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After 4.2 Update, is Your Nexus 7 Having Troubles Updating Apps in Google Play? (Update: We Have a Fix)

Last night, I updated my Nexus 7 to Android 4.2. After not turning on my device for some time before the OTA, I was met with lots of app updates in Google Play. Unfortunately, it looks there’s an issue between Google Play and Android 4.2 on the Nexus 7, as one of Kellex’s tablets is also having a similar issue. We’ve tried wiping data and force stopping Google Play, but nothing has worked yet. While we’re on the lookout for a fix, have any of you had this issue as well?

If you have and know of a fix, please let us all know down below.

Update: We love our community. After 30 seconds of this post going up, readers were pouring in with instructions on how to fix it:

Simply remove the Google account, reboot, and then re-enter your Google account. Takes a couple of minutes, but fixes the issue instantly.

Cheers everyone for your help!

  • My Nexus 7 keeps giving me a Network Error when I try to turn on Google Now. What gives?

  • gpg

    has anyone lost thier settings app on nexus7 ?

  • unreal

    It doesn’t work.

  • Jim

    Did not work. Made many attempts, all failed to overcome error 403 message. Not sure what root issue is. Jelly Bean? Nexus 7? My HTC Sensation (running Honeycomb) works flawlessly. Looking like another return is soon coming to a Wal-Mart near me.

  • Wewe

    I bought a nexus 7 for Christmas for my daughter and she updated the OS and hos not started since. It shows the X and don’t do anything.,…what can i do?

  • Daniel

    Only temporarily problem comes back again, very annoying, thinking of taking the tablet back and getting an I pad!

  • StevieD

    I had the same problem with my galaxy s3 removing the google account and adding it again worked straight away, hope this helps!

  • Saskplanner

    I updated my 1 month old Nexus 7 to 4.2 on Saturday. It’s a nightmare.

    It took what was my favourite device to something I would happily heave through the window to get rid of it. Previously rock solid WIFI hotspots now only connect intermittently, and drop off after a couple seconds, the music player has developed a stutter if you’re doing ANYTHING else with the device, it turns itself off randomly, and it’s DEADLY slow and choppy now. NOTHING on the device other than the update has changed.

    • Kpennett

      Yeah right, I Hate this device now, was an awesome device, now I hate it…..

  • clinton

    Any wise words on fixing the show stopper certificate issue that’s stuffed up my exchange connection . it was a flawless connection before the update? I’m close to binning my nexus its that bad!

  • Sema

    Is there a way to go back to 4.1? I really don’t like 4.2 at all.

  • bodiga

    My cover power on/off feature has stopped working.

  • To fix app update/ download issue 4.2: settings > scroll to accounts> tap on Google> tap on gmail address under accounts> menu button in top right corner> remove account. You don’t have to wipe your device or mess with any of the apps or services.

  • I have no settings icon after jelly bean update on nexus 7!!!

  • Midnight Cat

    HATE, and I really mean it, I HATE the new update! I need to rollback
    to 4.1!! If this was supposed to be an update, it is now a serious
    drawback! THIS HAS GOT TO BE A JOKE! Everything is wrong! Lock screen
    clock is so annoying, Applications taking forever to load, many of my
    applications not working correctly, others not compatible!

    My main calendar application: JORTE just doesn’t work anymore! I will
    NEVER install another update until I am sure it will not mess up my
    tablet ever again!!

    If my Nexus 7 would have been acting like it is right now when I first got it, I would have return it right away! I feel robbed!

    • Kpennett

      AGREED, 100%

  • firegx66

    is anyone having a problem with Google Now LOCATION, it says that my location is turned on yet, it still says its off once i go into the google now app thing…anyone know how to fix ? i have already tried turning it on and then off.. it didnt work…..please HELP!

  • jb

    I updated mine and my just cat died. Curse you google!

    • Midnight Cat

      R.I.P. Brother! Google will pay for this! =^..^=

  • Jwhap

    I think the bigger concern is not the power users that frequent this site….there are a bunch of new users that this is going to frustrate…….not good news if they do not get a fix in place. I left my wife’s alone as I am curious how long it will take her to call me for a fix…….it will be interesting!

  • p

    rebooted, now my screen is stuck on Google and just stop loading!

  • p

    I cant even log in to my device!

  • kfath1978

    Got my update last night and have not had any issues with google play at this point. They may have fixed it.

  • Synergy281

    I just updated my rooted Nexus 7 and it worked just fine. However, I lost my icon to go to the settings menu. You know the three bars on the top right when you bring the notifications wall down. I don’t know how to get it get back and been looking for a solution. Any suggestions?

  • Mike

    Is it just me or is chrome 10 times faster now on 4.2? Especially when scrolling.

  • MikeSaver

    How do I force this to download again on my Nexus 7?

  • ranlil

    My Apex Launcher quit on the update and I emailed them. Today they sent out an update so now I’m good

  • Mike

    Chances are, the people who are experiencing this issue, deleted their “Google Framework” data so they could try to force-push the OTA update.

  • Kikidd

    Please help! After the update now the bottom half of my screen doesn’t work. So my box that contains google plus, google chrome and gmail etc works once offer I turn the nexus on and off then doesn’t work again….. Any thoughts?? ?

  • Carlton Madden

    I haven’t had any trouble like this on N7.

  • Mark

    OTA updates work fine…

    In short, someone gave you a link to a Nexus7 image, and it didn’t work out…. Best leave things you don’t know alone….

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    I can’t imagine how many devices the Droid Life team have. I bet you run out of outlets to charge all of those sweet gadgets.

  • Didn’t have a problem, but probably because I brought the 7 up without my account first, did a couple of reboots, THEN added my account. All seems well. 🙂

  • kfath1978

    I still have not gotten the OTA and I have tried to force it several times….anyone else still waiting?

    • Daist

      I am. Russia, bought in the beginning of November, no OTA yet.