Samsung has lots of great devices on their portfolio, and most of them include early S series and Note series smartphones. One of them is Galaxy Note 3, released back in 2013, some people still use this device. However, because the official software updates have stopped a long time ago, Custom ROMs are what keeping this device alive. If you own a Galaxy Note 3 and want to update it to the latest Android 11, then you are at the right place. Android 11 based LineageOS 18.1 is available for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and can be flashed in many variants of the device.
LineageOS is the most trusted and most used Custom ROM for Android. It is an AOSP based Custom ROM that focuses on giving a Stock Android experience with some extra essential features. There are many great features in LineageOS 18.1 and it gives a good performance and battery life. LineageOS also push monthly security patches that ensure the safety of your device. You also get all the perks of Android 11 like better privacy control, an improved Notification panel, chat bubbles, and Smart device control.
Before we jump into the post, I would like to remind you that flashing stuff on Android comes with many risks like Bootloop and a bricked device. Although they are easily fix-able, your device will be wiped clean. So take a proper backup of your personal files and charge the device enough so it doesn’t give up when flashing the ROM. Visit the XDA thread of the ROM to know more.
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Download LineageOS 18.0 for Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Supported device list:
|hltekor||SM-N900K, SM-N900L, SM-N900S|
|hltetmo||SM-N900R4, SM-N900T, SM-N900V, SM-N900W8|
LineageOS is the most used and most trusted Custom ROM out there. It was started as CyanogenMod and known to be the first custom ROM or firmware which was able to make its way to some smartphone as pre-installed default firmware.
LineageOS is based on AOSP code and you will hardly feel a difference from stock Android. There are some third-party apps like Trebuchet, AudioFX, Clock, Dialer. Jelly, Eleven Music Player, Recorder, Snap Camera. All the apps are useful and there are no Ads in them. LineageOS comes without a Google app or GApps, you have to install them after flashing the ROM.
Due to its stability and performance, many other custom ROMs use LineageOS code as their base, some of them are Resurrection Remix and crDroid.
If you want a daily driver with good battery life and performance, then LineageOS is one of the best options for you.
Features of Android 11
Android 11 is the latest Android version you can get right now. Talking about the changes over Android 10, Android 11 brings many changes although UI remains kind of the same. Android 11 is a mature operating system and here are some of the new best features:
Android 11 improves Notification in a couple of ways. First of all, Notifications are now categorized into three parts: Conversation, Alerting, and Silent.
The conversation category contains all the conversation, chat, messages Notifications and you can also prioritize certain chats over others. As Chats and Text messages can be important, this category stays at the top of the Notification drawer.
Then there are Alerting notifications that are just all notification other than conservations and finally the silent notifications where all notification from the app that is silenced by you are placed.
The second big change to notifications is the new “Notification History” feature. You can now watch all the notifications you received in the last 24 hour time period.
The third change is the mini music player that used to live in the notification section, now lives in the Quick Setting section. The working is still the same, you can swipe to close it and use it just like you used to.
If you use Facebook Messenger, you may be aware of Chat bubbles. It is a small Chat head that appears on top of all other apps so you can quickly send and read messages without changing the Apps. This is a great feature if you chat a lot.
New Screen Recorder
Android 11 comes with a built-in Screen recorder that can be found in the Quick tiles section. Screen recorder is not a new feature considering that there are hundreds of recorder apps already on the Play store and all Custom ROMs come with a native Screen recorder. Anyway, this new feature will make things more simple now.
Smart Device Controls
Smart devices are becoming more common, so Google added a new Smart device control section that allows you to control all of your smart devices from one place.
New Privacy Features
Every Android iteration comes with improved Privacy features and Android 11 is no exception. In Android 10, if you install an App, you can choose to give the app permissions all the time, only when the app is open or not give any permission at all.
Android 11 improves these permissions in a couple of ways. Now, you can give permission to an app only once. So Android will revoke the permission once you are done using the app and closes it. And another feature of Android 11 is the “Auto-reset” of permissions. if you haven’t used an app in a while, then the permissions will be revoked.
How to flash LineageOS 18.0 Custom ROM on Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Instructions are from the Official XDA thread of ROM
- Remove all Pins and Password so Decryption dont fail
- Make sure to update to the latest Firmware
- Flash the latest TWRP given above
- Charge the device to at least 50%
Boot to Lineage Recovery first by
fastboot flash boot <recovery_filename>.img
Using Lineage Recovery
- Format the Data by Going in the Wipe Section, this will remove the encryption
- On the device, select “Apply Update”, then “Apply from ADB” to begin to sideload.
- Go to the ADB folder and move Lineage ROM there. Rename it rom.zip
- Open Powershell window by Shift+Right Click and open Powershell
- Sideload the package using the command
adb sideload rom.zip
- To flash GApps, Goto Advance, and Reboot to recovery
- After Rebooting Recovery, Tap on Apply update, then Apply from ADB and sideload the GApps using the aforementioned command.
adb sideload gapps.zip
The first boot will take some time so be patient. And that’s it, you have flashed the LineageOS 18.0 Custom ROM for Samsung Galaxy Note 3
If you are facing any problem or got a question, leave a comment below.