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Flash CM 10.1 Release Candidate 5 based on Jelly Bean 4.2.2 for Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus

CyanogenMod 10.1 hits its RC number 5 build and you can use this guide to learn how to successfully flash this new custom ROM for your Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Read this entire post and you should be able to complete the update in no time without bricking your device.

Before starting the installation, you will first have to take a look at these guidelines:

  • use this post only for the Verizon variant of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Don’t try to flash the files you find here on any other Android devices, as you will end up bricking them.
  • the Galaxy Nexus Verizon phone you’re about to update has to be rooted and running CWM or TWRP Recovery. I have used ClockworkMod – CWM Recovery for this tutorial, but the TWRP variant will work too.
  • use the custom Recovery mode to create a NANDROID backup of the currently installed ROM. This will set a restore point for your device and it can used if the device doesn’t boot into normal mode with the new OS.
  • a ‘factory reset’ is required in order to correctly flash the new ROM for your device. This step can be found in the tutorial part.
  • NOTE: if your device is already running on a previous build of CM 10.1, then you will  be able to overwrite the current ROM with the new version.
  • backup installed applications data using a tool from Google Play Store.
  • if you want to backup SMS, APN Internet Settings or Call Logs info, then you should use the following tools for Android: SMS backup & restore | Call Logs backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore. Root is required for some of these tools, as otherwise you cannot use them.
  • Contacts data can be synced with your Gmail account using this guide here.
  • enable USB Debugging from Developer Options.
  • make sure that the phone’s battery has enough power left before discharging completely, as you wouldn’t want your phone phone to power off in the middle of the installation process.
  • this is a guide for advanced users and it would be best for you to use it only if you know what you’re doing.
  • we cannot be held responsible if you lose data or you brick your phone in the process.
  • for extra help you need to use the comments section at the end of this post.

Now that you know all of the above, continue to the next part of this article and learn how to install a CyanogenMod 10.1 ROM for your Verizon ‘toro’ device.

How to install CM 10.1 RC5 Jelly Bean 4.2.2 ROM for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus:

  1.  Download CM 10.1 Release Candidate 5 zip from HERE.
    > save the file on your PC and don’t unzip its contents.
  2. Download Gapps for Android 4.2.2 custom ROMs and CM 10.1 build from HERE.
    > don’t unzip the file.
  3. Connect your Verizon Galaxy Nexus with your computer using the USB data cable.
  4. Move both zip files onto your device’s internal storage. After the files are copied you can disconnect the phone from PC.
  5. Power off your Galaxy Nexus.
  6. Boot it into Recovery Mode.
  7. Select ‘backup and restore’ option from the Custom Recovery main screen. Create a NANDROID backup of your current ROM, so that you’ll have a restore point for your OS.
  8. Select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’. Confirm.
  9. Select ‘install zip from sdcard’ and then ‘choose zip from Sdcard’ option.
  10. Find the CM 10.1 RC5 zip and confirm that you want to install it.
  11. When the ROM is installed, select again ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the Gapps zip and install this one too.
  12. Return to the main Custom Recovery screen when all the files have been successfully flashed. Select ‘reboot system now’.
  13. Wait several minutes for the first boot process to complete. Take control over your device when the home screen of your phone appears.
  14. That’s it, you’ve managed to flash a CM 10.1 RC5 build for your Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Test all the new functions and features that were added with this new OS.

If the phone gets stuck at the first boot process, then you will need to power it off completely. After that you have to repeat the entire tutorial once again. If you repeat the tutorial, then you must make sure that the step 8 actions are applied, as that might be the reason of why you didn’t complete the update at your first attempt.

If you don’t like how your device works with this new CM 10.1 Release Candidate 5, then you can use the ‘backup and restore’ option of the custom Recovery mode and restore your device to its previously installed ROM.

If you have any other questions, use the comments field below.