AOKP is one of the most popular Android custom ROMs and it’s now available on the Galaxy Note N7000 too, fortunately. We’ve been trying it for a few days an it proved to be very fast and stable. Until now we did not encounter any issue, so we can recommend you to try it.
As you may know already, most Galaxy Note Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs and Kernels have a bug that permanently damage the device, but this is not one of them. Only ROMs based on official Samsung ROMs and Kernels are affected and AOKP is based on CM9, which has been proven to be 100% safe. Though you should know that you can still damage your device if you are not careful with the update.
Please not that we cannot be held responsible for any damage done to your device. This custom firmware has been tested and it cannot brick your device if you do everything right. Make sure to follow every step without skipping anything and you will be safe.
AOKP comes with a plethora of features, like ROM control, Theme changer, which allows you to customize your device exactly the way you want. There is a video at the end of this post which can help you understand better what this ROM is capable of.
Now let’s get to the flashing operation, which is pretty easy.
First you should know that flashing anything on your device can damage your data, so we recommend you to perform backups.
Notice: As I told you before, there are many dangerous ROMs and kernels. If you are using an ICS ROM or kernel, then flashing anything in ClockworkMod Recovery can brick your device. Follow our guide to flash a safe kernel first.
How to backup Galaxy Note N7000
To backup your installed applications, sms messages and call logs you can use some applications that will help you do it very easily. Though you should not restore the apps, especially if you are coming from a GB ROM. A full wipe will be required if you are not coming from a CM9 based ROM. Here are the needed apps: AppBak application | SMS backup & restore | Call Logs backup & restore.
To backup your contacts, you can sync them with your Google account. Here‘s a guide to do so.
Flash a safe kernel
If your device is already rooted and you are on an ICS kernel, then we only recommend you to use CWM from a CM9 kernel. If you are using any other kernel, then flash the CM9 using Odin.
First you will have to download Odin v3 1.85 here and the safe CM9 kernel here. Now turn off your device and disconnect it from the PC. Enter download mode by pressing volume down, home button and power button simultaneously. Open Odin, click PDA and select CM9_safe_kernel.tar. Now connect the Galaxy Note to your computer and after the ID:COM square turns yellow, press start. It should only take a few seconds and once it boots up, your device will be running a safe kernel with CWM.
How to root Samsung Galaxy Note N7000
If your device is already rooted and you are running a safe kernel, preferably CM9, then you can skip this step.
If you are on a Gingerbread ROM and it’s not rooted, then follow this guide to root it.
If your device is running an ICS kernel which is not CM9, then follow the above guide to flash a safe kernel. It doesn’t matter if it’s rooted or not, it will be also rooted.
How to update Galaxy Note N7000 to AOKP custom Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM
If you performed the backups, flashed a safe kernel and rooted your device, then you can proceed with the update.
First download the AOKP ROM and gapps and copy them to your device. Turn off your device and enter recovery mode by pressing volume up, home button and power button simultaneously. You will have to wipe your data, so go to “Wipe data / factory reset” and select Yes.
Now go to Install zip from sd card > Choose zip from sd card and select the AOKP ROM. Once it finishes flashing the ROM, do the same with gapps. Now you have to wait until it finishes and reboot your device. It will take a while to boot, but if it takes longer than 5 minutes, pull the battery and turn on your device again. It should now boot faster and you are done.
Here’s a video of the AOKP ROM running on Galaxy Note N7000.