The Google device well-known for its dual personality, with the size of a Phone and extended possibilities of a tablet, hence a Phablet. The Google Nexus 7 was released twice, the first model in the year 2012 and the second one in 2013. Its powerful hardware made it to be one of the Nexus device to be updated officially to KitKat 4.4 and now is the turn to update again! Yes, here we have KitKat 4.4.1 now, which was announced yesterday. The OTA rollout began the very same time but it couldn’t reach out everyone at the same time, while some already have it, others don’t. So, if you have waited much and impatient are to try it on, you can do it here by following this guide, which shall Instruct you to Install the OTA manually on your Nexus 7 2013 LTE variant.
The OTA update can be applied when you’ve updated your device to KitKat 4.4 KRT16S, already. If you haven’t, follow this guide.
- 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 7, do not attempt to try this on any other variant or 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.
Instructions to Install KitKat 4.4.1 KOT49E OTA on Nexus 7 LTE
- Download the OTA update file (b5559302dc8273444cb8234b5a6c22c863441e84.signed-razorg-KOT49E-from-KRT16S.b5559302.zip): Click Here
- 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 an 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.
- Once the device enters stock recovery mode, connect it to the PC via USB cable
- Use the volume keys to highlight apply update from ADB and select it using the power button
- 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.
- Type the following command to start the updating process:
adb sideload b5559302dc8273444cb8234b5a6c22c863441e84.signed-razorg-KOT49E-from-KRT16S.b5559302.zip
- The process will begin. Once its done, you’ll be prompted. Now select reboot system now to finally boot your Nexus 7 into the latest update of KitKat i.e 4.4.1 KOT49E build.
So now you have your Nexus 7 2013 LTE variant updated to the latest Android version.
Before following the Instructions below, make sure to unlock your Nexus 7’s bootloader and Install a Custom recovery. 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
- Download the latest SuperSU flashable package: Download
- Connect your device to the PC via USB cable and transfer the UPDATE-SuperSU-vXXX.zip (here XXX resembles the latest version) to an apt location on your device’s storage
- Disconnect your device
- 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.
- Tap on Install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard and select the UPDATE-SuperSU-vXXX.zip (here XXX resembles the latest version). Tap on Yes, when prompted to initiate the flashing process.
- 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.
Congrats! You’re running on the latest Android version. Go ahead and explore the numerous possibilities.