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Update Google Nexus 10 to Official CyanogenMod 10.1 M1 Snapshot ROM

Google Nexus 10 has received its own variant of CM 10.1 M1 ROM and you can update it using the instructions that I’ve listed below. It is a ROM based on Android 4.2.1 and it is one of the most stable operating systems that you can run on your tablet.

The CM 10.1 M1 is a more stable release than the previous Nightly Builds of CyanogenMod 10.1. It is an upgrade and if you’re a fan of CM-based ROMs then this is the custom ROM that you should be running on your tablet. However, before installing it you should read the guidelines below:

  • Use this guide only with the Google Nexus 10 tablet and don’t attempt to flash the ROM on any other Android device.
  • The bootloader of your tablet has to be unlocked and the device should be rooted. Without these you cannot flash a custom ROM.
  • Enable USB debugging option.
  • Make sure that the tablet’s battery is charged so that it won’t power off while you’re attempting to flash the ROM.
  • This is a guide for Android power-users and you shouldn’t attempt to use the guide in case you don’t have the basic Android knowledge.
  • Don’t blame us in case you brick the tablet or in case you lose any important data in the process.
  • Move all your important data files to your device’s internal SDcard or back them up using cloud storing apps such as Google Drive, Mediafire, Dropbox, Box etc.
  • Read all the steps I’ve listed and make sure that you won’t skip any steps in the tutorial, as that will result in a failed attempt of updating your Nexus 10.

These were all the instructions you had to go over before moving to the tutorial. In case you cannot install the custom ROM, you should ask for more help in comments.

How to flash CyanogenMod 10.1 M1 ROM for Google Nexus 10:

  1. Download the CM 10.1 M1 ROM here. Save it on your PC and don’t unzip.
  2. Get the Gapps for CyanogenMod 10.1 ROMs from HERE. It’s the zip that has to be flashed in order for you to get all Google apps installed on your tablet. Do not extract the contents of the zip.
  3. Use the USB cable and connect the tablet to your computer. Now move the downloaded files on the Nexus 10 internal SDcard, and after that you can disconnect it from PC.
  4. Power off your Nexus 10.
  5. Boot it into CWM Recovery mode. Do it by pressing and holding Volume down and Power buttons.
  6. From the main menu of ClockworkMod Recovery select ‘backup and restore’. Create a NANDROID backup of your current ROM. NOTE: if you already have a backup then you can skip this step and continue with the rest of the ROM installation process.
  7. Select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option and confirm.
  8. Next, select ‘install zip from sdcard’.
  9. Select ‘choose zip from sdcard’ from the new screen.
  10. Browse for the ‘CM10.1 M1’ ROM zip and confirm that you want to install it.
  11. When the ROM is installed successfully, you have to select once again ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the Gapps for CM 10.1 and install it.
  12. Get back to the main menu of CWM Recovery when both files have been installed.
  13. Select ‘reboot system now’.
  14. Now your tablet will start the first boot process under CM 10.1 M1. It shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to complete.
  15. Enter your Google Account details and that should be all, you’ve managed to update your Nexus 10 to CyanogenMod 10.1 M1 Snapshot build.

NOTE: If the first boot process takes to long to complete or in case the tablet gets into a boot loop, then you will be forced to power off the device and then boot once again into CWM Recovery mode and repeat the tutorial starting with step 5.

I hope that you’ve managed to complete the installation. From now on you can keep updating the Nexus 10 with new CM10.1 Nightlies by opening Settings, then About tablet menu and checking the update status under ‘CyanogenMod Update’.

For any other questions, use the comments section.

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