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[Fixed] Nexus 7 (2012) lag issues after Android 5.0 Lollipop update

While a number of Nexus owners are thrilled after receiving the latest Android 5.0 update, a growing number of Nexus 7 (2012) owners are complaining over the lag issues, app crashes and slow user interface after the update. While a cache clearing method was suggested to speed up the tablet, it has only become temporary solution.nexus-7

Users who used the factory image of Android 5.0 LRX21P in Nexus 7 noticed heating issues, slow animations and noticeable lag in every action. Though Google products Expert John Paul D suggested restoring the Android 4.4.4 version and installing the OTA update, a stream of users complained about the slow boot, Facebook app crashes, unresponsive apps  and freezing issues.

“Nexus 7 has been ruined by lollipop, so laggy its unusable,” said a user on Google product forums.

Nexus 7 (2012) owners are now frustrated with the update and are seeking solutions or a method to return to the Kitkat version. Some users have tried installing the disc image twice and Facebook and certain apps were either freezing or crashed on Lollipop. Disappointed users are claiming that the update has made the device “unusable” and are requesting the company to fix the bugs and issues soon.

For the time being users can clear the cache to speed up the device:

Turn off the Nexus 7, press and hold the volume down buttons simultaneously until “start” appears on the display -> enter recovery mode by pressing volume button twice to highlight and the power button to enter -> Hold the power button and press volume up button -> use volume buttons to scroll to “wipe cache partition” and power button to select -> After clearing the cache, reboot device.

Google stated it was aware of the issue and is looking into the matter. However, it remains unclear if Google already knew the lag issues and wanted users to report the bugs, so it could release an update. The company would have definitely tested the device with the lollipop OS and the update could have been released after the issues were fixed.

Is the company trying to force users to opt for a newer Nexus device or will an update be released soon? We will update the details in the coming days.

Update (fix): You can fix this lag in your Nexus 7 tablets by reverting your device firmware to Android KitKat. Here is the step by step guide.

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  1. This has also happens to me google could u plz fix this problem thx

  2. Happened to me. Sucks so bad.

  3. Google should replace all affected devices with new ones. You can't treat users as Beta testers, at least not for free. People get paid to do that..

  4. I may as well throw away my Nexus 7. Completely unusable and ruined. Can't believe these idiots at Google released such a junk OS without testing it properly. Morons.

  5. My Google Nexus 7 is now just a paperweight–totally useless as a tablet.

  6. The first time I flashed the factory image, I had this exact problem. The tablet was unusable. I reflashed it then factory reset it, cleared the cache, and turned off background sync and now it runs much smoother with a few hiccups here and there, but nothing worse than KitKat.

  7. Google, we're waiting to hear from you. My Nexus 7 became obsolete in the blink of an eye. I'll remember this when I'm obliged to buy another tablet.

  8. I backed up my nexus 7 and did a reset. Still issue with some apps. Dish Anywhere won't load and Facebook App makes whole system erratic. I am trying apps one at a time. With Facebook uninstalled it works really well. the touch screen seems more responsive and web pages load faster.

  9. I have a 2012 Nexus 7 that was crashing and running slow until I did a factory reset and uninstalled Facebook. Now it's working great, almost as fast as my Nexus 5 which hasn't had any problems with the upgrade.

  10. Donald Joseph Wood

    I have the lollipop problem too. I installed "Device Assist" from the play store. I logged a call with Google and they called me back in 5 minutes. The tech stated that they know about lollipop slow downs and the 2012 Nexus. He said there's a maintenance release coming in the next few weeks that has already been tested and resolves the problem.

  11. Up until Lollipop I dreaded the unlocking/rooting method. Lollipop forced me to revert back to 4.4.4 with WugFresh and loaded several other performance apps and I am back to the out of the box original speed or faster. I have put aside any thoughts of getting another tablet.

  12. My Nexus 7 2012 has been lagging before Lollipop update and I was say lags even more with it. I'm looking for a new tablet possibly an Apple Ipad.

  13. I was able to fix my nexus 7 2012 lagging problem after the lollipop update and now it is as fast as before. I posted a video on how I did it and there is no downgrade or rooting required. Here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH2iYdr91DE

  14. Don't know if this helps, but I just downloaded the first Lollipop update (5.2) that I was offered direct from Google to my Nexus 7 (Kit Kat) and so far I see no problems. Importantly, my Nexus 7 is more like a toy to me. I do nothing more than web browse with it. I did not accept that Lollipop update for my Nexus 5 cell phone however as there still seems to be too much complaints about Lollipop to take a chance ruining my "go to" device. I really like and understand Kit Kat anyway. If it ain't broke, don't fix it? I am currently looking for a comprehensive book on Lollipop to see what it can do for me that Kit kat can't do, but I'm going to need powerful evidence to justify updating the Nexus 5 to Lollipop.

  15. I have had a trusty Nexus 7 2012 for 3 years and I won't throw it away for this issue just yet. I just seriously hope a new update comes soon to fix it.

  16. I had a boot loop issue on KitKat just before Christmas and manually upgraded to lollipop after the holiday break. Whilst I liked the interface the speed and lag , despite various tweeks, made the tablet very difficult to live with on a daily basis and I was forever turning the unit on/off and clearing the cache to improve matters. Just this week I have reverted to KitKat using a clean install of the OS and it is literally like a new machine again.

  17. I cleared the cashe using the method given several places and my 2012 Nexus 7 is now back to its old self.

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