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Get the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 Update Right Now



Earlier today, Verizon announced that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update would be rolling out in phases starting today. That means that the update will become available over the next few days through an Over-the-Air update. However, for those not willing to wait, the update can be downloaded and installed right now ahead of the OTA’s arrival.

Read: Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 Update Starts Rolling Out.

After a lengthy wait, Verizon finally announced that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update would be rolling out in phases starting today. What this means is that many owners are going to have to wait several days for the update to arrive. It’s possible that it could take longer than that, but nothing is clear at this point.

The Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update is available right now.

The Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update is available right now.

Thus far, we haven’t received widespread reports of the update becoming available and we ourselves have not yet seen the update roll out Over-the-Air. Fortunately though, there appears to be a way to get the update right now, ahead of the Over-the-Air update. In fact, there are a few methods that Galaxy Nexus owners can try right now to get the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update.

The first is rather simple. It’s the old Google Framework Services trick that has often worked for owners of Nexus devices when trying to force an update to download and install. Here is how to do that.

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

After owners head back, the year should be in the 60′s. Check for an update and it could be that the software is there and waiting for a download and an install. For those most part, this trick is unreliable though.

For those that can’t get this to work, there is another method to try. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus leaked out a few weeks ago but it was unclear whether or not it would be the official build. Turns out, the build that leaked, JDQ39, is the same build that Verizon is rolling out to owners. This has been confirmed by its software update information that it recently posted.

This is fortunate for owners of the Galaxy Nexus as it means that the update is available to manually install. We warn those who are not adept at installing software to wait for the OTA update, it’s a much safer, more reliable method.

First things first. Owners will want to be sure that they are on stock Android 4.1.1, build JRO03O. If not, this process will not work properly.

There are a number of ways to install this update. For rooted users, the first step is to download the file to the phone and reboot into Recovery. To get there, turn the phone off and hold down both Volume Down and Volume Up buttons plus the Power button. Once in the menu, select Recovery. Once an exclamation point appears, hold down the Volume Up and Down buttons.

Once in Recovery, users will need to select the “Install zip from sdcard” and choose the file. The update will then install and the Verizon Galaxy Nexus should be up and running with the appropriate version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

For non-rooted users, the update will need to be installed through a sideloading method.

First, download the appropriate zip file from Google’s servers to a computer. Next, Galaxy Nexus owners will want to reboot the device into recovery (instructions above) and 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, Galaxy Nexus 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 loading up. Once it hits 100%, reboot the Galaxy Nexus and it will be running Android 4.2.2.

If none of this makes sense or seems difficult, it’s best to ignore it and wait for the OTA. For those that might be taking the plunge, this is certainly worth giving a try as it should bring Android 4.2 early.



  1. jim

    03/19/2013 at 5:24 pm

    Tried the Google framework method a few times here in Phoenix Az. No update yet.

    • jim

      03/19/2013 at 8:55 pm

      Change that to got it now at about 830 pm in Phx Az via the phone hack trick of apps force close/clear and recheck updates. 4.2.2

  2. David

    03/19/2013 at 11:22 pm

    Got the update here in Akron, Ohio. Came on around 2 AM Eastern. Look Forward to playing with this in the morning!

  3. Dan

    03/20/2013 at 3:32 am

    I lost my Google Services Framework – how do I get it back?

    • dNj

      03/20/2013 at 4:49 am

      Try removing the Google account attached to your phone then re-add the account.

    • Mike

      03/20/2013 at 5:03 am

      Go back into the apps settings and press the menu button. Hit reset app preferences and it will show back up.

      • Dan

        03/20/2013 at 5:37 am


  4. Linda

    03/20/2013 at 5:32 am

    Immediately after I updated, my phone refuses to charge.

  5. mike W

    03/20/2013 at 10:56 am

    I tried using the command prompt method and kept getting and error. ‘ adp’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

    is there an additional command once i am in the cmd for the pc to search out the phone specifically?

    • Jeff B

      03/21/2013 at 2:33 am

      You need to install the Android SDK before using adb command

      • mike W

        03/21/2013 at 3:14 pm

        i have it installed but cmd still isnt recognizing the command

  6. Michael

    03/20/2013 at 9:07 pm

    I got the old Google Framework Services trick to work after trying to manually update it last night and all day today. I Found this post and tried the trick once, nothing. Tried the second time only I hit force close twice and and clear data a whole bunch of time and quickly went to manually update it again and it worked! I am now installing the JDQ39 update!

  7. jim

    03/20/2013 at 9:10 pm

    Mine came this evening and I was happy ota root keeper restored root without a hitch

  8. Koko

    03/20/2013 at 10:36 pm

    Tried your google framework method and it is now downloading!! Yeah! Thanks!

  9. Steve

    03/20/2013 at 11:04 pm

    Rebooted between steps 3 and 4 and it worked for me.

  10. jim

    03/21/2013 at 10:49 pm

    I got mine yesterday, and was able to retain root with ota rootkeeper

  11. Chuck

    03/21/2013 at 11:30 pm

    Nothing yet in Hayward, California

  12. JR

    03/22/2013 at 7:46 am

    After having no luck, I tweaked the following:

    Find Google Services Framework.

    Tap on Force Stop.

    Select Clear Data.


    Hit back twice to the Galaxy Nexus settings. Go to About Phone, click system updates

  13. Rusty

    03/22/2013 at 9:19 am

    Just tried the Google Framework Services method and it worked. Currently downloading the 88MB file to install. Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Jack

    03/22/2013 at 12:49 pm

    No luck yet. Michigan.

  15. thesilentriot

    03/22/2013 at 12:53 pm

    The method JR suggested worked! Thanks!

  16. Chuxx

    03/22/2013 at 9:17 pm

    Nothing here nyc

  17. Chuck

    03/22/2013 at 10:35 pm

    I finally received the update I tried the following:
    Find Google Services Framework
    Tap on Force Stop
    Then Select Clear Data
    Then force stop again

  18. Alex

    03/23/2013 at 11:29 am

    Nothing yet here in Iowa

  19. JoeFox

    03/29/2013 at 11:04 pm

    My Galaxy Nexus updated about a week ago. A new feature that I like is when shooting a video you can tap the screeen to take stills. At least I think thats a new feature?

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