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How to Get Android 4.4.2 KitKat For Nexus 4, 5, 7 & 10



The rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat has been a confusing one for many, especially you Nexus 4 owners that had to wait far longer than anyone expected. Thankfully though the update to Google’s latest OS version finally arrived for almost all recent Nexus devices.

After Android 4.4. KitKat first arrived, we quickly received a bump to Android 4.4.1 KitKat late last week. Oddly enough though, Google wasn’t done yet because as of this afternoon a new improvement to Android 4.4.2 KitKat is rolling out to the Nexus 4, 5 and both the old and new Nexus 7 tablet. While many of you are still waiting for 4.4.1 to arrive, we’ve already received Android 4.4.2, and below we’ll show you where to get it.

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The update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat will bring your device to build KOT49H, and it’s nearly the same as the 4.4.1 release last week. The main changes are regarding the camera for KitKat and the Nexus 5, but there’s a slew of software patches and bug fixes as we mentioned in our original post this morning, and linked to above.

Read: Nexus 5 Review

The problem here is some of you are on 4.4.1, but almost everyone else is still on Android 4.4 and have yet to receive the first small update. For those familiar with Nexus devices, a quick download of the official OTA file from Google’s servers will let you sideload and update your device of choice with ease, rather than wait for the update to arrive. This won’t be a full walkthough of how to do so, as that’s for another day, instead we’ll show you where and how to get the correct file for your Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10. Most should already know how to sideload an OTA update zip. Below are the downloads for each device, and for each version of Android. Thanks to AndoidPolice. (Double check build numbers before flashing)

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Nexus 4

– Full Android 4.4 to Android 4.4.2 Update (Download)
– Android 4.4.1 to the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat (Download)

Nexus 5

– Full Android 4.4 to Android 4.4.2 Update (Download)
– Android 4.4.1 to the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat (Download)

Nexus 7 2012 WiFi

– Full Android 4.4 to Android 4.4.2 Update (Download)

Nexus 7 2013 WiFi

– Full Android 4.4 to Android 4.4.2 Update (Download)
– Android 4.4.1 to the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat (Download)

Nexus 7 2013 LTE

– Full Android 4.4 to Android 4.4.2 Update (Download)

Nexus 10

– Full Android 4.4 to Android 4.4.2 Update (Download)
– Android 4.4.1 to the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat (Download)

Of course you can always take the age-old approach of heading into settings > about phone > and tapping that Check for Updates button, which should hopefully pull down the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat for your device of choice and let you update with ease. Sorry Galaxy Nexus users, but for everyone else, enjoy.



  1. Fulaman

    12/09/2013 at 4:56 pm

    I never got the 4.4.1 OTA update on my Nexus 5, but I was fortunate enough to get the 4.4.2 OTA update. That means you don’t need to go to 4.4.1 in order to get 4.4.2.

  2. Cory Gunther

    12/09/2013 at 5:13 pm

    Nope. That’s why we listed both. The direct update from 4.4, and the small one from 4.4.1 for those who did receive it. Enjoy.

  3. Klaus

    12/09/2013 at 6:12 pm

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  4. Walter

    12/09/2013 at 10:26 pm

    Go clear the data on Google service framework and then check for a update u should receive the udate

    • frank

      12/11/2013 at 11:19 am


  5. Cory Gunther

    12/09/2013 at 11:09 pm

    It’s been recommended not to try the clear services framework trick. Instead, I’d try rebooting and then checking again.

  6. Rob Dodds

    12/10/2013 at 3:12 am

    I never get excited by these kind of updates. I rarely find the new features exciting or relevant to me, and quite often something that worked perfectly before, no longer does after the update!

    Maybe that’s just me.

  7. Annonymous

    12/11/2013 at 2:28 am

    Hi Gunther,

    Just one quick question i have a Nexus 5 device so many times i had checked for system update but it is showing system is up to date any idea when we will be able to get automatic update. Thanks

  8. Nikhil

    03/06/2014 at 7:06 am

    My Nexus 5 automatically downloaded the 4.4.2 update and is now asking me to Reboot and Install but I don’t want to. And the message “System update downloaded” keep popping up in the notification bar. Is there any way for me to remove it?

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