Update Nexus 7 (2012) to Android 7.1.1 AOSP Nougat Custom Firmware

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This is a very special ROM for Nexus 7 (2012). This brings the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat on this device. Asus won’t be updating Nexus 7 (2012) to latest Android Nougat but the power of unofficial developers never stop. With the installation of this ROM on your Nexus 7 (2012) you can enjoy the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat on Nexus 7 (2012). This is a fully stock Android experience so don’t expect anything fancy here. If interested in Android 7.1.1 for other tablets, check out our new Custom ROMs section. You can update Nexus 7 to AOSP Android 7.1.1 Nougat custom firmware using the tutorial below. This is not an official release by ASUS, but just a custom ROM which would require a custom recovery like ClockworkMod in order to flash the ROM zip and Google Apps zip files on your tablet. Also make sure, your warranty will be voided when you install this custom ROM.

As you continue reading below, we will guide you through how to backup data, some other important tips and the entire process of how to install AOSP Android 7.1.1 Nougat ROM on Nexus 7 with complete steps using CWM Recovery. Let’s get on with the tutorial now and make sure you backup your tablet as given below, because all the data will wiped during the installation process. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s begin with the tutorial below.


Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

AOSP Android 7.1.1 Nougat ROM Details:

This amazing AOSP custom ROM comes with tons of new features and is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the ASUS Nexus 7, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

Like this AOSP ROM based on the latest Android 7.1.1? We love it too and we know you are looking forward to install it on your tablet now. We will be waiting for your feedback! Please read below for important tips on how to make sure your installation goes smooth and you do not end up with any problems.

ASUS Nexus 7 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android tablet with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for ASUS Nexus 7 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download ASUS Nexus 7 USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving ASUS Nexus 7 backup data to Motorola Xoom.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your tablet, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing tablet set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android tablet to the computer? You may need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your tablet goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your tablet might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

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All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update Nexus 7 to AOSP Android 7.1.1 Nougat custom firmware.

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  • Brandon Stucki

    I just installed this and it has breathed new life into my nexus 7 2012. It was crawling with KitKat trying to keep up with new protocols of the play store. It’s not pixel fast, but it’s so much smoother than it was. Thanks!

    • Brandon Stucki

      Just as an FYI, after backups, I used TWRP recovery module to wipe my system and do a fresh install of this rom. With it, I installed Open Gapps ARM 7.1 pico gapps, which just gives you the play store. I also flashed SuperSu 2.79 beta which works great.

  • jon

    Hi guys i have a nexus 7 2012 with a custom rom and i would like to flash it back to stock but when i connect my tablet to my freshly installed windows 7 i get no sound notification nor popup to indicate that a device has been connected. When i check my tablet screen it says charging. I have tried 4-5 different cables and the same problem. Can someone help?

  • Alex Coaster

    Step 3 says to install these files to the SD card. WTF? The Nexus 7 (2012) does not have an SD card slot. What are you supposed to do?