Good news, everyone! The Nexus 4 Android 4.2.2 OTA (JDQ39) is finally here, surprisingly late in the update cycle, following the Nexus 10 and older Nexus devices, such as both variants of the Nexus 7 and both variants of the Galaxy Nexus. Chances are you probably don't have the coveted update notification just yet, but who wants to wait if you can sideload it manually? Rooted, unrooted, stock or custom recovery - it matters not.

What's New?

To see what's new in Android 4.2.2, see New Android 4.2.2 Features: Toggle From Quick Settings, Better App Download Notifications, and Some New Sounds!

There is also a new radio in this update.

Heads up: The new radio removes LTE Band 4 support.


Your device should be running build JOP40D before trying to install the update manually. If you for some reason don't have JOP40D, Google has it available in factory image form here.

For those ready to download and install manually, the process is easy. If you

  • have a custom recovery, just download the zip (linked below), move it to your device, and flash as usual
  • have the stock recovery or a custom recovery that supports sideloading, keep the zip file on your computer and follow a few easy instructions below

Manual Instructions

Disclaimer: Android Police isn't responsible for any harm to your device - proceed at your own risk.

Step 1.

Reboot your Nexus 4, holding the Volume Down button 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, hold Power and press Volume Up a few times, which will bring you to a new menu. Navigate to "apply update from adb."


Step 2.

Connect your Nexus 4 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 zip file you've downloaded.

Type in the following:

 adb sideload

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 4.2.2 on your Nexus 4.

wm_n4 4.2.2


Here's the OTA, hosted on Google's servers: build JDQ39.

MD5: 1c752738f65acfd48f2d3b6e6e11a654

File size: 51.0 MB (53,529,568 bytes)

Thanks, Jdban101, @Coentje44, and everyone else who sent us a tip!