Upgrade Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi/3G P7500 to Ice Cream Sandwich via CyanogenMod 9

by: JoseFebruary 7, 2012

CyanogenMod is a good proof of how awesome things are in the Android community. Based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest CyanogenMod 9 is currently breaking a lot of boundaries. The team behind this project is aiming to put this custom ROM into as many devices as it can. And, true enough, it is indeed happening.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi/3G is among the items on the growing list of devices that are compatible with CyanogenMod 9. Galaxy Tab 10.1 owners can now taste the goodness of Ice Cream Sandwich. You need not wait for Samsung to release an official Android 4.0 update for your tablet.  Heaven knows that such official updates usually take forever to happen.

If you are up for some Android hacking right now, let’s get on with it. In the remainder of this article you will see the steps on how to install CyanogenMod 9 into the Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi/3G.


Carefully read all the steps first and familiarize yourself with the whole procedure before applying it on your device. And, since this requires the device to be rooted, the warranty will be voided. This is not yet a perfect build; you may still encounter some functionality issues along the way.

Perform this procedure only on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi/3G model GT-P7500. This ROM may or may not work with other devices.


  • Windows PC with Internet access
  • USB cable to connect the device to your PC
  • Galaxy Tab 10.1 USB driver.  You can install the driver from here.
  • The Galaxy Tab 10.1 needs to be rooted and must have ClockworkMod Recovery.
  • Backup your data before proceeding.
  • Ensure that your tablet is on full charge.


You can install CyanogenMod 9 on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi/3G P7500 by following these steps:

  1. Download the CyanogenMod 9 custom ROM from here and save it to your computer.
  2. Download the Google Apps package from here and save it to your computer.
  3. Connect the tablet to your PC via the USB cable and make sure the device is unlocked so it can be recognized properly by your PC.
  4. Copy the CyanogenMod 9 ROM and the Google Apps packages into the root directory of the device’s SD card.
  5. Disconnect the device from the PC and then turn off the tablet.
  6. Boot the device again and go into recovery mode. This is done by holding down both the Power button and the Volume Down button. Once in recovery mode, use the Volume rocker to navigate through the menus and the Power button to select an option.
  7. Make a backup of the current ROM by choosing the “Backup and Restore” option.
  8. Wipe all data from the device using the “Wipe data/factory Reset” option.
  9. Wipe the system cache using the “Wipe Cache Partition” option.
  10. Wipe the Dalvik cache by going to “Advanced” and then select the “Wipe Dalvik Cache” option.
  11. To begin flashing the CM9 ROM, go back to the main menu and choose “Install zip from sdcard” followed by “Choose zip from sdcard”.
  12. Look for the GT-P7500-CM9-KANG-012912-maba.zip file and then select the file to start the install process.
  13. Repeat the previous step, but this time around, choose the Gapps.zip file. This will install the Google Apps suite into the device.
  14. Go back to the main menu and then choose “Reboot system now”.

Congratulations!  You have successfully installed Ice Cream Sandwich on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi/3G via the CyanogenMod 9 ROM.

  • Hjwiii

    Will this work for the 8.9 from ATT?

  • I have the 10.1 from Bell here in Canada with 4g..will this work on it??? and what “functionality issues” will one encounter..do explain please.. any word on when Samsung will officially
    release ICS???

  • Deon

    I saw on a few sites that the camera does not work with the ics rom. Is this an issue with this rom.

  • Raymulder

    This is a bad upgrade for now !
    Camera does not work, so anything related wont work like scanner etc.
    Wont connect to PC with USB although all drivers say success.
    So you need to send your files via email or dropbox etc.
    Many apps you would expect like File Manager, Office, all gone.
    New app choice may not suit all, like Video Player, Music Player.
    Definitely going to uninstall !

    It does look good and there is potential but best wait for the real thing.
    I do not know who customised this but not a good job yet!

    • Azrinkay

      hey..im having the same situation too..do u find any ways to solve this prob..im kind of having hard time to solve it~

  • Deon

    will one of the clever developers fix the camera issue. this is such a nice rom to use

    • bota

      what is the defalut phone dialer in ics and does it work in this ROM?

  • Abdullah Alshammeri

    I installed this version after following this post.It works well with Samsung galaxy tab 10.1 but there is two issues:
    – The camera doe not work.
    – I cannot browse the Tab Files using the same USB driver from Samsung. ( Windows 7 )

    in general , it is smooth and greet . thanks

    • Marius Burger

      Where you able to sort out the file browser in explorer? It is really frustrating that I can’t copy files to the ICS version of my tab…

    • Thomas

      I have the same issue, whenever I connect my tab Windows 7 displays an error message, saying that it cannot install my device. I have tried with both USB de-bugging enabled and disabled, it won’t work. How can I fix this?

  • Eddie Lalfakzuala

    does it have gsm feature

  • bota

    sms is working

    • Replugge

      how did you make it work?

  • Sreedev

    oh my god!!!!!! i spoiled my tab. is there any way i can recover it plzzzzzzzzzzz

    • Raymulder

      Use the same method as you did to install the ROM just choose the recovery option in the ClockworkMod Recovery menu and your backup will appear (If you did :-) make a backup of your existing ROM as advised) and you’r tab will be back in the same condition you had before in no time.

      • Rashed

        I did a recovery but it can’t find it

        • icany

          What did you do? i have the same issue

  • Aishwarymehta

    i done all steps correctly but my tab iz not moving ahead it is stuck on the LOADING SCREEN just flashing again nd again plz help…..

    • Paul

      mine too. did you resolve it?

      • Rashed

        i have the same !!

        • Aishwary

          i tried restarting nd it worked.. but i restocked the tab nd now will wait for an official ics update… :)

  • Ppttpe

    Having carried out the first 4 steps of the Instructions (using wifi download direct to my rootd GT-P7500) I can’t see the need for the first 3 items in Requirements.

    before I go on, and risk bricking the device, have I missed something?

  • Rashed

    I try to upgrade my galaxy tab 10.1 3g to ICS, after Installing the GT-P7500-CM9-KANG-012912-maba.zip from sdcard”, the tap repot but it stop at the loading stage the black galaxy window. I try to recover but no recovery file fond even though I did a backup before starting upgrading.
    Is there a way to recover it?

  • Rashed

    I try to upgrade my galaxy tab 10.1 3g to ICS, after Installing the GT-P7500-CM9-KANG-012912-maba.zip from sdcard”, the tap repot but it stop at the loading stage the black galaxy window. I try to recover but no recovery file fond even though I did a backup before starting upgrading.
    Is there a way to recover it?

  • Chakri


    • Abobker

      is your device WiFi or 3G

  • natty

    I have 10.1 with Rogers and it works, make sure you root your tablet first, before flashing ROM or you’ll have endless booting loops

  • Ramzi

    any body have a solution for the câmera issue

  • Chang

    There is no SD card on galaxy tab 10.1 GT-P7500, how to install? Help, thanks

  • Sumit Sharma

    All seems well, except camera… does any1 know how to fix it???

  • Dan

    Worked without any problems for me. The camera is a known issue with the ROM so I’m not very concerned about it right now. Besides, I never use my camera anyway. Too clunky on a tab. This ROM is clean and everything is snappier now. Love the customization options in ICS. Overall, a pretty big improvement. BTW, the loading screen took about 10 minutes to load for me, but worked fine after that.

  • Psksamsung

    Dear samsung I just want to know whether my samsung galaxy tab 10.1 3g p7500 can make regular gsm calls after ics update? It has its SIM card slot.but its only for data transfer….then why it shouldnt be calll gsm numbers….samsung please clarify me….

    • Neo Black

      The 10.1 version has no built in dialer. Therefore, is unable to accept calls…but it is able to send text messages. Even the 8.9 version is unable to accept calls. UNLESS, u have skype. But even that needs skype credit and internet connection.
      Although the Tab 7.X version is able to make calls.

      • hi there..i am also using 10.1 3g… u can make a call by adding some accessories to ur tablet… it is called GMATE.. google it. :)

  • Rippeyc77

    Can I download the CyanogenMod9 Rom directly to my Tab, get it to the root directory, then go from point 6 (above)?

  • Hakon

    BEWARE! DOES NOT WORK. I tried and it is stuck on loading screen. Thank god for my backup…

  • Erasmo

    Omg upgrade delete all data files and restore backup… now how i back to official rom? Plz help gapps not work for me markt dont install and i cant restore my rom, cm9 is alpha not complete rom….. i want back for 3.1 or 3.2 official rom plz help me

  • Serge

    does this work on the p7510?

  • Alexbohlin

    I am stuck on the loading screen. I think that it it stuck because Alex is gay! Can anyone confirm?

    • Lut2

      Just reset

  • Antonie Sunarya

    I already upgrade my galaxy tab 10.1 but camera doesn’t work, please help me for this issue, how to fix this

  • Lut2

    Nlce one only still wifi no 3g wat to do thanx/

  • Antoniuslut46

    3g internet gone after update apn cant change tried everything kan some one help me please

  • Antoniuslut46

    kan anyone tell me how i can get back aon or save new one in ics4.0 everything work fine but cant get 3g internet with vodafone back so help please

  • Antoniuslut46

    kan i fix the 3g with vodafone every thing works fine its cool but only wifi works no 3g kan enyone help please

  • Mikemurray33

    Hi. My 10.1 P7500 wont re boot after rooting………………HELP!

  • Replugge

    Regarding the APN config (needed in order for the 3G to work), it doesn’t work on the first boot, it hangs saying that is looking for the default config. After you reboot the tablet you’ll be able to manualy create a new APN config and 3G will start working.

  • Luis_jaramillo1189

    I install this ROM 5 days ago, all work very well .. the camera do not work and the Internet 3G either, I try to uninstall the ICS but I couldnt… At the moment when I turn on the tablet it only stays at loading screen (when samsung logo apears) and no more.. PLEASE help me to fix my tablet, I want to return to work with honeycomb and not with ICS..

  • Luke Raynor

    Please update thread on ROM issues. 1) Camera. Not working, correct? 2) USB Connect. This is a biggie for me. Is this still not working? I can handle no camera but I am constantly uploading music to my tablet and I do not want to use blue tooth or email when I have 60 mp3s to transfer. Please advise! Thanks!

  • Nitz_ca2000

    Turned my galaxy tab on after charging and it sayd downloading with a box and arrow. What does this mean, i left it like that but when woke up in morning it still sad downloading. What does this mean??

  • Kt So

    After installed and reboot. just stay in the start screen for a long time, Try several time with same result. Please help

  • bkn3884

    please help me.
    1. my camera does not work
    2. USB connection to windows 7 not work…
    how if i want to use 3.1 honeycomb back???

  • Mike Murray

    Help! I tried to Root my gt7500, and now all i get is the screen showing the android with the yellow triangle. When I try to reboot i just get a blank black screen……..oops

  • Abobker

    Does this work on Samsung galaxy 10.1 { 3G } or Not

  • Mauri30_3

    sarebbe perfetta se non “sfarfallasse” io le ho provate tutte fino a qualche settuimana fa compresa quella citata qui,funzionava 3g , WiFi , ma se mettevo i live wallpapers come sfondo dopo pochi minuti appariva un fastidioso flicherins (sfarfallio) alla pressione del task manager o della barra dell’orologio ,e questo difetto non è bello da vedere, tornato a 3.2 il difetto è sparito , non credo che ics di samsung abbia questo difetto ed è per questo che aspetto lei anche se ancora non arriva purtroppo ,chissà sarà colpa del galaxy tab 2 che ha già ics preinstallato e stà uscendo prima dell’aggiornamento al vecchio 10.1 ,questa cosa di mettere in secondo piano i clienti dopo l’acquisto non è buona per samsung !

  • mkranitz

    I can tell you that any magazine using Adobe’s DPS viewer system will NOT run on your tablet if you use CyanogenMod to upgrade to 4.0x

  • Neo Black

    Dear ALL…camera not working is a known issue for now. Since, there has been no official release or release candidate by Samsung. Thus, many devs especially CM (CyanogenMod), is trying their best to even try making the camera work. AGAIN I repeat, this is a know issue. I am not a developer, but I know the roundabouts about these stuffs. Pls do not demand. U wanna demand…do it ureself. Things are not as easy as u think. So, either wait for Samsung’s official ICS update (which they either even doing an update or no update AT ALL) or u can be greatful ure getting an update MINUS the camera.

    About the mobile network, u need to manually add the APN (Access Point Name). U may check with ure local network provider.

  • Xzoneajay

    camera connection error after update

  • leebc

    How do I get back or re-load the apps that I had as they dont appear once I have upgraded to ICS?

  • SA2020

    HI everyone , i have galaxy tab 7 , i made a big mistake i unplug my usb during gingerbread upgrade, now the phone is on ( !…… and computer screen ) at all time. i had to open the back case to unplug one cable to allow it to charge, i have installed odin and one click unbrick but still can not read my device. i guess i need the usb driver but i can’t get it anywhere on the net, i have been trying every thing for the last week. if there is anyone can assist me. thank you and i am sorry for the long story.

  • Augusto

    For me my device does not start anymore what I do, is when I turn several colored squares and not start turning over what I do?

  • Georgeq

    I have a kit for external SD Card. My Samsung Galaxy Tab GT-P7500 still can not read it. I checked all folders in My Files… nothing from my SD Card.

  • Augusto

    how do I uninstall and return to my old android’m desperate please help

  • The tech guy

    Killed Galaxy 10.1 tablet… won’t work at all now. I followed all the steps described. Won’t even boot into recovery mode.
    As Cell phone/tablet/PC/Mac tech… this is a bad bad bad bad upgrade guys… stay away if you love your device.

    Moding always has issues… but this is clearly a case of bad workmanship and a rush job. Will avoid this site in the future. I could have done the same by just throwing my tablet threw a window. Thanks guys!

    For those who’s devices you screwed up…. shame on you. I got a MB for a tablet I will be replacing mine with… not happy… but many don’t or would be unable to change it even if they did.

  • Naturally

    Everyone that is having issues with a locked screen….reload your tablet. Camera isnt working, but not a big deal. Interface is nice and sleek, and all the new setting options are great!

  • mihnea

    after I updated and I have appeared on my screen color moving continuously and will not start
    please help me

  • jhune

    not all of us is familiar with this type of upgrading procedures,we’re not all wizards,now can samsung just send this updates on air automatically ,just the same with the other models and brands,we’ll be more appreciated by your`(Samsung)consumers…

  • Isaac

    Samsung – Galaxy Tab failed to mount /system in stock recoveryGalaxy Tab 10.1
    Q] [HELP] Galaxy Tab failed to mount /system in stock recovery

    Hmmmmm, Whenever I enter the recovery it says:
    –Updating application…
    E: failed to mount /system (Invalid argument)
    E: install_application_for_customer: Can’t mount /system
    Copy application failed.

    –Appling Multi-CSC…
    E: failed to mount system (Invalid argument)
    E: Multi-csc: Can’t mount /system
    Multi-csc applied failed.


    Is this a hardware problem, or could this be fixed by using Heimdall/Odin?