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Update Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 to Official Android 4.3 XXUEMK4 Jelly Bean ROM

Samsung has released today the official Android 4.3 OTA Update for the Galaxy Note 2 smartphone. Read this entire tutorial if you want to learn how to manually flash the brand new XXUEMK4 firmware without bricking the device. Use this post only if you’re an advanced Android user and you know what your’re doing.

The official Android 4.3 XXUEMK4 JB Update is set Over-the-Air, but not all devices are getting it at the same time, which is why those who don’t want to wait can use this post and learn how to manually upgrade their phone’s firmware. Before starting the installation, read the preparation guide below:

  • Use this guide only for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 model number N7100.
    – don’t attempt to use this tutorial with the N7100 LTE variant of Note 2, as you will brick it.
    – also, don’t flash the firmware file you find here on any other different Android smartphone.
  • Download and Install Samsung USB Drivers from here.
  • Disable Samsung KIES and all antivirus applications from running on your PC.
    – such apps will interfere with the updating process.
  • In case your Note 2 is currently rooted, then this installation will revoke root and restore 100% stock firmware.
  • Enable USB Debugging from Developer Options menu.
    – if Developer Options doesn’t show up in Settings, then you need to enable it by opening About Phone section, then tap seven times on the ‘build number’ text.
  • Backup some of your most important files in the process.
    – in case your device is currently running on a custom ROM, then you need to know that the system partition will be wiped.
  • This guide is for advanced Android users, do not blame us in case you brick the phone or lose any important in the process.
  • The battery charge level of your device has to be over 50%. Don’t try to update it in case the charge level is lower than that.
  • In case you cannot complete the guide, then you should ask for extra help in comments.

Since you’ve read all of the above, you can now continue to the next part of this post and learn how to successfully update your device to the latest Jelly Bean firmware version.

How to flash Official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OTA Update for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100:

  1. Download the N7100 Android 4.3 firmware zip from here.
    – note that this is an Indian firmware, but it will work with all International N7100 devices.
  2. Extract the contents from the zip file and place them on your computer’s desktop.
  3. Download Odin3 v3.09 from here.
    – extract the contents and save the Odin folder on your desktop.
  4. Power off your smartphone now.
  5. Launch Odin executable on your PC.
  6. Boot your Note 2 in Download Mode.
    – it can be done by pressing and holding Volume UP, Home and Power buttons at the same time.
    – release the buttons when the Warning! menu is displayed, after that press Volume Up to confirm boot in Download Mode.
  7. Connect your smartphone with your computer via USB cable.
    – wait for Odin to detect the device, then continue to the next step.
    – if the Note 2 isn’t recognized by Odin, then you will have to re-install the Samsung USB Drivers.
  8. Go to Odin now and load the following files:
    – Click AP and load the AP_N7100XXUEMK4_2099172_REV04_user_low_ship.tar.md5 file
    click BL and load the BL_N7100XXUEMK4_2099172_REV04_user_low_ship.tar.md5 file
    – Click CP and load the file with CP listed in its title.
    – Click CSC and load the file with CSC listed in its title.
    > when files are loaded in Odin, continue to the next step. Make sure not to change any other default options.
    > if Re-Partition is enabled, then you have to disable it.
  9. When ready, hit the START button to begin the updating process.
  10. The installation process will take a while to complete, when its done you will see the Odin PASS alert shown, your phone will reboot in normal mode and you can start testing all of its new features.
  11. If the installation has been completed with success, then you’re done with this tutorial.

NOTE: if ODIN freezes, it shows the FAIL alert or the phone doesn’t go past the Samsung boot animation screen, then you have to do the following actions: close Odin, disconnect the phone from computer, remove the phones battery for five seconds then put it back in, re-launch Odin and repeat the entire tutorial once again.

NOTE 2: If Odin says that the installation was complete but the phone is unable to go past the boot animation screen, then you will be forced to apply a factory reset. This process will delete all data from your system partition and force your Note 2 to boot in normal mode.

Factory Reset doesn’t delete files from internal / external sdcards. Here’s how to factory reset your smartphone:

  • Power off the Note 2 by removing its battery, then re-insert back into its place after five seconds have passed.
    – don’t connect the device to your PC.
  • Press and Hold Volume Up, Home and Power until the stock Recovery Mode menu appears.
  • Select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ and confirm the process.
  • After the Factory Reset is complete, select ‘reboot system now’ option.
    – the first boot process takes several minutes to load all the new files, don’t press any buttons until the Home screen appears.
  • Enter your Google account details when the Android 4.3 home screen loads.

I hope that you’ve managed to update your smartphone and that you can now test all the latest Jelly Bean features on your Note 2 device. if you have any other questions, then you should ask them in comments below.