How to Install Custom ROM using CWM on Rooted Galaxy Note 3!

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If you want to take advantage of rooting your Galaxy Note 3, you will certainly want to install a custom ROM.

Don’t know what custom ROMs can do for you? See What is a Galaxy Note 3 Custom ROM first.

To install a new custom ROM, you will need a rooted Galaxy Note 3 with CWM or TWRP recovery installed.

For this tutorial, I will be using CWM Recovery. To install using TWRP Recovery, please see How to Install Custom ROM using TWRP on Rooted Galaxy Note 3 instead.

Once you have a rooted Galaxy Note 3 with CWM recovery, you are good to go.

Before we start, I highly recommend you make a backup ROM FIRST, see How to Backup/Restore ROM using CWM on Galaxy Note 3!

Step 1. Turn your Galaxy Note 3 off then hold down Volume Up, Center Home, and Power buttons together for about 3 seconds until you see “RECOVERY BOOTING” at top left of the screen.
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Step 2. Once in CWM Recovery, choose “wipe data/factory reset”.  This will erase all of your settings, apps, app data, and everything except for your personal photos, videos, and files in your internal storage.  (Does not touch external storage.)

(This step is optional if you are installing a custom ROM that is based on the same/newer firmware but I usually recommend to do it unless you are installing an updated version of the same ROM you are running.)

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Step 3. Go back to main menu and choose “install zip”.

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Step 4. Choose “choose zip from /sdcard” or “choose zip from /external_sd” depending on where you put your ROM zip files.  (/sdcard = internal storage, /external_sd = microSD card)

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Step 5. Next browse your file system and file the ROM zip file you want to install and install it.

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Step 6. If you need to install more zip files at this point (such as Gapps), you can repeat Steps 4 and 5.

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Step 7. Once everything is done, go back to main menu and reboot system.

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Step 8. You should see the boot-up animation of your new custom ROM.

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Step 9. After 1-5 minutes, you should see your Note 3 has booted up the custom ROM.  If you do see this, congratulations!

If you end up in a bootloop (stays in boot for longer than 10 minutes), you can rebooting in CWM recovery, format /system under Mounts & Storage, then re-install the ROM.  That will usually fix any bootloops.

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