How to manually install official Android 4.3 firmware on Nexus 7


How to manually install official Android 4.3 firmware on Nexus 7

You may have read our earlier post about downloading the official Android 4.3 firmwares for Nexus devices. But how do you flash it the easy way? Let me show you just that.

You must have an unlocked Nexus 7 to flash this firmware, else use the toolkit linked below to unlock it.

Disclaimer: The author and AndroidPure are not responsible for any damages you may incur.

Warning: You will lose all your data, so take a backup before proceeding. You will also lose Root access.

How to manually install the official Android 4.3 firmware on the Nexus 7

1. Download the official Android 4.3 (JWR66V) Image for the Nexus 7 from here.

Nexus 7 4.3 Update

Note: Nakasi  is for Wi-fi only tablets and the Nakasig is for 3G version.

2. Download and install Nexus Root Toolkit 1.6.4 from here or here.

3. Run the Toolkit and make sure you install the drivers for the device by clicking on the “Full Driver Installation Guide – Automatic + Manual” button. If you already have the drivers installed, just skip this step and go to step 4.

(I have used a different Toolkit before and I already had the drivers. So I skipped this)

4. Connect the USB Cable to your PC and plug in your Nexus 7.

5.  Now in the toolkit, under the “Flash Stock + Unroot” option there are two options. Check the second one. Device is on/normal.

Nexus 7 Root Tool Kit

6. Click on the “Flash Stock + Unroot” button and click ok.

Nexus 7 Root Tool Kit Flash Stock

7. Select “Other/Browse” in the first set of options and “I downloaded a factory image…..” in the second one. Click ok.

Nexus 7 Root Tool Kit Flash Stock Choose Firmware

8. Browse to the folder where you have downloaded the firmware and select it.

Nexus 7 Root Tool Kit Flashing Stock 4.3

That is all.Wait for the Toolkit to finish flashing the firmware and wait for the following window.

Nexus 7 Root Tool Kit Flashing Success

Here is a screenshot of Android 4.3 (JWR66V) running on my Nexus 7.

Nexus 7 Running on 4.3

In case the device fails to boot. Retry  from step5 and choose “Softbricked/Bootloop” and follow the other steps.

via: XDA matt54

• Meet the Author • Ashwin


Originally a Business Grad, Ashwin is a natural at testing and reviewing Computer Software, Android Apps & ROMs. A proud owner of a MOTO G, he is also an avid gamer, and loves playing on his PC and Nexus 7.


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