When we buy a phone, by default, this comes with the bootloader blocked and an official recovery that prevents installing packages not signed by the manufacturer itself as a security measure. However, the Android ecosystem is a much more open ecosystem than, for example, iOS, so, although this is the factory configuration, with a few simple steps it is possible to unlock the bootloader and take complete control over the device, being able to, for example, root or install other versions of Android.
Nexus is the range of smartphones developed and maintained by Google, predecessors to the current Pixel range. Like any other device, these smartphones come with the bootloader blocked and an own recovery that prevents modifying the system, however, they can also be modified easily. The problem is that once modified, if we want to return to the factory values, for example, to continue receiving official updates or process a guarantee, the manual process, step by step, can be somewhat complicated and does not always leave the phone with the standard configuration.
Therefore, if we need to make sure that our Nexus smartphone (or even Pixel) remains with its original factory settings , then we leave you a complete guide, step by step, with which we teach you to install the latest official version of Android and, in addition, to restore the factory settings of any of these smartphones.
To What Extent Is It Worth Changing The Factory Settings Of The Nexus?
Although the «Nexus» brand has lost its essence (a high-performance smartphone for a price module and specially designed for developers) since the launch of the Nexus 5, having a phone developed and maintained directly by Google has many advantages, for example, being the first to receive, via OTA, Android updates and security patches.
There is nothing better than a pure Android with updates in real-time, therefore, change room, although there are alternatives, it really is not worth it. Likewise, nowadays the root is practically not necessary except to make very specific configurations (and less and less), so, releasing the bootloader and changing the recovery only for this gives us more to lose than we earn because, Mainly, we will run out of official Google updates.
However, no phone has infinite support and, whether it’s a Samsung, an LG, a Pixel or a Nexus, sooner or later it will be abandoned and unsupported. From this moment, it may be a good idea to proceed with the release of the bootloader, install a recovery and install a custom ROM like CyanogenMod that allows us to continue taking advantage of the full potential of our smartphone, at least, for several more versions.
However, as long as we have support, the truth is that modifying these aspects is totally unnecessary and has more disadvantages than the advantages it brings.