How to install the AOSP browser on the Google Nexus 7

by: Paul NuñalAugust 3, 2012
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The release of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet marked the beginning of affordable ultra-fast tablets on the market. Boasting a powerful quad-core processor and Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset, the Nexus 7 is not just your ordinary tablet. Despite the tablet’s powerful hardware specifications, Google made a lot of changes in the software department. The Google Nexus 7 tablet no longer carries the stock Android browser and users will have to make do with the Chrome Browser.

Even though Chrome is a fantastic Internet browser, it doesn’t support Flash and never will in the near future. Those who are looking for the stock browser can finally do so by sideloading an AOSP browser, courtesy of XDA Developers member Censura_Umbra.

Continue reading the rest of this guide to learn how to install the AOSP browser on the Google Nexus 7 tablet.


  • The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the Google Nexus 7. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
  • The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
  • Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
  • Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.



  1. Copy the Browser.apk file to your tablet’s SD card.
  2. Launch ES File Explorer File Manager on your tablet.
  3. Tap the Menu button on your tablet, select Settings. Enable Root directory browsing by checking the Up to Root Option. Scroll down a bit and check the Root Explorer, then press the Allow button when prompted to give the application root privileges. Lastly, check the Mount File System Option as well. When all of the three options are checked, press the Back button on your tablet to exit the settings.
  4. Browse for the Browser.apk file and long-press it. Select Copy, then press the Up button found on top until you reach to the outermost folder or root folder displaying / on top.
  5. Head to the /system/app directory, then paste the file in that directory. 
    • Important! If you find two files named asbrowser provider.apk and browser provider.odex, rename these files, so that the AOSP Browser can be installed.
  6. Long-press the newly pasted Browser.apk file and select the Properties option. Select the Change button and set the following:
    • User: Read, Write
    • Group: Read
    • Other:  Read
  7. Press the Ok button to change the permissions and exit ES File Explorer.
  8. Reboot your tablet.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed the stock AOSP Android browser on your Google Nexus 7 tablet.

  • Jimbo Latunette

    Interesting. The main reason I returned my Nexus 7 to Staples this morning is because Google chose to limit the N7 to their shitty, lag-tastic Chrome browser for Android. No i don’t want Opera, FF, Dolphin, Cornflake, or any other browser. Nor do I want to root . The STOCK browser should just work great and instead, it stinks. Stupid move Google.

    • Jim Barr

      I guess I have to ask you what browser do you use on your Windows-based desktop/laptop PC? Do you exclusively use IE? If so, great. Then you can ignore the rest of my comment. But if not, then why were you hesitant to try an alternate browser on an Android platform?

      • rbr

        I’ve used chrome, ff, dolphin, opera on android. I prefer aosp because, for me, it is better.

        • shawn

          Its easy enough to install an aosp browser (from 4.3) on top of stock 4.3. It would have been far easier than returning the device IMO

  • rocuro

    >>>”The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the Google Nexus 7…”
    >>>Step 1 “Copy the Browser.apk file to your tablet’s SD card”

    umm.. Nexus 7…SD card???

    • dd

      Your internal memory or SD card in old school android talk.

      • Terrible instructions.

        1. Use Solid Explorer
        2. No menu button on the N4 or N7 or N10, you have to drag the notification pane

  • barbo

    Browser seems to have installed ok but when I open it I get “Unfortunately, Browser has stopped. Any suggestions? I’m rooted and have the stock ROM

    • mason

      How do you press “menu non your tablet”?

      • barbo

        There is no menu on home screen but perhaps if you go to applications (the circle with the six little squares in it), you will find what you want. In many apps there is a little icon at the top or bottom of the screen with three little squares lined up vertically – that is a menu.

    • barbo

      Found my own answer. Went into system/app and renamed browserproviderproxy.odex to browserproviderproxyOld.odex and rebooted.

  • emertonom

    Also seems relevant to point out that this requires first rooting the device, which is a whole separate process. It also makes the device incapable of playing Google Play Movies.

    • d

      You can unroot after

  • ags

    when I try to install it stops and says app not installed. what should I do?

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