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Install CM 11 Nightly Official ROM for Cricket Samsung Galaxy S3

CyanogenMod 11 Nightly ROM has been launched for the Cricket Galaxy S3 device, which means that you can now use the instructions listed below, in order to learn how to successfully update your device with one of the most popular Android 4.4.2 custom ROMs.

Learn how to successfully update your device by reading the entire post. This is a ROM that is based on the AOSP Android 4.4 stock build and it packs tons of other new features created by the CyanogenMod team. There are multiple things added such as screencasting, secure SMS service and others. More info about this release is found here.

Read the guidelines below first, as you will learn what you have to do in order to make sure that you complete the installation of CM 11 successfully on your device:

  • this is a guide that works only with the Cricket Galaxy S3 device.
    – don’t attempt to update any other smartphones or tablets with the files that are posted in this article.
  • your device should be rooted and running the latest build of CWM Recovery.
    – TWRP might also work, but it still needs to be running the latest build available.
  • you will need to create a full NANDROID ROM Backup file for the installed OS, so that you will have a restore point set for your device.
    – this backup file can then be used to restore the Cricket Galaxy S3 to its current ROM in case the new build doesn’t boot in normal mode.
    – this step is also found in the tutorial, so you shouldn’t miss it.
  • before installing the new ROM you will have to apply a ‘factory reset’.
    – if your device already sports a previous CM 11 Nightly build, then you might be able to skip this step.
    – in case your device runs on a different ROM, then you shouldn’t skip ‘factory reset’.
    – the ‘factory reset’ process deletes all data stored on your phone’s system partition, while leaving the internal / external storage unaffected.
  • backup data from installed apps, SMS text messages and APN Internet Settings using the following tools for Android: Helium | SMS backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore.
  • sync Contacts info with your default Gmail account.
  • enable USB Debugging from Developer Options menu.
  • this is a tutorial for advanced users and for those that want to tinker with their phone’s OS.
  • this custom ROM is still in its Nightly stage, which means that your Galaxy S3 Cricket might experience errors and bugs while running on it.
  • check the phone’s battery power levels and make sure that it is over 50%, so that the phone won’t switch off in the middle of the installation process.
  • if you cannot complete the tutorial, then you can ask for more help in comments.
  • do not blame us in case the new ROM doesn’t boot in normal mode nor in case you lose any important data files.

Since you’ve read all of the above, continue to the next part of this post and learn how to update your device with one of the most popular KitKat custom ROMs.

How to flash CM 11 Nightly ROM for Cricket Galaxy S3:

  1. Download the custom ROM zip from here.
    – make sure to download the latest build available.
  2. Download Gapps for Android 4.4 ROMs from here.
  3. After the files are downloaded you can connect the phone to your computer.
    – move both zip files to your smartphone’s internal storage and then disconnect the phone from computer.
  4. Power off your Galaxy S3.
  5. Now, boot it into CWM Recovery Mode.
    – if you don’t know how to do it, then you can find instructions here.
    > continue to the next step when the main menu of CWM Recovery appears.
  6. First thing that you need to do now is to create a full NANDROID ROM Backup for the installed OS:
    – select ‘backup and restore’, confirm the process and continue to the next step when done.
  7. Next, apply the ‘factory reset’ for your device:
    – select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm.
    > don’t skip this step unless your device already runs on a previous CM 11 Nightly ROM build.
    > if you do skip this step and the phone doesn’t boot in normal mode, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial once again.
  8. Now that you’ve reached this point you can finally flash the new ROM:
    – select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’, find the CM 11 Nightly zip.
    > confirm the installation and don’t press any buttons until the process is complete.
  9. Select once again ‘choose zip from sdcard’, find the Gapps zip and install it too.
    > when the installation is complete, return to the main CWM Recovery screen.
  10. Select ‘reboot system now’ and wait until your device boots in normal mode.
    – note that the first boot process takes a while to boot all files, which is why you shouldn’t press any buttons until the home screen of CM 11 appears.
  11. Enter your Google or CyanogenMod account and take control over your device once again.
    – now you can start testing all the new features and functions that were added by the CM 11 Nightly build.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to complete the installation of CyanogenMod 11 Nightly on your smartphone.

Note: If your device doesn’t go past the CyanogenMod 11 boot animation screen, or it enters into a boot loop, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial once again. If you decide to repeat the tutorial, make sure not to skip the ‘factory reset’ step and, additionally, you should apply the ‘format /system’ option too. ‘Format /system’ option can be found under ‘mounts and storage’ menu.

If you cannot complete the installation of CM 11 Nightly on your Cricket Galaxy S3, then it would be best for you to ask for extra help in comments. However, I hope that you did manage to update your phone and that now you’re running the latest CM 11 build.

In case you don’t like how the CyanogenMod 11 Nightly works with your Galaxy S3 Cricket or, you find too many bugs, then you can always decide to restore your phone to its previous OS using the NANDROID ROM Backup file created in step 6.