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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.

Read: Nexus 7 Issue Renders It Useless, But There’s a Fix.


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.



  1. galaxy

    02/13/2013 at 10:21 am

    I prefer bottomloading.

    • Juliano

      02/13/2013 at 10:42 am

      Your mom prefers bottomloading.

  2. bobbu

    02/13/2013 at 6:44 pm

    This don’t work

  3. Brian

    02/13/2013 at 7:17 pm

    Worked just fine for me, watching it update as I type this….

  4. David O'Byrne

    02/14/2013 at 1:23 am

    Worked a treat. Thank you. David

  5. galaxy

    02/14/2013 at 5:47 am

    oh my god, gosh I just love 4.2.2 the list of new amazing features just goes on and on and never stops. It was so worth all the hype and sideloading and bottomloading.

  6. Mike

    02/14/2013 at 8:43 am

    Tried 10 times in a row. No success. I’ll keep trying

  7. Steve

    02/14/2013 at 10:36 am

    I have been offered the 4.2.2 update two times today. Both times it downloaded to the Nexus 7 the file and then started the update process. A minute or 2 into the process I get a little droid robot with the word Error!. The device eventually reboots and I am still at 4.2.1. Just called tech support at google and the tech did not know about 4.2.2. Any suggestions on how to get this update to work would be appreciated.

    • Mike

      02/14/2013 at 5:59 pm

      Me Too.. I used the Nexus & Tool Kit to root and I think this is my problem. tried a few times without success. I think I will wait awhile and keep on reading and let someone that knows what they are doing figure this one out. I’m too new to android and too old to be screwing with this stuff.

  8. Mike

    02/14/2013 at 6:00 pm

    Nexus 7 Tool Kit (sorry)

  9. Jeff

    02/15/2013 at 12:08 pm

    Tried several times. First 3 or 4 did not work. On the 5th attempt, the new update downloaded and successfully installed.

  10. Ivan

    02/16/2013 at 4:50 am

    Thanks a lot for instruction from Russia! It really worked!

  11. Frank Arun K

    02/16/2013 at 5:15 am

    well it works without the need of tinkering :D my friend owns on and he recieved OTA 4.2.2 already today cheers :)

  12. Frodo McGogo

    02/18/2013 at 2:36 pm

    The Google Services Framework frig worked a treat. Nice one!

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