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How to Update Nexus 7 Android 4.3 JWR66V OTA Official Software Update

Nexus 7 Android 4.3 JWR66V OTA software update can now be downloaded from a direct link if you still haven’t received it on your tablet. The new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update was announced and released earlier yesterday with the factory images out first for all the Google Nexus devices. Like always, we have covered how to install Nexus 7 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OTA update in the tutorial below. This update comes out with several new features for the Android phones and also for tablets. You can manually update Nexus 7 to Android 4.3 JWR66V with the tutorial below, and also root Nexus 7 on this firmware.

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 4.3 JWR66V on Nexus 7 (on rooted and on non-rooted stock Nexus 7 devices). This is just an OTA update, not a full firmware — so your Nexus 7 needs to be on Android 4.2.2 JDQ39 already before applying this OTA. You can always try installing Android 4.3 from the factory image which doesn’t require you to be on any specific Android version from before. Make sure you read all the step-by-step instructions carefully before performing it. Let’s continue to the tutorial below.

Nexus 7 Android 4.3

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 😉

Nexus 7 Android 4.3 JWR66V OTA Firmware Details:

Nexus 7 Android 4.3 JWR66V OTA software update was released yesterday and it coems with several new features like enhancements to the user accounts for Android tablets, Bluetooth optimzations, dialpad auto-complete etc. We leave the rest for you to explore and let us know what you find in this new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. You can also root Nexus 7 with Android 4.3 update.

UPDATE: Android 4.4 KitKat official software update is now available. Download now!

Like we said before, your Nexus 7 should be on Android 4.2.2 JDQ39 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 7, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

ASUS Nexus 7 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android tablet with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the Android 4.3 USB drivers for ASUS Nexus 7 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download ASUS Nexus 7 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:

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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All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update Nexus 7 to the official Android 4.3 OTA update. If you have a rooted Nexus 7, head over to the next page directly for the complete tutorial.

Install Android 4.3 JWR66V OTA Official Update on Nexus 7 [For Non-ROOTED]

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install the official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OTA software update (JWR66V) on Nexus 7. 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 7.

Just To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Nexus 7 and I am not sure if it will work on the other variants of the Nexus 7 on other carriers.
  • Your tablet needs to be on Android 4.2.2 JDQ39 (previous official update) which is NOT rooted and has stock recovery.
  • Do not proceed if you don’t have Android 4.2.2 JDQ39 installed.
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download Android 4.3 ( for Nexus 7 on your PC, if you haven’t already. Rename it to

Step 2 – Connect and mount your Nexus 7 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 SD card. 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 7 should have the official Android 4.3 JWR66V Jelly Bean software update installed on your phone! Go to Settings >About phone to verify.

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ROOT TUTORIAL: How to Root Nexus 7 on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OTA Update.

You Nexus 7 is rooted? Then go to the next page for the complete tutorial on how to install this Android 4.3 JWR66V OTA update on an already rooted Nexus 7.