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Update Nexus 5 to Android 7.1.1 DARKROM Nougat Custom Firmware

The original Nexus 5 which was a huge success for Android has been officially dropped from the list of devices that’ll get the next Android sweetness but thanks to unofficial developers, you can install and use the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat on Nexus 5. This is a great ROM if you don’t want to jump to Nexus 5X or relatively expensive Pixel devices as this ROM provides all of the great Android Nougat features to you. If interested in Android 7.1.1 for other phones, check out our new Custom ROMs section. Stock and official firmware are always good, but custom ROMs make them better with new features and lots of system tweaks that are not otherwise possible. This is clearly one of the advantages of rooting your Android phone (read: Benefits of Rooting an Android Device). You can update Nexus 5 to Android 7.1.1 DARKROM Nougat custom firmware using the tutorial below. This is not an official release by LG/Google, but just a custom ROM which would require a custom recovery like ClockworkMod and your phone to be rooted in order to flash the ROM zip and Google Apps zip files on your phone.

In this tutorial, we will tell you how to install Android 7.1.1 DARKROM Nougat ROM on Nexus 5 with complete steps and instructions. We also have a set of important tips that you have to keep in mind before proceeding to the tutorial on the next page. Don’t forget to backup your phone as you will have to wipe all your data during the installation process. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. 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 ( 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 7.1.1 DARKROM Nougat ROM Details:

This amazing DARKROM custom ROM comes with tons of new features and is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. A quick list of the main features in DARKROM is given below and we are sure you’d love to use this on your Nexus 5:

– [CAF ONLY] TrueSight kernel v4.3 builtin (With a few of my own tweaks)
– [CAF ONLY] DT2W in kernel settings (Beware, it will cause a big battery drain)
– Pixel Launcher (with the provided GAPPS package)
– Pixel animated navbar
– Pixel sounds
– Pixel accent colors
– Rounded icons
– Night Light
– Dark mode (notifications are still WIP)
– Choose between dialer and voice assistant in lockscreen
– Hide next alarm from expanded status bar and lockscreen
– Hide bluetooth icon when disconnected
– Longpress power button while screen off to trigger flashlight
– Volume steps
– Quick unlock pin/password
– Remove album art from lockscreen
– Date in status bar
– Smart pulldown
– Volume button controls media volume anywhere
– Change navbar height
– Screenshot tile
– Caffeine tile
– Sync tile
– Reboot/recovery tile
– Music tile
– Turn on/off mobile data with single click on collapsed quick settings
– Status bar ticker
– ViPER4Android builtin (working in Enforcing)
– [CAF ONLY] Synapse builtin

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the LG Nexus 5, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

Like this DARKROM ROM based on the latest Android 7.1.1? We love it too and we know you are looking forward to install it on your phone now. Now please read below for important tips on how to make sure your installation goes smooth and you do not end up with any problems.

LG Nexus 5 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 5 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download LG Nexus 5 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:

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Nexus backup data to HTC One X.

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, Jelly Bean and KitKat.

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. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update Nexus 5 to Android 7.1.1 DARKROM Nougat custom firmware.

About the author

Saad Khan

A geek that has converted into a Software Engineer. An audiophile who love to read and write reviews/tutorials about gadgets and new tech stuff.


  • How do I copy the GAapps and the Darkrom to the Nexus 5 itself? When I plug it to the PC (where the files are), there’s no option to transfer files, and when I click and drag I get an error message..

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