The official XXUFND4 KitKat 4.4.2 new firmware update has been made available for download and installation. Use this tutorial if you want to install it on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 smartphone.
This new update is adding several tweaks and bug fixes, so that you will get a more stable KitKat ROM. Before starting the update you should take a look at the preparation guide below:
- use this tutorial only with the N7100 Samsung Galaxy Note 2 smartphone.
- check your phone’s model number by going to Settings> About Phone and under ‘model number’ section you will find your device’s version.
- don’t try to update any other smartphones with the files that you will in this article.
- download Samsung USB Drivers for your computer.
- make sure that these drivers are installed on your PC before starting the update process.
- enable USB Debugging from Developer Options under Settings.
- if Developer Options menu is not listed in Settings then you can learn how to enable it in our tutorial here (that’s a guide for Galaxy S5, but it works with all Samsung devices)
- disable Samsung KIES from running on your PC.
- disable any antivirus apps from running on your PC.
- if your device runs on stock ROM then you can continue to the tutorial right away.
- if your Note 2 packs a custom ROM then you need to know that the tutorial will remove all data from system partition.
- if your Note 2 is rooted but it runs stock ROM then the root will be revoked and warranty restore, no data will be lost in the process.
- any custom Recovery that might be installed on your device will be replaced with a stock Recovery.
- it is recommended for you to remove any external microSD that might be connected to your phone.
- in case you wish to backup data from installed apps or SMS messages you will need to use Helium for Android.
- Sync Contacts info with your Gmail account if you want to be sure that you won’t lose any phone numbers or people details.
- your Galaxy Note 2 battery charge level has to be over 40%, it prevents the device from switching off in the middle of the updating process.
- this is a guide for advanced user, do not attempt to update your device if you’re a beginner.
- read the entire post, don’t skip any steps and use the comments field in case you need any extra help.
- do not blame us in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any data in the process.
Now that you know all of the above you can continue to the next part of this guide.
How to flash Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXUFND4 Firmware for Galaxy Note 2 N7100:
- Download the XXUFND4 KitKat firmware zip from here or here.
- Extract the contents of the zip file and save them on your PC.
- you will get the N7100XXUFND4 tar.md5 file, don’t extract any further than that.
- Download Odin3 v3.09 from here.
- extract Odin zip contents.
- Now you can power off the Note 2 completely.
- Boot the Galaxy Note 2 in Download Mode.
- Launch Odin 3.09 exe on your PC.
- Connect the phone to your computer using the USB data cable.
- wait until Odin detects your smartphone.
- if the Note 2 isn’t detected you will need to re-install the USB Drivers, check the download link in the preparation guide above.
- Next, go back to Odin window and click on the ‘AP’ button tab.
- Load the N7100XXUFND4 tar.md5 file in Odin.
- disable the ‘Re-Partition’ option.
- don’t edit any other default Odin settings.
- When ready press the START button and the Galaxy Note 2 update to XXUFND4 KitKat ROM will begin.
- don’t press any buttons until the updating is complete.
- After all files are flashed successfully you will see the phone rebooting and ODIN will display the ‘PASS’ alert.
- Wait for the device to boot in normal mode and then use your pattern, pin or whatever security login you use in order to enter home screen.
These were the steps that you had to take in order to make sure that the phone is updated to the latest KitKat build. If the installation was completed successfully, then you can close this guide and start customizing your device’s new OS.
If you encountered any problems during installation, then you might want to check the info below.
I. If your device or Odin app freezes or Odin says that the update process has failed, then you will need to repeat the entire tutorial more than once. Make sure not to skip any steps and that your Galaxy Note 2 model number is N7100. If you cannot complete update you should leave a detailed comment at the end of this post and we will make sure to come up with a solution for your problems.
II. If Odin says that the update was completed, but the phone is unable to boot past the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 animation screen or it enters into a boot loop, then you will be forced to apply a Factory Reset. This will force the device to boot in normal mode with XXUFND4 KitKat ROM by removing any trace of the older Android OS files along with the entire system partition.
Here’s how to apply factory reset:
- power off the phone completely and make sure that the phone is not connected to your PC.
- enter Recovery Mode.
- select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
- confirm process.
- reboot phone in normal mode when the factory reset is complete.
- use your Samsung / Google account info in order to gain full control over your smartphone.
For any extra questions use the comments section below.