OmniROM project tries to bring a refreshed look and feel for Android custom ROMs. Use this tutorial and you’ll learn how to successfully update your Galaxy Note 2 with the first experimental build of OmniROM Jelly Bean 4.3 ROM.
This is a brand new custom ROM based on the Android 4.3 JB AOSP and on other popular custom ROMs. It brings features such as multi window support, roadrunner mode, flipabble quick settings, multi workspace, color-changeable, daydream tweaks and others more. If you spot any other interesting features, then you can tell us in comments.
More info about the OmniROM project can be found at its developing web site here. Also, there is a whole XDA forum section for the OmniROM project, which is why you should visit to get extra info on its future plans. Before starting the installation of this brand new ROM, you will first have to take a look at the preparation guide below:
- Use the files you find here only on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 model number N7100.
- do not attempt to update any other smartphones or tablets with this post.
- The Galaxy Note 2 you’re about to update has to be on an unlocked bootloader and rooted.
- TWRP or CWM Recovery should be installed on it, as this will be the Mode you’ll use to flash the latest Experimental OmniROM file.
- For the installation to complete successfully, first you will need to apply a factory reset.
- factory reset deletes the contents from your smartphone’s system partition, while leaving the internal and external storage intact.
- It is highly recommended for you to create a full NANDROID Backup of the ROM that is currently installed on your device.
- this will set the restore point for your phone, one that can be used in case the new ROM doesn’t boot successfully.
- If you want to backup data from applications that are currently installed on your phone, use one of these two apps: Titanium Backup – here, or Helium – here.
- SMS text messages, Call Logs info and APN Internet Settings using the following tools for Android: SMS backup & restore | Call Logs backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore. Root access is needed for some of these tools.
- People details and Contacts info can be synced with your Gmail account.
- for those who don’t know how to sync such data we recommend you to visit the tutorial here.
- Enable the USB Debugging from Developer Options menu.
- This is a guide for more advanced users and you shouldn’t blame us in case you brick the phone or lose any important data files.
- Make sure that the phone’s battery has enough power left before it completely switches off.
- Read the entire post and make sure that you don’t skip any steps.
- If you cannot complete the tutorial, then you will have to ask for more help in comments.
Since you’ve read all of the above, continue to the next part of this post and learn how to successfully update your device with the newest popular ROM released by XDA developers XplodWild, Chainfire and others.
How to flash Experimental OmniROM Android 4.3 Nightly for Samsung Galaxy Note 2:
- Download the OmniROM Android 4.3 Experimental build from here.
- Download Gapps for Android 4.3 custom ROMs from here.
- Connect your smartphone with your computer, then move both zip files on your smartphone’s internal storage.
- after the files are copied, disconnect the device from PC.
- Power off your Galaxy Note 2 now.
- Boot it into custom Recovery mode:
- both CWM and TWRP will work with this tutorial.
- Recovery mode can be booted by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons all at the same time. Release the buttons when the home screen of Recovery appears.
- Now you need to create the NANDROID Backup for the ROM that is currently installed on your device:
- CWM: select ‘backup and restore’, then save the file on your PC and then continue to the next step.
- TWRP: press Backup, rename the file and swipe to create the backup file.
- Next, apply the Factory Reset:
- CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’. Confirm the process.
- TWRP: press Wipe, then swipe to factory reset your smartphone.
> if you skip this step, then your new ROM might not boot correctly and you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial once again.
- Now, flash the new OmniROM Experimental build on your Samsung Galaxy Note 2:
- CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, after that select ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the custom ROM zip and then confirm the installation.
- TWRP: press Install, find the ROM zip file. Swipe to install the new custom ROM.
> don’t press any buttons until all files are installed.
- When the new OmniROM build is flashed, repeat step 8 and then flash the Gapps file as well.
- After both files are installed, return to the main custom Recovery screen.
- Reboot your device now:
- CWM: select ‘reboot system now’.
- TWRP: press Reboot, then press System.
> note that the first boot process takes a while to complete, which is why it is not recommended to press any buttons until all files are loaded.
- Enter the Google Account details when the home screen of your phone appears.
These were the steps you had to follow in order to complete the installation of OmniROM Android 4.3 experimental custom OS for your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100. If you have any problems completing the installation, then you should ask for more help in comments.
In case the new ROM doesn’t install at your first attempt or, it installs but the device doesn’t go past its Samsung boot animation or it enters into a boot loop, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial once again. Note that sometimes such custom ROMs will not install at the first attempt and you will be forced to repeat the tutorial more than once.
Also, if you don’t like the new OS, then you can always use the NANDROID Backup files and restore your device to its previous state. Make sure to use the same custom Recovery mode and file created in step 6.