How to Update Nexus 7 to Android 7.1 Nougat Custom ROM

Author Photo
Oct 24, 2016

Looking for an Android Nougat custom ROM for your Nexus 7? Based on the very latest Android 7.1 Nougat, CarbonROM is now available for Nexus 7 (2012). Follow this guide for the steps to update Nexus 7 to Android 7.1 Nougat ROM.

Prerequisites to update Nexus 7 to Android 7.1 Nougat

  • Download and install USB drivers for Nexus 7 (2012) in your computer.
  • Enable USB debugging option by pressing Menu > Settings > Applications. Navigate and tap on Developer Options to ensure that USB Debugging is enabled.
  • Your Nexus device should be rooted.
  • Make sure that TWRP recovery is installed.
  • Ensure that your Nexus carries more than 70% of charge.

Update Nexus 7 to Android 7.1 CarbonROM

Required files: Download unofficial CarbonROM and GApps package and follow these steps to update Nexus 7 (2012) to Android 7.1 CarbonROM.

  • Connect your Nexus device to your PC using USB cable and copy the downloaded files to the SD card of your device.
  • Disconnect your tablet and power it off.
  • Now boot it into the Bootloader mode: press and hold Volume Up, Volume Down and the Power buttons simultaneously. Follow onscreen instructions and go to recovery. Once here, use Volume keys to highlight and Power to select.
  • Data wipe operations: go to wipe data/factory reset and confirm the operation. Also wipe cache partition and finally go for wipe dalvik cache to clean it up too.
  • Now, select install and then choose zip from Sdcard. Locate the CarbonROM Android 7.1 zip file and confirm its installation.
  • When the ROM installation completes successfully, repeat the above step for installing the GApps package.
  • Once done, go back to main recovery menu and select reboot system now.

First boot may take over 5 minutes, so don’t be worried. For queries, errors and support, please visit the XDA thread.