Google Nexus 4

Published on November 21st, 2013 | by Tim Schofield


Manually Update the Nexus 4 to Android 4.4 KitKat

Below is a video that will show you the correct steps to manually update the Nexus 4 to Android 4.4 KitKat. You do not need to be rooted or have your bootloader unlocked.

You will need to make sure you have the Android SDK tools and ADB installed on your PC.

If your PC isn’t recognizing your device (DEVICE NOT FOUND), install these drivers:

NOTE: This is the exact same as if you accepted the OTA update from Google, just done manually. No data will be wiped. I am not responsible for any damage done to your device.

How to Manually Update the Nexus 7 to Android 4.4 KitKat:

Update zip downloads:

DOWNLOAD (4.3 to 4.4)

DOWNLOAD (4.4 to 4.4 update)

See here if you want to use the Google Experience Launcher like on the Nexus 5:

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Tim Schofield

Tim Schofield is the owner of and the YouTube channel QbKing77. He has a love for all things tech and Android!

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9 Responses to Manually Update the Nexus 4 to Android 4.4 KitKat

  1. arun says:

    I installed the update, and rebooted. Now my phone is stuck on the start up screen, with the rotating circles. Can you help me

  2. isa Boztemir says:

    My update fails while verifying.

    “/system/app/Chrome.apk” has unexpected contents.

    E:Error in /tmp/

    (Status 7)

    Installation aborted.

  3. victor says:

    i did everything you did on the video, but when i push enter to update via adb

    that said ERROR DEVICE NOT FOUND… can you tell me what i did wrong?

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