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Update Nexus 4 to AOKP Android 4.2.1 Build 1 Jelly Bean Custom ROM

AOKP is finally back with their custom ROMs and Nexus is one of the first few devices that have received the AOKP Android 4.2.1 Build 1 Jelly Bean custom firmware release. A long list of new features have been included that we have mentioned after the jump. Only the official Google devices have received these AOKP 4.2.1 ROMs, for others it will be out soon. You can update Nexus 4 to AOKP Android 4.2.1 Build 1 Jelly Bean custom firmware from the tutorial below. Your Nexus 4 should be already rooted and ClockworkMod recovery should be installed to install this AOKP ROM.

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 AOKP Android 4.2.1 Build 1 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.

AOKP Android 4.2.1 Build 1 Jelly Bean

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 ( 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 😉

AOKP Android 4.2.1 Build 1 Jelly Bean ROM Details:

Like we mentioned before, this AOKP Build 1 comes with a long list of new features for your Nexus 4. Here is the list:

  • General UI
    • Custom boot animation
    • Custom carrier label
    • Notification background
    • Statusbar brightness slider
    • Recents RAM Bar & Kill All button
    • Power menu options
  • Lockscreen
    • Customizable text color
    • Volume wake & music controls
    • Allow any kind & unlimited number of widgets (new)
  • Navigation Bar
    • Fully customizable NavBar (buttons, color, transparency, widgets, etc.)
    • Menu arrow keys while typing (new)
    • Customizable NavBar Ring
  • Statusbar
    • Battery indicator styles
    • Clock styles
    • Signal styles
    • Statusbar transparency (new)
    • Customizable Statusbar Toggles (new, based on Google’s tiles)
  • LED Control
  • Custom Vibrations
  • Sound Settings
    • Less frequent notification sounds
    • Headphone action
    • BT connect action
    • Flip action
    • Quiet Hours (CM)
    • Disable safe headset volume warning (new)
  • Themes support (multi-user support still buggy, use at your own risk)
  • NFC Polling modes

You might also want to read the following:

UPDATE: Build 2 of AOKP Android 4.2.1 custom ROM is now available for the Nexus 4. Read the tutorial here!

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.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. You can now go to the next page and update Nexus 4 with AOKP Android 4.2.1 Build 1 Jelly Bean custom ROM.

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Haris Nadeem

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