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Install CM 11 Android 4.4.2 Nightly for Verizon Galaxy Nexus

The official build of CyanogenMod 11 KitKat Nightly has been released for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus “toro” device. Use this tutorial and learn how to successfully update your phone in under ten minutes.

CM 11 Nightlies are currently based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat AOSP. This ROM has to be installed for tinkering and not as a daily OS, as there might still be some errors while testing them. More info on the features packed by CM 11 Nightly KitKat ROM for VZW Galaxy Nexus can be found here.

Before starting the installation you have to take a look at the preparation guide below:

  • use this tutorial only with the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone.
    – this is the “toro” model.
    – don’t attempt to update any other smartphones with the files that you will find in this guide.
  • this guide will work only if your Verizon Galaxy Nexus phone is rooted and running the latest CWM or TWRP Recovery.
    – if your phone doesn’t have its custom Recovery updated to its latest version, then you won’t be able to flash any new KitKat ROMs.
  • in the tutorial you will find the NANDROID Backup and Factory Reset steps, which is why you shouldn’t skip them.
    – the NANDROID ROM Backup step creates a full backup for the installed OS, while the Factory Reset one helps you perform a clean installation of this new CM 11 Nightly build.
    – do not skip either step.
    – Factory Reset only wipes the data from system partition, while it leaves the internal storage unaffected.
  • backup data from installed apps using Helium for Android tool.
  • sync Contacts info with your Gmail account, so that you won’t lose any important phone number in the process.
    – if you don’t know how to do it, then you can learn using the info listed here.
  • enable USB Debugging from Developer Options.
  • read the entire post, don’t skip any steps and don’t blame us in case you brick your phone or lose any data files during CM 11 KitKat installation.
  • check the phone’s battery charge level and make sure that it is over 50%, so that the phone won’t switch off while you’re installing the brand new ROM.

Now that you’ve read all of the above you can continue to the next part of this guide and learn how to successfully flash a custom ROM for your phone. If you cannot complete guide, then you can ask for more help in comments.

Flash CM 11 Android 4.4.2 Nightly ROM for Verizon Galaxy Nexus:

  1. Download the latest build file from here.
    – do not unzip the file.
  2. Download Gapps for Android 4.4.2 ROMs from here.
    – do not extract the archived files.
  3. Connect your device to your PC and then move both zip files to its internal storage.
    – disconnect the Galaxy Nexus from computer when done.
  4. Power off your phone completely.
  5. Now, you need to boot the phone in CWM or TWRP Recovery Mode.
    – both CWM and TWRP are supported by this guide as long as you’ve remembered to update to the latest build.
  6. First, create the full NANDROID Backup for the installed ROM:
    – CWM: select ‘backup and restore’, then name the file and confirm process.
    – TWRP: press Backup, set a name and confirm.
    > do not skip this step.
  7. Next, apply Factory Reset for your device:
    – CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm.
    – TWRP: press Wipe and then Swipe to confirm process.
    > don’t skip this step unless your phone already runs on a previous CM 11 KitKat official Nightly build.
    > if you skip the step and the phone doesn’t boot in normal mode with the new ROM, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial a second time without skipping any steps.
  8. Now, install the brand new custom CyanogenMod 11 Android 4.4.2 Nightly ROM on your Verizon Galaxy Nexus:
    – CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the ROM zip and install it.
    – TWRP: press Install, find the ROM file. Swipe to confirm installation.
    > don’t press any buttons until the process is complete.
  9. Install the Gapps zip when the new ROM is flashed successfully. Use the same actions as in step 8.
  10. Get back to the main custom Recovery Screen when all files are installed.
  11. Reboot your phone in normal mode now.
    > note: the first boot process will take a while to load all the new files, so you shouldn’t press any buttons until the home screen is loaded.
  12. Use the CyanogenMod account or Google Profile in order to take control over your device.

That’s it, you’ve successfully completed the tutorial and now your phone should be running the latest CyanogenMod 11 Android 4.4.2 Nightly ROM.

If you have other questions, use the comments field. Also, if the process fails at your first attempt, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial once again without skipping any steps in the process. Make sure that in case you do repeat the guide, then you will apply Factory Reset and the Format /System options.