Flashing a Google Nexus 7

This post is going to describe the process of flashing your nexus 7 from stock android ( the google nexus 7 doesn’t come with any carrier add-on software )

What You Need :

  • Android Platform-Tools from the Android SDK (Install Platform-Tools only… You do not want nor need the Google USB Drivers)
  • Universal Naked ADB/Fastboot/APX Drivers for Android
  • Team Win Recovery Project Recovery Image for Nexus 7 (Grouper)
  • CyanogenMod 10.1 for Nexus 7 (Grouper)
  • Google Apps (2012-12-12) for Android 4.2.x
  • SuperSU v1.04 (Superuser has problems on 4.2)


Install (on your PC) :

  • Install Platform-Tools
  • Install universal drivers

On your device

  • boot into the boot menu ( hold the volume down button when pressing the power to turn on )

On your computer, execute the following commands:

  • fastboot oem unlock
  • Reboot Device Normally
  • Reboot into Fastboot
  • fastboot flash recovery /path/to/recovery.img
  • fastboot reboot-bootloader
  • Use arrow keys and boot to recovery
  • adb push /local/path/to/cm10.1.zip /sdcard/cm10.1.zip
  • adb push /local/path/to/gapps.zip /sdcard/gapps.zip
  • adb push /local/path/to/ExchangeNoPIN.zip /sdcard/ExchangeNoPin.zip
  • adb push /local/path/to/SuperSU.zip /sdcard/SuperSU.zip
  • Wipe > Factory Reset
  • Install Zip
    1. Cm10.1.zip
    2. Gapps.zip
    3. SuperSU.zip
  • Wipe Cache/Dalvik (new OS)
  • Reboot
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Tim Voet has been in the IT industry since 1997. Tim started his career doing tech support and network administration at a large Pharma company. He then spent the next 12 years doing development, leading and managing development teams, mostly in Java, but also some PHP, and Ruby on Rails. Tim has always hands on, and loves challenges that make most people cringe. When he isn't at work, he's spending as much time as he can with his wife and 3 boys. Life can be a busy time with that many young kids. He is currently open to new consulting opportunities, please feel free to contact him with your project information tim - at - timvoet dot com

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