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Here are the Android 5.1 factory images for Nexus devices, and a guide to using them

Currently there are factory images available for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 2012 (Wifi and 3G), Nexus 7 2013 (Wifi and LTE), Nexus 10 and even Nexus Player — but we're still waiting on the Nexus 9, sadly.

As we reported earlier, Android 5.1 brings support for multiple SIMs and cross-platform HD Voice, along with Device Protection which ties your Android device to your Google account and prevents unwanted access to your device even if it goes through a factory reset. Additionally, there are some tweaks to quick settings for easier control over Bluetooth and WiFi network switching.

If you happen to own one of the aforementioned devices, feel free to hit up the links below to grab the factory images and start flashing away. Speaking of flashing, check out our comprehensive guide on the process for a step-by-step guide to flashing your Nexus device with the latest firmware.

Nexus 4 Android 5.1 factory image link

  • Nexus 4 LMY47O

Nexus 5 Android 5.1 factory image link

  • Nexus 5 LMY47I

Nexus 6 Android 5.1 factory image link

  • Nexus 6 LMY47I

Nexus 7 (2012) Android 5.1 factory image links

  • Nexus 7 (2012 Wifi) LMY47D
  • Nexus 7 (2012 Wifi) LMY47V
  • Nexus 7 (2012 3G) LMY47D

Nexus 7 (2013) Android 5.1 factory image links

  • Nexus 7 (2013 Wifi) LMY47O
  • Nexus 7 (2013 Wifi) LMY47V
  • Nexus 7 (2013 LTE) LMY47O
  • Nexus 7 (2013 Wifi) LMY48G

Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 factory image link

  • Nexus 9 (Wifi) LMY47X

Nexus 10 Android 5.1 factory image links

  • Nexus 10 LMY47D
  • Nexus 10 LMY47V

Nexus Player Android 5.1 factory image link

  • Nexus Player LMY47V

Source: Google

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

138 Comments
  • Awesome news for my Nex 10- but where's the Nexus 6 love? Speaking of Nexus 10 -why does it not have a transparent pull down bar? 1st world problems need to be answered too. Via Nexus 6: "Takin updates for granted."
  • As a Nexus 10 owner I too wonder the same thing. It's nice the tablet is still getting updates even as its starting to show its age, but I have a feeling since we are already missing some "features", Lollipop will be the last major update it gets. Posted from my HTC One M9 via Android Central App
  • Huh? Posted by my soon to be retired Note 4.
  • Lol 2012 Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Laugh all you want but the snapdragon s4 pro in the n4 is still pretty solid tegra 3 not so much Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 ... use my nexus 4 as a backup and it still runs like a champ Posted via the Android Central App
  • Use my nexus 4 as my only phone, still runs like a champ! Posted via the Android Central App
  • +100000000 Posted via my mighty Nexus 4 and soon the Almighty HTC One M9
  • S4 Pro is a very capable chip. Running Lollipop smoothly with my Nexus 7 2013*. Nexus 7 2012, not so much Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Nexus 7 (2013) runs on an S4 Pro!? Holy crap, I completely forgot about that.. My N7 runs nice, albeit not amazingly smooth. But for an almost 2 year old device, it's been holding up really fuckn well. (As opposed to my 2012 N7, which was a disaster after 6 or so months) I've been running Kit-Kat though, so that might be what's been helping it run so good. But 5.1 is running nicely on my N5, so I'm definitely going to be upgrading once that image pops up.
  • never mind. Read that wrong.
  • "Device Protection which ties your Android device to your Google account" That would imply that they'll have to encrypt the bootloader like Samsung? Otherwise I don't see how they'll be able to guarantee that, unless it's some sort of partially encrypted / split bootloader?
  • It probably is. I know ATT has a separate partition just to load that amazingly annoying startup sound that can't be silenced unless you root the phone and remove the jingle. I rooted my phone just to take that off and then put it back to stock. It's crazy how they honestly believe people want to hear that every time their phone starts. Hey people would probably love a bright blinding white screen along with a very loud startup..... I'm digressing. Via Nexus 6: "Takin updates for granted."
  • lol ... that's hysterical you rooted just cause of that! I hear ya though, excessively annoying Posted via the Android Central App
  • All these startup animations from the carriers (especially AT&T and T-Mobile) paired with the ridiculous jingles are beyond annoying. Hats off to you! I'd do the same thing if I had one of those phones.
  • Wait, are these update images or full factory images? The links seem to indicate update images, but they're full build images aren't they?
  • They are full blown factory images, not the OTA update image
  • Sorry about any confusion. These are full images, not OTA files. No OTAs out just yet.
  • Thanks for clearing that up and changing the links. It was a tad confusing.
  • The factory reset thing has me confused. There is a way to give device to another person right? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes. You just have to authenticate that it was an intentional factory reset that you performed.
  • If the past was any indications, the Nexus 7 (2012) Mobile version will be 3 months out.
  • lol nexus 7 2012 over the 2013??? Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Nexus 7 , 2012 model was a dog after updating to Lollipop 5.0.1 so here's hoping 5.1 fixes the slowness etc..
  • I have a '12 N7 and when I updated to Lollipop and did a factory reset, it runs surprisingly well. Goes to show no two devices are ever the same. And yeah, obviously doesn't compare to the' 13 N7 by a long shot, but all considered I'm pretty happy with my 2+ year old tablet. Posted via OnePlus One.. For now.
  • He probably installed FB, which made the device unusable. Uninstall it and it works just fine. 5.1 is good so far.
  • You're basically correct I think. The next FB update did improve it. If after updating to 5.1 it's still slow I'll default it and see how it goes.. Wifey loves her N7..
  • I haven't tried FB on my N7 since. It was too lavgy to even try again. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Waiting for ota zip! I like to keep my data :)
  • You can keep your data with factory image flashes. Just need to do it right :)
  • Got a link to a guide for that? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Edit the bat or sh file and delete the "-w", save of course, then run the script. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This only works if your bootloader is unlocked already. Otherwise you will need to wipe the phone to unlock it.
  • Edit the bat or sh file and delete the "-w", save of course, then run the script. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Still have not recieved 5.1, my first OTA, for my Nexus 6 GP device with a Verizon sim. I swear I think Verizon is blocking it on their network, they always love penalizing their customers. I know I can just factory reset and pull my cut down sim, but I hate losing all my data, and entering in all my passwords for everything.
  • And now the data tablet owners wait
  • dont understand why people buy tablet with data. I have enough data on my phone and tether for free
  • I have an LTE for convenience. And avoiding the battery drain in the phone. Posted via the Android Central WebOS App
  • T-Mobile gives free data :) not a bad deal! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think we all found it strange that the Nexus 7 2012 image was released before the 2013, but most of us want the update so we can preserve our data and root.
  • Flashed about 2 hours ago and I can honestly notice a difference on my N5. I've flashed the other recent versions of Android and none seemed as responsive and snappy as 5.1. No issues so far Posted via the Android Central App
  • I guess I'm only person that has a Nexus 9 :( Posted via the Android Central App
  • No love for the N9 or N6 yet. Hopefully very soon. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have one too as well as a Nexus 5 and 2012 wifi Nexus 7 Posted via the Android Central App
  • I received my 9 today. Got excited when I first turned it on and saw there was an update. Nope 5.01 after it did it twice. Posted via the Android Central WebOS App
  • Nope.. And no update... Posted via Android Central App
  • No, i'm the second ;-)
  • Great for Nexus devices but for the rest of included lastest flagships the wait..... started again
    a least 3 or more months waiting........... to update our devices to 5.1 . just plain google sucks
  • Lol! It's not Google's fault other OEMs take so long to update their devices.
  • Yeah but beside that Android OS updates always pop up unfinished so there is 5.00 then 5.0 1 because bugs then 5.02 great! so now 5.1 ,5.2, 5.3 and so on that its impossible for OEMs keep it up with the updates just because google-android OS is always unreliable or unfinished .
  • You're right, they should just stop at 5.1 so those poor OEMs don't have to keep up /s Posted via the Android Central App
  • No operating system is ever "finished".
  • ur wrong
  • You're wrong! Posted via the Android Central App
  • No you are wrong. Always things that can be improved or new features that can be added. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol I love my nexus devices and all of the updates! That whitelunchbag comment cracked me up! Poor OEMs just can't keep up!
  • Maybe you should try iOS where they release an X.0 release and never have to release an X.0.0 or X.1 because the initial release is always perfect. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol that is just funny right there, don't care what you are Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • They do, Got an I phone 6 just to play ... to real life have an M8
  • Read post below (accidentally replied to TallyHo) but was directed to you.... Apple's release always perfect???? HAHAHAHA ok.......need to change your Kool-Aid flavor, the red one is messing with you bad!!
  • My iTerd just got the 8.2....yes... (.2) yesterday. 8.1 fixed the fuck ups in 8 on release day then then 8.2 to fix what 8.1 didn't. 8.3 is coming soon as well to fix "everything" 8.2 didn't. So yeah, iOS, according to finanandroid, is 100% perfect! :) Maybe Apple releases .X just to make people feel better??
  • Part of me kind of wishes they lock down android like they did android for watches. This way they can push the new OSes without having to wait on the wireless providers or the vendors. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google updates Nexus phones. The brand you bought updates yours. You should take it up with them.
  • For gs5? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Really? Posted via the Android Central App
  • LOL no Posted via the Android Central App
  • May be after three months for international version, if you bought a carrier version in US well that's your fault not carrier's.
  • What choice does one have? I have purchased the international versions of phones before, but they come without any warranty whatsoever. The only logical choice for Americans is to purchase through the carrier, which like you are saying, will get updated at a much slower rate than the unlocked Samsungs. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You're wrong... the logical choice is to get a nexus unlocked phone and put it on Tmobile 30/month plan! (or another carrier that allows freedom) The be happy getting the latest android update every time and watch while samsung phones locked to a carrier take months or years to get an update... along with tons of more new bloat ware you don't need ofc!
  • I'm correct. The comment that I commented on asked about the gs5. That is what my comment was about. I own the Nexus 6 purchased from Motorola, so you are preaching to the choir. Posted via the Android Central App
  • There are plenty of unlocked phones available in the US. Motorola will even allow you to finance one with 0% interest.
  • Alex_Flores asked about the gs5, not an unlocked Motorola. Not everyone wants a Motorola. If someone wants a Samsung then they should buy one that they can get a warranty on. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Motorola is just an example. You can find an unlocked GS5 with a full warranty easily. Best Buy sells them for one.
  • Your right. I never new you could buy the unlocked Samsungs at Best Buy. I have always used Negri or mobilecityonline.com.. I stand corrected. Thanks for that, next time I'll know where to buy one. Posted via the Android Central App
  • going in for the grab! Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's why I own nexi, updated once again but might just stick with ROM's. Oh Posted via the twerking nexus 7
  • Finishing up the flash on my N7 2012. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Bullshit. Lots of it. Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • There are small visual changes like toggles and sliders that I didn't have with 5.02. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So far my favorite is the toggle for the volume. You can easily switch between media volume and notification volume now!
  • The Nexus 10 needs a refreshed model IMO.
  • I completely agree Posted via the Android Central App
  • I love my nexus 10 still... I haven't found anything that doesn't look and run great on it... granted I'm still on Jellybean. I've been waiting for a decent lolipop version for it... Here's to hoping 5.1 may be it. I've held off on my nexus 10 because I use it to play arcane legends and many of the comments from other n10 users made me wait. I'm going to do a full factory reset and flash on it when I eventually goto 5.x I've decided as well. Another nexus 10 with updated snapdragon would be sweet!
  • does anyone know if the upgrade will improve battery life? I've heard it's not that efficient despite its size, something Google intended to maximize ... to bad it doesn't come with a 5" display Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just traded my N5 for a N6 today in anticipation of 5.1 release. Thanks again Google!
  • Sorry.. N6 users will now have to wait for big daddy Verizon to approve future releases ;)
  • Shut your mouth! :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • My N7 2012 seems to be running 'tighter' on 5.1 if that is a word. First hour last night was a bit laggy. But this morning it's much better. Seems more polished. Looking to flash my N10 this am to stop the random rebooting that was frequent on 5.02. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is exactly why I haven't upgraded my N10 to 5.x yet. Keep us posted on how the 5.1 runs on ur N10 please!
  • Been running 5.1 on my nexus 10 for a few hrs. Its like a brand new device! No joke. The responsiveness is fantastic. No bugs so far. Posted via the Android Central App
  • that's great to hear! does anything standout with the temps of the bottom-left of the n7? i had a slight issue with temps with 5.0.2
  • I can confirm as well that lollipop 5.1 factory image is buttery smooth on the Nexus 7 2012. Downloading OTA is not what you want with this tablet. Full factory image is what makes the difference. Still testing but it has been a week with no trouble. Stay away from the Facebook app for the time being, Just using browser anyway :-)
  • Nouvel utilisateur ;)
  • Nexus 5, 5.1 il est rooté et wow le démarrage est super rapide...
  • I'll wait for the OTA update. Posted via Android Central App on Nexus 5 or LG G2
  • Nexus 6, doesn't matter how much I hate you because Google Hates you even more by treating you like a 3rd class nexus citizen.
  • Lollipop ran like crap on my 2012 Nexus 7. I went all the way back to Jelly Bean and it runs like a dream again. I am not sure why Google is pushing updates to the 2012 anymore. It's like people care more about the new OS than how the device actually runs. Actually, I do know. It's just like when Apple pushes its update to the oldest phone. They know it will run like crap and more often than not get you to upgrade.
  • I can confirm that lollipop 5.1 improves performance drastically on the Nexus 7 2012. Not OTA but the full factory image is what you want. I did a full factory reset and installed 5.1 and everything is buttery smooth. Well, compared to what it was before :-) so far so good
  • LOL @ me for buying a Nexus 9 to get the latest updates
  • Where's the update for my n7 2013!? Why was my predecessor updated first?! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Aight got it running (OTA images kept on causing probs on sideloading and then noticed those and they worked out of the box), my question is however:
    If I have this new security option - phone tied to my google account. Won't someone be able to flash a new rom and override this change?
  • Come on Google! Read something about 5.1 using all four cores on the N 6 thus improving speed dramatically. It apparently Flys now.
  • Why is the 2012 Nexus 7 out, but not the 2013? Come on Big G!
  • Ya I'm getting annoyed I don't get why it's taking so long I hope support doesn't end here Posted via the Android Central App
  • Carriers rolling out nexus updates before Google. Wtf is happening to the nexus brand?
  • Beats me Posted via the Android Central App
  • nexus 4 please....
  • This!
  • I side loaded 5.1 on my Nexus 5 last night to fix some of the bugs I've been having. It went on smooth, but there I have a couple of apps misbehaving. Dolphin Browser with JetPack enabled will no load any sites. K9 Email crashes when doing a multi select on messages. Besides those two everything seems to be running ok. One thing still not fixed is the WiFi Authentation Error. I'm still getting it when TiBackup does it system backup. It is easier to fix now with the Dropdown under the quick settings.
  • There is a huge oversight with the new wifi feature when trying to connect a Chromecast for the first time.
  • The crappy Nexus 7 gets the update while the nice one waits...hm. And before I get hate, I've owned them both. Just doesn't make sense as to why the 3 year old one gets updated before the nicer 2 year old one. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Maybe they are fixing a bug in the 2013. It definitely makes sense, we just don't know why. I am sure it will out very soon.
  • Still sure? :D Next-us
  • I know I am gonna get roasted for this...but I am just too lazy for all the rooting, flashing and whatnot. And thus...I await the OTA on my Nexus 6.
  • I'm with you. I installed all the BS on two different computers, got the USB working, reboot, enter recovery - BOOM adb sideload doesn't see the flippin' phone. It's not this 'effin hard, but I give up, OTA for me too. And before someone tries to get snarky, this isn't my first OTA/Factory rodeo. The computer (PC) cannot see the phone (USB) once I reboot into recovery.
  • This may not resolve the issue, but make sure you have updated TOOLS AND PLATFORM TOOLS to the latest versions within ANDROID SDK. You want to make sure you are using the latest versions of fastboot.exe and adb.exe
    I was having similar issues when I updated from 5.0 to 5.01 and updating fastboot and adb resolved the issue. Good Luck.
  • The first PC I tried (Lenovo W520) had the latest SDk 5.1 installed, my desktop PC I didn't bother installing the latest and left it at the default 5.0.1 as installed. I may eff with it this weekend some more. Thanks man!
  • Why not Nexus 9??
  • Was working great, then I went for a run. GPS is borked.
  • I wonder why no Nexus 9 update for Android 5.1?
  • I have a nexus 7 2012 that my 2 year old uses for games and videos. I put 5.1 on it and it really is a huge improvement. It doesn't have the hardware to preform with today's tablets, but it did breathe some life back into it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wonder why no N7 2013 update? Yet we have a 2012 update?
  • I would like comment that with the latest 5.1 update it has messed up my phone connectivity. Also the issue with storage but that's not what bugs me!! So after the update finish I noticed my 4g LTE or WiFi was going extremely slow and could barely load, almost reminded me of 3g speeds. But I can't even stream thru WiFi do to having issues getting good connection and even with 4g on it will just tell me I have a network issue here and there while using my phone!!! This needs to be fixed, o don't know if I am the only one since I haven't really seen much of what I am describing.
  • I have a Nexus 5 on AT&T and still have not received the OTA. I was wondering if anyone else had the same issue.
  • Android 4.4 was sooooo much better than 5.1. Android 5.01 and 5.02 were in the toilet. When is google going to get it right and give me back a OS like 4.4 ? Will they ever be able to give me an OS like 4.4. I am so frustrated with android I wonder what possessed me to buy one.
    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
  • I an using Nexus 5 phone and today I upgraded to Android 5.1 (Lollipop) OS. On opening the contacts, I have been getting the message "Contact List is being updated" with no contacts in the contact List. This has been happening for last 6-7 hours and I have tried to switch of and restrat the phone. However, on opening the Contacts Icon, I get the same message. How can this be resolved. I have over 2600 contact. Please help
  • You, sir, have a lot of contacts. I'm assuming you have had a google of the issue? Clearing app data should fix it. Log on to Google Contacts on the web, and see if there is any error there. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Did Google dropped support for the Nexus 4? Posted via the Almighty HTC One M9 or my retired Nexus 4
  • Click bait.
  • Nothing for their two newest tablets, but both 2012 N7 models and Nexus 10 are out? Don't understand that.
  • Why no Nexus 7 2013 yet? Posted via Android Central App
  • Google still has no love for 2013 users...nor explanation for the really long delay.
  • Wait... So is LMY47I supported on all Nexus 5 phones? D820 and D821? I read on XDA it was just the build for the D821. Is anyone knowledgeable to confirm if I can flash from LMY47D to LMY47I? Posted via the Android Central App
  • My Nexus 7 2013 is still on 5.0.2 Lollipop, wonder when we will see 5.1.
    My Nexus 6 had been running 5.1 Lollipop for a while now. Posted via the Android Central App
  • am I missing something?... I've had 5.1 on my Nexus 7 (2012 Wi-Fi) for quite some time now... last update check was 21 March, but I flashed the image a little while before that... is this something different? because its the same build LMY47D.
  • The OTA for my Nexus 7 2012 3G just dropped. Performance has certainly improved from 5.0, but there is still more lag than 4.4.
  • After upgrade to 5.1,my Nexsus7 always shutdown after a period of idle time.i nned to restar mr Nexsus7 many times everyday,and it is quite a trouble.. Please fix this issue ASAP.