One of the most popular Android ROMS, the AICP ROM based on latest Android 5.1 Lollipop has been released for Nexus 7 (2012) version and is available for download. Although official OTA 5.1 update is available for Nexus 7 but still many users prefer custom ROMS because of improved battery performance and some other tweaks. If you are looking for custom ROM for your Nexus 7 then I recommend to go for AICP custom ROM as it is stable and comes with lot of additional feature to give totally new life to your older Nexus 7 tablet.
This guide is related to installation of AICP Android 5.1 Lollipop custom ROM on Nexus 7 (2012). If you have decided to flash this ROM on your Nexus 7 tablet, then proceed with tutorial after going through safety guidelines.
This guide is applicable to Nexus 7 (2012) only and practicing it on any other tablet variant can be fatal for your phone. [Verify your tablet model from Settings –> About Phone.]
Key Features of AICP Android 5.1 Lollipop Custom ROM
- Screen Recorder
- Proximity Call
- Recent Panel Settings
- Omni switch
- App Circle Bar
- LCD Changer
- Boot Animation Changer
- Much more…
- Make sure your Nexus 7 is at least 64% or charged.
- For safety reasons, you should have have complete backup of all your important data.
- Make sure USB debugging is enabled on your tablet. [If not, enable from Setting –> Developer Options]
The AICP Android 5.1 Lollipop Custom ROM mentioned in this post belong to its respective developer. We are just covering tutorial to help you in its installation which is well-written and very easy to understand. However if you damage or brick your phone, AndroidsDNA.com cannot be held responsible.
How to Install AICP Android 5.1 Lollipop Custom ROM on Nexus 7 (2012)
Step 1: Download the custom ROM and GAPPS. For easy browsing, place both the downloaded zip files on desktop of your Computer.
Step 2: Connect your Nexus 7 to your computer to transfer the download zip files to your tablet SD card. [Make sure latest Samsung drivers are installed, otherwise your PC won’t recognize your phone]
Step 3: Turn Off your tablet and boot it to recovery mode. For that, press and hold “Volume Up + Volume Down + Power” buttons simultaneously until you see boot menu. [You can’t use touch in recovery mode, so use Volume Up and Down buttons for navigation and Power button for selection]
Step 4: In recovery mode, first tap on “wipe data factory reset” option to perform a factory reset. Once this is completed, go to advanced options and select “wipe the cache” followed by “dalvik cache” options to clear the cache.
Step 5: Go back to main recovery menu and select “Install zip from sd card” followed by “choose zip from SD card” and select the ROM zip file you have transferred to SD card in Step 1.
Step 6: Repeat the above step for Google Apps (GAPPS) installation.
Step 7: Once the installation is completed, go back to main recovery menu by selecting “+++++Go Back+++++” option and reboot your phone by choosing “reboot system now” option from main menu. For the first time, your phone might take little more time than it usually takes, so don’t be panic as it is normal and will be only for 1st time.
If you followed everything the way it should, then your Nexus 7 (2012) should have AICP Android 5.1 Lollipop Custom ROM installed on it. Enjoy and if you have any question, feel free to ask!