Install Android 4.4 KitKat Custom ROM for Verizon Galaxy S3

Android 4.4 is the new standard of Android OS and many Android Fans are very waiting for the official update on their respective Android Smartphones and Tablets devices. But to be honest, I do think so it will take at least 3 or more months in order to recieve the official 4.4 Update. But don’t worry folks, As usual developers has released the experiemental Android 4.4 Custom ROMs for a limited number of devices as they are still in process of developement. Today we will guide you using the step by step instructions, how to flash Android 4.4 KitKat Custom ROM on Verizon Galaxy S3 (SCH-I535).

Android 4.4 KitKat Custom ROM for Verizon Galaxy S3

Requirements and Guidelines:

1. First of all, Note that this is Unofficial released by CyanogenMod team, you can say it like an Experimental, which also means that it will have some bugs and all the features might not work properly as you may be expecting, so proceed at your own risk.

2. Also it has been reported that TWRP is still not compatible with Android 4.4 KitKat Custom ROMs, so you need to have ClockworkMod or CWM Recovery on your Verizon Galaxy S3.

3. Backup your phone data as well as take the Nandroid Backup using the CWM Recovery.

4. You’ll have to Enable USB Debugging from Developers Options which is located in the Settings tab.

5. Before proceeding to install the Android 4.4 KitKat Custom ROM, Be sure that you’ve got enough battery charge on your GS3.

6. Warning!! Proceed at your own risk.


1. Click Here to Download the Unofficial CyanogenMod 11 Zip Package for Verizon Galaxy S3.

2. Click Here to Download GApps zip package for Android 4.4 KitKat Custom ROMs.

3. Click Here to Download SuperSU zip Package for Verizon GS3.

How to Install Android 4.4 KitKat Custom ROM for Verizon Galaxy S3 Using Custom Recovery

1. Connect your Galaxy S3 to PC via the USB Cable and move the downloaded files to the root storage of your internal storage. Do not extract the files.

2. After successfully moving the CM11, GApps and SuperSU zip packages, Now disconnect your phone and Reboot it into CWM Recovery by Pressing and Holding the Volume Up+Home+Power Keys together at the same time.

3. As I said before, It is highly recommended to take Nandroid Backup of your current ROM, so that you have a Restore Backup, if in case you want to switch back to your present ROM and Settings.

4. Now in order to prepare your GS3 for new installtions, take the following actions:

-Wipe Data/Factory Reset
-Wipe Cache
-Wipe Dalvik Cache

4. Next, choose the ‘install zip from sd card’ option and browse the CM11 Custom ROM file from where you’ve put the downloaded files, and confirm to flash it.

5. Once that is flushed successfully, Repeat the same method to flash the GApps zip package.

6. After that, do not forget to also flash the SuperSU zip package using the same method as you did in the above steps.

8. Finally wait for your device to boot normally, once it normally starts, you should be having Android 4.4 installed on Verizon Galaxy S3.

That’s it folks, How easy it was to Update your Verizon Galaxy S3 to Android 4.4 KitKat Using the CyanogenMod 11 Custom Build. Hopefully you’ve successfully installed it on your phone and do not forget to let us know about the latest features of Android 4.4. For More Updates and Tutorials like this, Do not forget to visit us back.

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  1. I love the CM11 ROM, but for some reason I keep losing my wifi connection. I had to reflash yesterday to get it working and now today I am without wifi again. What gives?
    I have the Samsung Galaxy S3 with CM11 ROm KIT KAT 4.4.

    • As I have mentioned above in the Guidelines section, these are still in beta and are unofficial and more likely to be with bugs. So you need to bear these otherwise using the Nandroid Backup, Restore to your previous ROM 🙂

  2. Im having issues, ive followed the directions step by step but despite this im having an error with the installation. It keeps aborting it mid way It reads” E: Error in/sdcard/Root/cm…zip (Status 7)”

      • Same problem here. I tried to put it different places, including the root directory of my phone storage and the root directory of my external sdcard. It didn’t make any difference. What do you mean by E:CM11? I guess you are using windows and your OS mounted your phone as the drive “E:”. Did you create a folder there called “CM11” or you refer “CM11” as the zip file?

  3. When I boot to recovery I have the following options:

    reboot system now
    apply update from ADB
    apply update from external storage
    wipe data/factory reset
    wipe cache partition
    apply update from cache

    So I copied the zips to my sdcard and selected “apply update from external storage”, found the zip and said OK. I stopped with “failed to verify whole-file signature”.

    Any ideas?

    • It seems to me that you’ve not installed the Custom Recovery (ClockworkMod or TWRP). You can only flash it through Custom Recovery. The one you’re running right now is the Stock Recovery, just check that there should written, ‘Android System Recovery’

  4. Hi, I did everything as described, it fails with:

    set_metadata_recursive: some changes failed
    E:Error in …zip
    (Status 7)
    Installation aborted.

    I tried multiple zips from the site, downloaded some multiple times, the problem is not in my copy of the file.

    I have a US Verizon SCH-I535 with Android 4.1.2 and firmware VRBMF1 rooted.

    Any help would be appreciated.

        • There are two sources sammobile and samsung-updates to get the official firmware, but as hotfile has been shutdown, you’ve to wait 1 week or more, they are currently trying to upload the firmware as quickly as possible.

          • Oh sorry, I did not read the above one 😛 You can install the ROM Manager and try from there, where you can install the TWRP or CWM Recovery.. Hopefully this works for you!!

          • Thanks, this worked. Might be a good idea to add all the prerequisites to the post (root, custom recovery, etc.). Not everyone is an android hacker to begin with.

  5. So I’ve been running Synergy Rom since August and it’s been good but I decided to try this KitKat Rom. I backed up all my apps with Tatanium Backup and did a NANDROID backup with CWM. Everything seemed to work but I lost all my contacts except a few that were saved in my phone as favoites and also lost all my text messages. Is this one of the expected bugs with the beta rom or did I miss a step in backing up my phone? I restored my phone back to Synergy for now but really liked KitKat from what I saw after an hour or so of use so really hoping to go back to it soon.

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