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Update Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE with Experimental OmniROM Android 4.3 Custom build

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE model number N7105 has received its own version of Experimental OmniROM custom OS. Use this tutorial in order to learn how to successfully update your smartphone without bricking it. Make sure that you know what you’re doing before continuing to the tutorial part of this post.

OmniROM is a project created by XplodWild, Chainfire and other XDA developers. It is a new custom ROM based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean AOSP that will continue to update once the Android 4.4 KitKat is launched. It packs the following important features: multi-window mode, multiple workplace, roadrunner mode, DayDream improvements added, integrated performance control and others more.

Read the guidelines below before continuing to the installation part of this post. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Use the tutorial only for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 device with model number N7105. This is the International LTE model.
    – don’t attempt to update any US Galaxy Note 2 models, as you will end up bricking their firmware.
  • The Galaxy Note 2 you’re about to update should be factory unlocked and rooted.
  • To flash OmniROM experimental build you will need to use a custom Recovery such as CWM or TWRP, as both are supported by this tutorial.
  • For this new custom ROM to install correctly you will first need to apply a factory reset for your phone.
  • Factory reset deletes data from system partition.
  • Factory reset doesn’t affect the internal / external storage.
  • Backup data from installed apps using Helium – link here or Titanium Backup – link here.
  • Backup SMS, call Logs info and APN Internet Settings using the following tools for Android: SMS backup & restore | Call Logs backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore. Root access will be needed for some of these applications.
  • Sync your Contacts info and People details with your default Gmail account.
    – if you don’t know how to do it, then you can always use the info listed in this article here.
  • Enable USB Debugging for your device from Developer Options menu.
  • Check the phone’s battery power level and make sure that it is over 50%. This will make sure that the Galaxy Note 2 LTE won’t switch off while you’re flashing the OmniROM Android 4.3 experimental build.
  • This is a post for advanced users and you should note that we cannot be blamed in case you brick your phone or lose any important data in the process.
  • Read the entire post and make sure not to skip any steps listed in the tutorial.

Since you’ve read all of the above, continue to the next part of this post and learn how to successfully update your phone with a brand new custom Jelly Bean 4.3 ROM. If you cannot complete the guide, then you can always ask for more help in comments.

How to flash OmniROM Android 4.3 Unofficial build for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE:

  1. Download the OmniROM Experimental build from here.
  2. Download Gapps for Android 4.3 custom ROMs from here.
  3. Connect your smartphone with your PC, then move both zip files on your Galaxy Note 2 internal storage.
    – after the files are transferred you should disconnect the phone from computer.
  4. Power off the device now.
  5. Next, boot the Galaxy Note 2 LTE in custom Recovery Mode:
    – it can be done if you press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power buttons simultaneously.
  6. First you need to create the NANDROID Backup for your current ROM:
    – CWM: select ‘backup and restore’, then you should save the file on your device’s internal storage.
    – TWRP: press Backup, rename the file. Confirm the process by swiping the blue button at the bottom of the screen.
  7. Now you have to apply Factory Reset:
    – CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’. Confirm this process.
    – TWRP: press Wipe, then swipe to confirm.
  8. Finally, flash the new custom ROM file:
    – CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then select ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the OmniROM Android 4.3 zip. Confirm the installation.
    – TWRP: press Install, find the custom ROM zip. Swipe to install.
  9. After the new ROM Is installed, repeat step 8 and flash the Gapps file.
  10. Return to the main custom Recovery screen when both zip files are installed with success.
  11. Reboot your device now in normal mode.
    – CWM: select ‘reboot system now’.
    – TWRP: press Reboot, then System.
    > the first boot process of this new custom ROM will take a while to complete, which is why you shouldn’t press any buttons until it boots in normal mode.
  12. Enter your Google Account info when the new OmniROM Android 4.3 custom home screen appears. Take control over your phone.

Now that you’ve managed to complete the installation, start testing the new features and then tell us in comments which is you favorite OmniROM tool.

In case you have problems with the installation, the phone shows too many force closing errors, it takes too long to complete the first boot or it enters into a boot loop, then you should repeat the entire tutorial once again. Also, use the comments field to ask for more help.

If you don’t like the OmniROM Android 4.3 experimental build, then you can restore the phone to its previous ROM using the NANDROID Backup file created in step 6. Make sure to use the same custom Recovery Mode in order to restore the former ROM. However, I hope that the new OmniROM build works great and that you’re enjoying testing it.