Nexus devices are full of Android perks. One of the perks of being part of the Nexus family is factory images. Google provides these for Nexus users so that they can easily return their phones or tablets back to an out of box, factory condition should the need ever arise. Thankfully, the Nexus 4 factory image has reappeared on the Google Developers site after mysteriously disappearing shortly after release. Google gave no comment as to why the images were previously pulled. We’re happy to see it return.
If you’re into rooting, running custom ROM’s, or custom kernels on your Nexus 4, it’s always a good idea to have a copy of the factory images stashed away somewhere just in case. To get back to stock, you’ll need a working copy of fastboot installed and working drivers (Windows). Then, you simply plug your phone into your computer via USB cable, extract the archive file, and run the appropriate shell script or batch file depending on whether your running Linux or Windows. It’s that simple.
Now we just need the official Nexus 4 binaries and full AOSP support. C’mon Qualcomm get with the program.
Download Nexus 4 JOP40D factory image via Google Developers.