The LG L-series phones haven’t really been getting good attention form developers but things seem to have changed by now. The LG Optimus L7 has received a CyanogenMod 10.1 ROM that is built with Android 4.2.2 sources. CyanogenMod ROMs are the most popular ones considering any type of custom ROMs available. It is pure Google’s OS – extremely fast and with some developer options that you don’t get on stock ROMs.
CyanogenMod is based on the Android Open Source Project with extra contributions from many people within the Android community. It can be used without any need to have any Google application installed though you can still get rid of Google apps on your android if you have a rooted phone. Read why. Linked below is a package that has come from another Android project that restore the Google parts. CyanogenMod does still include various hardware-specific code, which is also slowly being open-sourced anyway.
The ROM doesn’t seem to be fully functional but it is being developed actively. At the time of writing, the following features don’t work in this ROM:
- Bluetooth tethering
It is recommended that you backup everything on your current ROM. Please don’t comment below saying that you faced some issues with this ROM because it is a custom ROM – so you don’t expect much. To backup data on your device, you need to read our complete backup guide. Make sure you have made a nandroid backup before you proceed.
Download and place the following zip files in your SD card.
- ROM zip file (This takes you to the XDA thread from where you can download the latest version of the ROM).
- Gapps zip file
Steps to Flash CyanogenMod 10.1 on LG Optimus L7
- Make sure you have rooted your device and installed CWM. If not, read this.
- After you have placed the downloaded zip files in your SD card, boot your phone into recovery mode. If you don’t know how to reboot into recovery, you can use an app like “Quick Boot (Reboot)”.
- In Recovery mode, go ahead and select “backup and restore>backup”. This creates a nandroid backup in your SD card.
- Go back and select “Wipe data/factory reset” and then select “wipe cache partition”. After this, wipe dalvik cache from advanced menu.
- Since you are installing CyanogenMod ROM for the first time, you need to go to “Mounts and Storage” and Format /system directory.
- Now go back and select “Install zip from SD card”>”Choose zip from SD card” and select the ROM zip file. Flash it.
- Go back and select “Reboot system now”.
- Your phone will not boot into CyanogenMod 10.1.
- Now you don’t have Google Apps or Play Store. To get them, you need to boot into CWM again.
- Go to install zip from SD card and select the Gapps zip file.
- After you flash it, you can reboot your phone.
This way, you can easily get Android 4.2.2 on your LG Optimus L7. If you face any issues, feel free to comment below or join our group on Facebook.