How to update KitKat 4.4 on Samsung Galaxy S3 mini

After launching Android v4.4 KitKat with Google Nexus 5, every Android users running on lower version of it wants to update their device with this version. Samsung along with some other brand has also planned to launch their upcoming device with this updated OS. But there is no sign of any update for their existing users. Don’t worry and stay with to update your existing OS with Android 4.4 KitKat with CyanogenMod 11 ROM.


If you have Samsung Galaxy S3 mini and you don’t want to wait then you are at right site, Here in this tutorial I will guide you to how to update Samsung Galaxy S3 mini with simple steps. To flash this rom on your device, it should be rooted and  CWM or TWRP recovery installed. If not then search our blog to get the rooting tutorial and CWM recovery guide for your device. If you didn’t get anything helpful please comment below I will try to solve them all.

To get this Android KitKat v4.4 on your Galaxy S3 Mini, you’re going to go through the usual procedure to install custom ROM – download the two zip files (Gapps and ROM), copy them into your device’s root storage, and then flash them from your custom recovery mode. Don’t worry if you are an newbie, you must first read through the following list of important things to remember and steps also.


Things to remember

  • Make sure that your device is charged up to 80% or even you can follow those steps below in charging mode.
  • Take complete backup of your device.
  • This ROM is only for Galaxy S3 mini, Never try to install it on other device, this may damage your device.
  • Download and install Samsung USB Drivers/Kies on your computer.
  • Enable USB Debugging mode on your device, Go to Settings->Applications->Developer Option->check USB debugging.
  • Download
    >Gapps zip file
    >Android KitKat 4.4 CM 11 ROM

How to update KitKat 4.4 on Samsung Galaxy S3 mini

1>. Connect your device with your computer and copy the downloaded file at the root directory of your memory card.
2>. Now disconnect your device from your PC and reboot your device in recovery mode by pressing Volume down+ Power + Home key altogether to enable recovery mode.
3>.  Now is the time to wipe all data, select Data Wipeout / Factory reset option and wipe the data. Again, select the Wipe Cache and then Dalvik cache from the Advanced Option.
4>. Then go back to the recovery menu and select the Install Zip from SD Card. Now navigate to the CM 11 copied file on your memory card build zip file and install it. Let the process to complete.
5>. Now repeat the same Step 4 and this time navigate to the Gaaps  placed on your device memory card.
6>. Go back to main menu and select reboot option.
7>. This time your device will take time to start because it has to initialize all the newly installed app and OS.


Congratulations!!!!! You have successfully updated your Samsung galaxy S3 mini with the help of CyanogenMod 11. :). Share your experience about this article that will also help us to provide more convenient procedure that can meet your expectations.


12 Comments to How to update KitKat 4.4 on Samsung Galaxy S3 mini

  1. After rebooting with kitkat, asking for pin number. My s3 mini don’t have pin before
    …. please help me asap.

  2. Sean Timba

    I downloaded the 2 files but when I enter recovery mode it it saying failed to verify and my device is rooted. What might be the problem

  3. hie my s3 mini z nt rooted. and each time l try to root it….. l hv failed

    and now l need ths kit kat. …. n am told it has to be rooted.

    wat then shld l do guys to resolv this

    can thr b un umrootable phone

  4. mitchell jackson

    ive been trying to do this all night, i download the two files and drag them into my sd card then follow all the steps, my phone is fully rooted with cf root and i wipe everything then get to the files and when i try and install them it says E: signature failure’ and i dont know what to do please help

  5. I installed this custom rom on my mobile but my mobile network in not working. Even my device can’t read my sim card.

    My mobile description is below -

    Model: GT18190 (Samsung Galaxy S3 mini)
    Baseband Version: 18190XXAMA4
    Build number: JZo54K.18190XXAMA4
    Sim card: Airtel Bangladesh

    But in official rom it is ok.
    So pls check & give me a solution for this.

  6. When I select the cm11 zip file in the recovery mode, the installation keeps on getting aborted. HELP ASAP

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