After being released a few months ago, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 received has received a good treatment from XDA Developers community. Just a few days ago, the official CyanogenMod 10.1 was released bringing along the taste of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean plus hundreds of performances boosters and cool features.
Perhaps, the only downside in manually flashing a ROM into a device is that it is not official and there is always a risk that the device will be bricked if you do the process wrong. If you’re one of those willing to take that risk, continue reading below as we will walk you through updating your Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 with CM 10.1
Make sure you backup all your important data including SMS messages, Contacts and APN settings. You can use Samsung KIES software to do the backup but unlike iOS devices, it is easier to manually back everything up in your phone.
Check your battery. Make sure you have, at least, 85 percent battery left to prevent being powered out during the process. Interruption during the update process may brick your phone.
Enable USB Debugging by going to Setting => Developer options => USB Debugging.
Download and install ClockworkMod Recovery. While developers say other recovery tools may work with this mod, they just don’t provide support for them.
Disclaimer: All tools including mods, ROMs and firmware used and mentioned in this tutorial are owned by their respective developers. We provide you the way to update your device as accurate as possible but the choice is yours to follow it or not. Therefore, you cannot blame us (TheDroidGuy.com) or the developers that provided us the tools to update Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.
Important Tools to Download
It is imperative you know what model of Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 you got. There are three models available in the market today. Download respective ClockworkMod Recovery for each model:
Installing CWM Recovery into an Android device is easier than you think, however, there are things you have to do in order that’s why this step-by-step guide should be followed faithfully.
Step 1: Boot Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 into Download Mode. Press and hold both Power and Volume Up buttons together until you see the Android robot. Press Volume Down button to confirm you want to go to Download Mode.
Provided you have all USB drivers installed in your computer and have downloaded ODIN, you’re ready for the next step.
Step 2: Extract ODIN v1.85 zip file into a directory you have easy access to; the desktop is the best place to put it on. Once it’s extracted, run the application and connect your Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 to your computer while it’s in the Download Mode.
You’ll know that your tablet is well-connected with your computer when you see the ID:COM section in ODIN interface turns yellow. There are times you have to wait a bit for the detection process to complete.
Step 3: Now click on “PDA” and browse the directory where you saved CWM recovery file. Still on ODIN interface, be sure to check options Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time and click on “Start” button to begin the process.
Step 4: Wait until your device is rebooted; that means that the CWM installation is complete. Just after you see the home screen, you can disconnect your tablet from your computer. But that’s just for the installation of ClockworkMod Recovery.
There’s no point in installing CWM if you won’t continue in installing CM 10.1 to your device. Now, here’s the step-by-step tutorial on how to install official CM 10.1 Jelly Bean into your Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.
Step-by-Step CyanogenMod 10.1 Installation Guide
Step 1: Copy Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean CM 10.1 and Google Apps packages into your internal memory. Make sure you save it in the root directory because doing otherwise would make these packages undetectable. Now you need to turn your tablet and disconnected from your computer.
Step 2: Boot your device into Recovery Mode by pressing and holding both the Power and Volume Down buttons. This step would bring your automatically to ClockworkMod Recovery mode; you are required to perform a full data wipe. After doing so, you need to scroll down a bit and choose the option “flash zip from SD card” and press Power button to confirm it.
Step 3: After doing step 2, look for “choose zip from sdcard” and press Power button.
Step 4: Now choose Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean CM 10.1 zip file using volume keys, Power button for confirmation. ClockworkMod Recovery will automatically bring you to the root directory of your SD card; that’s why you need to save these files into the root directory in the first place.
Step 5: Repeat these steps to install Google Apps.
Step 6: After everything is installed, you need to reboot your device using the options you have in CWM Recovery; “+++++Go Back” and select “reboot system now.”
That’s it, your Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is now running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with customized features brought by CyanogenMod 10.1.