There is already a lot of buzz going on the Twitter about Nexus 7 (2012) getting turned into useless or brick after flashing the Android Lollipop 5.1 update which is being rolled out over the OTA.
If you also own one then I truly understand how annoying it is. I also own the same tablet from 2012 and still want it to work like before.
Nexus 7 (2012) getting slower after updates
I waited very long for Android Lollipop 5.0 update to arrive and change the way my Nexus 7 (2012) looked and I was desperate for it. But I wasn’t the only one.
Lollipop is far most the best looking Android version, but it isn’t scoring equivalent scores when it comes to performance.
From the very first moment my Nexus 7 (3G model, to be specific) tablet received the Lollipop makeover, it turned into a tedious gadget which was always working on its own, fixing things and trying everything it can to work like before. But it never did.
Few years back when I bought this tablet, it was the best gaming tablet of that time. Playing any game from Play store was possible and performance and experience were top notch.
Even after getting old in 2015, it was still doing a lot of stuff pretty decently, and KitKat 4.4.4 was the last best Android OS for it.
Now, after Lollipop 5.0.2 update, it is getting slower and slower. Nothing else!
Earlier I was easily keeping 105 apps and games and there was no problem at all but now I’ve to remove half of them. And still tablet manages to show lags and performance issues.
Lollipop 5.1 is making it worse
Since two days, I’ve been waiting for the 5.1 version update to be received over OTA. I could have downloaded the package and installed it on my own, but I already have enough bad experience.
So, I wish to do it through official way.
But it looks like my hope will be shattered again.
Some Nexus 7 users are complaining over Twitter that after getting this fresh update, their beloved old gadget turned into useless. Few of them even got their Nexus 7 Bricked.
So, this is the story everywhere.
I take back what I said about Lollipop on my first-gen Nexus 7. Google shouldn’t have updated it, it’s a sluggish mess now. #useless
— Jason Dunn (@jasondunn) January 15, 2015
But the worst part is that neither Google or Asus seems to have a working solution for the moment.
Important – Users are complaining that after trying restarting the device, it is not turning on at all. It shows the Google logo and nothing else. So, try not to restart your device and keep it alive till any software update fix the issue.
I’m yet to receive the update and once it ships to my door, I’ll definitely share my detailed review with some related guides to cure the pain.
How to Make Nexus 7 (2012) work faster with Lollipop OS?
For the moment, you can try doing few things that can bring some improvements. I don’t guarantee them to bring sudden changes but still you’ll be able to use the device to surf internet.
Move into Recovery mode and clear up the Cache storage from there. You can find the complete tutorial over this official Google support page. Simply follow the steps mentioned over there.
You can also do the same using CCleaner application which is among the best cache cleaner app for Android platform.
If still you don’t find any luck, then take a full backup and reset the whole device to factory settings. Yes, free up the entire internal storage.
I personally tried three of them and they did help my device from turning into completely useless.
Me and our team will be available for any related discussion. Feel free to ask issues you’re facing and share your experience.
And let’s hope to receive an official solution from Google.