Nexus 5 stuck at boot animation

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Senior Member
May 7, 2010
I have an unlocked bootloader. I flashed the factory images. The MD5 sum matched that on Google's download page. After it does the automatic reboot, my phone just stays at the boot animate and never actually boots. I've let it sit for about 10 minutes.

I've flashed factory images many times, including on this Nexus 5, and never had this happen before.

I'm using the USB cable that came with the Nexus 5.

I can boot back into fastboot, and everything works. I even flashed TWRP and can boot into TWRP. But in TWRP I can't mount anything, and if I try to do a system wipe, it fails.

Any thoughts? Has something somehow gone wrong while flashing the factory images? Help appreciated.

Edit: Booted into Stock Recovery and wiped cache and did a factory reset. Then rebooted from recovery and let it sit for awhile. It finally booted all the way up. Absolutely no idea what was going on there. Anybody else had a similar experience?
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Recognized Contributor
Sep 21, 2012
Doing a factory reset in the stock recovery almost always gets your past a boot loop.

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