Nexus 5 camera app crashing after the Android 5.1 Lollipop update

Nexus 5 camera app crashing after the Android 5.1 Lollipop update
After having the Android 5.1 Lollipop update brick some Nexus 7 units, now users are reporting a bunch of Nexus 5 users have been reporting camera troubles following the Android 5.1 software OTA update.

According to the bug report, already filed with Google, after receiving the Android 5.1 Lollipop, the Nexus 5 camera app force-closes when evoked by third-party apps like Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and often even the default camera app in Android itself. Thankfully, the issue can temporarily be fixed by rebooting the handset, but, needless to say, this is not a solution if you need to take a pic in a hurry. After some usage of the phone, the camera bug reappears, and you are in for the whole restart scenarios again, so hopefully Google will be quick to issue a bug fix to the Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the Nexus 5.

Some units even require two or more reboots to get the camera working again, so we'd hold off on that OTA update notification until Google fixes the issue, which is usually pretty quick to follow.

source: Google via AndroidPolice

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Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)



1. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Just wipe the cache and reboot

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5718; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Is it kernel related? I haven't had this issue on my Nexus 5 with 5.1 But I'm have Frano kernel r75 (allows me to get an extra hour of SoT compared to the stock kernel)

2. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014


4. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I'm running 5.1 on my Nexus 5. Don't have the camera issue but sometimes it just gets really slow and crashy. But its usually great. Its strange.

5. Valoni

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

I don't like google camera app, is very simple, I downloaded Camera FV-5 and Snap Camera apps but after a few days camera and flashlight crash. I deleted these apps and I use google camera app but same problem show me, I don't understand why Google let this problem on their product, I'm very disappointed.

6. shailesh911

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 21, 2015

I have updated my nexus 5 to 5.1.1. It was working fiine. Last day I uses zoom (pinch zoom) with camera and it is zoom (not tested before).. take some pics. and after that camera stopped. I restart my phone but nothing happened. But front camera is working well.. flash lights is also not working in my case. NOTING IS WORKING FOR MY BACK CAMERA.. some post i found to clear the caches uninstall update, for camera app me work but nothing is there. some says that restart in recovery. and you will find for delete cache part. but in my case it says " no command.". Helpless till now.

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