Install Ubuntu Touch on your Nexus in a dual way

Nexus 4

Ubuntu Touch and smartphones with this operating system are already on the streets, but Ubuntu Touch has always been developed from an Android smartphone, specifically from the Nexus, so the installation on these smartphones is very simple and basic. A few days ago we talked about how to install Ubuntu Touch on a recognized smartphone, but also there is the possibility to install it dual on a Nexus smartphone.

The process is simple and will allow us to have the android operating system and Ubuntu Touch on the same smartphone, although not at the same time. In order to have this we will need a Nexus 4 or Nexus 5 with the released bootloaderWithout this, the installation will not work, so I recommend that you carry out the following steps to release the bootloader.

Ubuntu Touch development has always been done with a Nexus

Once the Nexus is released, we connect it to the pc and leave it since the rest will be operations with the computer and not with the smartphone. We need a script to install the app that will allow us to dual boot. The script is found in the following link, we download it and from a terminal we give it read and write permissions:

chmod + x

Once we have given the permissions, we proceed to execute the file:


Before pressing enter, make sure that the Nexus is connected to our computer and that it has USB debugging activated. This will install an app with the Ubuntu logo in our application menu. We disconnect the Nexus from the computer and open the app. The app is simple, we just have to choose the download channel and start the download. Once the download is finished, the Nexus will restart but this time with Ubuntu Touch and not with android.

The handling of Ubuntu Touch is quite difficult since it is not very similar to Android but it is not for that reason worse. If we want to return to Android, restarting and choosing the android option will suffice. Of course it is a simple and safe method, but if we want to have Ubuntu Touch permanently, you can continue the other guide.

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  1.   Michael Monroy said

    What if I want to remove it after trying it?

  2.   Hannibal said


    Where is the link to download the script?

  3.   jorchu said

    no script link

  4.   jorchu said

    the tutorial to release the bootloader is not valid, apart is for Win…. I mean?

  5.   toño said

    What about the script? WHERE THE HELL IS THE SCRIPT !!!!

  6.   Joaquín García said

    A thousand pardons to all, I thought I had put the link. It is already updated, but still a thousand pardons !!!!

  7.   Hannibal said


    When I visited this website and saw that the script was missing I started looking for it and I found it here (well, the link):

    I followed the instructions to the letter and it has not worked for me on a Nexus 5. Ubuntu advises that it is not supported, but for testing 🙂
    I say this because in your article you say that it can be done with the Nexus 5 (I thought you had tried it), but it does not work (at least for me). Has anyone tried it, does it work for them and can they help?

    Thanks for your time and for your articles.

  8.   Jorge technologies said

    Someone has tried? I'm afraid it won't go well. And it is not a bad option.

  9.   Hannibal said

    Hello Jorge.

    If you have one of the supported phones it will work for you. The Nexus 5 is not one of them.
    The only alternative I know of for unsupported phones is this (I haven't tried it):

    In the description it indicates for which phones it works. If it's not on the list, don't bother.


  10.   Joaquín García said

    Hi Anibal, I tested it on a Nexus 4 but until recently there was support for the Nexus 5. What's more, I have been browsing the wiki and there is still a way to install it but through the phablet-flash tool ( Now either way, as long as there is enough battery, you can go back to Android. I hope it helps you and forgive one more time for the script.

  11.   Fran said

    First find out if it works and then public