Cyanogenmod 11, the most powerful custom ROM until now based on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat version is now available for the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 (GT-I9200/I9205) users. So it is possible for the Mega users now to enjoy the latest KitKat flavored ROM on their device. The first thing you must keep in mind that this CM 11 is developed by the third party developers and has no contact with the official Samsung or Google developers.
Well talking about officials, we’ve heard that the official Android 4.4 KitKat update for Mega 6.3 is expected to release in Feb 2014. But till then you can enjoy the same KitKat features through the Custom ROMs.
This CM 11 ROM will bring all the eye catchy features from the Android 4.4 KitKat including new themes, smarter caller ID, faster multitasking, new customization and battery saving tweaks, low memory management support much more on your Galaxy Mega 6.3.
This ROM would still be a dream without the work of the following people. Willie Ye aka Grarak for building the device tree, Arne Coucheron aka arco for sorting out the issues, @stiggy2012, who helped in debugging early builds and @thering1975 for the increase volume modification mode.
- Camera issues while using flash.
- Problem during the Video recording. Using a third party app could cure this problem. Screen pixelation while recording video still remains even though the actual video is ok.
No need to worry about these bugs since this ROM is expected to release every week with the latest changes from the CM team. Interested users can follow our step by step guide to install Android 4.4 KitKat on the Galaxy Mega 6.3 using CM11 ROM.
We at AndroidLegend.com don’t hold any responsibility in case if you brick your phone by performing the steps mentioned below. You need to perform everything at your own risk. After all it’s your decision to update your Galaxy Mega to Android 4.4 KitKat. Still the chances of failure are least.
This article is compatible only and only with Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 i9200/i9205. Flashing this on any other device or variant can damage your phone permanently.
If you are unsure of your device’s model number then check it from here: Menu –> Settings –> About device.
- Ensure that your mobiles battery is charged at least up to 60% so as to minimize the risk of interruption during the installation process. You may be interested in
- Improving Battery Life of your Android Device.
- Backup all your important data such as Contacts, SMS / MMS, Apps, APNs, Call Logs etc. This is recommended as everything gets wiped in the last step of this procedure.
- For Backing up Contacts & Messages, follow this article:
- How to Backup Android Contacts and Text Messages (SMS / MMS).
- For Backing up Call logs, APNs & EFS folder, follow this article:
- How to Backup Call logs, APNs and EFS folder from your Android Device.
- Ensure that proper device drivers are installed on your computer. You can download them from here.
- Your Galaxy Mega must be rooted.
- Custom Recovery like Clockworkmod (CWM) must be installed in order flash CM 11 Custom ROM.
- Download latest Cyanogenmod 11 Android 4.4 KitKat package from the ROM development page:
- CM 11 Android 4.4 for Galaxy Mega 6.3
Since this Cyanogenmod 11 ROM doesn’t include Google apps, you need to download & flash them separately. Google apps contains apps like Gmail, Hangout, Play store, Google+, Google Settings, Google Now etc. Download GApps package from the link given ahead:
- GApps for Android 4.4 (Cyanogenmod 11)
- After downloading both the above files, connect your device to the Computer. Enable MTP mode on it in order to access internal / external storage. And transfer both these files on root directory of your phone. The ‘root directory’ is the most convenient location to access when you are in recovery mode.
- Disconnect the phone from PC and switch it off. You need to now boot into Custom recovery mod that you’ve installed. For doing so, press & hold Volume Up + Home Button simultaneously & while holding these two buttons simply press Power button. Release Power button as soon as Samsung Galaxy Mega appears on the screen but keep holding Volume up & Home button till you get into recovery mode.
- The first thing after entering into recovery mode is to take a complete nandroid backup of your current ROM so that the same can be restored back in case of installation failure. For that select the backup and restore option from the main menu of recovery mode & then on the next screen choose backup option to start the backup process (Refer to this guide for the same).
- Now you need to clear the data & caches respectively from the phone memory. For doing so, highlight wipe data/factory reset option & subsequently wipe cache partition option. (Caution! This step will erase all the data from your Galaxy Mega, therefore ensure that you’ve taken backup of all these things before. Please refer pre-requisites section of this article for doing the same).
- Now highlight install zip from sdcard option & then on next screen highlight choose zip from sdcard option. Doing so, you will see all the files & folders located on internal / external storage of your device (depending upon the option you’ve chosen earlier). Navigate to the CM 11 ROM file that you’ve copied earlier, select it & confirm the installation process by pressing on ‘Yes’. This will start the installation process immediately.
- The process will hardly take few minutes to complete. After successful installation, again select wipe data/factory reset & wipe cache partition option to clear phone memory. Note that this step is much essential in order to avoid boot loops.
- Now again select install zip from sdcard followed by choose zip from sdcard option & flash the Google apps package file. Press on ‘Yes’ to confirm the installation.
- After you finish flashing both the files, select ‘reboot system now’ to restart your Galaxy Mega.
Finally! The KitKat flavored Android 4.4 ROM has been successfully flashed on your Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. This ROM will give you the complete KitKat touch to your Galaxy Mega. We have made this article much simpler. Still if you’ve any queries or problem regarding the stuff mentioned above, do ask us through the comments section given below. We are always here to help you. Till then Enjoy!
Tip: If you are not pleased with this ROM and hence want to restore back your previous ROM then it can be done by using backup & restore feature from the CWM recovery. For doing so, boot into the recovery mode, highlight ‘Backup and Restore’ option & on next screen, select restore option. This will show you the all the ROM backups you’ve made until now. Select the one you want to restore.
Source & Credits: XDA Community