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Flash CM 11 Snapshot M4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM for Google Nexus 5

CyanogenMod 11 has reached the 4th Snapshot build and now you can install it on your Google Nexus 5 smartphone.

Use this post if you want to learn how to successfully update your device with one of the best and most popular custom ROMs.

Snapshot builds are more stable than the Nightly ones, which is why you should install one of these especially if you’re a user that doesn’t want to update his ROM on a daily basis. More info about CM and their work on the Snapshot M4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat custom release is posted at their web page here.

Read the guidelines below before starting the installation process of this new ROM on your device:

  • this post works only with the “hammerhead” Google Nexus 5 phone.
    – don’t attempt to update any other devices with the files that you will find in this post, as you will end up bricking their firmware.
  • your Nexus 5 has to be rooted and running the latest build of CWM or TWRP Recovery.
    – note that older builds of CWM / TWRP Recovery will not support KitKat custom ROMs, so it is recommended for you to update the device.
  • this installation requires you to apply a NANDROID Backup for the installed ROM and the Factory Reset.
    – NANDROID ROM Backup creates a full restore point for your device, one that can be used in case the new ROM doesn’t boot with the new ROM.
    – Factory Reset wipes all data from system partition.
    – Factory Reset doesn’t delete any data from internal nor external storage.
  • backup data from installed apps and SMS text messages or any other similar files with Helium for Android.
  • sync Contacts info with your default Gmail account using our guide here.
  • check the Nexus 5 battery power and make sure that the charge level is over 50%, so that the device will not switch off in the middle of the installation process.
  • this guide is for advanced users, do not blame us nor the developers in case you brick the phone or lose any data files.
  • read the entire post, don’t skip any steps and you should be able to complete tutorial in no time.
  • in case you’re finding hard to complete the guide, then you can ask for more help in comments.

Now that you know all of the above you can continue to the next part of this post, learn how to successfully update your device by reading the tutorial below.

Install CM 11 Snapshot Android 4.4.2 ROM for Nexus 5:

  1. Download the ROM file from here.
  2. Download Gapps for this ROM file from here.
  3. Connect your Nexus 5 to your computer, then move both zip files to its internal storage.
    – do not unzip the files.
    – disconnect the device from PC when all files are copied with success.
  4. Power off your Nexus 5 now and then boot the device in CWM or TWRP Recovery Mode, it depends on the custom Recovery that’s installed on your device.
    – if you can’t boot recovery you should take a look here, that’s a guide for booting Recovery on Nexus 4 and it works for Nexus 5, too.
  5. First thing that you have to do is to create a full NANDROiD ROM Backup.
    – CWM: select ‘backup and restore’, name the file and confirm process.
    – TWRP: press Backup, set a name and swipe to confirm.
    > don’t skip this step.
  6. Apply the Factory Reset for your phone:
    – CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm.
    -TWRP: press Wipe, swipe to confirm.
    – don’t skip Factory Reset.
  7. Now you can install the CM 11 Snapshot M4 Android 4.4.2 for your Nexus 5 device:
    – CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’.
    – TWRP: press Install.
    – Find the ROM file and confirm installation.
  8. After the ROM is installed you can return to the main custom Recovery screen.
    – note that the first boot process takes a while to complete, which is why you shouldn’t press any buttons until the home screen is loaded.
  9. Use your Google account or the CyanogenMod profile to boot in your device.
  10. These were all the steps that you had to take, now you’re free to start testing all the new features of CyanogenMod 11 M4 Snapshot ROM.

If you can’t complete the guide, then you should ask for extra help in comments. Note that if you decide to repeat the guide, then you should make sure not to skip any steps and try more than once to install the new ROM.

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