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Download: Android 4.4.1 Update for the Nexus 5

Well, here you go, the Android 4.4.1 (build KOT49E) update is now available for the Nexus 5. We are flashing now, and will update this post in a minute.

Download Link (56.6MB)

In order to sideload this, you’ll have to be running stock KRT16M. Sideload instructions can be found here.

Update:  We put together a comparison video of the Nexus 5 with the 4.4.1 camera vs. the 4.4 camera.

  • A.Miller

    I still haven’t received the 4.4.1 update!

  • A.Miller

    How long does it take for Google to push this out to phones?

    I would rather just get it OTA, but still haven’t gotten it yet.

  • charlie

    If you are rooted with TWRP just downlod the file to your phone, boot into recovery by holding volume up, down, and power at the same time. Choose recovery, then choose install. Navigate to downloads and pick the update file. Swipe to install and you’ll be done in 10 minutes.

  • Fulaman1984

    Everything seems to work fine up until I go into recovery mode, then adb can not seem to locate my device. It can locate the device just fine when the device is booted up normally I type adb devices and it gives me the serial number. However, when I reboot into the bootloader and then go to recovery mode (to install the zip from recovery mode), the device somehow is no longer recognised by the Computer. Why is that?

    • bobbyboy

      Yeah, same thing is happening to me =/

    • ROB

      Had the same problem. I downloaded the Nexus Root tool and used the driver tool. Rebooted my computer and was able to use adb. I had a Motorola driver that I believe was causing the problem. Hope this helps.

      • Fulaman1984

        Where can I find the Nexus root tool brother? Also, I am not trying to root my phone just yet.

  • tomwhite86

    Is it just me or did the icon for settings in the pull down menu change? I’m pretty sure it didn’t have that inside circle before.

  • Phil Hyde

    I am unable to flash this in TWRP. I get an error “Error executing updater binary in zip”.

    • Phil Hyde

      Update: I figured out that having a custom APM and Camera installed was preventing the update. Went back to stock on both items, and the zip flashed fine in TWRP. 🙂

  • Steve B

    THANK YOU Google. Finally, the FIRST Nexus phone with a truly awesome camera.

    I’ve used the hell out of this camera since the time I updated yesterday and they took this camera from a 6 to a solid 9.5. It’s now right on par with the other top of the line cameras. I took it head to head with a GS4 and it was equal or better in most situations.

    Speed, oh my god, it’s finally fast and snappy (no pun intended). The shutter is extremely fast which eliminates the blur from the previous camera. Colors are much better. Moving objects are no longer blurred. The previous camera was a pain and complete frustration to use. Ultra steady hands and ideal lighting and motion conditions were the only way to capture a great shot. No longer is that the case. This now appears to be an excellent shooter in all conditions.

    Finally, a camera I’m truly happy with. Not a camera I have to tolerate, limp along and make excuses for.

    Point, shoot, profit.

  • Wyatt Neal

    Out of curiosity have we been able to find a total change list for the update? I’m curious of the recent SMS bug got fixed as well.

    • Wyatt Neal

      That looks like a negative. I’m not seeing the patch merged into anything besides the master.

  • Dan Guy

    I updated successfully but now my phone isn’t recognizing my SIM card…did I do something wrong?

  • Chris Ta

    Hey, is it just me…or is the volume MUCH better now? Maybe I’m crazy? I hope not.

    • Chris Ta

      If so, I claim credit for discovery 😛 (let me get a shout out Droid-life)

    • ROB

      Volume and the microphone

  • Wheezy276

    For those that got a systemapp”BrowserProxysomething” error or some other systemapp erro flashing in TWRP.. uninstall “[ROOT] AOSP Browser Installer” from your phone/PlayStore or any root related app from the error.. worked for me flashing in TWRP after that!

  • Chris Ta

    Do I need to do this process via Windows? Or could I do it on Ubuntu?

  • Eric Rodenhaus

    For anyone who is stock rooted, meaning unlocked bootloader, root access with su, and custom recovery with NO MODS, worked for me just flashing zip. Cwm most recent recovery

    • droidfan17

      how? it aborts everytime i try to flash it

  • 3M4NU31

    stupid question: how do I re-root after the update?

  • 3M4NU31

    The camera update broke root for my N5

  • Brandon Rosonina

    When will the official download be available

  • I was stock rooted and I was able to flash the zip like any other zip. I lost root but that’s easy enough to fix.

  • Luis Barahona

    hey im always having problem with twrp recovery installing ota android updates any tips usually it fails even with a wipe of cache.

  • p0k3y

    I flashed the zip via TWRP (stock kernel) and 4.4.1 booted up fine. However, first time I ran the camera app, the phone rebooted. So I cleared the camera data and tried again, it rebooted again. But after that, it worked fine for me. Don’t know y, but I guess all is well that ends well.

  • DoctorJB

    Thanks for the file. Yay for pretty pictures!

  • Jorge Szabo

    It seems this update also adjusted the vibration feedback for the keyboard. Anyone else?

    • Trevor

      I noticed this too. It’s also adjusted on SwiftKey and just hitting the three softkeys, so they tweaked the vibration motor across the board it seems. Feels good, tighter, if that makes any sense. And yes, that is something she may have said.

      • Jorge Szabo

        Agreed. Before this update, it was a slower/lighter. It reminds me a little of the feedback on my old Galaxy S3.

  • Vincent Marino

    I keep getting “/system/bin/thermal-engine-hh” has unexpected contents

    • Nayners

      Franco Kernel? Here’s what you do:

      Rename /system/lib/hw/power.msm8974.so.bak to /system/lib/hw/power.msm8974.so 2 – Rename /system/bin/thermal-engine-hh-bak to /system/bin/thermal-engine-hh

      • Vincent Marino

        Ahhh. I reverted back to the stock kernel, thought that was all I needed. It all works now, thank you.

        • Nayners

          I’m glad you got working. Nobody likes to be stuck on 4.4. 😛

          • Jiten Meitei

            Can I get the features of the Android 4.4.1 if I get the update of 4.4.2 directly from 4.4?

          • Nayners


      • markotamcar

        Thank you so much for this info, I had the same issue.

        • Nayners

          You’re welcome.

      • kcmanuel

        Thanks for posting this, I’m about to try this out.

        Just wondering, do we revert the names back to .bak after we sideload or should we leave it be?

        • Nayners

          No. Leave them be after sideload. If you choose to run a custom kernel, they’ll change back to .bak, if necessary.

      • KeN SooN

        I already restore stock kernel. However on rename part, i failed to do it. It says without permission.
        how to enable the permission to rename the file ? can you guide ?

  • Allan

    My file is 53.9MB not 56.6MB?

  • Kofi Williams

    Probably a dumb question but updating with ART enabled is safe right?

    • Adrynalyne

      I would think so. That first reboot is gonna be a b*tch though.

  • Liderc

    Wish I knew how to manually update this heh, I feel like a failure of a Nexus owner.

    • Pedro

      Everyone has their first update.zip to apply.

      Where are you stuck?
      Download the file. Put it on your phone.
      What’s your recovery?

      • Liderc

        I’m stock, just never done an abd sideload. I looked at the instructional guide DL has and it just felt like it wasn’t worth it. Plus they basically said if you don’t know how to do ADB sideload find another guide.

    • Adrynalyne

      Download it to your desktop.
      Reboot to stock recovery.
      vol + power (dont recall if its vol down or vol up) to get to recovery menu.
      Choose adb sideload.
      Follow the instructions.

      Pre-reqs: The ability to use adb and have it installed (and working) on your computer.

      If you have a custom recovery, you can flash it from internal storage.

      If you rename it to update.zip (I believe) you can flash it with stock recovery from internal storage.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Great, now wheres the update for the Nexus 4,7,10, and Moto X models.

    • bozzykid

      I’m sure they will come eventually but they are trying to let people know that they are fixing some of the N5 issues. So they don’t want to drown that out with an update to all the devices at the same time.

    • jeesung

      if it’s just the camera update, it sounds like it was device / hardware specific?

  • Qbancelli

    The latest Nexus Root Toolkit v1.7.9 allow you to flash stock without deleting your data.

    “The main changes in this release are enhancements to the ‘Flash Stock + Unroot’ script to enable flashing factory packs without wiping userdata, modifications to the relock script to reset the new ‘tamper flag’ on N5 devices”


  • Dan

    Can rooted users with TWRP wait for the OTA or will we have to sideload it either way?

    • Pedro

      Root and TWRP are fine.
      If you’ve flashed another kernel, then revert. And some kernels may change additional files in /system.

      edit: I should note that the update will replace TWRP with stock recovery.

      • KPunk

        i don’t think this is true. installed ota zip from TWRP. After update, TWRP is still intact.

        • Pedro

          Did you use the link in the article, or one on xda?
          Either way, I guess YMMV. I had stock recovery afterwards.

          • Adrynalyne

            Unless the recovery installer is removed or the rom is not stock (missing recovery file), then the ota should flash recovery on first boot after flash of OTA.

  • calvilla

    curious to see what you guys think now that this update came out. Moto X or Nexus 5?

    • Kiritok

      My friend is hardcore Moto X because it’s optimized, but I used his phone and it’s snappy and all, but the timely updates along with the better hardware from Google has me on the side of the Nexus 5.

  • A Butta

    Does this break root?

    • woot

      will need to reroot. via xda

  • Pipester

    Remember when there was a rumor of 4.4.1 OTA out of the box that contained 100 GB of Google Drive? Those were the days….. LOL!

  • jbdan

    Awesome thanks much DL!

  • clay

    The next post with instructions for troubleshooting some specific issues in Windows 8 will be up shortly.

    any word on this? i have been having problems getting my nexus 5 to mount in windows 8.1

    edit: i got it, but might want to edit that other post about windows 8

  • John

    For people who are stuck on the Android with the excalamation mark like I was: to get past it, hold down the power button then quickly press the up volume key. Pressing them at the same time didn’t work for me.

    • Buur

      Thank you for this.

    • Indianajonze

      thanks man. wasted 10 minutes of my life before this post trying to figure this out…

    • Kiritok

      I did Vol Down + Power, then pressed up to get it to show recovery and I got into TWRP that way.

    • Brian Menius

      I’m honestly not sure which combination of buttons finally got me there. I will try the “adb reboot recovery” command next time around to bypass that, based on a reply in the comments on the DL adb sideload tutorial thread.

      With the initial setup of drivers and the Android SDK on my computer, I’m in for about three hours to flash this. The tough work is done now, though. Imagine I can flash the next one in about three minutes….

  • CaptainHowdy13

    Sideload = whipe phone right?

    • Nope, it installs like an OTA only you are pushing the file.

      • CaptainHowdy13

        Excellent! Downloading now!

    • Andrew Thompson

      Wait, the way you said “wipe”, say that again…

      • CaptainHowdy13

        Wow, just noticed that. No excuses

        • Andrew Thompson

          “Cool wHip”

  • Firelight

    I feel so lonely sitting here on Verizon with all these Nexus 5 stories about the phone getting fast updates, GEL and now betterer camera tweaks. i remember when I had my OG Droid and the world seemed swell then. Damnable VZW and their bully-the-customer tactics!

    (before anyone says jump ship it’s more of a question of who to because of where I am … the others all suck with coverages)

    • Travillion

      I thought I would never leave Verizon, first because of grandfathered unlimited data, and then because of reception. It turns out that I actually get better reception with AT&T and I don’t miss the unlimited data. The time was right for me, hope you get your day sooner rather than later!

      • Hothfox

        I did switch, for 1 month. While I still had Verizon, I tried out AT&T to compare the two to prepare for what I thought was my inevitable switch to the Nexus 5. When I had coverage with AT&T it was faster, but Verizon had them beat in my areas with coverage. For instance, when I went to my parent’s house, Verizon had strong 4G/LTE coverage, but AT&T didn’t even have Edge. T-Mobile and Sprint are far worse too. So, I’m stuck.

        • Travillion

          Yeah, I know coverage will vary from location to location. For me, it worked out better. For those that want to switch, I hope the carriers catch up quickly for them!

    • Ben Morris

      Just finished my first month on AT&T prepaid with my N5 after leaving Verizon. Haven’t looked back

      • Cowboydroid

        Same here with T-mobile. And I actually get better LTE coverage!

    • Sounds like the Moto X is the device for you, my friend.

    • Fulaman1984

      Leave Verizon like I did, went to MetroPCS (T-mobile) and have never been happier

      • Firelight

        TMo has HORRIBLE coverage around my area. AT&T & US Cellular are the only real alternatives and AT&T’s data coverage is spotty and USCell is limited outside of my area.

        • Fulaman1984

          Oh darn, gotcha, MetroPCS/T-mobile has excellent coverage in my area. I get very high throughput speeds (download of about 35 mbps and upload of around 15 mbps).

  • Ethan Besbris

    Instructions for rooted users with TWRP?

    • TWRP has a sideload option in advanced. Often times if you are 100% stock with custom recovery, you can just flash the .zip file.

      • Shamu


      • Ethan Besbris

        Nope, have a few Gravity Box mods.

        • Shamu

          uninstall xposed framework and then I think you should be good.

          • Ethan Besbris

            Trying this now.

          • Ethan Besbris

            Nope. Failed.

          • Shamu

            uninstalling the framework failed…or installing the update?

          • Ethan Besbris

            Installing the update after uninstalling the framework.

          • Shamu

            weird…about to try myself…just did a backup

          • DroidzFX

            Let us know how it works out for you.

          • Shamu

            didn’t work…trying on cwm

          • Chris Ghubril

            Didn’t work in stock or twrp for me.

          • Shamu


      • Morbid138

        What options is there for a rooted Nexus with stock recovery?

        • CaptainHowdy13

          Follow the instructions in the link posted on the bottom of the article

          • Steve B

            Does that work for stock rooted?

          • CaptainHowdy13


      • Raj Bhatt

        I can’t figure out how to use TWRP’s adb sideload for the life of me.

        • Kyle

          Kellex is confused about the sideload part, that’s adb only. I put the file on the device, and installed it from the install menu on twrp. It worked for me, no wipe.

          • Raj Bhatt

            When I try to just flash it like a regular zip file, it fails.

          • Kyle

            I unrooted first, I don’t know if that matters. Double check that your file is good(redownload it).

          • Raj Bhatt

            Doesn’t work for me unrooted or with a fresh download either. Not sure what else I can do.

          • Allan

            Same here.

          • Raj Bhatt

            Okay, my problem was that I was only uninstalling the Xposed Installer. You actually have to go into the installer, choose “Framework” and click “Uninstall”. After that, it flashed like a regular zip in TWRP.

          • Damien Winning Brown

            i did the same and it worked fine. im using the ART runtime also 😀

    • NGagen

      I just flashed like normal in TWRP and it worked fine. I was running stock kernel, I hear you should revert back if you are not.

    • i’m stock rooted with cwm recovery. I used the adb sideload method to upgrade and cwm asks you if you want to retain root on reboot. process is similar in twrp.

      • Rldstover48

        Hi can ya point me to a link or something with the steps you took so many conflicting, your setup is simular to mine if yours worked.

  • Pedro

    2 minutes later (tap tap) 😛

  • Side by side comparisons would be great!

  • Matt Alter

    Please give us a quick review on the camera performance.

  • Philip J. Fry

    Woohoo!! I hope this fixes the camera as good as they say.