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Install Carbon ROM Android 7.1.2 Nougat Custom ROM On Nexus 7 2012

In this detailed guide, we have some great news for Google Nexus 7 2012 users, now you can update your device to the latest Android 7.1.2 Nougat via Carbon ROM. As we know that Google has stopped the official Android OS support for the Nexus 2012 variants but thanks to the XDA developers to developed this amazing custom firmware based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat for Nexus 7 2012.

Now you can taste the latest Android Nougat OS experience on your device. This latest custom ROM comes with all the main features, applications and capabilities which can be run smoothly on your device. Also, the Carbon ROM brings all the official Android Nougat features and can be used as a daily driver without any problem.

Carbon ROM is not officially released by Asus but just a custom ROM so you may face some minor bug but don’t worry they will be solved in next update. Your device should be rooted and installed with the latest version of a custom recovery like TWRP or CWM (ClockworkMod) to flash this Carbon ROM custom ROM on Nexus 7 2012.

By following this simple step by step guide, you can install this Android 7.1.2 Nougat via Carbon ROM custom firmware on your own Nexus 7 2012. This custom firmware packed with number of customization features, improvements, changes and it is one of the most stable custom ROM. Before proceeding don’t forgot to take full backup of all your valuable data. If you are interested in updating Nexus 7 2012 to Carbon ROM Android 7.1.2 Nougat custom ROM then go ahead and follow the given steps.

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  • Make a proper backup of all your relevant existing data on Nexus 7 (2012).
  • The stock Marshmallow OS version should be installed on Nexus 7 (2012).
  • Download and install USB drivers for Asus Nexus 7 on your computer.
  • The Nexus bootloader should be unlocked.
  • Enable USB debugging option by pressing Menu > Settings > Applications. Navigate and tap on Developer Options to ensure that USB Debugging is enabled.
  • You Nexus 7 (2012) must be rooted, and the latest build of either CWM or TWRP Recovery should be pre-installed on it to flash a brand new Android 7.1.2-based custom ROM.
  • For this firmware installation, you will also need to factory reset the phone.
  • Finally, ensure that your Nexus device carries more than 70% of charge.


Please note that this guide can be used only for the Google Nexus 7 (2012) devices. Don’t use the firmware file given in this guide for any other device or incorrect variant. Do note that you will experience some force close errors while running this Nougat firmware on your Nexus 7 (2012).

Required Files:

Steps to Flash Carbon ROM Android 7.1.2 Nougat Custom ROM on Asus Nexus7 (2012) Tablet:

Step No 1: – Download Carbon ROM Android 7.1.2 Nougat custom ROM and Gapps for Android 7.1.2 ROMs from the above links given on the desktop of your PC. (Make sure to select the Android 7.1.2 OS version) while downloading Google Apps package.

Step No 2: – Connect the device to your PC and copy/paste both files to the phone’s internal storage. Do not unzip the files.

Step No 3: – Disconnect the phone from PC and turn it OFF to boot into Recovery Mode.

Step No 4: – Turn ON the phone while pressing and holding Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons at the same time.

Step No 5: – While your Nexus7 (2012) is in Bootloader / Fastboot main screen, press Volume Up to enter into Recovery mode. Then press Power to boot the Recovery Mode.

Step No 6: – Once in Recovery Mode, make an NANDROID Backup for the installed ROM by navigating to ‘backup and restore.’ Then set the file name and confirm process to begin the backup.

Step No 7: – Next, Factory Reset Nexus7 (2012) and proceed to flash the Android 7.1.2 custom ROM.

Step No 8: – In CWM Recovery, select ‘install zip from sd card’, then ‘choose zip from sd card.’ Find the Android 7.1.2 custom ROM file and confirm the installation process to begin.

9: – Once the Android 7.1.2 firmware installation is completed, repeat the above steps to flash the Gapps zip on your Nexus7 (2012).

Step No 10: – After installation is successfully finished, reboot the device in normal mode.

Step No 11: – Finally, flash the SuperSU Stable from here to get root access to the internal file system of your Nexus7 (2012) to remove the factory restrictions and permission to install tonnes of third-party apps.

Let us know in the comments area below if you have any question or trouble while installing the ROM

Bhatti Junaid

He continuously writes tech articles and development code. Also, appreciates excellent food, exceptional coffee and great company. He has written 266 guides and other posts.

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  1. Hi. i cannot find the Gapps for 7.1.2 android in the above link . Please help , as i flashed 7.1 Gapps & its giving me issues .

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