How to update Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 to Official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

Galaxy Note N7000 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

Considering that the Samsung company has finally launched on the market the official version for updating OTA, which was expected since last year, the owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 located in Hong Kong and Taiwan can finally install on their phablets the latest version of Android OS, which is Jelly Bean 4.1.2. However, this OTA update is available only for those located in the areas mentioned above and for those who didn’t root their devices by powering  a custom ROM. For the users who find themselves in this situation, and for those located outside of Taiwan and Hong Kong we have posted a simple guide, with steps to follow in order to get on their devices the latest version of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS. Our guide will show you how you can still update your Galaxy Note N7000 to the latest Jelly Bean. The update is easy and doesn’t take long as you will see in the steps below, and it should be performed manually.

We can tell you for sure that the OS was definitely improved, that your experiences with it will run better and your system connections will be more stable. Once you update, you will also have on your device the newest applications, possibilities and features that Samsung built within the new platform of the Jelly Bean. You will also notice that a couple of bugs from the old platform have been fixed entirely. But, unfortunately, the latest Samsung official firmware, available both through OTA and KIES is available only for the owners of the Note N7000 which are located in markets such as Taiwan and Hong Kong. And this approach was expected.

As we said before, this kind of action was expected, because, just as experienced so far, the OTA update can not be available for all the users since the beginning. Some of them, depending on their location will have to wait longer in order to get an official OTA update on their Note devices. Considering this info, perhaps you should check more often to see if the ROM have been made available for installation in you area too. However, if you are anxious to receive them, or if you find yourself in the situation of having your Samsung Galaxy Note rooted through the usage of a costumed ROM, you have the option to manually install the new version of OS, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. One of the tools that can help you with this is Odin, considering that most of the users make these kind of changes through it and that it has a lot of complex features built in. We will show you further how you can manually update your Note through Odin, in our step by step guide posted below.

Let’s sum up the main information posted above, to make sure you got it all right. So, the latest Jelly Bean software from Android, the 4.1.2 was  released by Samsung, but it is officially available only for users from hong Kong and Taiwan for now. OTA updates aren’t automatically received by all the users, and they can’t be flashed by using a rooted device in the same way an unmodified device would. Considering this, you must use a guide like this one.  In order to get to the actual process of installing the updates, you would have to prepare your phablet device and to make sure that everything is made accordingly, so that you won’t have any unpleasant surprises afterwards. If you don’t know what to do, then you shouldn’t skip any of the instructions posted below, so carefully read everything and the operation should go just as planned.

Only if you’re device is rooted, you can proceed with the installation of a custom ROM. However, in this guide we are talking about the stock firmware, so you can do this operation even if you’re phablet device isn’t rooted at the moment. More than that, if you’re Samsung Galaxy Note is rooted and you have installed a custom ROM, you should definitely re-install the default settings, factory restrictions and even restore your warranty. In order to go ahead with the operation contained in this guide you won’t need a custom recovery image, even if the program Odin is using one in the steps below.

Even if the program Odin won’t lose any of your personal data,  you should still make a backup for your information, cause you can never know what could go wrong. For instance, you could find a boot loop in your way, or something else could crash and then you will have to delete everything in order to start over. These are the main reasons why a backup of your Galaxy Note is required. So go ahead and save all the data you need starting with your contacts, market applications (especially if you bought some of them), EFS, etc. After the backup, return to this tutorial for the actual process. Further, we will take you through the general actions you need to perform in order to prepare the update, and after that you will go through the actual update, so stick with us,  we are almost there.

  • As a first must, you should check your life battery, and ensure that you have more than 60% of it, if not fully charged. If you don’t do this, your Samsung Galaxy Note might get bricked if the device is turning off during the process. You don’t want that to be a possibility.
  • In order to continue, you will need a computer running on Windows, one that gives you full access to USB cable usage and to your handset.
  • Next, you will have to enable the option USB debugging on your Galaxy Note, and also, deactivate the security features installed (both Firewalls and antivirus programs). The same things have to be performed on your computer as well.
  • Before proceeding with the update steps below, you should check your device, in order to know for sure that you have the N7000 model of the Samsung Galaxy Note. If you don’t, and if you own a differnt model, but you still perform the action using this tutorial, then you assume a big risk, and that is bricking the device.

How to Manually Update Galaxy Note to Official Jelly Bean 4.1.2 OS

  1. First, download the tool Samsung Kies on your PC, in order to install the drivers that suit best your Samsung Galaxy Note.
  2. The second step would be to download and install the Odin tool.
  3. Next, you will have to download the update file on your PC. You can find the versions on our site.
  4.  After the download is done, proceed by extracting the update files on your PC, and then open the tool Odin.
  5. When you’re done with step four, power off your Note and reboot it in the download mode.
  6. If you don’t know how to boot your device into download mode, you must know that all you have to do is to hold simultaneously the buttons Volume Down, Power and Home.
  7. If everything is going accordingly, now would be the time to connect through the USB cable, the Galaxy Note to your PC.
  8. Now, Odin should show you the message added and the section ID:COM should be colored in blue or in yellow.
  9. If things don’t happen this way, then you must unplug your device and the drivers must be re-installed. When this is done, start over by following the steps above.
  10. Go to Odin, and choose the option PDA.
  11. Now, you will have to choose the update file you have previously downloaded and then click the button Start. By doing this, the actual update process will begin.
  12. When done, on Odin the “pass” message will be displayed. As soon as this process is completed, Odin will show you the message pass .
  13. Now, you will have to unplug your phone from the USB cable and reboot it.

These are the steps you must follow, and the results you should obtain after performing each one. However, if something doesn’t go as planned, or for instance, Odin gets blocked at the end, then you should unplug your device, close the Odin tool and remove the battery from your device. After waiting a few seconds, put the battery back into your Samsung Galaxy Note, reboot it until download mode as you did in the beginning and start over from there.

There is also the possibility for you to get stuck in a boot loop, and if this happens here’s what you should do:

  • Power off your Note;
  • Reboot the device into recovery mode;
  • To get it into this mode you should simultaneously press on the buttons: Home, Volume up and Power
  • In recovery mode, choose the options wipe cache partitions and wipe factory data reset
  • All the information from your Note will be deleted, and this is why we strongly recommended in the beginning for you to make a system backup
  • Now, return to the recovery mode and choose the option reboot system now.

If you got to this, then you must know by now how to update manually your Samsung Galaxy Note, model N7000, with the official Android OS version of Jelly Bean, the 4.1.2. Please remember to check if the OTA is available for you, in which case you don’t have to follow this tutorial. However, please share with us your experience because we are very interested to know how everything worked out for you and how you found the firmware.