Do you want or need to manually update your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 to official Android 4.4.2 XXUFNE1 KitKat firmware? If so, then you are in the right place as during the following step by step guide we will be checking on how to safely and quickly install the latest version of Android OS on your Galaxy Note 2 phablet. So, in case you have to apply a manual installation procedure then this tutorial is perfect for you – the update operation can be easily applied even by a newbie so you have nothing to worry about.
XXUFNE1 KitKat represents the latest firmware released by Samsung for the N7100 model of Galaxy Note 2. The mentioned KitKat software has been OTA rolled out, but as we all know, when talking about OTA launches, the ROM is pushed out in phases or for limited markets only. Furthermore, if you have a rooted phablet, you will not be able to receive the notification, so a manual update procedure will be a must. Now, as you can already tell, by using this step by step guide you can learn how to manually update your Galaxy Note 2 to OTA Android 4.4.2 XXUFNE1 KitKat firmware – this is not a custom ROM based on stock OS.
Due to same reasons, this operation is official which means that you will not lose the warranty of your Note 2 by completing the same. Moreover, root access isn’t required as the update procedure can be applied for both rooted and locked devices. Of course, since we are talking about an official Android OS, in case you have a rooted Note 2, after installing the XXUFNE1 KitKat Android 4.4.2 firmware, the root access will be revoked, thus the internal system of your smartphone will be relocked and the factory and default restrictions reinstalled – basically you will restore your handset to its initial state, though a better Android system will be running above all.
According to those who have already flashed the XXUFNE1 KitKat 4.4.2 OS on their Galaxy Note 2, it seems that the new OS is stable and runs without bugs, lags, force close errors or other related issues. Therefore, you can safely choose to install the ROM for a daily use or for restoring your phablet to stock Android OS (that will be necessarily if you are trying to fix a soft bricked Android device, or if you are currently running on a buggy and unstable ROM).
Before starting the proper installation process, take a look over the following list; there you have all the pre requisites that must be performed in order to ensure that everything will go as planned – do note that this is still a manual installation process and if you somehow mess things up you can end up in damaging your smartphone.
- I recommend you to backup your data before doing anything else, because in some situations, rare ones, you might end up in noticing that your personal data, info and accounts have been erased during the update operation.
- Odin will be used on the update process, so losing your data is unlikely; anyway, as already mentioned, in order to make sure that your data is in safe hands, use compatible apps and save your contacts list, call logs, market apps, internet settings, EFS folder and everything else you might need afterwards.
- Since Odin will be the program that you need to use, you also need to have access to a Windows powered computer, to your Galaxy Note 2 and to its USB cord.
- On your computer the security protection must be temporarily deactivated because antivirus like programs might interfere with the update operation.
- On your phablet, USB debugging option must be checked from path “menu – settings – developer options”, or else you might have problems while trying to establish the connection between your smartphone and your computer.
- You should charge your device before doing anything else – your Note 2 might get bricked, if it gets turned off in the middle of the installation process.
- On your computer the Galaxy Note 2 USB drivers must be installed – you can do that by using Samsung KIES.
- This tutorial is compatible only with the N7100 model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This is happening because the XXUFNE1 KitKat Android 4.4.2 firmware has been officially released by Samsung only for the mentioned handset.
How to Update Galaxy Note 2 N7100 to Android 4.4.2 XXUFNE1 KitKat Official Firmware
- Download Odin on your computer; place the file on desktop and then unzip the same.
- Furthermore, install the program on your PC by following the on screen prompts.
- Then, download the firmware file from here. Place the file on desktop and unzip the same.
- Run Odin on your PC and then turn off your handset (press power button and select “power off” or press and hold power key for about 15 seconds).
- Enter your Galaxy Note 2 in download mode by pressing power, volume down and home keys at the same time for a few seconds.
- Connect your device with your computer; plug in the USB cord for establishing the connection.
- ON Odin, once the connection is ensured, the “added” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will be turned yellow or blue – if not, you have to remove the USB cable, close Odin and reinstall the drivers on your computer; then repeat the steps from above.
- Up next, from Odin choose the “PA” option and then pick the Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware file.
- Don’t make any other changes on the program and in the end click on “start”.
- Wait until the update is being applied; in the end on Odin the “pass” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will turn green.
- Remove the USB cable and reboot your phone.
Note: if after rebooting your phablet, you will not be able to enter into Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS (your device will be stuck in a boot loop), enter recovery mode on your Android device. From recovery select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. Then from main menu of recovery pick “reboot system now” and you are done.
Note 2: if while you are using Odin the program gets stuck, you have to close the tool and unplug the USB cable; then force restart your Note 2, reinstall its drivers on your computer and reapply all the steps from the proper guide.
Congratulations; you now know how to manually update your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 to official Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXUFNE1 firmware. So, that was all for now; just test the new software and see if everything works as expected or not. Finally, don’t forget about us and return here for sharing your experience with our team and with our readers.