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Google Nexus 9, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 5 & Nexus 4 on T-Mobile Receives Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Update Guide

September 9
2:00 PM 2015

T-Mobile has officially released earlier today the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update via over-the-air (OTA) download to Google Nexus smartphones, including Nexus 9, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 5 and Nexus 4. The update comes with new features and improvements, plus android security patches and minor bug fixes.

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop is downloadable via a good Wi-Fi connection. Before proceeding to the installation, make sure the battery is charged up to at least 50 percent, while storage should have an extra memory space depending on the download's file size.

Qualified software version of Google Nexus devices are as follows:


Software Version

File Size

Google Nexus 9


27.7 MB

Google Nexus 7 (2013)


14 MB

Google Nexus 5


16.1 MB

Google Nexus 4


7.6 MB

To check the software version of the phone, just go to Home > All Apps > System > SYSTEM > About phone.

The update shall come in stages through a notification from Google. If Google has not released the latest Android Lollipop version yet, here's a guide for manual download of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

1.      Go to Settings from app tray or pull down menu.

2.      Select More.

3.      Select About Device.

4.      Select Software Update.

5.      Follow onscreen instructions.

Here's a quick rundown to Lollipop features and improvements in Material Design, notification controls, device sharing, and device syncing.

  • Material Design. Enjoy a more colorful and fresh new look and feel. Lollipop brings in more fluid animations along with improved apps and personalization options like colors, widgets and themes.
  • Notification controls. Worry less because with the new notification controls, users can now adjust settings to sift people and notifications go get through. Users can also directly respond from lock screen when it is important.
  • Device sharing. Sharing device can now be done more securely through guest user mode. Create multiple user accounts to allow friends to access device to prevent them from accessing owner's private files. With Android Smart Lock, secure device by pairing it with trusted device like any wearable or even car.
  • Device syncing. Apps, song, photos and even recent searches from one Android device can be accessed fully across all other Android devices.

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