Nexus 5
Nexus 5Screenshot from Google website

A new version of VanillaAOSP ROM has been made available to Google Nexus 5.

Yes, most of the Google Nexus 5 units across the world are already running on the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, but the new VanillaAOSP ROM offers users super smooth functioning of the device.

For the uninitiated, official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop comes with the Google apps and services pre-installed, whereas as the VanillaAOSP (Android Open Source Project) is completely free of these things enabling the device to deliver top-notch performance like faster loading, multi-tasking and more.

VanillaAOSP is created by ChochiWpg, a senior member of XDA Developer Forum.

Prerequisites (things to remember before installing the Custom ROM):

  • This new VanillaAOSP Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM has to be installed on the LG-Google Nexus 5 (aka Hammerhead) only; 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 forward for custom ROM installation.
  • Installation of custom ROM requires clearing of memory in the smartphone, so make sure to back all the data by installing TWRP in the smartphone.
  • Users make sure they have installed USB drivers on the PC, or else your phone (Google Nexus 5) smartphone will not be recognised by the computer.
  • Make sure your device has more than 80% battery, or else there is chance of smartphone getting temporarily bricked if the installation process is interrupted midway.
  • Though installing custom ROM improve the device's performance and UI experiences, it makes the company warranty void and they will no longer be liable to provide updates in future [users can restore warranty by flashing the device with stock-ROM].

[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 VanillaAOSP Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Custom ROM on LG- Google Nexus 5-

Step 1: Download VanillaAOSP Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM, HERE and Google Apps HERE in the PC.

Step 2: Connect LG-Google Nexus 5 to PC via USB chord.

[Note: Before plugging the phone to the computer, make sure you have installed USB driver software, if not, click HERE to download the firmware.]

Step 3: Place the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM zip file and Google apps .zip files into the phone's memory. [Note: Users are advised to paste the .zip file in root folder of the storage, not in any other folder.]

[Note: Before users begin installing the custom software, make sure the device is already rooted and must have installed ClockworkMod Recovery.]

Step 4: Turn off the device and disconnect from the PC.

Step 5: Perform the regular 'Bootloader Mode' sortie by press holding 'Volume up', 'Volume down' and 'Power' buttons.

Step 6: Once entering the 'Bootloader mode,' go to the TWRP Recovery mode, then perform full data wipe, by choosing 'wipe data/factory reset'.

[Note: Perform the above step if you are migrating from other ROMs or else skip this procedure and do dirty flashing, which means wiping only dalvik cache and cache when flashing an updated version of the same ROM you are currently on.]

Step 7: Clear the cache memory by selecting 'wipe cache partition.'

Step 8: Go back to the recovery, and select 'advanced' and tap 'wipe dalvik cache'.

[Note: This step is optional, but many recommend this procedure so that users will not face boot loops or any other errors in the middle of custom ROM installation.]

Step 9: Come back to the main recovery screen and then tap 'install zip from SD card.'

Step 10: Tap 'choose zip from sdcard' and go to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop ROM .zip file in the SD card and enter the installation process. Repeat the same procedure for installing Google Apps. [Note: use Volume keys to navigate and power button to select options.]

Step 11: Once done with the installation process, navigate to '+++++Go Back+++++' and re-start the device by opting 'reboot system now' seen in the recovery menu.

Now, your device (LG-Google Nexus 5) will take a minimum of five minutes to complete the booting process.

Users then head to Settings >> select About phone to confirm the installation of VanillaAOSP Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM.

[Credits: Chochiwpg, XDA Developer Forum, @BaNkS @snak3ater @Gnome @CallMeAldy, @Dees_Troy (For TWRP Recovery), @Chainfire (For SuperSU), @kidkoala_uk, @italia0101 , @BreckZeBoulay and Google]