Android 4.4.1 update (KOT49E) for Nexus 7 LTE now available to download, instructions included


The Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 7 LTE started rolling already. If you don’t feel like waiting for the update, we have the download link for you. If you have flashed a custom recovery you can simply download the update zip file to your device and flash. Assuming you don’t have a custom recovery, hit the break for full instructions.

**Note this update is only for the LTE version of the Nexus 7, NOT the Wi-Fi-only version.

In order to update, your device needs to be running the latest stock build of Android 4.4 (KRT16S)

You will need the latest version of adb in order to proceed. Just download the latest Android SDK to make sure you’re up to date.

You also need to download the flashable ZIP file for the Nexus 7 (razerg) and place it in the fastboot folder (this location should be C:\program files (x86)\android\android-sdk\platform-tools in Windows)

You must have USB debugging enabled on your Nexus 7 LTE. If this is the first time going into developer options on your Nexus 7, just go into “About Phone” from your settings and tap the build number about seven times. Hit the back key and you will now see all developer options from now on.

  1. Power off your Nexus 7 LTE, and power back on by pressing the Power and Volume Down buttons together while it boots.
  2. The fastboot menu should appear and you should see “Start” in the top right. Press Volume Up till it changes to “Recovery.” Press the Power button to select it.
  3. You will see an Android with a red exclamation point icon, press Volume Up and the Power button at the same time.
  4. You will get a new menu and you can navigate to “apply update from adb.”
  5. Now it’s time to connect your Nexus 7 to your computer via a USB cable
  6. Open the command prompt in Windows (cmd in Windows, regular shell in Linux and Mac) and navigate to the directory that the Zip file is located in.
  7. Type: adb sideload
  8. The update will install and reach 100%.
  9. Your device will still continue to go through a series of steps. Wait until you see, “Install from ADB complete”
  10. Reboot and enjoy Android 4.4.1

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.