How to get Android 7.1 Nougat on Nexus 5

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Software update for Nexus 5 has been stopped with Android Marshmallow as the device reached its end of life. When Google released the Alpha version of Android Nougat, the Nexus 5 wasn’t included in the list itself.

If you are still hanging out with the legendary Nexus 5, we are here to help you to flash your mobile to Android Nougat. Today, in this article we bring you 3 custom ROMs based on Android 7.1 Nougat along with the guide to flash on your Nexus 5 smartphone.

List of custom ROM


If you are on a Mac you need to

  • Extract the Android zip and place the folder on your Desktop.
  • Open Terminal
  • Type cd Desktop/Android
  • Enter ./

Steps to unlock bootloader

Step 1: Install ADB software on your PC/Laptop.
Step 2: Enable developer option on your phone by tapping build number 7 times.
Step 3: Go to developer option and Enable USB debugging.
Step 4: Now open ‘Command prompt’ on your PC (Shift + right click)
Step 5: Type
“ADB devices”
“ADB reboot bootloader”

Step 6: Now your device will enter fast boot mode. Type
“Fastboot devices”
“Fastboot OEM unlock”

Step 7: Select ‘Yes’ by holding the power button after navigating using volume rocker keys, when it asks to unlock the bootloader.
Step 8: Once unlocked, reboot your device by typing “fastboot reboot” on command prompt

You have successfully unlocked your Nexus 5 bootloader.

Steps to install TWRP recovery

Step 1: Install ADB software on your PC/Laptop
Step 2: Now open ‘Command prompt’ on your PC (Shift + right click)
Step 3: Type
“ADB devices”
“ADB reboot bootloader”

Step 4: Now your device will enter fast boot mode. Type
“Fastboot devices”
“Fastboot flash recovery twrp-3.0.3-0-hammerhead.img ”
“Fastboot reboot”

Now TWRP has been successfully installed.

Steps to flash ROM

Step 1: Download required ROM file (links given above) and Gapps
Step 2: Turn off your phone
Step 3: Boot to bootloader by holding power button and volume down
Step 4: Use volume key to navigate to recovery mode
Step 5: Backup your current ROM with backup option TWRP (Current ROM backed up)
Step 6: Inside TWRP -> Press wipe -> advance wipe -> enable cache, Dalvik cache, data, and system. (make sure you don;t wipe your internal storage)
Step 7: Tap on install and choose the downloaded ROM package that needs to be installed on your internal storage.
Step 8: Now install Gapps (based on Android Nougat)
Step 9: Reboot your device and enjoy

[Note: Initial boot may take up to 10 to 15 mins maximum]

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