The AT&T model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 can be easily addressed regardless the issues that are currently causing malfunctions. All you have to do is to follow and apply a few dedicated operations and the Android core system will be once more smoothly running. So, that’s exactly what you can learn by resuming all the guidelines from this tutorial: how to manually unbrick the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 2 model number I317.
I should clear an important aspect right from the start: through this step by step guide you can learn only how to manually fix software related problems that are issued within the Android core system. Unfortunately, if a hard brick is involved you won’t be able to use this guide for troubleshooting your AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 2 I317. In that situation you will have to take your smartphone back to service and ask for an experienced technical assistance – however, if the warranty can’t be reclaimed you will have to pay for these services.
As for the soft related problems, this tutorial can help you address almost everything starting with general bugs, lags, force close errors or alerts and ending with more complex malfunctions like battery drain, heating situations, signal strength problems, total blackouts and so on.
Usually, these types of issues are caused by: a malware, a program that stopped from working, inappropriate apps or custom operations that are applied on your Samsung Galaxy Note 2. In term of custom operations I am mainly referring about stuffs like gaining root access, installing custom recovery images, updating with custom ROMs, removing bloatware and start up programs, overclocking or undervolting CPU frequencies, installing custom kernels and several other tweaking procedures that aren’t supported by Samsung or by Google.
The troubleshoot process will consist in flashing, or better said, in re-flashing the stock Android firmware on your AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – so, you can now refresh the Android core system by reapplying the Android 4.4.2 software. In this way you can get rid of malware, you can stop the unresponsive programs and you can restore your smartphone back to its initial state.
That also means you will revoke root access, relock the bootloader, reinstall the stock recovery image, re-apply the bloatware and re-ensure the default / factory restrictions. Overall, you will take your device back to its initial state along with the pure Android firmware that is however customized and optimized by Samsung especially for your AT&T Galaxy Note 2.
The flashing process can be done through Odin, a great tool that is developed and offered by Samsung. Thus, everything will be kept safe and secured.
Anyway, before applying the steps from down below you should consider in trying several other troubleshoot solutions such as: rebooting into Android Safe Mode and uninstalling the apps and programs that are causing the malfunctions, making a hard reset for wiping the system of your phone, or clearing app data cache if you are dealing with a boot loop or with any other similar problem.
Of course, before beginning the troubleshoot process, if possible, backup your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 I317. It is important to save your personal data, info, accounts and files or else you will end up in losing what’s important for you. You can easily and quickly take care of the backup by syncing your Note 2 data with your Google Account, by using backup and restore apps from Google Play or by using built-in cloud storage platforms.
For the unbrick process you will have to use a computer that runs on Windows. On your AT&T Galaxy Note 2 you must become a developer (tap 7 times repeatedly on Built Number from “menu – settings – about phone”) and then have to check the USB Debugging field which is located under “menu – settings – developer options”. Charge your smartphone – even if your phone can’t be currently turned on. If it runs low on battery life it can get switched off while you try to unbrick its Android core system and in that situation you will only manage to mess things even worst.
How to Install Stock Android 4.4.2 Firmware and Unbrick Samsung Galaxy Note 2 I317
- On your computer download Odin from here. Unzip the file on desktop and install the program by following on screen prompts.
- Download Samsung KIES and by using this toolkit install the AT&T Galaxy Note 2 Drivers on your computer.
- Finally, download the stock Android firmware package for your device from here – save this file on desktop.
- Switch off your Note 2 and wait while the shut down process is completed.
- Next, reboot download mode on your Note 2 – press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons all together for a few moments.
- On your computer run Odin and then connect your handset with PC with the help of the USB cable.
- On the program, once the connection is ensured, the “added” message will be displayed and the ID:COM field will be turned yellow or blue.
- If that isn’t happening, close the program, unplug the USB cord and reinstall your phone’s USB drivers; then repeat the process.
- Now, click on the AP section and then load the stock Android firmware.
- Don’t check the Re Partition and the Auto Reboot options on Odin.
- Click on Start and wait while the flashing process is completed.
- When done, on the program you will see the “pass” message displayed and the ID:COM field turned green.
- Unplug the USB cord and reboot your Note 2.
You might have to make a wipe before being able to smoothly use the Android system that runs on your AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 2. That will imply in making a hard reset and in clearing app data cache, thus recovery mode must be accessed. Therefore, power off your device and afterwards press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons at the same time, for a few moments. From recovery select the following options: “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
During the flashing operation from above the Odin toolkit might get stuck. If that occurs, you can make things work once more by: close the Odin program, disconnect your phone from your computer, force restart your Samsung branded device, reinstall the Note 2 drivers on your computer and then repeat all the steps from this tutorial.
Remember that you can also use other dedicated troubleshoot solutions for fixing soft related problems on the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – reboot into Android Safe Mode for example is the first step to complete when dealing with malfunctions.
Anyway, you should be done for today. Now your smartphone should run without problems once again. Enjoy and share your experience with us and with other users who might want to use this step by step guide – use the comments field from below if you want to share something with us. Also, stay close for further Android related tips and tricks.