How To: Flash Stock Firmware On A Nexus Device

Flash Stock Firmware On A Nexus Device

The Nexus 5 is considered one of the best smartphones of 2013.  It is a powerful Android device that works well for a lot of people.

As the Nexus 5 is an Android device, it is possible to go beyond manufacturer specifications by flashing custom ROMs on it.  The problem with custom ROMs is, they’re not totally bug-free and you might find you’ve flashed a ROM that doesn’t really work for you and might even cause problems with your device.

If you are having problems with a custom ROM the easiest fix is to flash stock ROM on your device and return it to its original state.  In this guide, we’re going to show you how to do just that.

NOTE: Most custom ROMs require you to have root access on your device.  Flashing a stock firmware will also result in your device losing this root access.

Prepare your device:

  1. Enable USB debugging mode on your device. First, go to Settings> About phone.  Then, find the build number and tap on it seven times.  Go back to settings and find Developer Options.  From developer options, enable USB debugging.
  2. Download Toolbox here. Install it on your PC.
  3. Update drivers

How To Flash Stock Firmware

  1. On your PC, open Toolbox and choose to run it with Administrator Rights.
  2. Connect your device to the PC using a USB data cable.
  3. Toolbox should now display the device’s model name and number. If it doesn’t, you will need to uninstall and reinstall all the drivers.
  4. Now, find the Flash Stock + Unroot button. Click on this button to unroot your device and flash stock firmware.  The unrooting and flashing process should take about 5-10 minutes. Just wait.
  5. When the process is over, you device should automatically reboot and you should now see that you have been reverted back to stock firmware.
  6. Now, unlock the bootloader. To do so, simply connect the device to the computer again.  Find the Lock OEM button on Toolbox and click on it.

If you have followed these steps correctly you should now have the stock version of Android installed on your Nexus device.


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