I use TWRP (Team-Win Recovery Project) as a custom recovery. It’s easy to use and, as the name suggests, has a nice touch interface. TWRP supports a bunch of devices, including the Nexus 4 (Mako).
Installing TWRP on your Google Nexus 4 is pretty simple. The TWRP site has good instructions, but I always forget how to update when a new version is released. And checking the actual TWRP site was something I didn’t think of doing, because I thought I had installed TWRP through a separate tool (which I did).
So, the suggested method for installing TWRP to your Google Nexus 4 (and the method I use) is really straight forward. You’ll need root.
- Install GooManager from the Play Store and open it up (grant it root permissions).
- Select the menu and then tap “Install OpenRecoveryScript”, then tap “Yes”.
- Make sure the filename says “mako” in it somewhere, this ensures you’ll get the Nexus 4 recovery.
- Tap “Yes” again.
- That’s it, TWRP will be downloaded and installed automatically. All Done!
Or you can try direct method.
- Download TWRP here.
- Turn off your device.
- Turn on the device and keep holding volume down until a menu shows up.
- The device will now be in fastboot mode.
- Plug the device into your computer.
- If you have the right drivers installed, your screen should now say FASTBOOT USB.
- Run the following command via the command line:
- fastboot flash recovery recoveryfilename.img
Note that you will need to change the last part to match the name of the file that you just downloaded. You will also need adb and fastboot for your computer.