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How to Update Google Nexus 7

This tutorial will teach you how to successfully update the Google Nexus 7 tablet whenever a brand new Android version upgrade is released from Google.

Google releases new update files for the Google Nexus 7 constantly and this device is usually the first one to get them first.

Google Nexus 7 is a very popular Android tablet and there are several models available: the 1st-Gen Nexus 7 version released in July 2012, the Nexus 7 2012 Cellular version and the Google Nexus 7 2nd-gen edition released in July 2013. All these models are working with the tutorial that I’ve listed in this post.

The 1st edition of Google Nexus 7 released in 2012 was featuring the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, while the 2013 Nexus 7 was launched with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. But, since their release there were several new Android updates released such as the Android 4.4 KitKat followed by Android 4.4.1 and Android 4.4.2. The KitKat 4.4.2 build is the one available at the time this post was created, but there will be tons of new updates getting released for the Nexus 7, so you will still need this guide.

Updating the Google Nexus 7 is easy, as you simply wait for the update notification to reach your device and then you only confirm the process and the device will do the rest. This process is useful for stock Android ROMs that are currently running on a Nexus 7 tablet, while the models running on custom ROMs won’t receive the official update files.

Google sends the new official Updates via OTA (over-the-air), while the tablets on custom ROMs won’t be getting them. If you have a Nexus 7 tablet and you have installed a custom ROM on it, then you should know that installing an official update might require you to be an advanced user.

Some official updating files for Nexus 7 models are found here.

If you have a stock device, then it would be best for you to read the instructions below.

How to install future Official Android OS Upgrades for Google Nexus 7:

Note that this guide will work for all the Nexus 7 models.

If the update has reached your Nexus 7 OTA, then you will get a notification.

  • open the notification bar.
  • tap on the official Google Update Alert message.
  • read the changes and new features that will be added by the new update.
  • make sure that you’re using a Wi-Fi connection.
  • click the Download button.
  • when the download is finished, you need to confirm the update by tapping on ‘Install’.
  • when the tablet completes the automatic update it will reboot and then boot in normal mode.
  • use your password, PIN or whatever lock combination you’ve set as default in order to enter at the main screen of the new Android OS version.

After the update is complete you can simply start testing the new features and functions.

In case the update was launched, but it didn’t reach your tablet, then it would be best for you to wait until the files will reach your device. However, if you don’t want to wait then you can try the methods below and check for new files for yourself.

  • open the Settings menu.
  • tap on ‘About Device’ option.
  • open ‘System Updates’.
  • hit the ‘Check Now’ button.
  • if there are any new Android files available for your Nexus 7, then press the Download button.
  • confirm the installation after the download is complete.
  • wait for the tablet to reboot in normal mode and then you will be done with this tutorial.

If you didn’t get the update and you can’t find it on the internet via an official Google channel then you can continue reading this guide.

Also, if your Nexus 7 runs on a custom ROM, then you might want to use an Android Factory Image file in order to update your tablet.

Note that by flashing a Factory Image you will eventually update the Nexus 7 tablet, but you will lose every single data file that is currently stored on it. It would be best for you to avoid using such method. Usually, a Factory Image is used to un-brick Nexus 7 devices, as in that case it doesn’t matter if you lose data or not. If you don’t care about any data files or you’ve created backups, then you can head to Google’s download page and get the new corresponding Android update files for your tablet.

Download Android Factory Images for Nexus 7 2013 “razor” Wi-Fi model from here.

Download Android Factory Images for Nexus 7 2013 “razorg” Mobile model from here.

Download Android Factory Images for Nexus 7 2012 “nakasi” Wi-Fi model from here.

Download Android Factory Images for Nexus 7 2012 “nakasig” Mobile model from here.

These were all the steps that you had to go over in order to learn how to apply an official update for your Nexus 7 tablet. If you have any other questions, then feel free to post them in comments below.

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