Google has started rolling out an update to its Android 4.4 KitKat OS. The update, released as Android version 4.4.1, mainly focuses on some UI changes for the Nexus 4. Users can install the update via OTA on their phones. As it is a staged rollout though, some users may have not yet received the update. Those users can manually install the update by following this guide. The update can either be installed by adb sideload or through a custom recovery. The steps to install it by either of those methods are given below.

Nexus 4

Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. If the device gets damaged, the writer or the owner of the site must not be held responsible.

Pre-requisites and Backing up your Nexus 4:

Method 1 (via Custom Recovery):

Requirements:

Steps:

  1. Download the official Android 4.4.1 update zip file and copy it to the root of the internal storage of your Nexus 4.
  2. Turn off the device and boot into recovery mode. To do this, follow the below steps:
    A. Press and hold the volume up, volume down and power button simultaneously.
    B. Use the volume up or down buttons until you see Recovery on the screen and then press the power button to boot into it.
  3. Now select “install zip”, then “select zip” and choose the Android 4.4.1 update zip file.
  4. Reboot your device after the installation is completed.

Your Nexus 4 has been successfully updated to Android 4.4.1.

Method 2 (via ADB):

Requirements:

Steps:

  1. Download the official Android 4.4.1 update zip file to your computer.
  2. Now reboot your device and while it is booting up, press and hold the Volume Down button.
  3. You will now see the fastboot menu. Press the Volume Up button until you see Recovery and then enter it by pressing the Power button.
  4. An Android with a red exclamation point will now appear on the screen. Press Volume Up and Power buttons together and select “apply update from adb”.
  5. Connect your device to your computer via USB.
  6. Now go to the location where you downloaded the official Android 4.4.1 update zip file and open a command window there by pressing Shift button of the keyboard and Right Click button of your mouse.
  7. Type the following command:
    adb sideload 0896df95085b6ad55bbe4694a612da0c6ed2fa1c.signed-occam-KOT49E-from-KRT16S.0896df95.zip
  8. The update will now be installed on your device. Reboot your device after the installation is completed.

Your Nexus 4 has been successfully updated to Android 4.4.1.

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