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[How To] Update Bell Galaxy S3 SGH-I747M to Android 4.4.2 KitKat with CM11 Custom ROM

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Bell Galaxy S3 Android 4.4.2 based CM11 ROM
CUSTOM ROM INFO
Name CyanogenMod 11 aka CM11
Android Version Android 4.4.2 KitKat (Launched on Dec 9 by Google)
Is this official? No.
Official update from Samsung is expected to release in Feb-March 2014
Stability Good enough for daily use
Credits CM Team

Known Bugs/Issues:

(As of December 15, 2013)

  • No issues reported yet.

Let’s see how to install the Android 4.4 KitKat on your Bell Galaxy S3 SGH-I747M.

WARNING!

Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page.

You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

CHECK DEVICE MODEL NO.

To make sure your device is eligible with this, you must first confirm its model no. in ‘About device’ option under Settings. Another way to confirm model no. is by looking for it on the packaging box of your device. It must be SGH-I747M!

Do not use the procedures discussed here on any other Galaxy S3 (including the S3 devices at Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and the international ones) or any other device of Samsung or any other company. You have been warned!

BEFORE YOU BEGIN..

You must do this pre-installation stuff before attempting to install the ROM on your Bell Galaxy S3 in order to avoid any complications later, and have a smooth and successful process.

GET THE LATEST CWM/TWRP RECOVERY

Make sure that you’ve latest version of the recovery of your choice installed on your device.

Older versions of both CWM and TWRP recoveries are not working with Android 4.4 based ROMs, throwing installation errors and WiFi bugs, therefore you need to use the latest version of either recovery. We believe TWRP v2.6.3.0 and above, and CWM v6.0.4.3 and above are working fine with Android 4.4 ROMs.

BACK UP YOUR DEVICE

Back up important data and stuff before you start playing around here as there are chances you might lose your apps and app-data (app settings, game progress, etc.), and in rare case, files on the internal memory, too.

For help on Backup and Restore, check out our exclusive page on that linked right below.

ANDROID BACK UP AND RESTORE GUIDE: APPS AND TIPS

CHARGE YOUR DEVICE

If your android device powers off due to lack of battery while the process is underway, it could damage the device.

So, make sure your device is adequately charged — at least 50% battery of the device.

EXAMPLE VIDEO

If you haven’t used a custom recovery, either CWM or TWRP, before, to install a .zip file of a ROM on anything else, then we suggest you first watch a video of that, given right below, to get familiar with the process.

Just fyi, the video below shows installing a .zip file (of recovery) on Galaxy S3, but it doesn’t matter as the process remains exactly same. So, once you are finished with video, jump to downloads and step-by-step guide below.

BELL GALAXY S3 ANDROID 4.4.2 KITKAT ROM

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DOWNLOADS

Download the files given below and transfer them to a separate folder on your phone and remember the location.

GAPPS FILE

DOWNLOAD LINK | Mirror | File name: pa_gapps-stock-4.4.2-20131215-signed.zip (275.6 MB)

ROM FILE

DOWNLOAD LINK | File name: cm-11-20140210-SNAPSHOT-M3-d2att.zip (194.37 MB)

UPDATE: Link updated on March 5, 2014. And just to confirm it, yes, the AT&T S3 CM11 ROM works all fine on Bell Galaxy S3, too.

In fact CM team has now made one UNIFIED download for ALL US variants of Galaxy S3 devices. Meaning, there is one download for Galaxy S3 at Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, Bell, Rogers, Telus, Cricket, US Cellular, MetroPCS, etc. This file ends with d2lte, fyi.

You can download the latest unified build for all Galaxy S3 sets for your Bell Galaxy S3 (SGH-I747M) too. Here’s the link to download the Nightly version (196.68 MB). Since snapshot version isn’t available, we haven’t provided it in place of above link.

For latest version of the ROM, check the original page →

Reminder: Before you proceed, make sure you’ve transferred the files you downloaded above to a separate folder on your Bell Galaxy S3 SGH-I747M.

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

Reminder: Make sure you’ve installed latest version of the recovery of your choice and have backed up your device adequately (including important data stored on internal memory) as mentioned in ‘Before you begin..‘ section above.

GUIDE FOR CWM RECOVERY USERS
  1. Boot into recovery mode. For this:
    • Power off your device and wait for 5-10 seconds until the device is fully switched off.
    • Press and hold  Volume Up + Home + Power buttons together and release them as soon as you see the Galaxy S3 logo.
      └ In Recovery mode, use Volume buttons to navigate Up and Down between options and use Power button to select an option.
      For help, check out our Galaxy S3 Recovery Mode page.
  2. Create a Nandroid Backup from recovery. It’s optional but very important to do, so that in case something goes wrong you can restore to current status easily. For making a Nandroid Backup, go to Backup And Restore » Backup.
  3. Perform a Factory Reset (This will delete all apps and their settings and game progress). For this:
    • Select Wipe data/Factory reset, then select Yes on the next screen to confirm factory reset (screenshot)
  4. First Install the ROM file:
    • Select Install zip » Choose zip from sdcard (or external sdcard, you know where your files are) » browse to the location where you saved the file and select the ROM file
      How to Flash File in CWM Recovery
  5. Now similarly flash the Gapps file.
    └ Make sure to first flash the ROM file and then the Gapps file.
  6. Reboot your device. For this, go back to the main menu of recovery and select reboot system now.

That’s all. Your phone will now reboot and it will take some time as it’ll be phone’s first boot after installing Android 4.4, be extremely excited for this!

Note: In case your device gets bootloop (stuck at logo while rebooting), just do a factory reset (step 3) and you will be fine.

GUIDE FOR TWRP RECOVERY USERS
  1. Boot into recovery mode. For this:
    • Power off your device and wait for 5-10 seconds until the device is fully switched off.
    • Press and hold  Volume Up + Home + Power buttons together and release them as soon as you see the Galaxy S3 logo.
      └ In Recovery mode, use Volume buttons to navigate Up and Down between options and use Power button to select an option.
      For help, check out our Galaxy S3 Recovery Mode page.
  2. Create a Nandroid Backup from recovery. It’s optional but very important to do, so that in case something goes wrong you can restore to current status easily. For making a Nandroid Backup, go to Backup » and select all check boxes and swipe on the Swipe to confirm option at the bottom of the screen to confirm backup.
  3. Perform a Factory Reset (this will delete all apps and their settings and game progress). For this:
    • Tap on Wipe » then at the bottom of the screen do a Swipe on the ‘Swipe to factory reset‘ option (screenshot)
  4. First Install the ROM file:
    • Tap on Install » browse to the location where you saved the files and tap on the ROM file. Now at the bottom of the screen, do a swipe on the Swipe to confirm flash option to begin flashing.
      How to Flash File in CWM Recovery
  5. Now similarly flash the Gapps file.
    └ Make sure to first flash the ROM file and then the Gapps file.
  6. Reboot your device. Go back to the main menu of recovery and tap on Reboot » then, tap on System to reboot your phone.

That’s all. Your phone will now reboot and it will take some time as it’ll be phone’s first boot after installing Android 4.4, be extremely excited for this!

Note: In case your device gets bootloop (stuck at logo while rebooting), just do a factory reset (step 3) and you will be fine.

FEEDBACK US!

It was easy to install Android 4.4 KitKat, right? Let us know how it tastes to you.

Your suggestions and queries, if any, are most welcomed!

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  • Chris

    This does not work on D2CAN, i get an error: This package is for “d2att” devices; this is a “d2can”

  • kt

    my phone was originally bell, but unlocked to work with rogers. will I loose my unlock doing this?

  • Simon B

    you should give detail on what Bootloader/Modem they need to get CM11 working.

    Currently I’m running CM10.2 on DLK4 baseband and CM11 install gives me error “7”.

    This is due only to the fact that I needed to update the baseband to MG2 or later and then proceed with the install of CM11.

    This info seems to be lacking on every website trying to get new users into the custom rom world.

    Update your modem/baseband with odin to a compatible one for Kit Kat, then you’ll be good to go.

    I747M = d2att for those who wonder which one is compatible.

    Happy mod!

  • Devon

    Also, if I use this custom ROM, will it mean that I won’t be able to use my phone with Rogers and only Bell.

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

      Yes, the AT&T ROM works perfectly for the Bell Galaxy S3. I’ve updated the post and the download link, check it out.

  • Devon

    Will this work with the Rogers version too? I have the Rogers version, but the model is SGH-I747M.

  • Vinnie

    CM website only has Rom for d2att (AT&T) which is i747. There is nothing for the i747M d2can version of the phone. Why are you saying this is for the i747M? Essentially the same phone but different modems. Flashing a rom with AT&T modem can cause serious problems on Canadian phones.

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

      Yes, the AT&T ROM works perfectly for the Bell Galaxy S3. I’ve updated the post and the download link, check it out. The modem inside the CM11 for AT&T supports Bell, Telus, Rogers, etc. carriers very well. Don’t worry and go ahead flashing if you haven’t already.

  • Kikz

    The download link is not working for the rom. What name does the S3 i747m fall under the download section?

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