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Flash CM 11 M8 Snapshot for Google Nexus 4

The official build of CyanogenMod 11 M8 ROM based on Android 4.4.4 is now available for the Google Nexus 4 smartphone. Use this guide if you want to learn how to successfully install it on your Android device.

With this new CM 11 M8 snapshot you will get the first stable CyanogenMod build based on the stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS. So, you will get all the AOSP features as well as multiple new changes added by the CM team. More info about this release can be found at the CyanogenMod blog page here or here.

Before starting the installation you will first have to take a look at the preparation info below:

  • use this post only with the Google Nexus 4 smartphone.
    – don’t try to flash the files that you will find in this post on any other Android devices.
    – if you own a different device then you should check our Update section and see if there is a guide for it.
  • your Nexus 4 has to be rooted and running the latest CWM or TWRP custom Recovery build.
  • the ‘how-to’ part of this post features two different guides, one that teaches you how to successfully create a NANDROID Backup and the other tells you to apply a Factory Reset.
    – don’t skip them.
  • in case you’re planning on saving some data from installed apps, then you should use Helium tool for Android.
    sync Contacts info with your default Gmail account.
  • make sure to enable USB Debugging for your device from Developer Options menu.
  • check the battery charge level, it has to be over 50% and the phone will not power off while you’re installing the new CM 11 M8 Android 4.4.4 on your Nexus 4.
  • use this post only if you are an advanced Android user.
    – we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you end up losing any important data in the process.
  • read the whole guide and make sure not to skip any steps.
  • in case you need more help, then you can leave a detailed comment and we will try to come up with a viable solution for your problems.

Since you’ve  read all of the above now you’re free to continue to the next part of this post.

Flash CM 11 M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat  for Nexus 4:

  1. Download the CM 11 M8 Snapshot zip from here.
  2. Download Gapps for Android 4.4.x ROMs from here.
  3. Connect your Nexus 4 to your computer and move both zip files to its internal storage.
    – do not unzip the contents of the zip files.
    – in case you’ve downloaded the files straight to your phone, then you can skip this step.
  4. Switch off your Nexus 4 now.
  5. Next, boot the device in custom Recovery Mode.
    – both CWM and TWRP Recovery are working with this tutorial.
  6. Create a full NANDROID Backup for the ROM that’s currently installed on your device:
    – CWM: use the ‘backup and restore’ option. Set a name for the file and confirm process.
    – TWRP: press Backup and swipe to confirm the creation of a restore point.
  7. Now you need to apply the Nexus 4 Factory Reset:
    – CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm.
    – TWRP: press Wipe, swipe the blue button to confirm.
  8. Install the brand new CM 11 M8 Snapshot ROM:
    – CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’.
    – TWRP: press Install.
    – Browse your phone for the CM 11 M8 Snapshot zip and load it in your custom Recovery.
  9. After the file is loaded you should simply confirm installation.
    – don’t press any buttons until all files are installed.
  10. Next, use the same actions as in step 8 and install the Gapps zip, too.
  11. When all the files installed on your Nexus 4 you will need to get back to the main custom Recovery menu.
  12. Reboot the phone in normal mode.
    – note that this first boot process will take a while before it completes, don’t press any buttons until you see the CM 11 M8 welcome screen.
  13. Log into your Nexus 4 home screen and then start testing all the new features.

I hope that you’ve managed to complete installation of CM 11 M8 Android 4.4.4 ROM at your first attempt.

Keep in mind that the CM 11 M8 Snapshot build is much more stable than the CM 11 Nightlies, so you should install it if you want to use CM on a daily basis.

If the process fails, then you should try to repeat the whole guide more than once.

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