Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 Problems: 5 Things to Know

The Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 update has been rolling out for several weeks now and many owners of the Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 have installed Google’s new update. The update brings bug fixes though it appears that it’s causing problems for some users. With that in mind, we take a look at these Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 problems.

Last month, Google confirmed its Android 5.1.1 update, a follow-up to the Android 5.1 Lollipop update that it started rolling out back in March. Android 5.1.1 isn’t as big as Android 5.1 but it comes with some essential bug fixes for owners of the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, and others.

The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop release started with two popular tablets, the Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 (Wi-Fi models) and those updates have been rolling out for a few weeks now. That means that most, if not all, owners of the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi should have access to Android 5.1.1 and its bug fixes.


Small updates like Android 5.1.1 Lollipop always have the potential to have a huge impact on performance. In some cases, they have a positive impact on performance. In others, negative. While the Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 update is still new, we’re already hearing about some of the negatives.

With Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 problems swirling, we want to take a look at everything you need to know about these Android 5.1.1 issues. This roundup offers a look at the issues themselves and some steps to take if you do happen to run into Android 5.1.1 problems on your tablet.

Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 Problems Plague Users

Android Lollipop problems have plagued Nexus 7 users since the original Android 5.0 release back in November. Over time, Google’s worked to correct bugs and problems with a series of Lollipop updates including Android 5.0.1, Android 5.0.2, Android 5.1, and now Android 5.1.1. Each brought its own set of fixes and each brought its own collection of problems.

The Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 update has rolled out to most users and we’re finally starting to see Nexus 7 owners post their feedback about Google’s latest update. And while Android 5.1.1 brings bug fixes for Nexus 7 problems, some owners have run into issues after installing.


Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 users are complaining about a myriad of Android 5.1.1 problems including charging issuesapp performance issues, problems with the rear camera and the camera application, lag and sluggishness that wasn’t there on Android 5.1 and below (Nexus 7 2012 users have been complaining about this for weeks), connectivity problems, the usual array of installation errors, boot issues, Wi-Fi problems, and more. This is just a small sample and Google’s forums are full of other complaints about Android 5.1.1.

It’s important to point out that most of these Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 problems are isolated in nature, at least for the time being. There are a few, lag on the Nexus 7 2012 in particular, that seem to be affecting more than a few people.

We point these Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 problems out for a few reasons. One, we want to generate discussion because discussion always leads to potential fixes. And two, as a reminder.

Nexus 7 users need to be cautious when it comes to Android updates, even small ones like Android 5.1.1. That’s why we always recommend preparing for these Android releases. You may not be able to completely stop all of the bugs from surfacing but you can lower the risk with a little preparation.

Not Everyone Though

We’ve been using the Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 update on the Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 and after spending several weeks with the software, we haven’t run into any major problems. Both updates are performing well and the Nexus 7 2013 update feels especially stable. We’re not alone.

We’ve spoken to several Nexus 7 users who say that Android 5.1.1 has worked wonders for their slate. Comments on Google’s Nexus Help Forum echo this sentiment. There are certainly problems but not everyone is dealing with them.

Nexus 7 Android 5.0 Lollipop Review Early - 3

If you haven’t installed Android 5.1.1 yet, you’re going to still want to dig into user feedback before going one way (skipping Android 5.1.1 for now) or the other (installing right now). Our impressions (linked above) are a good start.

It’s also worth mentioning that Android 5.1.1 could potentially fix some Lollipop problems that aren’t listed in the software’s change log. For instance, the Android 5.1.1 update appears to have fixed Android Device Management issues on the Nexus 5. This issue wasn’t called out in the software’s change log.

You Can Downgrade

Those experiencing Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 problems have a few options. The first option is a downgrade back to Android 5.1, Android 5.0.2 or even Android 4.4 KitKat if Lollipop isn’t performing.

We’ve put together a handy guide that will take you through the downgrade process for the Nexus 7. The guide is for Android KitKat but if you can find the appropriate files, it will also help with a downgrade back to an older version of Google’s Lollipop update.

Fixes for Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 Problems

We’ve also put together a list of common Android 5.1.1 problems and fixes that will help Nexus 7 users struggling on Android 5.1.1. These fixes cover battery drain issues, problems with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, even slow charging issues. There are a great starting point for those that need immediate help.

What’s Next

Finally, know that you’re probably going to have to be pretty proactive if you’re dealing with Android 5.1.1 problems, especially if you own a Nexus 7 2012. Here’s why.

Google hasn’t announced a new Android 5.1.2 update and we haven’t seen any Android 5.1.2 rumors emerge. That doesn’t mean that an update isn’t coming but does mean that we could be weeks, even months away from a release. And it could be that Android M will be the next release for the Nexus 7.

Android M

Today at Google I/O 2015, Google announced Android M, a follow-up to Android Lollipop. While the public Android M release won’t happen today, Google did release a Android M beta for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, and Nexus 9 ahead of a public release in Q3 2015.

Now here’s where things get interesting. Rumor has it, the Nexus 7 2013 will get Android M while the Nexus 7 2012 won’t. Android M is expected to be huge performance boosts and bug fixes to Nexus devices which means that Nexus 7 2013 users have a safety net while Nexus 7 2012 users may not.

Either way, if you do run into a problem, don’t expect Google to fix it right away. Android M isn’t supposed to arrive until August, at the earliest.