How to Update Galaxy Note 10.1 to Official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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As we have recently told you, the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 are being prepared for the big Jelly Bean OTA update, which should be officially released by Samsung in the coming weeks. But, even though the firmware isn’t yet available, you can still apply the same on your device if you choose to manually install it on your Android powered handset. Therefore, as promised, during the present step by step guide we will be checking in how to manually update your Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000 with the official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.

We are being able to offer you this tutorial thanks to those of SamMobile who managed to get their hands on the leaked firmware, which is still in its test variant. The update is dubbed as JRO03C and it is available in India; don’t worry though as by following this guide you will be able to flash the same on any Galaxy Note 10.1 device. Unfortunately, you will have to complete a manual procedure, so you cannot OTA (Over The Air) apply the Jelly Bean ROM on your N8000. Make sure you read all the next lines as there are important pre requisites to take care of.

First of all, for being able to install the JRO03C Jelly Bean update on your Note 10.1, the N8000DDALH1 platform should be running on your device. If different you will not be able to flash the ROM. If your handset is being powered by another OS, then you will have during the proper steps a download link from where you can get the required software. Also, all the details needed for the installation procedure are being explained in the steps from this tutorial, so don’t worry as everything will be fine.

Remember that this is the official Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Note 10.1, which will be released by Samsung in the coming weeks. Therefore, for installing it on your device the root access will not be required. That means the warranty will not be void. If you own a rooted handset, then by flashing the present ROM, the root access will be revoked and the bootloader relocked. Also, if your Note is running a custom ROM (like CM10 which can be flashed from our suitable step by step guide) now you will be able to regain the warranty as this is a stock firmware.

Odin will be used for installing the ROM on your Note, so you will need a Windows running computer with Internet connection enabled. Odin is a dedicated app, designed especially for this type of operations; by using it you will be able to ease your work, as the program will actually take care of everything. Anyway, you have more info about how to use Odin during the below steps.

The only thing you must perform before updating your Note 10.1 to official Jelly Bean OS is the backup. As you are about to complete a manual operation, the data which is stored on the internal storage memory will get corrupted, meaning that you will not be able to use it afterwards. So, backup your personal info first. You can use suitable tools from Google Play, sync with Google or use a computer. If you want to follow a backup guide then search for the same through our how to section.

Also, before heading to the next section of this tutorial you must enable the USB debugging option from your device, uninstall the security tools that runs on your computer and Note, and charge its battery for ensuring that it doesn’t get turned off in the middle of the process. Of course the USB cable should be near you. Don’t apply this guide unless you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 model number GT-N8000 as the JRO03C is being suitable only for the mentioned device. If you flash the update on similar handsets then you risk in bricking it up.

How to Update Galaxy Note 10.1 to Official Jelly Bean OS

  1. As mentioned before, you need to download a base ROM before installing the proper one.
  2. So, go here and get the N8000DDALH1 firmware.
  3. Save it on your computer.
  4. Extract the downloaded file.
  5. Download Odin.
  6. Install it and then run the same.
  7. Turn off the device.
  8. Reboot it in download mode by pressing on the Volume Down and Power buttons.
  9. In download mode connect the Note with the PC by using the USB cable.
  10. The “added” message should be displayed on Odin.
  11. Also the ID:COM section should be yellow.
  12. If not you must reinstall the drivers on your computer and then re-do the above steps.
  13. From Odin select “PDA” and pick the N8000DDALH1_N8000DDALH2_N8000DDLG5.tar.md5 file.
  14. Don’t make any other changes in Odin.
  15. Click “Start”.
  16. In the end on Odin the “pass” message should be displayed.
  17. Disconnect and reboot your phone.
  18. Now, download the OTA update file from here on your computer.
  19. Connect the Note again with the PC and copy-paste the downloaded file from the PC to the handset SD card.
  20. Unplug the USB cord.
  21. Turn off the Note.
  22. Reboot in recovery by pressing on the Volume Up and Power buttons.
  23. From recovery select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
  24. Next return to the recovery menu (“+++go back+++”) and select “install zip from sd card” followed by “choose zip from sd card”.
  25. Pick the update file from the SD card and install the same.
  26. Wait until the installation process is over.
  27. Then, select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.

That was all; I know that there are numerous steps to take care, but the procedure is not that hard to complete. Anyway, now you should be relaxed as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has been updated to the official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. The ROM will be able to be OTA applied as soon as Samsung releases the same. For now the software is being available in India and it’s only in the test stage. Stay close for further step by step guides.

  • Isaac Chua

    seems to have a problem with the OTA package, keep getting “error in /tmp/sideload/package.zip”

  • Edmund

    I face the same problem, got the error message, please help.

  • kk

    have the same problem too …appreciate your help..