A couple of nights ago Google announced that the Android 4.4 KitKat update was starting to be pushed out to the Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) and the Nexus 10. Luckily some of the people who have received the update have also found the direct download link from Google. With the ability to download the OTA to your computer you can sideload the firmware to your device without any hacking or rooting.
Below are instructions for those of you who want to download and put the OTA onto their device manually instead of waiting:
- Download the Android SDK and install it because you will need the ADB function which is located in the platform-tools folder.
- Turn on debugging on your Android device (access the developer setting folder and turn it on).
- Open up command prompt (Windows) or Terminal (OSX and Linux) and make your way to the “platform-tools” folder.
- Plug your device into your computer. You will know if everything is working by typing in ‘adb devices’ and receiving a message that looks like ‘015d182f9a0aac28 device.”
- Now type in ‘adb reboot bootloader’ and your phone/tablet will reboot itself into the bootloader.
- Manually press the volume buttons down to “Recovery” and select it with the power button.
- You should now see an Android with an exclamation mark over it. To get past this you have to press the power button + volume up several times until you get into the stock recovery.
- Now use the volume buttons to hover over the “Apply update from ADB” and select it with the power button.
- The last thing you have to do is go back to your command prompt / terminal and type in ‘adb sideload <filename>.’
After all of this you should see the update being installed on your device. I do not recommend anyone attempt to do this process unless they have experience working with the command prompt / terminal. Remember, it is not our responsibility if something happens to your device while completing this process. But if something does go wrong, let us know because we can attempt to help you fix whatever is wrong.