Install CM 11 Nightly KitKat ROM for Sprint Galaxy Note 3

Install CM 11 Nightly for Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note 3

CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies are now live for the Sprint Galaxy Note 3 and you can use this post in order to learn how to successfully update it. Read the entire post and you should be able to flash all files easily in under five minutes.

This build of CM features all the stock KitKat functions and it can become the perfect testing build that you can try with your Sprint Galaxy Note. For this to go well you should create a full NANDROID ROM backup of the installed OS, so that you’ll be covered in case the new ROM doesn’t boot in normal mode.

Sprint Galaxy Note 3 hasn’t received the official OTA Update to Android 4.4.2, but you can test all the features comprised in the AOSP release and more other features via CM 11 installation. The ‘Nightly’ build of CM 11 hasn’t reached the stable build, but it will work great with your phablet device.

CM 11 Nightly is based on AOSP Android 4.4 KitKat. Besides all the stock features you will also find numerous other tweaks and functions that were added by the CyanogenMod team. More about their work can be found at their blog page  here. If you want to install this new ROM, then you need to take a look at the preparation guide below first:

  • Use this tutorial only for the Sprint variant of Galaxy Note 3.
    - do not attempt to update any other device with the files that are listed in the tutorial.
  • Your Sprint Note 3 should be rooted in order to support custom ROMs such as CM 11.
  • CWM or TWRP Recovery needs to be installed on your device. Make sure that whichever custom Recovery you use, then it is updated to its latest build.
    - the guide contains info for CWM Recovery, but you can use TWRP version too, if that’s the one installed on your phone — make sure to apply the correct corresponding changes.
  • It is required for you to create a full NANDROID Backup of the installed ROM before installing the new CM 11 build.
    - this will set a restore point for your device.
  • Factory Reset has to be applied too.
    - it will wipe all data from the system partition, while the internal and external storage won’t be affected in the process.
    > don’t skip Factory Reset, as the new ROM might not boot in normal mode.
  • Backup data from installed apps, SMS and APN Internet Settings using the following tools for Android: Helium.
    - non-rooted smartphones and tablets are also supported by Helium, though since your device is already rooted, then you won’t need to install the Helium Desktop app any more.
  • Learn here how to sync Contacts info with your Gmail account.
  • Check the phone’s battery charge and make sure that it is over 50%, so that the device won’t switch off in the middle of the installation process.
  • Enable USB Debugging from Developer Options.
  • Read the entire tutorial, don’t skip any steps and make sure that you know what you’re doing.
    - if you cannot complete the guide, then you can ask for more help in comments.

Now that you know all of the above, then you can get to the interesting part of this guide and learn how to update your device with a custom KitKat ROM. After you’re done testing this new ROM you should post in comments your thoughts and opinions about it, make sure to include info on the battery life, so that more users will learn about it before installing the ROM.

How to flash CM 11 Nightly KitKat ROM for Sprint Galaxy Note 3:

  1. Download the CM 11 Nightly ROM from here.
    - make sure to download the latest build available.
  2. Download Gapps for Android 4.4.2 from here.
  3. Connect your phone to your PC and then move both zip files to your device’s internal storage.
    - when you complete the transfer you can disconnect the Note 3 from PC.
    > do not unzip the contents of the archived files.
  4. Power off your device and then boot it in CWM / TWRP Recovery Mode.
    - here you can learn how to boot recovery in case you don’t know how to do it.
  5. Create the NANDROID ROM Backup now:
    - select ‘backup and restore’ option, set a name for the file and confirm the backup.
  6. Next, apply the Factory Reset:
    - select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, then confirm.
  7. Now you can install CM 11 Android 4.4.2 Nightly for your Sprint Note 3:
    - select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’, find the ROM zip file and install it.
  8. After the CM 11 Nightly is installed, select again the actions in step 7 and flash Gapps zip.
  9. When all files are installed with success you can get back to the main custom Recovery menu.
  10. Reboot your phone now in normal mode.
    - remember that the first boot process of your new ROM will take at least several minutes to complete, don’t press any buttons until the home screen loads.
  11. Use the Google profile info in order to gain control over your Sprint Note 3 completely.

I think that these were all the steps that you had to take in order to complete the installation of CyanogenMod 11 Nightly KitKat ROM on your device.

NOTE: if the first boot process of CM 11 Nightly doesn’t complete with your Sprint Galaxy Note 3 or, the device enters into a boot loop, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial more than once. Make sure that in case you do decide to repeat the guide, then you won’t skip any steps that I’ve listed above and that you will also apply the ‘format /system’ option.

In case you’ve managed to complete the installation of this new ROM, but you find it hard to use or the device is slower while running it, then you can always choose to restore the phone to its previously installed OS build using the NANDROID ROM backup file created in step 5. Use the same CWM Recovery mode to restore your phone to a previous ROM.

If you have any other questions, then you can always choose to ask for more help in commentso