It’s All About Carbon! Steps to Flash CarbonROM Android Nougat on Nexus 5X


CarbonROM custom firmware is now available for Nexus 5X, bringing a ton of features without any bloat. Follow this guide for links and steps to install CarbonROM Nexus 5X custom ROM. For more details, screenshots, and support, please visit the developer's website.

Before you install Carbon Nexus 5X custom ROM

  • Create a backup of your data for when you run into some problem during the process.
  • Make sure that your Nexus 5X has at least 80% of battery life.
  • Your device should be rooted.
  • You will need a recovery tool like TWRP (preferred) or CWM.
  • Nexus 5X bootloader should be unlocked.
  • Make sure to enable USB Debugging on your Nexus 5X.

Steps to install CarbonROM Nexus 5X custom ROM

Required files: download CarbonROM Android 7.1.1 Nougat Weekly for Nexus 5X on your PC. Also, download Gapps for your device.

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Step 1: Connect your Nexus 5X to your PC using USB cable and copy the downloaded files to the internal storage of your device. Power off your device and unplug from the computer.

Step 2: Boot your Nexus to Recovery mode: press and hold PowerVolume Up and Volume Down buttons. Release them when you see the Bootloader or Fastboot menu. Use volume keys to navigate and Power button to select a choice. Select Bootloader > Recovery.

Step 3: Select Backup and Restore to perform Nandroid Backup and then go back to the main menu. Next, wipe data by selecting wipe data/factory reset. Also, wipe cache partition to perform cache wipe. Finally, Delvik Cache should also be wiped from Advanced > Wipe Delvik Cache.

Step 4: Now, select Install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard from the main recovery menu. Locate the CarbonROM Android 7 Nougat custom ROM. Select and confirm.

Step 5: Follow the above step for installing GApps. After you are done, select reboot system now to reboot your Nexus 5X. It will take some time to load all files as this is the first boot after flashing, so don't be worried if it takes longer than usual.

You should be able to update your Nexus 5X to any future version of CarbonROM from Settings > About Phone, like you install official OTA updates. For more details and support, visit this G+ page.