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If you want to get most out of your rooted Galaxy Nexus, you will certainly try out custom ROMs for the Galaxy Nexus.
Galaxy Nexus Custom ROMs?
Galaxy Nexus custom ROMs can include additional features not included in stock ROM, give you better battery life, let’s you overclock your Galaxy Nexus, and a whole lot more.
Is it safe to install custom ROMs on the Galaxy Nexus?
Yes, only if you made a backup of your rooted stock ROM. If something goes wrong or you simply don’t like the custom ROM you’ve installed, you can always restore back completely to your rooted stock ROM.
Before we begin, you must have a rooted Galaxy Nexus, installed ClockworkMod Recovery, and highly recommend you to make at least one backup of your rooted stock ROM.
Step 1. Download the custom ROM zip file and copy over to the internal storage of your Galaxy Nexus. DO NOT unzip the ROM zip file, just copy over the whole zip file.
Step 2. (Optional) If the ROM you are installing requires you to install GoogleApps separately, copy over the GoogleApps zip file too, usually named something like “gapps-ics-xxxxxx.zip”.
Step 3. Turn off your Galaxy Nexus, reboot into Fastboot by holding down Volume Up, Volume Down, and Power button together. Once in fastboot, hit Volume Down button twice then the Power button to enter ClockworkMod Recovery menus.
Step 4. Once in ClockworkMod Recovery menus, choose “wipe data/factory reset”.
This will erase all your personal settings, apps, and such so make sure you’ve made a ROM backup and also backup your apps using Titanium Backup app (so you can restore your apps easily).
Step 5. Choose “Yes” and hit the Power button.
Step 6. When that’s done, choose “install zip from sdcard” and hit the Power button.
Step 7. Next choose “choose zip from sdcard” and hit the Power button.
Step 8. Find the ROM zip file you copied over earlier and hit the Power button.
Step 9. Choose “Yes” and hit the Power button.
Step 10. (Optional) Once the ROM finishes installing, you can also install the GoogleApps if required. If so, choose “choose zip from sdcard”.
Step 11. Choose the GoogleApps zip file (e.g. gapps-ics-xxxxxx.zip) and hit the Power button.
Step 12. Choose “Yes” and hit the Power button.
Step 13. When that’s done, choose “Go Back” and hit the Power button.
Step 14. Choose “reboot system now” and hit the Power button.
Step 15. You should see a custom boot animation if your ROM has it.
Step 16. If your Galaxy Nexus boots to the welcome screen, pat yourself on the back, you’ve installed your first ROM on your Galaxy Nexus. Don’t forget to tell your friends about it and go flash more ROMs to see which one is the best.Need Help? Follow/add me on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter!
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