Trying to figure out how to install Android L on your Nexus 5? Well, there are quite a few guide available on that and we might come up with a dedicated guide on that shortly. Till then, would you like to install Android L alongside Paranoid Android ROM? Just now, I installed Android L on Nexus 5 alongside Paranoid Android ROM which has now given me the option of booting into Paranoid Android as well as Android L whenever I want.
If you are also looking to achieve something like this, I’m here to explain the steps. Before getting into the actual guide, let me remind you of keeping the battery to be more than 50% and turning on the USB debugging from developer options. Following are the requirements that you should full fill before getting started.
PS: Nothing from your storage would be wiped; not even apps and games data. All your documents, pictures and images will remain intact. However, it is better to take precautions and therefore I would recommend you to take backup (in case you mess up somewhere).
- You must have TWRP recovery installed on your Nexus 5.
- You must have Paranoid Android installed on your phone.
- Your phone must be rooted (off course)
- Battery – 50% +
- The internal available memory should be more than 3GB.
- Android L Flashable ZIP – credits to vomer from xda
- Modified Kernel – credits to vomer and Alex Deddo from xda
- Super SU – Download
- Multi ROM App from Play store (free)
How to Install Android L alongside Paranoid Android ROM
- Assuming that you’re on Paranoid Android ROM, the very first thing that you need to do is download AndroidL flashable zip, Modified kernel and Super SU form the links given above. Move them all in your Nexus 5. (Just create folder named AAA so that it will remain on top in recovery)
- Download and install Multi ROM app from play store. As soon as it has been installed, open it up and you will see the following screen (before installation screenshot on left) with red text label mentioning that Multi ROM and Multi ROM Recovery is not installed
- By default, MultiROM v25 (no other version) and Recovery options would be checked. You’ll need to tick the checkbox for Kernel too. Once you’ve checked these three checkboxes, click on install.
- This will download and install the stuff that we have just checked. At the end, you will be asked to reboot your phone. Just do it and after the phone has booted, open the app again to see if these things have got installed or not. The screenshot above shows you the “after installation” view.
- Now, once your screen looks exactly similar to what I’ve shown in the screenshot above, you’re good to go ahead.
- Boot into the TWRP recovery and tap on the advance > multiboot > add ROM. You’ll see bunch of options here. Don’t change any default options and let them be whatever they are. Click next and you’ll be asked to select ROM source file.
- Click on ZIP file option and select the ROM file that is N5_L_PREV_LPV79.zip in our case.
- Slide to flash the zip. Upon completion, DON”T CLICK ON REBOOT SYSTEM
- Click on the home on-screen button(left bottom corner) which will take you to the TWRP recovery home.
- Again go to the Advance > Multi ROM> List ROM (not add ROM this time) and select the ROM that we have just added.
- You’ll see bunch of options here. On the left side, you will find “Flash ZIP” button (beside sideload). Tap on this “flash ZIP” button.
- Select the modified kernel file and flash it up on your nexus 5.
- Upon completion, again go back to the TWRP recovery home (don’t just reboot system now).
- Go to the advance > Multi ROM > List ROM > Select the ROM and click on flash zip to flash the Super SU file.
- Thats it. You can now reboot the system.
- You’ll see a new window appearing just during the boot to select your ROM. Tap anywhere on this window to select your ROM i.e., Android L from the list. Tap on the blue boot button and let it start the booting process.
- The initial boot i.e., first boot will take time like 7 to 10 minutes or even more in extremely rare cases.
That’s it! Enjoy your Android L developer preview alongside Paranoid Android. You can switch back to the Paranoid Android while booting and selecting the Internal OS as option.
If there are any questions and queries, feel free to comment below.
Credits to our author Naman Komre for helping me out with the process. He deserves High five! Right?