Google’s Nexus series without a doubt is the future of Android, and we all agree upon it. Whenever a new version of Android is released, it is first pumped to the Nexus range of devices, such as the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, and the new Nexus devices. It seldom happens that a Nexus user goes home with a frown on his face, just because the latest update didn’t catch the attention of his device.
Google is generous enough to provide regular updates to its old Nexus devices and pump the latest features as much as possible. However, with the advancement in technology and the resources we now find in Android Marshmallow, some old device had to be left, one such case is with the Nexus 7 2012 model. While the second generation of the same could taste the latest version of Android, this device couldn’t make it through.
In spite of Google officially over-throwing the Nexus 7 2012, some great developers over at XDA have managed to ‘hack’ into the software, and get a stable build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow ready for the Nexus 7 2012, and as always, we’ve got you covered this time around too. Ensure that your Nexus device is the WiFi variant only, and then proceed with the guide given below. Before proceeding with the guide, make sure that you’ve a custom recovery installed on your device. If you don’t have one, follow our guide from below link:
- Ensure that you have a Google Nexus 7 which is already rooted, and with a Custom Recovery installed.
- You need the ROM file in order to flash the latest Marshmallow on Nexus 7 2012 → Download.
- Make sure to take a nandroid backup of your device and a backup of internal memory too (just in case). Flashing this ROM on your Nexus 7 2012 will require you to wipe off everything from your device.
- In this case, you’ll also be needing an Android Marshmallow Gapps file in order to attain the Google Play Services package, alongside the other Google Applications → Download.
Step-By-Step Installation Guide
- Download and transfer the Marshmallow ROM file with the Zip extension that you downloaded earlier, to your Nexus 7.
- Boot your device into recovery mode. To do this:
- Switch off your Nexus 7 2012.
- Now press and hold the Power + Volume Down buttons simultaneously until you see the Recovery UI on your device.
- Once you see the Recovery UI, you can let go of the two buttons.
- Now we should do a full wipe on your device. To do this:
- In the recovery menu, tap on Wipe option and select Advanced wipe.
- Check the dalvik-cache, system, data and cache partitions from the list.
- Now swipe the “Swipe to wipe” bar to wipe the selected partitions.
- Navigate back to main menu and tap the Install button, and find and locate the ROM file that you’ve downloaded and transferred earlier on your Nexus 7.
- Select it, and swipe to flash the ROM.
- Repeat the above steps to flash the Gapps package too.
- Wait for a moment until the flashing process is done.
- Once done, reboot your freshly flashed Nexus 7 2012. Note that the first boot might take up to 5 minutes.
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