How To – Install TWRP Recovery 2.5 on the LG Nexus 4

April 25, 20130 Comments

The LG Nexus 4 is the latest Nexus smartphone from Google, and was released in mid-November 2012. Nexus devices can typically be ordered in select countries, directly via the Google Play Store. The Nexus 4 was sold out within hours of first hitting the Play Store, and availability has been pretty spotty across all regions till about end January, and availability has been relatively a lot better since then.

For those who came in late, the Nexus 4 comes with a 4.7″ True HD IPS Plus 720p display, a blazing fast 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU to do the graphical heavy lifting, 8/16 GB of internal storage, an 8 MP camera, and runs the latest version of Android – 4.2. And all of that at a price of just $349 (16GB) , which is essentially getting a super high-end unlocked GSM phone assured of the latest OS updates directly from Google, at the price of a mid-range device.

Besides the jaw-dropping specs and an incredible price point, the other thing that makes Nexus devices so special is its cult status in the Android development community, irrespective of whether its the latest Nexus device or a much older one. Development is extremely active for these devices, and there are a huge number of custom ROMs, kernels, mods and tweaks going around which will help  you get the most out of an already awesome device. The fact that Nexus devices are easily unlockable and rooted, just makes it all the better for development activities.

If you have gone ahead an rooted you Nexus 4, and are now looking to install a custom recovery so as to be able to try out some awesome custom ROMs on it, you are in just the right place. Flashing of custom ROMs requires a custom recovery to be installed in place of the stock Android recovery that comes with the stock OS. And here’s a step by step set of instructions which will guide you through installing the latest version of TWRP Recovery – one of the most popular and feature-rich custom recoveries available for Android devices. You do need to make sure that you have unlocked the bootloader and Rooted the Nexus 4 prior to flashing a custom recovery.

How to Install TWRP Recovery 2.5 on the Nexus 4

  1. Download and install the Goo Manager app from the Play Store, on your Nexus 4
  2. Open the App drawer and launch the Goo Manager App on your phone
  3. In the Goo Manager App, go to Options ( Click the 3 vertical dots at the top right of the screen)
  4. From the Options Menu, tap Install OpenRecovery Script
  5. Tap Yes to all the prompts that follow and verify your device code name in the file name when displayed
  6. Goo Manager will now download and install TWRP for your device
  7. Once the installation is complete, tap Reboot Recovery from the Go Manager options menu to boot into TWRP recovery.

Congratulations!!! You now have the latest version of TWRP Recovery installed on your Nexus 4. Go ahead and try out some custom ROMs for your device :)

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