Update Verizon Galaxy Note 2 with CM 11 Android 4.4 KitKat Firmware

While the Google Nexus devices had already received the new Android 4.4 KitKat OTA update, the other Android based devices are still waiting for the first wave of official updates. So, if you own the Verizon model of the Galaxy Note 2 and wondering when you will be able to test the new Android firmware, the answer is in 3, 4 months, or of course even more. Why? Well, basically Samsung will roll out the Android 4.4 KitKat software soon, but Verizon will have to adapt the OS for its Note 2 and that will take a while; and of course then the OTA will be offered gradually, which means that you will be enjoying the Android 4.4 KitKat firmware sometimes during March next year.

Of course you can anytime skip this period and flash the Android OS ahead of official release though for this a custom ROM will be required. For those who are interested in updating with an unofficial port of Android 4.4, today I will explain how to install CM 11 Custom ROM on Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Now, this version of CM 11 is still unofficial, but don’t worry you can flash the Android 4.4 firmware for a daily use as there are only minor bugs that are being resolved by the devs (those of xda-developers so we have them to thanks for this step by step guide) as we speak.

CM 11 for Verizon Galaxy Note 2 comes with stock Android 4.4 features along with extra capabilities and looks that cannot be found on the default version of KitKat. But, as you know CyanogenMod is one of the most appreciated platform by the Android community, so you have nothing to worry about; the update is coming with great settings that can be used for improving the web browsing experience, for bumping the speeds, improving the performances and for upgrading the battery life of your phablet.

Furthermore, CM11 is coming with its own user interface, which means that you won’t be able to enjoy the pure KitKat OS. Now, according to the devs, this variant of CM 11 for Verizon Galaxy Note 2 is including these bugs: the Bluetooth voice search capability isn’t working, running the Camera for the first causes reboot, after that it works fine and sensors don’t work sometimes, but mostly does. Besides that, everything else is working perfectly so you will be able to test the latest features available on your own SGN2.

If you want to complete this tutorial for flashing CM 11 Android 4.4 KitKat custom ROM on your Verizon Galaxy Note 2, then first you will have to read and apply the lines from below. There, I have explained what you have to do for preparing your phablet for the update operation that will be explained a little bit later. So, don’t head to the installation procedure without checking the lines from below.

Start the update process with a root operation. As strange as that might sound, if you want to flash CM11 on your SGSN2, first you need to root your Verizon Note 2. Don’t skip this process as without root access you cannot complete the rest of the operations. Anyway, be careful because when gaining root access the binary flash is being increased which means that the warranty gets void. After rooting your smartphone you have to install a custom recovery image on the same. Since CM 11 on Verizon Galaxy Note 2 has been tested only via CWM or TWRP recovery, I recommend you to use the same – use the latest versions of the mentioned apps though.

Useful tip: as mentioned after gaining root access, the warranty will be lost; but you can restore the same easily as all you have to do is to downgrade your handset to stock Android Jelly Bean software. Of course, then the root access will be revoked and the custom ROM replaced with the official Android OS.

A backup is more than recommended on this operation since a wipe will be required in a minute. As you know, when wiping the system, everything that’s saved on the internal storage is getting erased or corrupted. So, basically, use suitable backup and restore apps and save your contacts messages, call logs, internet settings, EFS folder, personal data, accounts and info. If you think that the CM11 OS will be buggy, you can choose to make a Nandroid backup for being able to save / restore the stock ROM without having to follow a tutorial like the present one.

At this point, you only have to ensure the general pre requisites, which quite the same all the time. I am talking about the computer which will be required for the update operation. Then, you have to ensure that on the same computer there aren’t installed security tools – if they are, temporarily deactivate the security protection. On the other hand enable USB debugging from path “menu -> settings -> developer options” because you have to connect your Note 2 with the computer and also charge your smartphone if its battery life displays less than 50% power left.

Also, it is extremely important to mention that this step by step guide is compatible only with the Verizon model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which has the model number of i605. That means CM 11 Android 4.4 KitKat will work only on the mentioned device – install CM 11 on Note 2 N7100 by using our suitable tutorial.

How to Update Verizon Galaxy Note 2 with CM 11 Android 4.4 KitKat Custom ROM Firmware

  1. Download the CM 11 Android 4.4 software file from this page; also download the Google apps package from here.
  2. Place these files on your computer without unzipping – save the files on desktop as you need to have access to the same.
  3. Now, connect your Galaxy Note 2 with the computer.
  4. Establish the connection by using the USB cable.
  5. Take both files from desktop and place them on your phone’s SD card.
  6. And then unplug the USB cable.
  7. Enter your Note 2 in recovery mode by using our step by step guide (first turn off your phablet and wait a few seconds).
  8. Then from recovery select “wipe data factory reset” and then choose “wipe cache partition”.
  9. Also, select “advance” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
  10. Now, go back to recovery mode and start the installation procedure.
  11. First, select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
  12. Then pick the CM11 file and install the same.
  13. Also, repeat that process for flashing the Google Apps package.
  14. And when done, return to recovery and select “reboot system now”.

That’s perfect; you have completed our step by step guide. So, there you have it, you now know how to safely update your Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to Android 4.4 KitKat firmware ahead of official release. Remember that CM 11 custom ROM is running on your phable so you might want to test the same along with the new features and apps that have been installed on your device. So, give it a try and then don’t forget us; share your experience with us and help other users in deciding whether to apply the CM 11 firmware or not.

  • beejaxx

    Seems that the “recent apps” function is lost on cm11 verizon i605. That is the only issue I see so far, but its a real pita.