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Flash CyanogenMod 11 KitKat Nightly ROM for Galaxy Note 3 N9000

The official CM 11 Nightlies for Galaxy Note 3 LTE are now available for installation. Use this tutorial in order to learn how to successfully update your phone and get a custom Android 4.4.2 ROM and get a bloatware-free device. Read all info and remember that this guide is for advanced users.

CyanogenMod 11 for Galaxy Note 3 N9000 is based on AOSP Android 4.4.2 KitKat only it doesn’t contain any bloatware element. Also, you will find features and functions designed by the CM team. For more info on the work behind such release you should read their blog here.

Read the guidelines below before starting the updating process of your device:

  • this tutorial will work only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9000 International variant.
    – do not attempt to update any other phones with the files that you will find in this article, as you will end up bricking their firmware.
  • your device has to be rooted.
  • the Note 3 that you’re about to update requires the latest CWM or TWRP Recovery build installed, as the custom Recovery old builds will not flash any KitKat ROMs.
  • do not skip any steps listed in the tutorial, not even the Factory Reset nor the NANDROID ROM Backup.
    – NANDROID Backup creates a restore point for the installed ROM.
    – Factory Reset is required, as you need to perform a clean installation for the new ROM.
    – Factory Reset wipes all data from system partition, but it leaves the internal and external storage unaffected.
  • backup any data from installed apps, SMS and other similar info with Helium for Android utility — here.
  • sync your Contacts info with your GMail account.
    – if you can’t do it, then learn using our guide.
  • this guide is for advanced users, read all instructions and make sure that you won’t skip any steps that I’ve listed in the tutorial.
  • do not blame us in case the new ROM doesn’t boot in normal mode or you lose any important data in the process.
  • check the battery charge level of your device and make sure that it is over 50%, so that the phone will not switch off in the middle of the updating process.

Now that you know all of the above you can continue to the next part of this tutorial and learn how to flash a custom KitKat ROM on your device.

Install CM 11 Android 4.4.2 Nightly ROM for Galaxy Note 3:

  1. Download the latest CM 11 Nightly build from here.
  2. Download Gapps for Android 4.4.2 from here.
  3. Connect your smartphone to your PC and then move both zip files to its internal storage.
    – after the files are copied to your Note 3 you can disconnect the device from PC.
    > do not unzip the archived contents.
  4. Power off your device now and then boot it in CWM or TWRP Recovery Mode.
    – if you can’t boot recovery, then you can find more info on how to do it here.
  5. First, create a full NANDROID Backup for the installed ROM:
    – CWM: select ‘backup and restore’, then name the file and confirm process.
    – TWRP: press backup, set a name and confirm.
  6. Next, apply Factory Reset:
    – CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, then confirm process.
    – TWRP: press Wipe, then swipe to confirm the Factory Reset of your Note 3.
    > you can skip this step only in case your device already runs on a previous CM 11 Nightly build.
    > note: in case you skip Factory Reset and your phone is unable to boot in normal mode with the new ROM, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial more than once until you get the installation right without skipping any steps.
  7. Finally, flash the new CyanogenMod 11 Nightly ROM for your Galaxy Note 3 N9000:
    – CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the ROM zip file and confirm the installation.
    – TWRP: press Install, then find the ROM file. Swipe to confirm installation.
    > don’t press any buttons until the new ROM files are installed with success.
  8. Install the Gapps zip file now using the same instructions as in step 7.
  9. After all files are installed you can return to the main custom Recovery screen.
  10. Reboot your Note 3 N9000 in normal mode with CM 11 Nightly ROM.
    > note that the first boot process will take several minutes to load all new files, which is why you shouldn’t press any buttons until the home screen appears.
  11. Use your CyanogenMod Account or the Google profile info in order to take control over your smartphone once again.

These were all the steps that you had to take, now you can start testing all the new features and functions installed by the CyanogenMod 11 KitKat Nightly ROM. For any other questions you should use the comments field below.

Note that in case the new ROM doesn’t boot in normal mode with CM 11 ROM, then you will be forced to repeat the guide without skipping any steps or, you can choose to restore your device to its previous state using the NANDROID Backup file created in step 5.

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