Install Android 6.0 Marshmallow CM 13 on Galaxy Note 3 N9005. Great new for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 users. Cyanogenmod community has recently developed an unofficial CM 13 build for Note 3 LTE variant smartphone. In this detailed step by step guide, we’ll discuss how to update your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9005 LTE to Android 6.0 Marshmallow based Cyanogenmod 13 custom ROM. This ROM is powered by AOSP Android Marshmallow. That means you’ll experience no more pre-loaded bloatware or Samsung Touchwiz UI. The UI is pure and similar to what we can notice in Nexus devices.
All thanks goes to Morning star, the senior member from xda community for developing this amazing ROM. This Cyanogenmod 13 ROM is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and gives a complete experience of the latest Android version. This ROM is completely stable, fast with enhanced battery performance. Still if you face any bugs or issues, then don’t panic as all those issues will be cleared up in the next updated build. Unfortunately Samsung will never release an official firmware based on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS for the Note 3 smartphone. So the only way to experience it is via third party custom ROMs. And as the Cyanogenmod ROMs are considered to be one of the best preferred ones, you should definitely try them out.
For flashing this unofficial firmware you just need a custom recovery installed as well as root access. Most importantly, do not forget to create a backup of all data of your phone. If you are eager to enjoy and experience this beautiful ROM on your system then head on to our actual article on how to install Android 6.0 Marshmallow CM 13 on Galaxy Note 3 N9005 given below.
Implement all the mentioned steps at your own risk. Neither do I nor the developers of this ROM will be held responsible for any damage caused to your Note 3 by following this guide. If you are doing this for the first time and have no idea about this stuff, then its better to stop right now. Only experienced users having complete knowledge of this are allowed to proceed further. Although the chances that your phone will be damaged or bricked are less still I strongly recommend to follow all the instructions correctly.
This Android 6.0 Marshmallow based Cyanogenmod 13 custom ROM is compatible only with Samsung Galaxy Note 3 having model number SM-N9005. Do not try to flash it on any other device or variant as it may cause severe damage. You must check your device’s model number from Menu->Settings ––> About Phone before moving ahead.
- Charge your phones battery at least up to 60% so as to reduce the risk of interruption during the flashing process.
- Backup all your phone data and settings including contacts, messages,memos, apn settings and call logs etc. to external SD card or on your PC since everything gets wiped in the last step of this procedure.
- Backup EFS folder present in your phones system directory. This folder contains all your phones specific information such as the IMEI, wireless devices MAC addresses, product code, and much more. So a backup of this folder is essential. There is always a risk that this EFS folder might get corrupted. 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:
- Install mobile specific drivers on your computer. This is recommended so as to recognize your Galaxy Note 3 N9005 when connected via USB cable. You can install them by installing Samsung Kies or manually install them from the link given below:
- Also ensure that your Galaxy Note 3 N9005 is rooted. Also a custom recovery like Clockworkmod (CWM) or TWRP must be installed before proceeding further.
Lets flash the actual Android 6.0 Marshmallow ROM now.
Procedure to install Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Galaxy Note 3 N9005:
Step 1: Download both the zip package files in a specific folder on your computer. Remember not to extract them.
Step 2: Using original USB data cable connect your Galaxy Note 3 to computer and copy both the downloaded files on your phones internal / external storage.
Note: You may directly download both the files on your device.
Step 3: Then safely disconnect your phone from computer & switch it off completely. Now boot your phone into custom recovery mode. For doing so, press and hold Volume up + Home button (middle button) + Power button together till you enter recovery mode.
Note: As you land into recovery mode, make a complete Nandroid backup which is the backup of your phones entire operating system which can be always helpful in case when the flashing process fails or during any problem with the ROM. In that time you can easily restore your previous saved ROM.
Refer our detailed article for taking Nandroid backup:
Step 4: After taking nandroid backup, you need to wipe the data and cache partitions from your phones internal memory. To do so, navigate to the ‘wipe data/factory reset’ option present on the recovery mode and select it. On the next screen press Yes option to start the wiping process. Similarly navigate to the ‘wipe cache partition’ option on the recovery mode and select it to wipe the caches.
Note: This step will clear out all your data, so a complete backup of everything must be done before implementing this step.
Step 5: After wiping completes, select the Advanced option located on the recovery mode and on the next screen select Reboot Recovery option.
Wait until you boot again into recovery.
Let’s move to the actual Android 6.0 Marshmallow based CM 13 ROM flashing process.
Step 6: Now navigate to the ‘install zip from SD card’ option present on the recovery mode. Then on the next screen select ‘choose zip from SD card’ option. This will show all the data present on your internal / external storage. Then select the Android 6.0 Marshmallow based CM 13 ROM which you’ve just copied earlier. On the next screen select ‘Yes’ option to initiate the actual CM 13 ROM flashing process. The process will hardly take a minute to complete. So be patient and wait for the process to finish successfully.
Step 7: After the process completes, a successful message will appear on the screen. Then again select ‘wipe data/factory reset’ option and ‘wipe cache partition’ option as you did before to clear all your phones data & cache.
Note: This step is must as it helps to solve the boot loop issue.
Step 8: Similarly flash the Google Apps (GApps) package as you’ve flashed this Cyanogenmod 13 custom ROM.
Note: Do not wipe data/cache after flashing Google Apps.
Step 9: Just restart your Galaxy Note 3 N9005 by selecting ‘reboot system now’ option from the recovery mode.
Note: The first boot will take more time to start than usual. But don’t panic after a couple of boots it’ll be normal.
You did it! The latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow based Cyanogenmod 13 custom ROM has been successfully flashed on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9005 LTE smartphone. To verify the same go to Menu->Settings->About Phone. Enjoy all the features of this latest Android OS on your phone. Do comment me if you face any difficulty. Till then Enjoy! 🙂