Nexus 7 (2012) running slow with Android 5.0? Fix it HERE!

Android 5.0 Lollipop may be fun for some, but for us, it was a nightmare!

My Nexus 7 (2012) was running slow with Android 5.0. I fixed the issue on my own and going to share the method I followed.

Google took longer than expected to bring 5.0 update to its older Nexus devices, which was annoying first, but after getting the update, I wish Google should have taken more. This is all because I felt frustrated using my beloved Nexus 7 (3G 2012) and it was not fun anymore.

Nexus 7 2012 problems

The tablet device was always lagging and annoying, even if I give it a fresh start (restart). During first few days after update, I though these issues to be resolved, but it didn’t happen. I even deleted some of my favourite media content from the device, but still no win.

Android 5.0.2 it was!

Earlier when every new Nexus device was getting these updates then we all were waiting.

And then a good news came that not only Nexus 7 is receiving Lollipop update but also the improved one (.0.2 covers performance improvement and bug fixes).

But it still made my rethink again and again on ‘Why I went for the update?’

And then I decided to fix the issue on my own. I even shared performance and lagging issues with Google but nothing cured the pain.

#1 Clearing the Cache

Clearing the cache was my first choice of weapon and for some reasons I didn’t trust the cache cleaner apps available in the Play store.

So here are the instructions which you can follow to seek some help (without loosing any of your data).

  1. You need to turn the device off first. Do it as you always did, nothing new.
  2. Now press and hold Power and Volume Down buttons together.
  3. You need to hold it until you see an Android robot with Start label on top.
  4. Use volume down key to reach Recovery Mode and then press Power button.
  5. Now you’ll see an Android robot in repairing state, press power button to move into the Menu options.
  6. There you need to use Power button to make selection and Volume buttons to navigate. Using these, move down to option “wipe cache partition” and then select it.
  7. Once everything is done then you’ll see an option to reboot the device. The process will not take more than 10 seconds to wipe out cache storage.

That’s it!

If this little formula worked in your case and your Nexus 7 is healthy again then its great, otherwise you need to proceed. In my case, I wasn’t satisfied with this first step so I took the second and harder one.

#2 Hard Reset/Complete Formatting Your Tablet Device

This is the next and final thing that can definitely cure your tablet and make it healthier again. But you need to backup complete data of your device and also enable backup for apps and Google data, before proceeding (THIS IS IMPORTANT otherwise you’ll never get your data back). 

  1. Turn Off your device and turn it On by pressing Power and Volume Down button together.
  2. Move into Recovery mode as you did earlier, using same power and volume rockers.
  3. You’ll see an Android robot again with ‘no command’, you need to press Power button now.
  4. Use Volume buttons to navigate to an option named “wipe data/factory reset” and then press Power button.
  5. Now move down again using Volume down button to an option “Yes – erase all user data” and then press Power button.

Here is the official guide from Google of the same Process.

This process will take some time but once everything is done then your tablet will no longer be slow due to Android Lollipop update.

In fact, it will be running on the same software version without any lags or performance issues.

I hope my experience helped you to cure Nexus 7 (2012) model at your end. Don’t forget to share it over social networks to help all other users like us.

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