Nexus 7 owners, it's your turn. Earlier this evening, before many countries even had access to Nexus 4 or 10 orders, Google began pushing the 4.2 (JOP40C) update to the Takju Galaxy Nexus. After some patient waiting, it appears the Nexus 7 is now ready for an update as well. In case you don't feel like waiting on the OTA though, we've got the download link and some super-easy instructions for manually updating your favorite 7-inch slate.

Prerequisite: Your Nexus 7 should be running Android 4.1.2 build JZO54K. You will not lose your data using this method.

Step 1.

Download the update zip from Google's servers (MD5: 7bee9b220c20979763af563cad56af94)

If you have a custom recovery, you can just copy it to the device, reboot to recovery, and flash directly as you would any other zip. You're done.

If you have the stock recovery, carry on.

Step 2.

Reboot your Nexus 7 and hold the VolDn button while it's booting up. Once you see the fastboot menu and the word Start, press VolUp a few times until you see Recovery and then press the Power button to enter recovery.

You will see an Android with a red exclamation point. Now press VolUp+Power together, and you should see the menu below.

Select the 2nd option called apply update from adb.


Step 3.

Connect the Nexus 7 to your computer with a USB cable.

Make sure you have a recent version of adb that supports the sideload command (if you don't, download the latest Android SDK to ensure your adb is up-to-date).

Keep the file you just downloaded on your computer and open up a command prompt (cmd in Windows, regular shell in Linux and Mac) in the same directory as the zip file.

Type in:

adb sideload 094f6629314a.signed-nakasi-JOP40C-from-JZO54K.094f6629.zip

You should see the progress bar go up to 100%, like so:

sending: 'sideload'  100%

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At this point, the device should have started installing the update.

Step 4.

Reboot - you're done. Enjoy Android 4.2 on your Nexus 7!

Update: In case you're wondering, Gmail 4.2 with pinch-to-zoom and multi-user support are included. Here are some screenshots.

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Thanks, Hiren!

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Just flashed it. Grabbing screens after the dead battery gets some juice.

  • Joe DiPrimeo

    landscape was available on 4.1.2

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Woops, Liam copied a bit too much from the 4.1.2 update instructions. Fixing in a flash.

      • PhilNelwyn

        You confirm it?
        Why doesn't the stock launcher on my Yakju Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.1.2 support landscape mode?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          There's nothing to confirm. Landscape launcher came to the Nexus 7 in 4.1.2. It's a fact. It's not enabled on the Gnex though.

          • PhilNelwyn

            Oh my... lol
            Coming right from the Verge's article about Galaxy Nexus update to the comments section here.

  • cro0707

    "Reboot - you're done! Enjoy the new landscape support in the launcher."
    ^^^ This feature (landscape) is already added with 4.1.2.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      See my reply to @google-d2d2e3fbb9dde39f36b45475a4c55d39:disqus.

  • Ritz

    Flashing now! Thank you :)

  • cro0707

    I was scared that my N7 won't receive update today, all news were for N4 and N10 about 4.2 this morning... Thank you :)

  • Andrew Townsend

    So this is just an update zip? not a full image? Definitely going to wait for the whole rom.. My 16gb n7 kept failing on the auto update from 4.1.1 to .2 -_-

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Flash 4.1.2 system factory image from Google, then this OTA.

  • scuttlefield

    Yeah! Flashed and done! Now just waiting for yakju.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    Does this break root?

    • ChavaM


  • TylerChappell

    It does not break root, I have it installed on both my rooted Nexus 7 16GB and 32GB Nexus 7. Also, one thing I am noticing is that they made the dock icons noticeably smaller for some reason. Everything appears to be working! Including the two-finger swipe quick settings.

    • Moshe Brevda

      It DOES break root, although if your using CWR it will prompt you to keep root (and prevent recovery from being overwritten)

      • TylerChappell

        This is correct ^^ I did it one way on my 16GB and the other way on my 32GB.

        • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

          Which two ways do you mean?

          • TylerChappell

            I was really anxious so I didnt read and I skipped the whole part about keeping root while still in CWM, but on my 16GB I clicked it.

  • Bobbe

    Great! do we need to wipe data in order to update?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      No, data has no effect on the update - it only updates system and boot.

    • telveer

      Not required.

  • Tom Mado

    Nova Launcher's dock doesn't seem to be working. :( Reverting back to stock launcher now. It seems I still retain my root.

    Guess now we have to wait for Teslacoil to update the app

    • scuttlefield

      I just had the same problem. I contacted the dev. All you need to do is go into settings>check for updates>menu>beta . That fixed it for me.

      • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.sleebos Matthew Sleebos

        Thanks fixed it for me!

  • scuttlefield

    I don't seem to have pinch-to-zoom in gmail. Anyone else having this problem? Note: I did download the 4.2 Gmail when it was available here on AP. I tried restoring the old version I'd saved as a backup in my system file but that didn't seem to help. The "about" screen shows that it Gmail 4.1.2. Any thoughts?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Just checked my N7 - shows 4.2 and has a setting to enable zooming and auto-fit you have to check first.

      • scuttlefield

        Thanks Artem. Unfortunately, I seem to have messed up all versions of gmail I have on my N7. None of them will install and not even the Play Store version will work. If you have any ideas I'd be very grateful.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Root, uninstall Gmail using TB. Install the stock version corresponding to your ROM to /system/app, apply update.

          I think you can also just flash the factory image which will just reflash /system without touching /data, but I'm not 100% on that.

          • scuttlefield

            Got it...for whatever reason, I could only install Gmail 4.1.2 from the play store and it didn't seem to want to update. However, I still had the 4.2 apk that I got from AP when released on the site and that seems to work fine. I'm assuming that's a legit copy to have and that it will update okay when updates come along?

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            The leaked 4.2 apk won't update via the Play Store once that update is released, you'll have to uninstall it.

          • scuttlefield

            Thanks. I guess I'll assume the Play Store version will update itself eventually.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nantapong.p Nantapong Pantaweesak

      For getting the pinch-to-zoom in gmail 4.2 You've got to apply checkbox for auto fit message in general setting. But the zooming size is not the thing could call" zoom"

  • Zhivko

    My Nexus 7 is not rooted, did I lose all information if i updated with the adb method?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      No, you lose nothing.

  • aghnaar

    Can't apply the update with CMW, i keep getting the error :

    "assert failed : apply_patch_check ("/system/build.prop" [...])

    E: Error in /sdcard/Roms/094f6629314a.signed-nakasi-JOP40C-from-JZO54K.094f6629.zip (status 7)

    I checked the md5 sum on the file and there don't seem to be a problem with the file

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Then it's something with your base ROM.

    • aghnaar

      Think I found where the problem is, I flashed the modded file to have 720p recording.

      • Kobe Shapira

        So what is the resolution for this?

        • http://weblogit.net/category/kolumne/ Tom

          i guess you will have to replace the build.prop with the original file from the stock rom, at its least.

          • Kobe Shapira

            I don't have the original files.
            Was anyone able to recover this error?

          • http://weblogit.net/category/kolumne/ Tom

            I went back to the Stock ROM after creating a Titanium Backup of my current setup. That did the trick, of course you could try and extract the contents of the Stock ROM and replace things by hand I guess.

          • Kobe Shapira

            The original media_profiles.xml can be found here


          • Ilkin Jamalli

            I would suggest this thread http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=34116746&postcount=10 as above one did not help me.

          • heat361

            Go into system/etc/ scroll down to media_profiles.xml you should also have one under it that says media_profiles.XML.back this is the backup of the original. Delete media_profiles.xml and delete the name .bak in the backup one. This will restore your original.

            Then flash the 4.2 update that should work

      • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.sleebos Matthew Sleebos

        Thnx worked for me, got the same flashed successful now. If anyone wants: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/9276539/media_profiles.xml my backup for the camera settings.

    • Ioan Szucs

      I have the same problem ....

    • Michael CoZ

      I have an issue as well. I think it's because of the "new" 4.2 keyboard that I put on the device. Trying to find instructions on how to place the original keyboard back on.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/no6969el Noel Barcellos

      If you have any of the stock apps removed then it will not work. You have to have every app that came with stock image.

    • telveer

      Best way is to install the full OS (over-write) - its available for download as a .tgz file. If you want to upgrade, remove/add apps that are part of stock - they try the upgrade zip file.

    • Islam Eldabaa

      yah, i had it just restore any editing you did in system files. mine was editing that bugmailer.sh bug.

  • Gareth

    Brillint. Many thanks. Followed your instructions & Voila! 4.2. Many thanks.

  • Chris

    Doesn't work. Drivers installed, sdk installed, booted into recovery, install from adb. Running the adb sideload command on my PC just brings up adb help and does nothing to the device. Can't make the command work. I give up.

    • Jeremy Carlton

      Make sure you have the most current adb version. They just added sideload with the 4.1.2 package. Also the other thing I did that worked is I put the zip in the same folder as adb. Should have worked from anywhere but it didn't. So messing around and that worked. Try that before you give up.

    • Darren Hylands

      I've got the same problem.

    • Ryan Socio

      Same problem :(

    • therealduckie

      maybe someone can offer a download of the new adb for those of us that do not wish to download the entire SDK?

    • http://twitter.com/jhmartin JorMar

      Here's how I got it to work, was having same problem as you guys:

      Did the simpler guide link, put all those in my C:/Android folder, but the adp file there is old, it doesnt have sideload, so then downloaded the full android sdk, found the adp files in that and copied all files in the folder adp was in and pasted them in the other Android folder I made directly on the C drive earlier, replacing all old ones. Then I moved the zip file of the update to that folder too. Then I shift right clicked in that android folder and selected open command prompt here. THEN typing in the adp sideload command worked. Goodluck.

      • z0rch

        I'm at the point where I downloaded the 4.1.2 package too, and can't find an updated adb with sideload. I'm kinda new to this, but am trying.

        • Sorian

          You need to be in the folder that you downloaded the 4.2 zip file, I was beating my head till I tried that from QBKing77's video.

        • http://twitter.com/jhmartin JorMar

          I got the new adp files from the full android sdk under tools when the manager runs, I downloaded sdk tools (already part of package) and sdk platform tools. I didn't mess with any of the versions below in the manager.

      • ichbinich

        thanks a lot dude! After couple of hours trying and almost giving up, then I followed all your tips, and kaboom... it works!

        p/s: Never ever give up.

    • Pat

      Make sure the ADB driver is in use in Windows Device Manager when you select Apply Update from ADB.. if not, this won't work. If it's not you need to right click and click update Driver, browse for my own, select from list already installed and select the ADB driver from the list.. Once that is selected and configured.. type "adb devices" and see if your device is listed. Then go ahead with the install.

  • Laurence

    Can anyone confirm whether it has multi-user support?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It does.

      • Laurence

        Yay! Thanks.

  • Benedikt

    Can't flashed because 4.2 Kayboard MD5 dosn't match the expected :(

  • sOFrOsTy

    Why doesn't this work for me? When I get to the screen with the Android and red exclamation point, I press power and vol up together and nothing happens, it just reboots the device. How do I even get into the recovery screen?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Don't hold them too long. Just try tapping a bunch of times.

  • ChainsawCharlie

    Sorry if this is a daft question. Does this mean that N7 get the Photosphere thingie as well?

    • TylerChappell

      If you have the MoDaCo Camera launcher installed and try to use Photosphere, it will say "Sorry, your device is not yet supported. Model: Nexus 7 (asus)"

      • disparkys

        and even if you change the build.prop to say that you have a Nexus device, it will then say, "Sorry you don't have a back camera". So I'm going on a limp there to say no.

        • Catnapwat

          Limb. Not limp.

  • Glenn

    Just bought an ex-display 16GB (only AU$200!)and I already rooted it an flashed AOKP M1. Tempted to wipe again for 4.2 but I think I'll wait for AOSP to drop the source.

  • disparkys

    I'd love to see photosphere even with the full frontal camera

    • Jeremy Carlton

      Photosphere doesn't work. Says Nexus 7 doesn't support it. Boo!

  • gregory murphy

    Failed browser check does not match. Must be that I installed old stock browser with flash?

  • dennis

    I rebooted into CWR and chose install zip from sdcard. Found the 4.2 zip and clicked install but it fails with status 7. I have custom kernel but stock ROM with root. Any ideas? Will I need to flags back to stock?

    • KreeTerry

      Same problem here. Stick rooted with Franco kernel. Gonna trouble shoot during my sociology class in about an hour. Any one know if you can flash just the stock kernel

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1503310639 Kree Terry

      Just thought id share my fix. Downloaded the stock 4.1.2 files from google and extracted the zip containing the system, boot, recovery, and userdata images. wiped the boot.img in fastboot and flashed the one from that zip. rebooted into recovery and flashed the update. everything booted fine, lost root but all apps are fine. just a warning to others it looks like 4.2 is handling the sdcard differently than previous version.

  • mmmm

    Anyone noticed if the stickMount stopped working? I tried other OTG mounting as well. But they all seems to be not working.

    • MHSB

      Your root permissions are gone!
      You have to root your device again to use StickMount. Same happened to me after 4.1.2.

    • Rob

      I've got this problem too. Stickmount comes up saying its mounted the drive and there's a folder there but it's empty. Tried a few sticks all the same and I've got root ok as Titanium works fine and I've installed busybox. Tried a few other OTG apps all the same they mount but only an empty folder appears

  • Doc!!!

    how do you do this from ubuntu?

  • Zak

    hey guys is it harmful or should i say disadvantages to installing an update manually in the long run?

    • Max

      no, it works exactly the same as an ota update

  • dbark

    If you get "error: device not found" when doing "adb sideload" on Windows, grab the Nexus 7 (Google OEM) usb drivers for adb, and follow this guide http://blog.dantup.com/2012/10/fixing-adb-device-not-found-with-nexus-7-in-recovery-mode to get Windows to recognise the driver (USB VID:18d1 PID:0001)

    • R3

      Windows still doesn't recognize the device.. There is a brief detection as "Android Bootloader Interface" in the initial recovery menu. After entering the Apply from ADB mode, Windows re-detects the tablet and changes it to "Nexus" (not installed Code 28) under "Other Devices".

  • http://www.facebook.com/sp00nard Christian Dixon

    Why do they make it so you have to go through all that shit if you don't want to wait for an OTA update? Why can't you just download it and run it like an app and it updates???

    • http://twitter.com/SvenDaWhoop Sky Sailor

      You can always root and flash a recovery, flashing the zip is really easy.

    • Eric Jones

      The easy method for getting an update is to wait for the OTA. If you aren't patient enough for them to stagger the update, then you have some options. The options are actually pretty easy too, especially in comparison to many other devices. The question for you is, is it easier to be patient, or easier to follow the simple instructions above?

      • http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.wilmeth Rebecca Wilmeth

        The instructions are easy for nerds. That guide looks completely foreign to through and though stock users. My eyes glazed over when it mentioned a command line.

        • Eric Jones

          Then it's easier for you to wait a little bit for the OTA. ;-)

        • Carl

          You might just be a helpless dumb-shit

  • Toko

    I'm stuck at at step 3 so i decided to not update my N7 now, how can i reboot/shut down my device?!

  • bobbe

    If I update through CWR how can i keep root?

    • tookieboy

      either use ota rootkeeper (which others have suggested, but i didn't use it prior to losing root) or just root using the nexus 7 toolkit. choose root + install superuser (or supersu) via CWM. just plainly choosing root your phone didn't work for me, but flashing it did

  • qbking77

    How to manually update (just use the 4.2 file):

    • Sorian

      Always good to see this from you good sir!

      • http://twitter.com/MegaVenga123 Venga Boy

        Thank you so much! Thought that the update went wrong and my settings pulldown is missing ;D

    • skitchbeatz

      thanks for the video. helped out a lot

  • Michael Jennings

    Ah, multi-user.... just two weeks after you could have saved my relationship.

    • Sorian


      • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

        Really was that the breaking point?

        • Bob dylan

          It was the random Craigslist personals that showed up in his Gmail widget. I she couldn't understand that he was just addicted to the thrill, and and it was just a spam bot. I 'but the fact that [he] looked', counts for something.

    • multi-user

      really sorry man, you should've called me

  • Liquidretro

    Looks to be lots of problems. I think I lost root in my last manual update to 4.1.2 Any idea how to get it back?

  • Nick

    The fastest way to do this, is to download the Nexus 7 toolkit. Run it and have it install the drivers for you. Then instead of running the command adb sideload (package), go into your toolkit folder and run 'adb-toolkit sideload (package). Ive found only the toolkit version of the ADB deamon works properly for installing the drivers and for pushing the update. Using the toolkit will also fix the issue of your device saying HOST instead of SIDELOAD in your adb devices.

  • http://twitter.com/mattgoldey Matt Goldey

    Any word on when the OTA update will be available? The Nexus 4 & 10 is supposed to be available at 9am PST, is it reasonable to presume that the 4.2 OTA update will come down then?

  • http://www.facebook.com/shaunnico Shaun Nicholson

    Good news... Can't wait for cm10.1

  • Stephen Bruck

    The update won't work because (I assume) I replaced the keyboard with the leaked apk. I foolishly didn't back up the original keyboard app. Any recommendations?

  • http://twitter.com/tanujrocks Tanuj Chokshi

    worked for me!

  • lnxmachine

    The simpler guide sdk files don't seem to work. The sideload command wouldn't run. downloaded the SDK and installed the Platform-tools and was able to push the updated

  • Gary Patrowicz

    get error : insufficient permissions for device any help here

    • markbratanov

      I get this same error. Any advice on this?

    • Jack David Baucum

      I had this too on Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit. I solved it like this.

      sudo adb kill-server
      sudo adb start-server
      sudo adb sideload ~/094f6629314a.signed-nakasi-JOP40C-from-JZO54K.094f6629.zip

      If you are having the problems on Windows or Mac the only thing I can think is to make sure you are running it as admin.

      • Gary Patrowicz

        this worked for me ty

  • Dinofan01

    If you're on a custom ROM (paranoid) can you just simply flash this over or do I have to revert back to stock ROM or stock recovery? thanks!

  • capehfx2

    It says device not found, running windows 8, with the simpler guide portion. It use to work!

  • Brad Garrison

    The command simply results in the syntax menu for the adb command being displayed. I've already modified the .inf file to be sure the device is recognized in recovery mode, but still no luck.
    Any suggestion?

    • Brad Garrison

      Fixed it by installing the Android SDK files and running adb sideload from the command line. With the simple guide adb, "adb devices" resulted in the device ID followed by host whereas running "adb devices" from the SDK set results in device ID followed by sideload.

  • StK

    The "simple guide" to get only adb/fastboot provides an older version of adb which does not support sideload... 1 hours of search and reinstalling driver but in fact it's just this howto that is buggy. Use the adb from the official sdk it works better...

  • http://www.totaltab.com Nick Reuter

    Yay, Nexus 7 is in a happy place :)

  • Josh Feldsher

    Sorry if this is a dumb question... but do you need to be rooted in order for this to work?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jvandie Jim VanDieren

    I keep getting an error message of "error: device not found" when attempting to load through adb. I made sure to have the Google USB drivers installed through the SDK tools, and I've tried this on every USB port on my laptop, too. Any suggestions?

  • SDM

    List of devices attached: nothing

  • http://twitter.com/Jim_Torrey Jim_Torrey

    I'm stuck at step three at work, (limited access to internet) how do i reboot to try again at home... thanks guys, help is MUCh appreciated.

  • http://twitter.com/ph91ctl Cătălin Cristache

    I'm at step 3. When I connect my tablet, it doesn't recognise the device. I have the official USB drivers from Asus and adb installed also.

  • http://twitter.com/tomrsvr Tom Roseveare

    Just did this after quickly learning how to use MacOSX Terminal/shell commands for the first time. Worked perfectly!

  • Garrett Granson

    I have tried over an over again to re-root my nex 7 and i keep getting the error that it pushing su has failed. I also cannot do the step when you push the vol up and power together when the android with red "!" is on screen it just reboots. Does anyone know what my problem is? It was happening before anything to do with this post but it is driving me insane that i cant re root my tablet

  • Mason Butts

    i cant use command prompt, when i open it it makes me close it cause of an error. Anythign i can do instead?

  • Mason Butts

    I cant run the command prompt, it says to close it cause theres an error, any other way i can do this

  • D’Arcy Rheault

    OTA in Ontario Canada just now... 20:00 13-11-12

  • Matt Foot

    You'd be well advised to update the tutorial to mention that we hold VOL+ & Power **MOMENTARILY** - your badly explained guide wasted 15 mins of my time. Thanks :)

  • telveer

    Got this a few hours ago - figured out the manual steps because some of the online steps did not match my setup: Install Android SDK, Install Nexus 7 USB drivers - I actually used Samsung drivers which work with Windows 8, download the zip file and adb sideload the zip. Overall, its very stable and slick. Support for multiple users is a welcome feature. Uninstalled Swype, now that the built-in keyboard has matured enough to become the default keyboard. Nexus 7 Camera does not support Photo Sphere (tested using Nexus 7 Camera app from Market Place).

  • JD

    The correct command is: adb -d sideload 094f6629314a.signed-nakasi-JOP40C-from-JZO54K.094f6629.zip

    The -d forces the command to the USB port eliminating the "device not found" error

  • http://www.facebook.com/barrios.frankie Frankie Barrios

    Once I enter command in step 3 a bunch of info loads down in command prompt and nothing happens??? Please help me!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sprime Shawn Prime

    I did not get the prompts to update and I kept trying. I force stopped my google services framework and then hit update. This did not work. I tried a half a dozen times. Then what I did to make it update OTA was the same thing, then I turned off the device. When I turned it back on, it started updating OTA.

  • Jason84134

    It wont let me do it... it tells me it cant load side load and wont do it. then i remove sideload and it goes through everything but then my nexus 7 does nothing

  • Code0110

    Alright I think I fixed the sideload thing for a lot of people, when it said 'Sideload' not found it the file you are sideloading MUST be in the same folder as adb, hope this helps a lot of you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Tsikhan Tsikhan Biazruchanka

    1. Go to Settings -> Apps -> All

    2. Find Google Services Framework.

    3. Tap on Force Stop.

    4. Select Clear Data.

    5. Head back to the Nexus 7’s Settings, go to About, and check for a System Update.

    6. If it didn't find update, just repeat everything from 1. ( I've got the update on 5th repetition, friends on 3rd and 8th=)

    • Piter

      Thank you a lot. It works!!! Without any flashing and manually update.

    • tyrtytr

      Excellent! Thanks. I hit it fourth time.

    • Blucky

      Wow! worked on 2nd try! didn't want to do the complicated way the other guy showed...

    • Kenny O

      After try number 6, I was beginning to think you were fcuking with me :-) Worked on #7. Great call, thanks for making that much easier.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Tsikhan Tsikhan Biazruchanka

      and also guys, you might encounter Play Store error on downloading stuff, just RE-ADD your account, meaning remove and add back straight ahead not leaving settings.

    • Kristoff119

      Fifth try for me and now I get to enjoy some 4.2 love! I tried this twice and thought they fixed this loophole before I saw your post.

    • Zenob

      I tought i was fake, but it works :) thanks!

    • http://www.facebook.com/zokomo91 Zachary E. Whosoever

      thanks it worked on the second try..

    • myagoo

      Wow, are a kind of hero ?

    • Rob

      This worked 1st time :) thanks

    • Kyle Roth

      worked first try! Thanks!

    • http://www.facebook.com/treefetty Eric Thomas Downs


    • http://twitter.com/N01kevin Kevin A. Germono

      Thanks man! 1st Try!

    • sat

      Broke my neck with adb sideload on Mac and win 7, downloading and redownloading the links and adk bundles for 6-8hrs only to be saved by GSF in 4th attempt
      Long live the adb adb is dead.

    • mikemonstar

      1st try man!!!!! Its very simple

    • http://sanathswaroop.hpage.com Sanath Swaroop

      Thanks sir,it worked for me the 5th time I tried :-). .,now I'm on 4.3 ^_^

    • Shem Tremble

      Worked perfectly to trigger update from 4.2.2 > 4.3 too. Thanks for the time-saving advice!

    • Kevin Matthew

      So simple, you're fucking awesome!

    • damien

      4th try.Thankx man!!Unbelieveable easy!!!!

    • vedhas

      That worked like charm for nexus 4 kitkat ! Thanks man...!

    • sbromagem

      Took 7 tries for me

    • daveloft

      There's a good reason to take the few extra steps, you should never clear your Google Services Framework data.

      'Google Engineer Dan Morrill Sheds Some Light On The Nexus OTA Process, Urges You To Never Clear Google Service Framework Data'

      • Someguy

        It only can "possibly" cause errors, and if so you can just do a factory reset once it updates the 4.4.2 and you are back to being normal with 4.4.2.

    • Wilson M

      Thanks Tsikhan B. After several tries it downloaded.

    • Mav6

      smh.. Thanks man, got it after first re-fresh and updating this very second.

    • Harry

      U are awesome man

    • RinVindor

      I gave up on your method after try # 15. Using a Nexus 7 2013 (Wi-Fi)

      Sucks it doesn't work as I am also having issues with getting it to go past Recovery in the guide above as well. Just going to wait for CWM to do this right so I don't need to screw with shotty methods.

  • Andrei Jedidiah

    gmail pinch zoom is not updated... any ideas?

  • Web-Wench

    When I press VolUp and Pwr once I see the exclamation, nothing happens. I've tried a few times. Any thoughts?

  • Sorian

    I love the new clock and how it integrates with the lock screen. When the alarm goes off, you can swipe left to snooze and right to disable, the glow ring flashes, and the time is displayed. In ICS, it was a popup window and buttons for disable and snooze.

  • sam3971

    It could not be easier. Just flashed exactly as said using ADB and it worked like a charm the first time. Anyone having issues with ADB you have to have the downloaded firmware file in the same directory as ADB before running the command or it won't know where to look lol.

  • http://www.zenfocustech.com/ Sam Rodriguez

    A write-up I did on a couple issues that came up during my flash: http://slr.zenfocustech.com/2012/11/android-4-2/

  • Orhan

    As of happens now OTA update rolling out in NL for Nexus 7

  • http://www.facebook.com/philip.brain.3 Philip Brain

    can somebody walk me through step 3, im really confused

  • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

    I tried installing the Android SDK following the steps on their website, but it says "This app can't run on your PC." Any chance this doesn't run on Windows 8? If so, is there a way to work around that? Or another app which does work for Windows 8?

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  • Aussie

    I just got pushed the 4.2 update here in sweden.... On my aussie nexus 7

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.bane.94 Jessica Bane

    This doesnt work for me. After getting the update normally during the progress bar updating it fails at about 1/3 of the way through. Tried it this way and instead of getting an Android with a red exclamation point (section 2) i get Google like in loading and its stuck there.

  • jericho cannon

    Can u do it with a zte score

  • frusterated

    doesn't work. every time i run the sideload command it doesn't recognize my device anymore. and its asking to install drivers once i get to this point even tho the adb drivers are clearly installed.

  • Sandeep Roy

    Nexus7 #Android 4.3 OTA done using Stop GSFramework method, in 6 attempts.

  • Abraham Emmanuel

    how can i updated dell mini 5 android 2.3 to android 4 +

  • Abraham Emmanuel

    how can i upgrade dell mini 5 android phone to 4.0.1

  • http://www.tutrago.com Tutrago.com

    You dont have to install the hoooole SDK, you can just have adb and fastboot installed.
    Here is the installer http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=42407269 only 2Mb

  • Константин Господинов

    I can't open the menu while recovery mode - the screen becomes black and i need to boot the fastboot menu to turn on my mobile. Help?

  • Luke Skaff

    Hitting the volume up and power (VolUp+Power) at the android logo with the red exclamation mark does nothing on my nexus 5, anyone else have that issue?

    • ACC3D

      Press the volume up, down, and power buttons at the same time 5 times in a row.

    • Raveesh Bhalla

      I just pressed volume up and the options came

    • Vladimir Cuevas

      Just press (Power+VolUP) quickly

  • Rohit

    No I think there is no need of computer or USB cable.... you can install android 4.4.3 update manually in this way.....
    1. Download android 4.4.3 (KTU84M) zip package.
    2. No need to unzip this file.
    3. Install nexus update checker from Google play store...its free.
    4. Open nexus update checker .its will automatically detects your zip file and show you to update your android.
    5. Click on install.
    6. Now your phone will restart and start updating.
    7. Wait for a couple of minutes while android is updating.
    8. Done!!!....enjoy..
    9. Thanks...:))

  • MHlongwane

    How do I fix "DNS not authoritative for zone"error?

  • tehb

    CMD says that the file cannot be found
    c1a33561be84a8a6a7d5a4c8e3463c4db9352ce6.signed-hammerhead-LRX21O-from-KTU84P.c1a33561.zip is what i have pasted into cmd.
    any help?

  • vmry2

    Thank you. Instructions are still valid for sideloading Android L.

  • jsachs

    tip for Nexus 5: when you enter stock recovery and see the exclamation, just press and release vol up. Do not hold vol up + power.

  • http://greaterthanawesome.blogspot.co.uk/ b3n_ja_m1n

    Does this blank the device?