As you know, Galaxy Mega 6.3 is currently running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean firmware and even though most of the users are hardly waiting for the Android 4.4 OTA roll out, Samsung is still keeping the KitKat flavor on a distance. Anyway, instead of waiting for the OTA release, you can choose to make a change by yourselves. How? Well, quite easy as you can flash the Android 4.4 KitKat LiquidSmooth ROM on your Galaxy Mega 6.3 by using the guidelines from below.
LiquidSmooth is a great firmware, based on Android 4.4, which can now be easily installed or updated on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200 or I9205. The ROM is bringing important features to your device, most of these features being ported from other platforms like AOKP, ParanoidAndroid or CM11. Also, the same features can’t be found on the default version of Android 4.4 OS, so the best for you will be to try the same on your Mega 6.3. Don’t worry, this tutorial will easily take you through the flashing procedure – do read all the lines from below though.
It should be clear for you that LiquidSmooth is not an official Android 4.4 KitKat update provided by Samsung or by Google. This free aftermarket distribution of Android OS has been developed by third party devs, so we should thanks them (those of xda-developers) for this step by step guide. Therefore, by applying this update on your Galaxy Mega 6.3 you will not receive the stock or pure Android 4.4 firmware as the LiquidSmooth firmware comes with its own UI, features, apps and capabilities.
According to the users who have already flashed the software on their own Mega 6.3, LiquidSmooth brings a stable version of Android 4.4 KitKat OS that has no major bugs or issues. Therefore, you can install the firmware for a daily use without any problems. Like any other custom ROM, this update has been optimized and customized especially for your Android device. That’s why, with LiquidSmooth, your Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 will run faster and also better. Also, your phone will provide increased power and speed, will offer updated web browsing experience and Android OS, while its battery life will be upgraded.
I know that you want to obtain all that and even more for your device, so if you are looking forward in tweaking your smartphone, now this is the perfect chance for you. The Android 4.4 KitKat OS can be easiy applied, all you have to do is to follow and complete the pre requisites from below and then the update process from the proper guide.
- Start by rooting your Android device. It is extremely important to apply this operation because you can’t go any further with a locked Galaxy Mega 6.3. Use a compatible root solution for your phone, or else you will end up in bricking your device.
- Gaining root access isn’t official. The same can be applied when talking about the present step by step guide. So, when performing these operations, the warranty of your handset will get void.
- You can restore the warranty if you want to; in order to do so you need to downgrade the Mega 6.3 to stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, or apply the OTA update on your phone (only manually because on rooted systems the OTA releases can’t be spotted).
- Then, after rooting your phone you need to flash the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery on your Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. The Android 4.4 LiquidSmooth firmware can be installed only by using one of the mentioned apps, so don’t skip this step.
- A backup is the next operation you should complete. This is only recommended, so you can skip the same. Do note though that when updating your Galaxy Mega 6.3 a wipe will be required – you can lose everything that’s saved on the internal storage memory of your phone.
- If you want to make the backup, then use suitable backup and restore apps from Google Play; save your contacts, personal data, info and accounts, EFS, text messages, market apps and so on.
- You can also use the recovery image for saving the current ROM. You will be able to restore the same if LiquidSmooth Android 4.4 will not be on your taste.
After taking care of the operations described above you have to ensure that a computer, your device and its USB cable are near you. Up next, on your computer you must disable the antivirus or any other security protection. This is recommended because in some cases the antivirus programs are interfering with the installation procedure. Also, on your Mega 6.3 USB debugging must be checked; do that by going to “menu – settings – developer options”. Furthermore, if on your smartphone you notice less than 60% power left, before going any further charge your Mega by plugging in the charger.
It is important to know that this step by step guide is showing how to install Android 4.4 KitKat based LiquidSmooth firmware on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 model number I9200 or I9205. The best will be to use the steps from below only for the mentioned handset – else you can end up in damaging or bricking your beloved Android device.
How to Flash Android 4.4 KitKat LiquidSmooth custom ROM firmware on Galaxy Mega 6.3
- First, download the required files: from here get the update file for the Mega 6.3 I9200; from here download the Android 4.4 file for the Galaxy Mega 6.3 model number I9205; while from this page download the Google apps package.
- Save the files on desktop – do not unzip.
- Connect your device with your computer via USB cable.
- Transfer the firmware file and the Google apps package from desktop on your phone’s SD card.
- Unplug the USB cord.
- Turn off your smartphone and wait a few seconds.
- Then enter recovery mode.
- From recovery mode menu select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
- Choose “advance” and pick “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Return to main menu of recovery.
- From there select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the Android 4.4 firmware file.
- Install the update on your Galaxy Mega 6.3.
- Do the same and flash Google Apps package on your phone.
- In the end, from recovery just select “reboot system now” and you are done.
Good job; now you can safely enjoy Android 4.4 KitKat OS on your own Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 without waiting for the OTA update to be released. LiquidSmooth custom ROM firmware has been successfully installed on your smartphone, so now the best will be to test the same. In the end, return here and share your experience with us by using the comments field from below.