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Install AOKP 4.3 Alpha Build ROM for Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2

AOKP 4.3 preview build is now available for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and you can learn how to install it using the info listed in this article. This is a new custom ROM that is based on the AOSP Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. More info about this release can be found here.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on Verizon can be updated but you should know that this alpha build of AOKP 4.3 has bugs such as the bluetooth not working, GPS too, Camera doesn’t work correctly and more other functions aren’t sully supported. That is why you should only use this AOKP 4.3 custom ROM on a secondary device. Use the ROM only for testing purposes and create a full NANDROID Backup of your current ROM.

In order to correctly flash this new custom you will first have to take a look at the preparation guide below. You will learn exactly which steps you should take so that you’ll manage to flash all  files without bricking your device. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Note that this guide will work only with the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Do not attempt to use this tutorial with any other smartphone or application.
  • This new AOKP 4.3 Alpha build can be installed only on VZW Galaxy Note 2 devices that are factory unlocked, rooted. Also, your device needs to have a custom Recovery image installed such as CWM or TWRP.
  • Both CWM and TWRP Recoveries will work with this post.
  • In the how-to part of this post you will find the ‘factory reset’ step. This is required so that you’ll apply a clean installation of the new ROM. Factory reset only deletes the contents from your device’s system partition, while the internal SDcard storage won’t be affected.
  • Installed apps, SMS, Call Logs info, Contacts and other similar data stored on the system partition will be removed in the process.
  • If you want to backup installed apps data then you should use Titanium Backup tool (here) or the Helium app from Google Play Store (here).
  • If you wish to backup SMS, Call Logs info and APN Internet Settings then you should use the following tools for Android: SMS backup & restore | Call Logs backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore. Root access is needed for some of these applications.
  • You also have to sync your Contacts info with your Gmail account so that you will be able to restore all of your saved phone numbers after the new ROM is installed.
  • Enable USB Debugging from the Developer Options menu.
  • Make sure that there is enough power left in your Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2 battery before starting the updating process. If the phone powers off in the middle of the updating process, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial once again.
  • Read this entire post and don’t skip any steps that I’ve listed below.
  • This is a guide for more advanced users, don’t blame us in case you brick the smartphone or your lose any data in the process.

When you’re done reading all of the above and making sure that you’ve correctly prepared your device for the updating process, then you can continue to the next part of this post. If you’re having problems completing the installation then you should ask for more help in comments.

How to flash AOKP 4.3 Alpha ROM for Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2:

  1. Download AOKP 4.3 preview build from here.
    – do not unzip the archived file.
  2. Download Gapps for Android 4.3 custom ROMs from here.
    – do not extract the archived files.
  3. Connect your smartphone with your computer via USB Cable.
  4. Move the AOKP 4.3 ROM and the Gapps zip to your phone’s internal SDcard. When the files are copied, you have to disconnect the device from PC.
  5. Power off the Galaxy Note 2 Verizon phablet now.
  6. Boot your device into Custom Recovery Mode:
    – both CWM and TWRP Recovery images are working with this guide.
  7. Now you can create the NANDROID backup for the ROM that is currently installed on your device.
    – TWRP Recovery: press Backup, then you need to select the files you wish to save and confirm the process.
    – CWM Recovery: select the option that says ‘backup and restore’. Use the new menu to save the backup file and when you’re done continue to the next step.
    > this backup will set a restore point for your device and use it in case something goes wrong during the installation.
  8. Next thing that you need to do is to apply the ‘factory reset’:
    – TWRP Recovery: press Wipe, then Factory Reset. Confirm.
    – CWM Recovery: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option and confirm this process.
    > Do not skip this step.
  9. Install the new AOKP 4.3 Alpga build ROM:
    – TWRP Recovery: press Install, then you need to browse the internal storage for the ROM zip. Confirm that you wish to flash this ROM by sliding the blue button shown at the bottom of the screen.
    – CWM Recovery: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the AOKP 4.3 ROM file and confirm the installation.
    > don’t press any buttons and wait until this process is complete.
  10. When the ROM is installed successfully you should install Gapps file too. Install it by using the same options in step 9.
  11. After you’ve managed to flash both files, return to the main CWM / TWRP Recovery screen.
  12. Reboot your smartphone now and wait for your device to boot into normal mode.
    – note that the first boot process will take several minutes to complete and you shouldn’t press any buttons.
    – if the first boot of AOKP 4.3 alpha ROM takes too long to finish loading all files or the device enters into a boot loop, then you should power off the device, then boot into custom Recovery mode and repeat the entire tutorial.
    – use the comments section if you cannot complete the installation.
  13. When all files are loaded with success, AOKP 4.3 Jelly Bean home screen appears and you will have to enter your Google Account details in order to take control over your smartphone.

That’s it, you’ve managed to update your device and now you can start testing all the new features and options. Remember not to use this release of AOKP 4.3 alpha as the main OS for your Galaxy Note 2, as this is only a test ROM and we will get better and stable build later this month.

If you don’t like how this new ROM runs with your device, then you can easily restore your smartphone to its previous ROM using the files created in step 7. Use the same Custom Recovery Mode to restore the NANDROID Backup file. If you have any other questions, then you should ask for extra help in comments.