Google has started rolling out the new Android 4.4.1 KitKat update for its Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 10 devices. You will be notified about the OTA (over-the-air) update once it is available in your region. As usual, it will take some time to reach the update on all regions, so be patient.

The Android 4.4.1 (KOT49E) update mainly bring bug fixes and improvements in camera app in Nexus 5 such as faster focusing, faster white balance, the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode, etc.


Below are the complete changes available on Android 4.4.1 (KOT49E) update:

-The Camera app on Nexus 5 gets a performance boost.
-Low sound output in some apps on Nexus 5 has been fixed
– Bug-fixes related to ART (this should solve any issues with WhatsApp not working with ART)
– The sync issue of default e-mail client on the Nexus 5 has been fixed.
-Immersive mode breaking while adjusting the volume level bug has been fixed.
– The new ‘Photos’ app is now the default Gallery app.
-The transparent status bar sometimes turning opaque issue on the Nexus 5 has also been fixed.
-The navigation bar is now transparent on the lock screen in the Nexus 4.
-The Settings icon in Quick tiles has also been changed.
-The Miracast setting has been renamed to Cast settings.

If you can’t wait for the OTA update (KOT49E) and looking to manually update your Nexus 5, Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 (2013) device, just follow below guide. You can install the update in two ways – via ADB sideloading and custom recovery.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. We can’t take responsibility for anything that goes wrong. This guide is intended for technically talented users only. Also, don’t forget to backup your device.


  • Nexus 5, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 must be running on stock Android 4.4 KRT16M
  • Android SDK installed on your computer
  • Official Android 4.4.1 update zip file

First method (via ADB):

Procedure (Nexus 5):

1. Download the official Android 4.4.1 update zip file for Nexus 5 to your computer.
2. Reboot your device into recovery mode. Switch off Nexus 5 and reboot it. While it is booting up, press and hold the Volume Down button until you see Recovery and then press the Power button to enter it.
3. Connect your device to your computer via USB.
4. Use the volume keys to highlight “apply update from ADB” and select it using the power button.
6. Now go to the folder where you downloaded the official Android 4.4.1 update zip file and open a command window (press Shift button, right click mouse and choose open command window here)
7. Now type the following command:

adb sideload

The update will now be installed on your Nexus 5. After the installation is complete, reboot your device. You have successfully updated your Nexus 5 to official Android 4.4.1.

Second method (Via Custom Recovery)

If your Nexus 5 is rooted and custom recovery installed, you can update your device to Android 4.4.1 via custom recovery.

1.Copy the downloaded official Android 4.4.1 update zip file to the root of the internal storage of your Nexus 5.
2. Turn off the device and boot into recovery mode.
3. Select “install zip”, then “select zip” and choose the Android 4.4.1 update zip file.

After the installation is complete, reboot your device. You have successfully updated your Nexus 5 to official Android 4.4.1.

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