bluetooth lowenergy – Does BluetoothLeAdvertiser work on a Nexus 5 with Android 5.0?-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

After flashing my Nexus 5 to the Android 5.0 preview release hammerhead-lpx13d, the OS reports that it no longer supports Bluetooth LE advertising. If you call:

((BluetoothManager) this.getSystemService(Context.BLUETOOTH_SERVICE))

always returns null. In addition, the new method:

((BluetoothManager) this.getSystemService(Context.BLUETOOTH_SERVICE))

always returns false

The first method used to return a valid object on the first Android L preview release for the Nexus 5 back in June. It no longer does, after flashing the latest update.

Does anybody see otherwise?

EDIT: This has been reproduced by at least one person, who opened an issue with Google here:

How to solve:

Unfortunately, the official answer from Google is no, the Nexus 5 no longer supports advertising.

We introduced BLE peripheral mode in Android 5.0 Lollipop. Nexus 6 and
Nexus 9 are the first two production Nexus devices that support BLE
peripheral mode. Due to hardware chipset dependency, older Nexus
devices (4/5/7) will not have access to the feature on Lollipop.

See Comment #52 on issue 1570 by danielho… BLE advertise mode not working

That said, I have confirmed that advertising is supported by the Nexus 9 tablet. See here for details:


This is not full a solution, but a proposed work-around posted by mattprec on Google Code. It allows you to get a BluetoothLeAdvertiser instance by calling the private constructor rather than using the public API. Unfortunately, reports of testing on a Nexus 5 and a Nexus 7 2013 edition say that even after you get an instance you can’t use the object to make advertisements come out. Also, be warned that even if you can get it to work, it might break on any minor code release of Android because it is using a non-public API.

For the record, here’s the code snippet copied from that page:

private static BluetoothLeAdvertiser getAdvertiserHack(BluetoothAdapter adapter) {
  try {
    Class<? extends BluetoothAdapter> adapterClass = adapter.getClass();
    Field advertiserField = adapterClass.getDeclaredField("sBluetoothLeAdvertiser");
    Object advertiser = advertiserField.get(adapter);
    if (advertiser == null) {
      Field bluetoothManagerServiceField = adapterClass.getDeclaredField("mManagerService");
      Object bluetoothManagerService = bluetoothManagerServiceField.get(adapter);

      Constructor<?> constructor = BluetoothLeAdvertiser.class.getDeclaredConstructor(
      advertiser = constructor.newInstance(bluetoothManagerService);

      advertiserField.set(adapter, advertiser);
    return (BluetoothLeAdvertiser) advertiser;
  } catch (Exception e) {
    return null;


That said, I have confirmed that advertising is supported by the Nexus
9 tablet. See here for details:

QuickBeacon app is working fine on Nexus 9. In app there is a Beacon Format option.@davidgyoung Could you give exact String for BeaconParser to make this library transmit in iBeacon format?


Related question up to android-beacon-library/BLE Android SDK. Is there possibility – without calling startAdvertising method – to check if there is advertising service running in background?


Recording to this :

Now only Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 supports BLE Peripheal Mode in Android 5.0

I work on Nexus 5 Android 5.0 build number LPX13D

according to this

After implementig your workaround bluetoothAdvertiser is not null. Calling startAdvertising from bluetoothAdvertiser

bluetoothAdvertiser.startAdvertising(,, advertiseCallback);


private AdvertiseCallback advertiseCallback = new AdvertiseCallback() {

        public void onStartSuccess(AdvertiseSettings settingsInEffec) {


        public void onStartFailure(int result) {
            if (result == ADVERTISE_FAILED_DATA_TOO_LARGE) {
                Log.d(TAG, "Failed to start advertising as the advertise data to be broadcasted is larger than 31 bytes.");
            else if(result == ADVERTISE_FAILED_TOO_MANY_ADVERTISERS){
                Log.d(TAG, "Failed to start advertising because no advertising instance is available.");
            else if(result == ADVERTISE_FAILED_ALREADY_STARTED){
                 Log.d(TAG, "Failed to start advertising as the advertising is already started.");
            else if(result == ADVERTISE_FAILED_INTERNAL_ERROR){
                Log.d(TAG, "Operation failed due to an internal error.");
            else if(result == ADVERTISE_FAILED_FEATURE_UNSUPPORTED){
                Log.d(TAG, "This feature is not supported on this platform.");
            else {
                Log.d(TAG, "There was unknown error.");



always give callback onStartFailure with error code 5 ( ADVERTISE_FAILED_FEATURE_UNSUPPORTED )

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