Google Nexus 4 no longer receives the new OTAs due to the hardware limitations as well as other marketing purposes. However, that does not mean there is no Android 8.0 Oreo update, the latest Google Android version for the Nexus 4. Thanks to LineageOS team, the Android 8.0 is now available for Nexus 4 despite in the form of Custom ROM. If you feel interested this new custom ROM, then follow the steps here to update your Nexus 4 to the latest Android version. However, before getting started, you have met the entire requirements before flashing the update.
- This Rom is only for Nexus 4 so if any other Android device installs it, it can end up bricking it.
- You have your Nexus 4 rooted to install a custom recovery such as TWRP or CWM recovery
- The process will wipe out all the data, so make sure you make a Nandroid backup of your device.
- Charge the battery up to at least 50% so that it will not die during installing Rom process.
- You also need a stable internet connection for downloading the custom rom.
Also read: How To Root Android 8.0 Oreo
Steps to Update
- First, download LineageOS 15.0 ROM and Gapps files for your Nexus 4
- . Then turn on the USB Debugging option on your device in Settings > Developer Option.
- Plug your smartphone to the computer & copy all the files to the SD card of your Nexus 4 Smartphone.
- Switch off your Nexus 4 and boot into the recovery mode. To do this, press and hold both the Power and Volume Down buttons until the fastboot mode appears. Once you are Fastboot Mode, press the Volume Down button twice, it will appear recovery option.
- In the Recovery mode, choose ‘wipe data, cache, dalvik, system’ and confirm your choice
- Now, install the files on your device. To start, the process, tap on “install” and select the Custom ROM file and the Gapps
- Once the installation is complete, return to the Recovery menu and tap “reboot system now”. For the first time booting up, it will take you from 15- 20 minutes.
That’s all. Once done, you can taste the latest firmware Android 8.0 Oreo on the About Device section in Settings. In case you face any issues, feel free to let us know in the comment section. We shall find out solutions for you.