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Update Nexus 10 to Android 4.4.2 KOT49H KitKat OTA Software Update

Just with all the rest of the Nexus devices, Nexus 10 users can now also update to Android 4.4.2 KOT49H KitKat. The official OTA should be around the corner for your tablet. We have a complete guide on how to install this latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat software update on this tablet. Many of you would have already received the official OTA notification to download and install Android 4.4.2 KOT49H KitKat, but for those who haven’t can install using our tutorial on the next page. You can manually update Nexus 10 to Android 4.4.2 KOT49H OTA with the tutorial below — and root Nexus 10 as well.

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 4.4.2 KOT49H on Nexus 10 which are rooted and for non-rooted stock Nexus 10 devices as well. This is an OTA firmware, not a full firmware because of which your Nexus 10 needs to be on Android 4.4.1 KOT49E or Android 4.4 KRT16S firmware in already before applying this OTA. Make sure you read all the step-by-step instructions carefully before performing it. Let’s continue to the tutorial below.

Nexus 10 Android 4.4.2 KOT49H

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 😉

Android 4.4.2 KOT49H OTA Firmware Update 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. You can also root Nexus 10 with Android 4.4.2 update.

Your Nexus 10 should be on Android 4.4.1 KOT49E or 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 10, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

Samsung Nexus 10 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android tablet with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the Android 4.4.2 USB drivers for Samsung Nexus 10 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Nexus 10 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:

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.

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 below and update Nexus 10 to the official Android 4.4.2 OTA update. If you have a rooted Nexus 10, head over to the next page directly for the complete tutorial.

Install Android 4.4.2 KOT49H OTA Official Update on Nexus 10 [For Non-ROOTED]

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install the official Android 4.4.2 KitKat OTA software update (KOT49H) on Nexus 10. This tutorial is for beginners who are not used to install software updates manually.

Disclaimer: Try this on your own risk. I’m not responsible if you mess up with your Nexus 10.

Just To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Nexus 10 and I am not sure if it will work on the other variants of the Nexus 10 on other carriers.
  • Your tablet needs to be on Android 4.4.1 KOT49E or Android 4.4 KRT16S (previous official update) which is NOT rooted and has stock recovery.
  • Do not proceed if you don’t have Android 4.4.1 KOT49E or Android 4.4 KRT16S installed.
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download Android 4.4.2 firmware from the links below for Nexus 10 depending on which firmware you are already on. Rename the file to

For Android 4.4 KRT16S users: Download Android 4.4.2 KOT49H.
For Android 4.4.1 KOT49E users: Download Android 4.4.2 KOT49H.

Step 2 – Connect and mount your Nexus 10 USB memory on your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 – Now copy/paste the file to your SD card. Make sure the file is in the root (not in any folders).

Step 4 – Then turn OFF your tablet.

Step 5 – Now to get in the Bootloader Mode. Turn ON the phone while pressing and holding the Volume Up + Power buttons till you see the Fastboot menu and START on top.

Step 6 – Follow the navigation instructions on the screen. Press Volume Up button several times till you see RECOVERY and press Power button to select it.

Step 7 – You will get an exclamation mark now. Again hold your Volume Up + Power buttons. You should now see the Recovery Mode menu.

Step 8 – Select update from zip file. Now select file and select it with the Power button. Installation should start now.

Step 9 – After the installation completes, the tablet will boot now and it might take about 5 minutes to boot on your first time. So, please wait.

That’s it! Your Nexus 10 should have the official Android 4.4.2 KOT49H KitKat software update installed on your phone! Go to Settings >About phone to verify.

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ROOT TUTORIAL: How to Root Nexus 10 on Android 4.4.2 KitKat OTA Update.

You Nexus 10 is rooted? Then go to the next page for the complete tutorial on how to install this Android 4.4.2 KOT49H OTA update on an already rooted Nexus 10.

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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