If you need to manually update your Galaxy Note 2 to latest stock Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS, then you should complete this step by step guide, as during the following lines we will be checking on how to install the official JB XXDME1 firmware. The update has been already OTA launched by Samsung for the Galaxy Note 2, but in case you want, or need to manually flash the same, you can anytime use this tutorial. So, let’s begin in detailing in which the update operation will consist in.
First, you need to know that the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean XXDME1 OS is the latest official update offered by Samsung for the Galaxy Note 2 N7100, so we are dealing with the stock firmware. Furthermore, since this is the latest OTA released, the XXDME1 ROM is also the most stable and smooth Jelly Bean system available for your Note 2. All the previous bugs and issues have been resolved and until the Android 4.2.2 update will be rolled out, XXDME1 is all we get. Therefore, if you want the best for your phablet, then you need to install the latest updates.
Now, even though you will manually install the stock Jelly Bean 4.1.2 XXDME1 OS on your Galaxy Note 2, you will still receive the same version as the OTA update, which means that: you will get the latest features, apps, tools, capabilities and bugs fixes available for your Note 2 and also, the flashing operation will not make any other, and unexpected, changes on your phablet. Therefore, by completing this guide, the warranty of your device will not get void (as you know, when applying custom ROMs, the warranty will get lost) so you have nothing to worry about; your phone will be in safe hands.
Anyway, do read all the lines from this tutorial as if you somehow manage to mess things up, you can still brick your smartphone. That’s why you shouldn’t complete things by yourselves, without consulting the steps from below.
In order to make things right, you should start the flashing procedure by preparing the Note 2 and by applying the essential and general pre requisites. Also, read the extra-info related to the present operation for being sure that you are aware of everything.
- You don’t have to root your phablet in order to install the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 XXDME1 OS.
- But, if you do have a rooted Samsung Galaxy Note 2, after completing the step by step guide, the root access will be revoked and the factory restrictions re-installed.
- This means that in case your device is on a custom ROM, now you will be able to restore the default Jelly Bean experience and also to restore the lost warranty.
- You don’t have to install a custom recovery image on your phone as we are not flashing a custom software. In our case, Odin will be used, which means that you don’t have to deal with custom and complex procedures.
- A backup is recommended though as in rare cases, if something isn’t working as planned, a wipe is being required. So, take your time and save your contacts, messages, personal info, call logs, EFS and internet settings, market apps and everything else you might need afterwards.
- A Windows running computer is being required along with your Galaxy Note 2 and its USB cord.
- On your smartphone and on the PC there shouldn’t be installed security tools as the antivirus programs for example, can interact, interfere or interrupt the update process.
- It is a good idea to charge your phablet before going any further; else your Note 2 might get turned off (and bricked) while the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 XXDME1 is being flashed through Odin.
- Enable the USB debugging option on your device; you can handle this by going to path “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”.
A final note: be aware as this step by step guide has been developed to work only for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 model number N7100. That’s why you should’t use the tutorial for installing the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 XXDME1 firmware on a different device – you will end up in bricking your smartphone / tablet.
How to Update Galaxy Note 2 to Official Jelly Bean 4.1.2 XXDME1 Firmware
- First, download and install the required files on your computer: download and install Odin, download the update file from here and download and install Samsung KIES.
- By using KIES you will install the Galaxy Note 2 drivers on your PC.
- Then, launch Odin on your computer.
- Turn off your handset as you need to reboot it into download mode.
- So, reboot by pressing the Power, Volume Down and Menu buttons at the same time.
- After that, connect your device with the computer by using the USB cord.
- Now, go and take a look on Odin; you should notice that the “added” message has been displayed and that the ID:COM section has turned yellow or blue.
- If not, you will have to close Odin, unplug the USB cable and re-install the drivers on your computer; then re-do the steps from above.
- Up next, from Odin click on “PDA”.
- Pick the firmware file; don’t make any other changes on Odin – the re-partitions section should remain unchecked.
- Click on “Start” and wait while the Jelly Bean OS is being updated on your Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
- In the end, on Odin you will notice that the “pass” message is being displayed; you can safely unplug the USB cable and reboot your phone as you are done.
- Note: if during the update process Odin gets stuck – close Odin, remove the USB cord, force restart your phablet, re-install the Note 2 drivers on your PC, reboot the handset into download mode, open Odin, connect the phone with the computer and resume the rest of the steps from above.
- Note 2: If in the end your smartphone gets stuck in a boot loop – reboot into recovery mode by pressing on Power, Volume Up and Menu buttons at the same time; from recovery select “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition”; select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”; your Note 2 will be booted into Jelly Bean 4.1.2 XXDME1 Firmware now.
That was all; hopefully now your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is being powered by the official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean XXDME1 OS. If you have encountered problems while trying to complete the above explained steps, or if you need extra info about the update process, use the comments area from below and share your thoughts with us and with other users as well. Also, do test the new software and tell us if you are satisfied by its performances or not.