The Galaxy Tab 2 tablet devices are the successor to Samsung’s first generation of tablets. The Tab 2 is available in 7.0-inch and 10.1-inch screen sizes. Even within these two variants, there are 3 more variants of the each screen size on the basis of network connectivity capabilities.
Here is how the variants of the Galaxy Tab 2 get their model number:
- First digit: 5 for Tab 10.1, 3 for Tab 7.0
- Final three digits: 100 for 3G, 110 for WiFi international, 113 for WiFi (American)
If you are looking for a good custom ROM for your Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, what can be better than the CyanogenMod ROM which is the most popular third party custom ROM for smartphones running on Android OS. You will hardly find a phone that has not an official or unofficial build of the CyanogenMod ROM.
The CyanogenMod is an enhanced open source developers community that develops ROMs for smart phones and tablets based on the Android mobile operating system. CyanogenMod is developed as free and open source software based on the official releases of Android by Google, with added original and third-party code. It offers features and options not found in the official firmware distributed by vendors of these devices.
Some of the features that give this ROM a distinctive quality are: native theming support, FLAC audio codec support, a large Access Point Name list, an OpenVPN client, an enhanced reboot menu, support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB tethering, CPU overclocking and other performance enhancements, soft buttons and other “tablet tweaks”, toggles in the notification pull-down (such as wi-fi, Bluetooth and GPS), app permissions management, as well as other interface enhancements.
Since CyanogenMod ROMs do not contain bloatwares or other unwanted garbage that are stuffed by device manufacturers, they are very light-weight and thus they increase performance compared with official firmware releases.
Download CyanogenMod 10.1 (Android 4.2.2) for Tab 2:
As we said earlier, the CyanogenMod ROMs are available for almost all Android smartphones and tablet device, the Galaxy Tab 2 with all its variants is not an exception. The present tutorial will guide you as you install the latest official builds of the CM ROMs to the following models of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 and 10.1 inch variants. Click the device’s name to download the latest CM 10.1 ROM. Download the ROM in zip (do not extract) and copy it to the internal or external SD Card.
Keep it in mind that flashing a custom ROM is considered a risky procedure. Therefore, do not plunge into the business unless you are sure what is it all about. If you are not careful while flashing a custom ROM on to your Galaxy Tab 2, you might even brick it. Proceed on your responsibility.
Root Your Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 First:
A custom ROM requires permission to overwrite the system files of your device and a custom Recovery to install it. That is why, you have to root your Tab 2 and install the ClockworkMod Recovery on it before it becomes eligible to do this. If you have already gone through the rooting stuff, you can skip it.
Installing CM 10.1 on Galaxy Tab2:
- Download the latest CM 10.1 ROM for you device from the link above and copy the zip file to your Tab 2’s SD Card (internal or external).
- Download the Google Apps zip package from here and copy it to the internal or external SD Card.
- Charge the Galaxy Tab 2 at least 80% battery level.
- Open Settings> Developer Options and turn on USB Debugging.
- Backup all your contacts, messages, apps etc.
- Turn off your Galaxy Tab 2 and boot it into the ClockworkMod Recovery: press and hold the Volume Down and Power keys simultaneously. Release the Power button when Samsung image is shown and Release the Volume Down key. Use the Volume Down to navigate between the icons and highlight the left icon (box). Press the Volume Up to select it and you will enter the recovery mode where you see a black screen with blue text.
- In the Recovery mode, use the Volume keys to scroll and highlight the options and the Power key to select an item.
- The first thing you should do before flashing a custom ROM on your device is to create a backup of your current ROM so that you might restore it later in case anything goes wrong, or you do not like the new ROM. Go to “backup and restore> backup” and and backup the ROM.
- Now in the main menu of recovery, go to “wipe data/factory reset” and wipe data.
- Then scroll to “install zip from sd card> choose zip from sd card” and select the ROM file.
- When the ROM is installed, select “install zip from sd card> choose zip from sd card” again and install the Gapps file.
- Finally, go back to the main menu and select “reboot system now”.
When you Tab 2 boots up, it will be running on the latest CM 10.1 Android 4.2.1 ROM. Please, Don’t restore system data using Titanium Backup! Restoring Apps + Data might cause problems and is not recommended, avoid it if possible! Since the CyanogenMod supports themes, you can download free and paid theme from the Play Store.