The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 can be succesfully updated to the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS. The update process is possible thanks to the new unofficial Lineage OS release which is compatible with your tablet. The ROM, which is based on the Nightly build of CM 14.1, is keeping alive the CyanogenMod legacy since the CM support will be officially stopped starting with January 2017. Anyway, during the lines from below you can learn how to install the Lineage OS on your own Samsung Galaxy Tab S2.
The Android 7.1.1 Nougat based ROM is not an official release of Android. The firmware is just another free aftermarket distribution of the Android software and it isn’t related with Samsung or with Google. In fact, this unofficial port of Lineage OS for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is developed by those of xda-developers so we must thank them for this new Android update opportunity.
Therefore, if you choose to complete this step by step guide you will lose your Samsung warranty. Basically, if problems will be caused on your Tab S2, taking your tablet back to service will imply in paying for the technical assistance – so, I recommend you to learn a general troubleshoot tutorial too, as through the same you will be able to learn how to manually address the main Android software related problems.
The unofficial Lineage OS for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is a stable Android 7.1.1 Nougat firmware – the software isn’t yet fully stable and minor issues might still be experienced, though the OS can be successfully used on a daily basis.
And, with this custom ROM flashed your tablet should run better and faster than before, everything while you will enjoy an upgraded battery life. Also, this is the perfect moment for testing what’s new in the Android community center as the Lineage OS is a brand new platform that is of course based on the CyanogenMod concept.
You can successfully complete the update process that’s explained below only if you first take care of the essential pre requisites; here is what you have to follow:
- Gain root access on your Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. A locked system can be installed with a custom ROM and that’s why the root process is involved in the middle of everything.
- Replace the stock recovery system with a custom recovery image like CWM or TWRP recovery – only by using a custom recovery you can successfully complete this step by step guide.
- Backup your data by syncing your files with your Google Account, by using Samsung’s built-in cloud storage platforms or by using compatible and already tested backup and restore apps from Google Play.
- Don’t resume the steps from below without saving your personal data – during the Lineage OS flashing process you will have to hard reset your Tab S2 and to clear app data cache.
- Make a Nandroid backup if you are thinking that you might want to restore back to stock after testing the Lineage firmware – the Nandroid backup will save the Android system that is currently powering your tablet.
- You must have access to a computer or a notebook for downloading the required files – you have download links offered below.
- On your tablet become a developer (tap repeatedly on Built Number) and also check the USB Debugging option by accessing “menu – settings – developer options”.
- Charge your tablet if it runs low on power – if the power is lower than 50% your device will get switched off during the Nougat update operation and software problems can be caused in that situation.
- Complete this tutorial only if you own the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 – the Lineage firmware package from below is compatible only with the up mentioned Android based device.
How to Update Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 with Unofficial Lineage OS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat system
- Open a web browser on your computer. First go here and download the Lineage package; then, go here and download compatible Google Apps.
- Place both files on desktop.
- Power on your tablet and by using its USB cord ensure a connection with your computer.
- Select the downloaded files and copy-paste them on your handset. When done, unplug the USB cord.
- Switch off your tablet and after the shut down process is successfully completed, enter recovery mode: press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons at the same time for a few moments.
- Wipe the internal storage system of your tablet first; you can do that by using the recovery mode menu – just select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
- When the wiping process is completed you can resume the update process; so select “install zip from SD Card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Select the Android 7.1.1 Nougat file and install the Lineage package; repeat this last step and install Google Apps on your Samsung Galaxy Tab S2.
- Reboot your tablet when done by selecting from main menu of recovery “reboot system now”.
Perfect; test the new, though still unofficial, Lineage OS on your Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 and share your experience with us by using the comments field from down below.