Install Android KitKat 4.4 on Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini via CM 11 Custom ROM [How-to Guide]

By | November 15, 2013

Own a Galaxy S3 Mini? Desperately waiting for some KitKat ROM on your S3 Mini? Here it is! Yes, you can now get all that KitKat 4.4 goodness on your Galaxy S3 Mini through the amazing CyanogenMod 11 custom ROM – of course, with all that stock Android KitKat 4.4 feel you’ll also be getting tons of great options and features on your S3 Mini (the ones you love on CM). This CM 11 ROM for S3 Mini is fully functional with absolutely no bugs (tested) and buttery smooth like all official CM ROMs.

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To get Android KitKat 4.4 on your S3 Mini, you’re going to go through the usual procedure for installing custom ROMs on your device – download the two zip files we give you (ROM and Gapps), move them into your device’s root storage, and then flash them from your custom recovery mode.Don’t worry if you’re a newbie, you’ll get KitKat 4.4 on your S3 Mini by the end of the guide, provided you follow the steps as carefully as you can. Also, to be able to go through with our guide – you must first read through the following list of important things to remember.

Things to Remember

  • Installing this Android 4.4 KitKat ROM on your Galaxy s3 Mini will void it’s warranty .
  • Do not flash this custom ROM on any device other than Galaxy S3 Mini variant or you’re stuck with a bricked phone
  • This is not an official KitKat 4.4 firmware update for S3 Mini released by Samsung, therefore we cannot guarantee what it will do to your Galaxy S3 Mini. We will not be held liable for the damage caused.
  • You will be performing wipeouts during the procedure, so it’s recommended that you make all the recommended backups from here.

Backups to Be Made

Preparatory Steps

  • Ensure that you have the original USB cable that came with your Galaxy S3 Mini
  • Charge your S3 Mini to at least 85% so it doesn’t turn off during the ROM installation
  • Enable USB debugging on your S3 Mini by going to Settings > Developer Options > USB debugging
  • Make sure you have all the USB drivers installed on your computer to support your Galaxy S3 Mini
  • After you’ve completed all the prepatory steps, make the following downloads

Downloads

ROMs-2

Steps to Install KitKat 4.4 Based CM 11 ROM on Galaxy S3 Mini

 (CWM Recovery method)

Step 1 - After you’ve downloaded the above listed zip files, connect your computer to your Galaxy S3 Mini and move both the zip files to your phone’s root storage (in plain sight, not in any folder)

Step 2 - You may now disconnect your Galaxy S3 Mini and boot it into recovery mode by first turning it off and then on again by pressing Volume Down + Home button + Power button  and then selecting the recovery option from the next screen.

Step 3 - Now that you’re in CWM recovery, select Data Wipeout / Factory reset option and wipe the data. Next, select the Wipe Cache and then Dalvik cache from the Advanced Option

Step 4 - Now go back to the recovery menu and select the Install Zip from SD Card option. Now choose the CM 11 beta build zip file and install it. After that completes, do the same for the GApps zip file and install it.

Step 5 - After that’s done, select the +++Go Back++++ option and click on Reboot system now 

Steps to Install Android 4.4 KitKat Based CM 11 ROM on Galaxy S3 Mini (TWRP Recovery method)

Step 1 - After you’ve downloaded the above listed zip files, connect your computer to your Galaxy S3 Mini and move both the zip files to your phone’s root storage (in plain sight, not in any folder)

Step 2 - You may now disconnect your Galaxy S3 Mini and boot it into recovery mode by first turning it off and then on again by pressing Volume Down + Home button + Power button  and then selecting the recovery option from the next screen.

Step 3 - Now that you’re in CWM recovery, select Data Wipeout option and wipe the data. Next, select the Wipe Cache and then Dalvik cache from the Advanced Option

Step 4 - Now go back to the recovery menu and select the Install option. Now choose the KitKat 4.4 CM 11 ROM zip file and install it. After that completes, do the same for the GApps zip file and install it.

Step 5 - After that’s done, go back to the recovery menu and click on Reboot 

after you have clicked the reboot option from your recovery, you’re just seconds away from tasting Android KitKat 4.4 on your S3 Mini – the boot might take a while since it’ the first time. But considering the fact your running Android 4.4 KitKat on a mid-level phone like S3 Mini – Thank God for CM.
Don’t forget to leave a comment if you face any problems during or after the ROM has been installed.

Salar Hussain

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  • Léo Souza Santos

    Hello, this ROM only avaliable for s3 mini of your country? Or can install this in the s3 mini do Brasil? I’m have a Galaxy s3 mini in the Brazil and i like install tais.

    • http://droidcrave.com/ salar hussain

      You can install ROMs from any country.

      • Léo Souza Santos

        OK, very good. Thanks so much. Sorry for my english.

  • Léo Souza Santos

    This ROM was developed by whom?

    • http://droidcrave.com/ salar hussain

      This ROM was developed by CyanogenMod.

      • Léo Souza Santos

        is the same ROM Maclaw?

        • Yoeu

          Sart downloading the rom and you will see ho made it… or see image below.

  • Eduardo Redlich João

    e para o S3 normal (GT-I9300)??

  • Derek Saville

    Keep getting status 7 installation aborted. ???

  • Sercan Bekpen

    İnstallation aborted ?

  • Oni17

    find some error:

    Installing: /external_sd/cm11.0.golden.maclaw.2013115.zip
    Finding update package…
    Opening update package…
    Installing update…
    set_metadata_recursive: some changes failed
    E: Error in /external_sd/cm11.0.golden.maclaw.2013115.zip
    (Status 7)
    Installation aborted.

    anyone can help me ?

    • alistair porter

      Flash the recovery listed in extras section

    • Trevor Sarova

      Did you enable USB debugging?

  • ishakrohim

    saya coba instal cm11 di galaxy s3 mini saya gan. tapi setelah mao di riboot keluar bacaan gini: ROOT ACCESS POSIBLY LOST. FIX? THIS CAN NOT BE UNDONE” apa itu artiya gan tlog kasih pencerahan

    • Haseo

      hp nya udah di root blom bro? itu biasanya kalo hp blom di root ..

  • Steven

    My phone is locked! HELP PLEASE

  • alistair porter

    You must install the recovery on http://WWW.maclawstudio.pl/downloads in the extras section of the sg3 mini area

    • lando1234

      got the same problem.. how do i install it??

      • alistair porter

        Flash it in existing recovery needs to be custom

  • alistair porter

    Flash it in your existing recovery

  • Guest

    A câmera e nem o microfone o google now não funciona, estou voltando para a Stock ROM.

  • Rafael Borges Lima

    Consegui instalar, mas nem a câmera e nem o microfone que faz funcionar o google now infelizmente não estão funcionando….. Estou voltando para a ROM STOCK.

  • Mujtaba Alrikaby

    Do I need to root for my s3 mini?

  • droopal

    Installed this but the camera doesnt work…can somebody help please

    • Ahmed Murtaza

      It is nightly build! install a third party camera app

    • http://droidcrave.com/ salar hussain

      The camera problem has been addresses, a refined version of the ROM has been release – the link in updated, flash the ROM again and you’ll be good to go.

      • Ahmad Syafiq

        Where to find it

  • Jesus Adolfo

    not knowing there was a kit kat version for the s3 mini, I just installed 10.2 o_o which still looks pretty cool – so I’m gonna try it for a couple of weeks before trying this one

  • Arif Hazwan VIII

    dude,.. thanks for CM 4.4 .. but the camera seems not to work.. please fix the camera bug..

  • Florian Rumpf

    camera app don`t working

    • Ahmad Syafiq

      Me too
      please help

  • droopal

    Hi, it worked with mine did you remember to click on accept unknown sources and USB debugging…..I forgot that the first time. I CWM and it installed like a dream. Can you start the phone in recovery mode? If you can you have a chance.

  • droopal

    I wish somebody would take some notice of the camera problem, and there is also a problem with Speaker when making a call, it doesnt work. The sound is loud for anything else just not speaker. But its the camera that is the most annoying thing. Please can somebody come and at least give us some idea of what is happening with that

  • Wallas Soledade

    Work perfect! Cheers from Brazil!

    • Rafael Castilho

      Man, instalei essa rom mas meus botoes capacitivos (menu e voltar) não funcionam… como você fez pra funfar??

      Abs.

  • arkhy

    hello what are the specific bugs and error on this rom??? and how can we solve it??? thank you :)

  • NorClub

    Hello / i install this rom in my phone though the cyanogenmod runing on the screen and nothing als coming ? can you help me please with this problem / i waiting like 2 days and still is not turning on.

  • DaVince

    The download link for Cyanogenmod is broken after just one month. What now?

  • DaVince

    Volume Down + Home button + Power button put my phone into “Odin Mode”, where Samsung downloads an official custom ROM, apparently. That’s entirely different from your instructions (it’s not recovery mode!) so uh, thanks for no heads up…

    • Ahmad Syafiq

      Try to volume up + home button + power

  • http://www.octopus.lv/ Дэги Караев

    Loudspeaker is not loud anymore. Do you have a solution?

  • Amalia Novita Putri

    can we restore the os to normal again? help please

  • Amalia Novita Putri

    bisa gak kita balikin ke os semula?