How to Force Android 4.3 OTA Update on Galaxy S4 & HTC One

How to Force Android 4.3 OTA Update on Galaxy S4 & HTC One

One of the advantages of running a smartphone with stock Android is that when a new version arrives, you don’t have to wait long for the OTA update to arrive on your device. If you’re on Nexus device then naturally you would be the first one to receive the update, but next in line are the Google Play Edition of Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.

While the owners of the original Galaxy S4 and the HTC One will have to wait for respective companies to push updates, the Google Play Edition owners will be getting the update starting today. Android 4.3 does features several under the hood improvements such as App Ops (for managing app permissions), new Note app, autocomplete dial pad and more. The 4.3 update also offers support for OpenGL ES 3.0 which brings better graphics to the devices.

So if you’ve got the Google Play Edition of Galaxy S4 or HTC One, then without a doubt you should try to update your OS right now. The traditional way to check for updates is to go to Settings app > About phone > System updates and tap on the “Check now” button.

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How to force the Android 4.3 update onto your phone

But just in case this method doesn’t grab you the latest updates, then instead of waiting for the update notification to arrive on your phone, there’s a smart way to force the Android 4.3 update on your device – if you haven’t already done it.

Simply follow the below process to force the 4.3 update.

  1. Put your device in Airplane mode.
  2. Go to Settings and tap on Apps. Switch to All and then tap on Google Services Framework.
  3. First, tap on Force stop and then on Clear data and Clear cache.


  1. Now go back and disable Airplane mode. Go to Settings app > About > System updates and tap on Check Now.
  2. You should now be able to see the update notification on your device.

Note that these steps aren’t guaranteed to get you the 4.3 update but it was reported a working method by many users. If it works for you too, then enjoy your new 4.3 Jelly Bean, and do share your thoughts in the comments too.

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