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Update Nexus 7 2013 to Android 4.4 KitKat KRT16S Factory Image

Android 4.4 KitKat KRT16S on Nexus 7 2013 can be installed using the official factory image as well — other than the OTA software update that was released a couple of days back. It is usually recommended to wait for the OTA to arrive on your Nexus device, but for those who do not want to wait can try out installing from the factory image at the expense of all their data because that is wiped when installing using this method. You can manually update Nexus 7 2013 to Android 4.4 KRT16S factory image from the tutorial below — and root Nexus 7 on Android 4.4.

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 using the official stock factory image. The only catch is that if this will be your first time playing around with a stock factory image, you might have to unlock your bootloader first before continuing – which means wiping all of your tablet data. This is a full firmware and does not require your Nexus 7 to be on a 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 2013 - 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 (TeamAndroid.com) 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 KitKat Factory Image Details:

Android 4.4 KRT16S factory image for the Nexus 7 can now be downloaded from 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.

UPDATE: Android 4.4.3 KitKat factory image is now available for the Nexus 7 2013. Download here!

ROOT TUTORIAL: How to Root Nexus 7 2013 on Android 4.4 KRT16S KitKat Official Update.

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.

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All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading on the next page and update Nexus 7 to the official Android 4.4 factory image for the latest KitKat firmware.

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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