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Flash Official CM 10.2 Nightly ROM for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100

Official build of the CM 10.2 Nightly ROM has been released for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 phablet. Read this entire post and you will learn how to successfully update it using the files that I have posted in this article. Make sure that you don’t skip any steps that I have listed and that you know what you’re doing.

The CyanogenMod team has worked intensively on these new Nightlies and now you can finally flash one of the most popular custom ROMs on your Note 2 device. This CM 10.2 Nightly ROM is based on the AOSP Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and it brings tons of new features and functions that should improve the overall performance of your device.

To make sure that you can complete the update at your first attempt, read the guidelines shown below first:

  • This guide will work only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 model number N7100.
  • Do not try to update your device with the files that are listed in this guide because it will brick the phones.
  • Use this post only with a rooted, factory unlocked device. Also your phone should have either CWM or TWRP Recovery installed on it, as otherwise you won’t be able to flash the new ROM.
  • The tutorial will ask you to factory reset your phone before installing CM 10.2 ROM. However, in case your device already runs on a previous CM 10.2 build, then the factory reset is optional as you can flash the new build over the currently installed one.
  • Factory reset wipes all installed apps data, SMS, Contacts, Call Logs and other similar files.
  • If you need to backup any installed applications data files, then you can try to use Helium app (here) or the Titanium Backup app (here). Note that the Titanium Backup app might not work correctly with CM 10.2 ROMs.
  • To backup SMS text messages, Call Logs info and the APN Internet Settings, then you will have to use the following tools for Android devices: SMS backup & restore | Call Logs backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore. Root access is needed for some of these applications.
  • Sync the Contacts info with your default Gmail account.
  • Enable USB Debugging option from the Developer Options menu.
  • Make sure that your device has enough power left before completely switching off. In case your phone powers off in the middle of the updating process, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial.
  • Read the entire tutorial, don’t skip any steps and make sure to use the comments section in case you need help.
  • Do not blame us in case you brick the Galaxy Note 2 or you lose any important data files.

Now that you know all these, continue to the next part of this guide and learn how to flash the latest Nightly build of CyanogenMod 10.2 ROM for your phablet device.

How to update Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 with Official CM 10.2 Nightly Android 4.3 ROM:

  1. Download the CM 10.2 Nightly zip from here.
    – grab the latest build.
    – do not unzip the archived files.
  2. Download Gapps for Android 4.3 custom ROMs from here.
    – this is the file that you have to flash in order to get all Google-based apps installed.
    – do not extract the zip.
  3. Use the USB Data Cable and connect your phone with your computer.
  4. Move the CM 10.2 Nightly and Gapps zips to your device’s internal SDcard. When the files are copied with success you will need to disconnect the device from PC.
  5. Power off the phone now.
  6. Boot the Galaxy Note 2 into CWM / TWRP Recovery mode.
    – both version of custom Recovery Mode will work with this tutorial.
  7. First thing that you need to do is to create a NANDROID Backup of your currently installed ROM:
    – CWM Recovery: select ‘backup and restore’, then use the Backup function to complete the process.
    – TWRP Recovery: press Backup, select the files you want to save and then confirm.
    > this NANDROID ROM Backup will set a restore point for your phone. It can be used in case you have problems with the installation process or you simply don’t like this ne ROM.
  8. Now you need to apply the Galaxy Note 2 factory reset:
    – CWM Recovery: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’. Confirm.
    – TWRP Recovery:  press Wipe button, then Factory Reset. Confirm.
    > note: in case your phone already runs on older CM 10.2 Nightly ROM builds, then you can skip this step and overwrite the ROM with the newer build.
    > however, if your device doesn’t boot with the new ROM, then you will need to return to this post and apply factory reset if you want to force the device to boot into normal mode.
  9. Since you’ve completed all of the above, now you can flash the CyanogenMod 10.2 Nightly ROM on your Note 2:
    – CWM Recovery: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then select the ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the CM 10.2 Nightly zip and confirm its installation.
    – TWRP Recovery: press Install, then browse your phone’s internal SDcard. Find the CM 10.2 Nightly ROM. Confirm that you wish to flash the files using the blue button shown at the bottom of the screen.
    > the installation process shouldn’t take more than 3-4 minutes to complete. Get to the next step when done.
  10. Next, install the new Gapps for Android 4.3 custom ROMs file just like you did with the ROM file in step 9.
  11. After you’ve managed to flash both files return to the main CWM / TWRP Recovery screen. Reboot your device now and wait for it to boot into normal mode.
    – if the first boot process take too long to complete or the device enters into a boot loop, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial.
  12. When the new CM 10.2 Nightly ROM completes the first boot process, you should see the home screen and then you can enter your Google Account details in order to gain control over your device once again.

These were the steps that you had to take in order to complete the entire tutorial.

If you have any problems with the CyanogenMod 10.2 Nightly then you can ask for extra help in comments. If you like how this ROM works with your device and you wish to update it constantly with new Nightlies CM 10.2, then you should use the CM Updater tool from Settings menu.

If you find any major errors or bugs during the installation, then you can choose to restore your device to its previous ROM using the NANDROID Backup files created in step 7. Use the same Custom Recovery Mode for the restore process.

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