Update Galaxy S3 I535 to KitKat 4.4 KitKang Custom ROM

You have every reason to rejoice: your Samsung Galaxy S3 I535 (Verizon variant) will have the latest Android 4.4 on it as soon as you are done with our guide. This will happen with the help of KitKang custom ROM.

The firmware which is going to upgrade your smartphone to the KitKat 4.4 operating system is also going to install, on your device, various novel things. Before getting to them, you should be aware of the following good piece of news: there are no serious bugs to stop you from enjoying an updated Galaxy S3.

Now on to what you should expect from the custom ROM we are about to land on your handset: a host of new features that shall make sure you get the most out of your device, a battery unit with much more power than you’ve ever experienced, tweaks with the help of which you will get to use and customize your handset the way you’ve always wanted to and much more.

The most important thing that you’ll get out of this update file, though, is the fact that the phone’s performance will be much improved.


Now that you are aware of the many nice things about this update procedure, you should move on to the following set of requirements:


Now that you conformed to our pre-requisites, you must update your phone with the help of some very important steps. They are shown below, so pay very close attention to them and the update will be a success!

  1. Begin with this action: download the KitKang custom ROM archive (file name: cm-11-20131114-UNOFFICIAL-d2vzw.zip) together with Gapps package (file name: pa_gapps-full-4.4-20131114-signed.zip) on the laptop or computer you have, then take your Galaxy S3 I535 and make sure it’s plugged to your notebook next.
  2. After the plugging is done, you can take the two files from the laptop and move them to the SD card root of your handset and then unplug the two devices as soon as the transfer has been made. Now go on to this task: switch the phone off.
  3. Then enter it in Recovery Mode by way of these guidelines: press and hold, together, Volume Up + Home + Power and, when the mode comes into view, make sure yo stop pressing + holding those keys.
  4. You should now make a full NANDroid backup for the ROM that is running on your device. To create this backup, you have to see what sort of custom recovery you have. If it’s TWRP: after you press “Backup” you will have to give the file another name and then confirm. But if CWM is on your phone, be sure to opt for Backup & Restore and afterwards backup the restore point on your phone’s internal storage.
  5. Next you will be required to apply a factory reset. If your device runs the TWRP, you should press “Wipe” and then confirm the action by swiping. Should the custom recovery be the CWM instead, then we ask you to choose Factory Reset/Wipe Data and then have the action confirmed.
  6. To actually get the update file flashed on your phone, you should also follow different steps depending on the custom recovery type. If it’s the CWM, you have to opt for Install zip from SD card, select Choose zip from SD card and then confirm the flashing after you locate the update zip file.
  7. In case there’s TWRP on your handset, you should do this: after you press Install, you need to look for the update file first and then have its installation confirmed as well (which means you have to swipe a blue key situated at the screen’s bottom).
  8. Only the Gapps is left to flash now. To make it appear on your Galaxy S3 I535, it’s best to redo the actions which flashed the KitKang.
  9. Go back to the Recovery screen after the flashing of the two files is done, then restart the handset in Normal Mode and open your Gmail account. Update successfully performed!

In case you don’t find yourself impressed with the new ROM, get the old one back. To make that happen, here’s what you should do: use the NANDroid backup file.

But if you like the new ROM, then have fun with it as soon as you are done with this guide.

Posted In How To - By Mihai Mateescu

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