Sideload 4.4.1 right now! Why wait?

Lately I've been getting impatient.  Google's new "rollout" has been really frustrating.

New app update for something?  My luck it seems I'm in the 3rd or 4th round, i.e. a week or more after.  I've heard of Nexus 4 users who STILL DON'T HAVE 4.4.  A Nexus device... still not updated.

So, why wait when really a couple of command line entries will get you the update.

For me, I have the Nexus 4, so I grabbed the OTA update file from +Android Police and did some adb magic and I'm on 4.4.1.  Took me all of 10 minutes (at most) to do so ... and that included ensuring I'm still rooted.

What's in the update?  I haven't seen any changes, but it's always great to be on the latest.  Camera looks the same, and I haven't seen any speed changes as of yet.

So here's what I did to get it.  First off... ensure you have the Android SDK.  That's a given.  Root isn't even needed for that.  If you need help, come find me on 'helpouts'.

If all is in order, give yourself the following command lines:

  • adb reboot recovery
  • next step depends on if you have a custom or stock recovery:
      • use the volume buttons to find 'apply update from adb'
      • type adb sideload
        • (the file should be something like
      • On TWRP I had to go into 'advanced' and choose 'sideload' option; on CWM you might have that option in INSTALL... I forget.  Just look for a sideload option and click it (on TWRP you have to slide the thingie to enter that mode)
      • type adb sideload
  • once that's done and applied just reboot your phone and wait for it to apply all the patches and you're on 4.4.1
If you still want root, once it's loaded back up:
  • adb reboot bootloader
  • fastboot flash recovery CUSTOMRECOVERY.img
  • adb reboot recovery
  • enter sideload option recovery and adb sideload

Just use your preferences for the CUSTOMRECOVERY file and SUPERSU files of your choice (I'm using TWRP and SuperSU 1.8)


Nexus 4 OTA:

Nexus 5 OTA:

Nexus 7 (2013) OTA:

Nexus 10 OTA: