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Update Android 4.4.2 KitKat on Galaxy Note 3 Using Custom ROM

Even though Samsung has not officially announced any plans to update Android 4.4.2 KitKat on their flagship devices yet, the developers at Liquid Smooth ROM bring a new year gift to the Galaxy Note 3 owners. They have released a stable version of Liquid Smooth ROM based on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat which can be used to upgrade your Note 3 to the latest version of Android.

As you know KitKat is filled with enhanced features, improved performance and better UI so it will be a good idea to jump to the custom ROM, as Samsung is notoriously famous for releasing new updates very slow to their devices. Before you move further, make sure to take a stock ROM backup of your device so that you can restore it whenever you want. Follow the below steps carefully to avoid bricking of your smartphone.


Things to Remember

  • This will work on the international version of Note 3 N9005, may not work on carrier locked devices.
  • You warranty will be void and you won’t be able to receive the OTA updates until you restore back the stock ROM.

Things to Do

  • Make sure your Note 3 battery is charged sufficiently, at least 70%-80% to avoid unexpected power offs.
  • Take the backup of all the data in your phone including the stock ROM without fail.
  • Enable the USB debugging from “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”.
  • To update this custom ROM, your device should be rooted and CWM recovery installed. If your device is not rooted already, check here to do the same.

Download Files

  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat Liquid Smooth ROM for Galaxy Note 3
  • Gapps

How to Update Android 4.4.2 KitKat on Galaxy Note 3

Step 1: Connect your Note 3 to the computer and copy downloaded the files to the SD card.
Step 2: Then disconnect your device and switch it off.
Step 3: Boot your device in to Recovery mode by pressing and holding “Volume Up + Home (middle)” buttons together.
Step 4: In the CWM main screen do the “Format/Wipe Data” and “Wipe Cache Partition”. Then go to advanced and do the “delete Dalvik cache”.
Step 5: It’s time to install the ROM on your Note 3. In the CWM home screen, select “install zip from sd card” option -> and choose the downloaded ROM file.
Step 6: The installation will starts and it will take 5-6 minutes to finish.
Step 7: Now to install the Google apps on the device, repeat the Step 5 and choose the downloaded Gapps file instead of the ROM file.
Step 8: Once it’s done, Go back and choose the ‘reboot now’ option.
Step 9: To check the version of the latest build go to “Settings -> About phone” and you will see the firware version 4.4.2.


Congratulations! You have successfully installed the Android 4.4.2 KitKat Liquid Smooth ROM on your Galaxy Note 3. If you face the continues boot loop, reboot the device and repeat the flashing process again.

Note: There are some known bugs in the ROM like Camera app disappear after flashing Gapps, 3G connectivity drops randomly and WiFi losses randomly. If you face any bugs other than these notify it at the official thread here. If you face any problem during the flashing, ask us in the comments section. And share your views about the ROM too.

Jose Tinto is a Professional Blogger, WordPress Enthusiast and Founder of AndroMint. Add +Jose Tinto on Google+ for more Updates.

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