The Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA updates are now available for the Nexus devices and ready to be installed. We have already informed you about the OTA updates and have framed a detailed tutorial to install them. The Nexus devices that have received these updates are the Nexus 5,6,7,9, the Nexus Player.

To install these OTA updates you would need stock recovery to apply them to the system. To solve this problem we have brought you the stock recovery images that can be installed readily.

The support to these images range from the previous Android 5.1.1 to the latest available Android 6.0 updates. You need to setup ADB and fastboot environment to install these recovery images.


Nexus 5 stock recovery

Nexus 6 stock recovery

Nexus Player stock recovery

Nexus 9 WiFi stock recovery

Nexus 9 LTE stock recovery

Nexus 7 WiFi stock recovery

Nexus 7 LTE stock recovery

How to Install Stock Recovery for Nexus 9,7,6,5 and Player

Here is a simple tutorial to install stock recovery on your Nexus device. You need to make some some preparations first.


  • Set up ADB and Fastboot on your computer. You can download the minimal ADB and fastboot tool from here (unzip it) or get the quick ADB and fastboot installer from here. For Mac or Linux OS, click here.
  • Install Nexus USB Drivers on your computer.
  • Open Settings> Developer options and enable USB Debugging on your device.
  • Go to Developer options and enable Allow oem unlock.

Installation Instructions

  • Make sure you have downloaded the suitable recovery image for your device. Now transfer them to your PC.
  • Make sure you have setup ADB and fastboot on your PC. Also accept Always allow from this computer when you plug in the device for first time to enable USB Debugging.
  • Now power off your device and unplug it from your PC.
  • Boot into the bootloader or fastboot mode. To do so, press and hold volume down and the power button simultaneously for 5-6 seconds.
  • You will see the bootloader screen. Select fastboot if such option is available. Now connect your device to the PC using a USB cable.
  • Navigate to the location where you have placed the recovery file. Rename the recovery file to a simple one, like recovery.img. While the folder with recovery.img file is open, hold shift key on keyboard and right-click on an empty space and select “Open command window here” option to launch a cmd window.
  • Now type the following in the command prompt to check your device connectivity

fastboot devices

  • Now flash custom recovery. Issue the following command for that.

fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

  • The stock recovery will now be installed on your device. Now boot your phone in recovery mode. You can do this by turning your device off and then press and hold volume down and power keys at the same time. Or you can simply enter the following command.

fastboot boot recovery.img

  • This will take you to the recovery and you can test your stock recovery once booted.

Now you are ready to flash the new OTA updates that have been rolling out for your Nexus device. For any queries, comment down below.

Also See:

Install Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA update on Nexus Device [OTA for Nexus 9,7,6,5 and more]


  1. The alphanumeric value in the file names stand for incremental version of the Marshmallow recovery. Go to Settings- About on your device and look for the firmware version there. Download the file that matches yours.

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