait for it to come to you. However, if your Nexus handset hasn’t been as stable as you expect it to be, or you just don’t like waiting for anything, you can download the firmware files below and flash them manually via ADB.


Nexus 5

Nexus 6

To flash the factory image manually, you can follow our guide on updating the Nexus 4 to Lollipop, which uses the same process. Bear in mind that flashing the factory image will wipe the data on your device, so be sure to backup everything first. You can avoid wiping data by flashing the OTA update instead, but ensure you’re already running the right built of Android 5.0 (LRX210) first, otherwise you’ll run into problems.