So it turns out the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (A 6-year-old tablet) still has a lot of development going on it. It is also the tab that (as some of you may know) the first one I bought and rooted! And even after 6 years, the tablet still has developers working on it! For real, when I bought this tab I never thought that I would still be using it after 6 years but it turns out that.
I Was Wrong
Even after 6 freaking years, this tablet has survived with me and I guess if you have your Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 with you as well then you might also be willing to increase its lifespan just a bit more… Luckily, as stated above, thanks to the help of Andi-Android. Galaxy Tab 2 users can now install LineageOS 14.1 (that’s android Nougat) on their tablets!
And if you are one of those but kinda don’t know where to / how to start then this guide is the best place for you my friend. I’ve also done a lot of other guides on this tab so you might also wanna check’em out as well.
Other Useful Guides On Galaxy Tab 2
Anyways, without any more bullshit let’s get straight to the point. Download the LineageOS 14.1 ROM from the links placed below. These links will directly take you to the ROM’s download page. These are official links provided by Andi on Android File Host and I don’t take any credits for that.
What I do take credit for is the handy “how to install a ROM” tutorial I placed just below the download links so you can easily read the steps while your ROM is downloading (pretty neat right?) The tutorial is written clearly with images so even your cat can flash the ROM in your absence.
My Thought’s On The ROM
The ROM is certainly decent. I’ve been using it for over 2 weeks now and the battery backup has gotten better and so does the overall usability of the tablet. There are crashes and stutters every now and then while using the tablet but I think those are more because of the aging hardware and not the ROM itself.
Android Nougat 7.1.2 LineageOS 14.1 Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 - AndroidCUT
The ROM does what it does, provide a good experience for anyone looking for a stable ROM and heck it even has the latest security patch (December 5) which I found kind of surprising because there are only a few phones that have it.
I didn’t bothered with Antutu benchmark or shit cuz they are just numbers and for me, a good user experience is the key deciding factor. Also, this tab is too slow for 3d benchmarks and literally makes me cry when it renders like 2 frames per second.
For Those Looking For A Stable Android Nougat ROM, This Is Your Best Bet.
Features Of The ROM
- Based On Android Nougat
- All The Nougat Features
- Additional LineageOS Customizations.
- Fasy & Stable.
- Substratum Theme Engine Support
- Clean bloat free interface
- Xposed Framework Support.
- Good Battery backup
- Good call sound (On 3G Varients)
- Better Wifi Reception In Some Models.
- Both Cameras working
- Clean bloat free interface
Bugs Of The ROM
- May Hang At Some Places.
- Stock Camera App Might Not Work On Some Models. Please Install Third Party Ones.
- Recent Task Windows Looks Weird.
- Please Comment More If You Find Other Bugs.
Download LineageOS 14.1 ROM For Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
The ROM was originally posted on XDA Forums and like the name suggests, Is an Open Source Project. Meaning the ROM is based on an Open Source Code. Though I would like to credit the contributors that made this ROM possible.
This dude is amazing and had contributed a lot to the development of our device and I would recommend checking out his website for more awesome ROMs for your tab 2!
Download Link For Espresso3g
- Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 – P3100
- Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 – P5100
Download Link For EspressoWifi
- Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 – P3110 / P3113
- Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 – P5110 / P5113
NOTE: Don’t Know Which Model You Have? Go to settings -> About Tablet -> Model
How To Flash A Rom Tutorial
So if you’re interested in trying out the ROM (Which you should) But you don’t know How To Flash A ROM then you can check out this little tutorial that I’ve written on How To Flash A ROM On Your Device.
NOTE: The Tutorial Used Below Is A Universal One Because I Can’t Rewrite One For Every single Phone. Due To That, The ScreenShot You May See Below Show A Different ROM.zip But Don’t Worry The Steps Are Legit And Will Work On Every Phone Running TWRP Recoveries 🙂
- Your Device Should Be Rooted With TWRP Custom Recovery Installed.
- Backup Your Current Data.
- Battery Should Be Above 25%.
- Download The Android Nougat ROM From Above.
- Put The Downloaded ROM In Your SD Card.
Step 1: Entering Recovery Mode
Shut Down Your Device and wait till it’s completely turned off (You’ll hear a buzz sound when it’s completely turned off) after which enter the Recovery mode by pressing the Home Button + Volume Up + Power Button at the same until you see the Samsung boot logo pop-up.
Step 2: Wiping The System
Once you’re in the recovery, The home screen would look like this. In the menu that you can see, tap on the “Wipe” Tile to enter the Wiping Zone.
Step 3: Advance Wiping.
Once you enter the wiping zone. Tap on “Advanced Wipe” & select all the following items.
- Dalvik/ART Cache.
Once you’ve selected these items, slide the bar below to wipe. After the wipe is done, Go back to the home screen by pressing the software keys at the bottom of the screen.
Step 4: Installing The ROM
On the home screen, Tap on the “Install” Tile to open Installation menu. In the Installation menu browse through the files & select the ROM that you’ve downloaded.
- Example – Storage/ External_SD-Card / Custom ROM / Custom_ROM.zip
NOTE: Of course, You’re Not Suppose To Flash The “Custom ROM.zip” It’s Just An Example ScreenShot I’ve Put There Just To Make Things Easier To Understand. (Also I Can’t Possibly Add A New Screenshot On Each Post)
Once you’ve found the ROM, tap on it to select and just like last time, Slide the bar on the bottom to flash it. The ROM flashing process will now start & will take 4-5 Minutes to complete After which you need to flash the GApps Which Can Be Found From The Conveniently Placed Links Below. (Hint: Your Tab 2 Is Arm)
Don’t Know What Are GApps Or How To Flash Them? No Worries! Check Out Our Full Guide On How To Flash GApps On Any Android Phone.
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