When Google released Android 4.4 KitKat OS Samsung also announced that the first OTA roll outs will be made available starting from February this year. Well, here we are in February and still no word about the promised firmware. Of course this can be applied for almost all the Samsung branded devices, as for example the Galaxy S3 I9300 just received a new Android 4.3 update (dubbed as XXUGNA7). The same thing can now be applied for the Galaxy Note 2 users who instead of Android 4.4 KitKat OS has received Android 4.3 DOENA4 Jelly Bean platform.
The DOENA4 Jelly Bean firmware has been OTA released for the Galaxy Note 2 last month, but since we are talking about an official roll out, the update is still nowhere to find for some Android phablets. Since the DOENA4 firmware is offered in phases some of the Galaxy Note 2 users are receiving the Android 4.3 update sooner than others. Now, if you haven’t received the OS improvement until now, you can safely use this step by step guide for learning how to flash Android 4.3 JB DOENA4 software manually. The update operation can be easily applied as the installation process is using Odin.
Odin is an official software developed by Samsung and dedicated to Samsung branded devices just like your Galaxy Note 2. Furthermore, Odin is especially used when manually applying official firmwares, so you have nothing to worry about. Odin has an intuitive interface that can be used even by a newbie. Furthermore, in order to help you out I have developed the guidelines from below which will easily take you through the installation procedure of official DOENA4 JB firmware. Of course, it is important not to mess things up; because of that don’t apply things by yourselves or without consulting my indications.
I know that this is not the Android 4.4 KitKat update that we all want to see, but I still recommend you to flash DOENA4 Android 4.3 OS. Why? Well, because the firmware is coming with several bug fixes and stability improvements. Other than that don’t expect to see important features added, though you will get the latest apps and capabilities that are being available on the Android system. So, with DOENA4 software your Galaxy Note 2 will run better and faster and you will be able to enjoy a stable and smooth Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS.
This guide can be used if your phablet is running on a stock Android OS, or if you have updated your Android device with a custom ROM. Therefore, the steps from below are compatible with both rooted and locked Galaxy Note 2. It is important to know that if you have previously rooted your smartphone, after completing this installation procedure, the root access will be revoked, the custom ROM replaced and the bootloader relocked. That’s why, this tutorial can be used for restoring the warranty on your SGN 2 – as you know, usually the warranty gets void when you are performing unofficial procedures like rooting, installing a custom recovery image or flashing a custom ROM firmware.
As a general conclusion this tutorial is showing you how to install an official Android Jelly Bean firmware on your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and not a custom ROM. Furthermore, you don’t need to apply or use risky or unofficial programs for flashing the DOENA4 OS as Odin will be used. This procedure is similar with the OTA one, the only difference being on the way you are installing the update – in our case manually. As you can see you have no reasons for being worried.
Since this is a manual installation procedure, there are some things to prepare before starting the proper guide. So, you need to perform the pre requisites list which is being detailed below.
- Even though you are performing an official operation, a backup is still required (only recommended though so it is optional).
- The backup is a good idea because in some cases after applying the firmware, your Android device might get stuck in a boot loop, and if that occurs you will have to wipe its system in order to make things work.
- Therefore, do a backup for saving the EFS folder, market apps, personal data, info, accounts, text messages, contacts list and so on.
- After that make sure that you can use a Windows based computer or notebook, your Note 2 and its USB cable.
- On your phablet you need to check the USB debugging option – else you won’t be able to connect your device with the computer. Enable USB debugging from path “menu – settings – developer options”.
- On your computer deactivate the security protection. Do that because on some cases the antivirus or antimalware programs can interfere with the download and installation operation.
- On your phone there must be enough battery life left, or else your device might get turned off in the middle of the update procedure. If the battery status indicates less than 50% power left, plug in the charger before going any further.
Don’t complete this step by step guide unless you own the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 model number N7100T. DOENA4 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS has been released only for the mentioned phablet so this guide is compatible only with the same. Using the steps from below on another Android device will probably brick your beloved smartphone or tablet.
How to Update Galaxy Note 2 with Official DOENA4 Android 4.3 JB Firmware
- The first thing you should do will be to download the required files.
- So, let’s get started: from here download the update file, also download Odin and Samsung KIES.
- Save these files on desktop.
- Now, unzip Odin.
- Also unzip the firmware file on the same folder as Odin.
- Install the Galaxy Note 2 drivers on your computer; you can use Samsung KIES for completing this task – skip it in case the drivers are already installed.
- Run Odin on your computer – it’s important to do that before going any further.
- Turn off your phablet as you need to enter it in download mode.
- For download mode press and hold volume down, home and power buttons at the same time.
- Connect your device with your computer by using the USB cable.
- If on Odin the “added” message is displayed and the ID:COM section is yellow or blue you can go to the next step; if not, you have to close Odin, unplug the USB cord and reinstall the drivers on your computer – then repeat the steps from above.
- Then from Odin select the “AP” option.
- Pick the Android 4.3 DOENA4 firmware file and don’t make any other changes on Odin.
- Click on “start”.
- Wait while the program is installing the update.
- In the end the “pass” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will turn green.
- You can then remove the USB cord and reboot your phablet.
As I have mentioned before when talking about the backup, in some cases your device might get stuck in a boot loop. If that happens, you first have to enter your Note 2 in recovery mode. Up next, from recovery select “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition”. Go back to main menu of recovery and select “reboot system now” and you are done. Good, now on the other side, if Odin gets stuck while you are performing the update operation you need to close the program, unplug the USB cord and force restart your phablet. Also, you need to reinstall the drivers on your PC and repeat the update procedure from step 1. For resolving any other problems just use our dedicated tutorial from here.
Congratulations; you have completed our step by step guide which means that you know how to manually update your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with DOENA4 official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Firmware. That was all for today, but stay close as further Android related tips and tricks will be added. Also, use the comments field from below for sharing your experience with us and with other users who might want to update their Note 2 to official Android OS.