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Update Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Unofficial AOKP ROM build of Android 4.2

More and more custom ROMs are launched for the Galaxy Nexus device and now you will be able to use an unofficial build of AOKP 4.2 for Galaxy Nexus. Use all the info and don’t skip any steps listed in the article.

This custom AOKP build is based on Android 4.2 ROM and it has been made by Roman, a well known developer. It is an unofficial release of AOKP that works on the base Android 4.2 AOSP ROM and it comes with tons of new features and functions. This new custom ROM allows users to custom any part of their device’s OS, such as lockscreen, UI, notification menu, quick settings along with tools for improving the overall performance of their Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

If you want to correctly update your phone using this tutorial, you will need to read the preparation guide below:

  • This is a tutorial that works only with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone. Do not attempt to flash all these files on any other Android device.
  • Create a full NANDROID backup of your current ROM. Such file will prove to be very useful in case you cannot boot your device after installing this unofficial AOKP 4.2.
  • The Galaxy Nexus needs an unlocked bootloader.
  • Your device should be rooted and a CWM or TWRP Recovery image has to be installed on your device.
  • Backup a list of your most important applications, the SMS, Call Logs and APN Internet Settings values can be easily saved using these Android tools: SMS backup & restore | Call Logs backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore | AppBack for Android application.
  • In order not to lose any Contacts you should sync them with the Gmail account you’ve assigned for your device. Guide here.
  • Enable USB debugging option from the developer options menu,
  • Note that we cannot be blamed in case your device gets bricked in the process. You should only apply this update if you’re an advanced Android user that knows what he’s doing.
  • Read all the info I’ve listed and when you’re done with these guidelines, you should continue to the tutorial part of this post.

Apply all the steps in the ‘how-to’ guide and in case you cannot complete the install, then you should ask for more in our comments field.

How to update Galaxy Nexus with unofficial AOKP Android 4.2 custom ROM

  1. Download the Roman’s unofficial AOKP 4.2 custom ROM from here.
  2. Next, download the Gapps file for this new ROM from HERE.
  3. Connect the Galaxy Nexus to your PC using the USB cable. Move both zip files on its internal SD card and do not extract their contents. When the transfer is complete you unplug the device from computer.
  4. Power off your Galaxy Nexus. Now boot it into custom recovery mode: press volume up, volume down and power buttons at the same time until a gren Android and the Start text appears. Now you need to press the Volume up key two times and select Recovery Mode. Press Power to boot into TWRP Recovery mode.
  5.  When the Recovery Mode menu loads you should create a full NANDROID backup of the current ROM. Use the Backup menu for this action. NOTE: If you already have such backup then continue directly to the next step.
  6. In the main TWRP Recovery Mode menu you will see the ‘Wipe’ text; tap on it. Select ‘Factory reset’ and confirm this process. When it’s done you should return to the main recovery menu again.
  7. Press the ‘Install’ button and now find the Unofficial AOKP 4.2 zip and confirm that you want to install it.
  8. When the ROM installs successfully, press again Install and this time browse your phone for the Gapps file. Install it too and then get to the next step.
  9. Return to the main recovery mode menu. Select ‘reboot system’ and wait until the new ROM completes its first boot process. This shouldn’t take longer than 5 minutes and you should simply wait until it loads.
  10. Enter your Google Account details and start testing the new custom ROM. Tell us in comments which features impressed you the most and if you found any errors.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to successfully install this unofficial AOKP ROM based on Android 4.2 firmware. If you cannot complete the update, then you should take another look at the pre-requisites info and then repeat the entire tutorial once again. Also, you can leave a detailed comment at the end of this post and tell us exactly which steps you took and where you got stuck, we will try to come up with a solution for you.

If you don’t like this new ROM then you should use the custom recovery mode or any other tool, that is capable of restoring the previous NANDROID ROM backup file.

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