Update Galaxy Note 3 to Android 5.1 Unofficial CyanogenMod 12.1 Lollipop custom ROM

CyanogenMod 12.1 ROM is now available to download for Samsung Galaxy Note 3. This latest unofficial CM12.1 custom ROM is based on the Android 5.1 Lollipop, released by the well-known custom ROM  arter97 (XDA Developer). So being a Galaxy Note 3 owner here is a good news for you that the Unofficial CyanogenMod 12.1 Android 5.1 update can be installed on Note 3 now.

As we’ve mentioned that this is an unofficial CM12.1 ROM, it means that the ROM is currently under development and you may expect some broken features and bugs but many users have tested this ROM and they reported that the basic features are working properly including WhatsApp. You can install this unofficial CM12.1 ROM based on Android 5.1 on the following variants of Galaxy Note 3:

Galaxy Note 3 N9002, N9005, N9006, N9008, N9008S, N9008V, Canadian Version

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If you want to get the latest Lollipop based CM12 ROM on your Galaxy Note 3 LTE, then we’ve a step-by-step guide on how to update Galaxy Note 3 to Android 5.1 Lollipop with CyanogenMod 12.1 Unofficial ROM.


The following guide containing the firmware download link and instructions are only working with the above mentioned variants of Galaxy Note 3. Do not try to install this CM12.1 custom ROM on any other device or incorrect firmware. As a result the device might gets bricked. You can check the model number of your Note 3 by navigating to Settings > About Phone > Model Number.


AndroidXDA.net will not be held responsible for any kind of damage occurred to your Galaxy Note 3 during or after the installation of Android 5.1 Lollipop based CyanogenMod12.1 custom firmware. Proceed at your own risk.

Before Getting Started:

  • Make sure that the battery level of your Note 3 is at least about 80% before proceeding to the installation guide.
  • Download and install proper USB Drivers for the Note 3 on PC.
  • It is highly recommended to take a proper back up of your important data and settings on the phone using a custom recovery such as CWM or TWRP. In case anything goes wrong then you’ll be able to restore your data.
  • Enable USB Debugging Mode on Note 3 from Settings > Developer Options.
  • The Note 3 should be rooted with the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery installed.
  • The bootloader of your phone should be unlocked.

Required Files:

Steps to Update Galaxy Note 3 to Android 5.1 CyanogenMod 12.1 Lollipop custom ROM:

Step No 1:- First, download the CyanogenMod 12.1 Android 5.1 custom ROM (cm-12.1-20150325-UNOFFICIAL-hlte.zip) and Google Apps package from the above links on the desktop of your PC. Do not extract these files.

Step No 2:- Now, connect your Galaxy Note 3 to the PC using its USB data cable.

Step No 3:- Move the CM12.1 ROM .zip and Google Apps to the root folder of SD card on your phone.

Step No 4:- Now, disconnect the device from the PC and turn it OFF in order to boot into Recovery Mode.

Step No 5:- Turn ON the Galaxy Note 3 while pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power keys at the same time for a while until the device enters into Recovery Mode.

Step No 6:- Go back to the main recovery menu and perform a full data wipe. This includes Dalvik cache, Cache, System, Factory data reset.

Step No 7:- Go back the main Recovery menu and choose install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard.

Step No 8:- Find the ROM and Gapps files that you’ve already transferred to the root folder of your SD Card in Step No 3. Select the CM12.1 ROM file and proceed the installation process.

Step No 9:- Once the ROM is successfully installed on your Galaxy Note 3, install Google Apps package by following the same procedure as given above.

Step No 10:- After the installation of CM12.1 Android 5.1 custom ROM and Google Apps, select reboot system now to reboot the Galaxy Note 3.

It will take about 5 minutes to boots up for the first time after installing ROM on your phone.

That’s All! You have successfully updated Galaxy Note 3 to the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop with CyanogenMod12.1 custom ROM.

Let us know in the comments area below if you have any trouble or having query while installing the unofficial CyanogenMod12.1 based Android 5.1 Lollipop.


  1. Reply SirLazaruesMar 29, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Followed instructions on a T-Mobile SM-n9005. Boots fine but I can’t get passed the setup wizard. It stops working after the CyanogenMod account screen. I tried logging in, not logging in, not installing Gapps, I went back and reinstalled making sure to clear all caches. Can’t figure out what’s wrong. I was able to trick the phone by long pressing the home button. So I can search for apps and use them But I have no home screen because I can’t complete the wizard. Any suggestions?

    • Reply mokorottyuApr 1, 2015 at 3:54 am

      Delete the CM setup wizard from the package, and no more problem

  2. Reply MichaelMar 30, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    on the Canadian version, SM-n900W, it does not want to install. any suggestions?

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