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Nexus 5 Driver Installation Guide

You’re probably visiting this page because you have ran into a drivers problem on your Nexus 5 while working while connecting the device to PC for transferring files. It’s annoying to know that you have a drivers issue on your PC, and it gets even annoying when you can’t get it installed right.

Anyway, Google has been kind in providing USB drivers for all Nexus devices. And in most cases they work just fine. But however, it’s not an .exe file that a new user could install without any help. So, hope the below guide helps you to get the proper drivers installed for your Nexus 5.


Download the Google USB Driver from this → link.

└ Once downloaded. Extract the downloaded “.zip” file to your computer and remember the folder location of extracted contents of the zip file.


  1. Connect your Nexus 5 to the PC.
  2. Open device manager on your PC:
    1. Windows 7 & 8 users → search for Device Manager from Start (or Start screen) and click to open.
    2. Windows XP users → Google it!
  3. You will see list of all devices attached to your computer in the device manager. Just find Nexus 5 (it’ll most probably be in the Other devices list with a yellow exclamation mark) and Right-click and select Update Driver Software…
  4. Select Browse my computer for driver software in the next window.
  5. Now click the Browse… button and select the folder where you extracted the downloaded Google USB Driver zip file (filename: latest_usb_driver_windows.zip). Do NOT select the zip file, select the folder where the contents of the zip file are extracted. And keep the Include subfolders box checked.
  6. During the installation (as a security check) Windows may ask your permission to install the drivers published by Google Inc. Click Install.
  7. Once the installation is complete you’ll see a refreshed list of devices on the Device manager screen showing Nexus 5 driver installed successfully.

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