As promised, after I have showed you how to root the recently released Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, now I will be teaching you in how to install a custom ROM firmware into its system. The flashing process is being explained and detailed during the lines from below, where I have develop a suitable step by step guide; as you will see, for updating your Galaxy Note 10.1 with the Jelly Bean based CM10 firmware (this is the ROM that it’s available for your device) you will have to use a custom recovery image, but more about this tool a little bit later.
Now, you must know that the present tutorial can be applied only for the Note 10.1 model number N8000 and not for similar handsets. If you will do different then you will risk in bricking your device. Furthermore, take note that this isn’t an official update released for your Galaxy tablet and there are still no words about a future software provided by Samsung. This means that the CM10 ROM is being developed by third party developers, so you will have to manually install the same on your tablet. Remember that the upgrade has nothing to do with Samsung despite the fact that it will update your Note to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.
But, the most relevant aspect is related to another thing. For being able to flash this ROM you will have to root your Galaxy Note 10.1 first. You have a suitable guide here on Android.gs, so don’t hesitate and follow the same. You will then notice that the root operation is bringing the first negative aspect linked with our purpose. The warranty of your device will be void, so if somehow you manage to damage its system, then you will be by yourselves. Unfortunately this is happening each time a system is rooted; why? Well the root access means that the factory restrictions are being removed. You are gaining access to the internal system, so it is normal to lose the warranty.
You will still be able to restore the warranty though but only if you decide to downgrade the Note 10.1 to the stock ROM, or if you apply an official update released by Samsung and suitable with your device. Then, the root access will be revoked, the bootloader relocked and the factory restrictions reinstalled. Now, after the root operation is completed you must install the custom recovery image mentioned above. This tool will be used for the flashing operation so you cannot install the CM10 ROM without it. By using the recovery you will also wipe the data out from your tablet, meaning that you previously need to backup the data. You must perform a backup if you want to save the personal info from your Note N8000; it’s important to know that you can store almost everything from your tablet. Here are some tips and recommendations:
- Use a computer or a SD card for saving files from your Note.
- Use the recovery for backing up the current ROM (you can easily restore it in case you brick the new software).
- You can download SMS backup and restore apps for saving the text messages.
- You can learn how to sync with Google for storing the contacts.
- You can save even the Internet settings.
Now, let’s talk about the CyanogenMod 10 ROM a little bit. First, it is being based on the latest Android platform, the Jelly Bean one. Then, it is the most popular ROM among users worldwide due to its features and capabilities. This means that you can power up the performances of your tablet by installing this firmware. Basically, the ROM is bringing features that cannot be found in the default version of the Android OS. More, once you flash it, you will gain more speed from your handset, enjoy an improved web browsing experience, customize and optimize the system, obtain an upgraded battery life and personalize the looks. Of course, the classic Android interface will be replaced by the CyanogenMod 10 one, so if you want something different this is the perfect opportunity for you. Unfortunately, this version of the software is still in beta stage therefore there might be some bugs in the system. From what we know there are some issues with the camera (it is unstable), the WiFi tethering is semi-broken and there are some audio bugs. Don’t worry though as these problems will be resolved once a new variant of the update will be provided.
Finally, we should talk about the pre requisites. It’s important to complete them as in this way you can ensure that your Galaxy Note 10.1 will be in safe hands during the installation procedure. First of all, you need to have access and use a Windows running computer with Internet connection enabled. Furthermore the USB cord should be near you. Then, on the PC and on your tablet uninstall the security tools, or deactivate the Firewall and antivirus protection. On your handset enable the USB debugging option and in the end if there is less than 70% power left, go and charge the battery. That was all for now, so let’s head to the proper steps.
How to Update Galaxy Note 10.1 with CM10 Jelly Bean Custom ROM
- Download the ROM file from here.
- Download Google Apps from here.
- Save the files on your computer.
- Take the USB cord and plug it in the Note.
- Then use the same for connecting the device with the computer.
- Copy and then paste the two files from the PC to the internal storage memory of your tablet.
- Once the files are moved, you can disconnect the device from the computer by removing the USB cable.
- Now, turn off the Note.
- Reboot in recovery mode.
- For recovery hold the Volume Up button while powering on.
- From recovery first select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
- The data will now be removed.
- Select “+++go back+++” for going back to the main menu.
- Next, select “install zip from sd card” followed by “choose zip from sd card”.
- Pick the update file first, install it and then do the same with the Google Apps file.
- When the process ends select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.
- You can use the new ROM now.
There you have it; that was the how to procedure from which you could learn how to update the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 to Android 4.1 by installing the CM 10 custom ROM firmware into its system. Test the new OS and see how it performs. Remember that it is still in beta stage so there might be bugs or things that aren’t working properly. Share your impressions with us and do tell us if there were problems while trying to complete the steps from above. Also, stay close as we are bringing step by step guides and Android related tips daily.