Android 4.4 KitKat OTA download links now available for the Nexus 4

by: Andrew GrushNovember 21, 2013

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While the Nexus 4 factory images have been available since last week, the OTA update just recently started rolling out and has yet to reach everyone.

If you’re the truly impatient type, you might have already grabbed the factory image and manually installed, but if you don’t have an unlocked bootloader or are looking for a way to get KitKat without having to wipe your data first — then you’ll be happy to know that XDA developers have now posted links to the OTA zip files.

To get this working, you will need to use ADB sideload in recovery, but it’s still a lot easier than manually installing using a factory image. Of course we’ll remind you that even this procedure requires a little bit of technical know-how, so proceed at your own risk.

Without further ado, here’s the links:

Android 4.4 KRT16S from Android 4.3 JWR66Y 
Android 4.4 KRT16S from Android 4.4 KRT16O

For those that are now rocking Android 4.4 KitKat on the Nexus 4, what do you think so far? Did you get an official OTA, or did you go the manual route?

  • Jesus

    when the f are the real ota available??

    • Justin Leahey

      It’s available now. I got mine this afternoon.

      • Johnny

        Do you have a nexus 4 device if so…..where r u located at

        • Justin Leahey

          Yeah nexus 4. I’m in Florida on T-Mobile. My wife (nexus 4 on T-Mobile too) didn’t get it.

          • 44javi

            Also a Nexus 4 owner and I’m downloading it right now. I’m in California

  • jack

    get ready for a bricked device

    • Ignas Avižinis

      Can you get your device bricked by installing kit Kat trough this link? Oo

    • zamroni

      Fully charge your battery. That’s the primary safe guard

  • Oli72

    just got mine now.

    • Justin Rebar

      Lucky you. I dont get how it can take up to two weeks to for a couple hundred thousand phones to receive the update. Millions of Playstations receive their system update right away. Is that a fair comparison?

  • Justin Rebar

    Still playing the waiting game.

  • zamroni

    Done 2 days ago using factory image flashing. Enable ART and Whatsapp still problem.

  • Angel Eduardo Uribe

    Do I need to root my N4 to install this?

    • zamroni

      No you don’t

  • Sebastian Bodogai

    my phone bricked ty guys… now i don’t know what to do

    • zamroni

      Install factory image.

      • Angel Eduardo Uribe

        Update: I just received the OTA update, I actually received it when i was about to flash it… google thought i’d brick my phone lol

    • Viviana

      Can you get your device bricked by installing kit Kat trough this link? Oo