CyanogenMod team has released the first official and stable CM 11 M8 ROM build for the Sprint variant of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 smartphone.
If you want to install it on your device, then you should take a look at this tutorial. This CM 11 M8 Snapshot is based on AOSP Android 4.4.4 KitKat and it features all stock Android features as well as multiple other great features designed by the CyanogenMod team. Learn more about this release here and here.
This release is a stable and much more reliable build than the CM 11 Nightly ones.
In order to install this new ROM you should first take a look at the guidelines below:
- use this tutorial only with the Sprint variant of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 model number L900.
– check the model version of your device by going to Settings> About Device.
– if the model number doesn’t match the one listed in this post, then you shouldn’t attempt to use the tutorial listed below.
- for this guide to work you need to be on a rooted Note 2 Sprint device.
– also, the phone should be running a custom Recovery like CWM or TWRP.
- in the tutorial you will find two extra steps: NANDROID Backup and Factory Reset.
– do not skip these steps.
– NANDROID Backup sets a restore point for your phone.
– the Factory Reset should be applied so that you will get rid of all the files left behind by the previous ROM.
- if you want to save data from installed apps, from SMS text messages or any other file then you can use the Helium tool for Android.
- sync Contacts data with your default Gmail account.
- this is a post that has to be followed by advanced users, do not blame us in case you end up bricking your phone nor in case you end up losing any important files.
- read the entire post and do not skip any steps.
- the battery charge level of your phone should be over 50%, this will prevent it from switching off during installation.
Since you’ve read all of the above you can continue to the interesting part of this post.
How to flash CM 11 M8 Android 4.4.4 ROM for Sprint Galaxy Note 2 L900:
- Download the CM 11 M8 Snapshot zip from here.
- Download Gapps for Android 4.4.x custom ROMs from here.
- Connect your Sprint Note 2 to your computer and move both zip files to its internal storage.
– if you’ve used your phone to download the files directly, then you should ignore this step.
– after the files are moved, disconnect the device from computer.
- Switch off the device now.
- Next, boot it in CWM / TWRP Recovery Mode.
- Create a full NANDROID Backup for the already installed ROM:
– CWM: select ‘backup and restore’, confirm.
– TWRP: press Backup, swipe to create the restore point.
- Apply the Factory Reset:
– CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm.
– TWRP: press Wipe, swipe to confirm process.
- Start installing the new CyanogenMod 11 M8 Snapshot ROM:
– CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’.
– TWRP: press Install.
- Find the CM 11 M8 Snapshot zip file and confirm the installation.
- After the ROM is installed you should use step 8 instructions and flash Gapps zip.
- When all the files are flashed you can return to the main custom recovery screen.
- Reboot your phone in normal mode.
– do not press any buttons during reboot.
– note that this first boot process of your Note 2 Sprint with CM 11 M8 KitKat ROM will take longer than usual.
- After all files are loaded you can use your Google account info or you can create a new CM profile in order to take control over your smartphone.
These were the instructions that you had to follow in order to successfully update your Sprint Galaxy Note 2 to Android 4.4.4 using CyanogenMod 11 M8 Snapshot stable build.
If you need more help with the guide or in case you cannot complete the tutorial, then you can ask for extra help in comments.