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
- 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).
- 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.
- Do not unzip the downloaded files; I recommend you to save the same on desktop.
- Plug in the USB cord and connect your tablet with your computer.
- Then drag and drop, or copy-paste the downloaded files from desktop on your Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.
- Disconnect the Tab 2 from the computer by removing the USB cable.
- Turn off your handset and wait a few seconds before heading to the next step.
- Reboot your tablet in recovery mode (here).
- Use the recovery mode menu and select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Select +++go back+++ and return to the main menu of your custom recovery.
- From there now select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the CM11 Android 4.4 firmware and flash the same on your Tab 2 7.0.
- Then, repeat the process and apply the Google Apps package on your device.
- Return to main menu and select “reboot system now”.
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.