When owning a Nexus 4 smartphone everything is about pure Android OS; but, why not to try something more powerful than the default Android system? In order to customize and optimize the performances of your already high-end Google LG Nexus 4 you should try to install and test a custom ROM firmware. Of course the pure Google experience will be replaced by a custom Android based one, but that shouldn’t be something wrong especially if you want to try something new for your handset. So, you might want to update your Nexus 4 to latest Android 4.2.1 by installing the MoDaCo software into your phone’s system.
This is not the only Jelly Bean 4.2.1 based custom ROM available for your device, as yesterday I have showed you how to update the Google Nexus 4 with AOKP 4.2.1 (mako) firmware, so you have more options from which you can choose. Anyway, be aware as the AOKP software is still under development meaning that there are some bugs and issues included. Therefore, until a stable version of the same will be offered I recommend you the MoDaCo ROM, which will smoothly run on your LG Nexus 4.
The present update comes with important features and capabilities, ones that cannot be found in the default version of the Android 4.2.1 OS, so you have all the reasons for flashing the MoDaCo firmware on your Nexus 4. All the features and apps which will be ported on your handset are being listed here, so for more info about this OS improvement check the same. The update has been developed by those of xda-developers therefore this is not an official software released by Google or LG for your Nexus 4. That’s why you need to first prepare you smartphone for the installation procedure that will be explained a little bit later.
For being able to complete this step by step guide a full wipe must be applied on the system of your phone meaning that all of your personal data will be wiped out. This implies in performing a backup for saving your text messages, market apps, call logs, internet settings, contacts and even the current ROM (in case your handset is running a custom recovery image you should make a Nandroid backup). You have suitable backup and restore guides explained here on Android.gs so don’t hesitate and use the same.
The next thing to do is to root the LG Google Nexus 4. Once you start the rooting operation the warranty will get void. This is a normal thing to happen so don’t panic. Anyway if you are following a suitable tutorial everything should be fine. Furthermore, the warranty can be restored but only if you decide to re-install the stock ROM or to update with an official OS which comes straight from Google and LG. On a rooted system a custom recovery image can be installed so ensure that your Nexus 4 is being installed with the CWM recovery tool. Take note that without this app you will not be able to flash the Jelly Bean 4.2.1 based MoDaCo custom ROM.
Up next we will be checking in which the essential pre requisites are, so be patience and read all the following lines. Don’t head straight to the update process as you risk in bricking your handset.
- Make sure that you can use a Windows powered computer, or notebook; also the Nexus 4 and its USB cord must be near you.
- All the antivirus and security tools must be deactivated or uninstalled (on both computer and phone) before starting the proper guide.
- You should check the battery status of your device: if there is less than 50% power left you must charge the battery; if not you can skip this step.
- Take your Nexus 4 and enable the USB debugging option from its settings.
- This tutorial can be applied only for the LG Google Nexus 4 model number E960; if you try to flash the Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean powered MoDaCo ROM on a similar handset you will risk in bricking your device.
How to Update Google Nexus 4 to Android 4.2.1 with MoDaCo Custom ROM Firmware
- Use the link from here and download the update file on your computer.
- Then, copy this file on your phone (first connect the device with the PC by using its USB cord).
- Remove the USB cable; the computer is no longer required.
- Turn off the handset.
- Reboot by pressing and holding the Volume Up, Volume Down, and Power buttons until the fastboot mode is being displayed.
- Choose “recovery” in order to boot in recovery mode.
- From the menu that opens select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition” (a backup must be previously performed or else you will lose all of your personal info).
- Select “+++go back+++” and return to the recovery menu.
- From there now select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the update file and start the installation process.
- The flash operation will take a couple of minutes.
- In the end select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.
- Be aware as the first boot will take longer than usual so don’t panic.
The tutorial has been applied meaning that the LG Google Nexus 4 has been updated to Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean with MoDaCo custom ROM firmware. If you don’t like this software you can reboot in recovery once more and restore the stock OS. Anyway, use the comments area from below and do tell how things worked for you and what do you think about this update. Stay close for further step by step guides.