With release of Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, folks are thinking that Samsung is giving all its attention to these latest smartphone as they wait for Korean Giant to release official Android Lollipop for their mid range gadget. The Company has almost updated all their high end products to latest Google Android version and now it looks like it is giving all its attention to release the Android 5.0 update for their medium range phone series like Galaxy A.
Here comes the good news: You can now update your second generation Note flagship i.e. Galaxy Note 2 N7100 to Android 5.1 Lollipop using CM12.1 Custom ROM. So instead of waiting for months for Samsung to release the official firmware update, we recommend to try bloat and touchwiz free stock Android 5.1 Lollipop on your Galaxy Note 2.
Key Features of CM 12.1 Android 5.1 Custom ROM
- HWComposer and MALI R3P2 Drivers
- Sensors (All)
- Home Button Wake
- Signal Icon
- Mouse Pointer
Please note that this guide is only meant to install Android 5.1 Lollipop on Galaxy Note 2 N7100 only and installing this ROM on other device other than N7100 can result in bricking of your device which can be very disappointing.
- First and most important thing is to have backup of all your data. We highly recommend all our readers to backup all their important data before proceeding with tutorial.
- Your Galaxy Note 2 N7100 must be rooted and custom recovery like CWM or TWRP must be installed on that.
- Make sure you have properly installed your phone USB drivers on your computer.
- Galaxy Note 2 N 7100 bootloader must be unlocked.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode from Settings –> Developer Options.
- Last but not least, make sure the battery is fully charged before you proceed to flash custom ROM on your Note 2.
Steps to Install Android 5.1 Lollipop on Galaxy Note 2 N7100 with CM 12.1 Rom
Step 1: At first you will need to download the Android 5.1 Lollipop CM 12.1 Custom ROM. When it is downloaded, place it on the desktop.
Step 2: Connect your smartphone to your computer using USB cable.
Step 3: Transfer the downloaded zip file on CM 12.1 Android 5.1 Lollipop custom ROM to your mobile SD card.
Step 4: Once transfer is completed, disconnect your Galaxy Note from your computer and turn it OFF.
Step 5: Now you will need to boot it to Recovery Mode. For that, turn it ON while pressing and holding “Volume Up + Home + Power” buttons simultaneously.
Step 6: In recovery mode, first perform data wiping by select “wipe data/factory reset, wipe cache partition” option followed by “wipe dalvik cache” which is in Advanced options.
Step 7: Now we are ready to flash the CM12.1 Android 5.1 Lollipop custom ROM on Galaxy Note 2 N7100. Just go back to main menu and select “install zip from sdcard” followed by “choose zip form sdcard” option.
Step 8: Browse for the downloaded CM 12.1 Android 5.1 Lollipop custom ROM you have transferred in Step 3 to start installation process.
Step 9: When the installation is completed, select +++++Go Back+++++ option to go back to main recovery menu and select “reboot system now” option from there.
That’s it. You have successfully installed Android 5.1 Lollipop CM12.1 Custom ROM on your Galaxy Note 2 N7100 smartphone.