Download and Install OTA updates on Rooted Nexus 6


Over The Air is the most easiest method to update your device to latest firmware, but in the case of rooted device, it;s not possible to install Over the Air updates on the device. So In this guide we are going to guide you on the complete process to update your Rooted Nexus 6 to Android 5.1.1 based LMY48M with the OTA update. Wondering how to do it? Yes it’s possible a developer at XDA bitpushr has found a very easy way to install OTA update on a rooted Nexus 6.

A rooted Android devices is not eligible for the OTA update notification or even if you get the update notification it will later end up in an error message as the OTA update needs a stock unrooted device for the OTA update method. All you need is a the OTA firmware file along ADB drivers to flash the firmware and follow our step by step sequence to avoid any issues.

How to install OTA updates on a Rooted Nexus 6

Before you begin:

Disclaimer: This tutorial includes installation process of Stock firmware. Follow the guide on your own risk, we are not responsible if you brick or damage your device however the chances of bricking a device are rare but you have to pay full attention on the complete guide to avoid any issues and difficulties while performing any of the above mentioned operation.

Enable USB Debugging (Settings >> Developer Options >> USB debugging)

Your phone battery should be charged minimum 60%

Download these files:

Download Nexus USB drivers

Download Stock System Images

Download Nexus 6 OTA System Image

Download Adb-Fastboot

Process to Install OTA updates on Rooted Nexus 6

Download the System.img files and copy it to the ADB folder.

Now download the Stock OTA firmware file and keep it some where on PC as you gonna need it later.

Now turn off the Nexus 6 and type the below command to boot into bootloader.
adb reboot bootloader

Once in bootloader mode now type the following commands. (One after the other)

fastboot erase system

fastboot flash system system.img

Reboot the device when the proces is completed and turn it off again and enter recovery mode on Nexus 6.

Once in recovery Select ‘Apply update from ADB’.

Open command prompt and flash the OTA file using this code.

adb sideload

Your device will reboot automatically.

That’s it! You have successfully installed OTA updates on your Nexus 6. If you have any query feel free to contact us by posting your comment in the below provided comment section. Follow us on Facebook/Twitter/Google+ for future update.

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