The Verizon Galaxy Nexus may be last in line for the official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, but users who can follow directions and spare an hour of time can upgrade today.
There are many Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus available as a custom ROM for the device. This path isn’t for everyone, but if you are willing to unlock and root the Galaxy Nexus it’s possible to install Jelly Bean on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus without waiting for Verizon to announce an official update.
Unlocking and rooting the Galaxy Nexus will wipe data from the device, and will void your warranty so keep this in mind. If you follow the directions you shouldn’t have trouble with this process or installing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on your Verizon Galaxy Nexus, but we aren’t responsible if you mess things up. Be sure to return to stock with the tool below if you need to take your phone in for service at Verizon.
How to Install Andorid 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus
1. Download the Nexus Root Toolkit.
2. Install this program to the default location on your computer.
3. On your Galaxy Nexus.
- Tap Settings.
- About Phone
- Note the build number.
4. While you are there turn on USB Debugging.
- Tap Settings.
- Tap Developer Options.
- Tap the checkmark next to USB debugging.
5. Right Click on the Nexus Root Toolkit and Run as Administrator.
6. When Asked choose the model with your build number, something like MYSID-TORO Android 4.0.4 IMM76.
7. Click on Full Driver Installation Guide – Automatic + Manual
- This will walk you through the process of installing the drivers you need to Root and Unlock the Galaxy Nexus.
- You may need to go through steps a few times or bounce around until things work. This is the toughest part of the process, but the Nexus Root Toolkit will hold your hand through most of the process.
8. Make a Backup of your Nexus 7 following this guide.
9. Click Unlock on the Toolkit
- Do not plug in the Galaxy Nexus until told to do so.
- Follow the on-screen prompts and select yes when asking if you want to unlock the bootloader.
10. Click root on the Toolkit with Permanent CWM selected.
- Do not unplug your phone until the toolkit tells you to do so. It will reboot at least once.
Install Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus
Now that you have an unlocked and rooted Galaxy Nexus, it’s time to install the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to your phone so you can enjoy the faster version of Android with Google Now.
I prefer to use the BAMF Paradigm as it includes enhancements I find useful like quick settings and the team delivers some of my favorite ROMs.
1. Download the BAMF Paradigm ROM.
2. Download BAMF Gapps.
3. Place them on your Galaxy Nexus.
4. Boot into recovery. Open Clockwork Mod and tap Reboot into Recovery.
5. Wipe data on the Galaxy Nexus using the volume buttons to highlight and power button to select.
6. Wipe Cache Partition.
7. Open the Advanced Menu -> Wipe Dalvik Cache.
8. Open Mounts and Storage.
- Format System, allow it to run.
- Format Data, allow it to run.
- Format Cache, allow it to run.
Now you’re ready to install Jelly Bean on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus.
9. On the main screen, choose Install zip form SD card.
10. Find the BAMF Paradigm file and select it with the power button. Scroll down to install.
11. When the installation finishes repeat the steps with the Gapps file.
12. Enjoy Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus with no wait.
The forums for your specific ROM are the best place to go for support, but I’ll do my best to check back for questions in the comments below.