Android 4.4 KitKat for Samsung Galaxy Core i8262 via Cyanogenmod 11 Custom ROM is available now. With the release of this latest Android version, everyone were eagerly waiting for this firmware on their phones. But due to its extremely high RAM and hardware compatibility, only a few smartphones were lucky to get it officially. The low end devices had to rely on the third party custom ROMs to experience this latest version. As it was impossible that these devices will get the KitKat firmware officially. A few days back we discussed the rooting and CWM flashing process on Samsung Galaxy Core i8262. Now with CWM flashed, its time to move on and install different available custom ROMs on this device. In this article we’ll see a detailed procedure on flashing the latest Android 4.4 KitKat via the most famous and well known Cyanogenmod 11 ROM on Galaxy Core i8262. Samsung have confirmed that they will officially upgrade Galaxy Core i8262 to Android 4.4 KitKat which is really a good news for Core users. But how long can you wait for that firmware. Till then you can enjoy those features with this CM 11 ROM. So don’t waste time just proceed to the actual step by step guide given below.
The mentioned latest Android 4.4 KitKat CM 11 ROM is still in its initial stage and therefore you may face few bugs or issues in it. But no need to worry as with further stable updates all of them will surely get fixed. Also this Android 4.4 KitKat update given below for Samsung Galaxy Core i8262 is much risky and has a high risk of permanently damaging your phone, if not done properly. Those who are new to this stuff are recommended to stop right at this point. This is because even a slight mistake can increase the risk of bricking your phone. If accidentally such thing happens then neither I nor the developers of this CM 11 ROM will be held responsible for that. Although I assure you that the chances that your phone will get damaged or bricked is least, but still I highly recommend you to follow every step given below correctly and without attempting anything by your own.
Note that this Cyanogenmod 11 ROM is only compatible for Samsung Galaxy Core having the model number i8262. Flashing this on any other device or variant will result into unwanted outcomes or bricked phone. So confirm that you are having the same device as mentioned above. You can verify that from Homescreen–> Menu–>Settings –> About Phone.
- Confirm that your phone has a proper battery backup or not before performing any kind of flashing process. Lack of battery always increases the risk of interruption in the flashing process thus leading to further problems. So I advice you to charge the battery of your device at least up to 70%.
- Take a complete backup of your entire phone data including your Contacts, SMS/MMS, APN settings, Memos and Call logs etc as there is always a high risk of losing all of them during a flashing process. Also in the last step of this procedure you need to wipe entire phone memory. So a backup is a must. You may also transfer your entire data on to PC for more safety.
- Make sure that Samsung device drivers are installed on your PC so as to recognize your device when connected to PC. You can install them by installing Kies or manually install them from the link given below:
- There is a folder named EFS folder present in your system directory which contains all your phones specific information such as the IMEI, wireless devices MAC addresses, product code, and much more. The backup of such a sensitive folder is must as during flashing it may get wiped. If by accident the data in it gets wiped, then this will make your phone completely useless & will no longer be recognized by your carrier. Refer our article to backup and restore EFS/IMEI data:
- Make sure that your Galaxy Core is rooted. Also ensure that you have installed a recovery like Clockworkmod (CWM) or TWRP before proceeding further. Refer this article for the same:
- (Important!) For flashing the latest Android 4.4 KitKat CM11 ROM you need to have the latest Custom recovery installed on your Galaxy Core. If you haven’t installed it yet, then don’t worry just follow this steps given below:
Step 1: Download latest CWM recovery 126.96.36.199 package from Here.
Step 2: Download Odin v3.07 from Here.
Step 3: Switch off your Galaxy Core and boot into downloading mode. For that press and hold Volume Down+ Home (middle) button + Power key simultaneously until you see a warning message. Press Volume up button to continue. This will land you into the downloading mode.
Step 4: Keeping the phone in downloading mode connect it to PC using the USB cable.
Step 5: Launch the Odin v3.07 software that you’ve downloaded earlier. You’ll see that the ID:COM section in it is turned blue with a random COM port number below it. Also an ‘Added’ message will appear in the message box window. This will confirm that you have properly connected your device. If this doesn’t happen then re-install proper device drivers on your PC from the link mentioned in the Pre-requisite.
Step 6: Tick Auto reboot and F.Reset time option on the Odin window. Remember not to tick or un-tick any other options.
Step 7: To the right side of Odin window you’ll see a PDA tab. Tick that and locate the .tar.md5 file which you’ve downloaded earlier (CWM 188.8.131.52 package) and select it.
Step 8: Just click on Start to initiate the latest CWM flashing process. Do not remove the USB cable until the process completes. The phone will get restart automatically as the process goes.
Step 9: After successfully completing the process you’ll see a Pass message with a green background in the Odin window respectively. You may safely disconnect your phone now.
Step 10: To check whether the latest CWM recovery has been properly flashed or not, completely switch off the phone. Then boot into recovery mode by holding Home button (middle button)+ Volume up + Power button simultaneously until the recovery mode appears. Select wipe data/factory reset option to wipe data and caches present. This will solve the boot loops issue.
Let’s move to the actual Android 4.4 KitKat Cyanogenmod 11 ROM flashing process now.
Procedure to update Samsung Galaxy Core i8262 to Android 4.4 KitKat CM 11 ROM:
Step 1: After successfully downloading both the package files given above, connect your phone to PC using USB cable, enable USB debugging mode and transfer both of them (without extracting) on your phones external SD card. Remember not to place them in deep directories.
Step 2: Disconnect your Galaxy Core from PC and switch it off completely.
Step 3: Boot into recovery mode now. For Galaxy Core, recovery mode can be entered by pressing and holding Volume up + Home button (middle button) + Power button simultaneously until the recovery mode appears.
Step 4: Take a nandroid backup first. Basically nandroid backup is a backup of your entire operating system & is much essential in case if this installation fails or some problem occurs, then you can easily restore your saved previous ROM from the CWM recovery.
Refer our detailed article for taking Nandroid backup:
For taking a proper nandroid backup, navigate to the ‘backup & restore’ option on the recovery mode itself and on the next screen select ‘backup’ option. This will make a complete nandroid backup of your current ROM. Refer the screenshot given below for taking a proper nandroid backup.
Step 5: After taking a complete nandroid backup, return to the main menu of recovery and navigate to the ‘install zip from SD card ‘ option & select it. On the next screen select ‘choose zip from SD card’ option. This will show you all the data present on your external SD card. Just navigate to the CM 11 ROM file which you’ve copied earlier and select it. Select ‘Yes’ option on the next screen to start the ROM flashing process. Be patient until the process completes.
Step 6: Select ‘wipe data/factory reset’ option followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ option on the recovery mode to clear all your data & caches from the phones memory respectively.
Step 7: Similarly you can flash the downloaded Google Apps (containing Play Store, Gmail, Gtalk etc). But remember not to wipe data after flashing them.
Step 8: All the flashing processes completes here. Just restart your device by selecting ‘reboot system now’ option from the recovery mode. The first boot will take more time to start than usual.
Note: If you don’t like this ROM and want to restore back your previous Rom you can do that by simply going back to the recovery mode by holding Volume up + Home button (middle button) + Power Button simultaneously. Select ‘Backup and Restore’ option and on next screen select ‘Restore’ option to restore the ROM you want.
You can refer our article for flashing the latest Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean XXBNC1 firmware on Galaxy Core i8262:
If you want to flash Android 5.0 Lollipop on your galaxy Core then follow our guide:
Good work! The Android 4.4 KitKat flavored Cyanogenmod 11 Custom ROM has been successfully flashed on your Samsung Galaxy Core i8262. You may verify the same from Menu->Settings->About Phone. Check out the newly added KitKat features with this ROM. You can also experience the CM 11 features in this one. So basically you are going to enjoy a combo pack of features with this beautiful custom ROM. Do not forget to share your views and experience after using this CM 11 ROM. I have made this article very simple to understand, still if you come across any difficulty while going through the process then without hesitating drop your problem through the comments section below. I’ll provide an exact solution as soon as possible. Till then Enjoy! 🙂