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    Default Updating Your [Unlocked] Nexus 5 to 4.4.3

    First off I want to say that I am stoked for the 4.4.3 update. It has fixed every single bug I have previously encountered with the device. I would have to say the N5 has moved to a perfect device for me.

    Now moving on to the more important matter: updating your phone. There are several ways of going about doing this. #’s 2 and 3 require you to be unlocked.

    FYI: I don’t have a lot of time right this second so this will be really barebones. It is just to get those who are a bit puzzled a kick in the pants . I will update this later on today or tomorrow when I get some more time.

    You can:

    1. Update OTA (Over The Air). You will have to wait until your device is selected. Hitting the ‘Check for Update’ button will not change anything. When you are selected for the update you will get a notification. You select it, hit update and it will download the update and ask for you to reboot. No further action is required. Your Nexus 5 should update and reboot. This can take upwards of 20 minutes. Be patient.

    2. Sideload via ADB. Data should be preserved, but make sure you backup. I will provide further instruction when I have more time. I recommend newbies to follow #3.

    3. Use the ‘Flash-All’ .bat script Google provides.
    a. Download the 4.4.3 package from Google Dev. I'd link it but the forum editor is being wonky. Ill link it when I update the thread.
    b. Backup – This procedure will erase everything.
    b. Install Fastboot/ADB drivers.
    c. Extract all of the files (including the sub .zip folder) into the ADB/Fastboot folder (platform-tools).
    d. Double click the ‘Flash-All’ .bat file. Google will take care of you.
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    Default Re: Updating Your [Unlocked] Nexus 5 to 4.4.3

    Thanks guys! I knew the link, the editor just wouldn't let me put it in for some reason. I appreciate the help though :P.

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    Also, for folks who are rooted, and unlocked bootloader, if you don't want to wait for OTA, you should be able to follow these steps below - this should not wipe your user data.

    1. Download & install fastboot if you don't already have it - Dev-Host - AndroidSDKSlim.zip - The Ultimate Free File Hosting / File Sharing Service (courtesy xda mod El Daddy xda-developers - View Profile: El Daddy)
    2. Download factory image from https://developers.google.com/androi...mmerheadktu84m
    3. Extract the boot, system and radio factory images from the factory image (winzip or 7 zip) to fastboot folder
    4. Download Superuser from SuperSU Download and save it to your phone's sd card
    5. Power off, and power back on while holding volume down key to go into bootloader - connect to USB port on computer
    6. On computer, open command prompt and CD to fastboot
    7. Enter "fastboot devices" (without quotes) to see if device is connected (you should see serial# being returned). If not, check USB cable/port
    8. Enter "fastboot flash boot boot.img" without quotes
    9. Enter "fastboot flash radio radio-hammerhead-m8974a-2.0.50.1.13.img" without quotes
    10. Enter "fastboot flash system system.img"
    11. Use volume keys to boot to TWRP recovery
    12. Flash previously downloaded SU zip
    13. Reboot
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    Thanks for the instructions jj14x, worked like a charm!
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    Default Re: Updating Your [Unlocked] Nexus 5 to 4.4.3

    If I unlocked the bootloader, but did not root my Nexus 5, will I still get the OTA?
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    Rooted, unlocked, bootloader, erase, wipe all which erases everything confusing mess to me. I will just wait for the OTA update.
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    Default Re: Updating Your [Unlocked] Nexus 5 to 4.4.3

    OP, unless you have previously unlocked your phone (i.e. wiped it clean at some earlier point in it's life), option 3 is not available is it? And option 2 is not available until somebody publishes the OTA link, which AFAIK is not available yet (the OTA images are not the same as the factory images so far published by Google).

    PS edit: Just checked on XDA and find the N5 OTA link has been posted there in the last few minutes - so option 2 is available for stock + locked users now.
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    Default Re: Updating Your [Unlocked] Nexus 5 to 4.4.3

    Quote Originally Posted by gidgiddonihah View Post
    d. Double click the ‘Flash-All’ .bat file. Google will take care of you.[/INDENT]
    Hmm, when I double-click on a .bat file, Dolphin just opens it in Kate or Gedit.

    (Hint- not everyone uses MS-Windows... some of us use Linux and MacOS!!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by crxssi View Post
    (Hint- not everyone uses MS-Windows... some of us use Linux and MacOS!!)
    Good point! Incorrect assumption on my part.
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    Default Re: Updating Your [Unlocked] Nexus 5 to 4.4.3

    Quote Originally Posted by jj14x View Post
    Good point! Incorrect assumption on my part.
    No big whoop, I am just one of those strange, O.C.D., Linuxy people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyr6 View Post
    Rooted, unlocked, bootloader, erase, wipe all which erases everything confusing mess to me. I will just wait for the OTA update.
    Root/unlocked bootloader or both will still get you OTA. But you will lose root status but bootloader will still be unlocked. As long as you are with stock ROM you will get your OTA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharpehenry View Post
    But you will lose root status but bootloader will still be unlocked.
    Can you then re-root without having to start over?
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    Quote Originally Posted by glc650 View Post
    Can you then re-root without having to start over?
    Yes. As long as the bootloader is unlocked already there will be no automatic factory reset of the device.
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    Default Re: Updating Your [Unlocked] Nexus 5 to 4.4.3

    Unless you really want the entire developers kit, it's a heck of lot simpler using Minimal ADB:

    [TOOL]Minimal ADB and Fastboot [7-18-13] - xda-developers

    You might need to uprade your driver. I used the universal naked driver:

    Nexus 5 Driver (ADB and Fastboot) Installation Guide

    Renaming the zip will make your life easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharpehenry View Post
    Root/unlocked bootloader or both will still get you OTA. But you will lose root status but bootloader will still be unlocked. As long as you are with stock ROM you will get your OTA.

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    I've unlocked bootloader, rooted on STOCK. I got the OTA notification and decided to update. It did its thing by downloading (90ish mb) and then rebooted. However, the android robot icon popped up that had a red exclamation point in it and the word ERROR underneath it. That's all it said. The phone wouldn't respond to any screen touches so I had to reboot it by pressing the power button for 5 seconds.

    It looks like the phone is working properly but when I manually checked for the update it says my phone is up to date (but still 4.4.2) Has this happened to anyone? Will I get the OTA update notification again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by deeznutz206 View Post
    I've unlocked bootloader, rooted on STOCK. I got the OTA notification and decided to update. It did its thing by downloading (90ish mb) and then rebooted. However, the android robot icon popped up that had a red exclamation point in it and the word ERROR underneath it. That's all it said. The phone wouldn't respond to any screen touches so I had to reboot it by pressing the power button for 5 seconds.

    It looks like the phone is working properly but when I manually checked for the update it says my phone is up to date (but still 4.4.2) Has this happened to anyone? Will I get the OTA update notification again?
    Same thing happened to me last night. Figured I might as well learn to fastboot flash the full images instead. Supposedly, the delta zip floating around can be flashed to work like the OTA patch update.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deeznutz206 View Post
    It looks like the phone is working properly but when I manually checked for the update it says my phone is up to date (but still 4.4.2) Has this happened to anyone? Will I get the OTA update notification again?
    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    Same thing happened to me last night. Figured I might as well learn to fastboot flash the full images instead. Supposedly, the delta zip floating around can be flashed to work like the OTA patch update.
    If you are all on the stock ROM, rooted, with custom recovery, you can just get the OTA zip file, put it on your phone, reboot to recovery, and flash it from there. No need to even use ADB/Fastboot.
    (Before doing this, If you have modified any system file, or uninstalled system apps, this won't work - you need to get back to stock first - this can be done using ADB/Fastboot read more here . If you have XPosed installed, you will need to uninstall XPosed from within XPosed - don't uninstall XPosed from Android settings)
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    Default Re: Updating Your [Unlocked] Nexus 5 to 4.4.3

    I just received 4.4.3 OTA a few minutes ago...
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    Hi, I fellow the automatically update to 4.4.3 this morning and can't open my cellphone again.
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    Wait, chosen for the update. How do I get chosen. My N5 completely stock, os is just like new. Running it on AT&T. When do o get "chosen"?
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    Default Re: Updating Your [Unlocked] Nexus 5 to 4.4.3

    What device?
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    Default Re: Updating Your [Unlocked] Nexus 5 to 4.4.3

    Quote Originally Posted by korab84 View Post
    I just received 4.4.3 OTA a few minutes ago...
    What device?
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    Default Re: Updating Your [Unlocked] Nexus 5 to 4.4.3

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Fajina View Post
    Minimal ADB and Fastboot Unless you really want the entire developers kit, it's a heck of lot simpler using Minimal ADB:
    Assuming you are using MS-Windows and not Linux or MacOS, perhaps
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