Update Galaxy Nexus SCH-I515 to Android 4.2.2 SlimBean Build 8 Custom ROM

Galaxy Nexus I515 from Verizon is all fine and dandy, but have you ever considered upgrading it?

We have an offer for you: a guide on how to install Android 4.2.2 SlimBean Build 8 custom firmware on it!


The technicalities of such an update include some crucial things. The first of the latter: pre-requisites. The list that has all of them is below:

  • the phone should be bootloader and carrier unlocked;
  • charge the battery of the handset;
  • turn on USB Debugging;
  • make backups via this guide (a NANDroid backup is something you need to also perform);
  • download the (file name: Slim-toro-4.2.2.build.8-OFFICIAL) and (file name: Slim_Gapps.4.2.2.build.8);
  • flash USB drivers for the Samsung Nexus SCH-I515 on the notebook.

And that is all there is to requirements. The second crucial thing you must complete: the steps required for the update of your smartphone.Galaxy-Nexus-i515

How to flash SlimBean Build 8 on Google Nexus

  1. First one on our list: plug the handset to your comp, then move the Gapps and the SlimBean Build 8 custom ROM from the notebook to the phone’s SD card root.
  2. Unplug your devices when the copy and paste movement is done, then power the phone off and move on with another step telling you to enter the device into Recovery Mode. This action needs the following steps:
    – press and hold, together, Volume Down, Volume Up and Power;
    – when the display begins to flash, let go of them.
  3. When your device is in that Recovery Mode, you have to wipe its system by selecting these options:
    Factory Reset/Wipe Data (confirm it afterwards and then go to the Recovery menu);
    Wipe Cache Partition;
    Wipe Dalvik Cache.
  4. You are not yet done with the options that you have to choose for our tutorial. Here are the next two that you should opt for: “ Install zip from SD card” and “Choose zip from SD card“). Wait for them to do their job, then find the Slim-toro-4.2.2.build.8-OFFICIAL zip file.
  5. Once it is located, you need to choose it with “Power“, then confirm. This zip file is going to be flashed on the Galaxy Nexus SCH-I515.
  6. To also install the Google Apps on the same handset, you need to repeat what you had to do for the installation of the first package. Return to the phone’s Recovery Menu once the installation of the two is over.
  7. Reboot your device with “Restart System Now” and then wait for this action to start and end. When it’s over, the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean SlimBean Build 8 will be sported by your smartphone.

NOTE: The Galaxy Nexus i515 is prone to several problems. One of them may consist in an error; so, if you see a “Status 7 error” on the phone’s touchscreen, you should face this issue by completing the tutorial below:

  • open your handset;
  • find a related kernel;
  • flash it on your device;
  • wait for this to be over;
  • install the Android 4.2.2 SlimBean custom ROM on the phone.

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The problem that can also arise during the guide: the device is stuck in boot loop. For that to stop, you need to perform “Wipe Cache Partition” closely followed by “Wipe Dalvik Cache”, then reboot the handset.

The custom ROM that’s on your phone may make you feel uncomfortable. You can savor the older ROM again by looking at these steps:

  • the smartphone has to enter Recovery Mode again;
  • then you should choose “Backup & Restore”;
  • opt for the ROM you like from a list;
  • wait for it to be flashed on the Galaxy Nexus SCH-I515.