How to get Lollipop 5.1 on the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0

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The Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 is one of the affordable mid range tablet offerings from Samsung. Sadly Samsung lags behind severely in the context of providing regular updates to the Android OS. So despite having capable hardware, the Tab 4 8.0 has been relegated to Android 4.4 Kitkat beneath the Touchwiz skin. Touchwiz has been infamous for a laggy UX in the past few years. So now that we get the Android 5.1 ROM from the devs at XDA , it is no surprise that many of you will want to switch to the latest version of Android. However do be warned that this a work under construction and as such has it’s fair share of bugs. For a detailed list of the various bugs plaguing the system on Android 5.1 check out the bottom of the post. Now with that out of the way, let’s get to the installation part of the article!


Pre requisites

  • Your Tab 4 8.0 must be rooted!
  • You must have a custom recovery installed, like TWRP or CWM.
  • Your phone must be charged over 80%.
  • Some common sense and ability to follow instructions.


  • Download the latest nightly from here.
  • Download the GAPPs from here

With that done, let’s get this show on the road.

Step 1

Boot into recovery mode. . In order to enter recovery mode, you will first have to turn off your device. Once it’s turned off, press volume up + power button + home button simultaneously and keep them pressed until you see the recovery mode. Once you’re there, get your hands off the buttons. This is everything you have to do and it might require a bit of skill, but after you do it for a few times it will feel much easier.

Step 2

Backup your current ROM from your custom recovery. This is very important this time because this is not an official build so things may go wrong!

Step 3

Do a complete wipe, data and cache.

Step 4

Navigate to your SD Card and select the ROM zip file. Flash the ROM. (For your convenience we advise that you keep the zip file at the root of your SD card)

Step 5

If you’re so inclined, flash the GAPPs package.

Step 6

Reboot. The first boot will take longer than others so don’t panic.

Root : From CM 12 root permissions can be enable by going into settings>developer settings.


  • Camera not working.
  • Lags in Chromecast video casting.
  • WiFi signal is a bit woobly.

That is all from us for this article, for any questions or queries leave a line in the comment box below and we will be happy to help you out!

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