After Google unveiled the latest Android 4.4 KitKat version along with their most awaited Nexus 5 device, there were many Android users who wanted to experience this latest firmware. But due some vast specs and features that this firmware had, it was impossible for every smartphone to be compatible with it. So only a few lucky ones got an opportunity to experience this firmware officially.
And yes I am talking about the flagship devices here, because those are only ones who can hold such devastating firmware. When we look at some low end devices like Galaxy Y, they will never get such updates due to the lack of hardware and RAM compatibility that these phones have. Of course there are many custom ROM available out there which can give you the experience to enjoy these new features. But not all of them are bug free. Every ROM has something or the other fault in it.
Talking about the aging device Galaxy Y, this device stopped getting official updates a much long time ago from Samsung. That’s why the Galaxy Y users turned towards the third party custom ROMs to feel the newly launched android versions. But after Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, even the android developers stopped providing further custom ROMs for this device which created a much disappointment amongst the users. And this time finally with great efforts the developers have succeeded in developing the latest KitKat flavored Android 4.4.4 Cyanogenmod 11 ROM for Samsung Galaxy Y GT-S5360. This is a great news for the Y users who waited so long for this one. Without wasting a single minute just proceed further for the actual Android 4.4.4 KitKat CM 11 ROM installation process.
This CM 11 ROM is in its initial stage and has many bugs and issues in it. But with further stable updates all of them will get fixed. The Android 4.4.4 KitKat CM 11 update given below for Samsung Galaxy Y GT-S5360 is much risky and may permanently damage your device, if not attempted correctly. I highly recommend those newbies who have no knowledge regarding this stuff to stop right at this point. This is because even a slight mistake can brick your device. If by mistake your Galaxy Y gets damaged or bricked by following this article then neither we nor the developers will be held liable for that. Even though the chances that your device will get damaged 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 Android 4.4.4 CM 11 ROM is only compatible for Samsung Galaxy Y having the model number GT-S5360. Installing this on any other device or variant will result into unwanted outcomes or bricked device. So confirm that you are having the same device as mentioned above. You may verify from Homescreen–> Menu–>Settings –> About Phone.
- It is mandatory to check that your device has a proper battery backup before performing any kind of flashing process. Lack of battery may increase the risk of interruption in the process thus leading to further problems. So I highly recommend to charge the battery of your phone at least up to 70%.
- Backup your contacts, messages, apn settings, memos and call logs etc before proceeding further. For doing that connect your phone to PC, enable USB debugging mode and transfer all the content on your PC for safety. All this is essential as in the last step of this flashing process you need to wipe all your data and cache from the phones internal memory.
- 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:
- EFS folder present in your system directory must be backed up. This sensitive folder contains all your phones specific information such as the IMEI, wireless devices MAC addresses, product code, and much more. If by mistake 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 Y is rooted. Also ensure that you have installed a recovery like Clockworkmod (CWM) or TWRP before proceeding further. If not then refer our article given below.
- (Important!) For flashing Android 4.4.4 KitKat ROM you need to have the latest Custom recovery installed on your Galaxy Y. If you haven’t installed it yet, then don’t worry just follow this steps given below:
Step 1: Download the latest CWM recovery package from Here.
Step 2: Connect your mobile to PC, enable USB debugging mode and transfer this recovery on your phones external SD card.
Step 3: Disconnect your phone from PC and switch it off completely.
Step 4: You need to enter into recovery mode now. For doing so, keep holding Volume up + home button + power button simultaneously until the recovery mode appears.
Step 5: In recovery mode, using volume keys navigate to the option named ‘Install from SD card‘ and select it using Home (middle) button. Now locate this CWM recovery which you’ve copied earlier & select it to install. If you can’t flash the CWM update .zip package in your existing recovery, use the Odin package (.tar.md5) instead. Download the CWM .tar.md5 package from Here.
Step 6: Do not forget to reboot the system after flashing this CWM recovery. Otherwise you’ll face the Status 7 error while installing the ROM.
After successful flashing of CWM recovery, lets proceed further for the actual Android 4.4.4 KitKat ROM installation process.
Procedure to update Samsung Galaxy Y S5360 to Android 4.4.4 KitKat 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. Do not place them in deep directories.
Step 2: Disconnect your phone from PC and switch it off completely.
Step 3: Enter into recovery mode now. Refer our guide:
Step 4: Now you need to take a nandroid backup. Actually nandroid backup is the 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.
Lets proceed to the actual Android 4.4.4 KitKat CM 11 ROM flashing process.
Step 5: Return to the main menu of recovery mode and navigate to the ‘install zip from SD card ‘ option & select it. Then on the next screen select ‘choose zip from SD card’ option. You will see all the files & folders present on your external SD card. Just navigate to the CM 11 ROM zip file which you’ve copied earlier and select it using Home button. Press ‘Yes’ option on the next screen to initiate the flashing process. Wait until the process is completed fully.
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: After successfully flashing the CM 11 ROM, now you need to flash the GApps package. For that again navigate to the ‘install zip from SD card ‘ option & select it. Then on the next screen select ‘choose zip from SD card’ option. Now select the Google Apps package file to start the installation process. Press the ‘Yes’ option on next screen to confirm the process. Be patient until the process completes.
Note: Do not wipe data/cache after flashing Google Apps.
Step 8: All the flashing process completes here. You just need to restart your device by selecting ‘reboot system now’ option from the recovery mode. The first boot takes 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 and select ‘Backup and Restore’ option and then on next screen select ‘Restore’ option.
For flashing the latest Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread DDMD1 firmware on your Samsung Galaxy Y S5360 you may refer our article:
If you want to install latest Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM on Galaxy Y S5360 then follow our article:
That’s it! The all new Android 4.4.4 KitKat Cyanogenmod 11 Custom ROM have been successfully flashed on your Samsung Galaxy Y GT-S5360. You can verify the same from Menu->Settings->About Phone. Enjoy and experience the breath taking KitKat flavored features on your Galaxy Y with this ROM. Also don’t forget to share your views after using it. I have made this article very simple to understand, still if you come across any difficulty or have problem 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! 🙂