Originally Posted by bornatheist
I have a stock note3 and since the Kitkat update, lost ability to record calls - nothing works, just static noise from all of them.
Also Gmail app and K9 failed. Aquamail works a treat tho'.
I'm sure there are other bits n bobs (sd access, battery life etc) that are flaky but I haven't fully tested the phone.
A call recorder is essential in my line of work so guess I need to 'fiddle' with my OS, never done it before.
So can anyone tell me what I need to do, i.e; rooting, flashing, decent custom ROM or at least a quick and pain-free mod...i don't do command line stuff and I 'm not a programmer, so anything in plain English would be helpful.
I don't mind keeping Kitkat looking as it is. I've seen my mate's customised rom note2 purchased from ebay and looks like its designed by a 14 yr old gaming nerd.- yuk.
I am very time poor so won't be able to spend hours and hours tinkering.
Thanks in advance
call record is fine if you use custom rom, most of them have a modded call recorder and work fine.
To be frank, when I was still on stock 4.4.2 unrooted, I can use gmail with no problem.
rooting => find cf-autoroot at android original development note 3.
recovery => there's twrp, philz cwm, and chenglu cwm. I use chenglu cwm. twrp & philz u can find at android original development note 3. whereby chenglu cwm you can find at android development note 3. I personally use chenglu cwm.
custom ROM => you can pick anything u want, and try. no harm trying. If you got not much time, I suggest you just pick 2 or 3 then download all of them first, copy to your sdcard, and try one by one. so, you will no need to wait again next time to download another one. I have 4 custom ROM that I like inside my sdcard. anytime I want to change I just flash them, no need to wait to download again (because each rom is quite huge around 1.5gb+).
To flash rooting, recovery and custom ROM, you have to bear in mind :
- do back up your efs (I personally use dr. ketan efs backup after I root my device. this tool need device to be rooted). You can find at android themes & apps note 3
- when you want to flash custom rom, remember to do nandroid backup from recovery (in case anything bad happened). Touch wood, so far I don't need to use this backup.
- please do a check on the MD5 hash, to be matched with the one provided on the download thread. If not match means you have a bad download, try to download again till the MD5 is matched. Sometimes, due to file size very huge, and if your internet link down, it might cause a bad download. Don't blame on the OP/devs.
- The most important before you continue all those process (rooting, recovery and custom rom), READ the thread and FOLLOW the instructions carefully. Most of the time if you follow carefully, nothing harm will happen. And... all the thread are in simple english, no coding words on the OP thread.