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



Earlier today, we told you that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean update has finally started to roll out to customers. And while many are seeing the update, others are unable to get the ball rolling. Well, with a simple trick, Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners who don’t see the update, should be able to pull it down right now.

It appears that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean update has only arrived for certain people as it’s rolling out Over-the-Air. Thus far, I have yet to receive the update OTA.

However, using a little trick, users should be able to update manually and start using Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right now. It might take a couple of tries, but this method should work.

Read: Verizon Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out Now.


The Verizon Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean update can be pulled manually using a trick.

For those that are out of luck, follow these instructions and you should be able to get Jelly Bean and all of its new features up and running in no time at all.

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

For many, this should bring up a download prompt and the installation process for Jelly Bean will begin soon after. Per usual, the process could take a little bit of time so remain patient. It also appears that owners need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network as this point. Trying to do this over cellular will likely not work.

Verizon says that it will be available on Wi-Fi until October 1st.

So for those that are impatient, this is something that you’ll want to try in lieu of waiting for the update, which could take only a few hours or possibly as long as a few days.

Let us know how it works out.



  1. Tommy Kennedy (@TK_in_WY)

    09/21/2012 at 9:39 am

    THIS is what I’ve been looking for!! Thanks!!

  2. Thomas Cameron

    09/21/2012 at 9:51 am

    I just did what you suggested, but did not get any notification of an update. I am connected via wifi (although it is to my Verizon MiFi, so if there are ip-based filters, that might be why I didn’t get the update). If it matters, I’m in Austin, Texas.

    • Juno

      09/24/2012 at 1:34 pm

      Turn off the vireless, go back to Adam’s procedure then check update using 4LTE only. After your phone finds update turn on the wireless. Worked for me. Thank you.

      • Brad

        09/24/2012 at 6:18 pm

        This worked perfectly for me… Thank you!!

      • andrew

        09/24/2012 at 8:30 pm

        this worked, thanks!

  3. Chris N

    09/21/2012 at 10:06 am

    Tried directions about a dozen times. Didn’t work. DC Metro Area.

    • Ben Nappier

      09/21/2012 at 10:16 am

      NYC, wifi enabled, no data, no luck.

    • C

      09/21/2012 at 11:54 am

      Still not working in DC area.

    • Paul T

      09/22/2012 at 10:30 am

      I Tried about 7 times with no luck and I live in Bowie.

  4. Derek

    09/21/2012 at 10:27 am

    No luck here in Waco, TX with these instructions, wifi enabled and all.

  5. Patrick

    09/21/2012 at 10:37 am

    This method worked with the prior (also late) update from VZW, but I’ve tried it too many times to count today with no update available.

  6. Rui

    09/21/2012 at 10:48 am

    I have tried this at least a dozen times now. Still nothing. From Mass.

  7. Ian

    09/21/2012 at 10:52 am

    nothing for me in boston tried about 10 times.

    • dsfasf

      09/22/2012 at 8:03 pm

      you need wifi and do the clear data and disable framework couple time. and maybe reboot once or two. you should get it. this update is available via WIFI through october 2. this is a fact.

  8. Opa

    09/21/2012 at 11:15 am

    Not working in Phoenix Az. Tried your steps numerous times. Not happening at all.

  9. john

    09/21/2012 at 11:18 am

    It worked after two tries! Thanks!

  10. DragonStrom

    09/21/2012 at 12:20 pm

    Hasn’t worked for me and I’ve been trying it since 8:30am this morning

  11. Nonfat

    09/21/2012 at 12:45 pm

    Worked on the 1st try!

  12. Craig H.

    09/21/2012 at 1:38 pm

    Tried over a dozen times. No update. Sad. Tuscaloosa, AL

    • tom pierson

      09/22/2012 at 5:10 pm

      Yep Craig I live in Vance area no luck here either, be glad when they connect Tuscaloosa 4g to Birmingham 4g, bet the Mercedes Benz plant will be tickled besides me

      • ryan_turner

        09/23/2012 at 4:57 pm

        I just had success on the 8th try, after giving up on what this article recommended and following another commenter’s advice. Look at what “Nesra” has to say; worked for me in Tuscaloosa, AL on wifi.

        • Dave

          09/24/2012 at 10:08 am

          Worked for me in Tuscaloosa on the second try.

    • Luis S

      09/24/2012 at 4:40 pm

      You have to be on wifi only, until Oct 4, 2012.Connect to wifi, then perform this trick and it worked for me after the 2nd try. Keep repeating theses steps and it will come up while on wifi only. Goode luck everyone.

  13. PES07

    09/21/2012 at 1:40 pm

    Didn’t work for me…Baltimore Metro area

  14. Remak

    09/21/2012 at 2:22 pm

    No Luck, tried about a dozen times. OC, California.

  15. Remak

    09/21/2012 at 2:42 pm

    Okay, so it took about two or three dozen tries, but finally getting now!!! Just keep trying it will finally work.

  16. DPiddy

    09/21/2012 at 3:26 pm

    I give up. Did this 40 times already.

  17. Nesra

    09/21/2012 at 3:29 pm

    GOT IT! Ok, tried a couple of dozen times, nothing. Finally tried clearing data ONLY without clicking Force Stop… that seems to have done the trick on mine. Good and happy Droiding.

    • Mihir

      09/23/2012 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks. This worked for me.

    • NOLATechy

      09/24/2012 at 11:28 am

      Thank you! This worked for me in New Orleans. Finally I got my Jelly Beans!

    • Ray

      09/24/2012 at 1:34 pm

      Thanks for this tip! It worked!

  18. DPiddy

    09/21/2012 at 3:51 pm

    Got it on attempt 42. First time I had 2 bars and wifi at the same time. Richmond, VA

  19. Jfilla2008

    09/21/2012 at 4:36 pm

    I am trying to do this method to force update my original-not-rooted Galaxy Nexus but the thing is I can’t clear the data, for this app or all other apps under All that start with the word Google. All it says is Computing under Total, App, Data as well as Cache. the button that says Clear Data is not active. I have restarted my phone and taken out the battery a few times but it still says the same thing when I turn it back on. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  20. mchawk

    09/21/2012 at 5:32 pm

    Didn’t work for me. Albuquerque, NM

  21. Leo W

    09/21/2012 at 6:56 pm

    Still not updating in DC

  22. Steve-o

    09/21/2012 at 8:48 pm

    Just tried it a few times and it worked!!! I live in Los Angeles CA area. Thanks for the tip!!

  23. Eric

    09/21/2012 at 9:21 pm

    Many times over WiFi and no luck. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area.

  24. Charles

    09/22/2012 at 2:06 am

    UPDATE: After getting the OTA 4.1 and rebooting after install, the Nexus was not able to automatically sign me in to my Google account. I ended up having to remove the user account and re-install it. Everything is fine now. FYI

  25. Justin Juan Maldonado

    09/22/2012 at 2:22 am

    Tried 70 times in NJ

  26. Chris Knight

    09/22/2012 at 4:32 am

    This works. I had to do it about 20 times. Just clear the data, don’t force stop.

  27. a

    09/22/2012 at 6:33 am

    fairfax, VA – worked my second try. I disabled google framework then re enabled it

  28. Nick

    09/22/2012 at 9:05 am

    San antonio texas, it took 4 tries but i got it.

  29. Brady

    09/22/2012 at 9:12 am

    I unrooted from using the JRO03L build to try the official update. Tried this method about 4 times. But after reading this, I will continue to try it until it works. Good thing I dont have plans until later tonight. South Louisiana.

  30. Brady

    09/22/2012 at 9:26 am

    Ok, it took about 16 tries. Its installing now!

  31. Mike G.

    09/22/2012 at 9:38 am

    8 tries and nothing– Chicago suburbs, 630 area code.

  32. Kyle

    09/22/2012 at 10:32 am

    Absolutely no luck for me either, been trying off and on for nearly 24hrs.

  33. Mike G.

    09/22/2012 at 10:34 am

    Boom! 6 more tries and it worked! Clearing data only is how I finally got mine to turn over.

  34. Gary

    09/22/2012 at 1:33 pm

    Worked for me in in LA, just cleared data and after over 10 attempts got notification

  35. Willis

    09/22/2012 at 1:53 pm

    Tried this yesterday morning all morning..finally worked after 60+ tries..Aaahhhh sweet Jelly Bean!!
    High Desert, CA

  36. Rick

    09/22/2012 at 2:25 pm

    San Diego here. Thanks for the tip, worked on the first attempt.

  37. ferrydust (@ferrydust)

    09/22/2012 at 2:56 pm

    Not working in MD/DC area.

  38. Nick

    09/22/2012 at 3:46 pm

    It worked! Yay after months of waiting! It finally worked

    • Nick

      09/22/2012 at 3:47 pm

      Worked in Charlotte n.c. area

  39. bob

    09/22/2012 at 4:50 pm

    No luck in phoenix

    • Opa

      09/24/2012 at 7:54 am

      I just got it at 7:22am in downtown Phx

  40. John

    09/22/2012 at 4:55 pm

    • vndkmr97

      11/21/2012 at 6:36 am

      Thanks for referring my blog link :) . glad that it worked for you

  41. Xavier

    09/22/2012 at 5:16 pm

    Got it after about 10 minutes of trying, first clear then force stop… Bloomsburg PA

  42. El Chino

    09/22/2012 at 5:59 pm

    Worked like a charm on the first try!

  43. Disappointed (again). Thank you Verizon!

    09/22/2012 at 6:07 pm

    Tried them all in N California. Nada!

  44. gina

    09/22/2012 at 7:30 pm

    Did it and when I connected to wifi it disappeared :(

  45. Brian

    09/22/2012 at 7:55 pm

    No for upland cali

  46. Shannon

    09/22/2012 at 9:12 pm

    Was going to try this but read of problems it can cause with Google related apps. This morning woke up and checked updates and lo and behold THERE WAS JELLYBEAN! Cannot believe that my phone actually holds a 4G signal without losing it ALL DAY! Loving Google Now too. Im in NJ.

  47. jamil

    09/22/2012 at 10:42 pm

    Did it seven times in a row and finally pulled it, NJ

  48. Jon

    09/23/2012 at 7:03 am

    Wow this actually worked for me!! I tried about 5 times, doing 1 reboot in the process. It seems like it’s different for everyone. Good luck!

  49. Todd

    09/23/2012 at 9:39 am

    Has anyone in Phoenix AZ got the update?

    • Opa

      09/23/2012 at 3:27 pm

      No luck downtown Phoenix

    • Opa

      09/24/2012 at 7:56 am

      Got it this morning in downtown Phoenix

  50. steve

    09/23/2012 at 11:33 am

    Worked for me in TN after 5 or 6 tries of clearing data only, not force stopping it.

  51. Dan

    09/23/2012 at 3:42 pm

    Worked for me the 2nd time! The screen says WiFi is required through 10/3.

  52. devin

    09/23/2012 at 4:18 pm

    Same her did not work until hooked to WIFI , i stopped services,cleared data, re booted stopped service and cleared data again then check for updates and there it was

  53. Mark

    09/23/2012 at 4:24 pm

    Worked the 5th time. Just hit force close once and the rest hit clear data and update should start. I’m in Irvine, CA

  54. vinny

    09/23/2012 at 4:47 pm

    Try getting full bars for Wi-Fi. I tried for days with no luck then cleared data without forcing stop and going really clear to router. Worked first time.

  55. Eric

    09/23/2012 at 4:57 pm

    Got it!! I did a clear data, then a force update. That was my third try. Columbia, SC.

  56. PDogg

    09/23/2012 at 7:27 pm

    its 7:25pm here in Phoenix and i still cant get it…Im starting to get annoyed. Any ideas would be appreciated.

  57. Paul T

    09/23/2012 at 7:38 pm

    I got mine today at about 2pm EDT. Work the wait and it definitely looks awesome.
    I live in the Washington D.C. Metro Area and I used the trick that was suggested here. I tried some other tricks mentioned here in the replies and none of them came thru.

    Good Luck!

    P.S. It will only download and notify you with a Wi-Fi Signal. I had no bars when I received notice after using the trick.

  58. Cay

    09/24/2012 at 4:26 am

    Worked the first time for me!

  59. Korey

    09/24/2012 at 5:01 am

    after finding these instructions, it worked after the 2nd time!

  60. Opa

    09/24/2012 at 7:57 am

    Got it this morning in downtown Phoenix Az via Wi-Fi

  61. Steven

    09/24/2012 at 8:06 am

    Second try, just did the “Clear Data” as Nesra stated. Thanks for the Info!!! Birmingham, AL.

  62. James

    09/24/2012 at 9:21 am

    Worked in SF on the first try

  63. mchawk

    09/24/2012 at 9:28 am

    After trying all weekend stopping the service and clearing the cache nothing. Today I just cleared the cache and boom, first try.

  64. Jordan

    09/24/2012 at 9:41 am

    Force stopped and cleared data in Los Angeles and it worked!

  65. KCG

    09/24/2012 at 9:48 am

    AWESOME. Worked.

  66. Mike F.

    09/24/2012 at 10:08 am

    On Wi-Fi, took 4 attempts. Got it! Thanks!! – Indianapolis, IN

  67. Tony G

    09/24/2012 at 10:10 am

    AWESOME!!! Worked on the first try!!!

  68. Jimmy G

    09/24/2012 at 10:29 am

    This WORKED for me :-) Simple and Easy.

  69. Huffstallion

    09/24/2012 at 10:46 am

    It works in the Northern VA area! Thanks!

  70. greg

    09/24/2012 at 10:58 am

    I did what Nesra said and it worked. Just clear the data. I also went crazy and hit the check updates like 5 times in a row… dont know if that did anything.

  71. deepimage

    09/24/2012 at 11:06 am

    woiks on the 2nd try in ny

  72. Daniel

    09/24/2012 at 11:34 am

    Followed this in Portland Oregon and worked at the second try. Thanks for the hint

  73. JJ

    09/24/2012 at 12:07 pm

    I live in SF CA and just tried what you suggested to get 4.1 update over wifi and it worked for me!

  74. Bud Light

    09/24/2012 at 12:12 pm

    Sir, you are da Man!!!!!!!

  75. Wayne Lin (@wane1024)

    09/24/2012 at 12:19 pm

    Woohoo! Got the update to kick off after ~5-10 tries. Nesra’s instructions did it for me. “GOT IT! Ok, tried a couple of dozen times, nothing. Finally tried clearing data ONLY without clicking Force Stop… that seems to have done the trick on mine.”

  76. marco

    09/24/2012 at 12:42 pm

    Worked for me over the office WiFi in Cleveland, OH. Thanks for the tip!

  77. Brian

    09/24/2012 at 1:52 pm

    finally worked for me after doing clear data 3 times. Updating now. Greenville, SC

  78. Robert Liu

    09/24/2012 at 2:14 pm

    Worked for me in SF Bay Area, thanks.

  79. xxjeannexx

    09/24/2012 at 2:43 pm

    Same as Robert Liu above!
    Worked on 1st try in SF Bay Area.

    Thank you! I got tired of waiting.

  80. Jessica

    09/24/2012 at 4:17 pm

    Worked for me – G-Nex in DC. Had to do it a few times (less than 6?) before it took but I think it was because of a weak WiFi signal. Thanks!

  81. Pat

    09/24/2012 at 5:32 pm

    Worked on second try, but had to turn off all data and came right down.

  82. James

    09/24/2012 at 5:34 pm

    just an extra step: Apps>All>Google Services Framework>Force Stop> Clear Data> Wait> Exit> Dial *#*#2432546#*#* and wait until it notifies you with “checkin succeeded”>About Phone> Updates

  83. Jeff S

    09/24/2012 at 7:03 pm

    Been trying for days, did was James said but had to clear data one extra time (no force stop, just clear data). Then the update came right up.

  84. evo621

    09/24/2012 at 7:18 pm

    Did his directions once, didn’t work. Tried just clearing data the second time about twenty minutes later, and voila! Incredible upgrade.

  85. Albert Gonzales

    09/24/2012 at 7:24 pm

    Works perfect…Shreveport, LA

  86. Robb

    09/24/2012 at 7:40 pm

    Totally worked. First try. Long Beach California.

  87. james t

    09/24/2012 at 7:55 pm

    Worked the first time! Thanks for the tip! NYC

  88. Mr. Gino

    09/24/2012 at 8:01 pm

    Finally!!!!! Jellybean!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  89. Mr. D

    09/24/2012 at 11:17 pm

    Worked on the first try. Los Angeles Ca. Thanks!!!

  90. Hoppy

    09/24/2012 at 11:51 pm

    The trick worked for me. I did it about 5 times, then restarted the phone and then did it a couple more times and it worked in Northern Colorado.

  91. Bil

    09/25/2012 at 12:39 am

    Didn’t work on the first try. Then I read the comment to turn wifi off, try the steps in the article above until it finds the update, then turn wifi on to download update. But it didn’t work. Then I tried the steps again, still didn’t work. On the third try, it worked without turning the wifi off.

  92. hector

    09/25/2012 at 1:21 pm

    I ben try sense yestaday no work for me

  93. misluckydcky

    09/25/2012 at 4:14 pm

    Nothing yet in Ohio trying for days!

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