Installing Android KitKat on Samsung GT-N7100 with CM 11 Custom ROM
Galaxy Note 2 used to run on Android 4.1.2. Developers, however, have come up with a custom Android 4.4 KitKat ROM. Even without the official update, you can now get your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or GT-N7100 its new Android 4.4 KitKat with CM 11 custom ROM.
The process of installing the custom ROM is quite complicated. But you can get it perfectly well as long as you follow instructions to the letter.
Note: The methods needed to flash custom recoveries, roms and to root your phone can result in bricking your device. Rooting your device will also void the warranty and it will no longer be eligible for free device services from manufacturers or warranty providers. Be responsible and keep these in mind before you decide to proceed on your own responsibility. In case a mishap occurs, we or the device manufacturers should never be held responsible.
There are certain things you need to secure before proceeding.
- Battery level of the device should be at 60% or more to prevent power issues.
- Root your device and install TWRP recovery into your device.
- Using the TWRP recovery, backup your ROM. You can find the backup option once you boot the recovery.
- This guide is only applicable to Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100. Go the your device’s settings to check the model.
- Carefully install the files required. Strictly follow instructions.
- Back up all your data including your messages, call logs and contacts.
Another thing to note for is that this custom ROM may not be stable. It still has bugs and may not work properly. Make sure you are knowledgeable enough when it comes to custom ROMs.
Download these files:
- Gapps for Android 4.4 KitKat
- Android 4.4 KitKat CM 11 Custom ROM: cm-11-20131116-Linaro-n7100.zip here
Installing CM 11 Custom ROM to Galaxy Note 2 Running on Android 4.4 KitKat
- First things first. Check if you have secured a backup of your existing ROM with the use of TWRP Recovery. You can make use of this in case any mishap occurs.
- Move the ROM .zip file you have downloaded into the sd card of your device.
- Move the gapps .zip file too.
- Hold down Volume up, home and power keys together to boot into TWRP recovery. Be sure that you have pre-requisites mentioned above.
- Choose the ROMs zip file by tapping on “Install>Zip files”.
- Installation might take a moment.
- After ROM is flashed, go to Install>Zip files again and select the stored gapps .zip file.
- Reboot device after flashing.
- A CM logo will appear. It might take time.
- The device might lag at bootloop. In this case, boot into TWRP recovery. Then, wipe dalvik cache/factory data/cache.
- This will do the trick.
Android 4.4 KitKat custom ROM is now installed into your device.
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