Nexus 7 Lollipop slow, but here’s a simple fix

By Peter Chubb - Mar 4, 2015

It’s been more than a month, yet people are still complaining that the Nexus 7 is slow after the Lollipop update, even after updating to the most recent version, Android 5.0.3. However, we can already see that most of the issue is with the Nexus 7 2012 lollipop update.

Seeing as though a new update is due very soon, we would probably wait for the Nexus 7 Android 5.1 update, although we still have not learned of its final release date. This means that it could still be several weeks away, and so if you just cannot wait and would like to try and speed your Nexus 7 up, there is a way.

We would just like to say that not all Nexus 7 users are having this issue, just those that flashed LRX21P of Android 5.0 to their tablets.

Nexus 7 Lollipop slow

While we cannot guarantee this will fix anything, we do know it has worked for several of our readers. First you need to turn off your device, press and hold the power and volume down buttons, but only until you see a large arrow at the top of the display.

Next you will need to press the volume button several times until you see Recovery appear in the arrow. You then need to select this by using the power button, and once you do that you will notice an Android mascot with a red triangle and exclamation mark.

There is not long to go now because you then need to hold the power and volume buttons down once again, but only once and release just the power button. Press the volume down several times to select erase or wipe the cache partition. You then need to wait for the process to finish and restart your device.

Following these steps should help to clear that troubled cache, and so you should then see an improvement in the tablet’s performance.

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  • jdn

    Been battling with Nexus 7Android 5.1.1 using Firefox browser; system hangs, slow to respond, unpredictable response etc etc. Swapped to “Naked” browser; now seems fine.

  • Psh

    i am very much interested in a class action lawsuit on this. Google has effectivly bricked my nexus 7.
    Google should at least allow returns on these useless devices.

    • balcobomber25

      Here is the problem with your lawsuit: No one at Google forced you to install the update, unless you could prove that they did or the device wouldn’t work without it you would have nothing but a huge legal bill on your hands.

  • bb

    Called Google demanding they do something to compensate for my Nexus 7 ruined by Android 5.
    Best they would do is give me the phone number for ASUS.
    Where is that class action suit?

  • GREENGLENS

    To those who have not updated from Jelly Bean to Lollipop on the Nexus 7 my advice would be DONT DONT DONT! This must be the worst operating system under the sun. The Nexus 7 wasn’t the fastest tablet but it worked and was reliable. Since updating my Nexus 7 continuously refuses to respond and freezes regularly. I am sick of seeing xxxxx is not responding report. Also every time there is an upgrade Sky Go fails to be recognised. Google is a joke and completely unsympathetic to their users.

  • Beaubo

    T_T is right. Since 5.0, Nexus 7 is dead. I suggest a class action against Google. But I don’t know that much about law. There’s always CM12 and if you install nightly, there goes the cache.

  • Grant

    I deleted Facebook and cancelled auto-updates. This has done the trick on my Nexus 7 2012.
    Battery performance needs sorting though.

    • Tony

      Yup just uninstalled facebook and it is now at a usable speed. Still not as quick as it used to be but I am not swear every bloody second now.

  • T_T ☺

    Nope. Doesn’t work. Besides how diner know what build we have used or downloaded.

    The only way two ways to speed up your device is to fish back to jellybean ot kitkat.

    The other way is to change your flash storage file system type. Good luck in finding reliable complete step by step instructions here.