After the numerous custom ROMs and beta updates leaked for updating the Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 handsets, we now have something that really worth your attention. Finally, Samsung released the official ICS 4.0.3 OS update for its Note devices, a firmware which can be applied OTA (over the air) or by using Samsung KIES. But, as you might know, if you have installed a custom ROM, or unofficial software, you will not be able to enjoy the benefits of the new release. So, I will be showing you how to manually flash the official DDLP8 ICS 4.0.3 update into your phone’s system.
Remember that there are many unofficial firmware available for the Note, most of them presented and explained here on Android.gs, so don’t hesitate and search for the same. In this way you will be able to check which version of the ROM is more suitable for your handset and of course for your demands and expectations. I recommend you to install this release, as it’s the official one meaning that it has less bugs and more features, though you will not get the “looks” of a custom ROM. The DDLP8 ICS 4.0.3 is perfect for those who want the basic and default variant of the Android 4.0 platform.
The ICS 4.0.3, named as DDLP8, update has just been offered by Samsung for the Galaxy Note users from India, but being a bootloader free upgrade, you will be able to apply the same on any Note, regardless the carrier, or region. All you have to do is to follow this step by step guide and your worries will be ended. As already mentioned in the introduction, the firmware can be OTA received or installed by using Samsung KIES, but only if your phone isn’t currently running an beta or custom ROM. If it is, than the only way for updating your Note with the official Ice Cream Sandwich OS will be by manually perform the installation procedure.
Don’t worry, as the process is not hard to follow or complete. We will be doing all by using Odin, which is a powerful tool especially designed for this kinds of operations. We will be checking in how to use the app during the steps from below. But, until then, here is what you need to prepare, so that the unpleasant situations can be avoided.
As usual, before adventuring in changing stuffs with and on your handset, you must consider in saving your data and personal saves first. This means that you have to do a backup of the system. This is a complex operation, but if you know what tools to use than you will find it more than intuitive. I recommend you to download some programs from Google Play, this being the safest method available for backing up your data. As a recommendation you can follow our how to guides:
- Save contacts by syncing with your Gmail account.
- Install SMS backup and restore tools.
- Download Call log backup and restore apps for Android.
- And use your computer, or the phone’s SD card for saving any other file.
Then, for being sure that you will do everything as it should, you will have to take care of the following:
- If you have antivirus tools that runs on your Note or on your computer uninstall them before applying the update. We don’t want to have something that interferes with our job.
- On your PC you should have the admin rights enabled along with the active USB ports with full read / write access.
- Furthermore, the smartphone should have minimum 60% of its battery power. If not, take the charger and plug it in.
- Enable the USB Debugging option from your device. Do it when it isn’t connected with the PC. If you don’t know how, go to “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”.
Now, if you have a rooted Samsung Galaxy Note N7000, after updating with official DDLP8 ICS 4.0.3 firmware, the root access will be revoked. This is happening each time you perform an update operation; you will be able to gain root access only by following a tutorial that suits the new ROM; if different you will brick your handset. Also, by applying the OS upgrade you will not void the warranty; furthermore, you will re-gain it if your phone was running a custom ROM or beta software.
Leaving these aspects aside, you can go a start the proper procedure.
How to Manually Update Galaxy Note with Official DDLP8 ICS 4.0.3 Firmware
- Download the update file from here; place / save it to your computer.
- Do the same with Odin.
- Extract the files downloaded before.
- When done, open Odin.
- Turn off the Galaxy Note and reboot.
- You should enter in download mode, so press the Volume Down Key and OK button while powering on.
- In download mode, connect the handset with the computer via its USB cord.
- As soon as you are done with this, on Odin the ID:COM section should turn yellow.
- If not, install USB drivers, the go to “Settings -> Wireless and Network -> USB Settings” and enable the USB Debugging option. Then reconnect the phone with the PC.
- On Odin, select “PDA” and pick the “N7000DDLP8_N7000ODDLP5_N7000DDLP4_HOME.tar.md5” file.
- Click on “Start”.
- When the process is over the handset should reboot automatically.
- Disconnect it from the computer.
- Now reboot as showed before and enter in recovery mode.
- From the recovery mode menu choose “Wipe cache partition” and Wipe data factory reset”.
- After completing these tasks select “+++go back+++” followed by “reboot system now”.
- That’s it.
Your Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 is now running on the new and official DDLP8 ICS 4.0.3 Firmware. This was the manual method needed for learning how to update your Android powered device but remember that you can do the same by OTA applying the software, or by using Samsung KIES. This should be all for now, but stay close as we will prompt you with further OS updates, or bug fixes for your Note and for its new ROM.