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Tip: How to Force the 4.0.4 Update for the Galaxy Nexus LTE

The 4.0.4 update is pushing out to a massive batch of Galaxy Nexus owners as you read this, however, there are still a number of you that have yet to be prompted. If you would like to speed up the process, you can try this little trick that dozens of readers have submitted as working like a charm.  

1.  From your phone, head into Settings>Apps>All.
2.  Search for  Google Services Framework.
3.  Once found, tap on it and choose “Force stop.”
4.  Then choose “Clear data.”
5.  Back out of Apps to your About page in Settings and check for the System update.

You may have to repeat the steps a couple of times. Good luck!

Cheers @splendorthought and to everyone who sent this in!

  • Chobanov Elchin

    If I didint recive update for my Nexus it meens???

  • sandark

    thanks a lot,like you said i had to repeat for a while before it worked.

  • Trevor

    Worked after 10-20 tries. Thanks!

  • Mallahet

    Wasn’t working for me, but I found someone on another site suggesting this and it works for me! In MN and hadn’t seen a thing yet, btw. What worked for me was disabling GFS and then re-enabling it. I did it over wi-fi, btw. Details:
    DISABLE google framework services and back out. Go back in (GFS will be at the bottom of the list since it’s disabled, right next to my VZW backup asisstant that is also disabled..) and renable it. Then
    clear data. And go to system update. Bam.

  • Bobby Hatfield

    You guys rock. Have been waiting ( impatiently) on VZW for the update. Your suggestions worked perfectly. Thanks you Droid Matters.

  • BCorrell34

    It worked! Thanks!

  • OK so I did the update and now I cant sync my google contacts, cant receive any texts and I keep loosing 4G signal. I have a completely STOCK Gnex. Anyone else having these issues and if so how can we fix them?

  • JChris

    Worked! Verizon was taking their sweet time with this. Don’t know about doing another Nexus through them after this although i love the phone itself.

  • MikeSaver

    Can anyone get Facebook to sync after this update? Not like it could sync with facebook before but thought it was supposed to be able to now

  • seth drasner

    worked! thanks!

  • teevirus

    took approximately 20 times but it ended up working. I was using 3g only when it went through.

  • I have noticed that with this update I can use juice defender now,before 3g or 4g would not come back on, so thats one plus

  • RSLP

    Worked on the 4th try. 39.8MB downloaded in 11 second, I love LTE.

  • Ryan Heimerman

    Just tried this and my update is downloading now!

  • David Stender

    That instantly worked !!! YES !

  • thefullritz

    Updated on the first try, stock ICS.

  • finally got it to work…I did step 3 once and then kept trying by just doing step 4 and 5 over and over rather than starting at 3 again each time.

  • Markuz

    Still, F*** You Big Evil Red!!!

  • Worked for me as well. I had to repeat the steps a few times but then I got prompted and installed the update without a problem.

  • Tim

    I updated my Nexus a few weeks ago to the leaked 4.0.4 build prior to this later one which is now available. I would liek to be on the latest so I followed these instructions as well as others and I have had no luck. My phone was not rooted and I am completly stock. I used some simple instructions and commands that unlocked the bootloader and made the changes and locked everthign back up as normal.
    With that being said, will the latest update not work unless I revert back to the 4.0.2 first ?

  • When trying to use the OTA update, I kept getting a bad signature when it was trying to install . The same thing was happening to me with the leaked update several weeks ago. I finally just bit the bullet and flashed the stock 4.02 ROM and then the 4.04 ROM would update without any problems. I have a feeling that messing with my build.prop file caused all of this, but I have no way to prove this

  • David

    Took 3 tries with the above instructions, but 3rd time was the charm, THANK YOU!

    • InyRules

      Same for me. My girlfriend’s Nexus updated after the first time trying this method. Gotta say, it’s been buttery smooth so far. 4G signal has much improved in my home, transitions are a lot faster, and the screen actually rotates when I turn it! Like, what the phone should have done on launch day! The small jab aside, I am enjoying this update. Probably going to run it a couple more weeks before I get the itch to root.

  • Ken

    Worked perfectly with two tries!

  • duke69111

    My battery is way worse with the update. Only 1.5 hours with screen on.. I was getting 3 hours.

    • florious80

      I was just going to post something like this. 4.0.4 is very bad on battery life. WTH? I have extended battery and I think the life is half with the same amount of usage. I don’t know what the heck is going on. We can’t be the only people seeing this atrocious battery drain…

      • duke69111

        Did you apply the OTA or the downloaded file flashed through rom manager?

        • florious80

          I unrooted, applied the OTA, and re-rooted. I figured that OTA may be a safer way to go since I don’t have enough experience flashing the file on my own to ensure that it was done right. This shouldn’t have any bearing on why the battery drain is so significant…did you flash or OTA? (Even though supposedly the files are the same)

          • duke69111

            I flashed the file through rom manager that was from Google’s Server. I’m glad you unrooted and did the OTA, that now shows that its the update and not one method of updating over another.

  • Vezman

    I can download the update but when it goes to install and restarts my phone i just sit at the google logo any idea how to fix this? Im not rooted im stock 4.0.2 please help.