Google recently released the latest Android 8.0 Oreo OS with some stunning features. So developers have started porting them on to their own devices and now you can get the experience of Android 8.0 Oreo on your Nexus 4 via Lineage OS 15 custom ROM as there is no information for new OTAs for your device. This latest custom firmware is fully stable, fast, light and smoothly run on your device and everything is almost perfect. Also, the Lineage OS 15 comes with a modified, customized and optimized version for your Nexus 4. This ROM is not officially announced by Google but just a custom ROM which is developed by third party developers. Your device must be rooted, and a custom recovery like TWRP or ClockworkMod (CWM) should be already installed on it, in order to flash this Lineage OS 15 custom ROM on Nexus 4.
By following this simple step by step guide, you can easily update your Google Nexus 4 to Lineage OS 15 Android 8.0 Oreo custom ROM. The Lineage OS 15 should provide the speeds, performance, and power to your device. This is stable build and you use it as a daily driver. Official stock firmware is always good but they don’t provide better performance and new features as well as many system tweaks that are possible only in custom ROM. Before proceeding, don’t forget to take a full backup of all your valuable data. If you are interested in installing this Lineage OS 15 Android 8.0 Oreo custom ROM on your Nexus 4 then go ahead and follow the given steps.
Before Getting Started:
- Make a proper backup of all your important existing data on Nexus 4.
- The stock Marshmallow OS version should be installed on Nexus 4.
- Download and install USB drivers for Nexus 4 on your computer.
- The Nexus bootloader should be unlocked.
- Enable USB debugging option by pressing Menu > Settings > Applications. Navigate and tap on Developer Options to ensure that USB Debugging is enabled.
- You Nexus 4 must be rooted, and the latest build of either CWM or TWRP Recovery should be pre-installed on it to flash a brand new Android 8.0 Oreo based custom ROM.
- For this firmware installation, you will also need to factory reset the phone.
- Finally, ensure that your Nexus device carries more than 70% of charge.
Please note that this guide can be used only for the Google Nexus 4 devices. Don’t use the firmware file given in this guide for any other device or incorrect variant. Do note that you will experience some force close errors while running this Oreo firmware on your Nexus 4.
Steps To Install Lineage OS 15 Android 8.0 Oreo Custom ROM on Nexus 4:
Step No 1: – Download Lineage OS 15 Android 8.0 Oreo custom ROM and Gapps for Android 8.0 Oreo ROMs from the above links given on the desktop of your PC. (Make sure to select the Android 8.0 Oreo OS version) while downloading Google Apps package.
Step No 2: – Connect the device to your PC and copy/paste both files to the phone’s internal storage. Do not unzip the files.
Step No 3: – Disconnect the phone from PC and turn it OFF to boot into Recovery Mode.
Step No 4: – Turn ON the phone while pressing and holding Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons at the same time.
Step No 5: – While your Nexus 4 is in Bootloader / Fastboot main screen, press Volume Up to enter into Recovery mode. Then press Power to boot the Recovery Mode.
Step No 6: – Once in Recovery Mode, make an NANDROID Backup for the installed ROM by navigating to ‘backup and restore’. Then set the file name and confirm process to begin the backup.
Step No 7: – Next, Factory Reset Nexus 4 and proceed to flash the Android 8.0 Oreo custom ROM.
Step No 8: – In CWM Recovery, select ‘install zip from sd card’, then ‘choose zip from sd card’. Find the Android 8.0 Oreo custom ROM file and confirm the installation process to begin.
Step No 9: – Once the Android 8.0 Oreo firmware installation is completed, repeat the above steps to flash the Gapps zip on your Nexus 4.
Step No 10: – After installation is successfully finished, reboot the device in normal mode.
Step No 11: – Finally, flash the SuperSU Stable from here to get root access to the internal file system of your Nexus 4 to remove the factory restrictions and permission to install tonnes of third-party apps.
Let us know in the comments area below if you have any issues or queries while installing this custom ROM on your Nexus 4.