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In this video tutorial, you will learn how to install a new custom ROM on your newly rooted Nexus 4. Now, there’s an easier way to install custom ROMs using apps like ROM Manager (Available on Play Store) but for the purposes of ending up in a bootloop (or other havoc that can happen), let me show you fail-proof method.
First, you will need a rooted Nexus 4 with CWM or TWRP recovery installed. If you rooted using our Nexus 4 root guide, you are ready to go.
For custom ROMs, usually you will get either 1 or 2 zip files.
Most Nexus 4 custom ROMs will come with 2 files, one zip file for the ROM and the other for Google apps (AKA Gapps).
Why separate Gapps zip file? You can read about that here.
For most custom ROMs, here’s a brief step-by-step guide:
1. Re-boot into recovery.
2. Data wipe/factory reset.
3. Install ROM using “install from sdcard” option.
4. Install Gapps using “install from sdcard” option. (if gapps required)
5. Wipe cache.
6. Wipe dalvik cache under Advanced menu.
That’s pretty much it, I highly recommend you to watch the video tutorial at least once if this is your first time installing a custom ROM.
If you end in a bootloop for some reason, you can try re-installing the ROM repeating Steps 1 through 6. If it doesn’t work the second time around, usually there’s something wrong with the custom ROM you are installing. You can try installing another custom ROM or restore your ROM backup.Need Help? Follow/add me on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter!
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You will need a rooted Nexus 4 to install all ROM/kernels.
NOTE: THE AUTHOR OF THIS SITE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOU MESS UP YOUR PHONE, PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS TWICE BEFORE TRYING IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME TO ROOTING AND CUSTOM ROMS!
First time to rooting and custom ROMs?
Please see our Nexus 4 FAQ FIRST!!!