Nexus 6 Downgrade from Android 7.0 Nougat to 5.0

Google recently rolled out Android 7.1.2 Nougat to its Nexus and Pixel devices. However, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 were left out that mix. While this usually is bad news, this isn’t the case for Nexus 6 and 9 owners because they can always get access to Google’s latest updates themselves by flashing custom ROMs. In fact, custom ROM developers are also providing Android users with the means to downgrade their operating system.

Android 5.0 Lollipop

Reddit is filled with threads created by Nexus 6 owners who are looking for guides on how to downgrade their OS. There are many reasons to why someone would want to downgrade their OS such as getting access to Android 5.0 Lollipop exclusive apps like “Xposed”. Interested readers should be happy to know that they’ve arrived to the right place since we will present them with a guide on how to downgrade Nexus 6 back to Android 5.0 Lollipop.


First off, we need to disclose that downgrading to Android 5.0 Lollipop might cause the device in cause to malfunction. Therefore, we will not take any responsibility over what happens to the device if the steps aren’t followed accordingly.

Nonetheless, the designated device needs to be rooted with TWRP recovery. Additionally, the user’s PC needs to have the latest Nexus 6 USB drivers installed and the designated smartphone must have USB Debugging enabled. All that’s left is to download an Android 5.0 custom ROM from CyanogenMod and the Nexus 6 specific GApps package.

  • Connect the device to the PC via USB;
  • Copy the downloaded files on the device’s internal storage and unplug it form the PC;
  • Using the Volume Up, Down and Home buttons power the smartphone into Recovery mode;
  • Perform a factory reset and then wipe the Cache partition and Dalvik cache as well;
  • Back to the TWRP menu, select the “install” option and browse to where the ROM has been duplicated and confirm the installation;
  • Once the ROM has been installed, repeat the previous steps for the GApps package;

The smartphone should now be running on Google’s older Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. However, we should mention that the first boot time will last longer than usual. In addition, we stress the fact that interested Nexus 6 owners need to pay high attention to the installation steps.

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