It is really hard to be a Galaxy Note N7000 user nowadays, since there isn’t any KitKat update available for this extremely popular Android based phablet. Now, even though Samsung left the Galaxy Note without any KitKat treatment, you can spice things up by flashing a custom ROM firmware. Of course, if you are thinking in updating your device, choose the best ROM that is compatible with your phablet, as you will want a stable and smooth firmware. In that matter, you can anytime use this step by step guide for learning how to update your Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 to Android 4.4.3 KitKat OS using C-ROM custom ROM software.
Android 4.4.3 KitKat OS had just been released and for now the firmware is available only for limited handsets (for the Nexus branded smartphone and tablets mainly). Well, you can now install Android 4.4.3 on your Galaxy Note too by using the C-ROM custom ROM firmware. In case you are wondering, this firmware is stable and works without bugs or lags, so you can safely install the same for a daily use – this according to other users who have recently updated their Galaxy Note N7000 to Android 4.4.3 KitKat via C-ROM platform.
C-ROM represents a custom update that’s based on stock Android 4.4.3 KitKat OS. Of course, the same isn’t an official update released by Samsung for the Galaxy Note users; in fact the ROM is developed and offered by those of xda-developers so we have to thanks them for this step by step tutorial. Therefore, C-ROM has nothing to do with Samsung or with Google, so you will have to manually install or flash the same on your phablet by using the present step by step guide.
Since C-ROM is an Android 4.4.3 KitKat custom ROM, by installing the same you will lose your Samsung Galaxy Note warranty – this update operation isn’t official, so be careful when applying the same (don’t perform things without checking the guidelines from this tutorial because you can end up in bricking your phone). Anyway, don’t worry as nothing bad will happen to your phone – as you will see the update process can be easily completed even by a newbie who is on its first custom ROM experience.
In order to update your Galaxy Note to Android 4.4.3 KitKat, first root access must be ensured (skip this if your phablet is currently rooted). Without unlocking the system of your phone you won’t be able to install a custom recovery image, like CWM or TWRP recovery (by the way, use the latest version of these tools) which is essential for this guide – by using the custom recovery image you will install the C-ROM firmware on your Note. So, before going any further make sure that your phablet is rooted and installed with a custom recovery image.
Next, after completing the mentioned tasks, head your attention towards a backup operation. You see, while updating your Note a wipe will be required. Due to same reasons, everything that’s saved on the internal storage of your device will be now erased and the backup is a must. Therefore, use compatible backup and restore apps from Google Play and backup your contacts list, call logs, text messages, market apps, EFS folder, internet settings and your personal data, info and accounts. Since a custom recovery image is running on your smartphone, use the same for making a Nandroid backup.
As mentioned, C-ROM is based on stock Android 4.4.3 firmware. The best is that the software also comes with extra features, apps and capabilities that cannot be found in the default version of KitKat OS. Now, all these features can be used for customizing, optimizing and personalizing the Galaxy Note N7000. Thus, after flashing this update you will be able to power up the performances of you device, to remove its bloatware, to bump its speed, to upgrade its batter life and to personalize its OS while improving the Android user experience.
If you want all that, first you will have to ensure that a computer can be used, while the Note and its USB cable must be near you. On the same computer you will have to deactivate the antivirus, antimalware and any other security protection program, because in some cases, these tools might interfere with the update operation. At the same time, on your Note from path “menu – settings – developer options” you need to enable the USB debugging option – else you won’t be able to properly connect your devices. Furthermore, you should charge your phablet before doing anything else, because if your phone gets turned off in the middle of the flashing operation, it might also get bricked.
This guide is compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy Note N7000; don’t use the next steps for installing C-ROM Android 4.4.3 KitKat firmware on a similar or different handset as you can end up in bricking or damaging your Android based smartphone or tablet.
How to Update Galaxy Note N7000 to Android 4.4.3 KitKat via C-ROM Firmware
- From here download the update file; also download Google Apps package from here since the same isn’t included in the Android 4.4.3 firmware.
- Save these files on your computer – preferable on desktop – without unzipping the same.
- Up next, connect your Note with your computer; use the USB cord for establishing the connection.
- Transfer the downloaded files from computer to your phone’s SD card.
- Finally, unplug the USB cord.
- Turn off your device (press power button once and select “power off” or press and hold power key for about 15 seconds”).
- Enter recovery mode on Galaxy Note.
- From recovery wipe the system and clear cache by selecting “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Return to main menu of recovery and from there select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the firmware file and install the same; repeat this step and flash Google Apps package on your device.
- In the end, from main menu of recovery select “reboot system now”; done.
If after completing the steps from above, your phablet gets stuck in a boot loop, go to recovery mode once more. From there select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. Go back and reboot your phone as now everything should be working as expected. Also, if you want to reapply the Nandroid backup, from recovery go to “backup / restore” and follow the on screen prompts.
Good, so that was all for now. You know how to update your Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 to Android 4.4.3 KitKat firmware, so test the C-ROM system and see how it runs on your device. If there are problems, or if you have something to share with us and with our readers, don’t hesitate and use the comments section from below in that matter (we will assist you as soon as possible).