CM12.1 Nightly custom ROM now brings Android 5.1.1 Lollipop to the Samsung Nexus 10. What’s different with CyanogenMod is the fact that is purely based on AOSP and has tweaks that are being overlooked by hundreds of developers. CM12.1 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop is a experience in itself. Surely it doesn’t run anything different from official Android but the key differences come into play when you set out to customize the ROM. You have the ability to govern anything and everything. From the notification center to the default equalizer for your speakers, everything is covered. We recommend you give CM12.1 Nightly a shot to revive this old device. Also, this being a Nightly, new builds will be added each day. You can update to them automatically through OTA once you have a CM12.1 Nightly version running successfully. If interested in Android 5.1.1 for other tablets, check out our new Custom ROMs section. You can update Nexus 10 to CM12.1 Nightly Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom firmware using the tutorial below. This is not an official release by Samsung, 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 CM12.1 Nightly Android 5.1.1 Lollipop ROM on Nexus 10 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.

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CM12.1 Nightly Android 5.1.1 Lollipop ROM Details:

For those who are new to CyanogenMod, please read the following:

CyanogenMod (pronounced sigh-AN-oh-jen-mod), is a customized, aftermarket firmware distribution for several Android devices (See above for supported devices & how to install CyanogenMod on said devices). Based on the Android Open Source Project, CyanogenMod is designed to increase performance and reliability over Android-based ROMs released by vendors and carriers such as Google, T-Mobile, HTC, etc. CyanogenMod also offers a variety of features & enhancements that are not currently found in these versions of Android.

Here is a quick note for those who are going to install this release of CM12.1 for the very first time:

NOTE: Since this is not a final build, make sure you know that after installing this firmware update, your Android device can get FC errors, boot loops, several other bugs, apps might not work or worse, your phone might not boot. To fix, you will have to reinstall stock firmware or any other stable custom ROM.

Remember, this is not an official firmware update. This is a custom ROM, based on AOSP release of the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

We haven’t really found any major issues or apps that do not work with this Android 5.1.1 CM12.1 custom firmware.

Samsung Nexus 10 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 Samsung Nexus 10 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Nexus 10 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 Samsung Nexus 10 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.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update Nexus 10 to CM12.1 Nightly Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom firmware.

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