Even though Android 4.4 KitKat firmware has been officially release by Google, the software is still available only for the Nexus devices. Furthermore, most of the other smartphones and tablets out there are still running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, so major updates are being expected during the following weeks. Anyway, the Galaxy Note 2 N7100 users had received their Android 4.3 JB OS as Samsung finally rolled out the stock XXUEMK9 firmware. If you haven’t received the OTA update until now, or if you need or want to manually install the Android 4.3 XXUEMK9 ROM on your Note 2 N7100, then use this dedicated step by step guide.
As mentioned, Samsung released the XXUEMK9 firmware, which means that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS is OTA available for the Galaxy Note 2 model number N7100. But, if you have a rooted phablet, or if on your device a custom ROM is running, then you won’t be able to receive the stock Android 4.3 OS. Because of that, a manual update method will be required. This is when this tutorial will be helpful for you; also, if you are trying to restore the warranty or to enjoy a stable JB system, then the present guide is just perfect for your cause.
Not long ago, a leaked version of the Android 4.3 system has been leaked for the Note 2. But since that was the software that was in development stage, the best will be to replace the same with the new and also official XXUEMK9 firmware. This variant of Jelly Bean OS is stable, comes without bugs or things that aren’t working properly and also brings stock features, apps and capabilities to your SGN 2 N7100. Therefore, the Android 4.3 XXUEMK9 update will smoothly run on your phablet.
If you are wondering, in case your smartphone is rooted, now, after completing this guide the root access will be revoked, since an official Android OS will be installed. Also, the tutorial is compatible with both rooted and un-rooted handsets, though you must keep in mind that root access will be gone, the custom recovery image (if you have it) replaced with the stock one and the bootloader relocked. That’s why, by completing this tutorial you can restore the warranty on your Galaxy Note 2 (if it has been voided – usually that’s happening when gaining root access) and you can also enjoy the pure and stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware.
If you want all that for your Galaxy Note 2 – don’t worry as root access can be regained for the XXUEMK9 firmware too – then you must follow and apply the guidelines from below. Now, on the flashing process Odin will be used. Odin is an official program developed and offered by Samsung and used especially on these types of operations. By using Odin you will be safe as nothing wrong will happen. But, still as a precaution the best for you will be to backup the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 data.
In some cases, rare ones, after installing the official Android updates via Odin, a wipe is being required (I will explain a little bit later why); so in that case, you can lose everything that’s saved on the internal storage memory of your smartphone. Because of that, I recommend you to use suitable backup and restore apps from Google Play and save your contacts list, call logs, EFS folder, market apps, internet settings, personal data, info and accounts and basically everything else that you might need and use afterwards.
After backing up the data you will also have to ensure that a Windows based computer is near you (you will have to use one) and you will also have access to your phablet and to its USB cable. Then, on the computer and device you need to disable the antivirus protection, because in some cases the security protection had interfered with the update operation. Also, you will have to connect your Note 2 with your computer in order to use Odin for applying Android 4.3 OS. Because of that on your device the US debugging option must be enabled. On the other hand, your phone must have at least 60% power left; if not, before doing anything else plug in the charger.
This step by step guide should be completed only by those who own the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 model number N7100. The steps from below are showing how to install Android 4.3 Jelly Bean XXUEMK9 OS only on the mentioned phablet; using the same for flashing the official Android release on a different or similar device will probably make your brick your beloved Android smartphone or tablet, so try not to mess things up.
How to Update Galaxy Note 2 N7100 to Android 4.3 XXUEMK9 Official JB Firmware
- First of all, on your computer – from here – download the Android 4.3 XXUEMK9 firmware file.
- Save that file on your computer and unzip the same on desktop.
- Also, download Odin and install the same on your computer.
- The Galaxy Note 2 drivers must be installed on your PC; if you don’t have the drivers, flash the same via Samsung KIES.
- Good, now on your computer run Odin.
- Turn off your phone.
- Reboot in download mode.
- For download mode press and hold power, volume down and home buttons at the same time.
- Up next, you need to connect your device with your computer.
- Plug in the USB cable for establishing the mentioned connection.
- Odin will try to recognize your phone; if everything is fine, on Odin the “added” message will be displayed while the ID:COM section will turn yellow or blue.
- If not, you will have to unplug the USB cord, close Odin and reinstall the drivers on your PC; then re-try the steps from above.
- Good, now from Odin select the “PDA” section.
- Pick the update file from desktop.
- Don’t change anything else on Odin.
- Click on “start”.
- Wait while Android 4.3 is being installed.
- You will now when you are done as on Odin the ID:COM section will turn green and the “pass” message will be displayed.
- You can remove the USB cable and reboot your Note 2 now.
In case your device will remain stuck in a boot loop, you will have to wipe the system and clear the cache or else the Android 4.3 system will not run smoothly. So, boot into recovery mode and from there select “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition”. Good, after that return to recovery and choose “reboot system now”. Take note that the first boot will take longer to complete than as you were used to.
Also, if during the update operation Odin isn’t working as expecting, or if the program gets stuck, close it. Also, force restart your phablet and reinstall its drivers on the computer. Then, reboot your handset in download mode, run Odin on the computer and repeat the update process from the beginning.
That was all. Now you know how to manually update your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 to official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean XXUEMK9. Let’s hope to do the same with Android 4.4 KitKat soon – the OTA is being expected somewhere during February or March next year though. So, what do you say about the new Android system, is it stable are you satisfied? Feel free and share your opinions and impressions with us and with other users too, by using the comments area from below.