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Tutorial to update Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 LTE to Android 5.02 via CM12.1 custom ROM


We have already told you how to upgrade Xperia Tablet Z2 Wi-Fi to Android 5.02 Lollipop via CM12.1 custom ROM. Now, it is turn of LTE variant of Xperia Tablet Z2. The tablet has got 10.1-inches HD display having resolution of 1200*1900 pixels. It also features the same Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 chipset that comes with four cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and Adreno 330 GPU. Its RAM is also 3 GB. Its primary camera is 8.1 MP and the front one is 2.2 MP. The tablet has got cellular connectivity. It runs on Android 4.4 Kit Kat that is to receive Lollipop OS update soon. However, you can upgrade Xperia Tablet Z2 LTE to Android 5.02 via custom ROM right


In this tutorial, we have put together all the necessary steps and materials required to update Xperia Tablet Z2 LTE to 5.02 Lollipop via CM12.1 custom ROM. Don’t miss out on any step as each and every instruction is important to successful installation of Android 5.02 custom ROM in Xperia Tablet Z2 LTE. We always recommend our readers to backup the content before continuing with the tutorial. If anything goes wrong, the option of reverting back to previous state is always available.

Create Backup:

In this section you will learn to create backup of all contents of your Android Device including the applications. Anything can go wrong at anytime therefore, follow the below tutorials to create the backup of data:

If you have ClockworkMod CWM recovery tool installed in your device then we recommend you to go in recovery mode and create NANdroid backup of existing ROM. The restoration of NanDroid backup will automatically bring back all the applications, files, contacts, messages and settings.

Xperia Tablet Z2 LTE USB drivers:

USB drivers are needed to create connection between computer and the Android device. Make sure to install Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 LTE USB drivers in your personal computer. While updating device, you may need to connect Android device with computer therefore, USB drivers are must needed thing. Here is the link you can click to get the latest Xperia USB drivers:


  • We recommend you to charge your device to at least 80% before going with the update. Updating a device takes time and we don’t want you to brick your device just because of low battery.
  • The tutorial is specifically for the variant mentioned in the Topic. This tutorial is only for Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 LTE only. An attempt to apply this update on any other device may lead to permanent damage to your device. Therefore, make sure the correct model number and make of your device before continuing with the tutorial.
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ClockWorkMod Recovery Tool:

Make sure that you have replaced the official Android recovery tool with the ClockWorkMod recovery tool. CWM supports additional features and lets you install third party Apps and ROMs. Therefore, for the Update to be applied to the device you need to have CWM recovery tool installed in your Android Phone. Follow the below link to install ClockWorkMod recovery tool in Xperia Tablet Z2 LTE.

All set! Now let’s move to the step by step guide to update the device to Android 5.02 Lollipop.

Files Required:

Download the below given files and save them on your desktop. Connect Xperia Tablet Z2 LTE with computer and move the downloaded files to root directory of SDcard of your device. We will be using them during the step by step guide.

Follow the below instructions:

  • Disconnect the USB cable and turn off your Xperia Tablet Z2 LTE.
  • Switch off your phone and boot it in Recovery mode. To do so, switch off your device. Now, press Power button to boot it. Once the notification light turns purple, press Volume Up key to boot in Recovery mode.
  • Once the device is in CWM recovery tool, go to Backup and restore option and create Nandroid Backup. After creating backup, go back to main recovery menu.
  • Now move to wipe data/factory reset option and confirm the action. This will restore the device to factory defaults and lessen the chances of clash between old and new ROM.
  • Now move to advanced option from main recovery menu and perform the “Wipe dalvik cache” action. Once done. Go back to main menu.
  • Now we are all set to update Xperia Tablet Z2 LTE to Android 5.02 custom ROM. Select “install zip from sdcard” followed by” chose zip from sdcard”. Navigate to where you copied the Android 5.02 ROM, select it and confirm the installation by pressing power button. The ROM installation process will begin.
  • After ROM is installed, it is time to install the Google Applications. Repeat the above step again and this time select GApps package and install them.
  • Once you are done installing everything that was needed, go back to main recovery menu and restart the device in normal mode by selecting “reboot System now”.

Your device will now reboot and newly installed ROM will be loaded. You now have Android 5.02 custom ROM installed in your Xperia Tablet Z2 LTE. Enjoy the latest features of Android 5.02 Lollipop on your device.


Most of the time after the custom ROM update, device doesn’t reboot and goes to boot loop. If you ever face such situation, enter in CWM recovery mode and go to Wipe data/factory reset option and wipe all data. The device will now boot into new custom ROM successfully.

Restoration of Previous ROM:

If anytime you want to get back to previous ROM, from CWM recovery tool select backup and restore option, then select restore and chose the NANdroid backup already created and stored in Phone’s memory. Previous ROM will get restored.

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