CyanogenMod have started rolling out their latest CM 11 ROMs for various Android devices. The ROMs are based on the Android KitKat OS and are currently in the nightly stage. The new builds include new features such as live folders, unified messaging, secure messaging, new theme option and plenty more. In this article, we will see how to install the ROM on the 2012 Nexus 7 Wi-Fi edition tablet.
The Nexus 7 is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 processor, 1 GB RAM and has 8 and 16 GB internal storage options. It has a 1.2 MP rear camera and 4325 mAh battery. It originally ran on Android 4.1 but received an Android 4.4.2 update just last week. We already saw how you can manually install that official update on your device. Let us now see the steps to install the CM 11 custom ROM on it.
Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. If the device gets damaged, the writer or the owner of the site must not be held responsible.
Pre-requisites and Backing up your Nexus 7 (2012):
- Create a Nandroid Backup
- Backup and Restore your Android smartphone via Desktop PC
- Backup/Sync and Restore contacts on Android smartphone
- Backup WhatsApp messages on Android Smartphone and Email
- Rooted Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi version tablet
- Bootloader of the tablet must be unlocked
- Latest TWRP custom recovery installed
- Official CM 11 ROM zip file
- Gapps zip file
- Download the latest CM 11 ROM zip file and the Gapps zip file and copy it to the root of the internal storage of your Nexus 7 (2012) tablet.
- Turn off the device and boot into fastboot mode by pressing and holding the Volume Down and Power buttons simultaneously. Once there, keep on pressing the Volume Up button until you see “Recovery” and then press the Power button to boot into it.
- After entering recovery, tap on “Wipe” and perform “Swipe to Factory Reset”.
- Now go back to recovery and tap on “Install”. Select the CM 11 ROM zip file and perform “Swipe to Confirm Flash”.
- Again go back and select the Gapps zip file this time and perform “Swipe to Confirm Flash”.
- Finally tap on “Reboot System”.
That’s it. You have successfully installed official CyanogenMod 11 (CM 11) ROM on your Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi edition tablet.
Note: Although the ROM is an official build, it is still in nightly stage and so may contain few bugs.