Install Nexus 5 Android 4.4.2 KOT49H KitKat OTA Stock Firmware Update

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Nexus 5 can now be updated to Android 4.4.2 KOT49H, the latest KitKat stock firmware update from Google. Google has never released Android updates this quickly. This little Android 4.4.2 KOT49H is more like a bug fix update of a bug fix update. Factory image of Android 4.4.2 KOT49H should be available later today. For now, the OTA update is now rolling out to Nexus 5 users. A few minor changes that have been spotted so far are given below. The exact Android 4.4.2 build is KOT49H for Nexus 5. You can manually update Nexus 5 to Android 4.4.2 KOT49H OTA software update from the tutorial below — and root Nexus 5 on Android 4.4.2. Your Nexus 5 should already be on Android 4.4.1 KOT49E or Android 4.4 KRT16M firmware in order to install this OTA.

As you read further, we will guide you how to install Android 4.4.2 KOT49H KitKat software update on Nexus 5 with complete steps and instructions, how to backup your important data, some other important tips. In case you have problems connecting your phone with the computer, make sure USB drivers are properly installed and read the tips below. Remember, this is an official OTA software update by Google, not a custom ROM. Let’s get on with the tutorial now.

Nexus 5 Android 4.4.2 KOT49H

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Nexus 5 Android 4.4.2 KOT49H Official OTA Details:

Android 4.4.2 KOT49H was just released earlier today with a few quick fixes. You can install this Android 4.4.2 update on the Nexus 5 (full tutorial), Nexus 4 (full tutorial), Nexus 7 2013 (full tutorial), Nexus 7 2012 (full tutorial) and Nexus 10 (full tutorial). The new Android 4.4.2 KitKat build OTA update is already rolling out but for those who want to install manually or do not want to wait, proceed reading below.

UPDATE: Android 4.4.3 KitKat factory image is now available for the Nexus 5. Download here!

If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Nexus 5, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

ROOTING TUTORIAL: How to Root Nexus 5 on Android 4.4.2 KOT49H KitKat Official Update.

LG Nexus 5 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for LG Nexus 5 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download LG Nexus 5 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 phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

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

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 phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone 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 phone 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 on the next page and update your Nexus 5 to Android 4.4.2 software update. If you have a rooted Nexus 5, head over to Page 3 directly for the complete tutorial.