The official Marshmallow update for Samsung Nexus 10 is not going to happen because Google has dropped support for the tablet, but thankfully, as was the case with Nexus 4 Marshmallow update (one more ROM) and Nexus 7 Marshmallow update, there is AOSP code based custom ROM now available for Nexus 10 too.
Yes Nexus 10 users, within a week of Nexus 5, 6, 9 and 7 (2013) receiving the official Marshmallow update, you get to run Android 6.0 running on your devices too. That’s cool, right?
The custom ROM that will update your Nexus 10 to Marshmallow comes from Dmitry Grinberg, who brought us the Nexus 4 ROM before anyone else — you owe him a thank if you like his work.
The ROM is quite good, and even though there are chances it’s rough at some edges, you are still good to go for it as your daily driver. And let’s not forget it’s Android 6.0 when it wasn’t supposed to be, at least officially.
Let’s have a look at how to install the Nexus 10 Marshmallow update using AOSP custom ROM.
- Marshmallow custom ROM — Link | Download Mirror | File: MantaM_twrp-flashable.zip (184.95 MB)
- Google Apps (Gapps) — Link
As said above, this is the work of Dmitry Grinberg, and not our own work, so big thanks to him.
- Samsung Nexus 10, model no. GT-P8110 (codename manta)
- Don’t try this on any other device than the one having model no. specified above.
Use the Droid Info app, to determine the codename of your Nexus 10. If it is exactly the one specified above, then it should be compatible with the 6.0 custom ROM we have here.
Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page. You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.
Backup important files stored on your device before proceeding with the steps below, so that in case something goes wrong you’ll have backup of all your important files.
How to Install
Required: You will need to have TWRP recovery installed on your device to be able to install Marshmallow custom ROM and Google Apps (Gapps). Check out our page on Nexus 10 TWRP recovery for flashing Gapps.
Step 1. Download the Marshmallow ROM and gapps file from above.
Step 2. Connect your device to PC and transfer the ROM and gapps file to it. Disconnect the device then. Remember the location of the files.
Step 3. Boot your Nexus 10 into recovery mode. If you are rooted, you can use Quick Boot app from play store. To manually boot into recovery mode, do this:
- Power off your device and wait for 5-10 seconds until the device is fully switched off.
- Press and hold Volume Down + Power button together and release them as soon as you see the bootloader screen.
- Press Volume Down button twice and then press Power button to boot into recovery mode.
You will enter recovery mode soon, and should see TWRP recovery. If you see 3e recovery, then you need to install TWRP recovery for this.
Step 4. [Optional] Once in TWRP, create a backup of your device. Tap on Backup, and then select all the partitions for back. Now do the swipe action at bottom to start creating a backup for emergency cases. This backup is really a lifesaver!
Step 5. Do a Factory Reset. On TWRP’s main screen, tap on Wipe, then advanced wipe, and now make sure you have selected these partitions: dalvik cache, data, system and cache. Then do the Swipe action at bottom to confirm it.
Step 6. Unmount System now. Use the TWRP’s mount menu, and then deselect the System from there, so that it’s not mounted while we flash the ROM.
Step 7. Now, install the ROM file. On TWRP’s homescreen, tap on Install, and then locate the ROM file and tap on it. Then do the Swipe action at bottom to begin flashing the update.
Step 8. Tap on Home button to go back. Now, install the Gapps the same way you installed Marshmallow ROM on your Nexus 10.
Step 9. When it’s done, tap on Reboot system button to restart the device.
Let us know if you need any help with this via comments below.