How To Unbrick Nexus 9 After Android 5.0.2 Update

Updates are fairly common these days, with Windows 10 Technical Preview shipping out new versions of its OS on weekly basis, and iOS 8 improving even more since the Emoji update. Android is no slouch in this department either, and recently received 5.0.2. However, in a rather embarrassing turn of events, it has turned out the Android’s latest update is going around bricking Google’s very own Nexus 9. For some users, the problem is so extreme that it has rendered their device useless. If you are among these unlucky few, you might need to head to your retailer and try to claim the Nexus 9’s warranty. However, for many the problem is limited to a temporary bootloop only, and it is possible to unbrick Nexus 9 using the procedure we are going to outline below.

The problem with Nexus 9 has reportedly been occurring right after the completion of the update’s installation. If you have been hit by it, your tablet’s screen should now be stuck on the booting screen. It is also possible that the device keeps getting turned off once it reaches the Android logo during the booting procedure. So, to unbrick Nexus 9, here is what you need to do.

Unbrick Nexus 9 After Android 5.0.2

  1. Long-press the tablet’s Power button. You have to keep holding it until the device vibrates, indicating that it is rebooting.
  2. Simultaneously press the Power and Volume Down keys. Keep both of these keys pressed until you see a menu on your screen.
  3. From the menu accessed in the previous step, navigate to the recovery option and use the Power button to select it. You will have to use this menu to unbrick Nexus 9.
  4. You should now see the Android logo yet again on your screen. While it is still visible, simultaneously press the Power and Volume Up keys. These keys should be kept pressed until a list of options (written in blue) shows up.
  5. Use the volume keys to make your way down to the ‘Wipe cache partition’ option and select it. Wait for the cache to be cleansed.
  6. Reset the device yet again by long-pressing the Power button.

The whole procedure explained above aims to clear the cache of your device, thereby leading to unbrick Nexus 9. As already mentioned, if this doesn’t work, you might have no choice but to claim your device’s warranty. Good luck with getting your tablet up and running again!

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