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How To Download / Install Android 4.4 KitKat On Nexus 7 / 10

Posted on the 14 November 2013 by Skateroren @ProgramsAlive
  • Stock Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 running the latest Android build of Jelly Bean 4.3 (only for stock method)
  • Android USB driver for Nexus 7 / 10 installed on your PC
  • Windows-based computer with Android ADB & Fastboot configured. See our guide on how to set up Android ADB and Fastboot on Windows
  • Stock OTA package for Nexus 7, Nexus 7 2013 or Nexus 10
  • Completely backup your Android device.
  • Rooted Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 with custom recovery.
  • Unlocked bootloader for Nexus (only for rooted method)
For Rooted Devices
Step 1: With custom recovery installed, connect your device to the PC and transfer the OTA ZIP package to the root of your internal memory.
Step 2: Power off your Nexus and reboot it into recovery using Volume Up, Volume Down and power keys combo. From bootloader, you’ll have to select Recovery manually.
Step 3: Navigate to Install ZIP from SD card, and then to Choose ZIP from SD card. Point to the OTA ZIP package that you put in internal memory.
Step 4: Let the flashing complete and reboot.
That’s it, you’re now running Android KitKat 4.4 on your Nexus tablet. Enjoy!
For Stock Devices
Step 1: Put the OTA ZIP package in the root of your device’s internal memory, and power it off. Don’t disconnect from the PC.
Step 2: Reboot into bootloader mode and then recovery as instructed above. This time you’ll be in stock recovery rather than seeing a custom recovery.
Step 3: In Recovery menu, use volume keys to select “apply update from ADB” and use the power button to make the selection.
Step 4: With your device connected to your PC using USB cable, fire up a command prompt window and enter the following:
adb sideload (where OTA_Package_Name has to be replaced with the actual filename)
Step 5: The update will begin flashing. Once it completes, reboot your device.

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