Android 4.2.2 + Root for Nexus S and S 4G! [Helly Bean ROM]

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Furious that Google didn’t update Nexus S stock firmwares since Android 4.1.2? No worries, the open source developers have got your back.

Google released Android 4.2.2 for most Nexus devices couple days back and you can get it on your Nexus S or S 4G too with the latest Helly Bean ROM.

Helly Bean ROM is a CM10.1 port that brings you full Android 4.2.2, CyanogenMod setings, and even some extra settings that allow you to further enhance your Android 4.2.2 experience.

One of the major changes with Android 4.2.2 in my opinion is more stability and faster performance. If you don’t believe me, just try this ROM yourself and let me know what you think!


Download Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean ROM with root for Nexus S

Download Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean ROM with root for Nexus S 4G

Download Gapps

To install, reboot into recovery, do wipe data/factory reset (you can skip this if coming from another Jelly Bean ROM but make a backup ROM just in case!), install ROM, wipe cache, and reboot.

If you are missing Play Store after installing ROM, reboot into recovery and install Gapps.

Credits – XDA <--- Please donate to the developers if you like this ROM, thank you!

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42 Responses to Android 4.2.2 + Root for Nexus S and S 4G! [Helly Bean ROM]

  1. Eldon Karratti says:

    NS4G rooted w/stock 4.1.2 comes up with installation sdcard error..attempted 2x

  2. Edison says:

    Hi there… i’m using a i9020a and just flashed this new rom everything works just fine but i realize that after we have connected to WI-FI, the icon that appears on top usually is BLUE once it’s connected but the icon is still in GREY after connected. (i’ve tried surfing the web , no problem although it’s GREY ).

    so is it normal?

  3. Envy says:

    can some1 tell me the differences btwn android 4.2.1 and 4.2.2 ??

  4. Eldon Karratti says:

    I flashed this ROM 3X on Sprint NS4G received “E:Error in /sdcard/ 7) Installation aborted. Any ideas are appreciated.

  5. JP says:

    working great here.. having some troubles locating some of the settings menus, but very fast and stable so far. thank you!

  6. dharmabum says:

    Thanks again for a great rom ….. I’ve been playing around with it for a few hours now and I really like it.

  7. ali says:

    i just flashed this rom and work good.but i had a problem and it manager or equalizer does’nt work in my nexus s..please help me

  8. donx24 says:

    i accidentally flashed I9020A roms into my I9020T and it works fine.why?

  9. siddharth says:

    Hey My understanding is that this works only on a rooted nexus s? There are many ways to root your phone. Will this method suffice?

  10. Adel says:

    I flashed it, it is good ROM. I faced one problem that sometimes the phone restart automatically.
    I tried a lot of setting but no way – suddenly it restart.

    • Harijith says:

      My nexus also reboots often .. at least 3-4 times a day .. but the ROM is fast

      • Vijay says:

        I have observed the same and flashed the Avatar version. Avatar version is more stable than the Hellybean. Also the gapps are having a problem which are given separately. Please flash the latest version of gapps.

  11. Petem says:

    One question.. how do you turn off the (battery suck) backlight notification .. i tried this once on a different rom.. thought it would be cool since i like it on my Xoom tablet which has a blinking notification light.. suck the battery dry on the phone overnight.. i see where your suppose to be able to turn it on./off… mines grayed out and it is not checked.. but still get the backlight notification. oh well.. i guess ill try another rom for now.. too bad .. since this is 4.2.2…… if it can be disabled .. ill stay on this one.

  12. Rikhil says:

    This ROM works so fast, I thought my Nexus S was just dying till I installed it. Love it in just the two hours I’ve used it, however, google voice typing doesn’t work on my nexus s i9023t. Has anyone else faced this problem? Everytime I try and open it, it crashes and then the keyboard stops working till I manually go and disable the keyboard and re-set it. I do have swiftkey installed as a secondary keyboard

  13. jay says:

    I installed the ROM twice, once without deleting data first, the second clean, and both times it works (and is FAST) but I found my Google features were not present/working (i.e. my contacts were empty and my gMail would not load. I assume this has something to do with the file structure, but what are the steps to restore my contacts?
    FYI I tried to load contacts from the internal SD card and a message came back telling me there were no VCard contact files on the card to restore from. I am installing from CM-10 4.1.2 now and it works great, I just want the upgrade.
    Please help!

  14. Daniel says:

    I Installed this room, everything ok but why the battery down so fast

  15. Tom says:

    Helly bean rar does not contain fast boot. Should I get from another rar?

  16. Richard says:

    @Jay, you will need to install Gapps (check Hellybean ROM page on this site for download) to get your gmail contacts restored to your phone as well as Google Play etc. The ROM does not come pre-loaded with any Google apps out of the box.

  17. tansooeng says:

    Download the Hellybean-20130221 and Hellybean-20130215, tried both installing into my Nexus S 4.1.2 XXKI1 build JZO54K, rooted.

    Under recovery, installing section, “verifying ….” then “installation aborted”, tested many times with both the ROM download.

    Currently having files under Android4.2.2 folder, must I move to root directory to try again?

  18. Edison says:

    Hey there… anyone here having problems of APOLLO had stopped working? i’m using an i9020a and whenever i wanna open APOLLO, it just keeps on force closing(UNFORTUNATELY,APOLLO HAS STOPPED)… i need help!!!

  19. Shahzeb says:

    Is bluetooth working in this Rom? I wana make sure if it is before I flash it on my phone

  20. daniel says:

    Can’t get pattern lock to work. It just hangs at the grid size selection screen.

  21. trueatfirstlight says:

    I flashed this rom about a week ago, with the kernel that came with it, and I generally enjoy it on the whole.

    I am also an i9020a user and am also getting the random reboots periodically throughout the day. I don’t know if I would chalk this up to being a stability issue or not with the ROM itself. Maybe another kernel could fix it.

    One added feature that I DON’T like is the multiple screens that are now accessible at the lockscreen, and the camera being accessible there as well. There should be one screen, not three (this is completely unnecessary), and neither the camera nor anything else in the phone should be able to be accessed if the screen lock is on. Bad idea.

    Other than that, the ROM is great. Some excellent features.

  22. F@b from Toulouse says:

    Hi, fast and good ROM with good features, but several restarts per day πŸ™
    Any idea?
    Many thanks in advance

    • Richard says:

      Agree with F@b on this, great ROM but the restarts are getting very annoying now πŸ™

      Also find it doesn’t take too many apps to be installed before the hardware limitations of the Nexus S start to show even with a great ROM like this.

  23. moein says:

    @Richard doe u know why the pattern doesn’t work???

  24. wingli says:

    Same here, pattern lock doesn’t work.

  25. Erik says:

    I am having trouble with my email app syncing. It literally sits in a waiting for sync loop forever and nothing happens. I have tried going to settings and clearing the data for email and trying it again but it hasn’t worked. Need some help thanks!

  26. shashank says:

    Hi , Thankz a ton for Helly Bean rom . Its very smooth on my nexus s . Google music media player has no option to connect to my google music online. I can only hear to the music on my phone . please help me to connect to my google music .

  27. Beto Vega says:

    Guys, the phone is old, it is a trade off: stability vs. performance. You just can’t have it all in a Nexus S, let’s face it. Deal with it!

  28. Ibrahim says:

    Worst rom Ever so many bugs,hangs,Lags on Nexus S

  29. vlad says:

    it works fine here

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