Update Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (P3110 / P3100) with CM11 Android 4.4 KitKat Firmware

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Even though Google just released the Android 4.4 KitKat firmware, you can learn how to update your Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 to the same right now. No, I am not talking about the official update as during the present tutorial I will explain you how to install the Android 4.4 KitKat based CM 11 custom ROM on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 model number P3110 or P3100.

As you know, when Google is releasing a new Android OS, the first devices to receive the firmware are the Nexus ones. The rest of the smartphones and tablets will just have to wait for the OTA release to be rolled out. The same is applying for the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 users who have to wait until Samsung will launch the Android 4.4 KitKat software. But, if you just can’t wait and want to try the new features, apps and capabilities that are included on the new Android platform then I do recommend you to flash the CM 11 custom ROM.

As usual, the CM system is one of the most appreciated one, as the firmware is coming with great features, looks, and capabilities that cannot be found on the stock version of Android. Of course, there are included the stock features too, so you have nothing to worry about. Now, even though this is only an unofficial port of CM 11 that has been developed for your Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, you should know that the software is stable and works without bugs or issues on the Tab 2 7.0 model number P3110 or P3100.

Anyhow, the CM11 Android 4.4 KitKat firmware has been already tested by many users and according to those there are some minor problems with: graphical glitches, external SD card, on the P3100 model the 3G capability might not work right now. Don’t worry though as the devs are working in resolving these bugs and soon a new update will be made available for your tablet. This version of CM 11 has been provided by those of xda-developers so we have them to thanks for the present step by step guide.

If you have decided to apply the steps from below for updating your Galaxy Tab 2 to Android 4.4 KitKat OS, you will first have to make it through the pre requisites list. I have mentioned and explained the preparation procedures during the following list so check the same before heading to the proper installation procedure.

  • First of all root your Tab 2 7.0. This is not an option for you as without gaining root access you will not be able to install the CM11 software.
  • Be careful when doing the mentioned operation because the warranty of your tablet will get void. This is happening because you are performing an unofficial process that has nothing to do with Samsung or with Google.
  • If you will want the warranty back, you will have to use Odin for downgrading the stock Android Jelly Bean OS; of course then the root access will be revocked and on your tablet the default version of Android will be running.
  • After ensuring the root access, you need to take care of another unofficial operation: replacing the stock recovery with a custom one. In order to do that you will have to install the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. Don’t skip this step as the CM11 Android 4.4 firmware can be flashed only by using one of the mentioned tools. Install CWM or TWRP recovery only after gaining root access, or else you might end up in bricking your device.
  • It is important to save your data that is there on the internal storage memory of your tablet. You should mainly save everything that’s important for you by using suitable backup and restore tools from Google Play because a wipe will be required a little bit later.
  • Your tablet is root and installed with a custom recovery image so you can save the current ROM (you will be able to restore the same if the CM 11 OS isn’t good enough) and the EFS folder.

After completing the procedures from below, just make sure that you can have access to a computer, or notebook, to your Galaxy Tab 2 and to its USB cable. Since your will have to connect the devices, on your handset from path “menu – settings – developer options” enable the USB debugging option. This operation is quite complex so the best will be to charge the battery of your tablet before going any further. Also, a good idea will be to deactivate the security protection that runs on your computer because usually the antivirus tools are interfering with the update procedure. Also, remember that this tutorial should be used only by the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 users as CM11 is compatible only with the same.

How to Update Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (P3110 / P3100) with CM11 Android 4.4 KitKat Firmware

  1. On your computer you need to have the CM 11 Android 4.4 KitKat firmware and the Google Apps package (Google Apps are not included on the update file so you will have to flash the same separately).
  2. Get CM11 from here (for the 3110 and 3113 models) and from here for the 3100 (3G) model and then go to this page for downloading the Google Apps.
  3. Do not unzip the downloaded files; I recommend you to save the same on desktop.
  4. Plug in the USB cord and connect your tablet with your computer.
  5. Then drag and drop, or copy-paste the downloaded files from desktop on your Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.
  6. Disconnect the Tab 2 from the computer by removing the USB cable.
  7. Turn off your handset and wait a few seconds before heading to the next step.
  8. Reboot your tablet in recovery mode (here).
  9. Use the recovery mode menu and select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
  10. Select +++go back+++ and return to the main menu of your custom recovery.
  11. From there now select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
  12. Pick the CM11 Android 4.4 firmware and flash the same on your Tab 2 7.0.
  13. Then, repeat the process and apply the Google Apps package on your device.
  14. Return to main menu and select “reboot system now”.
  15. Done.

Congratulations, you have updated your Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 to Android 4.4 KitKat firmware with CM 11 custom ROM. Remember that this is an unofficial port of CM11 OS, so there will be some minor bugs included on the software. If you don’t like the new ROM, use the recovery mode once more and choose the “backup / restore” feature for restoring the old firmware. Also, share your experience with us by using the comments area from below and we will assist you as soon as possible.

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  • Noah Gekiere

    The download link didn’t work.

    • Guest

      i’m finished to download the firmware KitKat..

  • me

    Download link is expired,please

    • andrei

      You can download the files now as the links have been updated

  • daniel

    cant instal on the p3110, set data error..

  • Husain Tambawala

    hey the links dont work please do something

    • http://atkinsit.blogspot.com/ Christopher S. Atkins

      Like what…make it magically work?

  • amegh

    installation aborted …its not working

  • peter

    P3110…ok! ; P3100…error >”<

  • Aaron Richards

    It does not work for Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 GT-P3113. It starts the installation and then aborts with the Error Code 7.

    • trjlive

      Just like my response to anubhav below, make sure you have the latest version of TWRP, 2.6.3.3 or newer.

    • patelaan13

      Hi, friend. This must be a case of not having the proper recovery tool. Please download the ClockWorkMod Recovery 6.0.3.7 version which is the latest for this device and ideal for installing cyanogen mod 11. Search for it on Google and you will soon find it.

  • peter

    Help ! please update P3100 (3G) ROM (Error : Code :status 7)
    P3100 :error ; P3110 : OK!

    • trjlive

      See my replies to the comments above, error code 7 means your recovery isn’t the latest version. You need TWRP 2.6.3.3 or newer.

  • anubhav

    “”ERROR 7″” help out with the problem!!!
    So many people olrdy commented about the same issue and you havent replyd to any!!!! This is not how any page works who asks for people comments!!

    • trjlive

      Make sure you have the latest version of TWRP, 2.6.3.3 or newer. Error 7 is common with older versions that don’t support KitKat. I have personally just installed this perfectly fine on my P3113 without any errors, using TWRP 2.6.3.3.

      • anubhav

        Hey thanx for the reply mate :)
        I have p3100 … and i have cwm installed..
        Do i need to instal twrp now and then install the zip file?

  • Ashutosh

    verification fail error message is coming at the time of verification… plz help

  • Rishi Kumar

    Guys its working for P3100, just install the latest version of TWRP, 2.6.3.3 or newer.
    Thanks admin

    • yojith

      how did u do it plz help me…….

  • Vinicius Diniz

    People, to solve Error 7 you should download the clockwork mode recovery 6.0.4.4 or ….5, you can search for this in the net and in order to install it, you have to download in gplay Recovery Tools, after install this recovery app, you are able to update your software.
    For more information add Vinicius Diniz in Facebook
    Hope it helps…

  • ggullion

    I installed latest version of CWM and still getting error 7. Please help!!

  • vahid

    in p3100 can’t open /sdcard/download/cm-11-20140104-unoffical-p3100.zip
    how i can fix this error

  • himanshu

    my tab has stuck in recovery mode…unable to restart my tab to uptade to TWRP 2.6.3.3
    pls help!!!

    • yojith

      Hey that occurred to me also ………how did u resolve it plz halp me………

  • jahanzaib

    It worked for galaxy tab 2 7.0 gtp3100

    • amanmishra

      could u tell me any bugs/issues u encountered on gt p3100. as mentioned above is 3G capability working?

  • amit abraham

    damn it dude even after i’ve installed all the links it says signature not verified

  • yojith

    Hey I am stuck on recovery page what to do………

  • ghm

    stuck on boot screen with samsung logo. what to do? help plz!!

    • http://atkinsit.blogspot.com/ Christopher S. Atkins

      Please stop with the, “help plz!!!”. It makes you sound like a whiny, desperate, wet, crying kitten. That actually turns people off when users cry like that.

  • ghm

    sorry forgot to mention i have gt-p3100

  • akhilskumar

    Installed CM 11, 4.4.3 kitkat successfully in SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 2 7.0 p3100 tab. Works awesome fast and smooth compared to previous touchwiz loaded jellybean. Did rooting first with odin. Then installed ROM MANAGER. Installed clockworkmod recovery 6.0.4.9 philz version, specific for p3100, and its touch and have better interface. Done a backup of current rom using recovery. Then downloaded cm11nightly, and gapps. Flashed both zips after formating cache, dalvick cache, factory reset…… Now kitkat powering my tab. CM11 uses much less RAM. And its polished and almost bug free.

  • pratyush

    how to update

  • Pieter

    What happens when you skip the factory reset?

  • Harsh Kumar

    i done with all.. but its different look.nothing working.. .play store not opening..no others app working.. but in setting its 4.4.2 ..please help me..

  • Harsh Kumar

    thx i wipe and reset my device and its working fine.. awesome thx mate…

  • abhiraj

    Download links not working
    File not found

  • Gavinmok

    Just to drop a line to say Thanks for the guide. Just upgraded GT-P3110. All went well. Giving the galaxy tab a new lease of life, without samsung bloatware! Light and fast. In case you are having problem upgrading, I used the similar steps as @akhilskumar