Users of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE with the model number SM-N9005 can have the latest Lollipop experience on their devices thanks to a new CyanogenMod 12.1 (CM12.1) Nightly ROM. The custom firmware is based on stock Android user interface with additional features and options.

The new CM12.1 Nightly custom ROM for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE is not an official firmware release by the South Korean firm. It will require users to root their handsets before flashing the custom firmware. In addition, the handset is also required to have custom recovery such as ClockworkMod to install the ROM.

Here are some key aspects to remember before installing the CM12.1 Nightly ROM on the Galaxy Note 3 LTE:

  • Users must ensure proper backup of personal data on the phone
  • The handset should have at least 80 percent battery power
  • USB drivers for the Galaxy Note 3 must be installed on the computer
  • USB debugging must be enabled on the phone
  • Make sure that the device is a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE with the model number SM-N9005

Note: International Business Times cannot be held responsible if anything goes wrong. Users should proceed at their own risk.


Step 1: Download CM12.1 Nightly ROM for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE.

Step 2: Download Google Apps on to the computer.

Step 3: Connect the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE to the computer, and transfer the CM12.1 ROM file and Gapps package file to the device’s SD Card. It should be noted that the files are saved in the SD Card root, and not in any other folder.

Step 4: Switch off the handset and enter recovery mode by pressing and holding volume up, home and power buttons simultaneously.

Step 5: Once the phone is in recovery mode, perform a factory reset by selecting “wipe data/factory reset.” Now select “wipe cache partition.” 

Step 6: Now return to the recovery menu and select “install zip from SD card.”

Step 7: Select “choose zip from sdcard.” Use the volume keys to navigate to the CM12.1 ROM’s zip file and select it using the Power button.

Step 8: Repeat the previous step for the Google Apps and install it on the handset.

Step 9: After the installation is complete, go back to recovery’s Main menu and select “reboot system now.”

[Source: XDA Developers, Team Android]