No techie in their right mind likes the default Android interface provided by Google. The Nexus 7 2013 is a fabulous piece of engineering but to master its full potential, you need to root the tablet. CyanogenMod CM 11 Nightly for Android 4.4.2 KITKAT has been released and is pretty stable version. So if you are really into rooting your Nexus 7 2013 and installing the best CM there is on it, read on.
First and foremost you have to root your Nexus 7 2013 and it is a very easy process. To root it you should download this two files
Now that you have downloaded the above two files, you should back up your Nexus 7 2013 before you embark on any adventure. Back up your contacts using your Gmail account, back up your SMS, images, songs, settings etc. Also ensure that your Nexus 7 2013 is fully charged up before you begin this process.
Next head over to the Settings Menu in your Tablet to enable USB debugging.
“Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”
Once you have enabled the USB debugging proceed as under.
Copy the TWRP image into the fastboot folder, and the SuperSU into the device’s internal memory, then turn off your device.
Boot your Nexus 7 into Fastboot Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down and Power keys together until some text appears on screen.
Connect your device to your PC and open a command prompt in the fastboot folder (hold Shift and Right-click on desktop and then choose Open Command Prompt).
Type : fastboot flash openrecovery-twrp-220.127.116.11-flo.img (or change the image name to whatever image you may use)
Once the command is executed, choose RECOVERY from Fastboot menu and enter Recovery Mode.
From there choose Flash Zip from SD card, and choose the SuperSU zip file that you had copied into the memory earlier.
Once the process is done, select go back, and then “reboot system now”.
Once the device reboots, congratulations, you have rooted your Nexus 7 2013. In case you get stuck in the process just long press the power button and follow the process again.
Now that you have rooted your Nexus 7 2013, you can install the CyanogenMod CM 11 Nightly very easily. To do so you have to download this two files :
1. Nightly Custom ROM (This is the latest one, you can download the older one if you wish from this page but the latest the merrier)
Once you have downloaded the above two files, lets proceed with putting the CM11 Android 4.4.2 Nightly on your Nexus 7 2013.
Connect the tablet to your computer. Move both zip files to the tablets internal storage. After the files are copied, disconnect your tablet from your computer. Don’t unzip any of the files.
Power off the tablet.
Boot your 2013 Nexus 7 into recovery mode. Make sure that you are using the most recent version of your preferred custom recovery so that it will be able to flash Android 4.4 ROMs.
To be safe, create a NANDROID backup. Just tap on Backup and swipe to confirm the process. (Those using ClockWorkMod recovery can tap ‘backup and restore’, name your file, and save it)
Factory reset your tablet. For TWRP: press Wipe, then swipe to confirm. For CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm.
Install the CM11 Nightly ROM. If you have used the TWRP as I have said above, you need to press Install, browse and go to the CM Nightly Zip File you have saved in the internal storage and then swipe to confirm installation. Those using CWM to root their tablets : tap ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’ and navigate to the CM 11 Nightly zip file. Confirm to install.
Install the Gapps zip after the new ROM is installed. Like above TWRP: press Install, find Gapps zip, confirm the process; CWM: select ‘choose zip from sdcard’ once again, find the Gapps file and confirm the process.
When both files are installed, come back to the main recovery screen and reboot your tablet (TWRP: press Reboot, then System/
CWM: select ‘reboot system now’)
Congratulations, you now have the CyanogenMods CM 11 on your Nexus 7 2013. You can now use the Nexus 7 2013 to install your choicest Apps, launchers, themes and other goodies.
Disclaimer : Rooting voids warranty and may brick your Nexus 7 2013, the above information is given for educational purpose only. comboupdates will not be responsible for any mishap that occur.