Most people want to install a custom ROM on the Sony Xperia z2 Tablet because it allows them to update to the latest version of Android — or at least something newer than was last rolled out by the phone carrier networks. Most manufacturers like Sony will not update older devices in the fear that people will never have a reason to buy new smartphones and tablets. The Android operating system is still one of the best features you get with your smartphone and tablets, and that makes sense since it’s the operating system that you are dealing with every time you touch the display.

When it comes to custom ROMs the CyanogenMod team is still the most popular group of developers out there, but there are also many other teams creating great ROMs. One thing you have to be wary of when picking a custom ROM to install on your Sony Xperia Z2 tablet is checking out whether you are installing an official build or an unofficial build. The unofficial builds aren’t as bad as they sound. The unofficial build gets its names basically from being ported from another device. They can sometimes not work as smoothly that way and nothing’s ever a sure bet if you are talking about not using a custom ROM made by the official team for a specific device, but they are better than the idea of random people putting together a CyanogenMod knock-off.

Sony Xperia Z2 tablet

Note: Make sure you check what model number the custom ROM is made for from the download links. Whenever we create a post such as this one, it means the model numbers are all thrown into the same article. Don’t assume that all custom ROMs will work for all model numbers. Each download link will mention what model number the ROM is for somewhere on the page, either in the custom ROM thread title or the original post closer to the download link. If you still don’t see it there then have a read of some comments or leave a comment yourself if you aren’t sure, and the custom ROM poster or other people subscribed to the thread will help you out.

These are the best custom ROMs for the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet device so you can update your version of Android, run a closer to stock Android experience, try out new features and more:

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Stock ROM:

Not finding any custom ROM that suits your mood and likes? Did you mess up your device while installing any custom ROM? Need your warranty working once again? If so, it is time now for installing the stock ROM on your Sony Xperia Z2 tablet. You’ll get all the features, interface and stock apps those you missed while on any other custom ROM. The Z2 tablet stock ROM is tweaked and rooted with SuperSU so you have to unroot the device in order to get the warranty back.

Features: Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Android 5.0.2 Lollipop based stock ROM, can be installed using any custom recovery, pre-rooted, deodexed, debloated, zip aligned for stability, performance tweaking options, theme engine with lots of themes installed, notification ticker, breathing notifications.

Download: Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Stock ROM

Official Tesla ROM:

Team Validus is the best custom ROM making team for the official Telsa custom ROM who makes some cool and feature-rich custom ROMs for lots of Android devices. The Official Tesla ROM is now available for your Sony Xperia Z2 tablet. It is official so it doesn’t contain any bugs or flaws. The custom ROM is tested on a device for any problems before it sees an official release. The Tesla ROM contains lots of customization options. TheTesla Coil inside the settings menu contains all of the customization options there. You should install this custom ROM on your phone and give it a try at least.

Features: based on Android 5.1 Lollipop, heads up, PA’s halo, PA’s hover, PA’s peek, halo policy, halo size, halo hide after inactivity, halo notification count, halo enable message popup, halo pause active app, halo ping on unlock, hover exclude low priority options, hover notification time, hover topmost app, hover touch to hide, hover dismiss fro  left remove all, peek black list, low battery warning options, lock screen PIN keyboard shuffler, heads up master switch, RAM bar, screen recorder, wave lock blocker.

Download: Official Tesla ROM

Unofficial Carbon ROM:

The Carbon ROM is based on Android 4.4 KitKat and really contains lots of customization options besides the popular CM theme engine. The CM theme engine contains some good looking themes for your smartphone. You can also download more themes from the Google Play Store. The build of Carbon ROM in this post is unofficial so it could have some flaws and problems. While it is true that this custom ROM is unofficial, you will still have most of the 4D apps and games available.

Features: based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat, ambient brightness display, modded Google Now launcher as default launcher, CM theme engine, Carbon Fiber customization features in the settings menu, status bar tinting, dynamic tiles, visualization tile, Quick Settings tiles customization, quick pull down, status bar customization, status bar clock alignment, 3minit battery mod, charging animations, clock widget customization options, CPU control and custom DPI settings.

Download: Unofficial Carbon ROM

Android 6.0 Marshmallow ROM:

The Android 6.0 Marshmallow ROM is based on the CyanogenMod 13 custom ROM. If you don’t know about the CyanogenMod custom ROM, then take a good look at the features. Since this custom ROM is based on CyanoegnMod 13 build, it should not have more customization options. We know that because CyanogenMod custom ROMs are also simple in terms of the user interface and features, so you can easy have some fun and modify it with the CM theme engine.

Features: based on CyanogenMod 13, updated Google apps, updated media driver, batter battery stats, double tap to wake and double tap on the status bar to sleep device, latest stock kernel for best performance and stability, USB OTG support, active display, brightness issue fixed, battery improvements, SE Linux support, init.d support, offline charging.

Download: Android 6.0 Marshmallow ROM