1. Moondoggy's Avatar
    I have a Nexus 7 from back in 2012 that I was going to give to my 5 year old grandson to play with. I charged it last night and it booted just fine but I have a how to question. When new the Nexus had an old OS on it and I upgraded it several time and then I had to downgrade it to Android 4.4.4 because the next version up was unstable on this model. If I were to do a factory reset on this device would it downgrade to the older OS or stay at Android 4.4.4? If it would downgrade to the earlier OS is there a way to remove my account from the device as currently it can't access the Google Play anymore as my account password has changed since it was last used and I don't want to put my account password back on the device since I'll be shipping it to another state. All my daughter is looking for is something that he can play some video games on and not use her cell phone. Any help and advice will be appreciated.
    05-17-2020 05:50 PM
  2. hallux's Avatar
    First - you would need to remove your account anyway, in order to allow a different account to sign in and set up the device. This would require signing in to the account on the device with the current password, then removing the account from the device prior to resetting it.

    Second - no, doing a factory reset does not revert the OS. The factory reset simply deletes user data and apps and restores it to what it would have been out of the box if it had shipped with that OS version.
    05-17-2020 05:59 PM
  3. Moondoggy's Avatar
    Hallex,

    Thanks for the input but just a follow-up question......

    If I do a factory reset am I correct in assuming that this would wipe out my account information on the Nexus or does the account info somehow remain? I would really like this tablet to be an out of the box Android 4.4.4 install and let my daughter set it up with her gmail account and install whatever (games) she wants to put on the device/ Thanks again.
    05-20-2020 10:38 AM

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