How to Get the Nexus 7 3G Android 4.2.2 Update Right Now

Yesterday, Google started rolling out the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update to the Nexus 10, GSM Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7. Nexus 7 owners in particular have been looking forward to the update and unfortunately, many are still without it as it is rolling out Over-the-Air. Yesterday, we showed Nexus 7 Wi-Fi owners how to get the software and today, we’ll take a look at how to get the Nexus 7 3G Android 4.2.2 update up and running without having to wait for the OTA.

Read: How to Get the Nexus 7 Android 4.2.2 Update Right Now.

Google released Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for the Nexus 7 and several other Nexus devices back in November. Along with that launch not only came a 3G version of the Nexus 7 tablet but also a host of bugs. Nexus 7 owners have been dealing with a number of issues since the arrival of Android 4.2 and while Android 4.2.1 only solved the December bug, many have been hoping that Android 4.2.2 would squash the bugs.


Welcome Nexus 7 3G owners, to Android 4.2.2.

It seems, at the very least, that the Bluetooth issue has been taken care of and it’s possible that there are other issues that have been resolved as well, making it a crucial update for Nexus 7 owners to have. Problem is, the update is rolling out extremely slowly Over-the-Air and users may have to wait a number of days before it arrives.

That said, there are ways to get the update now. Yesterday, we dove into how to get it for the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi only model and today, we’ll look at how owners of the Nexus 7 3G model can attempt to get the Android 4.2.2 update up and running without a wait.

Nexus 7 3G owners have a couple of options. The first is a little trick that in the past has worked for owners of Nexus devices. It won’t work for everybody and it hasn’t worked for us yet. But again, in the past, it has been successful so it’s worth a try.

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.

Should that method work, the update will prompt and it will then begin to download and then install, and once that is taken care of, the device will reboot itself.

Now, for those that don’t wish to wait, there are a few options. Again, as we said yesterday, we don’t recommend these to those that have never tinkered with software on their device before.

Google has made the Nexus 7 3G Android 4.2.2 update available on its servers and that means owners can manually install it before the OTA arrives. There are two ways of doing this but first, owners will want to ensure that they are on Android 4.2.1 build JOP40D before proceeding.

Owners running a custom recovery will simply want to download the file from Google’s servers (zip name is onto their device, and then reboot into recovery, and flash the zip file.

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Alternatively, Nexus 7 3G owners can simply wait for the OTA.

Owners that are running stock recovery are going to have a bit of a hassle getting the update installed.

First, download the zip file from Google’s servers. Reboot the device into recovery then choose the “Apply update from adb” option. This can be found by pressing Volume Up and the Power Button when in recovery. At this point, Nexus 7 3G owners will want to plug their device into their PC using a USB cable.

Using a command prompt on the PC, type in adb sideload [Insert Full Zip File Name Here] and the software should start sideloading.

It’s not an easy process, and again, we only recommend this to those that have done this before. Those that aren’t familiar with any of this will want to wait for the Over-the-Air update.

As we’ve said, the OTA update should be arriving over the course of the next few days though Google has not said how long the update process might take for either the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi or the Nexus 7 3G.