Install Android 4.4 KitKat on Galaxy S3 Mini using CyanogenMod 11 Custom ROM

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The mini version of the Galaxy S3 is one of the most popular cell phones today, specially when it comes to enjoy some good features in a little lower price. The device ran on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean out of the box and received Android 4.1.2 update later on, but there hasn’t been any official word about any further updates by Samsung since that time. Perhaps, there is no need to worry about when we have the great people working over XDA developer forums.

The Maclaw Studio, well known guys with the earlier CyanogenMod 10.2 based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, have once again brought us a chance to enjoy the Android 4.4 KitKat on our beloved Galaxy S3 Mini unofficially. If you are custom ROM freak and always want to have the latest and greatest version of Android running on your device, then CyanogenMod is surely for you. It’s not an official update by the manufacturers, perhaps it let’s you taste the feel, features and look of the higher version of Android unofficially as it is an open source community, the new features are dug out every day.GALAXY_SIII_mini_Product_Image(4).jpg_610x406

CyanogenMod 11 based on Android 4.4 KitKat is available for Galaxy S3 Mini now. As said by the developer, the ROM is fully working and stable and may be kept for daily use. To make the installation easier for you, I’ve explained the steps to do so in simple and easy words below. You just got to follow this guide to the letter.

Disclaimer: The methods involved in flashing custom roms and rooting your phone is highly custom and may result in bricking your device, and has nothing to do with Google or the device manufacturer that is SAMSUNG in our case. Also rooting your device will void its warranty and you will be no longer eligible for any kind of free device services by the manufacturers/warranty providers. In case of any mishap we may not be held responsible. Follow these instructions to the letter to avoid any mishap or bricking. Make sure that whatever you do, you are doing it at your own responsibility.

Before we begin here are some pre requisites.

      1. This ROM works for all the variants of the Galaxy S3 Mini i8190/N/L. Do not try this on any other device. Check your device’s model under settings > About device > Model.
      2. Your device must be charged over at least 60%. This is highly recommended in order to prevent any mishap during the installation process.
      3. It is highly recommended that you make a nandroid backup of your device using a custom recovery. This is handy in case something goes wrong and you want to get your older system back immediately.
      4. Use the OEM data cable to establish connection between your PC and Phone.
      5. Make sure that you have backed up all your important ContactsCall Logs & Messages. It is highly recommended in case of any mishap or data loss to backup all your important data.
      6. Alright! follow this guide to the letter now!

You can flash this ROM using two methods.

Method 1: Through Odin.

Files you need to download: 

  1. Download Odin3 PC and extract it. – Get it Here.
  2. Download and install Samsung USB Drivers – Get Here.
  3. Download and extract Android 4.4.2 KitKat CM 11 ROM: cm11.0_golden.maclaw.20140118.ODIN_TWRP.zip

How to Install Andorid 4.4.2 KitKat CyanogenMod 11 on Galaxy S3 Mini:

      1. Open Odin.exe. 
      2. Put your phone in download mode. To do so, turn it off completely and then turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home Button + Power Key. You should see a warning now, press Volume Up to continue.
      3. Connect your phone to your PC now. The ID:COM box should turn blue in Odin now.
      4. Hit the PDA tab in Odin and select the .tar.md5 file that you got after extracting the CM11.0_golden.maclaw.20131210.ODIN_TWRP.zip. Your Odin screen should exactly like the one as shown below.odin_explained
      5. As soon as the .tar.md5 file is loaded, hit start button in Odin.
      6. The ROM installation should start now and you should see the progress in the process bar in Odin.
      7. As soon as the process is finished your device will reboot.
      8. Pull out the battery now to turn it off and boot into the TWRP recovery. The recovery is installed along with this ROM in your phone. To do so, turn on your device by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home Button + Power Key.
      9. You should see the TWRP recovery interface now.
      10. Select wipe, and wipe cache and dalvik cache.
      11. Reboot.
      12. You should see the CM logo on the bootscreen now, it might take upto 10 minutes in order to take you to the home screen, so keep patience.

Method 2: Install Android 4.4.2 KitKat CM 11 Using Custom Recovery.

      1. Your device must have a cwm recovery installed. Follow our full guide here.
      2. Download cm11.0_golden.maclaw.20140121.zip and place it on your phone’s sd card.
      3. Boot into CWM recovery. To do so turn off your device completely, now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home Button + Power Key.
      4. In CWM recovery, select “Install Zip>Choose Zip form SD / ext SD card>Select the CM11.0_golden.maclaw.20131210.zip file” and then select Yes to proceed.
      5. It will take a short time to flash the ROM. As soon as the flashing process is done, wipe cache and dalvik cache from the recovery.
      6. Reboot!
      7. Congrats! You’ve installed Android 4.4 KitKat CM 11.0 on your Galaxy S3 Mini.

How to Install Gapps on your Galaxy S3 Mini.

In the above methods, I’ve explained the steps to install the ROM but not the Gapps, in order to install Gapps follow these steps.

      1. Download Gapps for Android 4.4 KitKat CyanogenMod 11: Gapps for Android 4.4 KitKat
      2. Place the downloaded.zip file on your phone’s sd card.
      3. Boot into the custom recovery, the one you’ve installed.
      4. Select Install>Gapps.zip file.
      5. Proceed with the installation, as soon as it is done, reboot your device.
      6. Find the Play Store and other Google Apps in your app drawer now!

That’s all. In case you got any queries/suggestions or face any difficulties regarding this post, feel free to stop by the comment box below. Thanks All!

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  • moss

    broken download link

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_2aCJA0izSn:disqus link updated.

      • juan miguel marin rodriguez

        I tried the two methods, instructions followed well, and I unable to power off the device due is stucked while is trying to powering off or rebooting.. The model is S3mini i8190L do you know what is happening I have tried to reflash several times setting it to factory defaults and is still not working

  • Usama Mujtaba

    @abbyfraser_shadbolt:disqus Can you please try the method 2 and tell me if it works or not? Thanks.

    • Abby Fraser_Shadbolt

      Method 2 gives an error message saying:
      E:signature verification failed

    • Abby Fraser_Shadbolt

      and even though both methods failed, when i boot into download mode it says Custom for current binary and for system status

      • Usama Mujtaba

        @abbyfraser_shadbolt:disqus what’s your device model? You can turn of signature verification from advanced settings in cwm.

        • Usama Mujtaba

          upon flashing a stock firmware, the Current binary will turn to official, so no need to worry about that.

          • Abby Fraser_Shadbolt

            where on my device, do i find cwm? and my device is am s3 mini model number sm-g730w8

          • Usama Mujtaba

            @abbyfraser_shadbolt:disqus this guide, and this rom does not support your device. You should read the pre requisites first.

  • Usama Mujtaba

    Also, can you please tell me the model number of your device?

  • Usama Mujtaba

    @abbyfraser_shadbolt:disqus Sorry, but you must have read the instructions carefully first. Your device is not supported, that’s why you are getting NAND write error. Please flash a stock firmware and get the official system back.

  • Kakang Rizal Rawisrengga

    How to Root again ,…? Binary SU not updated.

  • Duong Nhat Tan

    hello, after doing wipe davilk cache, the updating partition details process takes too long. What should i do

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @duongnhattan:disqus there is no need to worry about it. It takes time to build Dalvik cache once again.

      • Duong Nhat Tan

        Thanks, it worked :). I found that I can do that action via CWM recovery mode and it seems to more cleary by that way

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @duongnhattan:disqus Thanks for the feedback. Glad that it worked for you. :)

  • Kacper Biernacki

    I was trying to do instal Gapps but i don’t have sd card so i get an error. Do i have to buy sd card?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @kacper_biernacki:disqus use internal sd of your phone.

  • Zack

    why my google account failed to sync? all related to google like gmail, play store also can’t sign in and used..? thanks.

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_MfkoHB42Av:disqus Try pulling out your SIM card and then turn on wifi without having the SIM card inserted and connect your google account. Also make sure that Auto-sync is enabled under settings.

  • Allan Ojeda

    Why doesnt work SELECTOR? It’s a kind of launcher of kitkat right?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @allanojeda:disqus No it’s a custom ROM. Not a launcher, but all features may not work as these are not the stocks.

  • Usama Mujtaba

    @allanojeda:disqus I’ll look for the solution and update you soon. Stay connected :)

    • ron

      how about sim tool kit icon?

      • Usama Mujtaba

        @disqus_dEzzvYTXFq:disqus custom rom! No idea.

  • Amir Albasha

    Gapps doesn’t work good

  • Amir Albasha

    hello again any body can help me … google apps doesnt work ?!

  • Sofloan

    My pin is not working… not the one of my sim card but the other. Why ?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_pZJ2g7zLdC:disqus what pin is not working? Are you not able to receive signals on your network? and other SIM cards or working? or what ?

  • Sofloan

    Sorry it’s not the pin, this is the other one, the unlock code for my phone.

  • Gian Mikael

    Is this ROM stable now?
    Thamks

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @gianmikael:disqus Not sure, Install it at your own risk.

  • Milo Yambag

    Do you have the rom for the S3 mini model GM-730?

  • Stick-e Beatz

    can’t open browser some one who can help please :/

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @stickebeatz:disqus try using any other browser like Opera or Chrome. Get it from Play Store. Update us with your experience.

  • Usama Mujtaba

    @poldocordero:disqus yes it is.

  • Usama Mujtaba

    @poldocordero:disqus flash cwm and then wipe cache and dalvik cache and then flash this ROM.

    • Poldo Cordero

      ok. ive already installed kitkat on my s3 mini but i cant adjust the brightness of my fone into auto mode.and i cant check the balance of my sim .(my sim network toolkit)

      • Usama Mujtaba

        @poldocordero:disqus I’m not sure if this is a ROM issue or this is a specific issue on your phone because you are responsible by yourself for installing a custom ROM. Try resetting your phone, if the issue persists you can go back to your old factory firmware by flashing a stock ROM.

  • Welf

    Your Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM, what language has it got apart from English? I mean I am trying to root my phone because I got it set at English but not able to read other Asian languages like Japanese and Chinese. It shows up as random characters

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_hjUCyBqLdv:disqus I am not sure about what languages this rom has got, however you can surely make a selection between which one you want to choose on the startup.

  • Welf

    With 4.4.2, roughly how much RAM it runs at? My current 4.1.2 with stock apps is using about 450Mb of RAM (Check under “RUNNING” from Apps Manage). Just wondering If KitKat without stock apps runs smoothly with limited RAM with this phone. Thanks

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_hjUCyBqLdv:disqus this is a custom ROM, it won’t take much ROM.

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  • Imre Kiss

    bluetooth is not work. crashed.

    • Jono

      Thanks Usama, great instructions and all worked fine, except for the bluetooth problem noted above. Any solution to this?

      • Usama Mujtaba

        @disqus_v6JUzvf4oa:disqus No idea about that.. As it’s a custom ROM, updates will keep on coming with time.

  • Imre Kiss

    bluetooth is not work. crashed

  • Ori

    Hi- After finishing the process in Odin, device started booting up, and I pulled out the battery and tried booting into TWRP recovery (volume down, home and power). It didn’t work, and the device booted into cynogen normally (as it would have in a usual reboot). Is there any other way for me to wipe the device and install Google Apps?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_I193bdStvY:disqus you can try the 2nd method above. You will have to flash a stock firmware first, then flash a CWM recovery using the link above in “Method 2″ and then flash this ROM using that method and afterwards you can flash GAPPs. Your issue should be resolved now.

  • Rachid-e

    How to fix the PIN issue ?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @rachid_e:disqus what PIN issue are you facing? can you please specify?

      • Rachid-e

        Hi, before installing the custm ROM, i had a PIN code to unlock my phone. after installation, it shows that i have to indruce my PIN but it wasn’t accepted, so i just wiped the cache from recovery mode, and get back to the first phone setups and issue fixed :).

        FYI 3 days ago i installed the custom ROM, it seems that the battery drains faster, not sure :/

  • Niall

    Hi, everything look to have worked fine. But i can’t boot into TWRP recovery mode. Volume Up + Home Button + Power Key doesn’t seem to work. What could i be doing or done wrong?

    • Usama Mujtaba
      • Niall

        Thanks Usama. I followed all those steps (or at least tried my best to do so) and still I can’t get CWM recovery to start. Using Fastboot i’m just getting . Is there any other way to get Google apps installed? Any and all help is much appricated. Thanks again.

      • Niall

        Wow! I eventually got it to work. I found an article on xda-developers that said some minis have trouble entering this mode. After flashing a PARAM_I8190.tar a couple of times and just the TWRP it eventually worked and got all my Gapps. A few major problems afterwards. 1. Graphic performance was really poor. games stutter a lot. 2. GSM module on the phone stopped working. I could no longer connect to my carrier. 3. And no bluetooth :(
        Thanks for the upload anyway, but i don’t think its for me.

  • Zane Bradshaw

    i followed all the steps but when i connect my phone to the pc usb connecter the Odin3 doesn’t have the ID:COM. so i can’t install CWM. Please help!!

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @zanebradshaw:disqus please use the 2nd method. If you’re having connection issues, try using a different USB port or a different PC.

  • Usama Mujtaba

    @cesaroregel:disqus this ROM has bluetooth bug. You can back to stock ROM or wait for the new update. I will link it in here soon.

    • cesar oregel

      ok, i’m gonna wait for, thanks!

  • Santo Domingo Orchard

    I have installed all. Now, I have a problem. My phone does not recognize my pin number. How do I go around this?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @santodomingoorchard:disqus perform a factory reset from recovery.

  • Andrew

    I have a G730W8 s3 mini. Can I install any custom rom?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_ConFuZeD:disqus no you cannot install this ROM.

      • Andrew

        Do you know of any rom compatible with S3 mini G730W8 with version above 4.2.2?

  • Elvis

    I install Android Kit Kat 4.4.2 using this CanyogenMod but Google Apps aren’t insatall in my phone GT-I8190.

    Can you help me about this mistake. Or help me to install only Play Store, because I try to install only Play Store and I try a lof of apk of Play Store but still not working. :p

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_lHtdUVJ7CQ:disqus there are instructions above to install gapps, please see that part as well.

  • Töxic Rëvenger

    My S3 Mini is one of those who doesnt have download mode.
    No program detects compatible custom rom for it.
    Can you help me?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @txicrvenger:disqus how come your phone doesn’t have a download mode? that’s not possible. Please confirm your device’s model number.

  • Raman

    I am using gt n 7000

  • Raman

    Can I reinstall my original version of gt n 7000

  • Usama Mujtaba

    @disqus_ixaPlqpIpt:disqus boot into CWM or TWRP depending on your custom recovery and clear Cache and Dalvik cache. Let me know if it works or not. In case this issue persists, you may go back to your stock firmware using this guide: http://techbeasts.com/2013/10/12/how-to-install-stock-firmware-on-samsung-android-smartphones/

    • Dig

      I did cleared Cache and Dalvik cache (step 10 in method 1 and step 5 in method 2), rebooted and get stuck on that logo screen. Do I need to clear cache in some steps before since I was installing it from stock rom? Or is there some option that needs to be enabled on device for this to work?
      Currently I reverted back to backup i created before trying to install CM11.

  • Usama Mujtaba

    @zahiruddinabdullatiffhee:disqus yes you can definitely go back to stock using this guide: http://techbeasts.com/2013/10/12/how-to-install-stock-firmware-on-samsung-android-smartphones/

  • NåSli MöHammed

    i have installed the rom and it works perfectly but i cannot use the bluetooth
    what is the problem

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @nslimhammed:disqus not sure about it, it might be a bug in this custom ROM.

  • http://blogsdegaldrad.blogspot.fr/ Galdrad

    Thanks! Works perfectly on my Galaxy S3 Mini i8190N!

  • Shafiqual Islam Raivee

    i have installed the rom and it works perfectly but i cannot use the bluetooth
    what is the problem

    & Can i uninstall this cm11 and back to samsung original version?Im using samsung s3 mini..GT l8190N….

  • issak sdu

    I can’t boot into the custom recovery mode. (Volume Up + Home + Power) takes me to normal power on. So I cant install Gapps.

    The rom was installed perfectly. I can boot into my phone and all my previous applications are there.

    Galaxy S3 Mini GT-I8190 (international)

    Please any idea

  • issak sdu

    I have installed the rom perfectly on my S3 Mini I8190.

    But i cant boot into custom recovery mode with the (Vol Up + Home + Power). It just takes me to normal boot. As an information, I found all my previous installed applications.

    Now i need to install Gapps that i have copied into my sdcard.

    Please any ideas

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @issak_sdu:disqus flash stock firmware and then re-flash a custom recovery and then this rom. In short do the whole procedure from scratch.

      • issak sdu

        @usamamujtaba:disqus i found how to get in recovery mode.

        I think that for this version of CM the combination (Vol Up + home + power) doesnt work.

        What
        someone has to do is to use the power button and in the menu chooses
        reboot. He will get the choice to 1- reboot 2- recovery 3- bootloader.

        Maybe someone needs to activate the developer which is desactivated in the default installation.

        sorry bothering you and i hope this reply helps someone.

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @issak_sdu:disqus thank you for letting us know. This surely will help others.

      • issak sdu

        sorry again just a question.

        *#1234# doesnt work. is there any issue.

        and what about bleutooth ???

  • David Isaac Caparas Masiglat

    Using, my sister’s Galaxy S3 mini has bricked and reboots every time. So, i decided to install this rom than Samsung’s official firmware. :)

  • Usama Mujtaba

    @disqus_HfnUHF0uz7:disqus 4.4.4 is already available for the device, I guess you should go for that now. Find the guide here: http://techbeasts.com/2014/06/28/install-android-4-4-4-kitkat-on-galaxy-s3-mini-i8190nl-with-carbon-rom/

  • Mateusz

    Will this brick my phone? I can’t root it so i won’t nandroid it , will this still work?

    • http://UsamaMujtaba.com Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_wz7GMsNqv0:disqus no it probably won’t. just make a nandroid backup and flash this ROM. you’re good to go.

  • Nathan

    Did this and everything works perfectly besides the softkey lights (which isn’t that big of a deal. They’re just stuck on) and YouTube doesn’t play videos. (Which is a problem since I’m addicted.
    Any idea? It sometimes crashes but most of the time it just tells me there’s a problem playing.
    I already tried clearing the cash and appdata and all that.

    • http://UsamaMujtaba.com Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_KEkIkVGWUW:disqus Did you also try clearing cache and dalvik cache for the crashing problem? About the soft key lights, that might be an issue in this ROM. I’ll check the developer’s thread for that. Stay connected.

  • Danial Alikhan

    how do i add generic languages? g730w8 s3 mini.. trying to add spanish as a built in language which i can locate under settings>langauge and input

  • Nikhil Kissoon

    works on gt i8190L?
    already tested?
    cause im already running on a custom(R-mod) can i switch to this?

  • Nikhil Kissoon

    works perfectly on s3 mini L version
    both rom and playstore….
    thnx

    • Jay Anthony Lopez Moquia

      really? how about settings? no issues found or error?

    • Jay Anthony Lopez Moquia

      im using s3 mini L too

  • shahriar hossain raz

    pls help >!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i just finished the installation the custom Room in my s3 mini (i8190 ).but when it start its show the message .what should i do now?

    • http://UsamaMujtaba.com Usama Mujtaba

      @shahriarhossainraz:disqus make sure that you performed a clean installation, try wiping cache and dalvik cache from recovery if it still doesn’t work, try flashing the ROM once again.

  • Νίκος

    work perfect thanks for all!!!!!!

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