Nexus 5
[Representational Image] Update Nexus 5 with Android 7.1 Nougat via CyanogenMod [official] CM 14.1 custom ROM [How to install] In Picture: LG Nexus 5Google Play store (screen-shot)

Earlier in the year, Google officially stripped the flagship status of the Nexus 5 series, as the device was deemed outdated. With the announcement, the 2013 smartphone became ineligible to receive the Android v7.0 Nougat update.

That being said, Nexus 5 need not throw the device, as there are ways to enjoy latest Android software version through free custom ROMs, which are available on the internet in abundance. Among them, CyanogenMod is the most popular.

Co-incidentally, CyanogenMod released Android 7.1 Nougat-based CM 14.1 firmware to the very same Google Nexus 5 series phone.

It brings the night mode for reading, multi-window options, bundled notification, improved battery optimisation, performance tweaks, and numerous other value-added features to enhance users' experience.

Read more: Android 7.0 Nougat released: 16 key upgrades of Google's new mobile OS update over Marshmallow

Readers, be advised, this CyanogenMod CM14.1 custom ROM is a nightly version, meaning, some features are missing in it. Thankfully, CyanogenMod team has assured to bring new features in the new updates in coming days. So, it's safe to go ahead the install the software on the Nexus 5.

Prerequisites (things to remember before installing Custom ROM)

  • This new Android 7.1 Nougat CyanogenMod [official] CM 14.1 custom ROM has to be installed on Google Nexus 5 CAF ( Code Aurora Forum)LTE only model, if tried on other devices, it might get bricked [to check your device model: Go to Settings >> About phone >> model number].
  • Make sure the device is rooted before going ahead with custom ROM installation.
  • AOSP ROM has to be installed through TWRP only
  • Installation of custom ROM requires clearing memory in the tablet, so make sure to back all the data by installing TWRP in the smartphone.
  • Make sure USB driver is installed in the PC or else your device (Google Nexus 5) will not be recognised by the computer.
  • Make sure your device has more than 80% battery, or else there is a chance of the tablet getting temporarily bricked if the installation process is interrupted midway.
  • Though installing the custom ROM improves the device's performance and UI experiences, it makes the company warranty void; the company will no longer be liable to provide updates in future [users can restore the warranty by flashing the device with stock-ROM].

Also read: Google reveals Android N and beyond update schedules; check if your Nexus, Android One devices are eligible

[Disclaimer: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or being permanently irreparable. IBTimes India cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if the smartphone is bricked. Hence, users are advised to proceed with caution.]

Tutorial: Step-by-step installation procedure of Android 7.1 Nougat CyanogenMod [official] CM 14.1 custom ROM for Nexus 5 CAF via TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project)-

Step 1: Download Android 7.1 Nougat CyanogenMod [official] CM 14.1 custom ROM and Google Apps on your PC.

[Scroll to find the downloadable files]

Step 2: Connect Google Nexus 5 to the computer

Step 3: Place the Android Nougat AOSP ROM into the phone's storage memory

[Note: Users are advised to paste the .zip file in the storage root folder, not in any other folder]

Step 4: Turn off device and disconnect it from PC

Step 5: Perform Recovery mode sorties by long pressing Volume (Down) + Power buttons

Step 6: Once entering the TWRP settings menu, clear phone's memory (full) by selecting 'Wipe' option. Once done, select – 'Swipe to Factory Reset' perform factory reset

Step 7: Return to TWRP settings and tap 'Install' by the selecting .Zip file in the phone's memory downloaded from PC

Step 8: Come back to TWRP menu setting to approve the installation by tapping 'Swipe to Confirm Flash'

Step 9: Flashing of the custom ROM begins and after few minutes, a message 'Successful' appears on the screen, thus completing the installation

Step 10: If faced with boot loop problem, navigate back to TWRP settings, and select 'Wipe cache/dalvik'. This procedure will help resolve any issue with regard to custom ROM installation

Downloadable files:

Google Nexus 5 CAF Android 7.1 Nougat CyanogenMod [official] CM 14.1 custom ROM: HERE 

CyanogenMod Recovery: HERE

Google Gapps: HERE

USB driver: HERE