How to Install Android L Preview on Nexus 7 2013 Edition!

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Google has just released a developer’s edition of Android L Preview.  This is a “beta” version of upcoming Android 5.0 Lollipop (or KeyLimePie) that you can try.

Before you try to install this, MAKE A BACKUP of EVERYTHING on your Nexus 7 and copy it to your hard disk!  You can make a backup ROM using TWRP, make a backup of your apps using Titanium Backup app, then copy the TWRP and TitaniumBackup folders to your hard disk.  Installing Android L Preview WILL ERASE EVERYTHING on your Nexus 7, YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!!!  However, if you do make backups, it’s easy to get everything restored just like the way you have it right now. :)

Step 1. Power off your Nexus 7 then hold down Volume Down + Power buttons together until you see Android figure laying down.

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Step 2. Connect a micro-USB cable from your Nexus 7 to your computer.

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Step 3. Download the Android L Preview firmware and fastboot.zip.  Unzip both files and copy all the files in fastboot directory to razor-lpv79 directory.  (If you have trouble unzipping the firmware .tgz file, use 7Zip)

Download Android L Preview firmware for Nexus 7 2013 Edition

Download Fastboot.zip

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Step 4. Open a command prompt for Windows or terminal for Mac/Linux.  (If you don’t know how to do this, Google it!)

Then type:

For Windows:

cd Downloads
cd razor-lpv79-preview-d0ddf8ce
cd razor-lpv79
fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-flo-flo-04.02.img
fastboot reboot-bootloader
fastboot -w update image-razor-lpv79.zip

For Mac OSX:

cd Downloads
cd razor-lpv79-preview-d0ddf8ce
cd razor-lpv79
chmod 755 *
./fastboot-mac flash bootloader bootloader-flo-flo-04.02.img
./fastboot-mac reboot-bootloader
./fastboot-mac -w update image-razor-lpv79.zip

For Linux:

cd Downloads
cd razor-lpv79-preview-d0ddf8ce
cd razor-lpv79
chmod 755 *
./fastboot-linux flash bootloader bootloader-flo-flo-04.02.img
./fastboot-linux reboot-bootloader
./fastboot-linux -w update image-razor-lpv79.zip

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Step 5. Once that’s done, your Nexus 7 should reboot.

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Step 6. After 5 minutes, you should see welcome screen.  If you see this, congratulations!  You have successfully installed Android L Preview on your Nexus 7 2013 Edition!

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Q&A

Q: How do I go back to KitKat ROMs?
A: You can unroot your Nexus 7 then reroot your Nexus 7!

 

 

 

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3 Responses to How to Install Android L Preview on Nexus 7 2013 Edition!

  1. sid says:

    Thank you very much for the tutorial. Just one question. Can I revert back to stock (4.4.4) if I upgrade to android L dev preview?

  2. Cristopher says:

    You forgot a step, if you don’t have the bootloader unlocked you’ll need to run “./fastboot oem unlock” before continuing with the last 3 steps, thanks for your tutorial.

  3. Dez Litten says:

    Hello.
    Are you going to be doing a review on official lollipop

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