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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!

  • Clayton Auld

    Worked very well! I was on the leaked version of this update, but after I restored back to the stock 4.0.2 image and did this 3 times it worked like a charm! Thanks!

  • ralph

    even since i did this, my g-nex hasnt shown up in the play store

  • stevegn

    help guys and girls.. right after i did the update its asking to allow google location service. The terms are scary should i say yes or no thanks


      clicked yes… you probably had it on since your first setup.. but it needs authorization again..


      also, lme know if you get restarts? had my first restart today.. its not a happy thing..


    Quuestion guys… got the 4.0.4 update but tried opening an email from the notification bar and again… it froze and restarted.. i thought this update fixed restarts? they suck..

  • Anonymoose

    This is the best information that I have ever seen on DL. Thank you kindly for posting.

  • Donald Jacobs

    Just did mine, Did take three attempts of doing the stopping of Framework. No Problems noted. Thanks for all the help.

  • Ever since I updated with this method….I can’t send pictures anyone else have this issue?:

  • Mikey_S

    Is anyone else seeing – or can anyone explain this to me?

    I have pulled down the update

    It stays it needs to reboot to install.

    When it reboots it doesn’t import the download it just restarts 4.0.2

    I have gone as far done a hard reset.

    has anyone else had this issue?

    • Mikey_S

      Booting in recovery mode shows ontl the start option and a
      Downloading …
      (Do not turn off target!!)


      • Mikey_S

        Can anyone tell me why on the reboot the update is not starting – or how to debug this?

        • Mikey_S

          Found 4.0.2 reimage walk though, reimaged the device, and the recovery worked this time – finally at 4.0.4 – ” ” close to rooting it – after all of this I now just might


      wiered maybe just shutdown. Do the force close and clear data of google frameworks and try it again.. ?

      • Mikey_S

        I am getting the download – it downloads it/verifys it then wants to install and “can’t”

        • GNEX(MOTOX)

          hmm, the way i see it.. is you have two options to go to vzw or just restart it and flash it instead.. well not flash it.. but the post a couple days back easily lets you put it on there if you know how to that type of stuff.. its probably not that hard.. iv’e done it for other phones and im only in high school so.. yea.. lol

  • Muddin

    I don’t have the option to check for updates under settings?

  • yellowcanary73

    I hope this fixes everyones problems but my reason for trading for Razr Maxx is battery life other wise the G/N is a great phone. So enjoy the great phone and I will enjoy my Maxx and its great battery and when we do get the ICS update it will make it a better phone even if its a few months out. Hey at least I didn’t go back to an Iphone

  • Matthew Hoke

    Worked for me but I had to try like 20+ times. Here are the steps i took that worked for me.
    1. Forced Stopped
    2. Cleared Data
    3. Disabled
    4. Backed out and tried to go into System Updates (didn’t do anything but make it disappear)
    5. Go back to apps and enable – then back out
    6. Force Stop – then back out
    7. Clear Data – then back out
    8. Check System Updates – this is where it worked.

    I know – sounds crazy but this is what worked for me.

    • james

      your technique worked when no one else’s would, thanks

    • This worked for me after I turned off wifi, thanks!

  • pjay

    Thanks DL…

  • vezman

    Hey need help i download the update then when it goes to install it resets then just sits at the sscreen that says google and i have to pull battery
    . Any suggestions? Would appericate and i am stock .

  • Finally! its downloading now. I had to reset the phone first for it to work but its finally on the DL. I was just about to smash up this poor camera, low volume, cant switch to 4G, powerful but always reboots or acts sluggish, non acessory having, Verizon money trap POS that has made me hate the word nexus and conteplate a jump to the iPhone 5 whenever it comes out, at least its updated properly without all of this to foolery. THANK YOU DROID LIFE!

  • Joey

    If you run into connectivity issues after updating, like I did. Just make sure you turn off, remove battery, remove sim card and reinsert. power back up and slow connectivity issues should be resolved.

  • Mine would also not update while I had wifi on. Once I turned that off, it noticed the update and is downloading it now. Thanks! We’ll see how it goes 🙂

    Edit: Worked perfectly! Thanks! Doing it on our other Galaxy Nexus now. I found it works with the Wi-Fi turned off. No problems with the app store. Thanks again Droid Life!!

  • Guadalajara Jones

    Has not worked on build# IMM30B.

    • Bobby Kaufmann

      Same build as me and hasn’t worked yet.

  • Guest

    Well…4g doesn’t hold signal like I thought it would after the update but the hand offs between 3 and 4g and WIFI is much smoother. I did notice that the bars are inflated on the 4g only compared to how many bars I get on 3g at the different dbm levels.

  • I did it twice and it worked for me!!!!

  • Tim Cooper

    Worked perfectly on the first try.

  • Bobby Kaufmann

    Anyone having any luck going from a previous version of 4.04?

  • i tried the force stop the clear data method 1st for 8 tries…nothing..then i tried the clear data first then force stop….success.!

  • Bristecom

    LOL, after trying all the methods you guys have described for 40 minutes, I give up. I’ll try again later I guess.

  • MrToTo83

    Took about 5 different times of doing but finally working!

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  • mikeym0p

    What BW skin are you using? I like how the background is clear

  • nick

    worked first time great find

  • lightlong

    READ THIS EXTRA STEP IF YOU HAVEN’T GOTTEN IT TO WORK YET. So the exact instructions listed in Kellex’s article didn’t work for me, until I also disabled “Google Services Framework” and then enabled it again. Do everything listed in the artlcle but then also disable and then enable the Framework application. Then it worked for me 🙂

  • is anyone having issues with Instagram since this update ? it continues to generate an error message saying unfortunately Instagram has stopped

    • Derrick Moreno

      working fine for me

    • Jwhap

      I installed the update a month ago. Instagram was working fine, but when I tried to open it about an hour ago it kept force closing on me.

  • JC

    This is why I love DL…the day is saved!

  • Luis Betancourt

    Awesome this worked for me. Thanks!

  • After abut 20 tries it finally worked, but after install it still says I’m on 4.0.2 What gives?

  • Bob Martin

    What does this have to do with the motorola Razr?

  • Barlog

    Just tried this about an hour ago, had to do it twice but downloaded perfectly now rockin 4.0.4 Whoo Hoo!! Only 5 months LATER! Oh well that what I get with Verizon

  • All is right in the universe! My day has been made! Thanks a million!

  • Tito Vides

    worked after about 20 tries -_- but finally instlled 😉

    ..only took my pops 3 tries…..so it really is different



    I had to clear data before a force stop. One I did the clear data first, it work great.

  • Steve

    Took 6 tries, but finally worked! Never had an issue with the mic, but the random reboots were a pain. Hopefully won’t have any more issues now. Thanks for the updating tip! ^_^

  • Had to do it twice but it works

  • pale5151

    great post worked like a charm 1st time.Thanks again been waiting for this since December!

  • ted

    Worked like a charm. Is there a complete list of items fixed?

  • worked perfect.

  • I had to do it twice but it worked! Thanks so much for posting this!

  • Coco

    OMG! Thank you for ending the frustration!! How simple was that?!!!

  • knightracer

    My Galaxy Nexus no longer shows up as one of my devices on the web version of the Google Play Store after this force update

  • Took two tries and it worked!

  • Dino

    its did work for me, thanks a lot

  • Took about 6 tries but it worked!

  • shamu11

    Will Aokp merge these new radios into there rom?

  • scrawnypaleguy86

    Tried three times, then rebooted and tried twice more. No dice. Any ideas?

    • Corey

      Does anyone know if this will work if I am on the leaked update from last month?