How to manually update your Nexus 7 (both) and Nexus 10 to Android 4.4 KitKat
- A Wi-Fi only Nexus 7 (2012 or 2013) or Nexus 10 running stock Android 4.3. For the 2012 Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 this is build number JWR66Y, and for the 2013 Nexus 7 it is build number JSS15R (check in Settings > About Device)
- The newest version of the Android SDK installed on your system.
- The manual update package (links below).
- Understanding of how to use the command line
- Rename the package you've downloaded to "update.zip" (no quotes)
- Place the update.zip package into the Android SDK/platform-tools folder on your computer (do not unzip it).
- Power off your tablet
- Hold down the volume up, volume down and power buttons when turning on your tablet.
- Your tablet should startup into the fastboot menu, when you see that connect your Nexus tablet to your computer via USB.
- Use the volume up/down keys to navigate to "Recovery mode", then press the power button to boot into recovery.
- When the Android with the red exclamation point appears, press the power and volume up buttons at the same time. This should open the recovery menu.
- Use the volume up/down keys to select "apply update from ADB," then press power to select it.
- On your computer, open up a command prompt or terminal window.
- Using the command line, navigate to the Android SDK/platform-tools folder on your computer
- On Windows, type: adb.exe sideload update.zip; on Mac, type: ./adb-mac sideload update.zip; on Linux, type: ./adb sideload update.zip
- The update should begin installing; and when it's done, select "reboot system now" using the volume buttons, and power to select
- That's that, you should now be running Android 4.4.
16. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)
well I couln't do it for my cousin Nexus 10... I will stay away from manual updates.. thanks for the article Michael...
19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 5928; Member since: 14 May 2012)
My Nexus 7 got the update. Installing it now.
26. andynaija (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)
"Let's face it: waiting is for suckers." I'm pretty sure good things come to those who wait :)
29. protozeloz (Posts: 5285; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
There is an eayer method, using the all purpose nexus update tool!
34. jagreci (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)
Is this on the playstore? Will doing either of these methods factory reset my nexus 7?
35. jagreci (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)
Nevermind, I figured out what you were talking about. WugFresh Nexus Root Toolkit. Works flawless, use to use it with my galaxy nexus. Thanks for the reminder.
37. protozeloz (Posts: 5285; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Yeah, more comfortable than anything else
36. garlic456 (Posts: 88; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)
Someone please help me after closing my Nexus 7 (2013) it isn't openning anymore? What could it be? I diddn't even do anything
40. trustradha (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
its not reading update.zip at the final step.pls help.
41. mahendharreddy (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)
The problem is You have renamed it to "update.zip" already its a .zip so it became "update.zip.zip" either rename and rename to update or use this adb.exe sideload update.zip.zip