The custom ROMs are coming in for the LG Nexus 4 in quick succession, as developers jump on the chance to hack away on the latest Nexus smartphone. Now, the granddaddy of customizable custom ROMs is out for the device, aka AOKP, thanks to resident AOKP team member Xoomdev.
AOKP features almost an overwhelming amount of customization options, letting you customize almost every single aspect of the interface, including the lockscreen, notifications menu, and a lot more, while also letting you fine tune the performance of the device (not that the Nexus 4 needs fine tuning on its beastly hardware). There is also themes support, with countless fan-made themes available.
We know that many of you have been waiting for AOKP ROM since you got your Nexus 4, so we’ve put out a step-by-step instructions guide on how AOKP can be flashed on the Nexus 4, though seasoned ROM flashers can simply download the ROM and flash it to their device straightaway without wasting their time reading the guide.
Now, read on to see how AOKP ROM can be installed on the LG Nexus 4.
The procedure described below is only for the LG Nexus 4. Do not try it on any other device.
The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky, so try them out at your own risk, and make sure to read each step carefully before attempting anything. We will not be held responsible if anything goes wrong.
How to Install AOKP ROM on Nexus 4
- The procedure to install the ROM involves unlocking the bootloader on the device, which will wipe everything on the device, including everything on your internal storage. First, backup installed apps and personal data such as contacts, messages, bookmarks, etc, by referring to our Android Backup Guide for help. Then, copy everything from the SD card to your computer, which will also include the apps and data you backed up.
- The phone’s bootloader will need to be unlocked to flash the ROM. You can unlock the bootloader on your Nexus 4 by following the guide → here. Make sure you took a backup in step 1 as this will wipe all data from the phone and reset it to factory settings. Skip this if you already have the bootloader unlocked.
- You should have ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery installed on your phone to install the ROM. If not, follow this guide to install it on your Nexus 4.
- Download the latest build of the ROM from the source page. The “Xoomdev builds Unofficial AOKP for MAKO” text is what you need to click on on the source page to download the ROM.
- Also download the Google apps package using the link below. AOSP ROMs do not contain Google apps like Gmail, Talk, YouTube, Search, etc by default, so you will need to install the Google apps package as well.
Download Google Apps | Filename:4.2_gapps-jb-20121119.zip
- Copy both the ROM and Google apps files (copy the files, don’t extract them) to the phone.
- Reboot the phone into CWM recovery. To do that, turn off your phone and boot into the bootloader mode by holding down the Volume down and Power buttons together till the screen turns on. Then, using the volume buttons, scroll to the Recovery mode option, then select it using the power button to reboot the phone into CWM recovery.
- Now, you should make a backup of your currently installed ROM. This is a backup of the whole ROM and will restore the phone to the state it was in before you flash the new ROM, unlike the backup in step 1 which only restores apps and personal data. To take a backup, select Backup and Restore,then select Backup again. Go back to main recovery menu after backup is complete.
- Select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm. Wait a while till the data wipe is complete (this will only wipe installed apps and settings, but will not wipe files on the SD card).
- Select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Scroll to the ROM file and select it. Confirm installation on the next screen.
- After ROM installation completes, select choose zip from sdcard again, then select the 4.2_gapps-jb-20121119.zip file to install the Google apps package.
- Once the installation of the Google apps package is complete, go back to the main recovery menu and select reboot system now to reboot the phone and boot up into AOKP ROM. The first boot can take a few minutes, so don’t panic if it takes 5-7 minutes to do so.
NOTE: If you want to go back to your previous ROM, boot into recovery (see step 7), select backup and restore, then restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list.
AOKP ROM is now installed on your Nexus 4. Put it through its paces, customize it the way you like it, and do let us know how you like it.