HOWTO: Flash Android 4.3 on your Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Galaxy Nexus

by: Derek RossJuly 24, 2013

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Earlier today, the Android 4.3 source code and Nexus factory images became available for download. Google also announced that the supported Nexus devices would start receiving their over-the-air updates soon. If you can’t wait, and I can’t blame you, it’s very easy to install Android 4.3 on your favorite (supported) Nexus phone or tablet. Especially if you’re used to flashing custom ROMs.

Right now, Android 4.3 is available for the GSM and Play Store Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10.

WARNING: By not waiting for an official OTA update, you’ll be wiping your device, losing all of your apps and app data. The following steps assume you have working ADB, fastboot, and an unlocked bootloader. You may need to install the Android SDK. If you are not familiar with these terms, proceed at your own risk. Android Authority will not be held responsible for broken devices.

  1. Download the appropriate factory image for your device.
  2. Unzip the file you downloaded. Remember where you saved it.
  3. Plug your Nexus phone or tablet into your computer.
  4. Verify ADB is working. Type ‘ADB devices’ into a command prompt or terminal.
  5. Reboot your device into fastboot mode (adb reboot-bootloader)
  6. Navigate to your download directory i.e. c:nakasi-jwr66v
  7. type ‘flash-all.bat’ for Windows and sudo ./ for Linux.
  8. Sit back and watch your device be flashed to a clean install of Android 4.3.

When you’re done, you should have something like this if you’re on a Nexus 7. Enjoy.

Nexus 7 Android 4.3


  • Andrew Hrabowyj

    There was a cool little trick to getting Android 4.1/4.2 by simply going into the settings and clearing the data for Google Services Framework. Does this work for getting 4.3? Has anyone successfully updated using this method yet?

    • Bojan Tomic

      I’ve tried that a couple times, but still nothing… :S

    • Richard Borkovec

      I’ve been trying this too, but no luck on either my Nexus 4 or 7.

    • MasterMuffin

      It just gives a Google server error message or something like that and you have to delete and add your account back to your device to get it working

      • Andrew Hrabowyj

        Yeah, same. It deleted my contacts that weren’t Google contacts also, sadly.

        • MasterMuffin

          It deleted contacts from your SIM card!?

    • Andrew Hrabowyj

      I got 4.3! The trick doesn’t work anymore sadly, for me at least. Do you think I should get the Moto X as a Galaxy Nexus replacement?

      • Jeremy Reger

        MotoX scares me with its stats.. I was going to wait, but then just bought an S4.. rooted and aokp its basically a Nexus 4.

  • I was hoping Android 4.3 Jelly Bean would help with my wifi issues and battery life on both my Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Nexus, now I really don’t know. But I’m waiting for the OTA update to see. It looks like it has some pretty good updates.

    Or maybe if my Galaxy Nexus gets anymore weirder with it getting hot only when the wifi is on that I might have to root it.

    • Sadly, the Galaxy Nexus is starting to show it’s age. Hopefully the 4.3 update resolves some of those aging issues.

      • Yeah it is showing its age. Of course I bought my off ebay last December with the hopes of having it for two years. I don’t think its going to make it neither and that’s after a warranty repair of it only recharging the battery to about 80%. Now its charges it to 99%.

        I wonder if the Galaxy Nexus will get Android 5.0 when its released? I would hope so.

  • tobiasmann

    I broke my Nexus 10 using this method, had to revert to get it working again. Gonna try it again in a minute. Plus this requires an unlocked bootloader

    • I don’t know how this broke your Nexus 10? You said you had to revert… did you flash the factory 4.2.2 images? This is what you want for the Nexus 10.

      • tobiasmann

        It won’t update to the New image. It gives me an error message. Then I had to flash the old stock. I can wait for the OTA. I was rooted before I don’t know what happened there.

        • If you can flash back to stock, then you should be able to flash these. What error are you getting? You could always try manually flashing the images if you want. It would require a few more steps.

          Extract the included zip to get the img files.

          fastboot flash boot boot.img
          fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
          fastboot flash system system.img
          fastboot flash userdata userdata.img
          fastboot reboot

  • prittjr

    Welp, I bricked my Nexus 7 trying this. After running ‘flash-all.bat’, I got a “completed” message on my computer, but a “failed to boot” message on my Nexus 7. I restarted the device, and nothing happens. No glowing X, no bootloader, no nothing. Hard bricked, yea?

    • Maison Pulaski

      Did you attempt to boot into stock recovery and wipe data? Couldn’t hurt at this point.

      • prittjr

        It doesn’t boot at all. No response from any combination of keys, and the PC only recognizes it at the lowest level…ATX

        • Maison Pulaski

          I am not doubting you . Just trying to help. You tried volume down (holding in portrait pressing down on the volume rocker) and the power button at the same time for about a minute?

          Also – when you tried flashing did you unzip the .tgz file and then unzip the .tar file also? Just wondering and trying to trouble shoot.

          • prittjr

            the long press didn’t do anything.

            i downloaded a factory image from the links provided and extracted the .tgz file as per instructions, but did not extract the .zip file contained within. There was no .tar file? le sigh

  • Jon_D7

    Hi all, noob here & would like to confirm something :) …. I have an N4, it’s rooted with Stock ROM + custom kernel so I’m guessing the OTA won’t work for me. So the above method of simply flashing the factory image should work fine, correct? PS…I’m not too phased that everything will get wiped. Cookies for anyone that can help :)

  • Does ADB tools work on windows 8 PC

    • MasterMuffin


  • Wen Guźman

    What if your rooted but no custom recovery installed, will this work?

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  • Vijay Shinde

    My nexus is Nexus 7 WiFi if i download factory for nexus 7 mobile 4.4 version. it will work on my nexus ??? or it damaged my nexus boot path

  • Abdulmusawwir Khatri

    I’ve got deodexed 4.2.2 custom stock rom, unlocked bootloader and phone is rooted also,
    Do I follow the above mentioned steps?

    • Abdulmusawwir Khatri

      ^^ Nevermind… got it working :)