Flash / Install CyanogenMod 10.1 On Nexus 10 Based On Android 4.2 [How-To Tutorial]

There’s no shortage of unofficial CyanogenMod versions for various Android devices, and sometimes, those even get merged in the mainline, providing better, more official support. However, it’s almost always more exciting to find out that a device is getting official ROMs from the get go. In that regard, the Nexus line up of devices has always received special love from the original CM team. It makes sense, too, since these devices are Google’s flagships, and whenever a new Android version is out, they’re the first ones to official receive it, even before the source code goes live on AOSP. The best should get treated by the best, don’t you agree?

Just a few days back, we brought you news that CM10.1, based on Android 4.2, was officially announced (with nightlies available) for LG Google Nexus 4. We even complied a guide on how to flash official CM10 nightly on Google Nexus 4. The good news didn’t end there, it seems, and just yesterday, the same official CyanogenMod Google+ account announced the availability of the first CM10 nightly for Google Nexus 10 (manta).

The first Nexus 10 (manta) nightly hit the mirrors today.
More devices will be coming relatively soon, as +Steve Kondik mentioned in the d2tmo thread “just a few more days of work left and I expect we’ll have nightlies going for all the D2s. 4.2 is super smooth.” The rest, as their platforms and chipsets come up to speed, will join the fun.
but that won’t stop you from asking anyways

Please remember that these nightlies are experimental builds, and are not meant to be used as daily drivers. Also, you choose to flash these at your own risk, for despite them being safe, we won’t take any responsibility for any damage resulting from this procedure.


  • Rooted Nexus 10 with CWM recovery, or a custom recovery of your choice (if you don’t know how to root your tablet, you may want to check our rooting guide for Nexus 10).
  • CM10.1 Nightly ZIP Package for your device.
  • Google Apps for Android 4.2.
  • At least 50% charge remaining on the tablet.

A Nandroid backup isn’t a requirement for the procedure, but is good to take nevertheless, should anything go wrong.

Nexus 10 (1)


Step 1: Download both the CM10.1 nightly package and Google Apps, and transfer them to the root of your device’s internal memory.

Step 2: Reboot your Nexus 10 into recovery using the hardware buttons.

Step 3: Do a Wipe Data/Factory Reset, followed by Wipe Cache.

Step 4: Navigate down the recovery menu to Advanced, and perform a Dalvik Cache Wipe.

Step 5: Go back, and choose Install ZIP From SD Card, followed by Choose ZIP from SD Card. Select the CM10 nightly package and let it flash.

Step 6: Once complete, repeat step 5 and flash the Google Apps package.

Step 7: Once that is done, too, reboot the device.

When your tablet restarts, you’ll be running the latest, official CM10 Nightly Android 4.2 on your Google Nexus 10.

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