NitrogenOS r40 is a great brand new custom firmware for Nexus 4 that brings Android 8.1.0 Oreo on this device. Officially, Nexus 4 will not get Android Marshmallow so the only way to get the latest Android OS is by installing a custom firmware on this device. If interested in 8.1.0 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 4 to 8.1.0 NitrogenOS r40 Oreo 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 8.1.0 NitrogenOS r40 Oreo ROM on Nexus 4 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.
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8.1.0 NitrogenOS r40 Oreo ROM Details:
This amazing NitrogenOS r40 custom ROM comes with tons of new features and is based on 8.1.0 Oreo. A quick list of the main features in NitrogenOS r40 is given below and we are sure you’d love to use this on your Nexus 4
There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the LG Nexus 4, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:
- Install Android 4.4: How to Update Nexus 4 to Android 4.4 KRT16S OTA.
- Install Android 4.4 Factory Image: How to Update Nexus 4 to Android 4.4 KRT16S Factory Image.
- Root Android 4.4: Root Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KRT16S Jelly Bean and Install CWM Recovery.
- 8.1.0 Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Nexus 4 custom ROMs, click here!
Like this NitrogenOS r40 ROM based on the latest 8.1.0? 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 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:
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:
- Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
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.
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All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update Nexus 4 to 8.1.0 NitrogenOS r40 Oreo custom firmware.