Update LG Nexus 4 E960 to M-ROM Unofficial CM11 KitKat 4.4 custom ROM
You will have one heck of a time with your LG Nexus 4 E960 if only you use M-ROM Unofficial CM11 to upgrade it to Android 4.4.
Your device has loads of exciting things to gain from such a custom ROM. That is, only if it lands on the phone. If you wish it to do that, you will come across new applications, features that you only dreamed of (Privacy Guard, Expendable volumes, Color Calibration and so on), a much improved battery unit, many tweaks to personalize your handset and many other novelties. This custom ROM doesn’t fix the phone’s compass, though. The performance of your smartphone will be loads improved.
Considering all of the above, you now have to see what requirements you must abide by:
- root your LG phone, via this tutorial;
- install it with a custom recovery, from here;
- create a NANDroid backup with this guide after you make a regular one;
- use the phone which has its bootloader unlocked;
- charge the battery;
- sync your device’s Contacts and People details with the Gmail account you have, following these instructions;
- turn USB Debugging on.
- Now you will need to consult the upcoming steps. They will ensure an update that goes well. So here we are with the first step telling you to download Gapps either the odexed version (file name pa_gapps-ODEX.zip) or the deodexed one (file name: pa_gapps-full-4.4-20131107-signed.zip) and the M-ROM Unofficial CyanogenMod 11 KitKat 4.4 custom build (file name: M-ROM-20131111-mako-backup.zip) on your personal comp or notebook.
- After that, move on to the next step which requires the following: plug the handset to the laptop. After the two are plugged to one another, you have to transfer the two files from the PC to the phone’s SD card root.
- Once you witness the completion of the transfer, you should unplug the phone from the notebook and boot the former into Recovery Mode.
- In case you don’t know how to make that NANDroid backup, here’s your opportunity to learn. If your phone runs the TWRP, you need to tap “Backup“, give a different name to the NANDroid ROM backup file and confirm by swiping; should you use the CWM, then opt for Backup & Restore, save the necessary file on the phone’s internal storage and confirm.
- Then learn how to apply a factory reset. For the Nexus 4 which uses the TWRP, you have to tap “Wipe” and confirm by swiping. In case there’s the CWM instead, we urge you to choose Factory Reset/Wipe Data and then confirm. Then go back to the Recovery screen of your smartphone and install the update file on your handset.
- The flashing of this file is done like this if you use the TWRP: after you tap “Install”, we advise you to flash the M-ROM Unofficial CM11 .zip file and confirm its installation by performing a swipe. But, if the custom recovery of your choice is the CWM, then do this: opt for Install zip from SD card, select the option called Choose zip from SD card and confirm the flashing of the upgrade file.
- To get the other package on your Nexus 4 E960, you must repeat the steps which installed the other package.
- For the next step you have to be in the Recovery screen, so go back there and restart the phone. This is done the following way if you have the TWRP: press “Reboot” and “System” afterwards.
- To reboot the phone if the latter runs the CWM, you need to opt for Reboot System Now. Once the restart is done and a home screen pops up, you have to go to your Gmail and enter your details there. Now you can use your updated Google Nexus 4 at last!
Should this new KitKat 4.4 custom ROM not rise up to expectations: use the NANDroid backup file you had to make. It will help you retrieve the phone’s previous ROM. Should your smartphone goes through a boot loop or freezes, you have to do this: redo the guide. Do that as well if the LG E960 refuses to restart in Normal Mode.