For those of you who have been waiting for a solid Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM, it’s been a pretty long wait for the Galaxy Note 2 series. One of the coolest things about the Note series and the Note 2 is that there are custom ROM developers who actually make it possible for users to upgrade to the latest Lollipop.
I have actually been flashing a bunch of beta CM12 ROMs for the last couple weeks on my Note 2 and boy, the beginning was ugly. There were lots of problems like camera not working or even data not working. Fortunately as of this week, I can finally say there’s an Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM that’s stable enough to run as daily driver.
This is the latest CM12 ROM that’s available for all the Note 2 variants including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Canadian, GT-N7105, and GT-N7100. (Sorry, if you are using AT&T or Verizon with locked bootloader, you are out of luck unless you have rooted your phone way before and you have CWM or TWRP installed. DOES NOT WORK WITH SAFESTRAP!)
Performance is excellent. I was able to score near 29,000 on Antutu, that’s a whopping 30% improvement in performance over stock TouchWiz ROM and KitKat. Yes, Lollipop makes your phone almost as fast as a Note 3, AMAZING!
Installation is easy if you have CWM or TWRP recovery installed. First download the ROM for your model of Note 2 and Lollipop Gapps. Then reboot into recovery, format system, do factory reset, install the ROM, install Gapps, and reboot. That should get you booted the very first time.
Okay, it’s still not perfect by any means as it’s a development in progress but most of basic features of Android 5.0 Lollipop work flawless out of the box including cellular data, voice, NFC, bluetooth, and camera. With that said, if you want to run the latest Lollipop on your Note 2, give this guy a go and do let me know what you think!
To install, reboot into recovery, make backup ROM, format system, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, install kernel, install Gapps, and reboot. (If for some reason you end up in a bootloop or get force-closed keyboard error on boot, reboot into CWM recovery, go to Mounts & Storage->format /system. For TWRP, go to Wipe->Advanced Wipe->Wipe /system.)
First time installing a custom ROM? See our Custom ROM Install Guide first!
For TWRP recovery, see How to Install Custom ROM using TWRP!
Q: My 3G/4G LTE data is not working!!!
A: See How to Fix 3G/4G LTE data by Manually Setting APN on Android!
Q: My 64GB SD card does not work!
A: AOSP ROMs (What is AOSP?) do not support beyond 32GB of microSD external storage.
Q: I don’t have Play Store nor any of the Google apps!
A: You forgot to install Gapps, reboot into recovery and install it! (See above for download.)
Q: The ROM is not booting!
A: Try formatting /system and re-install ROM, sometimes the system partition gets corrupt and you may have to try 2 or 3 times before the ROM boots.