The official OTA update to Android 4.2 for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus has just hit Google's servers, and you can grab the build (GA02) right now. Here's a direct download link, originally found on XDA. Sextape at SXTP Developers posted yesterday indicating that a leaked version of this build would end up as the final OTA release. Here's the detailed build info:


md5: 4a023ce78c17c8256dfec8ae0615707f

File size: 102,838,616 bytes

So, now you're wondering how you go about flashing this build, right? Well, you can do it now, but it's not a one-step affair. I've placed instructions below, but proceed at your own risk - the OTA update will probably be going out through Sprint fairly soon, too. But hey, sometimes you just need it now, right? If you're using a custom recovery, you can proceed as usual and just flash the ZIP file (assuming you're coming from build FH05). If you're running the stock recovery, you'll need to follow these instructions.

Note: You do NOT need root for this method to work.

Step 1.

Reboot your Galaxy Nexus, holding the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons while it boots up. Once you see the fastboot menu and "Start," press Volume Up to navigate to "Recovery" and press the power button. Once you see an Android with a red exclamation point icon, press Volume Up and the Power button together, which will bring you to a new menu. Navigate to "apply update from adb."

Step 2.

Connect your Galaxy Nexus 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).

Open up a command prompt (cmd in Windows, regular shell in Linux and Mac) in the same directory as the JOP40D zip file you've downloaded.

Type in the following:

adb sideload c5ea6e959840.update_mysidspr_FH05_to_GA02.zip

You should see a progress bar, which will eventually hit 100%. At this point, your device is installing the update.

Step 3.

Reboot and enjoy! You are now running Android 4.2 on your Sprint Galaxy Nexus.

Android 4.2.1 (JOP40D) for Sprint Galaxy Nexus from Google.

Update: We've uploaded a mirror just in case.

David Ruddock
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  • http://twitter.com/coldcc Coldcc

    Dammit VZW give me my radios!!!

  • squiddy20

    Weird, I just installed a CM 10.1 nightly just 2 days ago (for the first time I might add)... I guess the only thing to flash now is the new radio (it is new, right?).

    • SickoPsycho

      somehow i doubt it.

      • squiddy20

        "you'll get features a whole lot faster than waiting for Sprint."

    • c0rpse

      nightlies have been awfully buggy lately. Really slow compared to stock, too, which has surprised me. Things lag, stick, and are generally jumpy. I'm moving back to rooted stock.

      • SickoPsycho

        I'm using the VZW Nexus (toro) and have not had these issues. While there were a few that showed significant battery drain overall I'm very impressed with performance, UI, etc. Perhaps toroplus is different, although I dont really see why it would be that different...?

  • Tommy Thompson


  • Mike

    Nooo way!! I can't wait for the official OTA from Sprint

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

      This is the official OTA, the only difference is the means you use to install it (manual download + install vs OTA).

      • Andi Leigh

        But don't we have to root the phones beforehand?

        • mechapathy

          No root necessary.

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

          No, absolutely not. You don't need root for adb sideload.

          Just updated the article to reflect this important fact.

      • squiddy20

        I thought it was OTW (over the wire) if you had to use a computer to install it?

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

          Yeah, semantics. I mean it's the OTA file that Sprint will be sending your way days or likely weeks later that you can have now.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/wwjoshdew Josh

    I get an error when I use an otg adapter and when I use adb: http://i.imgur.com/Tv7eP.jpg

    • SickoPsycho

      did you verify md5?

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/wwjoshdew Josh

        Yes I did! :)

  • Disqus Sucks

    I hate you Verizon.

    • SickoPsycho

      I concur. We should not be far behind. I left stock ROM a long time ago for this exact reason.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dustin-Lehman/1321902066 Dustin Lehman

      I think we can all agree that everyone hates Verizon. But yet they feed on our hate since were locked into 2 year contracts lol

  • Kevin G. Sanchez

    Damn. Couldn't get it to install. Guess I'll wait for the OTA.

  • Scott

    Oh VZW how I love to hate you.

  • qbking77
  • Dmitry Chorine

    OMG, whatever happened to Verizon Galaxy Nexus?! Are we going have to go through this again?!?! Wait for few month before almighty Verizon decided to do OTA for us?!!

  • paul

    Can you use this method if you are rooted

  • John Vasquez

    Mine fails. Always. Updates just a little then fails

  • Typhoon360Z

    Just got the OTA update on sprint ^__^

  • Brian Salazar

    Is this avaliable for the Nexus S 4G?????? I wanna get out of the 4.1.1 update...