How to flash a factory image on Nexus 5 [Tutorial]

Nexus 5

Many users find it difficult to restore a Nexus 5. In some cases even after restoring all the files such as images and videos will be still there. There are some problems faced by the rooted phones too. So you can flash your phone with the factory image so that your phone will be good as new.

****These steps can be used to flash other Nexus Devices too.


1. ABD and fastboot drivers:  Download

2. Latest factory image:   Download


Step 1: Install the ABD and fastboot drivers.

Step 2Extract the archive you downloaded (factory image). Rename "bootloader-hammerhead-XXXX.img" to "bootloader.img and "radio-hammerhead-XXXX.img" to radio.img.(I have extracted it to C: Drive)

Step 3: Extract the "" to the same folder.

Step 4: Power off your phone. 

Step 5: Boot into fastboot by pressing Power Button and Volume Down at the same time and connect your phone to your PC through your USB cable

Step 6: Open a Command Prompt window and type the following commands.

fastboot flash bootloader C:\image-hammerhead-krt16m\bootloader.img

fastboot reboot-bootloader

fastboot flash radio C:\image-hammerhead-krt16m\radio.img

fastboot reboot-bootloader

fastboot flash system C:\image-hammerhead-krt16m\system.img

fastboot flash userdata C:\image-hammerhead-krt16m\userdata.img 

fastboot flash boot C:\image-hammerhead-krt16m\boot.img

fastboot flash recovery C:\image-hammerhead-krt16m\recovery.img

fastboot erase cache

Step 7: When you are done, go to recovery and wipe everything.

Step 8: Reboot your phone.

******Important: Flashing stock ROM will unroot your phone.

Now your Nexus device will be running on the stock ROM