How to Upgrade Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 to Android 4.4 KitKat via CM 11; 5 Reasons Why Use CyanogenMod 11

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By Ryan Inoyori | December 16, 2013 3:57 PM EST

Samsung Galaxy S2 is among devices uncertain on getting an official Android 4.4 KitKat unlike with Galaxy S3 and Note 2. But CyanogenMod developers made Android 4.4 KitKat portable to Galaxy S2 using CM version 11.

CyanogenMod 11 for Galaxy S2

CyanogenMod 11 is now possible to be ported on Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 and it boasts Android Open Source Project based firmware, bloatware free system, theme editing, CPU governor and lots more for optimal personalisation. It is running Android 4.4 KitKat which includes default features on apps, services and memory.

What Makes CyanogenMod 11 Better?

1.      Free of Samsung Galaxy S exclusive apps treated as bloatware.

2.      Ability to personalise themes, icons and wallpapers

3.      Gain control over the processor.

4.      Allows you to install mods and CyanogenMod add-ons.

5.      Makes your device run the latest Android version.

Warning: CyanogenMod 11 requires manual installation and may damage your smartphone. IBTimes and CM11 developers are not responsible for any damages or errors which may occur on the Galaxy S2. Read, understand and follow the procedures to prevent damaging the handset. Do this at your own risk.

Requirements:

1.      Flash this firmware to the Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 only.

2.      Root the smartphone then install a custom recovery such ClockworkMod recovery.

3.      Install the necessary USB drivers for your Galaxy S2 on your computer.

4.      Create a manual backup of all personal information, settings and data files stored on your handset.

5.      Make sure that the battery level is at least 50 per cent to prevent any power interruption during the flash.

6.      Enable USB debugging mode on your device. Go to "Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging mode" or "Settings > Developer options > USB debugging."

7.      Download the CyanogenMod 11 for Galaxy Note N7000 and the Google Apps package to your computer.

Flashing Instructions:

1.      Connect your Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 to your computer using a USB cable.

2.      Copy the CyanogenMod 11 and the Google Apps package to the SD card of Galaxy S2. No need extract the zip files.

3.      Disconnect the phone from the computer then turn it off.

4.      Reboot into Recovery mode by pressing and holding the Volume Up, Home and Power keys at the same time till the Samsung logo appears.

5.      Inside the Recovery mode, create an Android backup of the current ROM. Select "backup and restores > backup." You may restore the saved ROM inside the SD card anytime.

6.      Perform a full wipe on your device. Select "wipe data/factory reset" and "wipe cache partition." Then select "advanced > wipe Dalvik cache."

7.      Go back to the main menu then install the CyanogenMod 11 by selecting "install zip from SD card > choose zip from SD > search the ROM you have copied earlier > confirm installation." Apply the same with the Google Apps.

8.      Once the installation has been completed, go back then select "reboot system now."

9.      It may take at least five minutes before the Galaxy S2 reaches the home screen after rebooting.

Well done! Your Galaxy S2 is now running Android 4.4 KitKat via CyanogenMod 11 custom ROM.

In case you have any issues or problems, send your feedback Android Pit Galaxy S2 CM11 original thread.

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