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Nexus 5 Driver (ADB and Fastboot) Installation Guide

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Nexus 5 ADB and Fastboot Driver Installation Guide
NEXUS 5 DRIVER INSTALLATION GUIDE

Three methods for installing Nexus 5 Drivers:

Troubleshooting tips (Very useful)

You’re probably visiting this page because you’ve run into a drivers problem on your Nexus 5 while working with either adb, fastboot or just while connecting the device to PC for transferring files. It’s annoying to know that you’ve a drivers issue on your PC, and it gets even annoying when you can’t get it installed right.

Anyway, Google has been kind in providing USB drivers for all Nexus devices. And in most cases they work just fine. But however, it’s not an .exe file that a noob user could install without any help. So follow the guide below to get the proper drivers installed for your Nexus 5.

METHOD 1: LG UNITED MOBILE DRIVER

As an anonymous user pointed out in comments section below, the LG Nexus 5 is a 100% LG device, only sold and marketed by Google. So support for the device will completely fall in the hands of LG, which goes to explain why Google hasn’t included driver support for Nexus 5 in Google USB Driver yet.

Anyway, the LG United Mobile Driver supports the Nexus 5, and has been reported working fine. You may want to try it out if other methods aren’t helping your case.

DOWNLOAD LG NEXUS 5 UNITED MOBILE DRIVER

LG United Mobile Driver v3.10.1 → DOWNLOAD LINK (Mirror link)
File name: LGUnitedMobileDriver_S50MAN310AP22_ML_WHQL_Ver_3.10.1.exe
File size: 10.9 MB

INSTALLING LG UNITED MOBILE DRIVER
  1. Disconnect your Nexus 5 from your computer
  2. Run/Start the LG United Mobile Driver’s .exe file that you downloaded from the downloads section above.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions that the software gives you while installing drivers
  4. Once LG United Mobile Drivers has finished installing, connect your Nexus 5 to the computer. It should get detected.

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METHOD 2: UNIVERSAL NAKED DRIVER

Looks like the Google USB driver package isn’t supporting Nexus 5 at the moment. So another good option to get drivers installed would be the Universal Naked Driver package. It has been recently updated with support for adb and fastboot drivers for Nexus 5.

DOWNLOAD UNIVERSAL NAKED DRIVER

Download the Universal naked driver from the link below and extract the zip file (using 7-zip, preferably) to a separate folder on your computer.

Universal naked driver 0.73DOWNLOAD LINK  (Mirror link)
File name: Universal_Naked_Driver_0.73.zip
File size: 8.3 MB

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

Make sure to first remove any previously installed drivers for your Nexus 5 (whether working or not) before installing the universal naked drivers

Remove previously installed drivers

Skip this if you’re sure that you don’t have any previously installed driver for your Nexus 5.

  1. Connect your Nexus 5 to the PC
  2. Open device manager on your PC
    1. Windows 7 & 8 users → search for Device Manager from Start (or Start screen) and click to open.
    2. Windows XP users → Google it!
  3. You will see list of all devices attached to your computer in the device manager. And if any drivers for Nexus 5 are installed, right click on the entry and select ‘Uninstall‘, then ‘Ok‘ to confirm.
    └ If there are no previous drivers installed for your Nexus 5, then you’ll find your device name in in the ‘Other devices‘ list with a yellow exclamation mark
Windows 8 users: Disable Driver Signature Enforcement

Skip this step if you’re not using Windows 8!

Windows 8 and 8.1 users need to disable the driver signature enforcement feature to be able to install the universal driver package.

  1. Open/click ‘Settings‘ from the slide-in panel on your Windows 8 PC which appears when you hover your mouse over the right corners of your computer’s screen, then click on Change PC settings/More PC settings
  2. Now select General tab, then scroll down to the bottom and select ‘Restart now‘ under Advanced start-up heading
  3. Select ‘Troubleshoot‘ » then Advanced Options » then Windows Startup Settings
  4. Then click ‘Restart
Install Universal Naked Driver
  1. Connect your Nexus 5 to the PC
  2. Open device manager on your PC
    1. Windows 7 & 8 users → search for Device Manager from Start (or Start screen) and click to open.
    2. Windows XP users → Google it!
  3. You will see list of all devices attached to your computer in the device manager. Just find Nexus 5 (it’ll most probably be in the Other devices list with a yellow exclamation mark) and Right-click and select Update Driver Software…
    Nexus 5 Driver Installation Guide
  4. Select Browse my computer for driver software in the next window
    Nexus 7 Driver Update Manually
  5. Now click the Browse… button and select the folder where you extracted the downloaded Universal Naked Driver zip file (filename: Universal_Naked_Driver_0.73.zip). Do NOT select the zip file, select the folder where the contents of the zip file are extracted. And keep the Include subfolders box checked
    Select Universal Naked Driver Installation Folder
  6. During the installation (as a security check) Windows may ask your permission to install, just click Install
  7. Once the installation is complete you’ll see a refreshed list of devices on the Device manager screen showing Nexus 5 driver installed successfully
    Nexus 5 Driver Installation Completed

METHOD 3: GOOGLE USB DRIVER

Support for Nexus 5 hasn’t been added to Google USB Drivers yet, but the Nexus 4 drivers that are included in the Google USB Driver package are reportedly working for the Nexus 5 as well.

DOWNLOAD DRIVER

Download the Google USB Driver from this → link.

└ Once downloaded. Extract the downloaded “.zip” file to your computer and remember the folder location of extracted contents of the zip file.

NEXUS 5 DRIVER INSTALLATION GUIDE

  1. Connect your Nexus 5 to the PC
  2. Open device manager on your PC
    1. Windows 7 & 8 users → search for Device Manager from Start (or Start screen) and click to open.
    2. Windows XP users → Google it!
  3. You will see list of all devices attached to your computer in the device manager. Just find Nexus 5 (it’ll most probably be in the Other devices list with a yellow exclamation mark) and Right-click and select Update Driver Software…
    └ 
    Screenshot
  4. Select Browse my computer for driver software in the next window
    └ Screenshot
  5. Now click the Browse… button and select the folder where you extracted the downloaded Google USB Driver zip file (filename: latest_usb_driver_windows.zip). Do NOT select the zip file, select the folder where the contents of the zip file are extracted. And keep the Include subfolders box checked
    └ Screenshot
  6. During the installation (as a security check) Windows may ask your permission to install the drivers published by Google Inc. Click Install
    └ Screenshot
  7. Once the installation is complete you’ll see a refreshed list of devices on the Device manager screen showing Nexus 5 driver installed successfully
    └ Screenshot

Nexus 5 ADB and Bootloader/Fastboot drivers?

Well, the guide above is same for installation of Bootloader and ADB drivers as well. So if you’re running into Bootloader or ADB specific driver issues, just try the guide above. And make sure you connect your Nexus 5 in that particular mode to be able to install drivers for it.

For ADB driver
  1. First enable USB Debugging on your Nexus 5
  2. Then connect your Nexus 5 to your computer with a USB cable and follow the drivers installation guide above
For Bootloader/Fastboot driver
  1. Put your Nexus 5 in bootloader/fastboot mode:
    • Power off your device and wait for 5-10 seconds until the device is fully switched off.
    • Press and hold  Volume Down + Power button together and release them as soon as you see the bootloader screen.
      └ You’ll see an Android robot. And the first line on the bottom left corner would read FASTBOOT MODE in red
  2. Now connect your Nexus 5 to your computer with a USB cable and follow then drivers installation guide above

TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS!

It may happen that drivers get successfully installed on your computer, and yet you are unable to get your Nexus 5 connected to your computer. It can be easily resolved, follow the steps below:

  1. Connect your phone to computer with a USB cable and open Device manager on your computer
  2. Right click on the ‘Android Composite ADB Interface‘ entry and select uninstall
  3. In the uninstall pop-up that appears, tick ‘Delete the driver software for this device‘ checkbox and press the ‘Ok’ button.
  4. Disconnect your phone from your computer
  5. Disable USB debugging on your Nexus 5 from your phones Settings > Developer options > un-tick ‘USB debugging’ checkbox
  6. Put your phone in MTP mode
  7. Connect it back to your computer, and let the computer re-install drivers automatically. If it doesn’t re-installs driver, try toggling the ‘USB debugging’ option on your phone
  8. If it still fails to completely recognize your device in all three modes — MTP, ADB and Fastboot. Then try installing the drivers again following the drivers installation guide above (preferably Universal Naked Driver or Google USB Driver)

Other tips:

  • Connect your device to other USB ports on the computer
  • Try different USB cables. The original cable that came with your device should work best, if not — try any other cable that’s new and of good quality
  • Reboot computer
  • Try on a different computer

That’s all.

Feedback us!

Let us know which drivers method worked best for you in the comments section below.

Your suggestions are most welcomed!

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  • John Amadi ReMastered

    So for some reason device manager shows Google nexus 5 adb interface instead of android composite ADB. Also in the fastboot mode device manager shows google 4 nexus adb interface when it should be nexus 5. I tried playing around with the android_winusb.inf file but nothing seems to change. what can i do?

  • Kehlan

    If the installer tells you that it couldn’t find the drivers in the folder you selected when trying to install any drivers using the “Browse for driver software…” option, go back and select the “Let me pick” option, then click “Have Disk…” and navigate to the folder you originally tried to install from and select the .inf file that’s present.

    It worked for me, hope it works for you.

  • Harsha Vardhan

    Need modem port enable (and also COM Port) drivers for windows 7 system when i connect G Nexus 5 device… Please help me out? All the above methods are for enabling ADB Interface, this thing is done on my system.
    Method 3 worked for that after accepting RA key on the phone UI.

  • Harsha Vardhan

    Need modem port enable (and also COM Port) drivers for windows 7 system
    when i connect G Nexus 5 device… Please help me out? All the above
    methods are for enabling ADB Interface, this thing is done on my system.
    Method 2 worked for that.

  • Harsha Vardhan

    Need modem port enable (and also COM Port) drivers for windows 7 system when i connect G Nexus 5 device… Please help me out? All the above methods are for enabling ADB Interface, this thing is done on my system. Method 2 worked for that.

  • Mayur Harkison

    guys my windows 8.1 laptop and connect to my nexus 5.adb detects the device but as soon as im in recovery, adb cant find the device?

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Shivam

      Try flashing a different recovery on your phone, and see that can help.

      • Mayur Harkison

        im stock.unrooted and no custom recovery.i think i’ve got the update installed by using my windows 7 laptop…windows 8.1 argggggggggggg

  • chicken

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, WORKED PERFECTLY!

  • pa

    should i uninstall samsung hd ata device? bcz last time i tried to do this my computer restarted… i really searched all over the place to connect my phone to pc and transfer files but i cant do it in any way… no storage options are shown, either in mtp or ptp

  • Pa

    I tried alot… why does it says like this in the second method???? plz help

  • Pa

    ..

  • Pa

    I tried alot… why does it says like this in the second method???? plz help

  • Skelbagz

    For the Universal Naked Driver you could try adding:

    ;LG Nexus 5
    %GoogleNexus5ADBInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_18D1&PID_4EE2&REV_0232&MI_01
    %GoogleNexus5ADBInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_18D1&PID_4EE2&MI_00
    %GoogleNexus5BootLoaderInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_18D1&PID_4EE2&REV_0232
    %GoogleNexus5BootLoaderInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_18D1&PID_4EE2

    to the [Google.NTx86] & [Google.NTamd64] sections in android_winusb.inf

    and also:

    ; Google Nexus 5
    GoogleNexus5BootLoaderInterface = “Google Nexus 5 BootLoader Interface”
    GoogleNexus5ADBInterface = “Google Nexus 5 ADB Interface”

    to the [Strings] section

    • Skelbagz

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  • gela

    thank you!

  • HD

    Method 3. Yep.

  • traallday

    Method 3 worked for me!

  • Dalle

    It’s possible that, with the second method,(Universal Naked Driver), it sees my Nexus 5 how Nexus 4?
    It is the same thing?
    Thank for your listen.

  • rick

    first method joint with troubleshooting tips works great

  • George Munson

    Great stuff, thanks for this. I’m using an oooold XP computer and tried all 3: only the Universal Naked Driver worked for me. Cheers!

  • xstokerx

    a ha deleting all my drivers then auto update driver in device manager good to go :)

  • Sirajuddin

    None of these worked for me as well. I am on Win 8.1 Release Preview. After disabling the driver enforcement, I just clicked “Let me pick a driver from the list” option in both adb and fastboot mode. And selected the “Android ADB interface” and “ADB Bootloader Interface” respectively.

    Worked pretty well and the device got listed in both the adb and fastboot devices command.

    • Musicaloris

      Thank you, finally something that worked for me too. THANK YOU! <3

    • Samer

      Thanks Man ,

      it worked for me in my win7 64bit ,
      1. update driver
      2. “Let me pick a driver from the list”
      3. select Android ADB interface
      4. select LG sooner

  • Matt KEnnedy

    I’m getting “Android bootloader interface” in Device manager. I’ve installed numerous drivers and such and cannot get back to stock

    • Sirajuddin

      One of the other things that has worked for me:
      Uninstall the android bootloader interface (select the “delete the drivers”)
      Uncheck USB debugging in developer options
      Then connect the device and use the latest drivers provided by your manufacturer

      Got the above information while trying to connect my Nexus 5 from xda(?)

  • Anas Azeem

    Method 3 worked for me! :-D
    Thank You

  • David Baldie

    I followed these instructions to no avail. Then I installed the generic LG drivers and it started working http://www.lg.com/us/mobile-phones/TMUS_Update/index.jsp

  • Adam Lemmo

    Thanks for posting this guide, however I cannot replicate what you are illustrating in your screen captures…

    Under “Install Universal Naked Driver” you show the “Other devices list with a yellow exclamation mark” part of Device Manager, when I plug my Nexus 5 into the USB port, Windows 7 (I take it your using Windows 8?) Windows just finds the ‘Android Composite ADB Interface’ and I can never see the “yellow exclamation mark” and therefore, can’t follow your instructions to install the “Universal Naked Driver”. Can you turn off auto-updating of drivers in Windows 7? Am I missing something here? Any advice appreciated!

    Whats also interesting with my current setup is that while plugged into USB, switching to Camera (PTP) shows the device in explorer, and I can browse DCIM and Pictures folders, but when I switch back to Media device (MTP) it disappears again!

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Shivam

      Do this:

      1. Right click on the ‘*Android Composite ADB Interface*’ entry and select uninstall
      2. In the uninstall pop-up that appears, tick ‘*Delete the driver software for this device*’ checkbox and press the ‘Ok’ button.
      3. Disconnect your phone from your computer
      4. *Disable USB debugging* on your Nexus 5 from your phones Settings > Developer options > un-tick ‘USB debugging’ checkbox
      5. Put your phone in MTP mode
      6. And connect it back to your computer, it should resolve the issue by itself, if not, follow the drivers installation guide above

      Let me know if that helps.

      • Adam Lemmo

        Thanks for the steps to follow, the only thing I did differently was after all the steps you mention (because it didnt do a driver search immediately after reconnecting the device), was that I turned on ‘USB debugging’ again, Windows got the hint, and searched for drivers, found two out of three of them, the one it couldn’t find was a duplicate of “Nexus 5″ and I was finally able to see the “yellow exclamation mark” in Device Manager, then as you mentioned, I just followed the steps in the post above, to install the “Universal Naked Driver”, I can now see my Nexus 5 in explorer and navigate through the files on the device with Media device (MTP) selected, *awesome*. The only thing that’s an issue here, is that Device Manager shows the Nexus 5 as a “Google Nexus 4 ADB Interface”, so I’m assuming a driver update will have to happen in the future… Thanks Again Shivam!

  • anonumous

    Sorry all, this will NOT be fixed until March 2014. This phone is supported exclusively by LGE. Contrary to the marketing hype and other preconceptions, the Nexus 5 is NOT Google’s product. It is merely marketed and sold by Google. The Nexus 5 is 100% LG. We will have to wait for March next year when LG releases the SDK package to the developers for LG model D820. http://www.lg.com/us/cell-phones/lg-D820-Sprint-Black-nexus-5

  • Sheepsies

    Didn’t work for me. Then I right clicked and uninstalled the ‘Android Composite ADB Interface’ reconnected my nexus 5 to PC and it successfully installed the drivers. So all working now :S

  • cabbiebot

    This doesn’t work…Windows claims it can’t find the driver.

  • Simon Cousins

    I think Google may have removed the Nexus 5 driver from the latest kit. The URL you’ve listed links to Google USB Driver including:

    The Google USB Driver is for Windows only and provides the necessary drivers for the following devices:

    ADP1 / T-Mobile G1*

    ADP2 / Google Ion / T-Mobile myTouch 3G*

    Verizon Droid*

    Nexus One

    Nexus S

    Nexus 4

    Nexus 7

    Nexus 10

    I’ve tried to install the driver package into the USB-connected Nexus 5 on a Win 7 and a Win 8.1 machine, and on both, have been unsuccessful as there is no N5 driver in the package.

    Thanks for the guide all the same. Would be interested in your comments.

    • Marvin

      Same here… there is no driver for nexus 5 ? how come !

      • Whyzor

        Same here. Nexus 4 drivers used to work, now disappeared and broken just like Nexus 5. Tried official Google USB Drivers and universal driver. Both report “Windows could not find driver software for your device”. Is there a way to clean Windows registry or drivers manually? I think it’s corrupted somehow.

        • Adam Lemmo

          Thanks for posting this comment, I was starting to give up on this issue when I tried to switch to Camera (PTP) while the Nexus 5 is connected to USB and I get the device appearing in explorer, which up until now, has not been working, HOORAY! Only thing is, unlike what I think you mention in your comment, switching back to Media device (MTP) just makes the Nexus 5 disappear from explorer again! So as it stands, I can only access DCIM and Pictures folders if I connect to USB!

          • Whyzor

            I don’t remember the exact order. But I switched to PTP, it showed up on my PC, I enabled debugging mode again, went into adb to unlock bootloader (original goal), then switched back to MTP. So try toggling debugging mode in addition to the MTP & PTP above.

          • Adam Lemmo

            Yeah I think toggling ‘USB debugging’ is the key here, it’s one of the things that got it working for me based on Shivams answer to my comment, it all seems cool for me now.

            If anyone else is still having problems, check out Shivams excellent 6 step answer to my comment here.

          • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Shivam

            Great. I’ll update the post with this.

            Thanks for reporting :)

          • Josh Schaeffer

            Disabling the driver enforcement for windows eight worked for me.. Thanks for the help

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Shivam

      @simoncousins:disqus @c9643183a9d4cd46b8f9770a6a0ba1cf:disqus @cabbiebot:disqus Looks like Google USB driver isn’t supporting Nexus 5 at the moment. Anyway, I’ve updated the post with another method (Universal naked driver). Let me know if that resolves your issue.

      And thanks for notifying.

      • T S

        i just tried and it’s recognizing my device as a Nexus 4.

  • BeerKeg

    Cheers!

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