How To Update US Galaxy S3 to Android 4.4 KitKat with CyanFox ROM
The Samsung Galaxy S3 will hopefully receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update in future but Samsung has not teased any release date yet. However if you are a end user, there are already couple of Android 4.4 based custom ROMs are available to get you free from the wish at least unofficially. When you think about a good custom ROM, CyanogenMod can be a name to come first in your mind. It’s AOSP-based custom ROM packed with many handy apps such as Apollo media player, GalleryNext and more. But if you want to jump to a bit more high position, here you can try CyanFox which is made of CyanogenMod 11 source bases.
This Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat ROM is packed with dark UI mode, Paranoid Halo notifications, Screen Recording, NavBar settings and native enabling. Many good features are still in progress and will be available soon.
Read on how to install Android 4.4 KitKat CyanFox ROM on US Galaxy S3 (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile). Before you update your Galaxy S3 to Android 4.4 with this ROM, first make sure you are rooted user and CWM or TWRP is installed on your phone. Make a backup of your device data such as SMS, internet setting, contacts music files etc because the below procedure may wipe data, you can sync your contacts with Gmail account and for messages use SMS apps, lastly use the carbon Android app to backup apps and data.
DISCLAIMER: Please proceed the below guide at your own risk, Android Egis will not be held responsible if your device lost data or gets damaged following this guide.
Step #1: Download the latest version of Android 4.4 CyanFox ROM for your Galaxy S3:
- CyanFox for Verizon Galaxy S3
- CyanFox for T-Mobile Galaxy S3
- CyanFox for Sprint Galaxy S3
- CyanFox for AT&T Galaxy S3
Step #2: Download Google Apps for CyanFox Galaxy S3 ROM from here.
Step #3: Transfer the downloaded zip files to internal SD card of device.
Step #4: Turn the device off.
Step #5: Reboot the device into recovery mode by holding down volume up, home and power buttons.
Step #6: In recovery mode, create a nandroid backup of your current ROM, it’s important because if anything not work out that you expect from this ROM, you’ll be able to easily revert back to your current state. To create backup select “Backup and Restore”, and then select “Backup” again, if you’re on TWRP recovery, click on “backup” and slide the blue button to confirm the action.
Step #7: In recovery mode, perform wipe, select the wipe data/factory reset, and confirm on the next screen.
Step #8: Return to main menu by selecting “Go Back”.
Step #9: Select “Install Zip from SD Card” then “Choose Zip from SD Card” or select “install” for TWRP and locate the downloaded file that you’ve transferred in above step and confirm installation.
Step #10: Repeat the previous step again and install Google Apps in same manner.
Step #11: Once the installation is completed, select “Go Back” after that select “Reboot System Now” to reboot phone.
That’s it, you are now running on Android 4.4 KitKat. If you experience any error, leave comments.