Flash Unofficial CM11 Android 4.4 custom ROM for Google Nexus 10

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The first unofficial CM 11 build based on Android 4.4 KitKat has been released for the Google Nexus 10 tablet. Read this entire tutorial and you will be able to complete the installation without bricking your device. Note that this guide is for those Nexus 10 users who want to tinker with their tablet’s OS, as this is a very early CM 11 release.

Before starting the installation, read the preparation guide below:

  • Use this post only for the Google Nexus 10.
    – don’t update other different Android devices.
  •  Your tablet has to be factory unlocked, rooted and running either CWM or TWRP Recovery.
  • In the ‘how-to’ part of this tutorial you’ll find the ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ step, don’t skip it.
    – note that the factory reset deletes all contents stored on the system partition.
    – factory reset doesn’t wipe data from internal storage.
  • Backup Data from Installed Apps using Helium for Android – link here.
  • Enable USB Debugging from Developer Options.
  • It would be best for you to create a full NANDROID Backup for the ROM that is currently running on your device.
    – this will set a restore point for your tablet, you can use it to repair your device in case it gets bricks in the updating process.
  • Make sure that the tablet’s battery has enough power left before it switches off completely.
  • Read the entire post, don’t skip any steps.
  • Note that we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone or lose any important data in the process.
  • If you have any other questions, use the comments field at the end of this post.

How to flash Unofficial CM11 Android 4.4 for Google Nexus 10:

  1. Download the custom ROM zip from here.
  2. Download Gapps for this particular custom ROM from here.
  3. Connect your smartphone with your PC and move both zip files on your device’s internal storage.
    – disconnect the device from your computer when the files are copied successfully.
  4. Power off your tablet now.
  5. Boot it into CWM / TWRP Recovery Mode.
    – both version are working with this tutorial.
  6. First you need to apply a NANDROID Backup for your current ROM:
    – CWM: select ‘backup and restore’, then save the file on your internal.
    – TWRP: press Backup, rename the file and confirm the backup process.
  7. Next, apply the ‘factory reset':
    – CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm.
    – TWRP: press Wipe, then swipe to apply Factory Reset.
  8. Flash the custom ROM now:
    – CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the custom ROM zip and confirm the installation.
    – TWRP: press Install, then find the ROM file. Swipe to confirm that you wish to install this new unofficial CM 11 ROM.
  9. After the ROM is installed, repeat step 8 actions and flash the Gapps zip.
  10. When both files are flashed with success, return to the main custom Recovery screen.
  11. Reboot your device in normal mode now.
    – note that the first boot process will take several minutes to load all the new files.
  12. Enter your Google Account details when the unofficial CM 11 home screen appears. Take control over your tablet and then start customizing its contents.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to flash a custom and unofficial CM 11 ROM based on Android 4.4 KitKat.

NOTE: In case the first boot process of this new ROM takes more than a couple of minutes to complete or the device enters into a boot loop, then the update wasn’t completed and you will need to repeat the entire tutorial once again. Make sure not to skip any steps and to flash all the required files. For any other questions use the comments field below.

Also, if you don’t like the new custom ROM, then you can always restore your device to its previous state using the CWM / TWRP Recovery Mode and the NANDROID Backup file created in step 6.

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