Install Android 4.4 KitKat Custom ROM on Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Cyanogenmod 11 Build)

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android KitKat CM

The CyanogenMod 11 for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is out, and that would give you the access to the Android 4.4 KitKat on the Galaxy Nexus device. Note that we are talking about the unofficial ROM and not any official Android 4.4 for the Galaxy Nexus because that is not going to be available for the device as Google announced they would be sending the official KitKat update only to Nexus 4 and later devices.

According to the developer of the CyanogenMod version of this, PlayfulGod, this ROM works pretty perfectly and there were a few flaws reported earlier and they were all rectified, thus the Galaxy Nexus users can try to install this and get the latest Android version on their smartphone.

  • Version: 20131227
  • Developer: PlayfulGod
  • Description: CyanogenMod 11 for Samsung Galaxy Nexus
  • ROM required: Latest CWMR or TWRP installed

Make sure you are taking all the backup of your Galaxy Nexus on your computer before you proceed with the first step, because installing Cyanogenmod would delete all the personal files, settings, messages and call logs.
Ensure that the phone has a battery of at least 75% so that the process doesn’t stuck in the middle of the process.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android KitKat CM

Download CM12.27.2013

Code: sha256: 9cb98b6af2d5a868317ac769a6ddd27cab602a6b9efe47a5000115f6543de222

Download gapps


Install CyanogenMod 11 for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

  • Once downloaded, the zip file should be transferred to the root folder of the Galaxy Nexus, and it doesn’t need to be unzipped
  • We have two guides, one for the direct sdcard and the other for sideload installation. Follow these next steps for installing from sdcard
  • Once you ensure that the backup is done, do the factory reset of the Galaxy Nexus
  • Switch off the phone and then press home + power + volume down button and then select the option “install zip from sdcard”
  • Now, select the zip file which you had just downloaded
  • Select the unofficial maguro ZIP file which you downloaded and transferred to the root folder
  • Confirm
  • Then repeat the steps from selecting the “install zip from sd card” and select the zip file for gapps
  • Reboot when the process completes

If you are using sideload, follow these steps:

  • Download the zip files to your PC, and then connect the smartphone to the PC with the USB cable
  • Ensure that the device is detected, and the drivers are installed
  • Open terminal / cmd and then type:
  • adb sideload
  • Repeat the same for gapps
  • Reboot the smartphone, and you are done

Doing the process with the sideload is an easier option, but only if you know what ADB is, or else you will need to use the first method given above. Comment below if you are facing any problems while installing. Check out the guide on how to root Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

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kartik tiwari - January 26, 2014

do i need the clockwork mod to sideload the CM 11?

spout - March 2, 2014

First off, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus HAS NO SD card. So i don’t know why there’s even this option. Secondly, the sideload gives error “C:\Windows\system32>adb sideload
‘adb’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.


romar - March 16, 2014

Cant make calls and no mobile data connection

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