The Nexus 5 was officially stripped of its flagship status, as deemed by its manufacturer, Google. Being that it is a device considered to be outdated now, it was decided that this phone is ineligible for the latest version of its mobile OS, Android 7.0 and its subsequent updates.
The decision to leave the Nexus 5 out of the OS upgrade was made earlier this year. However, users of the handset who want the Nougat experience on their phones must not despair! One method of getting the Android 7.0 feel on your phone is through custom ROMs.
Of these ROMs, one of the most popular is called CyanogenMod. The particular version they released for Nexus 5 is called CM 14.1, which brings features like the coveted night mode, bundled notifications, and more.
Reminders Before Installing Android 7.1 CM 14.1 Custom ROM
- This version is a nightly build, which means some features are still in the testing phase, missing, or may not work completely. Install at your own risk.
- This custom ROM must only be installed on Google Nexus 5 CAF (Code Aurora Forum) LTE. You can check your phone by going to “Settings,” select “About Phone,” and then “Model Number.”
- The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) ROM should only be installed via TWRP
- Make sure the device is rooted, has more than 80 percent battery charge and all the data is backed-up
- Make sure the USB driver is installed on PC; else your device will not be recognized
- The procedure might void your phone’s warranty, and may be ineligible to receive official updates in the future
Procedures on how to Install CyanogenMod CM 14.1 on Nexus 5
- Download Android 7.1 Nougat CyanogenMod [official] CM 14.1 custom ROM and the Google Apps bundle; links can be found by scrolling at the bottom of this post.
- Connect your Nexus 5 to a computer
- Save the Nougat AOSP ROM somewhere the phone’s storage — the root folder is highly
- Turn off the device and disconnect from PC, after which you must perform Recovery Mode by pressing and holding the Volume Down and Power button simultaneously.
- Enter the TWRP Settings; perform a complete “Wipe” of the phone memory. After that, perform a factory reset by reaching “Swipe to Factory Reset” in the Settings.
- Return to settings and locate the file saved earlier on the phone’s root folder; select it and tap “Install.”
- On the menu settings, confirm by swiping on “Swipe to Confirm Flash”
- The ROM flashing will take a few minutes, after which the message “Successful” will be shown on-screen.
- In the case of “looping” go back to the TWRP settings, select “Wipe cache / dalvik, and try again.
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Disclaimer: These instructions are from various sources and are not officially endorsed by Google or Android. Use these methods at your own risk. Citizen Oracle or the author of this post shall not be deemed responsible for “bricked” phones caused by following unofficial instructions and methods.
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