Galaxy Note (GT-N7000) users are in for some good news, as the industrious CyanogenMod team has been working hard to roll out new Lollipop updates for the ageing Samsung smartphone.

Although the Note N7000 is among the lucky few Android devices to receive Android 5.0 update via reputed CyanogenMod 12 ROM, it may harbour a few untested bugs or broken features as the ROM is still under Alpha development stage.

Nevertheless, interested users can go ahead and install this ROM manually via CWM recovery, using the step-by-step guide provided below.

IBTimes UK reminds readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to device during or after the ROM installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.


  • Verify that the correct USB drivers are installed on your Note N7000 (download latest drivers here).
  • Back up important data and settings on your phone via custom recovery (CWM or TWRP).
  • Enable USB debugging mode on your Galaxy Note by navigating to Settings > Developer Options.
  • Ensure your phone's battery has at least 80% charge, before you proceed with the ROM installation.
  • Verify that your Galaxy Note N7000 is factory unlocked, bootloader unlocked and rooted.
  • The firmware and the instructions provided in this guide are meant for the international variant of Galaxy Note (GT-N7000) only. Do not attempt installing this firmware on any other variant as it may inadvertently brick the device. Verify the device model number by going to Settings > About Phone.

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Steps to Install Unofficial CyanogenMod 12Android5.0 ROM on Galaxy Note N7000

Step 1 - Download CyanogenMod 12 Android 5.0 custom ROM for Galaxy Note on the computer.

Step 2 - Connect and mount the phone's USB mass storage on computer with USB cable.

Step 3 - Now, copy the downloaded CM12 ROM zip file to the root folder on the phone's SD card.

Step 4 - Power off the phone and disconnect its USB cable from computer.

Step 5 - Now boot the device into Recovery Mode by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together.

Step 6 - Once the phone enters into CWM Recovery, perform a full data wipe task by clicking Wipe Data/Factory Reset. Use the Volumekeys to navigate between options and Power button to select an option in the Recovery Mode.

Step 7 - Then, perform Wipe Cache Partition and wait until the process completes.

Step 8 - Now perform Wipe Dalvik Cache as well. To do this, go to 'advanced' option and then clickWipe Dalvik Cache. This will help in preventing boot loop issues or any boot ROM related errors during firmware installation.

Step 9 - Then return to the main recovery menu and choose Install Zip from SD card.

Step 10 - Now click Choose Zip from SD card. Use volume keys to navigate to the CM12 ROM zip file that you copied earlier to your phone's SD card and choose it by tapping the Power button. Confirm the ROM installation on next screen and the installation process will begin.

Note: Repeat Step 9 and Step 10 to install Google Apps (Gapps) as well.

Step 11 - Once the ROM and Gapps installation completes, go to "+++++Go Back+++++" and select Reboot System Now in the Recovery menu.

The phone will now reboot and the first boot may take about five minutes to complete. So, please be patient.

Your Galaxy Note (GT-N7000) is now running the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop via CM12 custom ROM. Go to Settings > About phone to verify the firmware version installed.

[Source: Team Android]