As you know, the Galaxy Note 2 will receive Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS during the following months, but until then Samsung just released another OTA for your phablet. Unfortunately we are still talking about Jelly Bean platform as the XXUEML2 firmware represents an Android 4.3 system. Anyway, if you prefer an official update instead of an unofficial one (you can now learn how to install Android 4.4.2 KitKat on your Galaxy Note 2 by using the official AOKP custom ROM firmware – just use this dedicated step by step guide from here), the XXUEML2 will be just perfect for you and I will tell you why in a minute.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean XXUEML2 OS has been OTA rolled out by Samsung for the Galaxy Note 2, but since we are talking about an official launch, the software will be gradually offered so some users will receive the update sooner than others. Now, if you just can’t wait, you can choose to apply the firmware manually – don’t worry, the procedure is still official. So, that’s what we are showing you here: a manual method that can be used for installing official Android 4.3 XXUEML2 OS on your Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
The XXUEML2 release is coming with the stock Android 4.3 system, so the stock Android OS will be installed on your Note 2. The firmware is stable, has no bugs or issues and is coming with major stability improvements. Furthermore, the OS is bringing stock features, apps and capabilities on your device.
Now, this guide should be useful if you have applied a custom ROM (probably based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS) on your phablet. Well, if the ROM isn’t on your taste, then you will probably want to apply a stable Android version that can smoothly run on your Note 2. In that case, you can safely use this step by step guide for flashing the XXUEML2 Android 4.3 update.
This tutorial can be applied on both rooted and unrooted smartphones. Of course, since this is an official Android OS, by flashing the same, you will revoke root access (if root has been previously achieved) – don’t worry as you will be able to root the new XXUEML2 system right away. Because of that, this guide can be also used by those who want to restore the warranty of their Note 2 – usually the warranty gets void when applying unofficial procedures like gaining root access or unlocking the bootloader.
Of course, on this update procedure Odin will be used. Because of that you will not have to install a custom recovery image on your phone, or use custom apps. Odin is developed by Samsung and offered especially for these types of operations – you will be performing an official operation, so you have nothing to worry about.
In order to make things right, first of all, you will have to ensure that a windows based computer can be used. Also, your GN2 and its USB cable must be somewhere near you. A connection between your computer and phablet must be established, so because of that on your device you need to check the USB debugging option – just go to “menu – settings – developer options”. On the computer you are using there shouldn’t be running any security tools – uninstall the same before going any further (these programs might interfere with our work). Moreover, your smartphone must have at least 50% power left, or else it might get turned off in the middle of the flashing operation – do plug in the charger if that’s necessarily.
Even though Odin will be used, in rare cases the data which is saved on the internal storage memory of your handset might get corrupted or even erased. So, for avoiding the unpleasant situations that might occur, before going any further the best will be to use suitable backup and restore apps for saving everything that you might need afterwards. I am talking mainly about text messages, personal data, info and accounts, about contacts list, market apps or EFS folder. Don’t worry, you will find suitable apps on Google Play – free distributed ones.
Another thing that must be clear for you: this guide is compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, so don’t use the steps from below for installing official Android 4.3 XXUEML2 firmware on a different or similar Android device – you can, and mainly you will, end up in bricking your smartphone / tablet. Therefore, stick to the guidelines from this tutorial and try not to mess things up.
How to Update Galaxy Note 2 with XXUEML2 Android 4.3 Official JB Firmware
- The first thing to do is to get the required files on your computer.
- Of course you need to download Odin.
- Then, you need to download the update file – use this link.
- Finally, if the Note 2 drivers are not installed on your computer, download Samsung KIES and flash the same.
- Up next, unzip Odin and the XXUEML2 firmware file on desktop.
- Install and run Odin on your computer.
- Turn off your device.
- Wait a few seconds and then reboot in download mode.
- The download mode can be reached by pressing on power, volume down and home buttons at the same time.
- Good, now connect your phablet with your computer (Odin must be running when plugging in the USB cord).
- Once the connection is established, on Odin the “added” message must be displayed; also the ID:COM section must be either yellow or blue.
- If that’s not happening, you will have to repeat the steps from above – try to reinstall the drivers on your computer too.
- Then, from Odin select “PDA”.
- Pick the Android 4.3 update form desktop.
- Don’t change anything else – the re partition and f. reset time options must be unchecked.
- Click on “start”.
- Wait while the update is being installed on your Note 2.
- In the end, on Odin the “pass” message will be displayed, while the ID:COM will turn green.
- So, unplug the USB cable and reboot your phablet.
Good job; you can successfully updated your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with official XXUEML2 Android 4.3 JB Firmware, so your job is finally over. Now, all it’s left is to wait for the Android 4.4.2 KitKat OTA update to be released. So, until then test the new software and see how it performs on your device. Also, do contribute by helping other users, so feedback us with your experience.