Samsung has launched the official OTA Update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100. Use this tutorial and learn how to successfully update your device to the latest firmware version.
This guide should be used by users who didn’t get the official OTA KitKat Update notification on their phones. Note that it should be used by advanced users and that the firmware below was originally released for France-based devices. In case the phone boots in normal with French set as the default language, then you should go to the Settings menu and change it back to English.
Installing a firmware that is destined for a different country than the one you’re currently residing isn’t illegal and it is still an official Samsung update. If you want to check for new updates for your specific country, then you should head to SamMobile, create an account and in the Firmware Search box enter ‘N7100′ text.
The build date for this version is set to April 8 2014, it will upgrade your Note 2 device to Android 4.4.2 firmware version N7100XXUFND3. Before starting the updating process you will need to read the guidelines below, so that you will correctly configure and prepare your phablet for the updating process.
Here’s what you need to know:
- this update will work only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 model number N7100.
- check your device’s model number by going to ‘About Device’ section.
- don’t try to update any other phones, tablets or phablets with the files that you will in this post.
- download and install the Samsung USB Drivers on your PC.
- these drivers will make your device visible for ODIN, the app that you’ll use to flash the new XXUFND3 Android 4.4.2 update.
- disable Samsung KIES software in case you have it installed on your computer.
- disable any antivirus application from running on your PC.
- enable the USB Debugging for your device from Developer Options.
- if Developer Options isn’t shown, then you will find at this post here on how to enable it – that’s a guide for Galaxy S5 but it will work with all Samsung phones.
- if you have a Note 2 running stock Android ROM, then the update should run smoothly without problems, you won’t lose any data files in the process.
- users with custom ROMs installed on their Note 2 will have the system partition wiped in the process:
- use the Helium tool for Android in order to backup data from installed apps or SMS.
- sync Contacts info with your Gmail account, too.
- any custom Recovery that you might have installed on your device will be removed in the process and replaced with a stock Android Recovery.
- if your device is rooted, then root access will be revoked.
- make sure that your Galaxy Note 2 battery charge level is over 50%, so that the phone won’t switch off in the middle of the updating process.
- this tutorial is for advanced users, do not blame us in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any important data in the process.
- read the entire guide, don’t skip any steps.
Now that you know all of the above you can continue to the next part of this post and learn how to successfully update your device with a brand new Android firmware version.
How to update Galaxy Note 2 to Android 4.4.2 XXUFND3 KitKat:
- Download the N7100XXUFND3 Android 4.4.2 firmware zip file from here.
- Extract the contents of the zip after the download is complete.
- you will get the N7100XXUFND3 .tar.md5 file, don’t extract any further than that.
- Download Odin 3.09 from here.
- after the download is complete you should extract its contents and save them in a single folder on your PC.
- Power off the Galaxy Note 2 now.
- Boot your device in Android Download Mode.
- if you can’t boot Download Mode, then read this post to learn.
- Launch ODIN 3.09 exe on your computer.
- Use the USB cable and connect the Galaxy Note 2 with your PC.
- wait for ODIN to confirm that the device was recognized.
- if the phone is not detected, then you will have to re-install the Samsung USB Drivers – download link is above in the preparation guide.
- In ODIN click the AP button.
- Browse your computer for the N7100XXUFND3 tar.md5 file and load it into ODIN.
- make sure that the ODIN Re-Partition feature is disabled, don’t update otherwise.
- Press the START button when you’re ready to start the updating process of your Note 2 device.
- don’t press any buttons until the installation is complete.
- When the Galaxy Note 2 is successfully updated you will see the ‘PASS’ text from ODIN and the phone will reboot.
- unplug the phone from PC when the Samsung Boot animation appears.
- Log into your device after the boot is complete and then start testing all of its new features and functions.
These were all the steps that you had to take. I hope that you did manage to update your Galaxy Note 2, close this guide if the process was successful.
If the installation didn’t complete then you might find a solution in the notes below.
NOTE 1: if ODIN freezes or the process fails, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial more than once. Make sure not to skip any steps and that the firmware you’re attempting to flash is support by the N7100 Galaxy Note 2 device.
NOTE 2: If ODIN says that the process has failed, the phone freezes or it enters into a boot loop without booting in normal mode, or it boots in normal mode but it shows too many errors, then you have to apply a Factory Reset.
Factory reset will wipe all data from the system partition, but it will help your Note 2 boot in normal mode after the update. Here’s how to do it:
- power off the Galaxy Note completely.
- next, boot the device in Recovery Mode.
- if you can’t do it, then this post tells you how to boot recovery.
- select the ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
- wait for the process to complete, then use the ‘reboot’ option to boot in normal mode.
These were all the steps that I had for you, if you need any extra help use the comments field below.