Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Wifi is one of the most popular tablets and now it has received its own version of official CyanogenMod 10.1 M1 ROM. You can learn how to install this custom ROM only by following the instructions that I have listed in this post.
This is a guide for an advanced tablet user. The M1 build of CM 10.1 is a monthly release and it is the next step from Nightly builds. It is a much more stable ROM and it packs all the features of CM 10.1 since the first Nightly build and until now. In order to successfully flash this custom ROM on your device, you will first have to read the preparation guide below. You will find instructions on how to correctly configure your device so that the CM 10.1 installs at the first attempt, tips on how to backup data and many other things that should make the installation of CyanogenMod 10.1 M1 ROM easier for novice users.
Here’s what you need to do before installing the CM10.1 M1 custom ROM on your Galaxy Tab 2 10.1:
- This tutorial works only with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Wifi model number P5110 and P5113. Do not attempt to flash the custom ROM on any other Android tablet or phone.
- The Galaxy Tab 2 device has to be rooted and running a custom Recovery image such as CWM Recovery. Without these you can’t flash the new OS.
- Before getting to the ‘how-to’ guide, use the CWM Recovery mode to create a full Nandroid backup of your current ROM. You will set a restore point of your tablet and that means that you will be able to repair it in case the new ROM doesn’t install correctly.
- Backup all your important data files by moving them on the tablet’s internal SD card. If you’re not on a CM10.1 ROM already, then you will be asked to factory reset the tablet before installing the new custom ROM.
- Enable USB debugging option.
- Make sure that the tablet battery is charged, so that it won’t switch off while you’re flashing the CM10.1 M1 OS.
- This guide can be completed by rookies also, but it would be better if it were applied by a more advanced Android user.
- We cannot be blamed in case something goes wrong during the installation. Also, we can’t be blamed if you lose any data or the tablet is bricked in the process.
- Read all the instructions I’ve listed and make sure not to skip any steps listed in the tutorial.
The info listed in the lines above should be enough for you to understand and be properly prepared for the installation of this new CM build. Remember that the M-Series build is more stable than the Nightly builds, but it is no where near a ‘final version’, which means that you should expect some errors and bugs while testing the ROM.
How to install CM 10.1 M1 ROM for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 WiFi P5110 / P5113:
- Download the custom ROM from HERE. Save the file on your PC and don’t extract its contents.
- Get Gapps for CM 10.1 from HERE. This is the file that you’ll have to flash in order to get the Google-based applications installed on your tablet. Don’t unzip its contents.
- Connect your tablet to your computer. Transfer the downloaded files onto its internal SD card and after that you can disconnect the device from PC.
- Power off your Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablet.
- Boot it into CWM Recovery mode by pressing and holding Volume Down and Power buttons.
- Use the ‘backup and restore’ option to create a full NANDROID backup of your current ROM. This will serve as a restore point for your tablet. If you already have a backup then you should skip this step.
- Select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option and confirm that you want to apply this action.
- Next, select ‘install zip from sdcard’.
- From the new screen select ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the CM 10.1 M1 zip and confirm that you want to install it.
- When the new ROM installs successfully you should select once again the ‘choose zip from sdcard’ option. Find the Gapps file and install it.
- Get back to the main CWM Recovery menu. Select the ‘reboot system now’ option.
- Wait for the first boot process of CM 10.1 M1 ROM to complete. It shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to complete.
- Enter your Google Account details and then you can start to test all of the new features of this CyanogenMod Android 4.2.1 OS.
These were all the steps you had to take and now you should restore all your data back to your device. Remember that this ROM might show some bugs and errors and you might not like that, which is why you can use the CWM Recovery and restore the backup of your previously installed OS.
Test all the features of CyanogenMod 10.1 M1 ROM and tell us in comments which are the best ones. Note that in case you cannot complete the installation then you can easily ask for help by leaving a detailed comment at the end of this post and we will try to come up with a solution to your problems.
Start changing all the default settings of your CM 10.1 M1 ROM from the Settings menu. You will find tools to change almost any part of your tablet’s OS and you shouldn’t skip this opportunity. There are tons of features and functions for you to test and, since the CyanogenMod ROMs are some of the best Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean customization tools, then you shouldn’t have any problems getting used to its interface.
Remember that this post works with the P5110 version of Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Wifi, as well as with the P5113 variant. These the only two ‘not-so-similar’ devices that support the same ROM editions.
NOTE: In case the tablet doesn’t boot after 5 minutes have passed since the ‘reboot system now’ step was applied, then you should power it off. After that you have to repeat the entire tutorial guide starting with step 5. Eventually you should be able to flash all the files I’ve listed in the tutorial and get the M-series version of CyanogenMod 10.1 on your tablet.