Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus device can now be updated with AOKP Milestone 2 ROM build. Read this post and you should be able to install it easily without bricking your device.
If you want to know about all the latest features of AOKP Jelly Bean 4.2.2 then you should use this post here. Before starting the installation, read the following preparation instructions:
- Use this post only with the Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
- Do not try to update any other Galaxy Nexus devices using this tutorial, as you will brick them.
- Your device has to be on an unlocked bootloader, it should be rooted and running a custom Recovery image like the CWM or TWRP.
- Use the custom Recovery image to create a NANDROID backup of the ROM that is currently running on your device. This will set a restore point for your phone and it can be used later.
- A factory reset will be required before installing the new ROM, which is why you need to know that the system partition will be wiped. All installed apps data will be lost, which is why you should check the Google Play Store for a tool that will help you backup applications data.
- If you want to backup SMS, Call logs info or APN Internet Settings, then you can use some of these apps: SMS backup & restore | Call Logs backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore. Root access will be required for some of these tools.
- Sync the Contacts info with your Gmail account using the guide here.
- Enable USB Debugging from Developer Options.
- Make sure that the phone’s battery has enough power left before switching off.
- This is a guide for more advanced users and, you should know that we cannot be held responsible in case something goes wrong like losing important data files or bricking the phone.
- Don’t skip any steps listed below and ask for more help in comments if you cannot complete the tutorial.
These were all the guidelines that you had to go over before continuing to the next part of this post.
- Download the AOKP M2 ROM zip file from here.
> don’t unzip and save the file on PC.
- Download the GApps zip from here. Do not extract the zip contents, save the file on computer.
- Connect your Sprint Gnex device with your PC, then copy both zip files to its internal SDcard storage.
- After the files are copied, disconnect the device from PC and then power off the Galaxy Nexus.
- Boot your phone into Custom Recovery mode.
- When you’re at the main CWM / TWRP Recovery screen you will need to create a full NANDROID backup first:
> CWM Recovery: select ‘backup and restore’. Confirm the process.
> TWRP Recovery: press Backup and then choose the ROM files you wish to backup. Confirm.
- Next, you need to apply the ‘factory reset’:
>CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’. Confirm.
> TWRP: press WIPE, then Factory Reset and confirm the process.
- Now you can flash the AOKP ROM:
> CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’ and from the new menu select ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the AOKP M2 zip file and install it.
> TWRP: press Install, then browse the internal storage for AOKP M2 zip. Confirm that you want to install it by sliding to the right the blue button.
- When the ROM is successfully flashed, you need to apply the same action and install Gapps zip.
- Now that the AOKP Milestone 2 and the Gapps files have been successfully installed on your phone, you can return to the main Recovery screen.
- Reboot your smartphone now.
- Wait several minutes for the AOKP M2 first boot process to complete. This shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to complete.
- Enter your Google Account details when the home screen appears. Take control over your device and begin to test all of its new features.
These were all the steps that you had to take in order to successfully update your Sprint Galaxy Nexus with the AOKP Milestone 2 ROM. If you had any problems while attempting to update your device, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial more than once. Custom ROMs might not always install at the first attempt and that is why you need to keep trying until you manage to flash all the required files.
If you don’t like the new ROM, then you can easily restore the Sprint Galaxy Nexus to its previous state using the NANDROID backup file created in step 6. For any other questions, use the comments field below.