Install Android 4.4 KitKat on Galaxy Exhibit 4G T679. Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G SGH-T679 was launched back in 2011 with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This low end device stopped receiving further updates after Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread. This was due to the lack in features and specs that this phone had. Some of its features include512 MB RAM, 3.7 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, 3.15 megapixel camera, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset and microSD slot expandable up to 32 GB. Although these specs were highly appreciated the days it was launched but today they are considered as a total crap. There is only one way to make this crap the most amazing phone. And this can be done by flashing unofficial custom ROMs. Custom ROMs based on newer versions gives a complete experience of the recently launched Android OS on your phone. There are various kinds of Custom ROMs including Cyanogenmod, AOKP, PACman, Slim Bean, Carbon, Liquid smooth, Xylon and many more. Amongst all the most used and well known custom ROM is Cyanogenmod. It is considered as the best because of the hardwork that the CM developers take to develop a ROM. The CM ROMs are the most stable fast and bug free. Today in this article we are going to discuss the procedure on how to install Android 4.4 KitKat on Galaxy Exhibit 4G T679.

Yes you heard it right! Android 4.4 KitKat on on Galaxy Exhibit 4G T679. This is not a dream but a miracle. The CM developers have recently launched a fresh new Android 4.4 KitKat based Cyanogenmod 11 Custom ROM for this smartphone. It can give you all the KitKat experience with must fast performance than never before. Interested users can head on to our actual article given below.

Galaxy Exhibit 4G Android 4.4 KitKat CM 11 screenshot 1

Disclaimer:

Try this at your own risk. Neither I nor the developers of this ROM would be held responsible for any of the damage caused to your device after following this guide. Although it is very rare that your device will be damaged but still I highly recommend you to follow all the instructions properly as they are mentioned below.

Galaxy Exhibit 4G Android 4.4 KitKat CM 11 screenshot 2

Compatibility:

This article is compatible only and only with Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G model number SGH-T679. So don’t even think of flashing if you’re having another device except the one mentioned as it may permanently damage your phone. You can check your device model in Settings -> About Phone.

Pre-Requisites:
  • You must charge your phones battery at least up to 60% before moving ahead. This decreases the risk of interruption during the flashing process.
  • Also a complete backup of entire data present on your phone must be done. The data may include contacts, SMS/MMS, APN settings, Memo, Call logs, whatsapp messages etc. Copy all this important data on your phones SD card or on your PC. This is essential as everything gets wiped in the last step of this procedure.
  • EFS folder, a very sensitive folder present in your system directory must be backed up. This folder contains all your phones specific information such as the IMEI, wireless devices MAC addresses, product code, and much more.  There is always a risk that sometimes flashing ROM may corrupt the content within this EFS folder. If so happened, your device will be completely useless & will no longer be recognized by your carrier. Refer our article to backup and restore EFS/IMEI data:
  1. How to backup and restore EFS/IMEI on Android Phones.
  • Ensure that you have installed mobile specific drivers on your PC. This is important so as to recognize your phone when connected via USB cable. You can install them by installing Samsung Kies or manually install them from the link given below:
  1. Download latest Samsung USB Drivers.
  • Make sure that your Galaxy Exhibit 4G is rooted.
  • Also a Custom recovery like CWM (Clockworkmod) or TWRP must be installed on your phone before proceeding further. If you’ve not installed yet then follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Download and copy this CWM recovery on your phones SD card.

Step 2: Switch off your Galaxy Exhibit 4G completely. Boot into recovery mode.

Step 3: For the same, press & hold ‘Volume up + Home Button (middle button) + Power Button’ simultaneously until recovery mode appears.

Step 4: Navigate to the ‘install zip from SD card’ option and then ‘choose zip from SD card’ option. Just choose the CWM zip file and pres Yes to flash it.

Step 5: Reboot the phone by selecting ‘reboot system now’ option.

Lets move to the actual Android 4.4 KitKat flashing process now.

Procedure to update Galaxy Exhibit T679 to Cyanogenmod 11 ROM (Android 4.4):

Downloads:

  1. Download Cyanogenmod 11 Custom ROM for Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G SGH-T679.
  2. Download Google Apps (GApps).

Procedure:

Step 1: Download both the package files in a specific folder on your PC. Then connect your Galaxy Exhibit 4G to PC using USB cable and copy both these files on your phones SD card.

Step 2: Disconnect the phone from PC & switch it off completely until it vibrates.

Step 3: Boot your Galaxy Exhibit 4G into recovery mode now. For that press & hold ‘Volume up + Home Button (middle button) + Power Button’ simultaneously until recovery mode appears.

Note: Touch won’t work in recovery mode. So use Volume up and down keys for navigation and Home button for selection.

The first thing you need to do when enter into recovery is a complete nandroid backup. Nandroid backup is the backup of your phones entire operating system & is always helpful during the failure while flashing process or during any problem with the ROM, then you can easily restore your saved previous ROM.

Refer our detailed article for taking Nandroid backup:

  1. How to take Nandroid Backup of any Android Phone with 8 simple methods.

Step 4: For taking a 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 screenshots.

Nandroid backup screenshot 1Nandroid backup screenshot 2

Step 5: Now you need to clear the data and caches present on your phone. So for that navigate to the ‘wipe data/factory reset’ option using Volume keys and select it using Home button. On the next screen select ‘wipe cache partition’ option. This will clear all the data & caches. Remember to backup everything before attempting this step (as mentioned in prerequisites).

CWM wipe data cache screenshot

Step 6: Now press back button and highlight the  Advanced option located on the recovery mode itself. On the next screen select Reboot Recovery  option.

reboot recovery screenshot

Wait until you boot again into recovery.

Let’s move to the actual Android 4.4 KitKat ROM installation process on your Galaxy Exhibit 4G T679.

Step 7: Navigate to the ‘install zip from SD card’ option using Volume up and down keys & select it using Home button. On the next screen select ‘choose zip from SD card’ option. As soon as you click on it you’ll see all the data of your phones SD card. Just navigate to the cm-11-20140714-UNOFFICIAL-ancora_tmo.zip package file and select it. On the next page select ‘Yes’ option to start the actual flashing process. Wait for the process to complete successfully.

CWM recovery Screenshot

Step 8: Then again select ‘wipe data/factory reset’ option followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ option on the recovery mode to clear all phones data & cache. This step will help to solve the boot loop issue.

Step 9: Now similarly flash the GApps zip file as you’ve installed the custom ROM. Just remember not to wipe data after that.

Step 10: Just restart your Galaxy Exhibit 4G now by selecting ‘reboot system now’ option from the recovery mode. Remember that the first boot will take more time to start than usual.

reboot system screenshot

Note: If you want to restore back your previous Rom, then you can do that by going back to the recovery mode by pressing & holding Volume up + Home Button (middle button) + Power Button simultaneously and select ‘Backup and Restore’ option and then on next page select ‘Restore’ option. Select the ROM you want to restore.

Success

Well done! Your Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G SGH-T679 has been successfully updated to Android 4.4 KitKat based Cyanogenmod 11 Custom ROM. Go to Settings->About Phone to verify the same. This is the most customizable, stable, bug free custom ROM developed for Galaxy Exhibit 4G. So enjoy new latest KitKat flavored features on your phone. Also don’t forget to share your experience after using it.If you have any issue, suggestion or any type query regarding this article then inform me through the comments section given below.I’ll be happy to help you out. Stay tuned to our page for more updates and latest news from the Android world..! 🙂

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