Android Marshmallow is released and it is spreading slowly to all the devices which are compatible with latest version of Android but the process of upgradation officially is very slow. First it was started with Nexus devices and Android One phones but for other OEM it will take much time. Interestingly CyanogenMod team is very quick in coming up with modded-Marshmallow version and they have named it as ‘Cyanogen 13’ and the port is available for a number of devices. We have gone through many of them in the past, you can check them out at CM 13 Custom ROM.
But this takes a lot of time for the official update to be available for all the supported devices. So, the Android developers have started developing Custom ROMs based on Android Marshmallow.
In this guide we will discuss about how to get Android Marshmallow on Samsung Galaxy Note 4. You can experience the new Android on Note 4 by updating it through CyanogenMod CM13 Custom ROM. This ROM is developed from AOSP source code released by google it self.
This is an unofficial way of updating your device. This build is first release which can have some issues, which may cause few apps to not work up to requirements but currently no issues were reported.
So, if you wish to update your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 through this custom ROM just follow the steps mentioned below.
Preparing your Phone
- This steps are only for Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
- Charge your device battery up to 100%.
- Install USB driver of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on your PC.
- Back up all the important data to external storage.
- Make a Nandroid back up of Stock ROM so that you can restore it later if required.
- You must have Custom recovery like TWRP installed on your device.
- Enable USB debugging mode on your device. Go to Settings > Developer options > USB debugging mode.
Update Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with CM13 custom ROM
- Download Android Marshmallow based CM13 ROM file and transfer it to device internal or external storage.
- Download Google apps for Android Marshmallow and transfer the file to device internal or external storage.
- Turn off your device completely and reboot it into Recovery mode ( Press and Hold Volume Down + Power + Home buttons for few seconds ).
- Tap on Wipe option in recovery menu and check mark Data, Cache, Dalvik cache and confirm the action by swiping the button at the bottom of screen.
- Now, tap on Install option and then Navigate to ROM zip file stored in the step 1.
- Select the file and Swipe the button to confirm flashing.
- In the same way flash the Google apps file.
- Now, tap on Reboot option in the recovery menu and reboot the phone.
Device will now boot up into normal mode after few minutes. It is now updated to Android Marshmallow to check the status go to Settings > About device.