Update Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 To Andorid 4.4.4 KitKat With CM 11 Custom ROM

Samsung Galaxy Note’s updates stopped at Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Although this device still stands at a good place and is a great choice to go with, but unfortunately the Galaxy Note owners won’t be able to taste any further version of Android on their device. In this case, the only solution is a custom ROM. Custom ROMs always add life to the device that are actually forgotten by the manufacturers, and when it comes to choosing a Custom ROM, CyanogenMod stands at the first spot. Android 4.4.4 KitKat, based on CyanogenMod 11 is available for the Galaxy Note GT-N7000. So, the users owning this device have a chance to taste KitKat on their device with the help of this ROM.

Android 4.4.4 KitKat based on CyanogenMod for the Galaxy Note GT-N7000 is presented by XDA recognized contributor hernaThis ROM is a nightly version, so chances are it’s going to be very buggy. Before you go ahead and start flashing it, make sure that you’ve a good idea about custom ROMs and you actually know how to handle em’. This ROM may not be kept for everyday’s use. Let’s go through the early preparations and then flash this ROM to get the KitKat on your Galaxy Note GT-N7000.

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Early Preparations:

This is only for Galaxy Note 1 GT-N7000!

This custom ROM is only for the device mentioned above. Make sure that your model number matches the one listed above. To do so, go to Settings > About Device on your device and see your model number. Flashing this ROM on any other device will result in bricking it so make sure that you meet this requirement first of all.

Battery should be charged at least over 60%.

Make sure that your battery is charged enough to complete the flashing process. In case your battery is low and your device goes dead during the flashing process, you may end up soft bricking your device as it won’t complete the flashing process.

Flash a Custom Recovery.

A custom recovery, whether a TWRP or  CWM is required to flash this ROM. You may find CWM for the Galaxy Note GT-N7000 on our site and flash it using the instructions explained in the guide.

4. Backup everything!

Just to be on the safe side, you may consider backing up each and everything from your Android device. This is highly recommended so that in case anything goes wrong, you still have the access to all of your data and you can restore it immediately. You may backup everything as listed below.

5. Disclaimer

The methods involved in flashing custom recoveries, roms and rooting your phone are 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.

How To Update Galaxy Note N7000 To Android 4.4.4 KitKat With CyanogenMod 11 Custom ROM:

    1. Make sure that you’ve installed a custom recovery. There’s CWM linked above.
    2. Download  cm-11-20140813-NIGHTLY-n7000.zip 
    3. Download Google Gapps.zip file
    4. Copy both the .zip files to your phone’s SD card.
    5. Boot into CWM recovery mode on your phone now. To do so, turn if off completely first. Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power Key. As soon as you see the screen turning on, leave the buttons and you should boot into the recovery mode.
    6. Once in recovery, perform and factory data reset and also wipe cache.
    7. Now select “Install Zip > Choose Zip from SDcard > locate the cm-11-2014813-NIGHTLY-n7000.zip file > Yes” and flash it.
    8. Once flashed, now once again select “Install Zip > Choose Zip from SDcard > locate the Gapps.zip file” and flash it.
    9. Once flashed Gapps, wipe cache and dalvik cache from the CWM recovery and reboot your device.
    10. As soon as your device boots up, you will see the CM logo.
    11. First boot may take up to 10 minutes, hold on tight till it boots up completely.
    12. That’s all. Enjoy KitKat on your device now.

In case your device is having issues, you may return to your old system using the Nandroid backup or follow our guide here to install stock firmware.

In case you got any issues or you face any difficulties regarding this post, please feel free to stop by the comment box below and let us know. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you all.


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  • osman osmanuss

    Hi, i want to ask a question. Can i install gapps after installing custom rom? If yes should i wipe cache? Dalvik?
    Help me plz. I forgot to install gapps right in order.

    • @osmanosmanuss:disqus not a problem, you can flash gapps now and after flashing wipe cache and dalvik 🙂 Good Luck

      • osman osmanuss

        Thank you)) c rom is working perfectly. But rarely android crashes and restarts itself (by restart i mean refreshes itself). i will download gapps asap thanks for the info 😉

        • @osmanosmanuss:disqus my pleasure 🙂 Please stay connected with us

          • Harsh

            I have Samsung Note 2 GT N-7100 and i have Android Version 4.1.1 but i want to update it with the latest kitkat version. So plz tell me how to manually update my mobile android version.

            Thanx in advance

          • osman

            U can google it dude)

          • osman

            Oh i realized that installing apk files from other sources (like asking your friend to backup his applications and send it to u install) making crash (smth like unfortunately android.com process stopped) now everything is working perfectly. My friends fell into confusion about how i did it)) its not common to see 4.4.4 on gtn7000. And i am advising this thread))

          • @disqus_i8J9omSWHi:disqus try clearing your cache and dalvik cache once again and see if the issue persists, in case it does, that might be a bug in this ROM, I’ll also look into the developer’s thread if he has provided any solution regarding this 🙂 Thanks for the referral.

          • osman

            I did factory reset/data. And didnt install anything and now error is gone. By the way my ram was showing 1gb on 4.1.2, but now its 800mb. Is it normal?

          • @disqus_i8J9omSWHi:disqus yup it’s normal. That means your previous system was heavier and this one is a lighter.

          • osman

            That crash happened cause i tried to install play store and play services from another source i guess. Thanks again for this helpful thread.

          • osman

            I just found the bug about the rotation on this rom. For example enable screen rotation and open gallery in landscaped while this lock the screen. And try to unlock it, screen will stuck on blank black mode, functions are working just the display will be disabled. To fix it i need to restart the phone. Thats the bug i found hope u will do smth about this. By the way do this rom has features with spen?

          • osman osmanuss

            Which rom would u like to suggest? Cyanogen or paranoid?

          • @osmanosmanuss:disqus both are good to go with. It’s up to you.

  • Fernandez Ereneo

    hello mister Usama,

    I have a question about upgrading myGalaxy note GT-n7000 Running with 2.3.6 gingerbread baseband version n7000xxkk5 kernel versiom 2.6.35.7-n7000JPKK2-CL726640root@dell140#2 i already rooted my phone but i can’t Properly install Clockworkmod recovery for me to upgrade it to kitkat or jellybean. If you have any suggestions please inform me. I’ll be waiting. Any feedback from you is appreciated. Thank you

    • @fernandezereneo:disqus what error are you getting while flashing the recovery?

  • Ronak Shah

    Hi Usama M, thanks for the extremely simple description to flash custom ROM on samsung galaxy note. The best description that I can find. Thanks for the efforts man!! Highly appreciated.
    I had one question, when I look on ROM Manager, it says that I’ve installed CWD Recovery, but while operating the phone on download mode, it shows as philztouch. Shall I go away with the flashing process?

    • @disqus_1fPUcwMjMl:disqus actually Philz is the modified form of CWM, nothing else.. so ROM manager will show CWM because CWM is on the core. Good luck flashing this ROM.. Let me know if you face any issues.

      • Ronak Shah

        Hi Usama, I’ve done factory reset and also cache, but while installing CM11, it says-
        set_metadata_recursive: some changes failed
        E:Error in /sdcard/Download/cm-11-20141117-NIGHTLY-n7000.zip
        (Status 7)
        Installation aborted.
        Press any key to continue

        What shall I do?

        • @disqus_1fPUcwMjMl:disqus that is because of the CWM version. You’ve to use KitKat compatible CWM recovery to flash this ROM.. Using an older recovery will always cause status 7 error.. Philz Advanced CWM will work fine with this.. Make sure that you’re using that.

  • Mahmud Jarman

    Hi Usama im getting set_metadata_recursive: some changes failed E: Error ib?tmp?sideload?package.zip(status 7). Now i cant go to the previous System too. it is going to CWM Recovery mode. What can i do now. I am tensed. Please help me.

    • @mahmudjarman:disqus which CWM recovery are you using? can you tell me the version number?

      • Mahmud Jarman

        Philz-cwm6-DDLSC-ODD-4.93.6…. I tried to use version 6+ but during flushing it is failled.

        • @mahmudjarman:disqus for flashing KitKat, you need to use a KitKat compatible recovery. If you can’t find a guide on that on your own, you will have to wait for a while till I cook that up on our site.

          • Mahmud Jarman

            I found the solution.. Now I m using KitKat… Thanks a lot. Please tell me how can I get back those s pen features previously I got on official 4.1.2 jellybean. Thanks in advance

  • @disqus_MW59UFbJ28:disqus you need a custom recovery.

  • @disqus_cE1nmHXg5V:disqus Not sure if that’s a bug in this ROM or what. Since its a custom ROM, I have to admit that I don’t have enough of knowledge about this particular issue.

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