Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 Update: 5 Details You Need to Know

Google’s Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update is finally starting to make progress as we push away from its initial release. With the Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 release finally heating up, we take a look at what Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 users need to know about Google’s latest version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android 5.1.1.

In early March, Google announced an all new Android 5.1 Lollipop update for Nexus devices. In the weeks after the announcement, Google pushed Android 5.1 out to devices like the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Nexus 6, and both versions of the Nexus 7. As we now know, the Nexus Android 5.1 update delivered bug fixes, a number of feature enhancements and a collection of Android 5.1 problems.


Nexus 7 users have been particularly vocal about the Android 5.1 problems they’ve faced in the weeks since the update’s roll out. Battery drain, performance issues and random reboots have plagued many Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 users. And it’s those problems that have prompted Google to roll out a small update to Android 5.1 dubbed Android 5.1.1.


Android 5.1.1 first arrived in April though the roll out for Nexus smartphones and tablets has been extremely slow. Last week, Google finally released Android 5.1.1 for the Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 though the update was only available to those willing to sideload the software ahead of the company’s Over-the-Air roll out.


Today, the Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 update has taken a step in the right direction. With that in mind, we take a look at what Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 users need to know about the Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 update.


Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 Update Available Right Now

Last week, Google released the Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 update into AOSP giving developers and knowledgeable users a way to sideload the software on board the Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013.

Today, Nexus users have discovered the Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 Android 5.1.1 files lurking on Google’s servers giving users another way to flash the files ahead of the OTA process. The files are listed below.

Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi

Nexus 7 2012 Wi-Fi

Those who aren’t familiar with the sideload process will probably want to wait for the OTA update to arrive though we have put together a step-by-step guide that will take you through the sideload process.

Google still hasn’t released Android 5.1.1 for the cellular versions of the Nexus 7 and it’s not clear when it will do so. The cellular models typically are a little behind the Wi-Fi variants when it comes to new Android software so owners of the Nexus 7 3G and Nexus 7 LTE will want to keep an eye out as the Android 5.1.1 roll out progresses.


Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 OTA Rolling Out Now

The discovery of these files means that Google’s Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 OTA process has begun. We can confirm that the company’s Android 5.1.1 roll out for the Nexus 7 2013 has begun. We received the update on our device earlier today. The file is small, 18MB in size, though users are still encouraged to set aside some time for the download and installation process.


Google’s Android roll outs typically take a week or two to complete though given the size of the Android 5.1.1 update, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi roll outs took closer to a week to roll out to everyone around the world.

Those that aren’t looking to sideload can check in the device’s Settings, in the About section of the phone, to manually force the update. Users should only check a couple of times a day because Google’s OTA roll outs are random.

Prepare Your Nexus 7

Now that the Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 roll out has begun, it’s a good time for Nexus 7 users to prepare the device for the update’s arrival.


We’ve outlined some steps to take before installing Android 5.1.1 and we’ve also put together some Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 release day tips that will help those of you once the update arrives.

Android 5.1.1 isn’t a huge update for the Nexus 7 but there’s still a bit of risk involved. Android updates, big and small, can have a negative impact on performance so users will want to take extra precautions ahead of the installation process.

As a reminder, the Android 5.1.1 update comes with some big time bug fixes for Nexus devices and it should shore up the memory leak problems that have been causing app crashes and random reboots for many Nexus 7 users.

Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 Performance

We haven’t been able to spend too much time with the Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 update on the 2013 model though in the few hours that we have spent, we haven’t experienced any problems. We’ll post our initial impressions tomorrow as we offer some detailed feedback for those of you that are nervous about Google’s latest Android 5.1 update.


For most users, the Nexus 7 Lollipop update is worth installing.

As we pointed out yesterday, early feedback about the Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 update is good. While it’s a small sample size, Nexus 7 users say that they haven’t run into any catastrophic problems with the update. Nexus 7 users are encouraged to comb Google’s Nexus Help Forums for feedback from Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 7 2012 users. As the OTA picks up speed, we should see more Nexus 7 users post their thoughts on the software’s performance.

Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 Problems & Fixes

Some Nexus 7 users are already dealing with Android 5.1.1 problems and we expect to see more complaints about Android 5.1.1 emerge as the roll out starts to pick up.

Just to be safe, we recommend taking a look at our list of common Android 5.1 problems and fixes. These will help if your Nexus 7 encounters bugs and issues after making the move to Android 5.1.1.

We also have put together some fixes for Android 5.1 battery life issues. Battery drain is common after Android updates and you would be wise to have these fixes on hand as you make the move to Android 5.1.1.

We’ll release some Android 5.1.1 specific fixes in the coming days.