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Install Unofficial CM 10.2 Test Build based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for the Samsung Galaxy Note N7000

Some guys have started the work on the latest CyanogenMod 10.2 build and work is still in its testing phase. A custom ROM of CM 10.2 based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is now available for the Samsung Galaxy Note N7000. Use this guide and you will learn how to successfully update your smartphone with this new ROM without bricking it.

CyanogenMod team is expected to launch the official Nighlty build of CM 10.2 soon, but until then you can test an unofficial build that they are currently testing. Using this tutorial shouldn’t be that hard as you can easily flash all the required files in under 10 minutes.

If you want to update your phablet using the info I’ve posted here, then you should first take a look at the guidelines below:

  • This tutorial will only work with the Samsung Galaxy Note model number N7000.
  • Do not attempt to update any other smartphone using the instructions that I have listed in this post, as you will end up bricking your device.
  • Your phone has to be factory unlocked, rooted and running a CWM or TWRP Recovery image.
  • In the tutorial you will find the ‘factory reset’ step, which you have to apply only if you’re coming from a different ROM. This will remove all contents from your device’s system partition, data such as installed apps, SMS, Call Logs info etc.
  • If you plan on backing up SMS, Call logs and APN internet Settings, then you should use the following apps for Android: SMS backup & restore | Call Logs backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore. Root access will be required for some of these tools.
  • Make sure to sync your Contacts with your Gmail account before starting the update.
  • Enable USB Debugging from the Android Developer Options menu.
  • Read all the info listed in this article and don’t skip any steps, as that will result in failed updating attempt. If the installation fails then you will need to repeat the entire tutorial once again.
  • This tutorial is destined to be applied by advanced users, which is why we cannot be blamed in case something goes wrong and you lose any important files or your brick the phone in the process.
  • If you have any other questions or you cannot complete the update, then you should ask for more help in comments.

I think that these were all the guidelines that you had to go over before continuing with the rest of this guide’s instructions.

How to flash Unofficial CM 10.2 ROM for Samsung Galaxy Note N7000:

  1. Download the CM 10.2 Test Build ROM zip from here.
    > if the link is dead then you can find a new one at the custom ROM’s XDA thread here.
    > save the file on your PC and don’t unzip its contents.
  2. Download Gapps zip from here.
    > save it on your computer and don’t extract the archived files.
  3. Connect your device with your PC and then move both downloaded files to its internal SDcard.
  4. After the files are moved, disconnect the device from PC.
  5. Boot your phone into Custom Recovery mode.
  6. When the device enters the Recovery Mode you will first have to create a NANDROID backup of your current ROM:
    > CWM Recovery: select ‘backup and restore’ option. Confirm that you wish to create such file.
    > TWRP Recovery: press Backup and then select the system parts you wish to backup. Confirm.
  7. Now you need to apply a ‘factory reset’:
    > if your Galaxy Note runs a previous official CM 10.1.x custom ROM then you can skip the ‘factory reset’.
    > CWM Recovery: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’. Confirm.
    > TWRP Recovery: press Wipe and then Factory Reset option. Confirm this process.
  8. Now you can easily flash the new ROM:
    > CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the Unofficial CM 10.2 ROM zip and install it.
    > TWRP: press Install, then browse your phone’s internal SD storage space and load the CM 10.2 zip. Confirm the installation.
  9. Repeat step 8 after the ROM is flashed, but this time you need to flash the Gapps zip.
  10. When both files have been successfully installed, return to the main Custom Recovery screen.
  11. Restart your smartphone and wait for the first boot process of this new ROM to complete.
  12. Enter your Google Account details when the Unofficial CM 10.2 Android 4.3 home screen appears.
  13. Test the new features and start customizing the UI of your new ROM.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to successfully update your smartphone with an unofficial CyanogenMod 10.2 ROM that is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS. If the installation doesn’t complete at your first attempt, then you will need to repeat the entire tutorial once again.

In case you decide to repeat the tutorial, then you should make sure that you don’t skip any steps that I’ve listed above. Also, use the comments field if you wish to look for more guidance. Your Galaxy Note N7000 device should be able to run the new CM 10.2 Test ROM smoothly without any major bugs.

If you don’t like how your phablet works with this new ROM, then you should use the NANDROID backup file you created in step 6 and restore your Galaxy Note to its previous ROM. Remember that this new OS is still in its testing phase and it might take a while before CyanogenMod team will launch the official Nighlty builds.

Also, make sure to tell us in comments if you find any major bugs while testing this new operating system.

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