Nexus 4's Android 4.4 KitKat OTA download links now available

For those of you who just can't stand waiting for the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update to roll out over the air — but who also don't have an unlocked bootloader, here's your quick path to updating.

XDA's got the manual install URLs for the update, which you can apply through adb sideload in recovery. And what's more is that there's an update path for phones still on Jelly Bean — and one as well for first factory image (KRT16O) that was made available but recently replaced by a new version (KRT16S).

Here are the links:

Source: XDA-Developers

134 Comments
  • How to install? Posted via Android Central App
  • Since it's in zip format I'm assuming you can just flash it like normal. Not sure though, also not sure if this will wipe data. Posted via Android Central App
  • You use the side load command in fastboot. It will not wipe the device as it is identical to receiving the OTA. Posted via Android Central App
  • Can you provide the exact command and steps?
  • Here you go.. http://www.droid-life.com/2013/02/12/guide-how-to-use-adb-sideload-to-up...
  • Those and the other directions ive found arent worth anything. Really doesnt help if you dont know or have a sdk or ADT program on your PC already and know who to use it. I got all the way to the command prompt and couldnt get windows to find the file to sidleloaded.
  • Yes please gives us the exact steps! I'm of waitinf for google to give me the OTA! Posted via Android Central App
  • Make you sure have ADB configured on your system. Turn off your phone, switch on holding the volume down button, go into recovery and select apply update over ADB. Use the command 'adb sideload filename.zip' (replace filename with the actual name of the file) and it should apply the update to your phone via ADB.
  • do you have to download the file on your computer or phone?
  • Computer. Posted via Android Central App on Nexus 4
  • I tried going into 'recovery mode' but just says 'no command' and doesn't give an option to update via ADB.
  • at that point hold the power button and press vol up then let go of both, the menu will appear
  • When you use ADB to install, or "sideload" a file, you place the file to be installed (flashed) on your PC or mac. Place the file in the same directory (easiest) as ADB program file. Then connect your phone to the computer. Then run ADB (two steps) first adb devices -to ensure your computer sees the phone, You should see a device number returned from your adb devices command. Then simply do as MrTomRichy stated: type the command adb sideload filename.zip. If you are using a linux box or mac, the only difference (aside from not worrying about usb drivers for the phone) is that you need to remember to place "./" in front of your commands (./adb devices and ./adb sideload greatupdate.zip)
  • Please try below link after struggling 3 days with driver issue while trying adb sideload and fastboot..I tried this and it worked.(search lifehacker or google for force-an-android-device-to-check-for-a-system-update and follow the instructions).For the people who are not comfortable with adb etc. tedious process.. this process is safe.
  • No, it's not. That process doesn't work, and often breaks other things as well. Wait for the OTA if you can't learn to sideload. ADB is actually not rocket science to set up or use.
  • Just received my OTA on my nexus4 minutes ago. (Still haven't gotten one on my nexus 7 (2013) however....) Posted via Android Central App
  • Where are you located? Not that it seems to matter whatsoever, just curious.
  • Just did a reset on my phone and it popped in. W00T!
  • And my N7 2012 had it waiting for me when I got home. Christmas came early! |❌_❌|
  • Congrats on the updates! Posted via Android Central App
  • it has nothing to do with location
  • I know, I like to pretend it does though. :P
  • I got my nexus 7 (2013) ota 10 minutes ago. Posted via Android Central App
  • I was ready to sideload it but the OTA came an hour ago lol!
  • Good to hear more people getting the OTA. I will put off sideloading a little longer.
  • Where's my OTA haha... Please Posted via Android Central App
  • Nice...already had 4.4 installed but just received my update to KRT16S. Update was waiting on me when I went into System Updates
  • just got my 4.4 update. but when i tried to install there was an error, i dont know how to get it back :(
  • Try rebooting your phone.
  • Still waiting for my ota, hopefully it comes in the next day or so.. On a side note I checked out a nexus 5 today, when I matched my 4 next to it on max brightness the 5 seemed to be muted down on the white balance.. Anyway, I am ready for my sweet kit kat!! Posted via the AC app on a nexus 4
  • nothing yet OTA 4.4 update for nexus 7 2013 32gb wifi.
    WTF google
  • Still waiting on my kitkat update T-Mobile version hopefully sometime this week Posted via Android Central App
  • I got my OTA 4.4 on my Nexus 4 about 45 min ago... but it is missing the new app loader. The install appears to be successful, but the home screen looks the same, with solid bars on the top and bottom. Anyone else have this problem? Any ideas on how to fix it?
  • Search on google for the Google Experience Launcher and just install the apk. After that, it'll be an optional launcher like Nova. That's what I'm using now.
  • AWESOME! Just did it and it works great! I'm stoked. Thanks
  • It does not come with the new launcher or the GEL as people are calling it. However you can find the apk easily and install it yourself. I got it running nicely on both my nexus 7 2012 and 2013 and my nexus 10. I also have it on my nexus 4 already and it is nice.
  • Got my OTA doesn't look any different Posted via Android Central App
  • I've downloaded this twice and scanned with Avast. Both times it is showing it has the Android:SpyAgent trojan in the package. I will not be updating until I know what that it! Posted via Android Central App
  • Just got the ota on my 2012 n7!!! Now need it on two n4s! Yippee! Posted via Android Central App on my white Nexus 4 with StraightTalk
  • Just received ota. Its WiFi only download. So you need to be connected to WiFi for the update to show up. Posted via Android Central App
  • No, I was off wifi when it showed up. You just need to be on wifi to actually start the download.
  • What? So u got it too? Arghh what about me??! Posted via Android Central App
  • Be patient it will show up. Posted via Android Central App
  • Im kinda pissed off, because as nexus owners were supposed to get all the new updates first, i don't know why on earth Moto X is getting the uptdate before ppl like me, who still don't have an official uptdate under my arm (nexus 4). It is like a slap in the face from google, and yeah, very annoying! Posted via Android Central App
  • Trust me dude, I felt the same way. But, it looks like its hitting a lot of devices right now. I know its annoying, but it's worth the wait. You will get it in no time! Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm tired of waiting man! I will probably get it in a week, which is too long for me. Do you know the precise steps do sideload it?
  • Look for Jerry's post from last week about sideloading KitKat on the Nexus 7. That's basically what you do though I haven't booted into recovery mode on my Nexus 4 yet, so the exact button pushing sequence might be different. Posted via Android Central App on Nexus 4
  • Thank you man that helps a lot. But do you have the transparent status bar and softkeys in the update?
  • *download Posted via Android Central App
  • If necus 4 gets 4.4 update why does its 2012 compiter the galaxy s3 only just getting 4.3 update which is currently suspended because of bugs and will galaxy s3 ever get android 4.4 Samsung slacking Posted via Android Central App
  • Apples to Oranges. You can't compare the update schedule on those devices to one another. Different type of device, different manufacturer with different UI's, along with the possibility of different carriers with their own UI tweaks to account for. The Nexus skips this because it's a "developer" phone operating on bare bones Android. No custom UI's and carrier apps to integrate with it.
  • Because Samsung blows at updating devices. Probably cause of all the bloat they need to add in. Posted via Android Central App
  • If necus 4 gets 4.4 update why does its 2012 compiter the galaxy s3 only just getting 4.3 update which is currently suspended because of bugs and will galaxy s3 ever get android 4.4 Samsung slacking Posted via Android Central App
  • Just got my OTA on Nexus 4, I'm in Los Angeles.
    Main difference so far, the camera icon shows up on the lock screen and the phone menu has changed too. I think I like the old one better but I guess it's just a question of habit.
    Settings has now a Printing menu.
  • bricked my phone trying to install this :/
  • ohhh jeebus.....
  • Nexus phones don't brick. Just flash the stock image and you'll be good. Posted via Android Central App
  • nexus can only become fake-brick Posted via Android Central App
  • Got the official OTA, installed it, phone is now bricked. Says No Command. Option is there to go to recovery mode, but when I try, it gives me the the No Command error again. Bricked. WTF Google! Any advice?
  • ohhh jeebus...X2
  • lol
  • Press volume up and power at the same time to get to adb prompt on your phone. Then you can push from your PC.
  • The same here. So pissed right now. If I use the official OTA with a phone that I never have tampered with in any way I expect my phone to work after the update. Now I have been out of work phone the whole day and still don't know what to do. I guess i have to do a Factory Reset as ADB will not recognize my device at all. I should not have to know how to sideload my phone to get it updated.
  • I ran into this problem while adb sideloading my 16gb Nexus 4: Symlinks and permissions...
    set_metadata_recursive: some changes failed
    E:Error in /tmp/update.zip
    (Status 7)
    Installation aborted. afterwards, it was stuck in a bootloop that goes in to "No Command" I ended up having to wipe and flash 4.3 via fastbootmode.
  • For some obscure (to me) reason, I cannot seem to get the sideload to work on a Mac. Everything goes smoothly until I get to the sideload command and then I get this: /platform-tools/adb sideload kitkat.zip
    * cannot read 'kitkat.zip' * Yes, I did rename the OTA file kitkat and I do have it in the platform-tools folder under the SDK, and adb devices shows that the Nexus is recognized and connected. Frustrating.
  • - I don't think renaming it makes a difference.
    - but just to be sure I would re-download the update.
    - Then I would place it in the same directory as the adb program file and try again.(./adb sideload originalfilename.zip) [actually, I've placed adb and fastboot (for KFTT) into my download folder. Makes it easy to open an xterm from there (there is an add on for finder that will open an xterm on whatever finder window you're in) and then run the commands right from download! ] - also, not sure if we have the md5 for the update -if so you could compare file size to ensure it was a good download. it
  • Can't believe the OTA bricked my damn phone. Restarting is no help. Nothing is working as I still get the No Command screen. I know I can always wipe data/factory reset from the System recovery menu, but Dammit, I shouldn't have to do that. I have a ton of stuff on my phone and don't want to lose it. Someone remind me why I got a Nexus. And this is AFTER they held the OTA's back to fix issues. Why hello Samsung Galaxy Note 3, since my phone is currently effed up. Was going to order a Nexus 5 but no Google, this really pissed me off.
  • And it will have it's own set of problems. Posted via Android Central App
  • It won't be bricked. I've never had an issue with an OTA bricking my phone. I've rooted, sideloaded, used custom recoveries, etc. in the past, but never had my phone do this on an OTA. That's why I'm ticked off, and why I said I may be done with Nexus.
  • chill pal. download one flashing software, bring ur nexus back to 4.3. Posted via Android Central App
  • Already tried to flash back. Still not working. I've tried flashing back, loading from backups, etc. with no luck. I'm not sure what the heck is going on. Thanks for the suggestion though. I appreciate it. Any suggestions are most welcome.
  • try this: www.wmshua.com, if u can read Chinese. if u don't, use google translater to look up 'repair' in Chinese, then go to the repair mode of that software according to repair character in Chinese. hope it helps Posted via Android Central App
  • Still no update for my 2012 Nexus 7 Posted via Android Central App
  • Downloaded apk, sideloaded, boom! Hello sweet KitKat goodness! Posted via Android Central App
  • Yeah Posted via Android Central App
  • Sideloaded the url. That took awhile. had to download adb and update the drivers, but finally have kitkat.
  • Hi can u help me in this. I have got the message of android 4.4 on my nexus 4 but update not starting to download.. How much do I have to wait..I tried to be on WiFi for more than an hour bit could not remain on WiFi for all the time
  • If anyone gets stuck at the boot animation, just start the process over. It worked for me. Also clearing cache from recovery is not a bad idea.
  • Just got my OTA here in Toronto Ontario Canada, kewl!
  • This pleases me to hear someone so close has received it. I'll keep waiting.
  • Got the ota.updated to 4.4,,,not great experience but good Posted via Android Central App
  • Just got mine. Posted via Android Central App
  • so whats the difference between Dalvik & ART, for. Android 4.4 just as an everyday user which should I be using ?
  • I got it via OTA Posted via Android Central App
  • Get KRT16S Update on your Nexus 4. (Wifi download till 23rd November 2013) 1. Go to Settings -> Apps -> All 2. Find Google Services Framework. 3. Tap on Force Stop. 4. Select Clear Data. 5. Head back to the Nexus 4’s Settings, go to About, and check for a System Update. 6. If it didn't find update, just repeat everything from 1. (I've got the update on 5th repetition)
  • Worked Posted via Android Central App
  • didnt want to sideload.... doing the Google Frameworks thing worked for me, recieved KitKat OTA just now.. :D :D ... Kosice, Slovakia Posted via Android Central App
  • Thanks man! Works for my n4 till 4th time i tried Posted via Android Central App
  • Thanks man! Works for my n4 till 4th time i tried Posted via Android Central App
  • Unbelievable, this actually worked...had to clear the data twice. Thanks for the hint Posted via Android Central App
  • Unbelievable, this actually worked...had to clear the data twice. Thanks for the hint Posted via Android Central App
  • http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/11/20/google-engineer-dan-morrill-shed... Posted via Android Central App
  • +1
  • I have experienced some of the issues mentioned in this article (gmail and hangout messages not arriving...), so I removed and re-added my google account and thinks go smoothly again..
  • Worked for me on my Nexus 7 (2013) BUT I did have to repeat the process 6 times.
  • Now installing update on my Nexus 4. I had to repeat the process 7 times on the Nexus 4. Thanks.
  • Wow, that worked perfectly! Thanks!
  • Thanks Rachit!! Worked for me on the 6th time
  • Oh my God! +1 for this! Thank you so much!
  • Took 7 times, but this method worked!! Thanks!
  • what treachery is this :D .. I got the update on the 3rd try .. well done Sharma, anyone knows any logic behind it ? I am all ears :D
  • Thanks! This worked for me as well. Downloading right now.
  • This was not working , then I remembered had developer mode on, went and turned that off repeated step, bam the update popped up!
  • Many thanks, that worked for me first time!
  • Got the update on my nexus 4, there is almost no change. What the hell happened to the 4.4 we have been seeing? Posted via Android Central App
  • http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/11/13/how-to-try-the-google-experience... You have to install the launcher for the Nexus 5 to get all the changes. Google has released it to any other devices yet. That link has the APK. Posted via Android Central App
  • Just got the update in india for my n4
  • I won't b able to download ota till 25th. so, can I download the update through laptop from Google site?
  • I was able to sideload the ota update since i had flash the factor images of KRT16O on My Nexus 4. It worked like a charm.
  • First time side loading worked fine this morning I do miss the blue icons for bar at the top tho Posted via Android Central App
  • But what is the differences between KRT16O and KRT16S? Sideloaded and it worked but can't figure out any changes.
  • Gave up side loading, does not recognize phone. Checking all morning for update to no avail.
  • Finally got my Nexus 4 to work after the OTA borked it. Got it to finally accept a push of the old official 4.3 JWWR66Y but was not able to edit the package to remove the 'w' wipe line in the code. So it wiped the thing and reverted to full stock 4.3. Downloaded the 4.4 update again and Kit Kat is now present. Unfortunately, the 130+ pics and 80+ documents that were on my phone are not, thanks to the wipe (and Google's insistence that Nexus has no physical SD card). I back up once a month but those pics & docs that I mentioned are recent so they're all gone now. Oh well, now when I sell my Nexus 4 next week (I have a shiny new Galaxy Note 3 on the way), the new owner will have a fresh install of Kit Kat goodness.
  • Fair play to Google - wasn't much impressed with the 4.3 upgrade on N7 and N4 but with the 4,4 kitkat, both the phone and tablet "feel" smoother and faster. If this is a sign for the future then keep doing what ya doing Google.
  • Hi can u help me in this. I have got the message of android 4.4 on my nexus 4 but update not starting to download.. How much do I have to wait..I tried to be on WiFi for more than an hour bit could not remain on WiFi for all the time..thanks
  • Any help please Hi can u help me in this. I have got the message of android 4.4 on my nexus 4 but update not starting to download.. How much do I have to wait..I tried to be on WiFi for more than an hour bit could not remain on WiFi for all the time
  • Just went through this (helping out a friend on Win7, 64-bit)...
    1. Download Android SDK from Google ... http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html#download and copied sdk folder straight to c:
    2. Navigated to c:\sdk\platform-tools\adb.exe, via Command Line
    3. Downloaded KitKat .zip file from above link and placed this file into c:\sdk\platform-tools\ directory, but renamed file to JWR66Y.zip
    4. In Command Line, typed adb start-server, then adb devices - device was not recognized.
    5. Went to here to download Nexus 4 toolkit, just for Windows drivers: http://www.skipsoft.net/?page_id=480
    6. In windows, control panel, device manager, choose Nexus 4 device and updated driver to directory of Nexus 4 toolkit/drivers directory - successfully installed.
    7. On phone, went to Settings > About Phone and tapped 7 times for Developer Options enabled
    8. Went to Settings > Developer Options > Checked USB Debugging
    9. With USB plugged into PC, phone will ask if you want to connect > Yes
    10. In Command prompt, typed adb devices > successfully detected device
    11. In Command Prompt, typed adb reboot recovery -- phone reboots to Android icon
    12. On phone, push Power buttton, THEN Volume Up button
    13. On phone, toggle to Apply Update from ADB and push power button -- phone is ready
    14. In Command Prompt, type adb sideload JWR66Y.zip (or whatever your filename is)
    15. Adb will push updated package to phone and phone is unpackaged and patched to 4.4
    16. Enjoy! Hope this helps people out there, who are having trouble with this.
  • Got the Nexus 4 update last night but it got stuck on the 4 circles. I had to push it with ADB, for a change I was at home and was able to sort. Posted via Android Central App
  • i was seriously considering sideloading but the OTA just got pushed! (@SF, CA)
  • Where dafaq is my OTA!!??? Posted via Android Central App
  • Fuck 4.4, fuck Google. S/O to Google for worst rollout. Why rollout? Why not just PUSH IT TO FUCKING EVERYONE AT ONCE, FOR FUCK SAKES Posted via Android Central App
  • Got the Android 4.4 OTA today, and boy am I disappointed, very little change. And why nexus 4 owners don't get the new Google now left swipe interface is odd to me.
    Not a happy camper Posted via Android Central App
  • Dude, just install the Google Launcher APK and you will be good to go!
  • I've got a nexus 7 (2012 WiFi),my update is stuck at "waiting to download". its been like this the whole day. Any idea as to why and any suggestions to update
  • Change the date on your phone to the next day then go back to check for updates. I did that for my nx4 and it worked for me Posted via Satellite
  • Hi, are you having problems with the charge on your battery? My phone battery is not lasting.. :(
  • nothing happened, gives the same message. Did a reset as well and now it says the system is up to date but it still shows 4.3
  • My wife got her update 2 days ago, I'm still waiting. We got our phones at the same time. Should I have it by now, I would rather not do the work around install.
  • I received a message on my Nexus 4 to install the newest update kit kat 4.4 and looks good, the problem is that the battery dies soooo fast... Why? Do you think could e X app previously installed?
  • Omg my bf cell has been stuck on this going on three days idk what this flashing and such is does it need to be hooked up to a computer it's sooo frustrating he hasn't even had it a week and now it doesn't work wtf
  • Hello Joseph, my nexus 4 also hanged and home butten,back button is not working completly, did you get any bug fix for this? appriciate your help
  • Hello Joseph, my nexus 4 also hanged and home butten,back button is not working completly, did you get any bug fix for this? appriciate your help
  • I have got the kitkat successfully updated via OTA. But the problem of network signals going off still remains. It is getting worse day by day. I hardly get any call before the network signal dissapears. Cant find any solution to this. Pls help!!!!
  • Finally got the update on the nexus 7 2012 Posted via Android Central App