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Install CM 11 Snapshot M4 KitKat 4.4.2 for Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250

CyanogenMod 11 Snapshot M4 build is now live for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus model number I9250.

Read this tutorial if you want to learn how to successfully install the new ROM on your device.

CM 11 Snapshot M4 release is a more stable version of the Nighlty ones, so you should use in case you don’t want to constantly flash new Nightlies. This build is based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat AOSP just like all the other CM 11 versions. Read more about this release at the CyanogenMod blog page here.

If you want to learn how to successfully update your device, then you should first take a look at the preparation guide below:

  • use this post only with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus model number I9250.
    – do not 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 phone has to be rooted and running the latest CWM or TWRP Recovery.
    – if the custom Recovery installed on your Galaxy Nexus device isn’t updated to its latest version, then you cannot flash any KitKat ROMs.
  • in the ‘how-to’ part of this post you will find info on applying a Factory Reset and create a NANDROID ROM Backup, do not skip any of these steps.
    – NANDROID Backup creates a full restore point of your currently installed ROM, it can be used in case the new ROM doesn’t boot in normal mode.
    – Factory Reset will wipe all data from system partition allowing you to apply a clean installation of CM 11 Snapshot M4 ROM.
    – Factory Reset doesn’t delete data from internal.
  • backup data from installed applications using the Helium tool for Android.
  • sync Contacts info and People details using the guide here.
  • check the Galaxy Nexus battery power charge level and make sure that it is over 50%, so that your phone will not switch off in the middle of the updating process.
  • this guide is for advanced users, do not blame us in case you brick the phone or lose any data.
  • read the entire tutorial and make sure that you won’t skip any steps, that will help you complete the installation and your phone will boot in normal mode successfully.
  • for any other questions use the comments field.

These were all the guidelines you had to go over before continuing to the next part of this post.

Install CM 11 M4 Snapshot Android 4.4.2 ROM for Galaxy Nexus I9250:

  1. Download the ROM file from here.
  2. Download Gapps for Android 4.4.2 ROMs from here.
  3. Connect the phone to your computer, then move both zip files to your Galaxy Nexus internal storage.
    – disconnect the phone from computer when the files are done copying.
    – do not unzip the archived files.
  4. Power off your Galaxy Nexus and then boot it in CWM or TWRP Recovery Mode.
  5. First thing that you need to do is to create a NANDROID BACKUP file of the installed ROM:
    – CWM: select ‘backup and restore’, then set a filename and confirm process.
    – TWRP: press Backup option, set a name and swipe to confirm the backup.
  6. Next, apply Factory Reset:
    – CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm.
    – TWRP: press Wipe, swipe to confirm process.
    > don’t skip this step.
  7. Install the CM 11 Snapshot M4 release ROM now:
    – CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the ROM zip file and confirm installation.
    – TWRP: press Install, then find the ROM file. Swipe to confirm installation.
  8. When the ROM is installed you need to flash the Gapps zip. Use the same actions as in step 7 and return to the main custom Recovery screen when done.
  9. Reboot your device in normal mode.
    – note that the first boot process takes a while to load all the new ROM file which is why you should wait patiently until the CyanogenMod screen appears.
  10. Use the CM Account or Google profile info in order to gain control over your device once again.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to successfully update your Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.4.2 via CM 11 M4 Snapshot ROM.

Note that you shouldn’t flash any future Nightlies over this M4 Snapshot, as you might brick the device.

If the installation fails at your first attempt, then you should try to repeat the entire guide more than once. Ask for extra help in comments in case you need it.

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