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Update Nexus 10 to Android 4.2.1 JOP40D OTA Official Firmware

Android 4.2.1 JOP40D for the Nexus 10 started rolling out a while ago. Users are reporting that the latest Jelly Bean software update is now available for download. It is not a major firmware update, it is more like a bug fix where Google has fixed several of their Android 4.2 bugs in this Android 4.2.1 OTA update. You can download the official software update from the OTA updates option in your tablet, or wait to get a notification automatically on your tablet that the update is ready to be installed. You can manually update Nexus 10 to Android 4.2.1 JOP40D with the tutorial below. This is mainly for those who cannot update automatically.

As you continue reading below, we will guide you through how to backup data, some other important tips and the entire process of how to install Android 4.2.1 JOP40D on Nexus 10 which are rooted and for non-rooted stock Nexus 10 devices as well. This is an OTA firmware, not a full firmware. Your Nexus 10 needs to be on Android 4.2 JOP40C already before applying this OTA. Make sure you read all the step-by-step instructions carefully before performing it. Let’s continue to the tutorial below.

Nexus 10 Android 4.2.1 JOP40D

Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Android 4.2.1 JOP40D OTA Firmware Update Details:

Android 4.2.1 JOP40D OTA update has just been released for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2.1 software update will be out very soon as well. There have been no features added. This is just a small bug fix OTA update to fix several bugs, like the popular December bug. In case you have problems connecting your phone with the computer, make sure USB drivers are properly installed and read the tips below.

Your Nexus 10 should be on Android 4.2 (build JOP40C) software version. If not, then do not proceed below. Go to Settings > About tablet to check.

If you plan on rooting this tablet or are still confused for why to root Nexus 10, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

UPDATE: Android 4.2.2 JDQ39 Jelly Bean is now available for the Nexus 10. For those who want to update to the latest Android software version, read the following:

Samsung Nexus 10 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android tablet with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the Android 4.2.1 USB drivers for Samsung Nexus 10 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Nexus 10 USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your tablet, we strongly recommend you to also backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing tablet set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android tablet to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your tablet goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your tablet might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your tablet is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

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UPDATE: If you want to enable tablet UI on your Nexus 10, check out this custom ROM.

All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update Nexus 10 to the official Android 4.2.1 OTA update. If you have a rooted Nexus 10, head over to the next page directly for the complete tutorial.

Install Android 4.2.1 JOP40D OTA Official Update on Nexus 10 [For Non-ROOTED]

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install the official Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean OTA software update (JOP40D) on Nexus 10. This tutorial is for beginners who are not used to install software updates manually.

Disclaimer: Try this on your own risk. I’m not responsible if you mess up with your Nexus 10.

Just To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Nexus 10 and I am not sure if it will work on the other variants of the Nexus 10 on other carriers.
  • Your tablet needs to be on Android 4.2 JOP40C (previous official update) which is NOT rooted and has stock recovery.
  • Do not proceed if you don’t have Android 4.2 JOP40C installed.
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download Android 4.2.1 ( for Nexus 10 on your PC, if you haven’t already. Rename it to

Step 2 – Connect and mount your Nexus 10 USB memory on your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 – Now copy/paste the file to your SD card. Make sure the file is in the root (not in any folders).

Step 4 – Then turn OFF your tablet.

Step 5 – Now to get in the Bootloader Mode. Turn ON the phone while pressing and holding the Volume Up + Power buttons till you see the Fastboot menu and START on top.

Step 6 – Follow the navigation instructions on the screen. Press Volume Up button several times till you see RECOVERY and press Power button to select it.

Step 7 – You will get an exclamation mark now. Again hold your Volume Up + Power buttons. You should now see the Recovery Mode menu.

Step 8 – Select update from zip file. Now select file and select it with the Power button. Installation should start now.

Step 9 – After the installation completes, the tablet will boot now and it might take about 5 minutes to boot on your first time. So, please wait.

That’s it! Your Nexus 10 should have the official Android 4.2.1 JOP40D Jelly Bean software update installed on your phone! Go to Settings >About phone to verify.

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Also read: How to Root Nexus 10 on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean OTA Update.

You Nexus 10 is rooted? Then go to the next page for the complete tutorial on how to install this Android 4.2.1 JOP40D OTA update on an already rooted Nexus 10.