If you still love your Google Nexus 7 (2013) tablet and if you aren’t thinking in replacing it with a more powerful device, I have something more than interesting for you. If you want, you can update your handset to the latest Android 7.1 Nougat system through the new CM 14.1 platform. Yes, this is not an official update but it is the perfect way in which you can keep your tablet updated with all that’s new in the Android default system. And don’t forget that this is a great opportunity for you since Google stopped the official support for the 2013 model of the Asus Nexus 7.
Flashing a custom ROM comes with both risks and advantages. Also, applying an unofficial ROM is possible only in certain conditions and only after taking care of essential pre requisites. We will discuss about all these aspects during the guidelines from below so don’t hesitate and check it all out.
CM 14.1 is the latest CyanogenMod built that is available for the Android system. Based on the stock Android 7.1 Nougat OS the CM14.1 ROM comes to customize, optimize, personalize and power up your Nexus 7 2013. By using the new CM settings, built-in features and capabilities you will manage to speed things up and to enjoy a stable, smooth and secured Android software. Currently the update is still under development stage (the Nightly built is available) but it can be safely used on a daily basis without problems – only minor issues have been reported by the users who have already installed this Nougat OS on the Google Nexus 7 2013.
As already mentioned there are also risks implied. Being a custom ROM the update process can’t be associated with Google or with Asus. Thus, you are going to complete an unofficial process so if something bad happens you will be by yourself – the warranty will get void so you can’t go back to service which means that you might have to learn dedicated troubleshoot solutions in order to safely resolve possible software related issues on Android.
A way in which you can keep your Nexus 7 out of troubles is by choosing to make a Nandroid backup before doing anything else. This is a dedicated backup and restore operation which lets you save the Android system that powers your tablet. Therefore, afterwards – after installing the Android 7.1 Nougat firmware – you can just use the same Nandroid file for choosing to restore your device back to stock.
Another risk related with the Nougat update operation: you will lose your personal data, info and accounts during the CM14.1 flashing process. A hard reset will be initiated and clearing app data cache will be a must. So, for avoiding further unpleasant situations backup your Google Nexus 7. You can do the backup easily as you can already use built-in cloud storage services. Moreover, you can anytime download compatible backup and restore apps from Google Play or you can just sync your data, the internet settings, the EFS folder or the IMEI / NVRAM data with your Google Account.
You can install the CM 14.1 custom ROM only after applying other two additional operations: first, root your Asus Nexus 7 and the install a custom recovery image in its system (in that respect I recommend you to use CWM or TWRP recovery). The root is required because that’s the only way in which you can unlock the Android system that already runs on your tablet – afterwards the ROM will modify, customize and optimize this platform. And the custom recovery image is the environment from which you will flash the CyanogenMod OS.
And then we have to discuss about pre requisites – without these tasks you cannot successfully complete the update process. So, here is what you need to consider:
- This tutorial is compatible only with the 2013 model of the Google Nexus 7 – don’t use the steps from down below if you own any other Android based device.
- Your computer or notebook is required – there you will download the files that are mentioned below.
- Your tablet and its USB cable are being required too – a connection between these devices must be ensured during the update operation.
- On your Nexus 7 become a Developer (go on Menu, choose Settings and under About Device tap 7 times repeatedly on Built Number) and check the USB Debugging option (this can be found under “menu – settings – developer options”).
- Check the battery level on your tablet – plug in the charger if the power left is lower than 50%.
- Don’t skip the charging process; if you do your Nexus 7 can get turned off, and most likely soft bricked, while you try to install the Android 7.1 Nougat CM14.1 software.
Flash CM14.1 on Google Nexus 7 (2013) and Update to Android 7.1 Nougat OS
- You can download the CM ROM from CyanogenMod’s official download page – go here. Just find your device from the list and resume the download process.
- In addition, download compatible Google Apps – this package isn’t included in the Nougat system so you have to flash it separately.
- First, place these two files on your computer. Then, power on your tablet, connect it with your PC via USB cable and transfer the files on the internal storage memory.
- When done, remove the USB cord and power off your handset – don’t reboot it, power it off completely.
- Now, reboot recovery mode on your Google Nexus 7.
- A wipe is a must. So, from recovery start by choosing “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
- After doing so, go back to the main menu of recovery. Then, select: “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Load the CM14.1 software package and flash it. Then, repeat this step and install the Google Apps package.
- When done you can reboot your tablet by selecting “reboot system now”.
Good job. Test the Android 7.1 Nougat OS and try all the CM 14.1 dedicated features. Don’t forget to share this experience with us and with other users who might need further info on this new update – you can talk with us by using the comments field from down below.