How to Get the Nexus 7 Android 4.1.2 Update Right Now

Nexus 7 owners who still haven’t received the update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and want to get the update right now will want to try a simple trick to get the update installed.

Two days ago, the Nexus 7 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update starting rolling out for owners of Google’s 7-inch Nexus tablet. The update, while not extensive, brings a some bug fixes, enhancements and the ability to rotate the home screen into landscape mode. The bug fixes and stability enhancements are obviously the big things here but the ability to put the home screen into landscape mode is quite nice.

Two days into the roll out however, Nexus 7 owners who haven’t rooted their device are still complaining about the missing update. How do I know this? I am one of those owners. Up until about 20 minutes ago, I was unable to pull the update and remained on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.

Read: Nexus 7 Flaws: Things to Consider Before Buying Google’s Tablet.

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Yes, I plugged it into a charger.

I am now the proud owner of a Nexus 7 running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean thanks to a quick little trick that should work for many Nexus 7 owners who still haven’t received the update and don’t want to root the device.

Here is the method I used to get the Android 4.1.2 update downloaded and installed on my Nexus 7 in no time.

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.

When you head back there, the year should be in the 60’s. Check for an update and more than likely, you’ll receive a prompt to install Android 4.1.2 like I did. The installation process is quite quick as the update is only a shade over 30MB. And besides the new landscape orientation, the contents of the update aren’t very noticeable.

However, for those who have been experiencing bugs, this is likely the software that will wipe them out.

The Nexus 7 tablet, Google’s first Nexus tablet, was the first device to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and now that it has Android 4.1.2 on board, we figure it will likely be one of the first to receive the new version of Android, rumored to be Android 4.2, that Google might show off on October 29th alongside the new Nexus smartphone made by LG. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Enjoy the bug fixes and new feature Nexus 7 owners.

104 Comments

  1. Guest

    10/11/2012 at 3:10 pm

    didn’t work

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    • Carol

      10/12/2012 at 4:05 am

      Same. Didn’t work for me either.

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    • neilgraffin

      11/14/2012 at 2:04 am

      Wroked 6th time around for me – cheers!

      Reply

  2. Ed

    10/11/2012 at 3:18 pm

    Second that… Didn’t work for me either..

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  3. Bud

    10/11/2012 at 3:20 pm

    Nope. Didn’t work for me either. Going back to 1969 was the thing I was really looking forward to.

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  4. Mac

    10/11/2012 at 3:24 pm

    Messed up my play store app. error after this when downloading. had to clear my google account and download and replace app to fix. What is the newest version of that app?

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  5. NA

    10/11/2012 at 3:31 pm

    FAIL

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  6. Alex

    10/11/2012 at 3:54 pm

    Worked great. Thanks

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  7. Cody

    10/11/2012 at 4:31 pm

    it didnt work for me either.

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  8. dgrcrow

    10/11/2012 at 4:31 pm

    Fail

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  9. kevin

    10/11/2012 at 4:42 pm

    Nope. Don’t waste your time. Hope I didn’t screw anything up.

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  10. jon

    10/11/2012 at 4:55 pm

    Fail.

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  11. ssschultzSam

    10/11/2012 at 4:57 pm

    In the process of downloading now! Awesome

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  12. Rich

    10/11/2012 at 5:02 pm

    FAIL…

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  13. Bob F.

    10/11/2012 at 5:13 pm

    Didn’t work for me.

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  14. mike

    10/11/2012 at 5:14 pm

    cool thanks. Works like charms

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  15. spencerwatson501856889

    10/11/2012 at 5:35 pm

    This trick always works to push ota updates. Guys, doing it once doesn’t always work. When I updated earlier today,I had to do it six times before the update worked this time.

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    • Guest

      10/11/2012 at 6:10 pm

      But I don’t like force stopping any process/app running, it may corrupt files? Only force stop when it’s really necessary…

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    • Neal

      10/11/2012 at 8:06 pm

      great suggestion, worked after trying it a fewtimes.

      Reply

  16. patrick

    10/11/2012 at 5:54 pm

    spencerwatson501856889 is correct…you have to do it a few times to get it to download…im downloading it now after about 4 tries

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  17. Minda

    10/11/2012 at 6:04 pm

    i did the force stop then clear data about 4 times (just back and forth between the two) and THEN went to system update, and it just finished downloading! if at first you don’t succeed…..

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  18. Glenn Sr

    10/11/2012 at 6:11 pm

    Worked great, but had to do it three times before it found the update. Much easier than some other methods for manual update!

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  19. Richard

    10/11/2012 at 6:23 pm

    it works

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  20. Justin

    10/11/2012 at 6:28 pm

    worked for me!

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  21. shao qi

    10/11/2012 at 6:29 pm

    Try clearing data first then doing the force stop.

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  22. Guest

    10/11/2012 at 6:31 pm

    OK, it worked…hope it fixed the touch interface issue, and flickering when on low WiFi set to auto brightness

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  23. Bob

    10/11/2012 at 6:34 pm

    Holy crap it worked. Thanks ! East coast here. Guys before u complain legit clear the data and forse stop like 18 times. I almost gave up then a desperate attempt yeilded results.

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  24. JB

    10/11/2012 at 6:41 pm

    Worked great! Thank you!

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  25. Dollar

    10/11/2012 at 6:48 pm

    Big Fail !

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  26. Scott

    10/11/2012 at 7:12 pm

    Worked 1st try for me, thanks

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  27. hsmith

    10/11/2012 at 7:18 pm

    it worked! had to try twice, but it definitely worked. thank you!

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  28. Joe Scardino

    10/11/2012 at 7:33 pm

    This did work. I tried downloading earlier, but it didnt work. I tried “download again” but it wouldnt…stoppign the framework solved the trick. Altho it said the last check for an update was back in July of 1969..ha. Thanks E

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  29. Derrick

    10/11/2012 at 7:38 pm

    Worked perfectly for me. Thanks for the tip!

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  30. lightstorm22

    10/11/2012 at 7:49 pm

    Yep it took me 6 or 7 tries and then it worked.

    Reply

  31. markus

    10/11/2012 at 7:54 pm

    works awesome a bit quicker so far….

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  32. linuxguy

    10/11/2012 at 8:01 pm

    Did this 15 times and then worked, even in Puerto Rico, where there is no play store for movies/books or music yet…. So happy the updates are not by region. :)

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  33. Bernardo

    10/11/2012 at 8:10 pm

    Worked the second time, thanks!

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  34. jerk

    10/11/2012 at 8:23 pm

    Worked after 3 tries. Thanks.

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  35. Dara Parsavand

    10/11/2012 at 10:35 pm

    Worked perfectly the second time (not sure what I did wrong the first time). Thanks, I know it isn’t a huge update but I wanted to try it and was getting frustrated I wasn’t getting it automatically. Not sure why the push has to be this staggered.

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  36. ash

    10/11/2012 at 11:32 pm

    worked for me first time

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  37. Saif

    10/12/2012 at 4:42 am

    Thank you!! Worked like a dream

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  38. Mage Dawson

    10/12/2012 at 4:55 am

    Worked for me on the 4th try!!! Thanks for the tip!

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  39. Dimitris

    10/12/2012 at 5:21 am

    Worked great although it went at the 70’s :-P Thank you!

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  40. Aemanz Dhanyz

    10/12/2012 at 6:16 am

    holy heaven!! it worked great on my 4th try! :)

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  41. Jessica

    10/12/2012 at 6:58 am

    a lot of thanks!!! works great after 2 tries!
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  42. Fleg

    10/12/2012 at 8:13 am

    Worked first time….thanks a lot!!

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  43. asazine

    10/12/2012 at 8:17 am

    thanks! work at 4th try! with my 1970’s :)

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  44. Cutie

    10/12/2012 at 10:04 am

    It works, but u have to try it few times, mine workd 3rd time…

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  45. Jesus

    10/12/2012 at 10:36 am

    Took a few times but works…

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  46. mtnpaul (@mtnpaul)

    10/12/2012 at 11:30 am

    yep. I had to do it a few times, but it finally took.

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  47. Hasan

    10/12/2012 at 12:07 pm

    Worked first time! Many Thanks…

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  48. jp archer

    10/12/2012 at 12:08 pm

    Thank you so much worked straight away :)

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  49. rossco01

    10/12/2012 at 12:31 pm

    In UK and this worked great…had to force close twice but then on second attempt picked it up..cheers

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  50. Nymphtus

    10/12/2012 at 4:13 pm

    Worked first time. Downloaded, rebooted and updated. Everything seems to be in order. Brilliant!!

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  51. 66789abcd

    10/12/2012 at 4:38 pm

    worked on 3rd try. Much better than the VZW GNex update experience

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  52. freejack

    10/12/2012 at 7:25 pm

    Worked on 2nd try here!

    Reply

  53. Aussiefied

    10/12/2012 at 8:50 pm

    Tried it 4 times, it works! Thank you!

    Reply

  54. Ghost Nappa

    10/13/2012 at 3:52 am

    Worked on my first try. Thanks!

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  55. Kerryking

    10/13/2012 at 4:01 am

    it workd for me

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  56. Rajesh Amaravathi

    10/13/2012 at 6:54 am

    worked perfectly fine for me :)

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  57. kreci

    10/13/2012 at 9:25 am

    It really works! Thanks!

    Reply

  58. giuliastro

    10/13/2012 at 9:40 am

    Worked first try. I first cleared data then stopped the service. Thank you!

    Reply

  59. Mike

    10/13/2012 at 11:22 am

    Worked great! Thanks!

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  60. Brian

    10/13/2012 at 11:50 am

    Thanks for the tip! Worked on my second attempt, because you have to click “Clear data” first. Might want to change the order of the instructions.

    Reply

  61. DaLanik

    10/13/2012 at 12:24 pm

    Worked the 1st time, rebooting now :) Cheers from the Czech Republic

    Reply

  62. Alexis

    10/13/2012 at 1:43 pm

    It worked for me in the first time! Thanks you very much for posting this!!!

    Reply

  63. Mike

    10/13/2012 at 2:21 pm

    Worked the second time for me.

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  64. Laird Le (@this_is_laird)

    10/13/2012 at 3:49 pm

    Worked great on the first try! Great tip!

    Reply

  65. Superman1980

    10/13/2012 at 5:27 pm

    It worked after 4th try. Thanks.

    Reply

  66. Johnathan

    10/13/2012 at 6:49 pm

    Worked thanks!

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  67. ado

    10/13/2012 at 7:21 pm

    It Work, I had to do it two times

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  68. Wayne

    10/13/2012 at 8:40 pm

    Worked first time, Sweeeettttt!!!! Thank You ……

    Reply

  69. Devin

    10/14/2012 at 12:04 am

    Beautiful! Worked for me! Thanks so much!

    Reply

  70. kiernik

    10/14/2012 at 1:15 am

    i had my n7 rooted with custom recovery, it notified me about the update but it failed because cwm, went back to stock recovery aand the ota was gone so i had to do your solution 3 times before it worked!

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  71. Robin

    10/14/2012 at 2:08 am

    cool! it also worked for me :-)

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  72. tf7o

    10/14/2012 at 4:45 am

    Great trick! Worked for me @ the third time.

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  73. hippe

    10/14/2012 at 7:43 am

    Worked for me first time. No issues. Great tip. Thanks.

    Reply

  74. kstar

    10/14/2012 at 7:57 am

    Worked for me on about the 4th try! Thanks!

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  75. Yordan

    10/14/2012 at 11:58 am

    Force stopped, cleared data and rebooted. Update was there ready for install. Great stuff.

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  76. Dave

    10/14/2012 at 1:57 pm

    worked first try, thanks from 1969!

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    • Dave

      10/14/2012 at 2:10 pm

      Scratch that. Downloaded the update but the install failed. :/

      Reply

  77. Sonny

    10/14/2012 at 4:33 pm

    Im in the Phils. And this worked.

    Reply

  78. Todd Robert Youngblood

    10/14/2012 at 4:47 pm

    I tried this once, it failed. Restarted the tablet, did it again, and now I was prompted for 4.1.2.

    Thanks.

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  79. Billy

    10/14/2012 at 6:48 pm

    Totally right. Juste redo the whole process and it will work. It did for me the second time.

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  80. Shawn

    10/14/2012 at 7:59 pm

    Worked after the second time – thanks!

    Reply

  81. cpg716

    10/14/2012 at 8:10 pm

    Worked first try!

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  82. cody4k

    10/14/2012 at 9:39 pm

    Worked first time for me, installing on my nexus atm.

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  83. @Jecire

    10/14/2012 at 10:19 pm

    thanks it worked perfectly !

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  84. [email protected]

    10/14/2012 at 11:19 pm

    worked 2nd time round for nexus 7 in Australia. cheers

    Reply

  85. cluckkillerb

    10/14/2012 at 11:40 pm

    worked like a charm, thanks a lot

    Reply

  86. tony

    10/14/2012 at 11:52 pm

    worked on the 2nd try

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  87. Kid88

    10/15/2012 at 12:17 am

    Thanks a lot, now my nexus 7 is upgraded to 4.1.2 jelly bean.

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  88. Helen

    10/15/2012 at 2:10 am

    Worked on the second time here.

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  89. kornél

    10/15/2012 at 12:16 pm

    Worked 1. time ! thx

    Reply

  90. Justin

    10/15/2012 at 1:30 pm

    Tried it on my samsung galaxy nexus and worked great. You have to do it a couple of times.

    Reply

  91. Dude

    10/15/2012 at 1:34 pm

    This worked for me, first try. THANK YOU

    Reply

  92. medoix

    10/15/2012 at 9:34 pm

    worked fine for me! thank you.

    Reply

  93. Stevey

    10/29/2012 at 6:29 pm

    Goes through the motions … reboots and come back to 4.1.1? Maybe on the first attempt I should have agreed with the location services?

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    • Stevey

      11/11/2012 at 8:43 am

      Installed Clock Work Recovery. Now I can see the err message “Installation Aborted” with Error (status 7)?

      Reply

  94. Stevey

    10/29/2012 at 6:45 pm

    Nexus 7

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  95. [email protected]

    11/13/2012 at 7:16 pm

    Works for 4.2 update too!

    Reply

  96. Gary Johnson

    12/25/2012 at 9:52 pm

    Worked perfectly on my first attempt, I’ve been looking all over the internet for how to update my Nexus 7, THANK YOU!!!!

    Reply

  97. Robert

    04/04/2013 at 11:32 am

    AWSOME THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!! I was about to download all these bootloaders and toolkits to do it and read your post. Thank you.

    Reply

  98. Thomas

    04/11/2013 at 2:17 am

    Cool thanks a lot man, have you got any leaked update versions for the new galaxy s4 you could help me by any chance ? lol

    Thank you once more and i LOVE your page thanks for sharing that’s awesome !

    Reply

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