In case you want to flash the latest Android OS, Android 4.4 KitKat firmware, on your Asus Transformer Pad TF701 you need to try a custom ROM software, since there is no official OTA released for your tablet. And in order to help you out, during the present tutorial I will show you how to easily install CM11 on your Transformer Pad and safely update to Android 4.4 ROM. So, if you want to obtain more details related to this update procedure, don’t hesitate and check the guidelines from below.
First of all you need to know that this isn’t the official release of CM11; this firmware is developed and offered for your Transformer Pad TF701 by third party devs – we should thank those of xda-developers for this step by step guide. Anyway, don’t worry as even though this update isn’t the official release of CM11, the same is stable and works without issues or problems on your Asus Transformer Pad – this according to the users who have already flashed the custom ROM. It seems that there is one minor bug related to Chrome / Firefox – shows only white and black tabs.
The bugs will be soon resolved and you will be updated with a more stable version of CM11, therefore, you can safely install this Android 4.4 KitKat update for daily use. On the other hand, we are dealing with a custom ROM which represents a free aftermarket of Android OS. So, CM 11 is not an official Android 4.4 update rolled out by Google or by Asus. As already stated, the firmware has been developed by third party devs, who have modified the stock Android platform.
Actually, the CM 11 custom ROM has been optimized and customized for your Transformer Pad TF701. That’s why, after completing this guide and updating to Android 4.4 KitKat OS your tablet will be able to perform faster while you will be able to enjoy an upgraded battery life and improved speeds and power. Also, you will get a custom Android 4.4 KitKat UI, as the pure Android OS is now replaced with the CM11 features, apps and capabilities – mainly these features can’t be found on the default version of Android software.
Of course, for obtaining all that you first have to make it through this step by step guide. The installation procedure described here can be easily completed even by a newbie. All you have to do is to read all the lines from this guide – don’t perform things by yourselves as you can end up in bricking your device.
First of all, root your Transformer Pad TF701. Gaining root access is essential as CM11 can be flashed only on an unchained Android smartphone. Furthermore, the update procedure will require the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery. So install the latest versions of one of these apps on your Transformer Pad and then return to this guide. Again, using a custom recovery image is not an option, so don’t go any further without ensuring the same.
Be careful when completing the operations mentioned above. Those procedures aren’t official and the warranty of your tablet will get voided once applying the same. If you will need to warranty back, you will be able to restore it easily; for achieving the same you will have to downgrade or update your Transformer Pad TF701 to stock or official Android firmware – then the root access will be revoked, the stock recovery reinstalled and the bootloader relocked.
As usual, when using a custom recovery and also when installing a custom ROM, on the flashing process you need to wipe the system and clear the cache. Because of that, most likely your Transformer Pad data will be erased. So, for being able to keep your personal info, accounts and data in safe hands, before starting to update your tablet with CM11 Android 4.4 firmware, complete a full backup by using compatible apps from Google Play and also by using the custom recovery for making a Nandroid backup – in this way you can save / restore the current Android OS that is running on your Asus Transformer Pad TF701.
Finally, just before starting the proper guide ensure that you can use a computer, your device and its USB cable. It is important to temporarily disable the security protection that is running on your computer, while on your tablet you will have to enable the USB debugging option – just go to “menu – settings – developer options”. Furthermore, you must check the battery status of your handset; in case you notice that there is less than 60% power left, before doing anything else, plug in the charger.
Good; now continue with the steps from below only if you own the Asus Transformer Pad model number TF701. This step by step guide, thus Android 4.4 KitKat based CM11 custom ROM firmware, is compatible only with the mentioned tablet. Try not to mess things up as you can end up in bricking your tablet.
- You have to download the update file and Google apps package on your computer.
- From here you can get the CM11 firmware file.
- Form here you can download Google Apps package – the same is not included in the Android 4.4 KitKat OS so you have to install the same separately.
- Don’t unzip the files just place the same on desktop.
- Good; now connect your tablet with your computer via USB cable.
- Transfer the downloaded files from desktop on your device.
- Unplug the USB cord as the computer is no longer useful.
- Turn off your Transformer Pad; wait a few seconds and then reboot in recovery mode.
- Learn how to do that by using our dedicated tutorial – go here.
- Now, from recovery wipe the system and clear cache; select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Return to main menu of recovery.
- Select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Select or pick the Android 4.4 CM 11 firmware file; flash the same on your Transformer Pad.
- Then, do the same thing and apply Google Apps package.
- In the end, from recovery select “reboot system now”; done.
Congratulations, you have updated your Asus Transformer Pad TF701 to Android 4.4 KitKat OS by using the CM11 custom ROM firmware. The first thing you should do now is to check if there are bugs or things that aren’t working properly. If you find something wrong with the CM11 software, use the comments area from below and share your results with us.