These are the best custom ROMs for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 SGH-I957 device. A custom ROM gives you a unique ability to replace the stock ROM with some choices of your own instead of using whatever the OEM gives you out of the box. Most of these ROMs are community driven apart from some larger names now turned companies such as CyanogenMod. The CyanogenMod team are so good at what they do that they can comfortably outproduce the Android developers in performance, speed, reliability and features.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Files You Need

  • You need to install a custom recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 SGH-I957
  • You need to root the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 SGH-I957 if you are going to install a custom ROM.
  • You may choose to install Google Gapps and get the stock apps working on your Galaxy Tab 8.9 if your new custom ROM does not come with the Google stock apps.

See also: Free Samsung Firmware Update Tools

Danno ROM

The Danno ROM is based on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich as is likely named after the developer. The Danno ROM comes rooted with BusyBox, SuperSU, and a bunch of other features. It’s not too far from the stock ROM but with your necessities. The Danno ROM has become one of the most popular ROMs to install on your Samsung Galaxy Tab device.

Features: rooted with SuperUser, BusyBox, init.d support, Bash shell support, Nano text editor installed, deodexed, zipaligned, debloated.

Download: Danno ROM

Contingency v1.0

The Contingency custom ROM is another popular custom ROM ready to be installed on your device. The Contingency gives you a custom recovery included in the ROM so you do not have to install one by itself using the Odin flashing tool. The only custom recovery that was available for this device was the now defunct ClockworkMod recovery and you can install the same along with this ROM.

Features: Go Launcher HD, Da_g’s OC Kernel, CWM Recovery, Zipaligned, Rooted, System Tuner for OC/UV, Titanium Backup, Bloat Removed, Build.prop performance tweaks, Deodexed.

Download: Contingency v1.0


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is a CyanogenMod officially supported device. You can install the worlds best custom ROM on this device.

Features: based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, all the usual features that come with CyanogenMod 10 based on 41 Jelly Bean.

Download: CyanogenMod 10