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Install AOKP Nightly KitKat 4.4.2 for Sprint Galaxy Note 2

Android Open Kang Project has reached the Android 4.4.2 KitKat Nightlies and in this post you will find all instructions and files that you need to in order to update your Sprint Galaxy Note 2 phablet.

More info about this release can be found here. This build packs all AOSP Android 4.4.2 features as well as some of its own elements. Also, you will find features from CyanogenMod and Paranoid Android too. Make sure to test all the new functions, but note that the battery life of your Note 2 will suffer after updating to KitKat, as the new ROM will surely require more power for running smoothly.

Read the guidelines below before starting the installation of this new AOKP Nightly KitKat 4.4.2 for your device:

  • Note that this tutorial works only with the Sprint model of Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
    – do not use the info listed here on any other Android devices, as you will brick them.
  • The Sprint Note 2 that you’re about to update has to be rooted and running the latest build of CWM or TWRP Recovery.
    – note that whichever custom Recovery you decide to use it has to be updated to its latest build possible.
    > in the tutorial you will find info on how to flash the ROM using CWM, but you can flash with TWRP too as long as you carefully select the corresponding options.
  • Make sure to create a NANDROID Backup for the installed ROM.
    – this step is listed in the tutorial.
    – this will set the restore point that your device needs.
    – it is a file that you will be able to use in case the new ROM doesn’t boot or you simply don’t like how AOKP works with your device.
  • Factory Reset is also required, this will wipe all data from system partition.
    – Factory Reset doesn’t remove data from internal nor external storage.
    > this step is listed in the tutorial and you shouldn’t skip it, as the new AOKP Nightly 4.4.2 ROM might not boot in normal mode.
  • backup data from installed apps and SMS text messages or APN Internet Settings using these tools for Android: Helium | SMS backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore.
  • If you want to sync Contacts and People details with your default Gmail account, then you can use the info listed here.
  • Make sure that your phone has at least 50% battery left before the device switches off completely.
  • Enable USB Debugging from Developer Options menu.
  • Read the entire, don’t skip any steps and don’t blame us in case something goes wrong.
  • If you cannot complete the guide, then you should ask for more help in comments.

Since you’ve read all of the above, you can continue to the next part of this post.

This is not an official update by Samsung nor by Sprint so you’ll install it at your own risk.

How to flash AOKP Nightly KitKat 4.4.2 for Sprint Galaxy Note 2:

  1. Download the ROM zip file from HERE.
    – if you want a different KitKat Nightly build then follow the link here.
  2. Download Gapps for Android 4.4.2 custom ROMs from HERE.
  3. Connect your phone to your PC and then move both zip files to your smartphone’s internal storage.
    > do not unzip the files.
    > disconnect the phone from PC when the files are copied.
  4. Power off your device now.
  5. Boot your phone in CWM Recovery Mode now.
    > info listed here on how to boot a Samsung device in Custom Recovery.
    > TWRP will work with the guide too.
  6. First you have to create the NANDROID ROM Backup:
    – select ‘backup and restore’, name the file and then confirm the process.
  7. Next, apply Factory Reset:
    – select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm.
  8. Now you can flash the brand new AOKP Nightly KitKat build:
    – select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’, find the ROM zip and install it.
  9. When the ROM is installed you can repeat step 8 actions and install the Gapps as well.
  10. After you manage to complete both installation you can then return to the main CWM / TWRP Recovery screen.
  11. Reboot your phone now in normal mode.
    > note that the first boot process takes several minutes to complete and it is recommended for you not to press any buttons.
  12. Enter the Google Account and take control over your smartphone once again.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to complete the installation of this new ROM. In case you have any other questions then you can use the comments field below.

NOTE: if the first boot process of AOKP Nightly KitKat ROM takes too long to load all the new files, or the device enters into a boot loop, then it would be best for you to try and repeat the entire tutorial more than once. Not all custom ROMs will install at the first attempt. If you decide to repeat the guide, then it would be best for you to try not to skip any steps listed above and Factory Reset the device.

after you Factory Reset the device you should also try to apply the ‘Format /system’, as that will surely get rid of all the previous ROM files and allow the new build to install correctly.

Also, if you don’t like this new ROM, then you can always choose to restore your device to its previous ROM using the NANDROID Backup file lsited at step 6.