Update Google Nexus 7 2013 with ParanoidAndroid Custom ROM Firmware

ParanoidAndroid is one of the most popular and used custom ROM by worldwide Android users, the firmware being available for almost all the smartphones and tablets out there. Just like CyanogenMod, AOKP or MIUI, Paranoid Android is a customizable Android based software that can be used for increasing the speeds, upgrading the battery life or improving the performances of your Android device. The ROM is coming with great features, apps and capabilities that cannot be found in the default version of the Jelly Bean OS therefore if you want to personalize your handset, ParanoidAndroid might be the perfect choice for you.

Since Paranoid Android is available for the latest smartphone and tablets that are being available on the market, now you can learn how to install the firmware on the New Google Nexus 7, the 2013 edition of the tablet. Nexus 7 2013 is a great device that comes with decent to high end specs and features, so the performances are quite satisfying. But if you want to use your New Nexus 7 on full power without dealing with factory restrictions, update its system with the ParanoidAndroid custom ROM software.

Since we are talking about a custom software, the same can be only manually flashed on your New Google Nexus 7. Also due to same considerations, the present update is not official so it is not coming from Google or Asus. ParanoidAndroid is being developed and offered by third party devs meaning that you will be updating your Nexus 7 2013 with an unofficial port of the Jelly Bean firmware. That’s why, by using this tutorial, the warranty of your device will get void. If you will want or need to regain the lost warranty, you will then have to downgrade your tablet to stock Android OS, or update the same with an official release of the Android platform.

But basically, the warranty will get void because root access will be required. So, before applying the steps from below, root your Google Nexus 7 2013 edition. Paranoid Android can be flashed only on unlocked handsets and only via CWM, TWRP or any other custom recovery image. This means that after gaining root access, you will have to replace the stock recovery with a custom one. Ensure these operations or else you will not be able to safely complete this step by step guide.

The next thing to do is to backup the New Nexus 7 data. Each time you are dealing with custom updates, a wipe is being required. So, as you might know, the backup is a must have. Else you can lose all that’s important for you including contacts, messages, call logs, calendar info, market apps and so on. Do note that on rooted tablets you can also make a Nandroid backup for saving the current ROM – the Nandroid backup can be applied via CWM recovery.

On the other hand, make sure that you can use a computer on which you should deactivate the antivirus protection. Else when downloading the ParanoidAndroid ROM you might have problems as the antivirus programs will block the download. On your tablet you should check the USB debugging option as you will have to establish a connection between your Nexut 7 and your computer. The USB debugging option can be enabled from here: “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”. Also, your handset should be charged especially if you notice that there is less than 60% power left. If your device gets turned off in the middle of the flashing operation you will risk in bricking your Android based Google Nexus 7 2013 edition.

Even though Paranoid Android is currently available for numerous Android based smartphones and tablets it should be clear for you that the present tutorial can be applied only for the New Google Nexus 7, 2013 edition. Flashing the ROM on a similar or different device by using this step by step guide will probably brick your Android powered handset.

Update Google Nexus 7 2013 with ParanoidAndroid Custom ROM Firmware

  1. As you have mentioned during the lines from above, on your computer or notebook you have to download the update file.
  2. So get the last version of ParanoidAndroid custom ROM from here.
  3. Save the file on desktop without unzipping.
  4. Optional: download the Google apps package from here – the same is not included on the update file so you will have to install the Google apps manually.
  5. Similar with ParanoidAndroid, save Google Apps package on desktop without unzipping.
  6. Now, connect your New Nexus 7 with your computer and use the official USB cable for establishing the connection.
  7. Select the downloaded files from desktop and copy-paste or drag and drop both files from your computer to your tablet.
  8. Remove the USB cable.
  9. Turn off your tablet.
  10. Reboot it in recovery mode.
  11. Make a backup if you haven’t saved your personal data, info and accounts.
  12. Use the recovery mode menu for selecting “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
  13. Return to the recovery mode.
  14. From there select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
  15. Pick the firmware file from your device and flash the same.
  16. Return, repeat the same step and install the Google Apps package.
  17. Wait while the flashing operation is running and don’t make any other changes in recovery.
  18. In the end, return to main menu of recovery and select “reboot system now”.
  19. The first boot will take longer than usual; don’t panic as there is nothing wrong with your tablet and don’t press anything while your Nexus 7 is rebooting into ParanoidAndroid.
  20. In case your device will get stuck in a boot loop, enter recovery mode once more and select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. Reboot and you are done.

Good job, you have updated your New Google Nexus 7 2013 edition to custom Android Jelly Bean OS via Paranoid Android custom ROM firmware. The software is stable, comes without bugs and will smoothly run on your tablet. Anyway, do test the OS and share your impressions and conclusions with us and with others who might want to use our dedicated step by step guide.

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  • Luke

    Gapps link dead