Update Nexus 7 LTE (2013) to Android 5.0.2 with CyanogenMod 12 Nightly ROM

The most awaited official CyanogenMod 12 Nightly firmware has been released for Nexus 7 LTE (2013) tablets. This CM12 ROM is based on the original Android Open Source Project (AOSP), Android OS version 5.0.2 Lollipop and you can now update the Nexus 7 LTE (2013) codenamed ‘Deb‘ to this custom Android 5.0.2 Nightly ROM. This ROM comes with smooth and fast stock Lollipop experience, which is highly-stable and can be used as a daily driver. If you have Nexus 7 LTE and want to  successfully install such custom ROM on your device then we’ve a detailed step-by-step guide that how to install the CM12 Nightly ROM on Nexus 7 LTE.

Please keep in mind that this is just a custom ROM which is not officially released by Google, so it is expected that some features might not functioning properly including some bugs but the main benefit of installing nightly build is, that its issues will be fixed soon and you can taste the newly added features. You’ll need to have a custom recovery already installed on your device in order to flash this custom Nightly ROM to enjoy Android 5.0.2 Lollipop as well as CyanogenMod ROM key features by flashing this ROM using a custom recovery like CWM or TWRP recovery.

CM12 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Working Features:

  • Improved Ok Google with standby mode support
  • Tap to Go
  • Double tap to wake
  • Ambient Display
  • Improved Face Unlock
  • Lock Screen Notifications
  • Priority Mode
  • Guest Mode
  • Pin App Feature
  • Improved Quick Settings
  • Improved Multitasking
  • Material Design and many more.

Not Working Features:

  • Theme Engine
  • Quick Settings Customization and Ribbon Mode
  • Navigation Bar Reorganization
  • Sound Panel Customization
  • Lock-Screen Quick Unlock


This tutorial having the Android 5.0.2 CM12 Official ROM is only applicable to the Google Nexus 7 2013. Do not try to install this firmware on any other device or variant, as a result your device might gets bricked. You can find the correct model of your device by going to Settings > About Tablet.


AndroidXDA.net will not be responsible for any kind of damage or lose occurred to your Nexus 7 device during or after the installation of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop CM12 Nightly ROM. Proceed at your own risk.

Before Getting Started:

  • It is highly recommended to take a proper backup of all your existing data and settings on the Nexus 7 before proceeding to the installation procedure.
  • Download and install Nexus 7 LTE (2013) USB Drivers on the PC.
  • Enable USB Debugging Mode on your Nexus 7 Tablet by navigating to Settings > Developer Options
  • Make sure that the device has to be on an unlocked bootloader
  • The Nexus 7 tablet must be Rooted with the latest Custom Recovery image of CWM or TWRP installed.
  • Verify that your tablet has at least about 80% of battery charge.

Required Files:

Steps to Install Android 5.0.2 CyanogenMod 12 Official Nightly ROM on Nexus 7 LTE (2013):

Step No 1:- First, download Android 5.0.2 CyanogenMod 12 custom ROM (cm-12-20150129-NIGHTLY-deb.zip) on the desktop of your PC for Nexus 7 2013 LTE.

Step No 2:- Plug your Nexus device to the PC using USB data cable and mount its USB Mass Storage.

Step No 3:- Transfer the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop CM12 ROM .zip file that you have already downloaded from the above link, to the root folder of internal memory of your device.

Step No 4:- Now, disconnect the tablet from the PC and turn it OFF in order to boot into Bootloader Mode.

Step No 5:- Next, turn it ON while pressing and holding Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons at the same time for a few seconds. Select Bootloader by following the on-screen instructions and finally select the Recovery Mode.

Step No 6:- While your Nexus 7 tablet is in CWM Recovery, perform full data wipe by selecting Wipe Data/Factory Reset, Wipe Cache Partition and Wipe Dalvik Cache also by navigating to Advanced > Wipe Dalvik Cache.

Note:- Please keep in mind that Wipe Dalvik Cache will help you to prevent boot loops and other errors related to boot ROM while installing the firmware.

Step No 7:- Go back to the main recovery menu and select Install Zip from SDcard > Choose Zip from SDcard.

Step No 8:- Navigate to Android 5.0.2 CM12 ROM .zip file which you’ve already transferred to the root folder of internal memory earlier and confirm the ROM installation process to start.

Step No 8:- Install Google Apps Package by repeating the same procedure.

Step No 9:- After the ROM and Google Apps installation completes, navigate to “+++++Go Back+++++” and from the Recovery Menu, choose Reboot System Now.

Your Nexus 7 2013 will be rebooted and it will take about 4 to 5 min to boot up for the first time after installation.

That’s it! You’ve updated Nexus 7 2013 LTE to the latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update using CyanogenMod 12 Nightly ROM.

Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments section below if you are facing any issue or have queries while updating your Nexus tablet to this latest CM12 Nightly Official ROM.


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