Newbie Nexus 5 install
gregb49 last edited by gregb49
I would like to encourage anyone wanting to install Ubuntu Touch on the Nexus 5, to bite the bullet and give it a go. I found the process quite scary and thought that I had bricked the phone a couple of times. I've added the steps I took in the hope that they might help someone who, like me, felt quite daunted by this flash process. However, do read the warnings very carefully.
1 download ubports-installer_0.1.7-beta_amd64.deb (I'm installing from Ubuntu Mate 17.04)
- install it, normally by right clicking and following the ubuntu installer options
- On the 'phone, go to settings/security and set a "Lock Screen" code
- Still in settings go to "About phone " then "Build number". Keep tapping "Build number" until the screen says that you are in "Developer mode"
- I had to start ubports a couple of times before it would see my Nexus 5. Then I had to start the phone in "Boot mode" and unlock the phone from an "OEM lock". Oh, and discovered that I was using a charging only USB cable, ie no data connection.
- All seemed to be going well. UBports downloaded its files, then it said that it was pushing 13 files to the 'phone. It stuck on file 1. After 30 minutes I gave up.
- The 'phone would not restart, but would restart in bootloader mode by holding the power button and the volume down button, both together for quite a few seconds.
- I restarted the ubport-installer. This time the phone went to a recovery mode and ubports started pushing the files to the phone. This only took a couple of minutes.
- Once again I thought that I had a bricked 'phone, but no, on restart, Ubuntu Touch appeared. After a few minutes judgement, I think it looks good, is quick, light to the touch and works as a 'phone.
After the scary install ride, I reserve judgement on the rest, but hats off to those who have made my transition from the google personal data hog.