A new CyanogenMod update is available for various Android devices as the M9 Snapshot built of CM11 firmware can be anytime downloaded. The firmware is currently available only for a limited number of Android devices though further smartphones and tablets will be added during the following days. Anyway, today we will be checking how to install the CM 11 M9 update on the Sprint LG G2, so if you are thinking in updating your phone with a custom version of Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS, don’t hesitate and check the guidelines from below.
Installing the latest release of CM11 is similar with flashing any other CM update as you basically have to download the firmware on your computer, to transfer the same on your phone and then to flash the software by using a custom recovery image. If you are a newbie, or if you need extra info on that matter, you can check the guidelines from below where I have detailed all the things that must be checked out before completing the update process. So, updating your Sprint LG G2 with Android 4.4.4 KitKat CM11 M9 Snapshot is easy, meaning that you have nothing to worry about.
The new CM11 M9 release is still based on stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat software. So, on your Sprint LG G2 you will flash the latest Android OS along with the latest features, apps and capabilities that are available on the KitKat platform. Moreover, you will also add extra features which can then be used for customizing and optimizing the Android experience and the LG G2 performances. Basically, with CM11 M9 Snapshot you will be able to speed up your Sprint LG G2, to upgrade the battery life, to optimize the general performances, to customize the KitKat UI and to remove in built programs, bloatware and everything else you need.
Now, CM 11 M9 is an official built of CyanogenMod that brings a free aftermarket distribution of Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware on your Sprint LG G2. The ROM is stable and runs without lags or bugs, which means that you will be able to experience a smooth KitKat platform right on your smartphone.
The firmware is not official and has nothing to do with LG. That’s why CM 11 can be installed only manually and only by following a dedicated tutorial. This tutorial is custom and risky, so if you mess things up you can damage or soft brick your LG G2. Moreover, since we are dealing with an unofficial port of Android 4.4.4 KitKat system, by flashing the same you will lose your Sprint LG G2 warranty.
At the same time, for being able to complete this tutorial you first have to take care of some general pre requisites. These pre requisites are being listed below, so before doing anything else check the same.
- Root your Sprint LG G2 because a custom ROM can be flashed only on unlocked Android devices.
- Install a custom recovery image, such as the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery, on your phone because you will have to flash the .zip CM 11 M9 Snapshot firmware by using the same software.
- Be aware as these operations are also unofficial ones – use compatible tutorials when completing custom procedures.
- Make a backup because during the installation process of CM11 M9 a wipe will be required and you can end up in losing everything that’s saved on the internal storage memory of your Sprint LG G2.
- In that matter save your contacts, call logs, market apps, text messages, images, files, videos, audio files and even your current ROM by applying a Nandroid backup.
- The general backup operation can be anytime completed by using dedicated apps from Google Play or cloud services.
- A computer is required since you have to download the CM11 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update file on the same – in order to make things right, first temporarily deactivate the security protection that is featured on your computer.
- Also, your phone and its USB cord needs to be near you – for being able to properly connect your devices, first on your LG G2 you need to enable the USB debugging option by going to “menu – settings – developer options”.
- It is important to check the battery status of your device before heading to the following steps; if the battery level is less than 50%, then you have to plug in the charger – else you might end up in bricking your smartphone.
- Apply the steps from below only if you own the Sprint model of the LG G2 – the CM11 M9 Snapshot firmware provided here is compatible only with the mentioned Android device so try not to mess things up.
How to Update Sprint LG G2 with CM11 Snapshot M9 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Firmware
- Download the CM11 M9 Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS for your Sprint LG G2 from this page. Then download Google apps package.
- Save the files on your computer, preferable on desktop – don’t unzip the files.
- Connect your smartphone with your computer by plugging in the USB cord.
- Transfer the files from desktop on your phone.
- Enter recovery mode on your LG G2.
- From recovery mode select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Return to main menu of recovery and from there choose “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the firmware file and flash the same; then repeat the process and select Google Apps package.
- In the end, from main menu of recovery select “reboot system now” – if your device will get stuck in a boot loop, return to recovery and from there select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
Congratulations; you have updated your Sprint LG G2 with Android 4.4.4 KitKat based CM11 M9 Snapshot custom ROM firmware. Just test the ROM and see how it performs on your phone and finally share your impressions with us by using the comments field from below.