CyanogenMod just released the M8 snapshot built of CM 11 system for various Android based devices, so now you can safely begin to update your smartphone or tablet to stable and custom Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware. Well, the same is appliyng for the Galaxy Note 2 N7100 users, as this device has been listed among the handsets that can be installed with the new lauch of CM11 M8 software. Thus during the guidelines from below we will be checking on how to flash this new Android OS on your Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
CM 11 snapshot M8 represents a stable built of CyanogenMod, one of the most popular Android based custom ROMs that are currently available for almost all the devices out there. The M8 release of CM11 is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS and brings great features, apps and capabilities to your Samsung Galaxy Note 2, features that can be used for improving the performances of your phablet and for updating the Android experience that is running on the same. Basically, with CM 11 M8 your smartphone will run faster, smoother and better, which means that you have all the reasons for completing this step by step guide.
The best is that this version of CM11 is stable and works without bugs, lags, force close errors or with other problems on your Note 2. On your device you will install a custom version of Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS that will come with its own features (which cannot be found on the default Android system) and with its own looks (don’t worry as you will be able to easily personalize your Android firmware by using in built settings and by adding other custom apps in that matter). Moreover, with CM 11 flashed your Note 2 will run faster, will provide more power and you will be able to enjoy an upgraded battery life.
If I have convinced you to try the new release of CM 11 custom ROM, then don’t hesitate and apply the steps from below. But first, check all the guidelines from this tutorial, as this is still a manual update operation that should be considered risky and complex – if you mess things up then you can end up in bricking your device – you can learn how to unbrick your Android device by using our dedicated tutorial.
Well, the first thing that must be cleared for you is that CM 11 M8 isn’t an official Android 4.4.4 KitKat update. The software is developed and offered by third party devs so the firmware has nothing to do with Google or with Samsung. Due to same reasons, by completing this guide you will lose the warranty of your Galaxy Note 2. Moreover, for being able to install CM11, your phone must be rooted and installed with a custom recovery image, such as CWM or TWRP recovery. Root access must be gained because the custom ROM will have to access some in built programs and apps while a custom recovery image must be installed because the update file will be flashed by using the same.
Another thing you should take care of is related to your personal data, info and accounts. You see, for ensuring that CM11 is smoothly running on your device, first a wipe will have to be performed. Therefore, you might end up in losing everything that’s saved on the internal storage of your Note 2. Due to same reasons, I recommend you to backup your data before doing anything else. In that matter you can use backup and restore apps for saving your contacts, text messages, call logs, market apps, internet settings, EFS and everything else. A good idea will be to use the custom recovery image you have just flashed for making a Nandroid backup – in this way you will be able to save your current ROM.
Now, for the update operation a computer or notebook will be required. Of course, you will have to connect your phablet with your computer so your Galaxy Note 2 USB cord must be near you. On the computer you are using you should temporarily deactivate the security protection – the antivirus programs might interrupt our work. Also, on your phone the USB debugging option should be enabled; you can achieve the same by going to “menu – settings – developer options”. The best will be to charge your device because if during the installation process your smartphone gets turned off, it might also get damaged.
Use this tutorial for installing CM 11 M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware only if you own the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 – the steps from below are being compatible only with the mentioned Android smartphone.
How to Update Galaxy Note 2 N7100 with CM11 M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Custom ROM Firmware
- Download the CM 11 M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware file from here.
- Also download Google Apps package from here.
- Save these files on your computer, on desktop if possible – do not unzip the files.
- Connect your Galaxy Note 2 with your computer by plugging in the USB cord.
- Transfer the downloaded files from desktop on your phone’s SD card.
- Remove the USB cable and turn off your phablet.
- Wait a few seconds before doing anything else; then enter recovery mode on your Android device.
- From recovery the first thing to do is to wipe the system and clear cache; thus select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Return to main menu of recovery and from there pick “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Select the Android OS and install the same and then do the same thing for the Google Apps package.
- Finally, from recovery select “reboot system now” and you are done.
- If a boot loop will be issued, then go back to recovery and from there select once more “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
Perfect; that was all. Now on your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 the CM11 M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat custom ROM firmware is running; test the same, see how the software runs on your device and then return here for sharing your results with us and with our readers.