How to Install Custom ROM on Rooted Galaxy Note 2!

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Want to install a custom ROM on your rooted Galaxy Note 2?

Well, here’s a universal install guide for those of you who don’t know how to install custom ROM.

Before we begin, go ahead and make sure you make a backup of your apps, SMS, contacts, etc.

Step 1. All custom ROMs come in a zip file format.  Usually there’s 1 or 2 files you will need.  So, go ahead and download the ROM zip file(s).  In this example, I will be installing a custom ROM called Space X, so I downloaded, which is the ROM file.  Copy the whole file (DO NOT UNZIP) to the internal storage or microSD card of your Note 2.

Step 2. Turn off your Note 2.  Then boot into CWM Recovery by holding down Volume Up, Center Home, and the Power buttons together.

Step 3. Before you go any further, make sure you made at least one backup ROM.  If you didn’t, please see How to Backup/Restore ROM on Galaxy Note 2 before preceding!!!

Next, use the Volume buttons to choose “wipe data/factory reset” and hit the Power button.  This will erase all of your settings, apps, etc…  However it will not erase anything on your internal storage/microSD card such as photos and videos.

Step 4. Next choose “install zip from sdcard”.

Step 5. Next choose either “choose zip from sdcard” (if you copied the ROM zip file to internal storage) or “choose zip from external sdcard” (if you copied the ROM zip file to microSD card).

Step 6. Browse your file system on Note 2 and find the ROM zip file.  If you have ROM zip file and Gapps zip file, choose the ROM zip file first.

Step 7. Choose “Yes”.

Installation should take around 5 minutes.

Step 8. Once done installing ROM, you can also install additional files need by repeating Steps 4-7).  For example, you can install your Gapps zip file here.

Step 9. Lastly but not least, choose “wipe cache partition” from main menu.  This will erase the “cache” partition, which are basically just temporary files and doing this may help prevent unwanted bootloops.

Step 10. Choose “Reboot system now” to reboot.

Step 11. The first boot will take around 5 minutes.  You should see a welcome screen pop up.  If so, congratulations, you’ve successfully installed your first custom ROM!

Step 12. Now, go ahead and restore all of your apps, SMS, contacts.

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54 Responses

  1. Ximon says:

    I just installed a new rom with help from your vid.
    But when i open CWM it says that i should use a different root??(cf-root v5.0)
    Can you help my out here? Can i update the root file or somthing like that?

    Gr. Ximon

    Great vid btw 🙂

  2. Nott Tippayasanti says:

    If i already have root access which comes after installation of rom via mobile odin pro, can i reinstall cwm because i dont find it when use 3 buttons press. Then,i just follow your steps to install rom?

  3. geegee says:

    would be cool if you added a downloads directory or download links in the site menu with all the files you mention in the tutorials.

    for example,
    you mention gapps but there is no link for it?

  4. Kim Jun Hong says:

    Why must we do a “wipe data/factory reset’ before installing a custom ROM?

  5. tapinkalra says:


  6. Chris says:

    I have installed the Jedi-X3 ROM….is there anway to overclock this phone with this rom?? thanks!

    • will says:

      how did u get that to install im trying to install it right now and it says opening update package ….
      installing updae….
      installation aborted.

      then it just doesnt proceed.. i installed the rom on the internal sd . under downloads folder. get back to me please. thanks in advance.

  7. Sheryl says:

    I downloaded the rom on my pc and sent it to my sd card on my phone and it wouldnt install…downloaded it directly from my phone and it still didnt work…am i doing something wrong?

  8. Kenneth says:

    If the download link states NO-Wipe, do I not proceed with factory reset?

  9. Dan says:

    Somehow my GN2 can’t boot into CWM Recovery by holding down Volume Up, Center Home, and the Power buttons together. It used to work, but not anymore.
    What should I do?
    Please help.

  10. Joe says:

    I used your guide but the External SD Card wont mount? I checked everything and it seems fine? Do you have any suggestions

  11. HugoC says:


    I don´t have the option “choose zip from sdcard”

    What can i do?

  12. chad hernandez says:

    When I boot into system recovery using Volume Up, Center Home, and the Power buttons together. I only get options to reboot system now, apply update from ADB, apply update from external storage, wipe data/factory reset, wipe cache partition, and apply update from cache no install zip from SD card or any other options from the picture. How do I fix this or install the pacman rom without this.

  13. Brandon A says:

    I get:
    “unfortunately, the process android.process.acore has stopped.”

    btw my ATT phone will no longer make calls now….any help would be appreciated

  14. Thanh Nguyen says:

    hi i’m using Jedi Rom but now i want to up another ROM, what do i do now? just copy and flash it?

  15. Michael says:

    just installed the jedi master rom, now it says i dont have service?

  16. luiz_ell says:

    hello,I followed all the steps from rooting to installing.I wanted to install JellyBAM ROM v7.4 that I got from this site.I’m using a SGH-i317M model and I even download the ROM that is compatible with my model.The problem is during the “install zip from sdcard” ,I picked the zip file and install it but there was an error saying “E : Error in /sdcard/jellybam-v7.4.0_t0lte – (status 7)” why? and how?

  17. Marcelo says:

    I have my rooted note 2 and I was just wondering if there is any kind of risk when proceeding to flash a custom rom, I do have a lot of experience doing it, I had a GS2 and did thousands of flashes of new ROMs, I really did get hi on android, but I have seen that there is an emmc bug that could cause your N2 to brick for life. It happened to my SGS2 so I don’t want to risk it, if there is any risk at all, is there? If there is what workaround is there to overpass that problem. Please answer, I realy want a custom rom in my N2.

  18. sebastien says:

    I have install XROMV2 because my phone (GT-N7100) was frozing from time to time. After I installed it it was working fine but kept on freezing (less though). Everytime my phone froze there was nothing I could do except taking out the battery put it back and boot my phone. This morning, when I turned on my phone it kept on boot looping. I looked at this post and I have actually forgot after installing the ROM to erase the cache partition. So I went on recovery mode and choose wipe cache partition. It said wipe cache partition complete. And then it said “error couldn’t mount log files” something like that…And when I reboot my phone it kept on boot looping. And now even worse, my phone doesn’t react to anything. I can’t turn it on, it doesn’t answer to the power button, even if I connect it to the charger it doesn’t react.

    PLEASE HELP ME what should I do?

    Thank you

  19. sebastien says:

    I have no idea what I have done wrong actually.

  20. fr says:

    is it okay if i do not wipe the data before installing the rom ?

  21. Gaurav says:

    Could you please tell me that when to delete dalvic cache

  22. Shannon says:

    You mentioned bad downloads in this video. It can be a common thing on poor connections with biggish files such as these. I had done a full wipe on a tablet once, ready to install a ROM I’d downloaded, only to find the file was corrupted. Fortunately I had a full backup to go back to, and it took me quite a few attempts to get a good download, – it can be common. I have

    I’ve found that it’s always a good idea to check the md5 hash of any ROM I download, it’s a long code that’s normally listed very close to the download link. Once you’ve downloaded the file, you can use an md5 checker program to check the zip file against that code. If it comes back OK, you can go ahead and flash with a bit more confidence.

    Having said that, I’ve also successfully flashed ROMs that have given a bad hash check, but that’s rare. Just best practice if you’re paranoid, I guess…

    I like – small, free, fast.

  23. Marlowe says:

    Thank you so much…. Great steps and very easy thing to do….

  24. Jim says:

    I followed all you instructions to root, then backup, then load custom ROM. my screen has been stuck on ParanoidAndriod 3+ for 30 min. is this normal?

  25. Kaung Myat Thu says:

    It didn’t work when I pressed those three buttons at the same time.
    Instead it restarted as I stopped pressing them.

  26. Frenchy says:

    I had a factory up to date ROM and I followed the instructions on the Rooting the AT&T phone. This worked fine and I could see the super user app and also installed Titanium.

    At this point in time, I’m ready to use the new X19 Jedi ROM. I turn my phone off and I do Volume Up, Home button, and the power button at the same time just like it’s instructed on the How to use install a custom ROM web page indicates.

    When I use all three buttons, the Samsung screen does come up but then it splits the wording off to the side and then the screen flickers a few times and then nothing. The phone acts like it’s in a powered off state.

    If I pull the battery and then just use the power button to turn it on, no problems. The phone works fine.

    If I use ODIN and reset back to a factory ROM and basically go back to square one I have no problems. I can use the Volume UP, Home Button and Power to get to a functional screen.

    That makes me wonder if the web page that tells us how to Root your phone is still applicable. Will that file I downloaded “” work with the latest and greatest factory ROM on the AT&T Note 2? I suspect not.

  27. christi says:

    I put the new ROM on my phone everything went OK but now it says my phone isn’t rooted so I can’t put some apps on. I was just wanting to know how to fix it. Thanks

  28. Muath says:

    i did by mistake hit the button format and the phone does not work
    is there a way to make it work thank you

  29. Eric says:

    i’m Eric,i just follow all your step successfully flash but stuck at samsung boot logo…..any idea to fix this?i do try several of time full wipe etc,but still no luck….btw i was from xiaomi 4.8.8 rom trying to change it to Dr.Ketan Rom

  30. Eric says:

    sorry wrong post 😛

  31. Sarvana says:

    I installed Roman manager from Google play when I install CWM It’s coming 99% after that coming like this ‘error occurred while flashibg” and “there is no file in your system storage/bin/su” please help me I tried a lot

  32. Christian says:

    I can’t download DN4 rom to my computer from Electron team. Any time I download, it is denied by my anti virus. I disabled the anti virus and downloaded again but it was not installed.Which means can I use? Can I download straight to my pc ? Urgently need your help

  33. Ritesh says:

    i installed DN3 on V5.2 on note 2 I317……the installation went smooth but after i restart it got stuck on samsung logo

    Please tell what should i do……

  34. Chris says:

    I have tried on countless times downloading DN4 on my pc but my antivirus denies me by saying it’s from a malicious site.I downloaded from electron-team.that is Mega .I have followed every steps but my pc denies. Can I download directly to my phone without a over?

  35. Chris says:

    I have CM11 on my N7100 so please help me get note 4 features

  36. cornelius says:

    help me out.. after installing the custom rom, my wifi stopped working.. pls its important

  37. Thaman Gurung says:

    Hi, I am Mr.Thaman I have a Samsung galaxy note 2. I seen there mention we can convert to Samsung galaxy not 2 to Samsung galaxy note 4 or Samsung galaxy S5, so can you explain to me how to we can convert to that from starting to finish step. I hope you will reply to me as soon as.
    Thank you

  38. jan says:

    need help. so i tried flashing the cm 12.1 on my note 2, and when i press the flash cm12.1 button in the recovery it reboots to twrp. my current cm is 10.1.3. is there any other steps i have to do to flash this rom. i have wiped everthing as the instruction says. btw im running android 4.2.2, or do i have to update my phone

  39. Moetaz Abdelazim says:

    If i install a ROM and later on restore to factory condition will the factory condition be the custom ROM i installed or the original one that came?

  40. Rehan says:

    when i am going to download DN4 ROM its showing 404 error .. then fron where i download the file….

  41. Thomas says:

    Great post! Have nice day ! 🙂 zsyod

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