If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 device and want to update its OS to the latest Android flavor, the Jelly Bean platform, now you will be able to so, as during the following lines we will be checking in how to install the preview version of CyanogenMod 10 (CM10) into its system. Flashing this custom ROM on your Note will be an easy thing to do, this step by step guide being all that you need. I recommend you to read all the lines for ensuring that you are not skipping relevant info; else you can easily brick your beloved smartphone.
The Galaxy Note is an extremely important, interesting and powerful Android based device, its specs and features making it one of the most popular phone / tablet worldwide. That’s why maybe there are so many OS updates available for the Note’s users, who can improve the performances of their handset by upgrading the same with beta firmware, unofficial releases of the Android software, official updates and, of course, with dedicated custom ROM (for suitable guides check through our how to section). But, until now, there wasn’t any Jelly Bean flavor neither leaked nor announced. Fortunately for us, those of xda-developers had managed to test and develop the preview version of CM 10 for the Galaxy Note N7000 devices, so now we are being able to update the same.
Take note that this is not the official version of CyanogenMod 10, though it should be released in the coming days or weeks. This means that there might be some issues in the system, or features that don’t work properly. From what we know, this version of CM 10, which can be flashed on the Note, has the next bugs: the FM radio doesn’t work, the sensors are partly working, the firmware isn’t stable enough and more. Don’t worry though as when the CM team will launch the official variant of the update, all these bugs will be resolved and removed. So, you will then be capable to enjoy the full Jelly Bean platform and the rest of the features which will be added for improving the performances of your handset.
Furthermore, this operation isn’t coming from Samsung, so the update has nothing to do with the mentioned company. Therefore, for installing the ROM, you will have to previously root your Note N7000 and install a custom recovery image into its system. Without completing these tasks you will not be able to apply the steps from below, or you can brick the phone. Be aware that once you root the system, the warranty will get void. The only way for restoring the same is by downgrading to the stock ROM (check our previous tutorials for that) or by installing an official update released by Samsung.
You should also backup the data as it might get corrupted or erased. Somewhere during the steps, you will have to perform a wipe of the system, so your personal info will be wiped out. The backup is all you need, the perfect operation for saving / restoring the data which is stored on your Note. For making a full and safe backup you can read and follow our tips from the list below:
- First, you should backup the current ROM. In this way, if something goes wrong, you will be able to easily restore the software that works.
- Then, backup the text messages by downloading SMS backup and restore apps for Android.
- Also, you can save the call logs by downloading backup and restore tools for your Note.
- The contacts are important too. For saving them, learn how to sync with Google.
- Use a computer or an SD card for saving images or video files.
- Backup the Internet settings.
As soon as the backup is completed, you can begin in performing the steps. But before, take care of the pre requisites. You need to have access to a Windows running computer, to your Note and to its USB cord. On the PC download and install the proper drivers for your phone: for 32 bit Windows download link here and for 64 bit Windows download link here. Then, on the same computer and on your phone uninstall or disable the security programs. On your Note go to “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging” and enable the USB debugging option. Next, charge the battery of your handset or ensure that it has at least 60% power left.
Finally, make sure that you are applying this guide only for the Samsung Galaxy Note model number N7000 and not for similar devices. Remember to root, install a custom recovery image and backup first. Then, read and complete the steps from below for learning how to flash CM 10 on your Note.
How to Update Galaxy Note N7000 to Jelly Bean with Preview CM10 custom ROM
- Download the update file to your computer from here.
- Then, download Google Apps (it’s not included in the update file) from here and save it to the same computer.
- Connect the device with the PC. Use the USB cord for this.
- Next, take (copy-paste) the downloaded files from the computer and copy them to the phone.
- Remember where you place the files.
- Remove the USB cable for disconnecting the handset.
- Turn the Note off.
- Reboot and while rebooting enter in recovery mode.
- The recovery mode in your Note can be achieved by pressing on the Volume Down Key and OK button while powering on.
- Form recovery, first of all select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. The backup is needed especially for this.
- Then, choose “+++go back+++” for returning to the recovery main menu.
- Now, from there, select “install zip from sd card” and “choose zip from sd card”.
- Pick the update file first and install the same and then do similar for the Google Apps file.
- Wait until the process ends and don’t press anything.
- In the end, from recovery mode select “+++go back+++” followed by “reboot system now”.
Good job guys, now your Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 is running the latest Android OS, the Jelly Bean 4.1.1. CM 10 was installed in the system so don’t expect to receive the default and classic Android flavor, the ROM bringing its own features and looks. Also, remember that this is the preview version of CM10, so there are bugs and things that aren’t working. Stay close for further updates and how to guides suitable for your Galaxy Note as we will bring all the news as soon as something fresh comes out.