Why Nexus Users Shouldn’t Install Android 5.0.1 Right Now

Google’s Nexus Android 5.0.1 Lollipop release is full steam ahead now that the update has landed for Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 owners. With the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update in full swing, we want to take an updated look at some reasons why you might want to avoid Google’s brand new Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update right now.

Last month, Google started rolling out its Android 5.0 Lollipop update, a big boost to the Android operating system that runs on millions of smartphones and tablets around the world. The Android 5.0 Lollipop update brought a brand new look called Material Design and some other sweeping changes that make it one of the biggest Android updates in the software’s history.

As expected, Android 5.0 Lollipop also delivered some problems to owners of the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Nexus 9. For the past month, Nexus owners have taken to social media, Google’s Nexus Help Forum and Android-centric message boards to complain about a myriad of Android 5.0 Lollipop issues.

While we outlined some potential fixes for those problems, Nexus users were adamant about an Android 5.0.1 Lollipop bug fixer, an update that Google started pushing out just a short time ago.


The Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update and its bug fixes first arrived for Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 10 and Nexus 9 users. In the days since the initial roll outs, Google’s pushed it out to owners of the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, and Nexus 4 as well. The update serves as the first update to the Android 5.0 operating system and an update that many Nexus users are starting to see emerge on board their device.

We’ve spent some quality time with Google’s Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update and we’ve also been monitoring the current climate to gauge the importance of Google’s new update. And while there are some benefits to installing the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update right now, there are also some reasons to avoid Google’s new update, at least for the time being.

You Don’t Have the OTA Yet

If you haven’t seen the OTA (Over-the-Air) update just yet, and we’ve spoken to many people that haven’t, do not go rogue and try to install this update manually. Especially if you’re not a geek.

Sideloading is a nice feature afforded to Nexus users but it’s not for everyone. If you’re growing impatient, and some of you are, don’t crack. Sideloading software has the potential to negatively impact your device in such a way that it will require a factory reset. At this point, if you haven’t sideloaded or haven’t looked into the process, there’s no reason to do it.


Google’s OTA updates do move out slowly but they typically finish up over the course of a week. We just got the Nexus 5 Android 5.0.1 update on our variant and we expect the current roll outs (Nexus 6, Nexus 4, Nexus 5) to finish up in the near future. If you’re not a veteran Android user, wait for the OTA update to arrive. Don’t install on your own.

It Just Arrived and You’re Clueless

If the Android 5.0.1 update just popped up on your Nexus device and you haven’t done your research or absorbed any feedback, you should not install the update right now.

Instead of blindly installing an update that could potentially have a negative impact on your device, you should look into the Android 5.0.1 problems many Nexus users are having to see if they might impact you. You would also be wise to check out our Nexus 7 Android 5.0.1 update impressions and our recent impressions of the Nexus 5 Android 5.0.1 update. These are solid starting points for those of you that don’t know what you’re getting into.

The absolute worst decision you can make is hitting the install button before you’re ready. Look into the update first and then make your decision. There is no pressure to install today.

You Haven’t Prepared & Backed Up Your Files

If you haven’t prepped your device and you’re just now seeing the OTA, forget it. While it might seem like overkill, you’re going to want to prepare for this tiny update. Remember, tiny updates can have a big impact on your device so you’re going to want to ensure that you, and your device, are ready to roll ahead of the installation process.

One step that we highly recommend taking before installing is making sure that your crucial files are backed up. Android comes with an Auto Backup feature but if you haven’t switched it on, it’s useless. Make sure that your files are secure because there is always a chance, a small one but a chance nonetheless, that you’ll lose or corrupt important files.


If you’ve been running custom software on your Nexus device, you’ll want to take your time. Many of the problems that we hear about come from users who have rooted or unlocked the bootloader. If you’ve installed custom software on your phone or tablet, take some extra time to comb through the feedback from the development community to ensure that you’re as prepared as possible.

If You’re Running Android 4.4 and You Don’t Adapt Well to Major Changes

If for whatever reason you’re still running Android 4.4 KitKat, and some of you probably are, you’re probably going to want to skip the Android 5.0 Lollipop the second that it arrives.

As we’ve pointed out numerous times, this is a massive update that delivers major changes to core services. It also brings a brand new look to the Android OS complete with new options, settings, and buttons. If you do not adapt well to major software changes, you’re going to want to hold back and do some research ahead the installation.


We recommend taking a look at our Android 4.4 KitKat vs. Android 5.0. Lollipop comparison. It will walk you through some of the key details and changes. If you’re easily annoyed or if you’re currently stressed because of the holidays, you might want to think twice about installing the software.

You Use Your Phone or Tablet for Work or School

If you are using your Nexus smartphone or tablet for work or school and you need to use it today for a meeting or a project, avoid installing the Android 5.0.1 update right now. It’s a bug fix update, yes, but it also has the potential to foul up your plans. Apps could break, bugs could appear, you simply do not know. It’s a gamble and it’s one that’s better taken from the comfort of your home after your important work is done.

You’re Traveling

Finally, we cannot stress this enough. If you’re getting ready to travel or you’re in the midst of traveling, avoid the update until you can get back to your home base. You do not want something to go wrong when you don’t have access to your personal computer or all of your Google account information. You also don’t want problems to interfere with your family gatherings or your rest and relaxation.