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Update Nexus 7 to Paranoid Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean Custom ROM

Paranoid Android 4.2.1 for Nexus 7 is one of our favourite custom ROMs out there. Nexus 7 has an Android UI that is more like that of an Android phone, not very tablet specific. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you have the option to switch to the phone or tablet UI whenever you want? Paranoid Android is the perfect custom ROM if you want that functionality. You can now easily update Nexus 7 to Paranoid Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean custom firmware with the tutorial below. You will need to have ClockworkMod recovery installed on Nexus 7 in order to 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 Paranoid Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean on Nexus 7 with complete steps. Please note, this is a custom firmware, not an official update by ASUS or Google. Let’s get on with the tutorial now and make sure you backup your tablet as given 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 ( 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 😉

UPDATE: If you want to install the official update Android 4.2.1 JoP40D on Nexus 7, read the tutorial here!

Paranoid Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM Features:

Paranoid Android 2.99 comes with loads on new changes and great features, apart from the usual Paranoid features pack. Here is the list:

  • Hybrid engine,
  • Per app Layout, this will let you choose the UI of any app, that means you can switch apps into their tablet layouts
  • Per app Size, scale apps individually, this is especially important if you use tablet apps, go as small or big as you like
  • Per app Color, this lets you select statusbar and navbar colors for apps individually, colors will shift when you jump from one app to another
  • Hybrid engine makes it possible to use any tablet ready app available on your phone, start with your regular Google apps and see what treasures lie hidden in them and just how well they work on your device.
  • You can use hybrid engine to use all available general interface UI’s aswell: Phone, Phablet, Tablet. This is safe as milk, we don’t change DPI, we don’t trash your market, we don’t shrink all your apps or force them into layouts, you don’t need to edit system files for that.
  • Transparent bars and color pickers, new SystemUI drawables thanks to giannisgx89
  • Theming Engine
  • Statusbar Settings, Lockscreen Settings
  • Multiuser support
  • Quicksettings -> Quicktoggles
  • 4.2 Walls and sounds, Google stock apps
  • As we merge back our old CMPA feature catalogue this list will grow considerably over the coming weeks
  • New holo-styled theme chooser
  • T9 dialer
  • New papreferences app

UPDATE: AOKP ROM based on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean is now available for this phone. Read the tutorial here!

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 Android 4.2.1 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:

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your tablet, we strongly recommend you to also 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 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 tablet 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 tablet to Paranoid Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean custom ROM.

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Haris Nadeem

He lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.