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How to go back to the previous version of Android and exit Lollipop on the Nexus

Android 5.0 Lollipop is slowly coming to many devices. The problem is that this version of the operating system is far from unanimous, and does not appeal to all users accustomed to KitKat, especially with regard to design. If you have updated your Nexus, either manually or by OTA update, and want to go back to Android KitKat, check out a tutorial for downgrading Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 4.

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If you want to go back to KitKat, here's how to downgrade Android 5.0 Lollipop. / AndroidPIT

How to downgrade Android 5.0 Lollipop on Nexus

Downgrading your Nexus after an upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop is quite simple, especially if you have manually installed the firmware using a factory image. For some manufacturers (see Samsung and its Knox) ​​downgrading can be quite complicated, but for Nexus the process is easy!

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One of the advantages of having a Nexus is choosing the version of Android you want to use. ANDROIDPIT

Start by choosing the factory image you want to install (ie a firmware). We will use Android 4.4.4 KitKat for this tutorial, but nothing prevents you from using an older version. Just choose the version of Android for your Nexus device on the Google Developers page.

As always, it doesn't cost a full backup before the process. If you have root permissions, back up the system and copy it to your PC.

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Choose the firmware corresponding to the model name of your device./ ANDROIDPIT

Note: This procedure has some risks. Neither I nor AndroidPIT is responsible for any damage to your device.



1. Copy the firmware to the folder containing ADB and Fastboot and unzip the two files until you get a folder flash-all.bat.

2. On your Nexus, enable USB debugging: enable developer options on Android and check USB Debugging;

3 Unlock your Nexus bootloader by following the first part of this tutorial;

4 Optional but recommended: back up your data;

5 Turn off your Nexus by clicking and holding the power button;

6 Click and hold the volume and power down button to activate the Fastboot menu. With the volume button choose the Recovery mode option and confirm with the power button;

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This is Fastboot on Nexus 5. / ANDROIDPIT

7 If you don't have a custom recoveryYou will see a small Android robot with an exclamation mark. Press the power button and then quickly press the volume button. You get to Recovery Mode;

8 Choose from the Recovery menu the option to option wipe cache partition with the volume buttons and confirm your choice with the power button;

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CWM recovery on Nexus 5; yours may be different. ANDROIDPIT

9 When the process is complete, select wipe data / factory reset;

10 Now connect your Nexus to PC via USB;

11 Go to the folder containing the file contents and the ADB and fastboot and click flash-all.bat.

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Flash-all.bat activates the flash process. / ANDROIDPIT

Ready! You just downgraded your Nexus. To keep the version you have installed, simply do not accept the proposed updates in the notifications.

Did you do this tutorial? Do you like Android 5.0 Lollipop or prefer an older version?

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