How to Update Nexus 10 with Android 4.4.1 KitKat [Sideload]

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By Precious Silva | December 12, 2013 6:36 PM EST

In the beginning of December, Nexus devices like the Nexus 5, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 started receiving the OTA update with build number KOT49E of Kit Kat, Android 4.4.1. The same update now rolls out to Nexus 10. Users have the choice to receive the update either through the rollout or through sideload using adb. Either way, people can now get the update easily. 

To download the update, click the following link. 

On other hand, sideload instructions are provided as follows. People should be running a stock of KRT16S before they proceed with the sideload. 


1.       Initially, users have to install the current version of Android SDK. At the very least, they should have the newest adb.exe file. (Note: This is not a guide on installing the SDK or basic adb. Instructions on that are different.)

2.       Connect the device to the computer. Enable USB Debugging.

3.       To see whether the adb is up and running and the computer recognizes the device, open a command prompt. The best location to start the command prompt is inside the Platform-Tools in the SDK. Press Shift and right click. Select "Open command prompt..."

4.       Type the following: adb devices

5.       There should be a serial number followed by the device. For instance: 015d182f9a0aac28    device.

6.       If something like that appears then the adb is working properly.

7.       Download the zip file of the update from Google to the computer.

8.       Transfer the file to the Platform-Tools folder.

9.       Type the following command: adb reboot bootloader

10.   The device will reboot to the bootloader.

11.   Press the Volume Down control until "Recovery" option.

12.   Select using the Power button.

13.   The device will boot showing an Android logo with an exclamation mark.

14.   Press the Volume Up and Power buttons to skip this.

15.   The device will shift to stock recovery.

16.   Use the Volume Down to go to "apply update from ADB. Use Power button to select it.

17.   On the computer, type the following command: adb sideload

18.   If adb is working fine, users should see the file transfer.

19.   Once file transfer is complete, the device will start to update. 

Once the update is finished, users can enjoy their upgraded device.

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