How to Install Android 4.4 KitKat ROM on Galaxy Note GT-N7000!

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For those of you who want to enjoy the new Android 4.4 KitKat ROM on your Galaxy Note GT-N7000, you will have to follow some new directions as things have changed a bit.

First of all, Android 4.4 KitKat custom ROMs require you to be using CWM Recovery v6.0.4.3 or higher.  Since CWM Recovery is integrated with the kernel, it’s going to cause problems for most of you who try to install Android 4.4 custom ROMs as most custom ROMs have an older version of CWM or TWRP.  (Btw, do not use TWRP as they are currently not compatible for installing Android 4.4 ROMs.)

So, the simple solution is to flash a kernel with a CWM recovery v6.0.4.3 or higher.  You can do this by just installing one of latest version of CM10.2 as it comes with latest version of CWM.

But I made things a bit easier for you guys and just extracted the kernel from latest CM10.2 so you won’t have to flash the whole ROM.

Step 1. Download which has the latest CM10.2 kernel with latest CWM v6.0.4.5.


Also, make sure to download the Android 4.4 KitKat custom ROM you want to install along with Android 4.4 Gapps.  In this example, I am installing Omni Android 4.4 KitKat ROM.


Step 2. Reboot into your current CWM/TWRP recovery.  If you don’t know how to do this, simply turn off your phone then hold down Volume Up, Center Home, and Power buttons for around 10-20 seconds until you see CWM/TWRP recovery.


Step 3. If you see CWM Recovery or higher at this point, you can skip to Step 11.

Otherwise choose “install from zip” for CWM Recovery and choose “Install” for TWRP recovery.  Then browse your files and install  install the file “” you downloaded earlier.  This will install CWM v6.0.4.5, which allows you install Android 4.4 custom ROMs.




Step 4. Next, you can go ahead and reboot recovery by using menus on your CWM/TWRP recovery OR repeat Step 2.


Step 5. You should now be in CWM Recovery v6.0.4.5.  If so, you can just install the custom ROM as usual.





Step 6. Once done installing, reboot and you should be able to see welcome screen.  Congrats!  You’ve successfully installed Android 4.4 KitKat ROM on your Galaxy Note GT-N7000!

Next time you need to install another Android 4.4 KitKat ROM, simply follow these instructions again.



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58 Responses to How to Install Android 4.4 KitKat ROM on Galaxy Note GT-N7000!

  1. sudip says:

    What About The Battery Life?

  2. adim says:

    I have the same question. Can anyone tell us how battery manages to stay alive in 4.4?

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  4. Anthony says:

    Hi Max,

    Firstly, thank you for providing this service. I was nervous in the beginning, but after watching your tutorial, I’m even helping others flash roms!

    Is the link to Kit Kat faulty, it keeps downloading omni 4.3.1?

    best regards,

  5. PMVK says:

    Hi Max,

    Thanks for the detailed instructions about installing KitKat on Galaxy Note N7000. But I have a small help and request to Max and everyone who is reading my comment, please help me know how to backup my stock touchwiz ROM so that if at all this custom ROM does not work for me I can get back to my Stock ROM. This is my first time flashing a custom ROM so I am a bit tensed of what might happen to my Note. All I want to know is if I dont like the custom ROM how can I go back to my old ROM without loosing any data. I mean, I want my phone to be exactly the same as I left it before flashing new custom ROM.

  6. PMVK says:

    Hi Max,

    Thanks for the detailed instructions about installing KitKat on Galaxy Note N7000. But I have a small help and request to Max and everyone who is reading my comment, please help me know how to backup my stock touchwiz ROM so that if at all this custom ROM does not work for me I can get back to my Stock ROM. This is my first time flashing a custom ROM so I am a bit tensed of what might happen to my Note. All I want to know is if I dont like the custom ROM how can I go back to my old ROM without loosing any data. I mean, I want my phone to be exactly the same as I left it before flashing new custom ROM. It would really help me out.

  7. Emmanuel says:

    Hi Max,
    My galaxy note GT-N7000 is rooted but it does not go into CWM recovery although i already installed CWM or its called rom manager. It just go into android system recovery. Could you please help me. Thanks:)

  8. Torben Oestergaard-Andersen says:

    Great :-)
    Thanks – It has given new life to My Faith full Note I companion :-D
    Great site You have running here, with lots of tips and trick-stuff – must be a member now ;-)

  9. yamaha tyros 4 says:

    謝謝您….再次的讓我的SAMSUNG NOTE N7000 能夠更新韌體謝謝您….謝謝您 太棒了

  10. Gaurav Arora says:

    How to install kitkat version in my samsung galaxy note jelly bean 4.1.2 n my kernel version is 3.0.31-549786
    Pls help me how to install the latest kitkat version
    When m pressing volume up key+lock button+power key there is no option of install n in title bar there is written recovery sumthnk like pls let me know as soon as

  11. Clive says:

    A few queries :-
    1. How is battery life on N7000 with Kitkat (Omni rom
    2. ANy lag issues being faced?
    3. What abt restoring of saved apps using Titanium back up?
    Pl revert

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  13. vicioso3 says:

    thanks !!! good job

  14. P_80 says:

    Trying to install from original recovery mode I have got: Signature Verification Failed!!! :( Any help please?

  15. ijang says:

    i got same problem like this person above me (P_80).pleaseee :(

  16. Alok says:

    installing n7000-CMW-KitKat says signature verification failed…. please some 1 help me… i want to upgrade my Galaxy Note GT-N7000 from android 4.1.2 jelly bean to android 4.4 kitkat…

  17. Blackbeard says:

    Hi Guys/Gals,

    Can someone help,

    I was on Bam Andriod (JB) and decided to tryout the new Bam Andriod Kit Kat rom, so i followed the instruction in this video before installing the rom,

    So i did the following,

    1. Downloaded and ran the CWM in recovery as described in video
    2. Full Factory Wipe (after Reboot in new CWM)
    3. Installed BAM Andriod 2.0 (KitKat)

    Now im stuck in a samsung boot loop can anyone help and on
    1. how to get out the boot loop
    2. what i did wrong?


    Now for some reason im

  18. Louis says:

    Well how about AT&T Note ll SGH-l317. I’m still running 4.1.2. My phone is rooted and I have Titanium Backup and and superuser. So when I try and run the update from At&T fails when the phone reboots. I can not find any instruction on how to do it manually.

    Can you help me


  19. Gowtham says:

    Everythng is good :) but i ve one querry :( Brightness cant be reduced :( please someone say me a solution fr tat :(

  20. Pablo says:

    Does anyone knows how to fix this Signature Verification Failed!!! when i try to install from original recovery mode?

  21. Ranish KT says:

    Novice here….successful first attempt.

    A new omni rom is available as per notification ….how to update?

  22. Diana says:

    Ok so Im getting the first issue with this , I cannot share my internet with another device . It semms to get on and Im able to change the password but tethering & portable hotspot doesnt show as available to connect from the tablet .

  23. Warren B says:

    Keep in mind OmniROM 4.4 is for all Galaxy Note 10.1 models. You may have to change the bootloader, but if you go through the steps like you are supposed to, you will have it on any model. I have had it on my GT-N8013 for about 3 weeks now. The only bug I have come across is the fact there are some issues with the display driver. The developer knows about this, and apparently it is a common issue, and it is in the works to getting fixed.

    Sorry, mistype…
    Here is the link to the setup for all the GT-N80xx models:

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  25. nitin says:

    once i had bricked my gt-n7000…when i wipe data after flashing a custom rom…the problem is sloved now my device work perfect…is that ok if i wipe data if i follow ur step is there any chance to brick my device….cuz everytime i flash any romon my device i first flash GB to do wipe…the question is is it safe to wipe data

    • Warren B says:

      There’s always a risk when it comes to wiping your data. To minimize that, simply do a Nandroid backup using the updated recovery and save it to an external SD Card. Then, if all else fails, which it probably won’t, you have a good working copy of your previous system.

      Remember, to install the updated recovery needed, you simply use Odin. There is really a minimum chance of loss then. Boot into the recovery, do your backup, and install the system… Trust me it’s worth it. All the newest versions of the ROMs are at plus you can also find some extra ones here and there through some searching of your own.

  26. Guido says:

    here i only can see questions but i never see answers.
    What about the battery life?
    What is CWM?


  27. noussibeau says:

    thanks for all.
    I wish to install KITKAT on my Notes N7000 and I tried to follow our explanations .. but impossible to install because there is no install from zip…
    Do you know the reason why ?
    My Notes is Under Android 4.0.3
    Kernel : 3.015-n7000xxlq3-CL646962
    SMP PREEMPT WED MAY 30 21.05.57 KST 2012
    What’s the simplest and shortest way to go from there to your kitkat
    Thanks for help.

  28. Mika Kesti says:

    Hi. Does anyone know how to add exchange activesync account to 4.4.2? I rooted and flashed my Note, but can´t use it if this isnt possible.

  29. Kuldersak says:

    Hey there..
    followed the steps to the T
    got everything right.. and everthing loads successful,but when i reboot i get to the asylum home screen.. and it just flashes? (the weird skull looking face)
    any idea where i went wrong?

  30. John Philipson says:

    Really detailed article – Great job

    To begin with, while there are a number of articles about installing KitKat on the N7000 but none of them (except this one) really emphasise the need to upgrade CWM to at least CWM Recovery v6.0.4.5 BUT more importantly the link to the zip file, to download this all important file actually works (ie the link isn’t broken AND it’s a link to a working zip file – there’s a lot of links to various zip or .tar.md5 that just don’t work with zip file method or ODIN method respectively.

    I’m personally sticking with JellyBean until the more detailed ROM’s from people like Team Union start being developed as the KitKat ROM’s that I’ve tested, don’t include features like SMS sync in the native email application that I find really useful

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  32. King Go says:

    Hello max
    I really appreciate your site and effort some we the galaxy note users. But I think I have a problem installing omni 4.4 kitkat.
    I did as you instructed by downloading the necessary thinks you asked to be downloaded, but then each time I try rebooting my phone I can’t just find the recovery process you are talking about.
    All I do find is the original recovery mode stating:
    1)Reboot system now
    2) Apply update from ADB
    3) Apply update from external storage
    4) Wipe data/factory reset
    5) Wipe cache partition
    6) Apply update from cache.
    These are all that do appear on my screen anytime I try rebooting. So please help me and as soon as possible.

    • Raffy says:

      king Go,

      I think you haven’t done rooting your phone in the first place. You have to Root the phone and then do the Recovery again to Install the Files that you have downloaded :)

  33. Rodrigo says:

    Is it possible to downgrade from 4.4.2 to 4.1.2?

    Thx! :)

    • Warren B says:

      If you are talking about the Official Samsung Update, from what is being said on the developer sites, it will not be possible. Apparently there is a change that is made at the core hardware level and if one were to attempt to re-flash the previous version of the Samsung software, you will go into a loop that will brick your device.

      If you are talking about a custom ROM, then there shouldn’t be any problems.

      However, there are possible workarounds. When you flash the official Samsung update, flash it without the bootloader. Plus I have seen some solutions on XDA that involve rooting and installing a custom recovery right after you install the newest ROM.

      Good luck

  34. dmo.jr says:

    Hey thnx for ur useful site
    Im on 2.3.6 and i’ve rooted my gt-n7000 but my recovery is still the android stock recovery
    I wanted to know can i use this methode to flash cwm and then flash omni rom?
    Thank u so much

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  36. rajesh says:

    thank u so much buddy really helpfull

  37. Amirul says:

    Will this way work ,if i install the custom recovery from the link ,will i be able to install cyanogen mod 11 ?? Please do answer.

  38. Peter says:

    Max did you just skip the installation of gapps? Sorry I’m just a beginner and wanted to install SOKP ROM + Forest Kernel

  39. Kaushik Chatterjee says:

    Hi Max,

    I tried SlimKat 4.4.4 on my N7000. It was no good. It drained the battery, android.systemui would fail frequently. So I rolled back to 4.4.2 cyanogenmod. Today I found your mail about the SOKP ROM. I saw a note which said TWRP shouldnot be used with 4.4.4. should I replace TWRP with CWM before I install SOKP ROM? How will this one affect the battery life?
    How does the

    I have already downloaded all the files. Waiting for your reply to proceed with installation.


    • Max says:

      TWRP can be used, just make sure version is or higher to install KitKat ROMs. OR you can also just install CWM before installing KK ROMs. Recoveries do not affect battery life.

  40. John says:

    Max I’ve installed cwm via rom toolbox but it boot into android system recovery. Am I right Max?

  41. Mr.Caringi says:

    Hello, after installing Asylum Onmi (4.4.2) every time I boot to recovery I get TWRP recovery! but if I wipe Asylum Omni (4.4.2) and install Carbon ROm (JB) then I get CWR!!! this make any sense for you???

    • Max says:

      That’s because for GT-N7000, recovery is part of kernel so when you flash a new custom ROM, it changes it every time. This is one of the only Samsung phones that does this. It’s because Samsung’s first Note product.

  42. Absaar Shoaib says:

    Thanks bro bow I have KitKat!

    But I think I have lost root and I am not getting proper gapps zip on net

    Would u please give the link to proper root zip and gapps zip??

    Thanks in advance

  43. Arihant says:

    Hi Max!
    I did the same as in ur tutorial. But I ma facing the following problems:
    1. No Wifi Tethering working Now.
    2. Video Playback not Working.
    3. The OS can not detect my External SD Card
    4. The System dsn’t show the phone connected when with USB Cable.
    5. Even the bluetooth is not working.

    Can you tell me what’s wrong here?

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