Update Verizon LG G2 to KitKat 4.4 via Gummy Custom ROM
Verizon LG G2 will be dependent on Gummy custom ROM if you want to try Android 4.4 KitKat out.
And you should, if you are after a smartphone with plenty of new stuff to offer. What your LG G2 has been missing on so far will be compensated by the tool we are using for today’s upgrade guide. The new custom ROM is what you’ve been looking for. That has to do with its wide array of options, features and whatnot to choose from.
With the help of this firmware, the LG G2 will be blessed with what you’ve been looking for: tweaking option with which to customize your handset to the max, a battery unit that won’t die out on you as quickly as before, new features, new applications and more. Likewise, the performance of your phone shall come a long way. Testing the new KitKat custom ROM on our own, we saw plenty of stability coming from the phone; also, there were no important bugs to make your handset suffer majorly.
On the to-do list for this tutorial we have to urge you to respect, first things first, these requirements:
- root the smartphone via this guide or a similar one;
- flash a custom recovery from here once the device is in a rooted state;
- create backups (one normal and one NANDroid one with this tutorial);
- charge the battery of your LG G2;
- disable, for the duration of this tutorial, your phone’s and laptop’s security programs;
- go to Menu, tap Settings, choose Developer Options and enable USB Debugging.
As the last pre-requisite has been acknowledged, you should proceed to the rest of our guide: the steps to upgrade your LG G2. But before that: the latter is going to lose its warranty once the update’s been applied.
To claim it back, we need you to upgrade the phone to official ROM or you can downgrade the handset to a stock Android version.
- Coming back to those update steps: for the first one of them it’s recommended that you download, on your laptop or comp, Gapps package (file name: gapps-kk-20131113.zip) and the Android 4.4 update archive (file name: Gummy-1.1-11-20-13-UNOFFICIAL-vs980.zip).
- After these two files have been saved on your device, you need to plug the smartphone to the notebook and then move the two files from the latter to the former’s SD card root. Then wait until the transfer is done; when it is, it’s safe to do this: unplug the devices from each other and power the phone off.
- As soon as you’re done with these guidelines, we have to take you to the next step now: boot your LG G2 in Recovery Mode.
- Then, from the Recovery Menu, you should opt for Factory Reset/Wipe Data and then for Wipe Cache Partition; now choose Wipe Dalvik Cache and, when these three wiping actions are over, you can go back to your phone’s Recovery Menu and look for these options to select: Install zip from SD card followed by Choose zip from SD card.
- After the options have been chosen, you need to install the update file. Which means that you first have to go find it and then opt for it.
- After the Android 4.4 KitKat Gummy custom ROM is on the LG G2, the Google Apps comes next. For its flashing, we recommend you to do this: repeat the steps that flashed the previous upgrade firmware.
- Go back to the Recovery when the flashing ends. Restart the smartphone now by choosing the appropriate option from the device’s menu. Wait till the first boot ends, then open “About phone” (from “Settings“) and you will come across the update file there in a short while. When you spot the custom ROM, you can have all the fun you want with it!
About that NANDroid backup you had to perform: it will help you in case you wish to return your phone to its former ROM.
Use that by entering Recovery Mode and choosing Backup&Restore. Should your LG G2 enter a boot loop, you need to do as follows: go to the Recovery and opt for Factory Reset/Wipe Data and then for Wipe Cache Partition.