For those of you who have a Galaxy Note 3 but don’t want to deal with Note 7’s blowing up features, you may be in luck as there’s a Note 7 ROM that you can install that gives you all the software features of a real Note 7.
Now, this will require you to root your Galaxy Note 3 and also install a custom ROM called DarkLord ROM. For those of you not rooted yet, simply follow our root instructions over at GalaxyNote3Root.com to root your phone then install the ROM. We will have full ROM installation instructions at the end of this video.
I’ve tested this ROM working fine on my international SM-N9005 Note 3 and also my T-Mobile SM-N900T. It should also work on Canadian and supposedly works on other variants but I have not tested them all out yet.
Let me talk about the features of the DarkLord ROM. First, this is a fully ported ROM from a real Note 7 so you will find all of the Note 7 UI including new wallpapers and themes. Inside settings, you will find the new Note 7 Settings UI, which is the latest Samsung UI you will have to get used to.
Next, You will get the full Edge Screen panels just like a Note 7 and screen-off memo so you can easily take notes on the go. Always-On-Display works great and you will be able to change the layouts just like a real Note 7. Now, the Always-On-Display is not as bright as a real Note 7 but you will still be able to enjoy it.
You will also be able to experience Note 7’s new battery saving feature where you can change the screen resolution from 1080P to 720P to save battery life. Speaking of battery life, this ROM did fairly well in my daily driving tests and you should be able to extend it further with the new battery saving features.
The new Note 7 air command is also included so you can easily use it to try new features like smart select and capture cool gifs or even translate another language easily and quickly.
The coolest feature on this ROM is that it also comes with a working Note 7 camera. You can take photos, 4K videos, and use gestures to use your camera. Now here’s the kicker, even the Pro mode WORKS! You can now use manual mode on your Note 3 adjust the shutter speed, ISO, etc… This is one feature that has never been ported to older Galaxy smartphones but this ROM has it working.
With all of these new Note 7 features working on the Note 3, it makes no sense to not be running the DarkLord ROM. The only thing that is not working on this ROM is NFC, if NFC is something you absolutely need, you may want to try another ROM.
*Note – This ROM is available for the following models. I’ve only tested for SM-N9005, T-Mobile SM-N900T, and Canadian SM-N900W8 but should work for all the following also.
- international SM-N9005
- T-Mobile SM-N900T
- Canadian SM-N900W8
- Japan Note 3 SM-N900D/SC-01F/SCL 22/DCM/AU
- Duos SM-N9002
- Korean SM-N900K/S/L
- Verizon Note 3 SM-N900V (Must have unlocked bootloader)
- Sprint SM-N900P
- Galaxy J SC-02F
Download DarkLord Kernel for Galaxy Note 3 – Link (ONLY for Qualcomm-based Note 3 such as SM-N9005, SM-N900T, or SM900W8)
Installation is easy. Simply download both the DarkLord ROM and the kernel.
Reboot into TWRP. Once in TWRP, go into Wipe->Advanced Wipe then wipe system, dalvik cache, cache, and data.
Choose Install through the main menu and install the ROM. Go through the installation process using its AROMA installer and you can see here that many Note 3 models are supported. Again, I have not tested all of the models so you are on your own to make them work if you don’t have SM-N9005, T-Mobile, or Canadian models.
Once installed, don’t reboot and go back to Main Menu and choose “Install”. Then install the kernel. I found that for SM-N9005, T-Mobile, and Canadian models, you need to use this specific kernel otherwise you will end up with bootloops or lags.
That’s pretty much it, once rebooted, sign in and enjoy your brand new Note 7 software running on your Note 3.
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