The OTA update has already started for the Nexus 4, while some have received others are still in the queue. If you’re still unaware of the update, read this. The KitKat 4.4.1 release is labelled KOT49E build. For those who can’t wait for the OTA to reach them, can install it manually using this guide. While the custom world fans can go even further and root their Nexus 4 running KitKat 4.4.1. This manual OTA update will not destroy any of your device data , so do not worry on losing an of it.

If you have not yet updated from Jelly Bean 4.3, you can do so easily by Installing the KitKat 4.4 Factory Image on your Nexus 4.


  • Rooting voids warranty, DroidViews or any of its community members do not encourage rooting and are not responsible for any damage to your device. Perform everything at your own risk.
  • Perform all actions on your own risk
  • This guide is meant only and only for Nexus 4, do not attempt to try this on any other device
  • Read and understand the instructions carefully before proceeding below


  • Install Android SDK: Download
  • Backup device storage, SMS, contacts, calenders and other stuff (This procedure won’t wipe any of your present data on the phone, but we prefer to be at a safe side, always)

Note: In case you already have your bootloader unlocked and a Custom Recovery Installed, you might just push the appropriate OTA update file to your device’s storage. Then, reboot into custom recovery mode, flash the very same zip and reboot your device. Kindly make sure not to wipe anything.


The OTA update can only be used over KitKat 4.4 KRT16S, so if you’re still on Jelly Bean 4.3, use this guide to Install the KitKat 4.4 OTA update on your Nexus 4 and then follow this guide.

  1. Download the OTA update file ( Click Here
  2. Reboot your device into official recovery mode: Power off your device, press Volume Down and Power button, the device will reboot into bootloader mode. Use the volume keys to highlight Recovery Mode and press the power button to select it. You will see an Android bot with exclamation mark, press volume up and power button for a second to boot your Nexus 4 into official recovery mode. Booting into stock recovery could be tricky sometimes and may require 2-3 tries.
  3. Once the device enters stock recovery mode, connect it to the PC via USB cable
  4. Use the volume keys to highlight apply update from ADB and select it using the power button
  5. Open the folder location where the OTA update file was downloaded. Press shift key and right click on an empty space inside the  folder and select Open Command Prompt Here.
  6. Type the following command to start the updating process:
    adb sideload
  7. The process will begin. Once its done, you’ll be prompted. Now select reboot system now to finally boot your Nexus 4 into the latest update of KitKat i.e 4.4.1 KOT49E build.

Enjoy the updated KitKat experience on your Nexus 4


The process requires unlocked bootloader and a Custom Recovery installed. You can do so by following this guide.

Unlocking the bootloader wipes the complete device data including the storage, so back it up all before proceeding

  1. Download the latest SuperSU flashable package: Download
  2. Connect your device to the PC via USB cable and transfer the (here XXX resembles the latest version) to an apt location on your device’s storage
  3. Disconnect your device
  4. Power off. Now press Volume down and power button altogether until you see the bootloader screen. Use the volume (+ or -) keys to highlight Recovery Mode and select it using the power button. The device will boot itself into CWM recovery.
  5. Tap on Install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard and select the (here XXX resembles the latest version). Tap on Yes, when prompted to initiate the flashing process.
  6. Once done, tap on Reboot System Now to reboot your device.

You can also check if your Nexus is rooted or not using the following App.

Root Check Price: Free

It was easy updating, wasn’t it? Just a few step and you’re shall now be enjoying the latest Android update on your Nexus 4. Off course, you’re privileged. Give us your valuable feedback, tell us how you feel about this new update.


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