Flash Android 5.0 Lollipop System Image on Nexus 4

Here are the steps I took to unbrick my Nexus 4. It downloaded Android 5.01, but I got an error message and it won’t install properly. As I am going through this process, the Nexus is useless.

1. Install Java – Java.com to computer

2. Download the SDK Tools
http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html#Other
Video recommends downloading the Zip file. It also tells you how to install the SDK and ADB and check if they are working.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaNM-lt_aHw

3.Download the Android Image file for the Nexus 4. Version 5.01
https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images

4. You will need the 7Zip program to open up this image.
http://www.7-zip.org/

5. Follow this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZD8_oH1BVU

6. Note  I had the message  “Waiting for Device” so I went back to SDK.exe and installed the Extras with the Google USB driver.
https://developer.android.com/tools/extras/oem-usb.html

7. I still had the “Waiting for Device”message even though I found the Nexus in Control Panel and installed the drivers.

8. I unplugged the phone from the computer and plugged it back in – it works!

9. I unlocked the phone.

10 . I did the Flash-all.bat and it worked.

11. Android started to load – it took a while.

12. When I finally started it up for the first time, it did give me the option to use “Tap and Go” – it worked only partially, so I had to enter my Gmail account information manually and had to add some apps manually.

The good news is that the Nexus 4 is working again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setup Android ADB SDK on your computer

Setup Fastboot on your computer.

 

 

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