The G2 is probably LG’s best Android based smartphone released so far, the handset being indeed a real competitor for Samsung’s Galaxy S4 or Sony’s Xperia Z. Unfortunately, even though it is a high end device with great specs and features, since it’s not a Nexus smartphone, the LG G2 is still stuck on Jelly Bean OS. Well, the Verizon users of the G2 can now flash the Android 4.4 firmware ahead of official release, as a new custom ROM has been made available for the mentioned gadget.
We all know that after Google is releasing a new platform, in our case Android 4.4 KitKat software, first the Nexus devices are embracing the system. Then, the other companies will struggle in providing suitable OTA updates for their handsets. Also, that is not enough as the carriers need to develop its own version of the firmware for providing a suitable Android 4.4 update. As you can already tell, Verizon will roll out the Android 4.4 KitKat OTA update for the LG G2 sometime during March next year, which is a long time to wait for.
Therefore, if you are already tired of waiting, we recommend you to try a custom ROM firmware. As you will see during the guidelines from below, a custom ROM is the best way to use when trying to test an Android OS ahead of official release. Anyhow, you should know that on the present tutorial we will be checking on how to update the Verizon LG G2 to Android 4.4 KitKat OS by using the new Gummy ROM software.
Just remember or keep in mind that Gummy ROM is not an official release of Android 4.4 KitKat system; in fact this is a ported and modified version of the stock KitKat firmware that comes with both stock and extra features, apps and capabilities. Gummy ROM for Verizon LG G2 has been developed by those of xda-developers (we have to thanks for the present step by step guide) and represents a free aftermarket distribution of Android 4.4.
Now, even though we are dealing with an unofficial update and might be skeptic about the same, you should know that those who have flashed the firmware on their G2 have declared that the system is stable everything is working without problems, bugs or issues. Furthermore, the Android 4.4 software has been optimized and customized so that you can receive more power, improved speeds and better battery life from your Verizon LG G2. So, if you want to try this new update, then don’t hesitate and complete our dedicated tutorial.
If you are used with these kinds of operations, then you probably know how to prepare your smartphone for the update process that will shortly follow. Anyhow, I will explain the pre requisites as without safely applying the same you will not be able to flash the ROM and also you might brick your device while trying to do the update process.
Well, the first thing to do is to root your Verizon LG G2. Installing the Android 4.4 KitKat based Gummy custom ROM requires access to the internal system. This access can be provided only via root, so unchaining your handset is not really an option for you. When gaining root access you will interfere with the default and factory settings and restrictions and the binary flash counter will be increased. This means that the warranty of your Verizon G2 will get void.
As soon as the system is rooted you can proceed to the next operation which will consist in installing the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery on your G2. Basically, a custom recovery image is establishing a user interface between you and your phone’s internal system. That’s why you need to have root access granted before installing one of the mentioned apps. But what interest us is that Android 4.4 KitKat Gummy firmware can be installed only by using CWM or TWRP recovery, so do not skip this part if you still want to update your LG G2.
Both procedures are unofficial, so say good bay to the warranty; anyhow, you can still restore the same if needed as the binary flash can be reset. For doing so you have to downgrade to stock Android OS, or to update with an official release of Android firmware instead. Do note that on rooted devices the OTA releases can be only manually installed. On the other hand, returning to our purpose, for avoiding the unpleasant situations, before starting the proper tutorial, you should make a Nandroid backup. By doing that you can save the current ROM – if the Android 4.4 KitKat Gummy software isn’t good enough for you, you can choose to go back to stock Android OS without having to apply a complex guide just like the present one.
Along with the Nandroid backup consider is saving all of your personal data, info and accounts that are there on your Verizon LG G2 internal storage memory. During the steps from below a wipe will be required and while applying the same you can lose all of your data. That’s why you need to use suitable backup and restore tools from Google Play before doing anything else.
After that, you need to focus on other things like: ensuring that you can use a computer on which you shouldn’t have any security tools installed – temporarily deactivate the antivirus and antimalware protection; enabling the USB debugging on your Verizon LG G2 by heading to “menu -> settings -> developer options”; charging the phone’s battery life in case there is less than 50% power left” and applying this step by step guide only if owning the Verizon model of LG G2 – Android 4.4 KitKat based Gummy firmware is compatible only with the mentioned Android based device.
How to Install Android 4.4 KitKat OS on Verizon LG G2 using Gummy Custom ROM Firmware
- Download the Android 4.4 update file on your computer.
- You can get the file from here; save it on desktop and don’t unzip.
- Download Google apps from here, save the package on desktop and don’t unzip.
- Take your Verizon LG G2 and its USB cable and by using both connect your handset with your computer.
- From desktop transfer the downloaded files; place both files on your phone’s SD card.
- Disconnect the connection between your smartphone and your computer.
- Turn off your handset; wait a few seconds and then complete the next steps.
- Enter how to reboot in recovery mode.
- The recovery mode menu must be used first for wiping the data and clearing the cache.
- Do that by selecting “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Return to main menu of recovery.
- Use the menu for selecting “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the Android 4.4 KitKat Gummy firmware file and flash it on your Verizon LG G2.
- Do the same for flashing the Google Apps package on your smartphone.
- Then end this guide by returning on recovery and selecting “reboot system now”.
- If your phone gets stuck in a boot loop, then return to recovery and select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
- If the first boot takes longer than usual, don’t panic as there is nothing wrong with your device.
- And if you want to restore the stock ROM (only if a Nandroid backup have been completed) go to recovery mode and select “backup / restore”.
That was all for now, so there you have it; that was the method that can be safely used by those who want to update the Verizon LG G2 to Android 4.4 KitKat firmware. The Gummy custom ROM has been flashed on your phone so the platform is running on your handset. You should test the new software and if possible you should share your results with us or with others that might want to use this dedicated tutorial.