How to Update Nexus 7 (2012) to Android 7.1 CarbonROM

CarbonROM, based on the latest Android 7.1 Nougate, is now available for the Nexus 7 (2012). If you’re interested, follow this guide to update Nexus 7 (2012) to Android 7.1 CarbonROM.

The Carbon Android 7.1 Nougat ROM runs quite stable with everything working fine. The custom ROM comes with several new features, including:

  • Latest Android-7.1.0_r4 (NDE63P)
  • Webview: Update to 5.2
  • Gradle-plugin: Update to 2.2
  • SEPolicy: extra permissions for cppreopts & otapreopts

Prerequisites to Update Nexus 7 (2012) to Android 7.1 CarbonROM

  • Download and install ASUS Nexus 7 USB drivers in your computer.
  • Create a Nandroid backup of your Nexus 7 (2012) system – for just in case anything goes wrong.
  • Enable USB debugging mode on your device: Menu > Settings > Applications > Developer Options > USB debugging.
  • Your Nexus 7 must be rooted, unlocked and installed with TWRP recovery.
  • Make sure your tablet’s battery carries more than 70% of charge.

Note: This is not an official release by ASUS, but just a custom ROM so it will void your warranty when installed on your tablet.

Steps to Update Nexus 7 (2012) to Android 7.1 CarbonROM

  • Download Android 7.1 Nougat based CabonROM and Google Apps package for Nexus 7 on your computer.
  • Connect your Nexus device to your computer using a USB cable.
  • Tranfer the downloaded files to the SD card of your device. When done, unplug the USB cord and power off your Nexus 7.
  • Reboot the device into the Bootloader mode by pressing and holding Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons simultaneously.
  • Follow the on-screen navigation instructions and go to recovery. Once there, use Volume keys to highlight and Power to select.
  • Perform wipe data tasks by selecting “wipe data factory reset” and confirming the operation. Also, select “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache” to clean them up too.
  • Once done, go back to the main recovery screen and select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
  • Next up, locate the CarbonROM zip file and confirm its installation.
  • When the ROM installation process is complete, repeat the above step for the Google Apps package.
  • After the installation completes, go back to main recovery menu and choose “Reboot system now”. The first boot may take a few minutes so please wait.

That’s it! You’ve updated your Nexus 7 (2012) to Android 7.1 Nougat CarbonROM.

If you run into any problems, feel free to shoot us a comment below and we’ll try our best to reply you back ASAP with a solution to your problem.

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