How to Get the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean Update Right Now

Earlier today, we told you that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean update has finally started to roll out to customers. And while many are seeing the update, others are unable to get the ball rolling. Well, with a simple trick, Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners who don’t see the update, should be able to pull it down right now.

It appears that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean update has only arrived for certain people as it’s rolling out Over-the-Air. Thus far, I have yet to receive the update OTA.

However, using a little trick, users should be able to update manually and start using Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right now. It might take a couple of tries, but this method should work.

Read: Verizon Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out Now.

The Verizon Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean update can be pulled manually using a trick.

For those that are out of luck, follow these instructions and you should be able to get Jelly Bean and all of its new features up and running in no time at all.


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 Verizon Galaxy Nexus’ Settings, go to About, and check for a System Update.


For many, this should bring up a download prompt and the installation process for Jelly Bean will begin soon after. Per usual, the process could take a little bit of time so remain patient. It also appears that owners need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network as this point. Trying to do this over cellular will likely not work.

Verizon says that it will be available on Wi-Fi until October 1st.

So for those that are impatient, this is something that you’ll want to try in lieu of waiting for the update, which could take only a few hours or possibly as long as a few days.

Let us know how it works out.


  1. I just did what you suggested, but did not get any notification of an update. I am connected via wifi (although it is to my Verizon MiFi, so if there are ip-based filters, that might be why I didn’t get the update). If it matters, I’m in Austin, Texas.

  2. This method worked with the prior (also late) update from VZW, but I’ve tried it too many times to count today with no update available.

    • you need wifi and do the clear data and disable framework couple time. and maybe reboot once or two. you should get it. this update is available via WIFI through october 2. this is a fact.

    • Yep Craig I live in Vance area no luck here either, be glad when they connect Tuscaloosa 4g to Birmingham 4g, bet the Mercedes Benz plant will be tickled besides me

    • You have to be on wifi only, until Oct 4, 2012.Connect to wifi, then perform this trick and it worked for me after the 2nd try. Keep repeating theses steps and it will come up while on wifi only. Goode luck everyone.

  3. Okay, so it took about two or three dozen tries, but finally getting now!!! Just keep trying it will finally work.

  4. GOT IT! Ok, tried a couple of dozen times, nothing. Finally tried clearing data ONLY without clicking Force Stop… that seems to have done the trick on mine. Good and happy Droiding.

  5. I am trying to do this method to force update my original-not-rooted Galaxy Nexus but the thing is I can’t clear the data, for this app or all other apps under All that start with the word Google. All it says is Computing under Total, App, Data as well as Cache. the button that says Clear Data is not active. I have restarted my phone and taken out the battery a few times but it still says the same thing when I turn it back on. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  6. UPDATE: After getting the OTA 4.1 and rebooting after install, the Nexus was not able to automatically sign me in to my Google account. I ended up having to remove the user account and re-install it. Everything is fine now. FYI

  7. I unrooted from using the JRO03L build to try the official update. Tried this method about 4 times. But after reading this, I will continue to try it until it works. Good thing I dont have plans until later tonight. South Louisiana.

  8. Tried this yesterday morning all morning..finally worked after 60+ tries..Aaahhhh sweet Jelly Bean!!
    High Desert, CA

  9. Was going to try this but read of problems it can cause with Google related apps. This morning woke up and checked updates and lo and behold THERE WAS JELLYBEAN! Cannot believe that my phone actually holds a 4G signal without losing it ALL DAY! Loving Google Now too. Im in NJ.

  10. Wow this actually worked for me!! I tried about 5 times, doing 1 reboot in the process. It seems like it’s different for everyone. Good luck!

  11. Same her did not work until hooked to WIFI , i stopped services,cleared data, re booted stopped service and cleared data again then check for updates and there it was

  12. Worked the 5th time. Just hit force close once and the rest hit clear data and update should start. I’m in Irvine, CA

  13. Try getting full bars for Wi-Fi. I tried for days with no luck then cleared data without forcing stop and going really clear to router. Worked first time.

  14. its 7:25pm here in Phoenix and i still cant get it…Im starting to get annoyed. Any ideas would be appreciated.

  15. I got mine today at about 2pm EDT. Work the wait and it definitely looks awesome.
    I live in the Washington D.C. Metro Area and I used the trick that was suggested here. I tried some other tricks mentioned here in the replies and none of them came thru.

    Good Luck!

    P.S. It will only download and notify you with a Wi-Fi Signal. I had no bars when I received notice after using the trick.

  16. After trying all weekend stopping the service and clearing the cache nothing. Today I just cleared the cache and boom, first try.

  17. I did what Nesra said and it worked. Just clear the data. I also went crazy and hit the check updates like 5 times in a row… dont know if that did anything.

  18. Woohoo! Got the update to kick off after ~5-10 tries. Nesra’s instructions did it for me. “GOT IT! Ok, tried a couple of dozen times, nothing. Finally tried clearing data ONLY without clicking Force Stop… that seems to have done the trick on mine.”

  19. Worked for me – G-Nex in DC. Had to do it a few times (less than 6?) before it took but I think it was because of a weak WiFi signal. Thanks!

  20. just an extra step: Apps>All>Google Services Framework>Force Stop> Clear Data> Wait> Exit> Dial *#*#2432546#*#* and wait until it notifies you with “checkin succeeded”>About Phone> Updates

  21. Been trying for days, did was James said but had to clear data one extra time (no force stop, just clear data). Then the update came right up.

  22. Did his directions once, didn’t work. Tried just clearing data the second time about twenty minutes later, and voila! Incredible upgrade.

  23. The trick worked for me. I did it about 5 times, then restarted the phone and then did it a couple more times and it worked in Northern Colorado.

  24. Didn’t work on the first try. Then I read the comment to turn wifi off, try the steps in the article above until it finds the update, then turn wifi on to download update. But it didn’t work. Then I tried the steps again, still didn’t work. On the third try, it worked without turning the wifi off.

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