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Install Paranoid Android 4.4.4 Final ROM for Google Nexus 5

The Paranoid Android 4.4 Final build is currently live for Nexus devices and you can use this guide if you want to learn how to install it on the Google Nexus 5 device.

With Paranoid Android 4.4 you will get the first full Stable build custom ROM based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat and besides the stock features you will also get the following ParanoidAndroid features: re-designed volume panel that’s less intrusive and better looking that the stock one, hover UI / Ux added for all devices, PIE controls, Peek App, theme engine, battery tile and status bar indication , recents documents ui, paranoid ota translation, and more others that you can read about at the PA Google+ page.

Before starting the installation of Paranoid Android 4.4 Final build on your Nexus 5 you should first take a look at the guidelines below:

  • use this post only with the Google Nexus 5 device.
    – do not attempt to install the files that you will find in this post on any other Android device.
  • the Nexus 5 that you are about to update with Paranoid Android 4.4.4 Final build has to be rooted and running the latest CWM or TWRP recovery.
  • in the tutorial you will find two extra steps that will tell you to backup the currently installed ROM and another one that tells you to create a Factory Reset, so you shouldn’t skip these actions.
  • backup data from system partition, SMS text messages and any other files using Helium for Android.
  • you can even sync Contacts info with your default Gmail account.
  • check your smartphone’s battery charge level and make sure that there is at least 50% left before the device switches off completely.
  • this is a tutorial that should be used only by advanced Android users, do not use the guide in case you don’t know what you’re doing.
  • read the entire guide, don’t skip any steps and you should be able to complete installation without too many problems.
  • in case you cannot complete the update, then you can always choose to ask for more help in comments.

Since you’ve gone past all of the above you can continue to the next part of this guide and learn how to successfully install PA 4.4 Final on your Nexus device.

Remember that this release by Paranoid Android is a Final build that’s stable and it would be best for you to install it in case you run a previous Nightly / Beta build.

Flash Paranoid Android 4.4 Final ROM for Nexus 5:

  1. Download the PA_hammerhead 4.4 ROM zip from here or here.
  2. Download Gapps for Paranoid Android ROMs from here.
  3. After the downloads are complete you should move the files to your phone’s internal storage.
    – if you’ve used your Nexus 5 to download the files, then you can ignore this step.
  4. Power off the Nexus 5 and make sure that it is not connected to your computer.
  5. Boot your Nexus 5 in CWM / TWRP Recovery Mode now.
  6. The first thing that you need to do is to create a NANDROID ROM Backup:
    – CWM: select ‘backup and restore’, then confirm the backup process.
    – TWRP: press Backup, name the file and swipe to confirm.
  7. Create a Factory Reset for your device:
    – CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm.
    – TWRP: press Wipe, swipe to confirm.
    > if you were running an official Paranoid Android 4.4 beta build, then you can skip this step.
    – if you skip this step and you device doesn’t boot in normal mode, then you need to reboot again in Recovery and then apply this step.
  8. Finally, install the PA 4.4 Final build:
    – CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’.
    – TWRP: press Install.
    – find the ROM zip file on your device’s internal storage and confirm the installation.
  9. After you complete the ROM installation your should use step 8 actions again and flash Gapps zip, too.
  10. When all these files are installed you can return to the main custom Recovery screen.
  11. Reboot your Nexus 5 in normal mode and then take control over all of its functions using your Google Account

NOTE: the first boot process of a newly installed ROM will always take several good minutes before it loads all the files and new functions.

In  case your smartphone doesn’t manage to boot in normal mode not even after 20 minutes or it enters into a boot loop, then you should try to repeat the entire guide more than once. Make sure that in case you try to repeat the guide you will not skip any steps.

Use the comments field if you need any more help.

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