Cyanogenmod 14 Android Nougat N ROM for Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 kenzo

Redmi Note 3 developers never fail to surprise device owners. Just after Android N started rolling out for Nexus devices, CM 14 ROMs started rolling for flagship devices. Android N comes many new requested updates from Android community. Redmi Note 3 was also among few flagship devices that received Cyanogenmod 14 ROM. As per the developer, the initial build is stable and can be used for daily use. There’s no official news of Official Android N update for Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 before 2017 as Xiaomi performs huge customizations over stock. But why wait for so long when you have much better, stable & complete stock ROM experience.

CyanogenMod is based on the Android Open Source Project with extra contributions from many people within the Android community. It can be used without any need to have any Google application installed. Linked below is a package that has come from another Android project that restore the Google parts. CyanogenMod does still include various hardware-specific code, which is also slowly being open-sourced anyway.

ROM details:

  • ROM OS Version: 7.x Nougat
  • ROM Kernel: Linux 3.10.x
  • Status: Beta


  1. Unlocked Bootloader & Roored Redmi Note 3.
  2. Custom Recovery (TWRP)
  3. Rooted Redmi Note 3
  4. Device charged upto 30% to avoid any shutdown during the flashing process.
  5. Backup all your System files, data & App (if required). You can refer to FlashFire Wireless Backup guide to make it easy & quick.
  6. Cyanogenmod 14 ROM & Google Apps package. (At the end of this post)

Note: Devs-Lab won’t be held responsible for anything happening to your device after/during the flashing process. You have decided to make this changed to your device & you would be solely responsible for your actions. We might help you under such situations.

What works:

As this is an unofficial release, you might find some minor bugs that you can report to the developer with logcat.

  • Boots
  • RIL (Calls, SMS, Data)
  • Fingerprint (FPC1020 only)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Camera (Image Capture only)
  • Video Playback
  • Audio
  • Sensors
  • Flash
  • LED
  • GPS

What doesn’t work:

  • Video recording
  • SELinux is permissive

How to install CyanogenMod 14 in Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Kenzo):

Step 1. Transfer all the downloaded files in your device’s SD card using any USB cable or wirelessly

Step 2. Switch off your Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 & boot into TWRP recovery mode (Press & hold Volume Up + Power button for a couple of seconds.As soon as the Mi Logo appears on your screen release you can release both keys.)

Step 3. Click on Backup & create a System, data,boot & kernel backup if you have not created any.

Step 4. (Recommended) Goto Wipe option. Select System, cache, data & dalvik cache to wipe. Swipe to confirm wipe. Now, we recommend everyone to perform a clean flash as the latest update fixes lot of bugs & security issues.

Step 5. Go back to TWRP home. Click on install & locate the transferred CM 14 zip file.

Step 6. Select the file to install and swipe to confirm installation of ROM file.

Step 7. (optional) Again go back to TWRP home & click on install. Now locate the Gapps package file & swipe to confirm installation of file.

Review & initial impressions:

Download Cyanogenmod 14.1 (CM 14) ROM for Redmi Note 3 (kenzo):

  • CyanogenMod 14.1 ROM (kenzo): Download
  • Google Apps package: Gapps download (ARM64 > Android 7.0 > Micro & above)

Overall the ROM seems much better than the stock & offers lot more features. I didn’t find any issue to worry about. You can flash custom kernel too & increase performance but you can’t report bugs after installing custom kernel.  Let us know how the ROM is better/bad than stock firmware. (Source)

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