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Update Nexus 7 to Android 4.4 KRT16S KitKat OTA Firmware from KRT16O / Android 4.3 JWR66Y

Download KRT16S Android 4.4 for the Nexus 7 2012 (WiFi) and update your tablet to the latest Android version available as of yet. No changelog has been given by Google on why they released this quick bug fix update so soon, but it is always better to have the latest Android. If you want Android 4.4 KRT16S for Nexus 7 2013, please read here! Like always, we have covered how to install Nexus 7 Android 4.4 KitKat OTA update in the tutorial below. You can manually update Nexus 7 2012 (WiFi) to Android 4.4 KRT16S 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 4.4 KRT16S 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 4.3 JWR66Y or Android 4.4 KRT16O already before applying this OTA. You can always try installing Android 4.4 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 4.4

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 4.4 KRT16S OTA Firmware Details:

Android 4.4 KRT16S was released a couple of days back through an OTA update for the Nexus 4 (full tutorial), Nexus 7 2013 (full tutorial), Nexus 7 2012 (full tutorial) and Nexus 10 (full tutorial). The new Android 4.4 KitKat comes with several new features and this specific build update is a minor big fix with no new features added. The new Android 4.4 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. You can also root Nexus 7 with Android 4.4 update.

UPDATE: The latest Android 4.4.2 KOT49H OTA for this Nexus 7 tablet is now available. Download here!

Like we said before, your Nexus 7 should be on Android 4.3 JWR66Y or Android 4.4 KRT16O software version. If not, then do not proceed below. Go to Settings > About tablet to check.

Factory Image: Android 4.4 KitKat KRT16S is now available for download and can be installed on this Android device. Download here!

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 4.4 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 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 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.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading on the next page and update Nexus 7 to the official Android 4.4 OTA update. If you have a rooted Nexus 7, head over to the Page 3 directly for the complete tutorial.

About the author

Haris Nadeem

He lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.

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