The Sprint model of the LG G2 can now be installed with the latest release of CyanogenMod which means that you can anytime flash CM 11 snapshot M8 on your Android smartphone. This version of CM11 was launched yesterday for various devices, LG G2 being among the same. Therefore, if you want to experience a stable and custom Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS on your own Sprint G2, don’t hesitate and check the lines from below as I will teach you how to safely install CM11 M8 using CWM or TWRP recovery.
The M8 snapshot built of CM11 represents the stable version of this custom ROM, a version that also comes with new features, apps, capabilities and various stability improvements. Since we are talking about the official launch of the firmware, CM 11 M8 will smoothly run on your Sprint LG G2. Of course, there won’t be any lags, bugs, force close errors or other issues that might annoy you. Do keep in mind though that a custom Android 4.4.4 KitKat system will be installed, so you won’t experience the default Android OS – the ROM comes with its own looks and UI.
Anyway, if you want to change and spice things up a little bit then CM 11 is perfect for you. The ROM will bring a new theme manager along with other personalization and customization options, while with this Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware installed, your LG G2 will run faster and better. Moreover your phone’s battery life will be improved, the web browsing experience updated, the speeds increased and all the other performances upgraded. But, you will be able to test all these only if you choose to complete this step by step guide.
But, updating your Sprint LG G2 to custom Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS is not that easy. Since you are dealing with an unofficial firmware, first of all some things must be prepared. In that matter you should know that this guide can be completed only if your LG G2 is rooted and installed with a custom recovery image. The root access must be ensured because a custom ROM can be installed only on an unlocked device and by rooting you will remove the factory and default restrictions from your phone. Next, on your handset you need to replace the stock recovery with a custom recovery image. Therefore, install the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery – the CM11 M8 firmware will be flashed by using one of these apps.
Since everything that was specified above is referring to unofficial procedures, by applying this guide, the warranty of your Sprint LG G2 will get void (mainly because you will flash an unofficial Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS that has nothing to do with Sprint or with LG). That’s why you should be careful when updating your phone as if you mess things up you can end up in soft bricking your smartphone.
Now, for avoiding unpleasant situations from happening you need to backup your data. Do that because a wipe will be required and you will lose all that’s saved on the internal storage memory of your phone if you don’t previously backup your data. In that matter you can use compatible apps from Google Play and you can use the custom recovery image you have just installed. The apps can be used for saving your contacts, call logs, text messages, market apps, internet settings and personal data, info and accounts while the custom recovery image can be used for making a Nandroid backup – in this way you can easily save and restore your current ROM.
Of course, on the update operation a computer will be required. On the same you need to deactivate the security protection while on your handset USB debugging option must be enabled (just go to “menu – settings – developer options”). Charge your phone (only if the battery status displays less than 50% power left) before doing anything else because you can damage your phone if it gets turned off in the middle of the installation process. Remember that this tutorial is compatible only with the Sprint model of the LG G2, so don’t use the next steps if you are having a similar or different Android device.
How to Install CM11 M8 on LG G2 and Update to Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware
- From this page download the Android 4.4.4 KitKat CM 11 M8 firmware file and from here download Google Apps package.
- Save these files on your computer’s desktop and don’t unzip the same.
- Establish a connection between your computer and your LG G2 (use the USB cord in that matter).
- Transfer the downloaded files on your phone’s SD card.
- Turn of your device – press power key once and select “power off” or press and hold power button for about 15 seconds.
- Enter recovery mode on your Android smartphone.
- Wipe the system and clear cache; select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. Then, choose “advance” and pick “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Up next, from recovery select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Select the CM11 M8 Android 4.4.4 update file and flash the same; then repeat this process and install Google Apps package.
- Finally, in the end, select “reboot system now” and you are done.
- In rare cases, your device might get stuck in a boot loop; if that happens, return to recovery and select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition” once more.
There you have it; that’s how you can choose to install CM11 M8 on LG G2 and Update to Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware. So, that was all for today. If possible feedback us by using the comments filed from below – if there are problems we will try to assist you as soon as possible.