Google Nexus 5 Android 4.4.1 KitKat Update Now Live: How to Update Google Nexus 5 with Android 4.4.1 the Easy Way

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By Precious Silva | December 9, 2013 2:46 PM EST

Following the release of Google Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat, the internet giant has just released the Android 4.4.1 update. The released update aims to address a range of camera issues on the Nexus 5. Expected improvements include better capture speeds and improved autofocus. Users can find more improvements on their device with the update on a deeper look. 

As for the moment, people who do not want to wait for the update to come to their devices can download the official file from Google. Click this link for the download file. For users who do not know how to flash the file for their Nexus 5 device, the flashing process is the same as with Nexus tablets. 

The prerequisites and instructions for flashing a Nexus tablet are as follows (similar steps apply to flashing a Nexus 5 as mentioned): 


  • A completely stock Nexus handset running the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • The latest version of the Android SDK installed
  • The OTA packages

It is important for users to see past the break to understand the full manual update process. 

The process:

1.       Transfer the package Google in Android SDK/platform-tools folder on the computer. Do not unzip the file yet.

2.       On the Nexus device, go to Settings, choose Development Options and then switch the toggle on. Go to the Debugging section in the menu group then allow USB debugging.

3.       Turn off the device.

4.       Start the bootloader by pressing and holding the volume control and power button of the device.

5.       Once the menu loads, connect the Nexus device to the computer.

6.       Use the volume keys to go to "Recovery Mode." Press the power button after.

7.       Wait for the Android with the red exclamation point to appear. Hold down the power then press the volume up control after. This should result to the recovery menu.

8.       Use the volume controls to choose the "apply update from ADB" option. Use the power button to select it.

9.       On the computer, open the terminal window or the command prompt.

10.   Use the command file to navigate through the Android SDK/platform-tools folder. 

On Windows, type: adb.exe sideload .

On Mac, type: ./adb-mac sideload .

On Linux, type:  ./adb sideload . 

The update should start installing. When completed, choose "reboot system now." 

Disclaimer: We cannot be held liable for any damage or consequences on the device. Providers of the update have no control over what happens to the device following update. Users can update on their own risk.

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