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How to Install AT&T Galaxy Note 2 I317 Android 5.1.1 Tesla Lollipop Custom ROM

AT&T Galaxy Note 2 i317 can be updated to the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop thanks to Tesla custom firmware. This is a very old device and wasn’t in the pipeline for Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update but modders can do anything. This ROM provides you SlimPie, breathing notifications and screen recording settings as well. There are more customisation options as well. The stability and performance of this ROM is top notch and you won’t face any problem using this ROM. If interested in Android 5.1.1 for other phones, check out our new Custom ROMs section. You can update AT&T Galaxy Note 2 SGH-I317 to Tesla Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom firmware using the tutorial below. This is not an official release by Samsung, but just a custom ROM which would require a custom recovery like ClockworkMod in order to flash the ROM zip file on your phone.

In this tutorial, we will tell you how to install Tesla Android 5.1.1 Lollipop ROM on AT&T Galaxy Note 2 SGH-I317 with complete steps using CWM recovery. We also have several tips on how to backup your phone data and also some more tips that you have to keep in mind before proceeding to the tutorial on the next page. You will have to wipe your previous personal data and apps as usual when installing custom ROMs. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s begin with the tutorial below.



Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Tesla Android 5.1.1 Lollipop ROM Details:

This amazing Tesla custom ROM comes with tons of new features and is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. A quick list of the main features in Tesla is given below and we are sure you’d love to use this on your Samsung AT&T Galaxy Note 2 SGH-I317:

  • SlimPie
    RRO Layers
    Custimizable QS Tiles
    Floating window with mode SlimRecents
    Slim’s Power Menu
    Slim’s Nav bar and Hardware keys configuration
    Animation Control
    App Circle Sidebar
    Lockscreen Weather
    Screenrecorder settings
    Kernel Aduitor built in
    Breathing Notifications
    Symmetry Mode (Dark Theme Style Tesla)
    SlimDim NavBar

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the Samsung AT&T Galaxy Note 2, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

Like this Tesla ROM based on the latest Android 5.1.1? We love it too and we know you are looking forward to install it on your phone now. Now please read below for important tips on how to make sure your installation goes smooth and you do not end up with any problems.

Samsung AT&T Galaxy Note 2 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Galaxy Note 2 USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung AT&T Galaxy Note 2 backup data to HTC One X.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update AT&T Galaxy Note 2 SGH-I317 to Tesla Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom firmware.

About the author

Saad Khan

A geek that has converted into a Software Engineer. An audiophile who love to read and write reviews/tutorials about gadgets and new tech stuff.

1 Comment

  • Hi,
    I installed the tesla 5.1.1 on my galaxy note 2 sgh i317 with TWRP recovery. Following are the problems that have come up (these problems did not exist on my ATT android 4.1.2):
    1. Internal Microphone is not working
    2. Screen goes black with none of the buttons able to disconnect me from a call I initiate.
    3. Navmii (USA) GPS app keeps crashing everytime I try to use it.

    Following are the actions that I have taken and have not helped till now:
    1. Clear wipe the cache as well as factory reset on second attempt.
    2. Clean the mic ‘hole’ near USB charging port.
    3. Soft reset by taking battery out and reinsert after approx 30 seconds.
    4. Use bluetooth headset with mic, but headset mic does not work too.
    5. Use app to test if mic hardware is OK, and it says hardware is fine. In fact if I try to record a video with audio, I hear faint audio recording.

    Please suggest further corrective actions that I can do to fix this issue

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