Nexus 7 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out Slowly

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In addition to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OTA update that started rolling out to customers today, Google has announced that the Nexus 7 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update is currently rolling out Over-the-Air to owners today. However, many owners should not expect to see the update arrive today.

Google confirmed the news on its Google+ Nexus page saying that the Nexus 7 Android 4.2 OTA is indeed under way. However, we haven’t heard from many owners who have seen the update roll out over the air. Unfortunately, that’s typical.

Read: Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Update Starts Rolling Out.

With the Nexus 7 Android 4.1.2 update, Google rolled out the software slowly to Nexus 7 owners with many (including myself) having to wait days for the software to arrive. We expect the same thing to happen here with the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update. It will roll out in waves with some owners seeing it today and others receiving it over the course of the next week or so.


The Nexus 7 Android 4.2 OTA is rolling out according to Google.

As it stands, owners of the Nexus 7 on the Gotta Be Mobile staff have yet to receive the update Over-the-Air.

Owners of the Nexus 7 might want to try a little trick that often works when the update has become available for the device but a prompt has yet to arrive. It takes just a few seconds to perform and it’s worth trying for those that don’t wish to install the update manually. Here are the steps in order to try and check for the update, which may work for some of you and not for others.

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 7′s Settings, go to About, and check for a System Update.

Again, it’s not going to work for everyone but it’s worth a shot. Some users have reportedly used different combinations of Clear Date and Force Stop to force the update while others have turned off their device then powered it back on after clearing the data.

Read: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean: Everything You Need to Know.

So while the bad news might be that some Nexus 7 owners (like myself) have to wait for the update, the good news is that the update is rolling out and should arrive in the near future.

Those that don’t wish to wait though can install the update manually.

Anyone seeing the update yet?


  1. FullOnTechHQ

    11/13/2012 at 4:11 pm

    I’ve not got mine yet! Check me out on YouTube as I’m a reviewer, please subscribe,

  2. Tim

    11/13/2012 at 5:03 pm

    Thanks for the Google Services Framework trick… worked for me.

  3. tony

    11/13/2012 at 5:08 pm

    The little tutorial worked for me too!

  4. ben

    11/13/2012 at 5:21 pm

    I just got my update
    Takes up 80 mob
    Bout to install!!!!!

  5. David

    11/13/2012 at 5:48 pm

    Worked for me.

  6. Todd

    11/13/2012 at 6:00 pm

    My update came through as I was about to check Facebook.

  7. Vahab

    11/13/2012 at 6:18 pm

    Got the update to my nexus 7. Installed camera launcher to try photo sphere, but got a message that this model is not yet supported ))

  8. john

    11/13/2012 at 6:32 pm

    Thanks, worked for me too… I’ve been waiting all day for the OTA since I didn’t want to manually do!

  9. Aron Kobayashi-Ritch

    11/13/2012 at 6:40 pm

    i did the process he mentioned then powered down and it had already started updating by the time it turned on thanks a million

  10. noisemakr

    11/13/2012 at 6:47 pm

    worked for me too!

  11. Dan Shernicoff

    11/13/2012 at 7:18 pm

    The suggestion worked for me. The update is downloading. Just wish the WiFi in this hotel was faster!!!

  12. Juan Amaya

    11/13/2012 at 7:24 pm

    im getting my update as im typing. i was just about to do the trick posted up here . when i opened my n7 the update was available. wow im so freaking excited rite now!!!

  13. Paul Johnson

    11/13/2012 at 7:54 pm

    Hasn’t worked for me. Any other tricks that might work to force it?

    • ff1198

      11/14/2012 at 5:53 am

      Force stop, clear data then shut down. Should install

  14. Brandan Keel

    11/13/2012 at 8:38 pm

    The trick worked for me; downloading now!

  15. Erwin Barangan

    11/13/2012 at 9:07 pm

    Thanks a lot! Downloading the update now :)

  16. Christopher Clark

    11/14/2012 at 12:39 am

    This trick worked for me but 4.2 kept aborting installation. I had a stock ROM but it was rooted and unlocked. I took off root, relocked and tried to flash a stock N7 image with Nexus 7 Toolkit and got a soft brick that would not boot up into anything but fastboot. I unlocked and flashed another version of 4.1.1 and it installed successfully, which let the N7 boot up. After booting up it immediately installed 4.2 :) Talk about pulling teeth. The fact that it was rooted is the reason the update was aborting. I still have it unlocked and it updated to 4.2 with no issues and remains unlocked.

  17. yose

    11/14/2012 at 12:50 am

    Lots and lots of thanks….just follow the Google framework tricks that you guys posted. And like a magic, my nexus 7 just got updated to jelly bean 4.2. Thanksssss…

  18. zbareta

    11/14/2012 at 4:46 am

    Worked. Thanks a lot.

  19. Dale

    11/14/2012 at 7:00 am

    Actually that worked for me as well!

  20. Gary

    11/14/2012 at 7:36 am

    Didn’t work for me :( Tried several times.

  21. T S Murali

    11/14/2012 at 7:54 am

    Didn’t work for me, may be this is based on the location from where the upgrade is tried.

  22. Gary

    11/14/2012 at 7:59 am

    Can folks that is worked for post their location as well? Thanks.

  23. Neil

    11/14/2012 at 8:18 am

    I did what it suggested and the restarted my Nexus and it worked like a champ..

  24. tinop261

    11/14/2012 at 9:58 am

    worked for me on third try. im in south Texas

  25. Dawson

    11/14/2012 at 10:00 am

    Worked for me using the restart method! downloading now :)

  26. Havoc70

    11/14/2012 at 10:10 am

    This provided steps do not work i have been trying them for 2 days.

  27. Mathieu Perreault (@Mathaddor)

    11/14/2012 at 10:35 am

    WOW nice the trick worked perfectly – i’m on 4.2 now :) THANKS

  28. Christopher Clark

    11/14/2012 at 10:42 am

    For everyone that is trying the stop and clear on Google Services Framework, you may have to try the trick several times and different ways to get it to work. I stopped my services, cleared cache and powered down immediately after then rebooted and was downloading the update by the time I got into the system updates screen. As mentioned above, the installation initially aborted and then said it was up to date on the 4.1.2 version. I had to keep doing the cache clear in GSF and rebooting to get it to pick back up on the download. If your device is rooted, it will probably abort installation like mine did. I had to take off root and flash the OS back to a stock Google 4.1.1 image before it would successfully install. Don’t give up on one try. I had to attempt the trick multiple times to get it to work. Powering down and starting back up worked the best for me. Good luck!

  29. Christopher Clark

    11/14/2012 at 10:46 am

    I’ve been playing around in 4.2 on my Nexus 7 since the update and it seems like the screen resolution is not as sharp as the 4.1.2 version. Just going into my settings menu there are distinct gradient lines on the background that were smooth and unnoticeable before. The blue log-in screen on the Facebook app also had gradient lines that were visibly noticeable as well. It doesn’t seem as smooth and sharp as 4.1.2, at least to me. Is anyone else noticing this difference?

  30. Anthony

    11/14/2012 at 11:11 am

    Amazing! I tried the trick and BINGO! My update rolled through right away, I didn’t have to restart my nexus 7, just force stop, then clear data, then check for update! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  31. Ritch

    11/14/2012 at 11:17 am

    Tried it once without a restart and it didn’t work, tried it again with a restart and it worked

  32. Ruminari

    11/14/2012 at 11:35 am

    AWESOME TRICK – I stopped the service cleared the cache and rebooted and it worked like a charm.

  33. bhanu

    11/14/2012 at 11:58 am

    Worked for me

  34. Al Dutcher

    11/14/2012 at 1:33 pm

    The trick seems to be working.
    Down loading at this moment.
    Hafta remember this for future up dates.

  35. neon

    11/14/2012 at 2:55 pm

    Worked for me too.. after several restarts.. in houston tx

  36. M B

    11/14/2012 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks, worked for me after the reboot, Chicago IL

  37. Mike Phillips

    11/14/2012 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks! Worked for me when I rebooted immediately after clearing data. I’m in Northeastern Ohio.

  38. RT

    11/14/2012 at 5:18 pm

    Thank you for this very informative article. I had to try it a couple of times in order to get it to work.

  39. russiaone (@russiaone)

    11/14/2012 at 6:51 pm

    Trick worked. Thanks a heap.

  40. Adam

    11/14/2012 at 7:19 pm

    Updating now, stopping the service and clearing it, then checking for an update worked! Thanks!

  41. Mike

    11/15/2012 at 11:57 am

    Thanks for the tip. Worked fine for me and the update is in progress.

  42. Steve

    11/16/2012 at 12:36 am

    Thanks! Google Services Framework trick worked for me in northwest Ohio. :-)

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