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How to get a download URL for a Nexus OTA update

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21st August 2013, 01:04 PM   |  #1  
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I always see people asking how to get the download url every time there's an ota, so I thought I'd post this where it can be found, rather than get lost on page 137 of the ota announcement thread like always seems to happen.

The following requirements must be met:
  • latest stock android (ota or factory image will do)
  • stock recovery (you will get an error if you try to install an ota with a custom recovery)
  • contrary to common belief, root does not matter!!
  • adb installed on your computer (installing the android sdk is the most common way to do this)

When you get the ota notification you can download the update, but DO NOT REBOOT YOUR PHONE!
  • plug your usb cable into your computer (not a front port)
  • open the command terminal (start>accessories>cmd or type cmd in the search under the start menu)
  • enable usb debugging (settings>development>enable usb debugging)
  • type the following line exactly as it's written then press enter
  • adb logcat
  • it will print out a whole bunch of text below this line in the command terminal. look in here for the download url.
  • copy and paste it into a notebook text document and attach it to your post if you can't find the url in this text yourself. someone will help you, for sure!

now it is safe to reboot your phone and install the update
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31st October 2013, 11:33 PM   |  #2  
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It's OTA Update season for Nexus users...this thread needs to be up top so we can ensure we get the OTA link ASAP

Good luck, everyone!!
31st October 2013, 11:36 PM   |  #3  
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To the top!!!!
1st November 2013, 12:15 AM   |  #4  
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Looking forward to kit kat

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1st November 2013, 09:45 AM   |  #5  
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kitkat available for nexus4?

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1st November 2013, 01:25 PM   |  #6  
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Wouldn't it make more sense to do it in this order:
1. Receive update notification
2. Start recording logcat
3. Begin download
4. Stop logcat

CMIIW

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kitkat available for nexus4?

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not yet.
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For those that have root, by far the easiest way is to look in /cache before installing the update. The file will be there after you download it.
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1st November 2013, 04:06 PM   |  #9  
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I'm on stock 4.3 with custom recovery and LTE radio .84 to get the 4.4 OTA I will need to return to stock recovery? I know applying the OTA I will loss LTE.

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I'm on stock 4.3 with custom recovery and LTE radio .84 to get the 4.4 OTA I will need to return to stock recovery? I know applying the OTA I will loss LTE.

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LTE mod has modified the system files.
You need to get the original system files.
Also just download the factory image from Google when it's available instead of the hassle with OTA.

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