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How to Install Nexus 7 AOKP Android 4.2.1 Build 1 Jelly Bean Custom ROM

AOKP Android 4.2.1 Build 1 ROM for Nexus 7 can now be downloaded. This was released a few days ago. CyanogenMod 10.1 is still in the nightly phase, whereas the folks at AOKP have already built their final release, based on the Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean AOSP release. Lots of new features are a part of this Build 1 release. We have mentioned the list below. You can now easily update Nexus 7 to AOKP Android 4.2.1 Build 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 AOKP Android 4.2.1 Build 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, because all the data will wiped during the installation process.

AOKP Android 4.2.1 Build 1 Jelly Bean

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 😉

AOKP Android 4.2.1 Build 1 Jelly Bean ROM Features:

AOKP Build 1 comes with loads of new changes and great features, apart from the usual Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean features. Here is the list:

  • General UI
    • Custom boot animation
    • Custom carrier label
    • Notification background
    • Statusbar brightness slider
    • Recents RAM Bar & Kill All button
    • Power menu options
  • Lockscreen
    • Customizable text color
    • Volume wake & music controls
    • Allow any kind & unlimited number of widgets (new)
  • Navigation Bar
    • Fully customizable NavBar (buttons, color, transparency, widgets, etc.)
    • Menu arrow keys while typing (new)
    • Customizable NavBar Ring
  • Statusbar
    • Battery indicator styles
    • Clock styles
    • Signal styles
    • Statusbar transparency (new)
    • Customizable Statusbar Toggles (new, based on Google’s tiles)
  • LED Control
  • Custom Vibrations
  • Sound Settings
    • Less frequent notification sounds
    • Headphone action
    • BT connect action
    • Flip action
    • Quiet Hours (CM)
    • Disable safe headset volume warning (new)
  • Themes support (multi-user support still buggy, use at your own risk)
  • NFC Polling modes

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

UPDATE 2: Android 4.2.1 AOKP Build 2 custom ROM is now also available for this Nexus 7 tablet. 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 AOKP Android 4.2.1 Build 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.