Galaxy Note 2 N7100 users are in for some great news as the industrious CyanogenMod team has rolled out the latest Android 7.1.1 based CyanogenMod 14.1 ROM for the ageing handset. Samsung has dropped the software support for this device long ago and hence the CM14.1 custom ROM gains precedence.
As this is an unofficial custom release, you will require some custom recovery software like ClockworkMod installed to flash the ROM and Google Apps files on it.
Check out the full list of working as well as broken features below as confirmed by a senior member of XDA Developers forum:
- OpenGL (CPU rendering)
- MALI blobs (GPU rendering)
- HWComposer and MALI R3P0 drivers
- Brightness Settings
- Ambient Display
- NFC (Android Beam)
- Volume keys
- Home Button wake
- GPS - working very well now
- Signal Icon
- Soft Keyboard
- Pin lock
- External SD Card
- Video recording
- Video Playback (Gallery and other 3rd party apps)
- Youtube App, Youtube mobile from chrome dev browser only works
- Status Bar Battery customization (working partially)
- Sensors (that are working): Acceleration Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Gyroscope Sensor, Pressure Sensor and Sound Sensor
Interested users can install the latest Nougat-based CyanogenMod ROM on their Galaxy Note 2 N7100 by following the step-by-step guide provided below.
IBTimes SG reminds readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to device during or after the CM14.1 custom ROM installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.
- The instructions given in this guide are meant for international variant of Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100) only. Verify device model number by navigating to Settings > About Phone
- Ensure the phone has at least 80% battery chargeto prevent unexpected device shutdown (due to battery drain) while installing the ROM
- 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 Note 2 USB drivers)
- Enable USB Debugging mode via Settings > Developer Options (if running Android 4.0 or above) or Settings > Applications > Development (if running Android 2.3 or earlier)
- Ensure that the device is rooted with custom recovery (TWRP or CWM) installed and its bootloader is unlocked
Steps to install Android 7.1.1 Nougat based CM14.1 ROM on Galaxy Note 2 N7100
Step 1 - Download Android 7.1.1 CyanogenMod 14.1 custom ROM and Google Apps for Galaxy Note 2 on the computer.
Step 2 - Connect and mount the phone's USB mass storage on computer with the USB cable.
Step 3 - Copy the downloaded CyanogenMod ROM zip file to the root folder on the phone's SD card.
Step 4 - Power off the phone and disconnect its USB cable from computer.
Step 5 - Boot the device into Recovery Mode by pressing Volume up, Home and Power buttons on your phone.
Step 6 - Once the phone enters into CWM Recovery, perform a full data wipe task by clicking Wipe Data/Factory Reset. Use the Volume keys to navigate between options and the Power button to select an option in the Recovery Mode.
Step 7 - Then, perform Wipe Cache Partition and wait until the process completes.
Step 8 - Perform Wipe Dalvik Cache as well. To do this, go to the 'advanced' option and then click Wipe Dalvik Cache. This will help in preventing boot loop issues or any boot ROM related errors during firmware installation.
Step 9 - Return to the main recovery menu and choose Install Zip from SD card.
Step 10 - Click Choose Zip fromSD card. Use volume keys to navigate to the CyanogenMod ROM zip file that you copied earlier to your phone's SD card and choose it by tapping the Power button. Confirm the ROM installation on the next screen and the installation process will begin.
Note: Repeat Step 9 and Step 10 to install Google Apps (Gapps) as well.
Step 11 - Once both the Gapps and ROM are installed, choose "+++++Go Back+++++" and select Reboot System Now in the Recovery menu.
The phone will now reboot and the first boot may take about five minutes to complete. So, please be patient.
Your Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 is now running the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat update via CM14.1 custom ROM. Go to Settings > About phone to verify the firmware version installed.