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Factory images with November security update arrive for Nexus devices

The November security update for Android has now been released by Google, and that means it's time for the updates to start hitting Nexus devices right away. But if you'd rather update yourself via the factory image from Google instead of waiting for the OTA to arrive, we have your covered here.

The version number of the latest update will vary depending on which Nexus you have — MDB08M, MDB08N, MRA58N or MRA58V — but it'll always be listed as the most recent factory image on Google's factory image page if you need confirmation. The downloads:

Nexus factory images with November security update

  • MDB08M for Nexus 6P
  • MDB08M for Nexus 5X
  • MRA58N for Nexus 6
  • MRA58N for Nexus Player
  • MRA58N for Nexus 9 LTE
  • MRA58N for Nexus 9 Wifi
  • MRA58N for Nexus 5
  • MRA58V for Nexus 7 2013 LTE
  • MRA58V for Nexus 7 2013 Wifi

Of course if you want to just wait for the update to hit your phone or tablet automatically that's fine, too — just having the option to apply it manually is always a bonus. If you need help applying an update, be sure to check out our comprehensive guide on the topic.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

40 Comments
  • These monthly updates to AOSP are one of the most compelling reasons I've seen to flash CyanogenMod. Manufacturers just aren't going to fork out the resources to keep devices updated. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Which makes Nexus and iOS all the more attractive. These little computers are in a hostile world and need the updates.
  • Right, but he's talking about unlocking/rooting/ROMing for non-Nexus devices. I guess this has changed since the N5, but most people used to, and many like myself still do, buy Nexus for the dev support/community. It's ironic that rooting is synonymous with security risk for many, most Nexus users root (ymmv), now non-Nexus will need to root to get the latest security patches, and locked Nexus is considered the most secure :/
  • Seems extremely counter intuitive that you are going to exploit your phone's security in order to "protect" it more. I'm not convinced this is the answer. It's kind of sad really that we've now reached a point at which the very essence of Android is now its achilles heel. When Jerry conceded that things were dire, that was it for me. Its Nexus or nothing, would love to explore Windows phone but the app ecosystem is abysmal, probably easier to switch to the boring but largely secure iOs. Yes sad that this is now in consideration as I eye my next phone. Since I don't see Samsung or LG stripping down to barebones easier-to-maintain close to stock Android or drastically reducing the number of models they pump out a year, this update quagmire will persist until Google does something extremely drastic.
  • Samsung has done the same. __________________________________________________________________________________-_________________________-____________________
  • >NoNexus: I'm sure the carriers will be quick to act. Posted via the GS6 Active, aka GS6 M.E. (Manly Edition)
  • Strangely they seem to be going with a staged rollout for these updates too, none of my Nexus devices are showing the update yet. Just October so far.
  • Wow this is crazy. I don't have time to flash monthly updates. Dam It Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • Then just wait for the OTA. Posted via the Android Central App
  • My Samsung devices are not receiving security updates. Is this something to be concerned with or does Samsung have it's own security thing? Dam It Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • Your Samsung devices aren't going to get monthly nexus security updates. It's on Samsung to send out updates, not Google. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Actually they are.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • jlv: "Your Samsung devices aren't going to get monthly nexus security updates."
    Billy: "Actually they are...." So you're saying that a SAMSUNG device is going to get an update designed for a NEXUS device? Nope, not gonna happen.
    Now if you had stated that Samsung is ALSO going to send out monthly updates, that would be a different story. Samsung stated it would send out monthly updates for their Flagship devices.
  • Samsung to fast track security updates with new monthly update plan http://www.androidcentral.com/samsung-plans-offer-new-security-updates-e... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just like Google doesn't support old devices, Samsung doesn't support old devices. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If you remember Samsung devices are still running Android of course. So the security updates are for devices running Android of course Samsung has to modify them to fit to their system just like the folks at cyanogenmod have to modify these patches to fit old devices. I have a N7 12,N 7 13 and nexus 10. Should I be upset my N7 12 isn't supported by Google anymore.... No, they want me to buy a new device. (Pix C). Just like Samsung. That is why i use aftermarket roms, which continue to support devices with security patches from Google. I am sure in the next few days my N7 12 will have a 12.1 nightly with the Nov 1 security patch, just like it did the oct 1 patch. Good luck knowing what your are talking about FB. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They released the patches a few days later last month __________________________________________________________________________________-_________________________-____________________
  • If you have and 6s, N5, Etc... Samsung has promised updates monthly. Even on vzw I have gotten 2 of them since launch Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hell I'm still waiting for my 2013 Nexus 7 LTE Marshmallow update a month on........
  • Waiting for it on my Project Fi N6 as well....... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Let's hope before the end of November. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Also waiting for it on my WiFi version Moto G 3rd Gen 2015 with only 1GB of RAM
    Nexus 7 2013
  • Wugfresh toolkit, to unlock, flashes ROM easily. You can loch it once you're done. Will probably take 10min. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Flash it. Easy breezy Posted via the Android Central App
  • Now non nexus phones can be even more behind! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Burn....
  • Sad.. but true Posted via the GS6 Active, aka GS6 M.E. (Manly Edition)
  • I'm still waiting on marshmallow on my n6 Posted via the Android Central App
  • As usual, Project Fi cautions against it. No worries. I'll wait. It is a beta project after all. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm going to wait for the OTA. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Note, they did post a new nexus 10 image with Nov 1 security updates included. I did flash it and can confirm Nov 1 security included. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just received my November (possibly from October) security update from Samsung on my Sprint S6.
  • I flashed 6.0 Marshmallow on my Nexus 5 manually with a full wipe to start nice and fresh. I'll be doing the monthly updates via OTA. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I know it's a standard, common term. But the term "Factory" calls to mind a big brick building with crappy windows and smokestacks, for me. I imagine a bunch of low-paid workers hammering out the OS "factory image" on an assembly line.
  • new to nexus/android. curious, are these security patches delivered as system updates or as update of a system app?
  • Will I get OTA's with an unlocked bootloader? Posted via the Android Central App
  • these kind of articles doesn't include the android one. y? it's not even a nexus. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So I won't get OTA updates if I flashed the Android 6? I relocked by bootloader, but that didn't seem to do anything... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Apparently my Nexus 5X is already on the November 1 2015 security patch level but the build number is MDB08L. Is there a newer patch level than November 1 that I haven't seen yet?
  • I had the up date for 2 days now and found on my nexus 6 the battery life was worst than before I applied the update. I also noticed when I use Google now to send a text (example"Ok Google I want to send a message " Google will reply "Who do you want to send a message to "I will say the person in my contacts that I want to send the message to, Google will then ask "what is the message?" I will say the message, then Google will ask "Do you want to send or change the message?" I respond with "send " then nothing happens, it will not send the message. So I flashed the build number I had before the security update now it's works fine again so the problem seems to be with the update I hope they get it right soon. Seems like when ever small updates come out they tend to break stuff was that way with my iPhone and android phones.