How do I get Android 5.0/Lollipop on my Nexus 4 (4.4.4) without flashing?

saintforlife

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Just got a refurbished Nexus 4 on Groupon for $149. However the phone came with Android 4.2 installed on it! Had to manually install each update from 4.2.2 all the way to 4.4.4. Whew! However, after I got to 4.4.4, the phone stopped saying there was any update available. It is not prompting me to upgrade to 5.0/Lollipop.

My question: Can I get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update OTA without inserting a SIM card? Right now I am still using my iPhone 5 and want to move the SIM card over when I have all the data and apps transferred over to the N4 (it's gonna take some time). Until then I will be using the Nexus 4 on wifi only. Does the OTA push out depend on whether you have a SIM card in the phone or not? Should I pop the SIM card into the phone for a bit and see if it recognizes that I am on the US (AT&T) and pushes the 5.0 OTA update to my N4?
 

fuzzylumpkin

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You wait. As long as it's connected to the internet you'll get the ota eventually, regardless of whether or not you have a sim installed.

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drew_t

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The OTA was only released a few days ago, and Google doesn't dump it on all phones at once. Just be patient. Should be days, not weeks or months.

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How long is the wait usually - days, weeks, months? Also will the OTA get pushed even if I don't have a SIM card in the phone?
A SIM card is not required, only an active internet connection... a Nexus OTA update rolls out in phases over 2-4 weeks, as long as your device is stock and has an internet connection, it will get offered the update.
 

Sicily1918

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Just got a refurbished Nexus 4 on Groupon for $149. However the phone came with Android 4.2 installed on it! Had to manually install each update from 4.2.2 all the way to 4.4.4. Whew! However, after I got to 4.4.4, the phone stopped saying there was any update available. It is not prompting me to upgrade to 5.0/Lollipop.
Wow, I did the same thing (Groupon), except I flashed the device with Lollipop the second I received it -- 10 minutes later it was booting into a clean Lollipop and restoring all my apps. Given it was a new device, that might've been a better way to go and not have legacy files lingering around.