Along with the official OTA updates, Google also releases the official factory images for those who want to factory reset their nexus device with the latest software version – Android 4.4 KitKat KRT16S. The exact Android 4.4 build is KRT16S for Nexus 4 and the factory image can now be downloaded and installed on the phone. How? That’s what you will find on Team Android as you read below. You can manually update Nexus 4 to Android 4.4 KRT16S factory image from the tutorial below — and root Nexus 4 on Android 4.4.
As you read further, we will guide you how to install Android 4.4 KRT16S KitKat software update (factory image) on Nexus 4 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. Your Nexus 4 can be on any Android version for this tutorial to work. Remember, this is an official factory image of Android 4.4 by Google, not a custom ROM. The only catch is that if this will be your first time playing around with a factory image, you might have to unlock your bootloader first before continuing – which means wiping all of your phone data. Let’s get on with the tutorial now.
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Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat KRT16S Factory Image Details:
Android 4.4 KRT16S factory image for the Nexus 4 can now be downloaded from the Google Developers website along with the updated binaries and hardware drivers. Google also started the new OTA software updates a couple of days back for the Nexus 4 (full tutorial), Nexus 7 2013 (full tutorial), Nexus 7 2012 (full tutorial) and Nexus 10 (full tutorial). Installing from a factory image is only recommended for those who do not want to wait till Google releases the OTA update for your device.
ROOT TUTORIAL: How to Root Nexus 4 on Android 4.4 KRT16S KitKat Official Update.
If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Nexus 4, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
LG Nexus 4 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 4 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
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:
- Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
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 4 to Android 4.4 factory image.