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Update Nexus 7 2013 to Android 4.4.1 KOT49E KitKat OTA Software Update

Nexus 7 (WiFi / LTE) can now be updated with Android 4.4.1 KOT49E OTA software update that is rolling out to all the users right now with several bug fixes. This update can now be downloaded manually for the Nexus 7 2013, for those who do not want ot wait for Android 4.4.1 to arrive automatically to their devices. You can manually update Nexus 7 2013 to Android 4.4.1 KOT49E 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 4.4.1 KOT49E on Nexus 7 2013 (on rooted and on non-rooted stock Nexus 7 devices). This is just an OTA update, not a full firmware — so your Nexus 7 2013 needs to be on Android 4.4 KRT16S firmware already before applying this OTA. You can always try installing Android 4.4.1 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.

ASUS Nexus 7 2013 - Android 4.4.1 KitKat

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 2013 Android 4.4.1 KOT49E OTA Firmware Details:

Android 4.4.1 KOT49E was released just yesterday through an OTA update for 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 4.4.1 KitKat brings several updates to the camera which had tons of bugs on the Nexus 5. The new Android 4.4.1 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 4.4.1 update.

UPDATE: The new Android 4.4.2 KOT49H OTA update for Nexus 7 2013 is now available. Download here!

Like we said before, your Nexus 7 should be on Android 4.4 KRT16S 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 4.4.1 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 2013 to the official Android 4.4.1 OTA update. If you have a rooted Nexus 7, head over to 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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