June had been a busy month for Google and Android. While Google announced Android L, they also pushed out the Android 4.4.3 and Android 4.4.4 update to Nexus and some Motorola devices. While Android 4.4.3 was mostly related to bug fixes, Android 4.4.4 brought a fix to a security issue. Nexus 4 users might have already updated their devices to the latest Android 4.4.4 version. You may want to install the CWM recovery on the phone. This will help you to perform variety of tasks like rooting the phone, wiping data, cache and dalvik cache, installing custom ROMs, etc. Follow the instructions given below to install CWM recovery on Nexus 4.
Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. The writer cannot be held responsible for any bricked or unusable devices. Even though the chances of your Smartphone getting bricked are negligible, the owner of the device must take full responsibility of it!
Note: This tutorial is only for the Nexus 4 device running on Android 4.4.4.
Pre-requisites and Backing up your Nexus 4:
- Make a Backup of the SMSs, Call logs and Contacts using the Super Backup App
- Make a Backup of the data on your phone
- Enable USB debugging on your device
- Make sure the device has at least 60% charging
- Backup WhatsApp messages on Android Smartphone and Email
Steps to Install CWM Recovery on Nexus 4:
- Make sure Nexus 4 drivers are properly installed.
- Download the fastboot zip file on your computer and extract it to a convenient location.
- Download the recovery file and copy it to the folder where the fastboot files were extracted.
- Now connect the phone to the computer.
- Open command prompt where fastboot and the recovery image files are extracted.
- Type the following commands and then press enter:
adb reboot bootloader
fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-126.96.36.199-mako.img
- Wait for the process to complete.
- Done! CWM recovery is now installed on the Nexus 4.