Install LuneOS for Mako

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This guide will walk you through the process of taking the Nexus 4 from stock to having ability to flash the latest version of LuneOS.


Rules that you must agree to before using these images

Before you use our testing feeds, please read and agree to the following rules:

  1. Anyone participating in WebOS Ports alpha or beta testing of any kind must be prepared to fully erase and reflash their device at a moment's notice without warning and without any regrets or complaints.

  1. They must be prepared to and able to log into the command line on the device and type Linux commands when instructed to do so. If you are not intimately familiar with linux GO NO FURTHER
  2. They must be prepared to go to great and extraordinary lengths to try and reliably reproduce any problems they encounter.
  3. They must give full and detailed bug reports, leaving out no piece of information which could possibly be remotely connected to the problem.
  4. They must read any and all documentation and forums threads (in their entirety) before asking a question.
  5. They must fastidiously follow the IRC Channel where the alpha testing is being discussed by the authors, and follow precisely any instructions given there.
  6. They will never post the raw testing feed URLs or instructions anywhere, but will always refer others directly to this page using only the URL http://testing-{{{device_name}}}
  7. When asking for help, they will include the phrase (which may change occasionally) "I've read and understand the rules". Failure to include the phrase will result in the request for help being silently ignored.

If you're not prepared to do *all* the above, and do it all in good spirit, then please wait for the public release of the item.

If you are prepared to do *all* the above, then by all means please participate in the alpha or beta testing.

Note that everything above is a function of attitude, not of skill. These images do NOT constitute a ROM, They are individual pieces and NOT intended or expected to be included in any ROM

Important Notes

The Nexus 4 (mako) is the fourth Nexus phone manufactured by LG in cooperation with Google. Please note that up to January 8, 2017 you will need to have Android 4.2.2 (exactly) on your Nexus 4 in order to be able to use LuneOS. The image can be downloaded from
For any builds after this you need to have CyanogenMod 12.1 ( md5: d2608e95de63e59b14451fce32973748 Before installing a new version of Android/CyanogenMod, wipe cache and do a factory reset.

Unlocking the device (bootloader)

First, the bootloader must be unlocked.

  1. Download and install the Android SDK for your platform from here: Android SDK
  2. Open a Terminal and: cd to <sdk>/tools/
  3. Run: ./android to start the Android SDK Manager
  4. Use it to install the latest version of 'Android SDK Platform-tools'
  5. Close the Android SDK Manager
  6. In your Terminal window,: cd to <sdk>/platform-tools/
  7. Power off the Nexus 4 and activate the bootloader (Vol Down & Power
    or adb reboot recovery)
  8. Connect it via USB
  9. In your Terminal window, run: ./fastboot devices
  10. If your device shows up, proceed to the next step. Otherwise, follow the instructions in this thread
  11. In your Terminal window, run: ./fastboot oem unlock
  12. A warning will appear on your Nexus 4, prompting you to unlock your bootloader.
  13. Use the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons to navigate and the Power button to confirm your selection.
  14. Reboot Device

Installing recovery using fastboot

You can use fastboot to install your recovery image to the device.

Installing ClockworkMod Recovery on the Nexus 4

  1. Your Nexus 4 should still be connected to your PC via USB from the last step
  2. Power off the Nexus 4 and activate the bootloader Vol Down & Power
    or adb reboot recovery
  3. Once the device is in fastboot mode, verify your PC sees the device by typing fastboot devices
  4. *If you don't see your device serial number, and instead see "<waiting for device>", fastboot is not configured properly on your machine. See fastboot documentation for more info.
  5. On your PC, download the ClockworkMod Nexus 4 recovery image (at time of writing,
  1. Flash CWM to your Nexus 4, making sure to use the proper filename for the image you downloaded:

 $ fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockworkmod-
 sending 'recovery' (6526 KB)...
 OKAY [  0.802s]
 writing 'recovery'...
 OKAY [  1.245s]
 finished. total time: 2.048s
 $ fastboot reboot
 finished. total time: 0.020s

  1. Reboot to bootloader, by powering off, then Vol Down & Power
    or adb reboot recovery
  2. Use the Volume Up or Volume Down key to select "Recovery mode", and the Power button to enter recovery.
  3. At this point, ClockworkMod should load.

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