Update T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 T889 to Android 4.2.2 via Cyanogenmod 10.1

Recently, Samsung launched their new flagship device Galaxy S4. No doubt that it’s more powerful than any other phone currently available in the market. Along with Galaxy S4, Samsung has brought the latest version of Android viz. Jelly Bean 4.2.2. It is expected that Samsung will start rolling out this update for their remaining devices as well. But since S4 is just launched, Samsung won’t be releasing JB 4.2.2 at least up to 1 month from its release date (may be marketing strategy). I hope they wouldn’t do this.

But why one should wait for Samsung to release Android 4.2.2? Instead, you can go for the custom ROMs like Cyanogenmod (which offers many customizations). Though TouchWiz NatureX UI is awesome but still AOSP look is not that bad. In fact for a change, you should shift from TouchWiz to AOSP ROM till the official update rolls out.

So, what have you decided? If yes then go ahead and flash your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 T889 with all the goodness of Cyanogenmod 10.1. Of course using the procedure given in rest of the article. I assure you that CM 10.1 won’t disappoint you.

Disclaimer : Steps given in this article are considered as risky & can cause damage to your phone. You should not try to attempt these things if you aren’t aware of it. Please follow this guide completely at your own risk. If any damage caused to your device while following this tutorial, we should not be held responsible for it.

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 CM10.1

This tutorial is meant only for T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 having model number SGH-T889. Dont try to implement it on any other device else it may turn your device in semi bricked state.


  • Charge your device up to 75% battery level so that you can flash ROM without any interruption.
  • Your phone data will get lost after installation of this ROM (excluding External storage like SD card). Therefore, it is highly recommended to backup all your data from internal storage (includes contacts, messages (SMS/MMS), call logs, Internet APNs etc.).
  • Enable / Tick ‘USB Debugging’ option in your phone.
  • It is necessary to have Custom Recovery like Clockworkmod / TWRP installed in your phone for flashing CM10.1 Custom ROM.

Note: You can’t proceed to ROM installation unless you’ve CWM recovery installed in your Galaxy Note 2 T889.

Procedure to Upgrade T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 T889 to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (via Cyanogenmod 10.1):

  • At first, download Cyanogenmod 10.1 package from Cyanogenmod’s Official Download Page (link is given below).
  1. T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 T889Cyanogenmod 10.1 Package
  • (Optional) Also download GApps that contains Google apps like Gmail, GTalk, Play store, Google+ etc. Since Cyanogenmod doesn’t include Google apps, you need to flash it separately.
  1. GApps for Android 4.2.2 (Cyanogenmod 10.1)
  • After downloading CM10.1 ROM package & Google Apps, connect your phablet to the PC. Enable mass storage mode on it to access internal storage & transfer both files on its root directory (or anywhere you want. We have mentioned ‘root directory’ because it is convenient to access).
  • Disconnect the phone from PC. Now boot into Clockworkmod recovery. For doing that, switch off the phone completely. Now press & hold Volume Up + Volume Down + Power Key together until recovery mode shows up.
  • After getting into the recovery, make a nandroid backup of your current ROM so that the same can be restored back in case of failure. To do so, Highlight backup and restore option from the main menu of recovery, select it & then choose backup option to start the backup process.
  • Select wipe data/factory reset & subsequently wipe cache partition to wipe the data & caches respectively from the phone memory. (Caution! performing this step will erase all the data from phone (ROM memory), which includes SMS / MMS, contacts, reminders, APNs, call logs, apps etc. therefore ensure that youve taken backup of all these things before).
  • Now select install zip from sdcard & then on next screen select, choose zip from sdcard. It will show you all the files & folders located on internal storage of your device. Navigate to the ROM file (which you’ve copied earlier from Computer), select it using power button (unless youre using touch CWM) & confirm the installation by pressing on Yes. This should start installing the ROM.
  • Again select install zip from sdcard followed by choose zip from sdcard & this time browse for Google apps package file (gapps-jb-20130301-signed.zip). Press on Yes to install confirm Google Apps installation.
  • After you finish flashing both files, Select “reboot system now” to Restart the phone.

Congratulations! Android 4.2.2 is now up and running on your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 via Cyanogenmod 10.1. If you’ve any queries or need help regarding the procedure mentioned above, feel free to ask us in comments below & we’ll help you to solve your issue as soon as possible. Enjoy..

Tip: If you don’t want this ROM anymore then you always have an option to restore your previous ROM. This can be done by using CMW’s backup & restore feature. To restore the previous ROM, boot into the recovery mode, select Backup and Restore option & on next screen, select restore. Now choose the backup you like to restore (or restore the backup you’ve made before flashing this ROM).

Comments (2)
  1. ROD August 10, 2013
    • Viraj SK August 10, 2013

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