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

The CyanogenMod 11 Nightly build is now available for the Sprint variant of Galaxy Note 2. Read this entire post and you should be able to complete the tutorial without bricking the device.

Note that you should only follow the info listed in this post for testing purposes and to see how a custom Android 4.4 KitKat ROM works with your phablet device. Since it is still in its Nightly stage, the CM 11 might pack some errors and bugs, which is why you should first read the guidelines below:

  • use the tutorial only for the Sprint variant of Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
    – don’t update any other smartphones with the files that are listed in this post.
  • this CM 11 Android 4.4 Nightly is not an official OTA Update released by Samsung nor Sprint, but a custom ROM build created by the CyanogenMod team.
    – it is one of the most popular KitKat custom ROMs currently available for the Galaxy Note 2.
  • your device has to be rooted and running the latest version of CWM Recovery.
    – note that the latest TWRP Recovery version might also work, but we didn’t manage to test it.
  • ‘factory reset’ is required so that the new CM 11 Nightly ROM will boot in normal mode.
    – this will wipe all data stored on the system partition, while the internal / external storage won’t be affected by this process.
    – do not skip this step as you will find it in the tutorial.
    – ‘factory reset’ can be skipped only in case your device already sports a previous CM 11 Nightly ROM, but in case the new ROM doesn’t boot in normal mode, then you will be forced to repeat the guide – more info listed at the end of this post.
  • if you want to backup data from installed apps, SMS text messages and APN Internet Settings, then you should use the following tools for Android: Helium | SMS backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore.
  • sync your Contacts info with your Gmail account, so that you won’t lose any important phone numbers.
    – guide here for those of you who don’t know how to sync Contacts data.
  • enable USB Debugging from Developer Options.
  • check your phone’s battery charge level and make sure that it is over 50%, so that the phone won’t switch off in the middle of the installation process.
  • this is a guide for advanced users, read the entire post, don’t skip any steps and ask for any extra help in comments.
  • note that we cannot be held responsible in case you brick your device or lose any data while installing CyanogenMod 11 Nightly on your phone.

Now that you know all of the above, continue to the next part of this post.

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

  1. Download the custom ROM zip from here.
    – download the latest build available.
  2. Download Gapps for Android 4.4 custom ROM’s from here.
  3. Connect your Galaxy Note 2 to your PC and then move both zip files to your device’s internal storage.
    – when the files are copied successfully you can disconnect your device from PC.
    – do not unzip the archives.
  4. Power off the phone now.
  5. Boot the Sprint Galaxy Note 2 in CWM Recovery Mode.
    – press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power simultaneously.
    – when the CWM Recovery Mode menu appears you can release the buttons.
  6. First, create a full NANDROID Backup for the installed ROM:
    – select ‘backup and restore’, name the file and complete the process.
  7. Next, apply ‘factory reset’:
    – select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ and then confirm the process.
  8. Now you can finally install this new CM 11 Nightly ROM:
    – select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’, find the ROM file and install it.
    > don’t press any buttons until all files are flashed successfully.
  9. After the ROM is installed you need to select again ‘choose zip from sdcard’ option. Flash the Gapps zip now.
  10. When you manage to complete the installation of both files you can return to the main custom Recovery screen.
  11. Reboot your phone now in normal mode.
    – note that the first boot process of this new ROM takes a while to complete which is why you shouldn’t press any buttons until you see the home screen.
  12. Use your Google or CyanogenMod Account info in order to take control over your device.

These were all the steps you had to take and now you’re free to start testing the ROM to see which are its best features. I hope that you did manage to complete the installation and that you will keep on updating the ROM with new CM 11 Nightly builds using the CyanogenMod 11 Updates menu.

NOTE: In case the new ROM doesn’t boot after installation, or the device enters into a boot loop, then you will be forced to repeat the entire guide. However, if you decide to repeat the guide, then it would be best for you to make sure that the ‘factory reset’ is applied. Also, you should use the ‘format /system’ option too and apply it, that should allow the new CM 11 Nightly ROM to boot successfully.

In case you have any other questions, use the comments field below.