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How to Get the Sprint Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean Update Right Now



Earlier, we told you that the Sprint Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean update would be trickling out to owners over the next week or so. And while it will continue to do so, there may be a way for some Galaxy Nexus owners to pull the Jelly Bean update manually right now.

We have received proof from a Sprint Galaxy Nexus owner in California that the update is indeed rolling out. His Galaxy Nexus was updated earlier today from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean.

So, again, the update is rolling out folks, it’s just moving slowly.

Read: Sprint Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean Update Will Trickle Out to Users.


The Sprint Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean update is indeed rolling out.

In any event, what’s interesting is how he pulled the update. Instead of getting a prompt, he decided to try a little trick that has worked for some Android updates in the past.

Very simply, he went into the device’s Google Service’s framework and by stopping it and clearing data, he was able to get the Sprint Galaxy Nexus to pull the update from Google.

Specifically, here is how to do what he did:

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

After doing that, there may be an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean waiting for you. Unfortunately, this method may not work for everybody trying to use it.

It’s at least worth a try though as the Sprint Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean update is rolling out extremely slow and likely won’t hit all devices for a week or more.

Read: Nexus S 4G Jelly Bean Update Officially Rolling Out.

In any event, at least we now have proof that the software is indeed rolling out and that should mean that some Nexus S 4G owners are seeing the update today as well.

Sprint rolled the Jelly Bean update out to the Nexus S 4G as well.

Thanks, Eric!



  1. ken

    09/07/2012 at 3:22 pm

    This worked for my nexus thanks for posting it

  2. GarSaab

    09/07/2012 at 3:27 pm

    Worked for me! And I am in Puerto Rico!

  3. Bill Cusack

    09/07/2012 at 9:22 pm

    worked after a few tries. Final solution was to force stop Google Services Framework, Clear Data, then immediately power off and power on. Upon power up settings=> check for system update….
    Android System Update – Downloading 173.8 MB
    This software includes a major android upgrade for your device. Please ensure your battery is fully charged before continuing, This update requires reboot and your device will be unavailable during this time.

    So Far So Good

  4. Vic

    09/07/2012 at 11:32 pm

    i had to do it around 8 to 9 times but finnally got it to work now waiting to install. Jelly Bean i feel kinda diabetic already lol….it does work. FYI i am in florida

  5. Sam Stewardson (@tssammie)

    09/08/2012 at 5:07 am

    This worked for me on the 2nd try after turning off Wi-Fi. Great info! Thanks!

  6. the tuminatr

    09/08/2012 at 11:30 am

    did what bill cusack suggested worked for me her in minnesota

  7. Rafael Johnson

    09/08/2012 at 3:50 pm

    Hasn’t worked for me yet… here in Indiana.

  8. Wade

    09/08/2012 at 5:47 pm

    After about 10 tries it worked for me. I recommend trying it. Thanks for the advice.

  9. Rafael Johnson

    09/08/2012 at 7:12 pm

    I posted onces before saying it didn’t work.. a couple hours later I tryed and on the first try the update has started downloading Thanks… in .. ,Indiana

  10. Michael

    09/08/2012 at 9:57 pm

    It took me about 5 or 6 tries but it is downloading as I type.

    • Michael

      09/08/2012 at 9:57 pm

      I’m in Pennsylvania by the way

  11. Justin

    09/08/2012 at 9:59 pm

    Worked! I did what Bill cusack suggested. It didn’t work the first time but then I went through the first instructions and now it’s downloading. Thanks!

  12. idotaustin

    09/09/2012 at 11:04 am

    oh shit it worked…Maryland 9/9 2:03

  13. lex walls

    09/09/2012 at 11:48 am

    yea bill cusack, worked for me in cbus ohio

  14. Whit

    09/09/2012 at 12:43 pm

    Worked fine for me the first time. Currently loading it.
    “Android System Update – Downloading 173.8 MB
    This software includes a major android upgrade for your device. Please ensure your battery is fully charged before continuing, This update requires reboot and your device will be unavailable during this time.”
    Woot! Anyway are there are problems that will occur having force stopped the google framework thing?

    • Bill Cusack

      09/09/2012 at 1:45 pm

      are there are problems that will occur having force stopped the google framework thing?

      google framework services does not remember it was forced to stop. It restarted fine.

  15. Julius Allen

    09/09/2012 at 5:19 pm

    I’ve been trying this since the first day it was recommended and now I’ve been doing what Bill suggested and still nothing. Nothing happening here in Chicago with my Galaxy Nexus

  16. Bozquez

    09/09/2012 at 7:34 pm

    it worked for me after several times. I’m in Houston. thanks for posting this tip!

  17. george jenkins

    09/10/2012 at 6:23 am

    bill cusack rocks!! follow his instructions word for word and it will in NYC.

  18. will

    09/10/2012 at 11:27 am

    I Tried doing per instructions but only thing that happend was…google play store is inaccessible and i even coded in on dial pad per qbking77 instructions but no luck yet and Sprint is like ..huh ehat update so u trully r on yer own to get this ota update..but thanks for atleast the shot @it.. -chicago

  19. James

    09/11/2012 at 8:50 am

    nothing yet for me-kansas

  20. Rachel

    09/12/2012 at 11:15 am

    Worked for me as soon as I stopped and cleared Framework Data. Good luck guys!

  21. Patrick

    09/12/2012 at 11:21 am

    Can anyone confirm that they were able to do this with WIFI turned on? Is it implicit in OTA delivery that it cannot come via WIFI? Seems likely to me, but no empirical evidence supporting this assertion.

    • Patrick

      09/12/2012 at 11:31 am

      Okay, so I’d been trying this since last week with no success… BUT, had never tried doing multiple times in a row. Exact steps for success for me:

      1. WIFI off
      2. Following Bill Cusack, force stop, clear data, reboot, check for update, but no dice.
      3. force stop, clear data, check for update, WIN.

      Downloading update now. Pity it has to be via Sprint’s anemic 3G network here in Seattle.

    • Cary

      09/23/2012 at 2:27 pm

      I received the jelly bean update via WiFi. It seems it was sent out for the Motorola xoom tablet but my device picked it up and downloaded it perfectly

  22. A King

    09/13/2012 at 11:40 am

    Just followed Bill’s process with 1st try success in Las Vegas!

  23. A Khare

    10/04/2012 at 11:40 am

    Its not working for me trying to upgrade from 4.0.4 to 4.1.1

  24. John

    10/20/2012 at 2:43 am

    Is there a risk if you do this, that the phone will stop working completely (As you are forcing google services framework to force stop)?

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