+ Thursday October 24th, 2019

Once Google releases a new version of Android, it’s usually around two weeks before Nexus at least receive their updates. You can wait, or you can side-load the OTA update once some lucky soul captures the URL that the OTA is coming from. We often get reports from people saying they’ve received the OTA, but we’d love to be able to share that OTA link with other people, so we thought it was time to show you how you can capture the URL and then pass it to us to share with everyone.

First things first, you’ll need the Android SDK installed, or at least ADB. At this stage, the ADB tools are available through Android Studio, which you can download from Google. Once installed, you’re good to go.

Once you receive the notification that you have an update to install, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Connect your phone/tablet to the computer.
  2. Make sure that ADB can see it by typing ‘adb devices’ (Mac users: ./adb devices) in a command prompt window from the folder with your ADB Tools:
  3. ADB Devices

  4. Once you’re connected, type ‘adb logcat’ (Mac users: ./adb logcat) and watch your command window start filling with data from your phones processes.
  5. Hit the download button on your phone to begin downloading the OTA update.
  6. Copy and past the output from your command prompt to Notepad or your preferred text editor. Run a find for ‘android.clients.google’ (this is where all previous OTA links have originated from and you should find a line similar to this: ‘http://android.clients.google.com/packages/ota/google_flounder_volantis/b82e84d593421e9635621f4de702525612e11411.re_signed-volantis-LRX21R-from-LRX21Q-factory-recovery-ok.zip’

    OTA Captured

  7. Copy and paste that link into an email and send it to us

Daniel Tyson  


Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

Dan's dedication to Ausdroid is without question, and he has represented us at some of the biggest international events in our industry including Google I/O, Mobile World Congress, CES and IFA.

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