The Galaxy Note 3 Android phablet can now be installed with a new Android 4.4.2 KitKat based custom ROM firmware. If you choose to use this guide then you will learn how to update your Note 3 with an XXUENB3 powered firmware, dubbed as Jackyaway custom ROM. So, if you are tired of the same Android stock software and want to try something else instead, then you can anytime use the guidelines from below for learning how to flash a XXUENB3 based custom ROM.
Galaxy Note 3 is a powerful handset that has great specs and features, thus it is offering high end performances to its users. But, if you want to change something on your phablet, such as the user interface, or if you want to personalize your Android smartphone, then you can install a custom ROM. Of course an Android 4.4.2 KitKat based firmware for receiving the latest features, apps and capabilities and also for enjoying improved performances on your own Samsung Galaxy Note 3. In this case we will be using the new Jackyaway platform which has been especially optimized for your Android device.
Jackyaway ROM represents a free aftermarket distribution of Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXUENB3 OS. The firmware has been developed by third party devs – we should thank those of xda-developers – so it has nothing to do with Samsung or with Google – it isn’t an official update. Therefore, this update operation is also unofficial, which means that you must be careful when applying the guidelines from below. You need to check all the lines from this tutorial as you shouldn’t perform things by yourselves – you can end up in bricking your phablet if something isn’t working as expected.
In point of features and capabilities, Jackyaway brings everything that’s new on the Android 4.4.2 KiKat system. You will receive both stock and extra features on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3, all these being extremely useful when looking forward in tweaking your Android smartphone. In that matter, Jackyaway Android 4.4.2 software can be used for customizing the performances and also for optimizing the looks of your Note 3. With this ROM installed you will be able to receive more power, improve the battery life and the speeds and also you will be able to redesign the Android system.
Jackyaway is stable and fast and it offers access to the internal system of your Galaxy Note 3. According to those who have flashed the firmware, everything is running without lags or issues, so the Android 4.4.2 KikKat OS can be anytime applied for a daily use. But in order to avoid bad things from happening and for making things right, before flashing the update, make a Nandroid backup – in this way you can then restore the old ROM without using complex and risky procedures.
Jackyaway firmware can be installed only in some conditions. For example, you can complete this guide only if your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is rooted and installed with the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery. The root access must be gained because you are dealing with an unofficial variant of Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS. The ROM will have to access some internal files, so access to the internal system must be previously gained – basically this is why you need to gain root access.
Then, the firmware file will be flashed on your Note 3 by using a custom recovery image. Also, by using the same recovery image you will also have to wipe the system, but we will talk about this in a minute. Now, you should know that all these are unofficial procedures; so by completing the same the warranty of your SGN 3 will get void. The binary flash counter of your device will be increased and for restoring the warranty you will have to reset the same – just try to downgrade to stock ROM, though that might not work since the Note 3 has some special factory restrictions installed.
As stated, you will have to wipe the system of your device; else the Jackyaway Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM will not run properly on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Because of that a Nandroid backup and also a general backup is more than recommended. For the Nandroid backup you can use the custom recovery image you have just installed, while for the general backup you can use suitable apps from Google Play. Take note that you should at least save the contacts list, the call logs, EFS folder, market apps and personal data, info and accounts that are saved on the internal storage of your device.
On the other hand, for this installation procedure a computer, your Note 3 and its USB cable are being required. Then on both smartphone and computer you need to deactivate the security programs. Furthermore, on your phablet from “menu – settings – developer options” you need to enable or check the USB debugging option. Another thing to do is to charge your device if it has less than 60% power left – if your phablet gets turned off in the middle of the flashing process you are risking in bricking your Android smartphone.
Finally you should know that Jackyaway Android 4.4.2 KitKat custom ROM can be installed only on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 model number N9005. This tutorial is compatible only with the mentioned Android device, so the steps from below are working only with the same. Else, you will end up in bricking your Android smartphone or tablet.
How to Install Android 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware on Galaxy Note 3 with Jackyaway Custom ROM Software
- On your computer, preferable on desktop, download the required files.
- From here get the Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware file.
- Also, from here download Google apps package.
- Don’t unzip the files, just place the same on desktop and then transfer it on your phone’s SD card.
- In order to do so first connect your Note 3 with your computer via USB cable.
- In the end, unplug the USB cord as the computer is no longer useful.
- Good; now turn off your phone.
- Enter your Galaxy Note 3 in recovery mode.
- Make the wipe and clear cache as indicated before; just select “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition”. Go back, pick “advance” and then choose “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Return to main menu of recovery.
- Select “install zip from SD card” shortly followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Good, now pick the Jackyaway custom ROM file and flash the update on your Galaxy Note 3.
- Similar, repeat the step and flash Google apps package on your Android smartphone.
- Wait while the installation procedure is still running.
- In the end you need to go back to main menu of recovery and select “reboot system now”.
- Perfect, you are done.
Congratulations; you have installed Android 4.4.2 KitKat Jackyaway custom ROM firmware on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9005. You can now use your new Android based software, so test the same. Is everything working as expected? If you find something that isn’t right, use the comments area from below and feedback us. Also, share your thoughts with other users who might want to apply this dedicated step by step guide.