Nexus 4 has recently got the latest NitrogenOS firmware which is based on the fast Android 7.1.2. This custom firmware works smoothly and perfectly with the device. There has been no official Android Marshmallow for Nexus 4 which is why installing a custom firmware on the device is almost mandatory for many a user.
There are a few requirements which need to be fulfilled before you go ahead with the download and installation process and if and when you meet all the pre-requisites mentioned below, you are good to go.
You need to make a backup of your data, as they will have to clear your phone’s memory in order to install Android 7.1.2 on your phone.
- Make sure that you have enabled the USB debugging mode. If it is disabled, your phone will not get connected to your PC.
- Another important thing to do is to download and install the latest USB driver on your computer.
- The bootloader of your phone should be unlocked.
- The phone should be rooted and it should have the latest Custom Recovery installed on it.
- Make sure that the battery of your phone is above 80%.
Files that you will have to download include:
Step 1: Download Google Apps along with Android 7.1.2 NitrogenOS ROM on your PC and extract these files too.
Step 2: Connect your phone to your PC in order to mount its memory. Make sure that you are using the original data cable.
Step 3: Copy the files that you downloaded in the first step, make sure that these files are placed directly in the memory and not in any folder.
Step 4: Disconnect your phone, turn it off and switch back on into the recovery mode. To enter this mode, you have to press and hold the power keys along with the volume down button.
Step 5: Once in the TWPR mode, tap “wipe” button to erase all data from your device, then go down and tap “swipe to the factory reset” option.
Step 6: To flash the ROM, you have to head back to the main menu, tap on install option and then search for the ROM zip file that you have copied to your phone’s memory. Select it, tap on the confirmation button to proceed on with the installation process.
Step 7: Repeat Step 6 to install Google Apps on your phone.
Step 8: Once the installation process is completed, you should reboot your phone.
That is it! You are done, enjoy the latest Android on your Nexus 4 device.