Update Galaxy Note 3 to Android 5.1 CM 12.1 Lollipop ROM

We are going to share a detailed guide on how to Update Galaxy Note 3 to Android 5.1 CM 12.1 Lollipop 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 good news for you that the Unofficial CyanogenMod 12.1 Android 5.1 update can be installed on Note 3.

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

Flash Android 5.1 Unofficial CyanogenMod 12.1 Lollipop custom ROM on Note 3
image credit: cnet.com

If you want to get the latest Lollipop based CM12 ROM on your Galaxy Note 3 LTE, then we have 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 get bricked. You can check the model number of your Note 3 by navigating to Settings > About Phone > Model Number.


AndroidBlog.gs 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.


  • 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 in 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:

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.

2:- Now, connect your Galaxy Note 3 to the PC using its USB data cable.

3:- Move the CM12.1 ROM .zip and Google Apps to the root folder of SD card on your phone.

4:- Now, disconnect the device from the PC and turn it OFF in order to boot into Recovery Mode.

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.

6:- Go back to the main recovery menu and perform a full data wipe. This includes Dalvik cache, Cache, System, Factory data reset.

7:- Go back the main Recovery menu and choose to install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard.

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 with the installation process.

9:- Once the ROM is successfully installed on your Galaxy Note 3, install Google Apps package by following the same procedure as given above.

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.


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  1. SirLazarues says

    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?

    1. mokorottyu says

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

      1. Seb says

        I have the same problem, but I can’t find CM setup wizard. Could you please point the position? Thanks

        1. Seb says

          I found CM setup wizard. Works very well until now! Thanks a lot!

          1. Rama says

            hi bro
            I have the same problem!! like you but i cant find Setup wizard!!!
            Could you please point where is setup wizard !!!
            please help

          2. perry says

            hey guys i have the same issue ,, cant get past the set up point .. CM setup wizard ??? how do i delete it ???

    2. JOÃO FACHINI says

      I have the same problem, but i find a way. So, follow these steps:

      1. Between the Steps 8 and 9, install only the CM 12.1 ROM – DON’T INSTALL THE GAPPS NOW.
      2. Reboot your device and complete the setup wizard. At that step, your fone will be in perfectly functioning, but not with the Google Apps, so, follow the step number 3.
      3. Reboot into Recovery Mode and proceed to install GAPPS. So, do a wipe cache and reboot. Install the SU.
      4. Voilá! Your phone will be perfectly working!

      Ps.: my english is not perfect because i’m not north american or anything like this (i’m brazilian). I learned your language only with music and movies. So, if i committed grammar mistakes, my apologies.

  2. Michael says

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

  3. Singh says


    After installation, I’m unable to unlock my phone through earlier PIN.
    Could you pls assist ?


  4. ameer says

    why aren’t there versions for note 3 n900?

    1. Luqman says

      Yeah I’d like to know as well, someone please help

  5. Hamza says

    what about the battery life ??!

  6. Teaso says

    I installed CYANOGEN 12.1 on a galaxy note 3 dual sim ( SM-9002)
    but it’s not stable …
    A lot of problems, the smartphone is very slow, specially when you are using the keyboard.
    both network disappeared and are not well managed.
    BTW, thank for the work

  7. JOÃO FACHINI says

    I installed this version at my N9002. But here is the problem.

    The version of the topic not worked very well. My phone is the dual-sim version (China N9002) and the ROM only work with the SIM1. The SIM2 is not recognized by the SO.


  8. Illia Kutsenko says

    I’ve got N9002 Chinese version. Its 3g only not LTE as far as I know. Is it OK to install this ROM?

  9. Illia Kutsenko says

    Link for Google apps above is not opening

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