A while back I rooted my phone with the stock 5.0 image, and was then pestered by the OTA 5.0.1 update that came shortly after.
Research led me to find a way to disable the event listeners that pop the notifications -- FANTASTIC! This worked for months...

Today, Snapchat decided to reboot my phone (as it regularly does) in a spectacular fashion that included a long vibration while the screen went dark. Since my phone's come back online, the "System Update Downloaded" notification is sitting at the bottom of my notification tray; something that wasn't there before.

I've dug through my event listeners and confirmed the correct ones are still disabled, but now I'm hunting for a means to delete the downloaded update so as to remove the notification (Hopefully?)...

Most of my search results show the files should be .APK files in the /system/apps folder, but I have a /system/app folder -- no /apps. Another post mentioned they'd be in the /cache folder --- they are not....

Does anyone know where these OTA Updates are stored on Lollipop 5.0 so I can nuke 'em?

Thanks in advance for your assistance!

  • So what is it you want ? 5.0 or 5.0.1 ?
    – user94775
    Commented Mar 24, 2015 at 23:22
  • I'm fine staying with 5.0 --- I don't want to redo everything and set it all back up, which I understand is required in order to update a rooted device. I want the 5.0.1 downloaded update to be deleted, which I understand will delete the notification. The "Update Available" notifications are disabled; somehow the update downloaded, and now it's letting me know... Where is the file, to delete?
    – dijikul
    Commented Mar 24, 2015 at 23:25
  • So, turns out disabling the Google Play Services notifications did it... I was looking for it earlier, but the instructions were different from the articles I was reading.
    – dijikul
    Commented Mar 24, 2015 at 23:29
  • OTA is a little different from other .APKs Can be hard to find. Maybe you should go through every folder with the app: ES3 File Explorer ?
    – user94775
    Commented Mar 24, 2015 at 23:31
  • Disabling GP Services Notifications is a brute way to go about it - unless you don't want any notifications ? There are apps out there who can clean-up notifications etc. even a background task killer and boosters ;-)
    – user94775
    Commented Mar 24, 2015 at 23:36

2 Answers 2


Just download an factory image From :


Steps :

1.Unlock bootloader

2.root phone

3.flash new image

4.lock Bootloader

How do I uninstall the Android update 5.0.1 back to 5.0?

hope this helps.

  • Not at all helpful, but thanks. I figured out how to flash the necessary partitions to update to 5.0.1 without losing data, from a rooted OS.
    – dijikul
    Commented Mar 26, 2015 at 21:32

Resolved by successfully updating to 5.0.1 without losing my data: http://aaronhastings.me/updating-to-android-5-0-1-on-rooted-nexus-5/

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