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Install Carbon Android 4.4.2 Nightly ROM for Google Nexus 4

Google Nexus 4 has received its own Carbon KitKat Nightly builds. You can use this post if you want to learn how to successfully flash a brand new custom ROM and enhance your KitKat experience.

Carbon Android 4.4.2 KK Nightlies are created by the Carbon ROMs team, it packs the AOSP Android 4.4 features along with other elements added by the developers. Also, for this new ROM to install successfully on your device you will first have to read the guidelines below:

  • This is a post that will only work with the Google Nexus 4.
    – do not attempt to update any other Android device with the files that you will find in this article as you will end up bricking its firmware.
  • Your Nexus 4 has to be rooted and running the latest CWM Recovery image.
    – TWRP will also work, but make sure that it is updated to its latest build.
    > if the custom Recovery isn’t updated to its latest version then you won’t be able to flash any new KitKat ROMs.
  • NANDROID Backup is needed for the installed OS, so that you will have a full restore point set for your phone.
    > this step is listed in the tutorial, so you won’t manage to skip it.
  • A Factory Reset is also required for your device, this will help you flash the new ROM over a clean partition.
    – Factory Reset will wipe all data that is stored on your phone’s system partition, while leaving the internal storage unaffected.
    > this is a step that you will find in the ‘how-to’ part of this article, so you won’t skip it.
  • Backup data from installed applications and SMS text messages using the Helium tool for Android — guide here.
  • Sync all your Contacts info with your default Gmail account.
    – more info on how to do this can be found here.
  • Enable USB Debugging from Developer Options menu.
  • Check your phone’s battery charge level and make sure that there is at least 50% left before the phone switches off completely.
  • This is a post for advanced users, do not skip any steps and don’t blame us in case you brick your phone or lose any important data in the process.
  • Read all instructions and use the comments field to ask for any extra help.

Now that you’ve gone past all of the above you can continue to the next part of this post.

How to flash Carbon KitKat 4.4.2 Nightly ROM for the Nexus 4:

  1. Download the custom ROM from here.
    – make sure that you will download the latest build of Carbon KK Nightly.
  2. Download Gapps for this custom ROM from here.
  3. Connect your device with your computer, then move both zip files to your phone’s internal storage.
    – after the files are copied successfully you have to disconnect the phone from OC.
    > do not unzip the archived files.
  4. Power off your Nexus 4 and then boot it in Custom Recovery Mode.
    – both CWM and TWRP are supported, as long as these are updated to their latest versions.
    > if you don’t know how to boot custom Recovery, then you can find more info here.
  5. First thing that you need to do is to create a full NANDROID Backup for the ROM.
    – CWM: select ‘backup and restore’, name the file and confirm process.
    – TWRP: press Backup, then you need to give a name for the file. Swipe to create the backup file.
    > do not skip this step.
  6. Next, apply the Factory Reset for your device:
    – CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm.
    – TWRP: Press Wipe, then you need to swipe to confirm that you wish to factory reset the N4.
    > don’t skip the step.
  7. Now you can finally flash the new Carbon KitKat Nightly ROM for your Nexus 4:
    – CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the ROM and confirm process.
    – TWRP: press Install, then you have to find the ROM file. Swipe to confirm installation.
    > do not press any buttons until the new ROM has finished to install all new files.
  8. After the ROM is installed you need to repeat step 7 actions and flash Gapps zip.
  9. When all files are successfully flashed on your device you can return to the main custom Recovery screen and reboot the phone in normal mode.
    > note that the first boot process of this new ROM will take at least several minutes to complete, which is why you shouldn’t press any buttons until the home screen appears.
  10. Use the Google Account info and take control over your device once again.

Since you’ve read all of the above you can begin testing the new ROM.

If the first boot takes more than ten minutes without loading the main screen or the device enters into a boot loop, then it would be best for you to try and repeat the entire tutorial once again. Make sure that you won’t skip any steps and that you will ask for extra help in comments.

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