Android 4.4.2 KitKat LiquidSmooth ROM For Verizon Galaxy Nexus SCH-I515–How To Guide

Update Verizon Galaxy Nexus SCH-I515 to Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware. However, this isn’t an official firmware but custom firmware or ROM. The ROM we talking about is LiquidSmooth v3.0 ROM. We already shared many best ROMs for Verizon Galaxy Nexus SCH-I515 [code name toro] and LiquidSmooth v3.0 ROM going to extend the list. The ROM mainly known for its various useful features including Linaro 4.9 GCC Toolchain, Custom animation controls, Active Display, Slims QuickSettings, Halo and many more. You can download and install custom firmware LiquidSmooth v3.0 on your Verizon Galaxy Nexus SCH-I515. Since, Verizon Galaxy Nexus SCH-I515 is capable enough to run Android 4.4.2 KitKat smoothly, LiquidSmooth v3.0 going to be a great experience for you. To learn how to flash this ROM, continue reading this guide to know how to install Android 4.4.2 KitKat based LiquidSmooth v3.0 custom ROM on Verizon Galaxy Nexus SCH-I515.

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LiquidSmooth v3.0 Key Features:

As said already, this ROM is still going through development and you should expect some bugs in it. All bugs and issues expected to be fixed as development progress towards a better build.

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Warning!

This tutorial is only for Verizon Galaxy Nexus SCH-I515. Don’t try this guide on any other Android device. Also, we (True Android Team) are not responsible for any damage caused due to the instruction given in this page. Try this at your own risk. However, it is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions as it is which are mentioned in procedure.  

Pre Requisites:

1. Backup your device data. You can follow our ultimate backup guide.

2.  Make sure your device have at least 60% battery power. You can install an app like Battery Notifier BT Free on your Android device to check it easily.

3. You already have USB Driver Installed for Verizon Galaxy Nexus SCH-I515 in your PC. [Download USB Drivers]

4. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled otherwise you won’t able to transfer file between PC and Verizon Galaxy Nexus SCH-I515. [Guide].

5. Your device have latest CWM version 6.0.4.4 and up or TWRP 2.6.3.0 and up installed. [Guide]

If you done everything that we mentioned above then you are ready to follow step-by-step guide on how to install Android 4.4.2 KitKat based LiquidSmooth v3.0 ROM on Verizon Galaxy Nexus SCH-I515. In below tutorial we discussed the process assuming your device a non-touch CWM recovery; you can complete the process using touch if available.

File Required(Download by clicking on it)

  1. LiquidSmooth v3.0 For Verizon Galaxy Nexus SCH-I515  [Filename: LS-KK-v3.0-2014-02-13-toro.zip]
  2. Google Apps [Filename: pa_gapps-full-4.4-20131126-signed.zip] or any other 4.4 KitKat GApps

How to Install Android 4.4.2 KitKat based LiquidSmooth v3.0 ROM on Verizon Galaxy Nexus SCH-I515

  1. Connect your device to PC using USB cable and then copy downloaded files to the SD card of your device. Important: Don’t extract any files.
  2. Disconnect USB and then turn off your Verizon Galaxy Nexus SCH-I515.
  3. Boot into recovery mode. Press and hold Volume Down + Power key together and release the Power key once the Google logo appears, but keep holding the Volume Down key. You will be in Bootloader mode now. Press Volume Down two times so that Recovery option appears, and then press Power key to reboot into recovery mode. Use Volume keys to browse between options in recovery while Power key to select an option. Alternatively try this: Recovery Mode without Key Combination.
  4. Perform a Nandroid backup of your existing ROM that you can restore later if this new ROM not work or you want to go back into your previous ROM. To perform a backup, select Backup and Restore, then on the next screen, select Backup again. Go back to main recovery menu after backup is complete.
  5. Now, perform data wiping task. To do so, select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm your action. Wait few minutes till the data wipe is complete. Now come back to CWM recovery main menu. Select wipe cache partition and after wiping process done, select Wipe Dalvik Cache under advance option to perform Dalvik cache wiping.
  6. Select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard (or /sdcard1 for external storage). Now, locate the LiquidSmooth v3.0 Zip file that you copied earlier in Step 1 and select it by pressing Power button. Confirm installation by selecting Yes – Install _____.zip on the next screen. The ROM installation will begin.
  7. Once the ROM installation process end, repeat the step 6 but choose the pa_gapps-full-4.4-20131126-signed.zip file instead of ROM zip to install the Google apps package.
  8. When installation is completed, go back to the main recovery menu and select reboot system now to reboot your Verizon Galaxy Nexus SCH-I515 and boot up into Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM LiquidSmooth v3.0
  9. Returning to Previous ROM: To go back to your previous ROM, boot into recovery, select backup and restore then restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list.

Tutorial For TWRP Recovery Users:

  1. Connect your device to PC using USB cable and then copy downloaded files to the SD card of your device. Important: Don’t extract any files.
  2. Disconnect USB and then turn off your Verizon Galaxy Nexus SCH-I515.
  3. Boot into recovery mode. Press and hold Volume Down + Power key together and release the Power key once the Google logo appears, but keep holding the Volume Down key. You will be in Bootloader mode now. Press Volume Down two times so that Recovery option appears, and then press Power key to reboot into recovery mode. Alternatively try this: Recovery Mode without Key Combination.
  4. Create a Backup using TWRP Backup Option.
  5. Perform a Factory Reset (this will delete all apps and their settings and game progress). To do this, Tap on Wipe, then at the bottom of the screen do a Swipe on the ‘Swipe to factory reset‘ option.
  6. Now its time to add zip file for flashing. Tap on Install, then browse to the location where you saved the files and tap on the LiquidSmooth v3.0 Zip file. Then tap on Add More Zips, and add pa_gapps-full-4.4-20131126-signed.zip. Now at the bottom of the screen, do a swipe on the Swipe to confirm flash option to begin flashing.
  7. When installation is completed, go back to the main recovery menu and tap on Reboot and then, tap on System to reboot your Verizon Galaxy Nexus SCH-I515 and boot up into Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM LiquidSmooth v3.0.
  8. Returning to Previous ROM: To go back to your previous ROM, boot into recovery, select Backup then through Restore option, restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list.

Congrats! Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware based custom ROM LiquidSmooth v3.0 is now installed and running on your Verizon Galaxy Nexus SCH-I515. If you stuck on LiquidSmooth v3.0 boot logo more than 5 minutes then go back to recovery and perform Step 5 (wiping task) few more times before rebooting your device.

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