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Flash Official CM 11 Nightly KitKat ROM for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE N7105

The official CM 11 Nightly build for the Galaxy Note 2 LTE is now here. Learn how to successfully update your smartphone with the files that I’ve listed in this article.

This is a tutorial that should be used by those of you who want to test the latest build of CM 11 and see how your Note 2 LTE works with the Android 4.4 AOSP. Besides the stock KitKat features, the new custom ROM released by CyanogenMod team brings Whisper Push, a text messaging tool, screen casting, modified GEL and tons of other great new functions. You can learn more about CM 11 by visiting the developing team’s website here.

Before starting the installation process you will first need to take a look at the preparation guide below:

  • this tutorial will work only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE model number N7105.
    – don’t attempt to update any other smartphones or devices with the files that you find in this article, as you will end up bricking their firmware.
  • your Note 2 LTE has to be rooted and running the latest CWM Recovery image.
    – make sure to update the custom Recovery its latest versions.
    – the TWRP Recovery might work with this guide, but we didn’t manage to test it.
  • ‘factory reset’ is mandatory if your device currently runs on a different ROM.
    – if the phone already sports a previous CM 11 Nightly build or oven CM 10.2 build, then you can flash the latest CM 11 Nightly zip over it.
    > if you skip factory reset and the device doesn’t boot with the new ROM, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial once again.
    > the ‘factory reset’ process wipes all data stored on your phone’s system partition, while the internal / external storage won’t be affected by this process.
    > this step is listed in the tutorial too.
  • make sure to create a full NANDROID ROM Backup for the installed OS.
    – this will set a restore point for your device, one that you can use in case the new smartphone will not boot with CM 11.
    – this is a step that is listed in the ‘how-to’ part of this post, so you shouldn’t skip it.
  • backup data from installed apps, SMS text messages and APN Internet Settings using the following tools for Android: Helium | SMS backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore.
  • sync all your Contacts info with your default GMail account.
    – if you don’t know how to do it, then you should follow the info listed here.
  • enable the USB Debugging from the Developer Options settings.
    > if your device doesn’t show the Developer Options under Settings menu, then you will need to enable them: go to ‘About phone’, then scroll down and press seven times on the ‘Build Number’ section.
  • this guide is for advanced users, don’t skip any steps and make sure that you know what you’re doing.
    – if you cannot complete the guide then you can ask for more help in comments.
  • check your phone’s battery charge level, make sure that it is over 50% — it will prevent the phone from switching off in the middle of the updating process.
  • note that we cannot be blamed in case you brick your phone nor in case you lose any important data in the process.

Now that you know all of the above, continue to the next part of this article and learn how to update your smartphone with a brand new custom KitKat ROM.

How to flash official CM 11 Nightly ROM for Galaxy Note 2 LTE:

Remember that a Nightly build is the first stage of CyanogenMod builds. This means that you might find some errors and bugs while testing the ROM, which is why you should only install the custom ROM if you’re sure that you can handle whatever bugs you might find during usage.

  1. Download the latest CM 11 Nightly zip from here.
    – make sure to download the latest build possible.
  2. Download Gapps for KitKat ROMs from here.
  3. Connect the phone to your PC, then move both zip files to its internal storage.
    – when the files are copied, disconnect your Note 2 LTE from computer.
    > don’t unzip the archives.
  4. Power off your phone now.
  5. Boot the Note 2 LTE in CWM Recovery Mode:
    – it can be done by pressing and holding Volume UP, Home and Power, all at the same time.
    – release the buttons when the main custom Recovery screen appears.
  6. Create the full NANDROID Backup for the installed Note 2 LTE ROM:
    – select ‘backup and restore’, then save the file and continue to the next step when done.
    > don’t skip this step.
  7. Next, apply the Factory Reset for your phone:
    – select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm.
    > skip this step only in case your device already sports a previous CM 11 Nightly build.
  8. Now you can flash the new custom ROM:
    – select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then select ‘choose zip from sdcard’.
    – find the CM 11 Nightly zip and confirm its installation.
    > don’t press any buttons until the process is complete.
  9. After the CM 11 Nightly is installed, select once again ‘choose zip from sdcard’ and find the Gapps zip.
    – install Gapps and return to the main custom Recovery screen when installation is done.
  10. Now you can reboot your phone in normal mode.
    > note that you shouldn’t press any buttons until the first boot process of CM 11 Nightly is complete.
  11. Enter your Google / CyanogenMod account info and take control over your device.
    – that’s it, you’ve completed the installation of a custom ROM, now you can start testing all the new features.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to successfully update your smartphone with a custom Android 4.4 ROM.

NOTE: In case the first boot process takes more than ten minutes to go past the Samsung boot animation, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial once again.
– in case you decide to repeat the guide, then you have to make sure to apply ‘factory reset’ and then go to ‘mounts and storage’ and apply the ‘format /system’ option too.

If you have any other questions regarding the installation of CM 11 Nightly on your Galaxy Note 2 LTE, then you can use the comments field below.

If you don’t like the new ROM, then you can always choose to restore your device to its previous ROM using the NANDROID Backup file created in step 6.