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Jun 15, 2011
I had the prompt on my Nexus 4 that there was an update to download but is disappeared without downloading. I must have waited too long. Is there a way to get that prompt back? I'm still on 4.4.4 completely stock.


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Dec 12, 2012
I had the prompt on my Nexus 4 that there was an update to download but is disappeared without downloading. I must have waited too long. Is there a way to get that prompt back? I'm still on 4.4.4 completely stock.

Try going to Settings, About, System update and check for updates. If it does not offer an update don't worry, the prompt will come back in a few days.
In my case I must say I disabled the prompt on purpose because I want to stay on kitkat.


Dec 15, 2014
device not found

Hi all,

I'm trying to sideload 5.0.1 and got the "device not found" error:

C:\Users\golgoth\Documents\Android\adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-20140702\sdk\platform-tools>adb sideload occam-LRX22C-from-LRX21T.zip
loading: 'occam-LRX22C-from-LRX21T.zip'
error: device not found

I checked my adb version (1.0.32) and uninstalled/reinstalled my usb driver (windows 8.1 on my computer) from \sdk\extras\google\usb_driver directory...

Any ideas?
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Senior Member
Oct 13, 2012
5.0 rooted

I just received the OTA of 5.0.1. Currently on stock 5.0 but rooted. Nothing else. Will root cause the OTA fail?
And if it fails, will my phone be bricked or I can boot to 5.0?

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    Nexus 4 OTA Help-Desk

    **4.4.4 KTU84P Available**

    You want the latest OTA? You don’t want to wait? You received the OTA but it fails? You need help with the installation process? If any of those questions are yes, then this thread is for you.

    First, let's talk about what an OTA is:

    An OTA (Over the Air) update is the method of updating your phone's software. When the OTA is downloaded to your phone it will prompt you to reboot and install. It is not a complete image, but a series of patches to the OS. Patches in the OTA can include: bootloader, radio, system, recovery and kernel. While it's installing, the script checks the files it is patching to make sure the original files are correct. If everything is correct, the update will finish successfully. If it's not, the process will stop. That's why it is critical to make sure everything is in its "out of the box" state. Don't worry though. It is easy to get your phone back to a state where you will have your phone up and running, with the latest software.

    We are also able to manually flash this file. When the URL of the OTA is discovered, you can download it and use adb or a custom recovery to apply it.

    Now that you have read the important info above, Let's update your Nexus 4!

    In order for the OTA to apply successfully, without intervention, you must be completely stock:

    4.4.3 KTU84L
    Current Bootloader - makoz30d
    Current Radio - 2.0.1701.02
    Stock Kernel - 3.4.0-perf-ga6edd5e
    All system apps are present
    No Modifications. AT ALL.

    If you meet the criteria above the OTA will complete.
    If you don’t meet the criteria or don’t want to wait for the OTA to hit your device then see below.

    Current OTA's

    4.4.4-KTU84P-from-4.4.3-KTU844L: http://android.clients.google.com/p....signed-occam-KTU84P-from-KTU84L.50b64331.zip Thanks @oldblue910

    Legacy OTA's

    All legacy OTA links can be found here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=33631631&postcount=1 Thanks @oldblue910

    These are the 4 most popular scenarios. If you aren't sure where you fit, feel free to ask.

    Scenario #1
    You are completely stock. Unlocked/locked bootloader. No root
    Continue to Section A

    Scenario #2
    You are stock, with root. Custom Recovery without any modifications or deletions.
    Continue to Section B

    Scenario #3
    You are stock, with custom kernel, any modifications or removed system apk(s)
    Continue to Section C

    Scenario #4
    You are running a Custom ROM
    Continue to Section C

    Section A: adb sideload

    NOTE:Make sure you have the latest version of adb. It's attached at the bottom.

    1) Download the OTA.zip on your PC, rename the file update.zip, then place file in the same directory as adb.
    2) Make sure you have USB Debugging checking in the Developer Options, then connect your phone.
    3) Open the command prompt from the directory above on your PC and type the command: 'adb reboot recovery'
    4) When in recovery, you’ll see an android laying down. Press power then immediately press volume up and release. The menu will appear. Select “apply update from adb”
    5) Using the command prompt type: 'adb sideload update.zip' The file will load and the update will begin.
    6) When completed, select reboot.

    Section B: Flashing in a custom recovery

    1) Download the OTA.zip and copy to your phone.
    2) Boot into recovery.
    3) Flash the OTA just like you would a ROM.
    4) Reboot.

    Section C: Let’s get back to stock

    There are a few ways to do this:

    Option #1) Flash the complete KTU84L image. Follow efrant’s guide: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=34552123&postcount=1
    a) If you want to keep your data & settings and are running the stock rom; only flash boot.img, system.img, and recovery.img (optional) with fastboot.​


    Option #2) Replace the stock images or .apk(s) you removed or modified.

    After completing the steps needed to return to “stock” make sure you meet all the criteria at the top of the page then revert to:

    Section A if you are running stock recovery.
    Section B if you are running a custom recovery.


    Option #3) Forgo the OTA entirely and flash the KTU84P Factory Image in fastboot. https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images#occam

    If you need help with this follow efrant's guide

    Feel free to ask any questions you may have. I’ll do my best to answer them as quickly as possible. Perhaps others may answer them as well. Please read to see if your question has been answered before asking.

    Q&A Section:

    Q #1: I'm seeing a kernel related status 7 error when trying to apply the OTA
    A: Flash the system image along with the boot image. Some kernels (like franco for example) change a file or two in /system. So easiest way would be to re-flash the system. -Thanks efrant

    Q #2: The ota applied successfully but I lost my custom recovery and I want to re-root. How do I get root back?
    A: Flash the custom recovery of your choice in fastboot, then flash the SU.zip in recovery linked in Section B4.

    Q #3: I've tried everything but I'm still getting status 7 errors.
    A: Unfortunately you may have to start from scratch. Follow Section C1.

    Thanks to these members for adding additional info and helping add things I forgot. :)

    Updated: 4/17/14
    Hey guys,
    Here is the download link for the OTA update courtesy of my sister's Nexus 4.

    It's from JWR66Y to KRT16S



    android.clients.google. com/ packages/ota/google_mako/ebc8bad23772b5fd6e2907e48b4c74ba0ed58f21.signed-occam-JWR66V-from-JDQ39.ebc8bad2.zip

    Didn't downloaded yet

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using xda app-developers app