A minor update for the Galaxy Note 3 N9005 can be anytime flashed as Samsung released the XXUENE2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat official firmware. The ROM has been OTA rolled out, but if you haven’t received the same or if you want to install the stock Android KitKat OS on your Galaxy Note 3, then you can choose to follow and apply this step by step guide; during the lines from below we will be checking on how to manually install XXUENE2 Android 4.4.2 on your Note 3 by using Odin, so don’t hesitate and check it all out.
As I have already mentioned, the XXUENE2 stock Android OS represents only a minor update that is available for the Galaxy Note 3 model number N9005. Therefore, the firmware comes only to resolve some reported bugs and issues and to bring further stability improvements. So, by flashing this ROM you will be able to improve the KitKat experience and to enjoy a stable and smooth Android software on your own Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Of course don’t expect to receive new features, apps or capabilities as you will be disappointed.
Sine this is the stock OS, you can apply the same using the OTA release only if your Galaxy Note 3 also runs on an official Android OS and if your device isn’t rooted. But, when talking about the manual update procedure that will be described below, you will be able to safely apply the same on both rooted or locked smartphones, whether you have installed a custom ROM or not. So, this tutorial is compatible with any Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9005 which means that you can use the same for downgrading your handset to stock Android KitKat 4.4.2 firmware or to fix a soft bricked device.
Using Odin for flashing the XXUENE2 OS will be safe as the program is developed by Samsung and used especially on update or downgrade type of operations. Of course, if you choose to use Odin for updating your Galaxy Note 3 then root access will be revoked – in case you have previously rooted your phablet. Also, your smartphone will be installed with the stock Android OS thus it will be reinstalled with all the factory and default restrictions – the bloatware (in built apps and features) will be added too.
Even though you will apply an official Android software, it is still important to backup your data. For example, if after installing XXUENE2 Android 4.4.2 OS, your Note 3 will get stuck in a boot loop you will have to hard reset your phone in order to resolve the problems. So, in that case your data will be erased. Now, due to same reasons, the best will be to backup your personal data, info and accounts before doing anything else. In that matter you can use compatible apps from Google Play or cloud services in order to save your contacts list, call logs, EFS folder, internet settings, market apps and everything else you might need afterwards.
A computer, running on Windows, will be required and your phone’s USB cable will have to be near you. On your computer you will have to temporarily deactivate the security protection, such as antivirus and antimalware tools, while on your phablet you will have to enable the USB debugging option by heading towards “menu – settings – developer options”. Moreover, check the battery status of your phone as if there the power left is less than 50% you will have to plug in the charger before starting the update process – your Note 3 might get bricked if it gets turned off in the middle of the flashing procedure.
This step by step guide is compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 model number N9005, because the official Android 4.4.2 XXUENE2 KitKat firmware has been rolled out only for the mentioned device. Thus, using the steps from below for a similar or different smartphone or tablet will probably damage or brick the same.
How to Update Galaxy Note 3 N9005 with Stock Android 4.4.2 XXUENE2 KitKat Firmware
- On your computer download Odin, Samsung KIES and the Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXUENE2 firmware (you can get the update from here).
- Save the files on desktop and first of all unzip Odin and install the program by following the on-screen prompts.
- Then install the Galaxy Note 3 USB drivers by using Samsung KIES.
- Finally unzip the software package and place the file on the same folder as Odin.
- Run Odin on your computer and enter your phablet in download mode.
- The download mode can be reached with ease; all you have to do is to turn off your device. Then after waiting a few seconds, press power, volume down and home buttons at the same time until download mode is being displayed.
- Now, connect your Note 3 with your computer by plugging in the USB cable.
- On Odin the “added” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will turn yellow or blue – if not you will have to close the program, to unplug the USB cable and to repeat the steps from above.
- From Odin then you should pick the “PA” option; next select the update file from your computer.
- Without changing anything else within the program, click on “start”.
- Wait while your Galaxy Note 3 is being updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXUENE2 firmware.
- Your work will be over when on Odin the “pass” message will be displayed and when the ID:COM section will trun green.
- Then you will be able to unplug the USB cord and to reboot your device.
As mentioned already, if you are now experiencing a boot loop issue you should enter recovery mode on your Android device. Then from recovery you should select “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition”. In the end from main menu of recovery pick “reboot system now” and you are done. Also, if during the update process you are experiencing problems with Odin, just close the software and force restart your handset. Then reinstall the Note 3 drivers on your computer and try the update operation once more.
So there you have it; that’s how you can easily update your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to stock Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXUENE2 firmware using Odin. We are done for now which means that you can test the new ROM in order to see how it performs. Of course, don’t forget about us and leave a feedback by using the comments section from below.