Nokia X and Nokia XL were the first devices from Nokia, running on the Android operating system. It was a great effort by the manufacturer to bring Android to Nokia devices. But then later, Microsoft brought Nokia and all the hopes for further updates to the devices were just lost.
The devices not the best Android smartphone at the price they were sold, you can get any other Android device with better features at the same price. But let us come to the topic. If you own a Nokia X or Nokia XL, there is a chance that you can update it to Android Lollipop. This is possible only through custom ROM. You need to flash a third party custom ROM via custom recovery to get your device updated.
Now, that if you would like to update the device at any cost, then here’s what you need to know first. Once you flash the custom ROM the device warranty will void. Your device needs to be rooted and have a custom recovery installed on it. If anything goes wrong with the device during or after the process no one but you will be responsible for it.
Let us now begin with early preparations needed, followed by the procedure to flash the ROM on your Nokia X and Nokia XL.
Preparing your Phone
- These instructions are strictly for Nokia X and Nokia XL, so do not try it on any other device or you may brick your device.
- The Device should be fully charged.
- Install the device USB drivers on your computer.
- Back up all the required data to some safe storage.
- Make a Nandroid back up of the current ROM.
- Make sure the device bootloader is unlocked.
- Root your device and install custom recovery on it.
- Enable USB debugging mode of your device. Go to Settings > Developer options > USB debugging mode.
Download and Install Android based Custom ROM on Nokia X & XL
- Download Android Lollipop based ROM kit for Nokia X or Nokia XL from here.
- Download the patch file for Nokia X or Nokia XL from here.
- Connect the device to computer and transfer both the files i.e ROM file and patch file to your device root storage.
- Disconnect the device and turn it off completely.
- Reboot the device into recovery mode, press and hold Volume Down + Power key for a few seconds.
- When in recovery mode, tap on Wipe tab and select the options you like to wipe.
- Now, confirm the wipe action by swiping the button at the bottom of the screen.
- Now, return to the main menu and tap on Install tab.
- Locate the ROM file stored on your device and select it.
- Swipe the button at the bottom to flash the ROM file on your device.
- In the same way flash the patch file on your device.
- Return to main menu and tap on Reboot.
- The System will now reboot in normal mode.
- That’s all you can now check the device Android version in Settings > About device > Android version.