How To Install CyanogenMod 11 [Android 4.4 Kitkat] Custom ROM On Google Nexus 10

Nexus 10 Cyanogenmod KitKat

Google has already released the Android 4.4 Kitkat update, and the Google Nexus 5 is the first Android Smartphone to feature the Android 4.4 Kitkat. Google has also started to push out the Android 4.4 Kitkat update to other Nexus devices including Nexus 4, Nexus 7 [2012 and 2013], Nexus 10 and the Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

However, if you own a Nexus 10 tablet, you’ll have to probably wait a few more weeks to taste Android 4.4 Kitkat on your tablet. But, if you’re willing to root your Nexus 10, then you can root and install CyanogenMod 11 [Android 4.4 Kitkat] custom ROM on your Nexus 10 to taste the features of Android 4.4 Kitkat ahead of launch.

Nexus 10 Cyanogenmod KitKat


Rooting of Android Smartphones has its own risks. Below are some warning information that you should be alerted of, before you proceed and install CyanogenMod 11 custom ROM on your Nexus 10:

  • This is a custom ROM which is under development, so there might be different kind of bugs. And, this is not an official Android 4.4 Kitkat ROM, so you might not get to experience each and every feature of Android 4.4 Kitkat after installing this ROM.
  • Rooting of Android devices tend to void its warranty. Hence, you’ll void the warranty of your Nexus 10 tablet once you root it.
  • There are risks of damaging your Android tablet during the processes. Hence proceed at your own will, and we are not to be held responsible even if you damage your Nexus 10 during or after completing the installation process.
  • You will not receive the official firmware update once you root your Nexus 10 and install a custom ROM. To again start receiving the updates, you’ll have to revert your Smartphone to the official stock ROM.


Below are some prerequisite steps to complete before proceeding to installing CyanogenMod 11 custom ROM on your Nexus 10 tablet:

  • You must root your Nexus 10 and install CWM Recovery prior to installing this ROM.
  • Enable USB Debugging on your Nexus 10. The option can be found under Developer Settings.
  • Make sure that your Nexus 10 has a minimum battery backup of 50%.
  • Download the CM 11 ROM from here.
  • Download Google Apps from here.

How To Install CyanogenMod 11 Custom ROM On Google Nexus 10:

Below is the detailed guide that will lead you through the processes of installing CyanogenMod 11 custom ROM on your Nexus 10 Android tablet:

  1. Copy/Paste the CM 11 ROM and Google Apps folder that you downloaded earlier, to the internal storage space of your Nexus 10.
  2. Now Power OFF your Nexus 10.
  3. Now, Press and hold on Power+Volume Up+Volume Down keys to boot into CWM Recovery.
  4. From the screen that appears, choose the “Recovery” option.
  5. Now you can use the Power key to select the highlighted option, and the Volume Up or the Volume Down keys to move up and down respectively.
  6. Now perform a Data/Factory reset from the Recovery menu.
  7. And then, under the “Advanced” section, click on “Wipe Dalvik Cache”.
  8. Now, return back to the main menu of the recovery menu and click on the “Install ZIP From SD Card” option.
  9. And then choose the CM 11 ROM folder that you copied and pasted to the internal storage of your device earlier. And confirm the selection.
  10. Now, the ROM will be installed on your device.
  11. Now again repeat processes No. 8 and No. 9, and instead of the ROM file, now choose the Google Apps folder and confirm your selection.
  12. Now the Google Apps will be installed on your device.
  13. Now again return back to the main menu of the recovery menu and click on “Reboot System Now” option.
  14. Your device will now reboot.

As it’s the first boot after installing the new ROM, the reboot processes will take few minutes than normal. So be patient.

Congratulations, you have now successfully installed CyanogenMod 11 custom ROM on your Nexus 10 Android tablet.

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