Nexus 5x is the successor to the most successful Nexus device, Nexus 5. This year Google has released two variants in its Nexus line of devices, one is the premium Nexus 6P and other being the Nexus 5X. Manufactured by LG, the Nexus 5X has a 5.2″ 1080P display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexacore processor, 2GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB internal storage. The rear camera uses a 12.3MP sensor, and a 5MP camera is out front. The Nexus 5X is powered by a 2700mAh battery and will utilize a USB Type-C port.
The key feature of Nexus devices is their software, they run stock Android out of the box and are the first one’s to receive any updates pushed by Google. Stock Android is the choice or rather favorite of many Android device users including me. But then comes the power of custom ROMs which enable you to add some useful features to your smartphone experience and remove some unwanted ones. Nexus devices always receive good dev support and there are lots of Custom ROMs available for Nexus 5X.
Before starting off with the list let’s brief you with the things that are required before installing a custom ROM on your Nexus 5X.
Prerequisites to Install a Custom ROM
- All the Roms listed below are supported by Lg Nexus 5X only.
- Your device should have unlocked the bootloader.
- You should have a custom Recovery like TWRP installed on your device (read the article linked below).
- Make sure to make a backup of your current ROM.
WARNING: Any damage to your phone, loss of data or any other problems faced by you while installing Custom ROMs on your device are your responsibility. The developer of the ROM or Droidviews should not be held responsible.
Best Custom ROMs for Nexus 5X
1. Pure Nexus Project
The Pure Nexus Project aims to bring stability and features to your Nexus device while keeping Google’s vision in line and not straying too far away from that. If you are looking for a stable ROM with tested features and minimal bugs, then this is the place to be. It is based on stock AOSP ROM for Nexus 5X. It has been customized to provide you stability with the features you need. The ROM includes many features, a few of them are:
- Full Layers and Theme engine support
- Advanced rotation settings
- Lock Screen Customizations
- Navigation Bar customizations
- Status bar customization
- And many more…
This is a perfect ROM for those who want to have all the customization options usually found on CM based ROMs but want the stability of a stock ROM.
Chroma is another popular ROM for Nexus 5X. It is a customized version of stock AOSP ROM. It aims to provide good battery life, performance, and stability. Chroma is also based on AOSP ROM and has loads of customization options. Some users have reported that Android Pay is fine on this ROM even after rooting their device. Well, it is not recommended to install a custom ROM if you are a regular Android Pay user but you may try it out once and might get Android Pay working on a custom ROM. The following customization options are available on Chroma custom ROM for Nexus 5x:
- Status Bar
- Navigation bar
- Lock screen
- Power menu
- Volume rocker
Resurrection Remix is one of the most popular custom ROMs out there. It is based on CyanogenMod sources unlike previous two which were based on AOSP. Being based on CM, it comes with powerful customization options available on CM. Along with CM customization, it has been compiled from other sources to bring other features that improve performance, battery life and overall user experience of your device. Here are few useful features available in this ROM:
- CM Theme engine support
- Custom Quick Settings
- Navigation Bar customization
- Custom Animations
- Lockscreen Customizations
- Advanced Power Menu and many more…
Resurrection is a feature-rich ROM and is loaded with customization options. You will never get bored of it. Do give it a try.
xTraFactory is a custom ROM based on stock AOSP ROM. You will find no customization option in this ROM other than those available on stock ROM. This ROM is for those users who want to get best battery life and performance on their devices without any customization option. Though there is Layers theme support through which you can change themes on your device, just like CM themes. Other features of this ROM are:
- 100% Stock MMB29K 6.01 Factory.img debloated from optional’s Gapps.
- Disabled Force Encryption
- Fully Odex system/app, priv-app, and data/app
- Disabled ADS on browser and apps
- Compatible with all Layers themes
You can view the installation procedure on the XDA threads if you have any trouble installing a ROM, leave a comment down below we will sort things for you.
As said before there is no Best custom ROM for a device, each user has a personal preference. Do let us know which is your favorite custom ROM for Nexus 5X in the comments section below.