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Download: Android 4.4.3 OTA Update for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 10, Nexus 4, and Nexus 7 (2012)

Android 4.4.3 is hitting Google’s servers, which means everyone is going to be hitting the “check for updates” button on their Nexus devices. To skip the waiting game, you can download the OTA update from below and sideload it yourself using adb. That’s why you have a Nexus device, right?

Below, hit the download link for the zip file that matches your device. Please note, you will need to be running the most recent version of Android available for your device in order for these zip files to work. 

Note: We will update this post as more update zip files are made available. Continue to check back.


For instructions to sideload using adb, check here.

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  • Bryan Schaefer
  • tomamitai

    How do we check the signatures of these files?

  • Earle

    I just received the update notice for the Nexus 7 2012 WiFi model. The OTA is located at:


  • Antonio Guerreiro

    Still no Nexus 7 2012 wifi!!

    • antwonw

      It’s here now.

  • ben

    Why try to side load .Turn off airplane mode Go to setting s .APPS
    Chose Google framework. Clear cache and data.. Go back turn off phone. Turn phone back on turn on airplane mode. Your phone .should get the update

  • Nathan Williams

    Why no love for the original Nexus 7?

    • antwonw

      It’s finally here!

      • Nathan Williams

        Well I gave up and downloaded the full image. Nexus Toolkit makes that easy. Flash, root, restore.

  • NatT96™

    Well, my Nexus 7 (2013) is rooted with Xposed and tons of frameworks installed on it, so I have decided not to install the OTA update sadly. I will just wait till I receive another tablet that has the update or future mobile OS.

    • Scott Schrob

      Why not just disable the modules, uninstall the framework from the app. Boot to recovery flash then reinstall framework and modules.

      Did it on my N5, takes 15 minutes at most.

      • NatT96™

        Lol I did….got bored and decide to.

  • Paulo

    It’s kind of weird that the Nexus 7 WiFi (2012) OTA is not out yet…

    • antwonw

      Weird, yes. But it’s finally here.

  • Jonathan Williams

    Got it on my GNex…

  • B. Andrew

    ok, for real, 4.4.3 is out for the 2012 Nex7 with 3G, but it isn’t out for the wifi-only model, c’mon now..

    • antwonw

      It’s out now.

      • B. Andrew

        i actually got 4.4.3 as an actual OTA for my Nexus 7 instead of sideloading it, anyways, this is old news, now i’m trying to sideload/flash 4.4.4, which totally came out of left field 🙂

  • Zed

    Downloaded and installed the OTA file on my Nexus 4. Everything installed successfully. Only issue I’ve experienced is that the bottom bar is no longer transparent. I’ve tried both Nova Launcher and the Google Now one, and in both cases the bottom bar is now a solid black line. Anyone else had this?

    • Zed

      Resolved this by changing my wallpaper to one of the standard Google provided ones, then changing it back to my preferred one.

  • Anon

    Sorry, forgot to add that it failed for me on a Nexus 4, updating from KOT49H.

  • Anon

    Not working for me, used TWRP to install it and it fails.

  • Jeffrey Fazal

    for sharing the links for Nexus 5 that is right now placed on qi charger. Well,
    I will unzip this file and install this update directly on my Nexus 5 instead
    of downloading on air.

  • oblivion328

    I have both models of the Nexus 7. Only the 2013 one updated.

  • Risky Gaurav Verma

    U chetter this is not fare u said this is update ok nexus 5 these files are fake it can’t be opened u try to wast our net pack

    • jimt

      Worked just fine on my Nexus 5

  • engemasa

    Has anyone seen an updated for the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi (2012) variant?

    • engemasa

      Apparently the name has changed from “grouper” to “nakasi”. Can someone confirm this?

      • it didnt change. nakasi is the 2013 model. grouper is 2012

        • flo is the 2013 model. grouper was changed to nakasi which is the 2012 model.

          • engemasa

            Confirmed that the Nakasi is the build for the 2012 Wi-Fi variant. Working fine on mine.

          • Told ya. Grouper was changed to nakasi. 🙂

          • Glock

            Nothing has changed.

            The 2012 model product name is Grouper whilst the stock factory images are codenamed Nakasi.

            The 2013 model product name is Flo whilst the stock factory images are codenamed Razor.

            It has been this way from the start for both devices.

          • The first factory images for grouper had the same name but later the 4.3 was turned to nakasi along with renaming all the others as well as far as I’m aware. I may be wrong. I’ll have to check it up. Thanks for the correction brother.

    • antwonw

      The update just got pulled and is now in the post.

  • Daryn

    My device has rooted access (and bootloader unlocked) would it be safe to update (I am currently running android 4.4.2 kitkat) either through the Check for Updates in settings or sideloading it? (I received notification of an available update) so i just dont want to brick my nexus.

    Any help?

    Thanks in advance

    • That is the whole point to Nexus brand. You will be fine. You will lose root access but should be really easy to gain back without erasing everything because its unlocked.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    Every time I reboot via ADB into recovery (or choose recovery from the bootloader) I get the android with the red exclamation point and the phone locks up.

    Anyone have a simple “hey stupid, do this” fix for me?

    • JT3

      Hey stupid, do this…

      Nah, just kidding. This is actually a common issue. When you get that android with exclamation point symbol, just press the power and volume up buttons at the same time (with some devices, it may be power and volume down… don’t ask me why). This will then take you to stock recovery. By the way, I’ve had the best luck with pressing power first, and holding it down while you press the volume button. Sometimes it’s tricky though.

      • AnotherAndroidKid

        Cool thanks. I cheated another way and reset my framework data and then rebooted normal and the update hit my phone OTA. But I will play around and see what I can do with this to be ready for next time. Really appreciate you checking so far down the comments and helping out.

  • Nexus Rocks

    Just updated my Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 using sideload. Both loaded perfectly.

  • JordanMcRae
  • So getting [ “/system/bin/installd” has unexpected contents ] error when trying to install on N5. Only thing that I know of that was altered was boot animation and installed optimized dalvik. i restored stock dalvik already. not sure what to do. REALLY dont want to reflash stock.

  • if anyone can tell me how to do this i would really appreciate it. i have a stock device that has not received the update to 4.4.3

  • ok so how do get 4.4.3 on my gpe m8


    Ok Iam a NOB,,have a stock GPE M8 and i have not recived OTA 4.4.3…..how do i update with a factory device?

  • Filip Zacek

    I’all just wait a few days rather than going through this hassle. It’s not like it’s a huge update…

  • ROB

    This really helped me. http://www.wugfresh.com/nrt/

  • Michael Luscher

    Hopefully the ’13 Droid family will get this soon.

  • coolsilver

    One again Nexus 7 2013 LTE is left waiting….. My guess… Verizon is to blame.

  • HTC One M8 OTA worked great for me. I uninstalled Xposed, flashed stock GPE recovery and sideloaded the OTA. Camera, SD card, and WiFi all working fine.

  • roguereversal

    Hey guys, I’m trying to sideload the nexus 5 zip. I have the sdk and everything installed but when i open a command window in the platform tools folder and type in “adb devices” my n5 isn’t showing up. what do i do?

  • CaptainHowdy13

    Just an FYI I had to manually pick drivers on my windows 8.1 machine for ADB to recognize

    • roguereversal

      my adb isn’t recognizing my n5, how did you manually pick drivers?

      • CaptainHowdy13

        I went into device manager, right clicked nexus 5 on the list and selected update drivers, then selected browse my computers for the driver manually, and finally pick from a list of device drivers on my computer. I had to do this for ADB to see it while the phone was on, and then selected another driver when it go to recovery.

  • NatT96™

    Does this work on a rooted Nexus 7 (2013) device? Is there any extra steps?

  • htowngtr

    It’s funny that GPE devices are all getting it, not the Nexus 5 though. (OTA)

    • grumpyfuzz


    • Kagnon

      Maybe it is just latest device first like what they used to do with Nexus

      • s2law

        The Nexus 5 is the latest handset!?

    • THB101

      Incorrect nexus 5 is already rolling out but in its initial test batches then full rollout will accord within the next 24-72 hours

  • Balvinder Makkar

    Haha nice title
    I got surprised that droid-life has got the update for nexus 5 and no other android site has any info.

  • sagar

    unable to install factory images nexus 4
    Error – E: footer is wrong

  • Jason Kahn

    Anyone notice a difference in the way Google Voice is handling calls, the past couple of days, no idea if it’s related to today’s update. I have my number ported, and I noticed the incoming call notification popping up on my desktop chrome browser is for an incoming Google Hangouts call, when I click a phone number it takes me to Hangouts to make the call rather than the old Google voice popup. It doesn’t happen all the time either only sporadically.

  • Argeu

    No updates OTA on my Nexus 4 yet… Excited to test the battery after the update.

  • razorwit

    Well, my Nexus 7 (2013 WiFi) is still randomly rebooting after the update. It must be a hardware problem if Google has been unable to fix this from the beginning.

    • Ricardo Reyes

      Same here. I thought it would have been corrected, but it has rebooted twice since the update. Sigh

  • Tom

    Anybody with the update know if the auto-brightness is any better? It’s kind of crazy on 4.4.2.

  • br_hermon

    On another note, I’ve seen conflicting answers. The question is simple:

    Can you flash an OTA (downloaded from Google) on a rooted, stock phone, from within a custom recovery? Yes or No?

    • JT3

      Yes, as long as you’ve made no changes to the system files (such as installing XPosed or even simple mods such as dark-dialer).

      • wtm1417

        If I am rooted and have xposed installed would I be fine installing via adb sideload? Or do I need to undo all xposed changes and simply redo them after the update is installed? (Nexus 7 2013) Thanks!

        • JT3

          You should uninstall XPosed first, and undo any changes it made. Any changes to system files CAN (not necessarily will) cause an OTA (including side-loading an OTA) to fail, sometimes horribly, requiring drastic recovery measures. Always better safe than sorry. However, XPosed makes SO MANY changes that it’s virtually certain to cause you OTA issues.

      • antwonw

        What about ClockworkMod’s Mirror? Does that need to be completely removed? I understand that when it installed, it wrote stuff to the system. Do I need to uninstall that before the OTA?

  • br_hermon

    Hey DL, can you provide instructions for any of us who might receive the OTA, how we can get the URL and share it with you?

    How about these instuctions?

  • 213ninja

    the big question in my mind is, does it actually fix the battery drain issues? and of course, will this ever make it to the S4/Note 3 or even S3/Note 2….

  • mcdonsco

    Soooo…100% bug fix only update? Well, 90%’ish I guess…forgot about dialer and people posts here.

  • Jacob Dagenais

    Why no update for the n7 LTE?

  • Guest

    Has a bug fix list or change log been posted yet?

  • @bleakneonblack

    You missed Nexus 7 LTE (2013)

    • htowngtr

      There isn’t one from Google at all yet, not even factory image.

  • Jarred Sutherland

    Installed it. I open the newly designed phone app and the first thing that springs to mind is “Lego phone”. I cannot say I like the direction they are headed right now with the UI.

    • I am a Lego

      Legos are awesome though.

      • Jarred Sutherland

        I agree, they are awesome. Not for a phone though.

  • Daniel Traynor

    I have installed it and re-rooted.
    No major changes, infact nothing noticeable at all apart from the new dialler.
    It’s all bug fixes under the hood.

  • Razma

    hope the Moto X follows quickly. However with all the questionable things going on with Motorola lately, and all the bad news coming from them, I wonder if the Moto X quick updates will take a hit as well

    • EdLessard

      T-Mobile Moto X users got a soak test invite last week; could be the update. Hopefully the rest aren’t far behind. I’m on Verizon.

    • Kevin

      What bad news?

    • ddpacino

      What are you talking about? What have I missed??!?!

      • htowngtr

        Probably in reference to the plant closing in Dallas.

    • grumpyfuzz

      It might be. I got an update for 4.4.3 on my GPE HTC one (m7), and the data of the kernel is may 16. I think google released the code to all of the OEMs a lot earlier than when it was actually released

  • Sam Del Valle

    Google y u no do Nexus 5 first?

    • Kiril Vatev

      It’s not about Google releasing it first. We get these zips when someone traces where their phone/tablet is downloading the zip from. They are all currently on Google’s servers, we just don’t know the address.

      • THB101

        All nexus 5 updates are the same.. They are packaged to be universal through Google and are not carrier specific. The updates are available on Google’s repository for android devices check the link below as well as on XDA forums also below



        • Kiril Vatev

          These are system images, for which there was a post the day before this post. However, we are talking about the OTA files here.

          • THB101

            Ya the ota has been ripped on xdas forum but you need have some knowledge of how to push files via adb or through fastboot

          • Kiril Vatev

            It looks like we know where almost all of the OTA files are now, but again, it’s because of people tracing their network traffic. This post was originally made with only the Nexus 7 file though. Judging from the comments in this post though, it sounds like a lot more people know how to flash OTAs than system images.

    • michael arazan

      Nexus 5 T-mo got the update according to android central

  • John Motschenbacher

    I am loving the buigfixes for real. Awesome update so far.

    • gambit07

      Have they seemed to fix the battery drain issues?

      • John Motschenbacher

        So far so good. Its sleeping when its supposed to and my battery life is far better then it was prior. I’m happy as hell right now.

        • gambit07

          Cool! I’m so tired of having to mess around with location settings and turning off location features just to get decent battery life.

          • John Motschenbacher

            I have location on battery saver as usual. No signal where I am so standby is very high. 5hrs 3min on battery…no signal 46% of that time and one hours screen on. Battery at 68%. I’m happy

  • The Motto

    That was not nice guys! Naming the post like that, getting my Nexus 5 sideloading hopes up high!!

    • ddpacino

      You can download it from Google’s site. It’s available.

      • Menger40

        The full 4.4.3 image is on Google’s site, yes, but some people are waiting for the update package. They aren’t quite the same thing.

        • ddpacino

          Yea I realized that after the fact.

        • THB101

          Go to xdas forum they have the update package compressed and ready to install

          • grumpyfuzz

            Have the link?

          • THB101

            There are plentybof Roms and 1 click options too the have already ripped the otas and compiled them as well but you need to push the files via adv or fast boot

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        • realfoxm

          Nexus 5 included a new radio also.

  • skinien

    Does anyone know if this factory resets (clears data)?

    • John Motschenbacher

      If you factory reset yes…..if you flash a factory image then it wipes the phone clean.

      • The Motto

        Dont listen to John Motschenbacher.. this is an OTA so ADB sideload it WILL NOT CLEAR YOUR DATA!
        (I think John was referring to loading the factory image from Google which will clear the phone)

        • John Motschenbacher

          Moron he asked about a factory reset…clears data…flashing a factory image like I did will wipe the device.
          Don’t listen to Motto…he can’t read.

          • The Motto

            No he asked if this, installing an OTA (as we are in an OTA post not factory image post), will factory reset his device (presuming Nexus 7).. You sure can read but that’s about it it seems.

  • htowngtr

    Come on Nexus 5 OTA…. Just want to ADB sideload.

  • What about the Nexus 7 2013 LTE?

    • Hothfox

      Probably not ready yet, waiting for Verizon to approve or something. They released a “new” 4.4.2 when Verizon recognized the device and legitimately allowed it on their network.

      • michael arazan

        time to place some over under bets if they get the update out in shorter or longer time that it took them to approve the device, I’d say longer/

        • Hothfox

          I’m tempted to flash the WiFi version to my LTE version, because I currently don’t use mobile data on it. I did that with my Xoom and it turned out just fine.

          Other than that, all I can do is wait for Google to release the factory images and I can flash those without the -w tag.

          • Jprime

            doenst sound worth it given its such a small upgrade (not jelly bean to kit kat for example)