Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 users can now install a new custom ROM on their devices. Make sure that before you move to the tutorial guide, your Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has been rooted and it runs the CWM Recovery, as otherwise you won’t be able to install the CleanRom custom ROM. Read all the info in this post and you should be able to update your tablet device.
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is easy to update with CleanROM and you should know that by installing it, you will remove all the Samsung bloatware applications and files. Also, you will improve the overall performances of your tablet and the best thing is that you will get rid of all the bloat file only by flashing this new custom ROM.
CleanROM custom ROM was created for Galaxy Tab 2, the GT P5113 model with 10.1 inch display, by an XDA developer named ‘sgrant’. He managed to customize the stock ROM and develop a new installment that is much more cleaner and battery-friendly, and it will get rid of all bloatware files. This new custom ROM is pre-rooted, deodexed and zipaligned, things that will improve the overall performances of your tablet and make it work better. Before we can start to install it, you will need to read the guidelines listed a few lines below, and so you will learn what you need to do in order to be able to flash CleanROM correctly and without hitting any roadblocks.
Read all the info listed in the below preparation guide and you will learn how to backup applications, files and how to configure your Galaxy Tab 2 GT-P5113 so that it won’t get bricked and you won’t lose any precious data. Here’s what you need to know:
- do not attempt to install CleanROM on any devices different from Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 model number GT-P5113. If you install this custom ROM on any other tablet or phone, you might end up damaging them.
- the tablet should have CWM Recovery installed and it should be rooted before going to the tutorial guide. Root guide can be found HERE, but you should know that this custom ROM is already pre-rooted and you could skip the rooting part of the process.
- install Samsung USB drivers in your computer and make sure that your device has its battery power levels over 70%. This will prevent it from switching off during the update.
- backup all the important files by moving them to your tablet’s external sdcard. An alternative would be to transfer the files on your PC and after the custom ROM is installed you can easily move them back on your device after that. The backup is required because the tutorial guide features a step that tells you to wipe all device data.
- if you wish to save the applications, SMS, Call Logs and APN Settings use these Android apps: AppBAK for Android apps backups | SMS backup & restore | Call Logs backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore.
- If you want to backup Contacts, then yo should sync them with your Gmail account. This guide here will help you complete such process.
I think that these are all the instructions you had to read prior to starting the CleanROM update. Remember that you’re installing this new ROM at your own risk and, neither we nor the developers will be held responsible if you brick your phone. If you hit a roadblock and cannot complete the update, then please feel free to ask for my help by leaving a comment at the end of this post.
Start the update only after you’re sure that there isn’t any other file to save. The tutorial requires you to download the ROM, then wipe all device data and only after that you can start the installation of this new ROM.
How to update Galaxy Tab 2 with CleanROM custom ROM:
- Download the ROM zip package from here.
- Connect your tablet to your PC using the USB data connection cable.
- Next, move the file downloaded at step1 on your device’s external sdcard. Do not extract the zip contents.
- Power off your tablet after the transfer is complete. Also, unplug it from your computer.
- Boot into CWM Recovery by pressing and holding the following buttons at the same time: volume down and Power.
- When you see the Samsung logo displayed on your device’s screen, let go of the Power button, but you still need to keep Volume Down pressed until the CWM recovery loads all of its files.
- When you’re in CWM Recovery use you will need to create a full backup of the currently installed ROM. Do it by selecting the option that says ‘backup and restore’ and select ‘backup’. Confirm that you really wish to do this step and then wait until your phone finishes the creation of all backup files. When done with this step, get to to next one.
- Now, select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option and then agree with the process.
- After the data wipe process is complete, go back to the main recovery screen and select the option that says ‘select zip from sdcard’.
- Next, select ‘choose zip from sdcard’ and point CWM recovery to the ROM package file. Select it for installation and then confirm that you wish to flash the new custom ROM on your Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 device.
- When the update is complete, you should return to the main recovery screen and select the option that says ‘reboot system now’
- Now wait until the first boot of CleanROM is complete. Please note that this process will take at least five minutes to load all the necessary files and you shouldn’t panic. When the device loads its home screen, simply go ahead and create your Google account and start testing the new custom ROM installation.
That should be the last step you had to take in order to successfully update your Galaxy Tab 2 device with a custom ROM.
In case the first boot process takes way too long to finish, something like 20 minutes, then you should power off your device and after that you need to boot again in CWM Recovery and repeat the entire tutorial once again. This time make sure that you apply all the steps I’ve listed in the guide, especially the one that tells you to wipe data and factory reset.
Your tablet doesn’t have the bloatware files and apps installed. If you’re a user that still wants to use those, then you should read the instructions below and you will be able to manually restore all bloatware on your tablet without un-rooting it. Here’s what you need to do:
- Go to Google Play Store and install a file manager app that works only with rooted devices. You can use Astro File Manager or ES File Explorer.
- Next, download the zip package of all APKs removed from here.
- Extract all its contents into a single folder.
- Connect the tablet to your computer and then transfer the APK-filled folder on your tablet at the following location: “/system/app” and here you drop the APK directory,
- Now reboot the device and after it loads all its files, your Galaxy Tab 2 should have all bloat files and apps restored.
I think that this was the last step you had to take in order to restore the bloatware applications. Also, since you’ve successfully updated your device with a new custom ROM, you should start to customize its features and functions. Make sure to test all the new services and applications.
Now that you’re device is running the CleanROM custom ROM you are able to install applications that usually worked only with rooted devices, as such apps are usually the ones that will make your Android experience much more easier and you will be able to improve your tablets’ overall performances.
In case you cannot complete this tutorial, then you should use the comments section to ask for our help. Before posting in comments you should make sure that you’ve applied all the instructions I’ve told you to, and that your device has installed CWM Recovery and that it is rooted. Also, check to see if your tablet is a GT-P5113 model, because otherwise the CleanROM cannot be installed on it since it is incompatible with any other device.
Remember to return to our website as we will try to post new tutorial guides on how to root tablets, phones, smartphones and how to install custom ROMs on your Android devices so that you’ll manage to improve the performances and benefit from the best Android experience. If you have any other tips or tricks regarding Galaxy Tab 2 or any other Android device, then please feel free to tell us in comments and we will credit you in our articles.