How To Install Android 4.4.4 KitKat On T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 SGH-T889 via CM11

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Download latest CM11 nightly for T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2. The latest CM11 nightly ROM is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Hence, if you updated you device to Android 4.4.4 KitKat through some way, by flashing CM11 ROM you won’t going to lose it. With this custom ROM you will enjoy a bloatware free, battery efficient and fast T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2. The official ROM for T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 used to be memory huger as well as comes with very minimal customization. With the help of CM11 (aka CyanogenMod 11), you can enjoy full hardware of T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 that powering it inside. ROM made by CyanogenMod team known for tons of customization. Also, nightly update comes out daily; hence if there is any issue in a build then you can expect a fix in next build. Installing this well customized ROM is very easy, all you need to do – first install a custom recovery such as CWM aka ClockworkMod recovery and then follow below guide to flash Android 4.4.4 KitKat based custom ROM CM11 in T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2.

Warning!

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This tutorial is only for T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2. Don’t try this guide on any other Android device. Also, we (PrimeHowTo) are not responsible for any damage caused due to the instruction given in this page. Try this at your own risk. However, it is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions as it is which are mentioned in procedure.

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Pre Requisites:

1. It’s advisable to backup your data prior flashing. I recommend app Helium for this purpose, however you can use any other preferred backup app. [General Guide]

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2. Make sure your device have enough battery power (at least 50% battery power) to avoid any accidental brick. You can install an app like Battery Notifier BT Free on your Android device to check it easily.

3. You must have USB Driver Installed for T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 in your PC. If you manage to access your phone data after connecting to your computer then you already have USB driver installed. [Download Driver Manually]

4. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled otherwise it’s won’t be possible to transfer file between PC and T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2. By default its enabled, so you don’t have to worry. [General Guide]

5. Your device must have latest available custom recovery installed. [General Guide]

Hope, you already checked all pre-requisites. It’s time to follow the step-by-step guide on how to install Android 4.4.4 KitKat based CM11 ROM (nightly build) on T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2.

File Required(Download by clicking on it) [Always download latest nightly]

  1. CM11 Nightly For T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 SGH-T889 [Filename: cm-11-20141020-NIGHTLY-t0lte.zip]
  2. Google Apps [Filename: gapps-kk-20140606-signed.zip]

How to Install Android 4.4.4 KitKat based CM11 (nightly build) ROM on T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2

  1. Transfer downloaded file to your Android device by connecting to PC. Make sure you copied all files on SD Card (avoid coping within folder). Important: Don’t extract any files.
  2. Disconnect your device from computer and then turn off your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2.
  3. Now, boot into recovery mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button together until Samsung logo flash twice and then leave Power button. You should see recovery menu soon.
    1. You can also try: How To Boot Into Recovery Without Key Combination
  4. First of all create an image of your existing OS by performing Nandroid backup of your existing ROM which you can restore later if this new ROM don’t perform the way you want or if there any glitch. To do so, select Backup and Restore, then on the next screen, select Backup again. Go back to main recovery menu after backup is complete.
  5. Now, perform data wiping task. To perform this, select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm your action. Wait few minutes till the data wipe is complete. Now come back to CWM recovery main menu. Select wipe cache partition and after wiping process done, select Wipe Dalvik Cache under advance option to perform Dalvik cache wiping. Perform this step 3 times to avoid any bootloop issue.
  6. Select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Now, locate the CM11 Zip file that you copied earlier in Step 1 and select it by pressing Power button. Confirm installation by selecting Yes – Install _____.zip on the next screen. The ROM installation will begin.
  7. Once the ROM installation process end, repeat the Step 6 but choose the gapps-kk-20140606-signed.zip file instead of ROM zip to install the Google apps package.
  8. When installation is completed, perform the Step 4 one more time and then go back to the main recovery menu and select reboot system now to reboot your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 and boot into Android 4.4.4 KitKat ROM CM11.
  9. Returning to Previous ROM: To go back to your previous ROM, boot into recovery, select backup and restore then restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list.

Tutorial For TWRP Recovery Users:

  1. Transfer downloaded file to your Android device by connecting to PC. Make sure you copied all files on SD Card (avoid coping within folder). Important: Don’t extract any files.
  2. Disconnect your device from computer and then turn off your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2.
  3. Now, boot into recovery mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button together until Samsung logo flash twice and then leave Power button. You should see recovery menu soon.
    1. You can also try: How To Boot Into Recovery Without Key Combination
  4. Create a Backup using TWRP Backup Option.
  5. Perform a Factory Reset (this will delete all apps and their settings and game progress). To do this, Tap on Wipe, then at the bottom of the screen do a Swipe on the ‘Swipe to factory reset‘ option.
  6. Now add zip file for flashing. to do so, tap on Install, then browse to the location where you saved the files and tap on the CM11 Zip file. Then tap on Add More Zips, and add gapps-kk-20140606-signed.zip. Now at the bottom of the screen, do a swipe on the Swipe to confirm flash option to begin flashing.
  7. When installation is completed, go back to the main recovery menu and tap on Reboot and then, tap on System to reboot your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 and boot into Android 4.4.4 KitKat ROM CM11.
  8. Returning to Previous ROM: To go back to your previous ROM, boot into recovery, select Backup then through Restore option, restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list.

That’s it! You just learned how to update your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 to Android 4.4.4 KitKat custom firmware using CM11. Explore the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat based CM11 ROM. [Note: If you facing problem to run root only app then enable developer settings first (tap the build number 8 times under about device), then enable root under Developer Settings]

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