Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Now Available for Rooted Galaxy Nexus

Google announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at Google I/O 2012 last week, but like all Android updates it will take time for a Verizon to officially release Jelly Bean for the Galaxy Nexus, but users who are willing to do some work can try out Android 4.1 today.

A leaked version of Jelly Bean for the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon is available with working 4G LTE, WiFi, MMS, SMS and everything else users would expect. This is a newer version of the leaked Jelly Bean ROM we shared last week, with enhancements and fixes.

Read: 5 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Features You’ll Actually Care About

Android 4.1 for the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon delivers the new smoother performance of Jelly Bean. The leaked version of Jelly Bean for the Verizon Nexus also includes Google Now, a new tool for searching by voice and displaying important information like traffic, weather and more on cards. This Jelly Bean leak also includes offline voice dictation and improved Face Unlock.


Watch a video overview of the Jelly Bean Android 4.1 update on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus.

This is not the official version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, but users shouldn’t experience many issues installing it or with use. Users will need to Root the Galaxy Nexus to install the update. There is always the possibility that something will go wrong, so proceed at your own risk.

Install Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

The Galaxy Nexus must be rooted for this to work. Users who are new to rooting the Galaxy Nexus and flashing ROMs should make sure to read the directions multiple times before proceeding.

This will reset the phone to a blank slate, erasing game saves and anything else stored on the phone.

Backup the SD card to a Computer for safekeeping.

Boot into Recovery. The easiest way to do this is to install Clockwork Mod from the Google Play, open it and tap on Reboot into Recovery.

Make a Nandroid Backup

Install jelly Bean on Verizon Galaxy Nexus

Make a backup before installing Jelly Bean on the Galaxy Nexus.

  1. Choose Backup and Restore
  2. Use press Power to select backup.
  3. Wait while the Galaxy Nexus creates a backup.

Wipe the Galaxy Nexus

Use the volume buttons to highlight wipe data/factory reset.

Press the power button to select it, and then highlight the Yes option on the next screen using the volume buttons and then power to select again.

Jelly Bean Galaxy Nexus Wipe Data

Wipe data before upgrading to Jelly Bean Android 4.1.

When the wipe is complete, select Go Back.

Now, highlight wipe cache partition and select it.

Select Advanced and then select Wipe Dalvik Cache.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean Dalvik Cache

Wipe the Dalvik Cache before installing Jelly Bean.

Choose Mounts and Storage and then

format system jelly Bean Nexus

Be sure to format the system, data and cache to remove all traces of Ice Cream Sandwich.

  • Format System, allow it to run.
  • Format Data, allow it to run.
  • Format Cache, allow it to run.

Install Jelly Bean Android 4.1 on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

Go back to the main Recovery screen.

Select Install Zip from SDcard.

How to install Jelly Bean on Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE

Choose install zip form SD card to begin installing Android 4.1 on the Galaxy Nexus.

Select the ROM downloaded at the start of this guide, usually found under the Download folder.

Highlight the ROM and select it with the power button.

Flash the New Kernel

Choose Install Zip from SDcard again.

Select the kernel downloaded at the beginning of this guide and install it using the power button.

Enjoy Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

When the phone reboots it should deliver a fully functional Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The phone may take a very long time to boot, mine took 5 or so minutes.

Let us know if you encounter any bugs or need assistance with any of the steps for installing Android 4.1 on the Galaxy Nexus for Verizon.