A couple of days we covered the installation of the official CyanogenMod 10 (CM10) ROM – based on Jelly Bean Android 4.1 – for the Galaxy Note, which has now been followed up by an unofficial CM10 ROM.
XDA Forum Member mnm1992 has released an unofficial CM10 with a few changes and additions of his own, in the form of a nightly ROM, which he promises to update on a daily basis with the latest changes made to the CyanogenMod code, so that you can stay up to date with the latest updated CM10 ROM, and enjoy Jelly Bean on your Galaxy Note.
Keep in mind that this is not an official Samsung ROM but an unofficial custom ROM that is in development, and it may have a few issues present and some things may not work properly.
NOTE, Please Read: Since this is an unofficial stock Android based ROM, some features like 3G video calling will be unavailable as those are only possible on stock Samsung ROMs (video calls using 3rd party apps like Skype will work fine though). Some other features such as an FM radio will be missing too, and some apps like camera may not be the same as on stock ROMs.
Let’s take a look at how the CM10 nightly ROM can be installed on the Galaxy Note.
This ROM and the guide below are compatible only and only with Galaxy Note, model number N7000. It’s not compatible with any other device. Check your device’s model number in: Settings » About phone.
The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to your device, we won’t be held liable.
How to Install CM10 Nightly ROM on Galaxy Note
- [Important] First, flash the CM9 ROM → here on your Galaxy Note. If you are already on CM9, skip this step. Do not flash CM10 from a stock Samsung based Ice Cream Sandwich ROM.
- [Skip if you already made a backup while installing CM9 in step 1] This procedure will wipe all your apps, data and settings (but it will NOT touch your SD cards, so don’t worry about those). Backup your Apps and important data — bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs (internet settings), etc. This Android backup guide would help you.
NOTE: Don’t forget to at least make a backup of your APN settings, which you can restore later if your data connection does not work after installing the ROM. Use the backup guide to find out how.
- Download the latest version of the ROM from its development page.
- Download the Google Apps package. This will install apps like Play Store, Gmail, etc. which are not present in the ROM by default.
Download Gapps | Alternate Link | Filename: gapps-jb-20120726-signed.zip
- Copy the two zip files downloaded in step 3 and 4 to the internal SD card on the phone (do not extract the files).
- Boot into ClockworkMod recovery. To do so, make sure the phone is off, then press and hold the Volume Up + Home + Power keys together until the screen turns on, then let them go. The phone will boot into ClockworkMod recovery in a few seconds.
In recovery, use the Volume buttons to scroll up/down and the power button to select items.
- Select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm. Wait a while till the data wipe is complete.
- Select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Scroll to the ROM file on the SD card and select it. Confirm installation by selecting Yes – Install ______.zip on the next screen.
- After ROM installation completes, select choose zip from sdcard again, then select the gapps-jb-20120726-signed.zip file to install the Google apps package.
- After the Gapps package finishes installing, select go back then select reboot system now to reboot the phone into the ROM. First boot will take up to 5-7 minutes.
NOTE: To go back to a stock Samsung ROM in case you don’t like CM10, flash the XXLC1 firmware by following the guide → here.
Updating to Newer Nightly ROM Updates
Since the ROM will be updated on a daily basis, in order to update to a newer version, simply download it from the development page, put it on your SD card, boot to recovery, install the ROM without wiping data, then reboot the phone. You don’t need to re-install the Google apps package when updating either.
CM10, based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now installed and running on your Samsung Galaxy Note. Visit the official development page for more info and to get the latest updates on the ROM. Share your thoughts on the ROM in the comments.