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How to Install Android 4.2 AOKP ROM on Nexus 4 Jelly Bean Custom Firmware

Nexus 4 seems to be getting lots of love from the developers. Just yesterday, we wrote about CM10.1 for Nexus 4, JellyTime Android 4.2 custom ROM, Slim Bean ROM based on Android 4.2 and now, we have the AOKP version of Jelly Bean ROM. This is an early build of Android 4.2 AOKP Jelly Bean, but a relatively stable one. It is based on Android 4.2 AOSP and will give you complete AOSP experience along with some cool features. You can update Nexus 4 to Android 4.2 AOKP Jelly Bean custom firmware from the tutorial below. Your Nexus 4 should be already rooted and ClockworkMod recovery should be installed.

As you read further, we will guide you how to backup your important data, some other important tips and then tell you how to install Android 4.2 AOKP Jelly Bean custom ROM on Nexus 4 with complete steps and instructions. Don’t forget to backup your phone as you will have to wipe all your data during the installation process. Let’s get on with the tutorial now.

Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Android 4.2 AOKP Jelly Bean ROM Details:

Android 4.2 AOKP Jelly Bean comes with the following features:

  • Unsecure boot.img (stock AOSP kernel)
  • Superuser & Busybox preinstalled
  • Deodexed
  • 180 Degree rotation
  • Built in performance/init.d configuration (Thanks Kejar & company)
  • CM Launcher/ Power Menu
  • CM Brightness slider
  • Custom color for anything in RC
  • Clock Color/Location: Right, Center, Disable
  • Battery Icon/ Color Picker: CircleMod, Bar, Text Only, Icon Only, Icon+Text or None
  • Battery Bar in Status Bar or Nav Bar, Bar Thickness, Charging animation
  • Nav Bar Transparency
  • Nav Bar Button Reorder: Back-Home-Search-Menu
  • Nav Bar Color Picker
  • Nav Bar Button Glow Duration: Off, Fast, Slow
  • Nav Bar: Long press to Search button
  • Nav Bar Hide on Lockscreen
  • Toggles in Pull Down Menu: Auto rotate, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, Aiplane mode, Vibrate, Silent, Sync, Data, 4G, Tethering, Torch, Brightness
  • LCD Density (Careful with this)
  • Menu Button location: Right, Left, both, Remove
  • Menu Button Visability: Always show, Always show Invisible Icons
  • Lockscreen Style: Quad, Octo, Stock
  • Lockscreen SMS customizable shortcut
  • Lockscreen Horizontal Option
  • Performance Menu: (Use With Caution) Max/ Min CPU, Scaling Governor
  • Unlock Sceen with Legacy Menu Icon
  • Volume Key to Wake Screen
  • Volume Key to Skip Tracks
  • Long-press back button to kill process
  • Disable CRT off animation
  • LED pulse settings (time on/off)
  • ICS ringtones/notification sounds
  • Customize carrier text to whatever.
  • Power Menu options: Boot to recovery/ Boot loader, Reboot, Screenshot
  • Facebook contact sync integration (must wipe to get this)
  • Disable Boot animation
  • Keyboard: Volume keys act as a cursor while typing — disable in keyboard options
  • Long press home for recent apps (thanks brucekey)

LG Nexus 4 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for LG Nexus 4 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download LG Nexus 4 USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend not to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

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UPDATE: Android 4.2.1 CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly builds are now out for the Nexus 4. Read the tutorial here!

All set and ready? Good. You can now go to the next page and update Nexus 4 with Android 4.2 AOKP Jelly Bean custom ROM.