Installing Factory Image for Nexus Devices

by / Saturday, 25 July 2015 / Published in Android, Technical
Nexus Factory Image

Nexus Factory Image

The Procedure to install factory image for Nexus Devices is straight forward.

Download the Factory Image from the Google Website:

Follow the procedure mentioned in the link.

Sometimes you may face problem with ADB.

Make sure to check the following:

  1. Developer Mode is enabled on the Phone.
  2. PTP mode is used and not MTP. ( Or Unselect both )
  3. Make sure you connect the phone to the laptop when the screen is not locked.
  4. You have the latest version of ADB installed ( Windows user can update Google USB Drivers ), Mac/Linux user can use the latest version from the following link:
  5. You must see the authorization option if it is the first time you are connecting your laptop/computer the phone/tablet and make sure you accept authorization.


 Maheshs-MacBook-Pro:hammerhead-lmy48b maheshkumar$ sh
sending 'bootloader' (3119 KB)...
OKAY [ 0.204s]
writing 'bootloader'...
OKAY [ 0.536s]
finished. total time: 0.739s
rebooting into bootloader...
OKAY [ 0.096s]
finished. total time: 0.096s
sending 'radio' (45425 KB)...
OKAY [ 1.536s]
writing 'radio'...
OKAY [ 3.142s]
finished. total time: 4.678s
rebooting into bootloader...
OKAY [ 0.101s]
finished. total time: 0.101s
archive does not contain 'boot.sig'
archive does not contain 'recovery.sig'
archive does not contain 'system.sig'
Bootloader Version...: HHZ12h
Baseband Version.....: M8974A-
Serial Number........: 02b2d8ab215d12b6
checking product...
OKAY [ 0.100s]
checking version-bootloader...
OKAY [ 0.100s]
checking version-baseband...
OKAY [ 0.100s]
sending 'boot' (8980 KB)...
OKAY [ 0.500s]
writing 'boot'...
OKAY [ 0.773s]
sending 'recovery' (9696 KB)...
OKAY [ 0.558s]
writing 'recovery'...
OKAY [ 0.811s]
sending 'system' (1021744 KB)...
OKAY [ 32.344s]
writing 'system'...
OKAY [ 71.872s]
erasing 'userdata'...
OKAY [ 36.959s]
erasing 'cache'...
OKAY [ 0.640s]
finished. total time: 145.155s
Maheshs-MacBook-Pro:hammerhead-lmy48b maheshkumar$ 


After this I waited for almost 4 hours ( 30 minutes was optimal) , the phone never booted up. I switched off the phone.

Clicked on the Volume Up + Power Button  –>> Leads to Bootloader Menu

Selected the Recovery Mode using the Volume Buttons. Used Power Button to select it.

Screen with Android and a “! (exclamatory) ” pops up.

Now used Power Button + Volume Up. In this screen, you can go to logs and check what the issue was. In my case it was Cache problem.

I had to clear/wipe the data / cache. After doing that the Phone came up properly 😀

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