Update Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 With Android 4.4.4 KitKat CM 11 Custom ROM

Samsung’s extremely popular, and the past flagship device, the Galaxy S2’s updates stopped at Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Samsung hasn’t shown any intentions to provide any further version of Android for this device. Galaxy S2, still today is one of the most widely used Android devices all across the world and also happens to be one of the best Android smartphones, and this thing paves a way for this device’s development activities. There are so many developers who keep on bringing up something new every second day to make your Galaxy S2 fly high, and somehow they’ve kept the interest of users alive with this device by providing different custom ROMs based on the latest and greatest versions of Android.

Google recently rolled out Android 4.4.4 KitKat with a lot of improvements. Guys at CyanogenMod made a quick move and developed a CM 11 based Android 4.4.4 KitKat Custom ROM for our beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. The ROM is a nightly build, but still is a great chance for you to get your device a latest KitKat. Nightly builds have a high chance of bugs, so if you’re about to install this ROM, make sure that you’re good enough at flashing the Custom ROMs and you’ve enough knowledge to handle it if something goes in the wrong direction, and the nightly builds may not be kept for everyday’s use.

In case you don’t know about CyanogenMod, CyanogenMod is the aftermarket distribution of Google’s Android OS, that has added lives to a number of Android devices forgotten by the manufacturers. As you scroll down, you will find the complete guide to install Android 4.4.4 KitKat on the Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 using CyanogenMod (CM) 11 Custom ROM. In case you’ve been looking for a guide, all you need to do is to follow the steps explained below carefully and get it done successfully. Let’s move forward to the process now.Android 4.4.4 Galaxy S2 I9100

Pre-Installation Instructions:

  1. This ROM is only for Samsung Galaxy S II GT-I9100. Do not try this on any other device, please check your device’s model in Settings > About Device > Model.
  2. Your device must have a custom recovery installed, in case you’re missing it you may Follow our full guide here to install CWM.
  3. Your device’s battery should be charged at least over 60%. This is highly recommended in order to prevent any power issues during the flashing process.
  4. Make sure that you backup your important media content, ContactsCall Logs & Messages. This is highly recommended just in case something goes wrong and you need to reset your phone.
  5. If you already have rooted your device, use Titanium Backup to back up all your important apps + system data. Also if you are using a custom recovery, it is recommended that you backup your current system using that first. [Just for the sake of safety]. Here’s our full Nandroid Backup guide.
  6. You will have to go through Data Wipes during installation of this ROM, so make sure that you have backed up all the mentioned data.
  7. Make an EFS backup of your phone before you flash this ROM.
  8. You need enough confidence to flash this ROM.
  9. Alright! Go ahead and flash the custom firmware, follow this guide to the letter.

Disclaimer: The methods involved in flashing custom 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 Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 with Android 4.4.4 KitKat CM 11 Custom ROM:

      1. Download CWM 6.0.4.9.zip file [KitKat Compatible.]
      2. Download cm-11-20140709-NIGHTLY-i9100.zip ROM .zip file.
      3. Download 7-5_GApps_Standard_4.4.4_signed.zip file.
      4. Connect your phone to your PC now.
      5. Copy all the three .zip files to the storage of your phone.
      6. Now disconnect your phone and turn it off complete.
      7. Boot into CWM recovery [that you installed using the link in early preparations] now, in order to do so, turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home Button + Power Key. You should see the recovery mode in a while.
      8. Now select “Install > Choose Zip from SD card > Select CWM 6.0.4.9.zip file > Yes”. [v.important]
      9. This will flash KitKat comaptible CWM recovery in your Galaxy S2.
      10. Once flashed, reboot your device again into the recovery mode [use step 7].
      11. Now in CWM recovery, wipe cache, factory data reset and advanced options > dalvik cache.
      12. After wiping all these three, select “Install” option.
      13. Now select “Install > Choose Zip from SD card > Select CM 11 ROM.zip file > Yes”.
      14. This will flash the ROM in your phone.
      15. Once again in CWM select “Install > Choose zip from SD card > Gapps.zip file > Yes”.
      16. This will flash Gapps in your phone.
      17. Reboot your device.
      18. You should see the CyanogenMod 11 Android 4.4.4 KitKat running on your device in a while.
      19. That’s all!

First boot may take up to 10 minutes, you may not worry if it’s taking that much long. In case it’s taking too long, you may boot into CWM recovery and wipe cache and dalvik cache and reboot your device as it may fix the issue. 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.

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