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Install CM 13.0 Marshmallow Nightlies for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 N5100 GSM

CyanogenMod team has released the official Android 6.0.1 CM 13.0 ROM for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 N5100 devices. If you need to learn how to successfully flash such custom ROM on your device, then you should check the guidelines listed in this post.

The official CM 13.0 Nightlies are based on the AOSP Android 6.0.1 releases, but you will be getting tons of extra features added by the CyanogenMod team. If you’re sick and tired of all the bloatware that Samsung puts on their device’s operating systems, then the CM 13.0 ROM is one of the best things that you could ever install on your tablet. Check the CyanongenMod blog post here for more info on the CM 13 Nightlies.

Check the following guidelines before starting the installation process:

  • use this tutorial only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 N5100 devices.
    – check the model number of your tablet under Settings> About Device.
    – make sure that the N5100 version is listed under Model Number.
  • do not attempt to update any other devices with the files that you will find in this post.
  • your tablet has to be running a rooted firmware and a custom Recovery has to be installed on it.
    – the installed custom Recovery has to be upgraded to its latest version, so that it supports the new Android 6.0.1-based custom ROM installations.
  • in the tutorial part of this post you can find two extra preparation steps like NANDROID Backup and the Factory Reset ones.
    – the NANDROID Backup creates a full restore point for your tablet, one that can then be used to fix the device in case something goes wrong during the installation.
    – Factory Resetting the device means that you will lose the previous installed custom / stock ROM.
    – the factory reset won’t remove any data from the tablet’s internal storage, as you will lose the system partition and the installed apps only.
    – do not skip these steps when you reach them in the Tutorial.
  • if you need to save data from installed apps you should use the Helium tool for Android.
  • read the entire post and do not skip any steps.
  • this is a tutorial that you should use only if you are an advanced user.
    – we cannot be blamed if your brick the Galaxy Note 8 device, nor in case you lose any important data during the installation process of CM 13.0 Nightly ROM.
  • check your tablet’s battery charge level and make sure that it is over 50%, as it will prevent your device from powering off during the flashing of CM 13.0 ROM.

After your install the new custom ROM you should go to CyanogenMod Updates menu under Settings> About Device section in order to check for other, more fresh CM 13.0 Nightly builds. If there is any new build available, then don’t hesitate and install it over the one that you are about to flash using the info below.

How to install CM 13.0 Nightly Android 6.0.1 ROM for Galaxy Note 8 GSM N5100:

  1. Download the CM 13 Nightly zip from here.
  2. Download Gapps for CM 13 ROMs from here.
  3. Move both zip files to your phone’s internal storage.
    – do not unzip these files.
    – disconnect the tablet from PC when the files are copied.
  4. Now you need to power off the tablet.
  5. Next, boot it in Custom Recovery Mode.
    – press and hold Volume UP and Power at the same time to boot Recovery.
    – release the buttons when the screen flashes twice, then the Recovery Mode menu should appear.
  6. First you will need to create a NANDROID Backup for the ROM that’s already installed on your device:
    – CWM: select the ‘backup and restore’ option.
    – TWRP: select ‘wipe’ option.
    – set a name for the file and confirm.
  7. Factory Reset the tablet now:
    – CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
    – TWRP: select ‘wipe’ option.
    – confirm process.
  8. Start the CM 13.0 Android 6.0.1 installation:
    – CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’.
    – TWRP: select ‘install’ option.
  9. Find the CM 13.0 Nightly zip and confirm its installation.
  10. When the new custom ROM is done flashing all of its files you can install the Gapps zip in the same way.

After all files are done installing you can reboot your tablet in normal mode. The first boot process is going to take at least 10 minutes to complete, and you will know that the installation was successful when the “optimizing apps” screen loads.

If you need more help you can leave a comment below.

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