Samsung’s flagship device Galaxy Note 3 LTE N9005 can be updated now to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop using a custom ROM. If you have a Galaxy Note 3 LTE then we’ve a good news for you that you can make your device more versatile and modification friendly by installing the new XenonHD custom firmware on it that comes with tons of great features. XenonHD ROM is based on the latest Google’s Android OS version 5.1.1 Lollipop. This custom firmware is very close to the stock Android build with much customization features added in it. Many users have tested this ROM and found it very stable, fast and smooth. If you wish to get XenonHD Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM on your Galaxy Note 3 LTE then go ahead and follow the given guide.
Remember that XenonHD is a custom firmware which is not officially released by Samsung, thus you’ll need to have a custom recovery like CWM or TWRP pre-installed on your device in order to flash the ROM and Google Apps .zip package. Before proceeding to the installation guide, it is highly recommended to take a proper backup of all your existing data and settings, in case anything goes wrong then you’ll be able to restore your data back. All you need to have a rooted Note 3 model number N9005 with the latest version of a custom recovery installed.
This guide containing the XenonHD Android 5.1.1 ROM and instructions are working with Galaxy Note 3 LTE N9005 only. Do not try to install this ROM on any other device or incorrect variant. Check the model number of your device before proceeding to the installation guide.
AndroidXDA.net will not be responsible for any kind of damage occurred to your Galaxy Note 3 LTE N9005 during or after the installation of XenonHD Android 5.1.1 ROM. This tutorial will wipe out all your data. Proceed at your own risk.
Before Getting Started:
- Take a proper backup of all your important data and settings such as your SMS, MMS, APN Settings, Call Logs and Contacts etc.
- Download and install Samsung USB Drivers on the PC.
- Make sure that your Note 3 is rooted.
- The latest version of a custom recovery must be installed on the Galaxy Note 3, otherwise you’ll not be able to install this ROM.
- The battery level of your device should be at least about 70% to avoid unexpected shutdowns.
Steps to Flash XenonHD Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Custom ROM on Galaxy Note 3 LTE N9005:
Follow these instructions to flash XenonHD Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE N9005.
Step No 1:- First, download XenonHD Android 5.1.1 custom ROM (update-XenonHD-10-16-15-signed-hlte.zip) for Galaxy Note 3 (I9005) on the desktop of the PC.
Step No 2:- Plug your device to the PC using its USB data cable and mount its USB memory storage.
Step No 3:- Transfer Android 5.1.1 ROM .zip file which you’ve already downloaded from the above link, to the root folder of your SD card on the phone.
Step No 4:- Unplug the Galaxy Note 3 from the PC and power it OFF in order to boot into Recovery Mode.
Step No 5:- Power ON the device while pressing and holding Volume Up + Home +Power buttons at the same time to enter into Recovery Mode.
Step No 6:- While your device is now in CWM Recovery, perform wipe data/factory reset, wipe cache partition and wipe dalvik cache also by navigating to Advanced >Wipe Dalvik Cache.
Note:- wipe dalvik cache will help you to prevent boot loops and other errors while ROM installation.
Step No 7:- Go back to the main Recovery Menu and choose install zip from SD card → choose zip from sdcard.
Step No 8:- Navigate to the Android 5.1.1 XenonHD custom ROM .zip file which you’ve already transferred to the SD card of your device previously. Select the ROM .zip file using the Power button and confirm the installation to begin.
Step No 9:- Navigate to +++++Go Back+++++ once the installation is completed. From Recovery Menu, reboot your device by selecting reboot system now.
Your Galaxy Note 3 I9005 will be rebooted and may take about 4 to 5 minutes to boot for the first time after installation.
That’s All! You’ve successfully updated Galaxy Note 3 LTE to XenonHD Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM.
Let us know in the comments area below if you have any trouble or query while following the above steps.