Verizon Galaxy Note 3 has received its own CM 11 Nightly build and now you can use it in order to update the device to Android 4.4.2. Read this entire post and you should be able to complete the tutorial in no time without bricking the firmware.

CyanogenMod 11 Nightly is based obviously on Android 4.4 KitKat, it packs all the stock features along with others more created by the CM team. Read more about this project by visiting the CM web page here. Before starting the installation process of this new ROM you will first need to take a look at the preparation guide below:

  • Use the guide only with the Verizon Galaxy Note 3.
    - don't use this post for any other Note 3 model, as you will brick it.
  • Your Note 3 VZW has to be rooted.
  • CWM or TWRP Recovery has to be installed on it.
    - make sure that whichever custom Recovery you decide to use, then that's updated to its latest version.
  • It is recommended for you to create a full NANDROID Backup for the installed ROM.
    - it will set a restore point for your phone, so that you will be covered in case something goes wrong during the installation.
  • Factory Reset is required for this new ROM to install successfully.
    - factory reset wipes all data from system drive, while the internal / external storage won't be affected.
    - do not skip Factory Reset.
  • Backup data from installed apps, SMS and APN Internet Settings using the following tools for Android: Helium.
    - non-rooted devices will work with Helium too, so you should be able to test in on your other Android gadgets.
  • Make sure to Sync your Contacts with your Gmail account.
    - guide here for those of you who don't know how to do it.
  • Enable the USB Debugging from Developer Options.
  • This is a post for advanced users, you can't blame us in case your brick the phone or lose any important data in the process.
  • There should be at least 50% battery power left before the phone switches off.
  • Read the entire guide, don't skip any steps and you should be able to complete the guide without problems.
  • If you can't complete the tutorial, then you should ask for extra help in comments, as we will try to come up with solutions for your problems.

These were all the guidelines that you had to go over before getting to the installation. Note that this not an official update by Samsung nor Verizon, but a custom ROM that should offer you the possibility to test a full KitKat ROM and see how your device works with the latest OS version launched by Google.

How to update Verizon Note 3 to Android 4.4.2 via Official CM 11 Nightly:

  1. Download the custom ROM from here.
    - get the latest build available and not older versions.
  2. Download Gapps for Android 4.4.2 from here.
  3. Connect your phone to your PC, then copy both zip files to its internal storage.
    - when the files are copied you can disconnect the phone from PC.
    > do not unzip the files.
  4. Power off the Note 3 Verizon now, then boot it in Custom Recovery mode.
    - learn here how to do boot Samsung devices in Recovery Mode.
  5. When you're at the main CWM / TWRP Recovery menu, then you can first create the NANDROID ROM Backup:
    - select the 'backup and restore' option, name the file and confirm the process.
  6. Next you have to Factory Reset the smartphone:
    - select 'wipe data/ factory reset', confirm.
  7. Now you can flash the CM 11 Nightly KitKat ROM:
    - select 'install zip from sdcard', then 'choose zip from sdcard'.
    - find the ROM zip file and confirm its installation.
  8. When the ROM is installed, repeat step 7 actions in order to flash Gapps zip as well.
  9. After you complete installing CM 11 and Google apps zip, then you can return to the main custom Recovery screen.
  10. Reboot the phablet in normal mode now.
    - note that the CM 11 first boot will take several minutes to complete, so you should wait until the home screen appears.
  11. Use Google account info in order to take full control over your Verizon Note 3.

These were all the steps that you had to follow, now you're free to test the new ROM. If you get stuck, the first boot process doesn't complete after ten minutes of loading the ROM or it enters into a boot loop, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial once again. Make sure that in case you decide to repeat the guide, then you won't skip any steps that I've listed in the tutorial and apply 'factory reset' one.

Also, you might want to apply the 'format /system' option too. Your device should be able to boot with the new ROM after you correctly apply all steps. Use the comments field to ask for any extra help. Leave a detailed comment in case you need help, so that we will be able to come up with a working solution for whatever problem you encounter in your quest to update your Verizon Galaxy Note 3 with Official CM 11 Nightly ROM.

If you install the new CyanogenMod 11 Nightly ROM and you don't like how it works with your phone, then it would be best for you to use the NANDROID ROM Backup file created at step 5 and restore your device to its previous OS. For any other questions use the section below.

Remember that this release of CyanogenMod 11 is still in its Nightly stage, which means that it cannot be seen as a stable build, but more as a testing ground for a future better CM 11 Stable ROM.

Phiolos · 4 years ago

I believe this is only for the developer edition.
Can anyone confirm?

cloperfido · 4 years ago

ugh when i go through the steps and reboot to finally start using cm11, the phone acts like it is on an the soft keys light up but alas nothing on the screen.. =(

ron · 5 years ago

Isn't this only for the INTERNATIONAL edition.. not the US?

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