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Update Galaxy Mega 6.3 to Android 4.4.2 via CyanogenMod 11 ROM

The international variants of Galaxy Mega 6.3 (I9200/I9205) are yet to receive any KitKat updates from Samsung, while the industrious custom Android developers have just rolled out Android 4.4.2 KitKat based CyanogenMod 11 (CM11) ROM for the handset.

CyanogenMod 11 is the most stable KitKat ROM with its top custom Android 4.4.2 features taken from the original Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Hence, it brings stock Android KitKat experience to non-Nexus devices.

Note: The installation of this ROM requires ClockworkMod Recovery 6.0.4.5 or higher.

IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any device damage during or after firmware installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.

Pre-requisites

  • The Android 4.4.2 CyanogenMod 11 ROM and the instructions given in this guide are meant for the international Galaxy Mega 6.3 (I9200 and 19205) models only. Verify device model number by navigating to Settings > About Phone.
  • Verify that your phone has access to latest custom recovery tools such as TWRP v2.6.3.0 and higher or CWM v6.0.4.5 and above.
  • Back up data and settings using a recommended custom recovery tool, like ClockworkMod (CWM) or TWRP, as it creates a complete image of the existing phone setup. In Recovery, choose Backup and Restore and tap Backup.
  • Verify correct USB drivers for the phone are installed on the computer (download Galaxy Mega 6.3 USB drivers).
  • Ensure USB debugging mode is enabled on the phone, by navigating to Settings > Developer Options (NOTE: Tap the device's Build Number seven times to unlock or reveal the hidden Developer Options under Settings.) Then select the checkbox to enable USB debugging mode under Settings > Developer Options.
  • Make sure the device has at least 80% battery charge to prevent unexpected device shutdown (due to battery drain) while installing the ROM.
  • Ensure the phone is unlocked (not locked to a specific carrier) and rooted with latest ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery (v6.0.4.5) installed. If you are installing the CWM recovery for the first time, check out the video tutorial below, courtesy of The Android Soul:

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Android 4.4.2 CyanogenMod 11 ROM for Galaxy Mega

Google Apps

ClockworkMod Recovery 6.0.4.5 (Click here for installation instructions)

Steps to Install Android 4.4.2 KitKat on Galaxy Mega 6.3 with CyanogenMod 11 ROM

Step-1: Download Android 4.4.2 KitKat CM11 ROM for Galaxy Mega 6.3 to computer

Step-2: Download and install ClockworkMod Recovery 6.0.4.5 using the video guide above.

Step-3: Connect the Galaxy Mega to computer via USB cable. Without extracting, copy the downloaded firmware zip file to the root folder of the phone's SD card.

The CyanogenMod Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM can be installed on the Galaxy Mega 6.3 using either CWM or TWRP recovery. Follow any method based on the recovery mode installed on your device.

How to Install Android 4.4.2 KitKat via ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery

Boot the device into CWM recovery mode as follows:

  • Power off the phone and wait for 5 to 10 seconds until the device shuts down completely.
  • Now press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together, until the Galaxy Mega logo appears on screen.
  • Then release all three buttons at the same time to boot into recovery mode. NOTE: In recovery mode, use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power key to select the desired option.
  • Perform Wipe data/Factory reset (this will delete all apps and their settings and game progress) and choose Yes on next screen to confirm the action.
  • Return to CWM recovery main menu and select Mounts and Storage Format System and click Yes on next screen to confirm.
  • From the main menu of CWM recovery, go to Advanced and choose Wipe Dalvik Cache. Then hit Yes on next screen to confirm.
  • Select Install Zip from sdcard and then click Choose zip from sdcard. Browse to the location of the CM11 firmware file which you copied earlier to your phone's SD card. Choose Yes on next screen to confirm the firmware installation.
  • Once the firmware is installed, select "+++++Go Back+++++"and reboot the phone by tapping reboot system now from the recovery menu. Your Galaxy Mega 6.3 will restart and it may take about 5 minutes for first boot to complete. So, do not interrupt the process.

Your Galaxy Mega is now running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat via CyanogenMod 11 ROM. Go to Settings > About Phone to verify the firmware installed.

NOTE: If the device gets stuck at boot logo or boot animation just do a factory reset once again.

How to Install Android 4.4.2 KitKat via TWRP Recovery

Boot the device into TWRP recovery as follows:

  • Power off the phone and wait for 5 to 10 seconds until the device shuts down completely.
  • Now press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together, until the Galaxy Ace logo appears on screen.
  • Then release all three buttons at the same time to boot into recovery mode. NOTE: In recovery mode, use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power key to select the desired option.
  • Perform Wipe data/Factory reset (this will delete all apps and their settings and game progress). To do so, tap on Wipe and scroll down to the bottom of the screen and do a Swipe on "Swipe to factory reset" option.
  • Now perform a System format by selecting Wipe > Advanced Wipe and then tap on System option. Scroll to the bottom of screen and do a swipe on "Swipe to Wipe" option.
  • Tap on install and navigate to the CM11 ROM zip file you copied earlier to your phone's SD card. Scroll to the bottom of screen and do a swipe to confirm the action and begin installing the firmware.
  • Once Google Apps is also installed, select reboot and then tap on System to reboot your phone. Your Galaxy Mega will restart and it may take about 5 minutes for first boot to complete. So, do not interrupt the process.

Your Galaxy Mega 6.3 is now running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat via CyanogenMod 11 ROM. Go to Settings > About Phone to verify the firmware installed.

[Source: XDA]


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