Update Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE with CyanogenMod 11 M8 Android 4.4.4 ROM

Flash CM 11 Android 4.4 ROM for Samsung Galaxy Note 3

CM11 M8 Snapshot is now live and it is the first stable build based on Android 4.4.4 stock OS released by the CyanogenMod team for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE device.

If you want to learn how to install it on your Note 3 LTE device, then you should use the all the info that is listed in this post.

With this new build of CM 11 M8 Snapshot you will get the stock Kitkat 4.4.4 features as well as multiple new changes that were added by the CyanogenMod team. More info can be found at their blog page here or in your news article here.

Before starting the process you should take a look at the guidelines below:

  •  use this guide only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE model number N9005.
    – this is the tutorial that will work only with the International LTE model of Galaxy Note 3.
    – don’t try to use this guide for the US Note 3 LTE models as you will brick their firmware.
    – check the model number of your phone by going to Settings> About Device.
    – in case the model number doesn’t correspond with the N9005 value, then you can close this tutorial.
  • your Note 3 has to be rooted and running the latest CWM or TWRP Recovery image.
    – both recoveries are supported by this guide.
  • when you reach the ‘how-to’ part of this post you will find two extra preparation steps: the first tells you to create a full NANDROID ROM Backup while the second will ask you to apply a full ‘factory reset’ for your Note 3 LTE device.
    – do not skip those steps.
    – the NANDROID Backup for the already installed ROM creates a restore point for your device, you can use it in case the new ROM refuses to boot in normal mode.
    – Factory Reset will wipe all data from the system partition, but it won’t delete any files stored on your device’s internal / external storage.
  • if you want to save some data from your installed apps or SMS text messages, then you should use the Helium tool for Android.
    sync contacts and people details with your default Gmail account.
  • check your Galaxy Note 3 LTE N9005 battery charge level, make sure that there is at least 30% left before the device completely switches off.
  • this post has to be used by advanced users, we cannot be held responsible in case you brick the device or in case you lose any data in the process.
  • you should read the entire article and start the installation only when you’re sure that you can complete it successfully.

Now that you know all that you can continue to the tutorial below.

How to install CM 11 M8 Snapshot KitKat ROM for your Galaxy Note 3 LTE N9005:

This build is a stable one and it is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat, so you should install this one instead of a CM 11 Nightly.

  1. Download the CM 11 Snapshot zip from here.
  2. Download Gapps for Android 4.4.x custom ROMs from here.
  3. Connect your Note 3 device to your computer and move both zip files to its internal storage.
    – in case you’ve used your device to download the files directly, then you can ignore this step.
    – don’t unzip the files.
  4. Power off your Galaxy Note 3 N9005 now.
  5. Next, boot it in Custom Recovery Mode.
  6. Create a new NANDROID ROM Backup for the ROM that is currently installed on your Note 3 LTE:
    – CWM: select ‘backup and restore’, confirm.
    – TWRP: press Backup.
  7. Now apply the Factory Reset:
    – CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’. Confirm that you want to remove all user data.
    – TWRP: press Wipe and swipe to confirm process.
  8. Start the installation of CM 11 M8 Android 4.4.4 ROM for your Galaxy Note 3 LTE:
    – CWM: select the ‘install zip from sdcard’ and then ‘choose zip from sdcard.
    – TWRP: Press Install.
  9. Find the CM 11 M8 Snapshot zip file and confirm its installation.
    – wait several minutes before your Note 3 completes the process.
  10. Use the same step 8 options and flash Gapps zip, too.
  11. When all the files are installed with success you can return to the main custom Recovery screen.
  12. Reboot your phone in normal mode.
    – note that the first boot process will take a while to complete which is why you shouldn’t press any buttons until all files are loaded.
  13. Use your CyanogenMod or Google profile in order to take full control over your device.

If the installation fails, then you should try to repeat the whole guide more than once. Make sure that you will not skip any steps in case you repeat the guide.

In case the Galaxy Note 3 LTE refuses to boot in normal mode or it enters in a boot loop, or it boots but it displays too many ‘force closing’ errors you will need to apply the ‘format system’ option from your phone’s advanced custom Recovery options.

For any extra help you can use the comments field below.

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