The 2013 Edition of Google Nexus 7 Wi-Fi model has received the official Android 4.4.4 KitKat upgrade, but not all users have received it. If you’re one user that still wait for the official OTA to arrive, then you can use an alternate method to update your tablet and use our manual guide below.
This guide is destined to be used by advanced users who want to have a basic set of rules when it comes to manual update for Nexus 7 2013 WiFi tablets. For this article to work you will have to take a look at all the instructions below and make sure to use it only if you are currently running the official stock Android 4.4.3 KTU84L on your tablet.
Before starting the update you will need to keep an eye on the guidelines below, so that you will learn what you need to do in order to correctly apply the installation:
- use this post only for the Google Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi Edition.
- don’t attempt to flash the new upgrade for any other Android devices.
- your tablet should sport the official Android 4.4.3 KitKat KTU84L firmware.
- don’t install KTU84P Android 4.4.4 over any other firmware build.
- check your Nexus 7 firmware version by opening Settings> About device> Build Number.
- if the ‘build number’ doesn’t match the KTU84L version then you cannot use this guide.
- this is a guide that works for both locked and unlocked Nexus 7 2013 bootloader.
- also, it doesn’t matter if your tablet is rooted or non-rooted, the guide will work the same for it.
- if your Nexus 7 2013 runs a custom ROM at the moment, then you need to know that this is not the guide for you to use.
- if you try to flash the new official Android 4.4.4 update over a custom ROM, then you will most likely brick the tablet.
- for this guide to work you will need to be on stock Android and for that you will need to flash a Factory Image -> a process that wipes your device entirely.
- the article contains instructions for two different methods: one that is destined for Nexus 7 with Stock Recovery installed and a second one destined for Nexus 7 with Custom Recovery on it.
- make sure to configure the ANDROID SDK ADT bundle on your computer.
- get Android SDK bundle from here.
- extract the SDK contents on your computer’s C: partition.
- launch the SDK Manager after that and install all drivers and tools required.
- make sure to find the ‘platform-tools’ folder as we will need it as default location for the Android 4.4.4 KTU84P update zip.
- enable USB Debugging from Developer Options menu.
- if the Developer Options menu is not listed in Settings then you need to enable it, too: go to Settings> About device and then tap the Build Number section for seven times.
- after Developer Options is enabled you need to open it and enable USB Debugging.
- use this post only if you’re an advanced Android user.
- do not blame us in case you brick the tablet nor in case you lose any data in the process.
- check the battery power of your tablet and make sure that the level is over 50%.
- read the entire guide and don’t skip any steps if you want to complete update at the first attempt.
Since you’ve read all of above you can continue to the tutorial.
How to flash Android 4.4.4 KTU84P over Android 4.4.4 KTU84L for Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi:
- Download the Android 4.4.4 KTU84P For Nexus 7 zip from here.
- save the file on your PC and rename it to ‘update.zip’.
- Place the update zip to the “SDK> platform-tools” folder. It is the folder created by the Android SDK.
- Power off your Nexus 7 2013 now.
- Next, boot the tablet in Recovery Mode.
- When the Recovery Mode menu loads you should select the option that says ‘apply update from adb’.
- Now use the USB cable and connect your tablet to your PC.
- Go to the folder where you’ve placed the ‘update.zip’ file.
- Press and hold ‘SHIFT’ key and then right-click on the folder’s white space. Select ‘open command window here’ from the right-click context menu.
- Windows will launch the CMD window and you will now need to enter: fasboot devices
- this will tell you if the phone has been detected by the PC.
- In order to start the installation of Android 4.4.4 KTU84P on your Nexus 7 2013 you need to enter the following command line: adb sideload update.zip
- if you didn’t change the name of the file downloaded in step 1 then you will have to enter “adb sideload” followed by the file’s name.
- Now your device will take care of the rest of the process and complete the installation automatically.
- When the update is complete after several minutes you will be able to use Recovery Mode again. Select ‘reboot system now’ and that should be all.
These were all the steps that you had to take in order to flash the update with Stock Recovery for the Nexus 7 2013 WiFi.
Flash Android 4.4.4 KTU84P for Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi with CWM / TWRP Recovery:
- Download the update file from here.
- Move the file to your Nexus 7 tablet.
- Power off the tablet after the file is moved.
- Next, boot it into Recovery Mode.
- Select the option that says ‘install zip from sdcard’ for CWM Recovery or the ‘Install’ option for the TWRP Recovery.
- Find the new Android 4.4.4 KTU84P zip and confirm its installation.
- After update is flashed you can reboot the tablet in normal mode.
These were all the steps that you had to take in order to complete the installation of a brand new KitKat stock update on your device.
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