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Update US Cellular Galaxy Note 2 with CM 11 M8 Android 4.4.4 Stable ROM

The US Cellular variant of Galaxy Note 2 R950 can be updated to Android 4.4.4 KitKat using the latest stable CM 11 M8 Snapshot ROM.

This custom ROM designed by the CyanogenMod team is the first stable build that’s based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. It contains all the stock features along with tons of other great new features added by the CM team. If you want to learn more about this release then you can check the info listed here and here.

Before starting the installation you will need to take a look at the preparation info below:

  • use this tutorial only for the US Cellular variant of Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
    – the model number of your phone is set to R950, don’t update devices with a different model number.
    – if you install the files in this post on any other Android device you will risk bricking the device.
  • your Note 2 R950 device has to be rooted and running the latest CWM / TWRP custom Recovery image.
  • in the ‘how-to’ part of this post you will find the ‘NANDROID Backup’ and ‘Factory Reset’ steps, do not skip these.
    – the NANDROID Backup creates a complete restore point for your device, while the Factory Reset gets rid of all files from the ROM that you had previously installed.
  • if you want to save data from installed applications, SMS text messages or any other type of file, then you can choose to use the Helium tool for Android.
  • sync all your Contacts and People details with your default Gmail account.
  • this tutorial has to be applied by advanced users, do not blame us if you brick the device, nor in case you end up losing any important data in the process.
  • read the entire tutorial and make sure that you won’t skip any steps listed below.
  • also, check your phone’s battery charge level and make sure that it is over 50%, this will prevent the device from switching off during installation.

The update shouldn’t take more than ten minutes and you should use the comments field in case you cannot complete installation.

How to flash CM 11 M8 Snapshot ROM for US Cellular Galaxy Note 2:

  1. Download the CM 11 M8 Snapshot zip from here.
  2. Download Gapps for Android 4.4.x ROMs from here.
  3. Connect the US Cellular Note 2 to your PC, move both zip files onto its internal storage.
    – in case you downloaded the files straight to your phone, then you should ignore this step.
  4. Power off the device now.
  5. Boot it in CWM / TWRP Recovery Mode.
  6. First, create a full NANDROID Backup for the ROM that’s currently running on your device:
    – CWM: select ‘backup and restore’, name the file. Confirm.
    – TWRP: press Backup and set a filename. Swipe to confirm process.
  7. Apply the Factory Reset:
    – CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’. Confirm.
    – TWRP: press Wipe. Swipe to apply factory reset.
    – continue to the next step when you’re done.
  8. Now you can start the CM 11 M8 Android 4.4.4 installation process:
    – CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’.
    – TWRP: press Install option.
  9. Find the CyanogenMod 11 M8 Snapshot zipĀ and confirm the installation process.
  10. After the new Android 4.4.4 custom ROM is flashed with success you can repeat step 8 actions and flash Gapps zip.
  11. Return to the main custom Recovery screen menu after the ROM and Gapps files are flashed.
  12. Reboot your phone in normal mode now.
    – note that the first boot process of this new ROM will take a while to load all the new files.
    – do not press any buttons until you see the CM 11 home screen.
  13. Use your Google account info or create a new CyanogenMod profile in order to take full control over your device once again.

In case you need any more help with the update, then you can choose to use our comments field. Make sure that you leave a detailed comment, so that we will be able to come up with a viable solution for any problem that you might encounter in your quest to installing the CM 11 M8 Snapshot on your Note 2 US Cellular device.

Note that the updating process of this new ROM might not be completed at your first attempt. Also, if the phone doesn’t go past the booting animation or it enters into a boot loop, then you will have to repeat the whole and to apply the ‘factory reset’ step along with ‘format /system’ option from the custom Recovery advanced menu.

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