I installed Cynogenmod 11 on my Nexus 5 through their Mac OS X app. Judging by the information that provided me, I would say it went fine. However, while my phone did the first boot, it got stuck in a boot loop. It continuously showed the alien face with the arrow circling it. I let it sit for about 15 minutes, and it still didn't boot. So, after that I tried it a few more times. No dice. Each time doing an identical thing. So, after that I figured out adb sideload. From there I attempted to sideload another version of Cynogenmod, 11s, and even Android L. I was able to sideload 11s, but I had the same problem. It went to the boot animation, and just stayed there. Never booting. Is there some simple fix to this that i don't know about? At this point anything would be helpful. I just want my phone back to some working condition. I have clock work recovery installed. It came along with the Cyanogenmod Mac installer. What I would really like is a way to just install android back to its factory condition.

Any ideas could be helpful.

  • Sounds like you forgot to wipe cache and Dalvik.
    – Izzy
    Sep 17, 2014 at 10:38
  • Note: I was able to fix my issue using this YouTube video. youtu.be/PX4R6IhcoTM
    – ryndshn
    Feb 14, 2015 at 7:11
  • Ryan, if that solution differs from those in the answers: Feel encouraged to answer your own question, and please include an outline (in case that Youtube video disappears one day – and also for those not able to access Youtube). Thanks in advance!
    – Izzy
    Feb 15, 2015 at 14:12

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Note: I have tried to make below a bit more generic than your specific Mac OS option, but the Mac is covered in the below answer, but this may help other Nexus 5 users. Full credit to the OP on XDA.

If you want to restore your Nexus 5 back to stock, you can flash a Factory Image. Note: This process will wipe your phone completely. Backup your storage before you continue. There are 2 methods, below I've given the "easy" method.

For this process, you will need to:

  • Install adb and fastboot drivers. To do this, use this program:

  • For MAC users: *Note: MAC users will have to write "./" before every command in this thread. For example :

./fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

Linux users

  • Download the latest factory images from here

  • Extract the archive you downloaded (Use WinRAR). It should look like this:


  • Unlock your bootloader (In case you haven't already)

Easy Method:

  • Power off your phone.

  • Boot it in fastboot by pressing and holding Power Button + Volume Down at the same time.

  • Connect your phone to your PC through your USB cable.

  • Execute the flash-all.bat script (for Windows) or flash-all.sh(for MAC and LINUX) in the folder where you extracted the factory images. !! For MAC: You'll have to edit the flash-all.sh, and add "./" before every fastboot command.

  • Wait for everything to flash.

  • After everything finished, select "Recovery" using the volume buttons.

  • When a small dead Android appears, press Power Button + Volume UP.

  • Select "Wipe data/factory data reset"

  • Reboot. Your phone should be stock.

If you want to Unroot completely:

The Nexus 5 has a thing implemented in the bootloader called a tamper flag. This shows if the bootloader was ever unlocked, kind of like the flash counter with Samsung devices. You can check it out by using this command

fastboot oem device-info

. If the tamper flag value is "true", then you'll have to reset it. The following steps will reset this flag, and lock your bootloader.

  • So, first, go here (Thanks @osm0sis for the wonderful script)

  • Under "Flashable Zips", you will find the Nexus BootUnlocker script. Download it.

  • Put the zip on your internal storage.

  • Download the latest TWRP recovery image for the Nexus 5 from here. Rename it to TWRP.img.

  • Now boot it. You do this by booting your phone in fastboot, and typing the following command:

    fastboot boot path/to/TWRP.img

Replace path/to/TWRP.img with the path to where you placed the TWRP.img. For example: C:/Users/X/Desktop/TWRP.img

  • TWRP recovery should boot.

  • When TWRP finished booting, select "Install", then navigate to the Nexus Bootunlocker zip, select and install it. After it finished, use the back arrow at the bottom of the screen to go back, and reboot.

  • Now your bootloader should be locked, and your tamper flag should show "false".

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