Sprint has launched the official Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for their CDMA variant of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 device. If you follow all the info that is listed in this post then you will be able to complete the update manually without bricking your device.
The new update brings tons of changes and improvements like new white status bar icons, better multi-tasking support for tons of new applications, better battery life, tweaked UI, etc. More about this release.
This guide is destined for Sprint CDMA Note 2 owners that are still waiting for the official OTA Update notification to be pushed for their devices. Use this post and you will learn how to apply the KitKat 4.4.2 VPUCNE2 firmware update manually.
Before starting the updating process you will have to read the guidelines below:
- use this tutorial only with the Sprint CDMA variant of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 model number SPH – L900.
- check the phone’s model number under Settings> More> About Phone.
- if the model number doesn’t match the L900 value, then this guide will not work for your device.
- don’t try to update any other different devices with the files that you will find in this post.
- install all the Samsung USB Drivers on your computer before getting to the tutorial.
- enable USB Debugging from Developer Options menu.
- this will make sure that your Note 2 Sprint device will be detected by Odin, the PC app that you will use to push the KitKat 4.4.2 updating files to your device.
- if you can’t find Developer Options section, then this has to be enabled, too -> check this post for that.
- disable any antivirus app and the Samsung KIES software from running on your PC.
- these apps might block ODIN from properly running and blocking it from installing the new update files on your PC.
- in case you have a rooted Sprint CDMA Galaxy Note 2, then you need to know that this guide will revoke root access.
- if your device has a custom Recovery installed it will be replaced by a stock Recovery in the process.
- if your device currently sports a custom ROM, then the updating process will remove all data from system partition and you will also be required to apply a ‘Factory Reset’ after the update is complete.
- more about the Factory Reset process can be found at the end of this guide.
- in case you want to backup data from installed apps, SMS text messages or any other file use Helium for Android tool.
- you can also choose to sync Contacts and People data with your Gmail account.
- check your battery’s charge level and make sure that it is over 50%, this will prevent the device from switching off in the middle of the updating process.
- use this post only if you’re an advanced Android user.
- do not blame us if you brick the device, nor in case you end up losing any important data in the process.
- read the entire post and don’t skip any steps.
These were all the guidelines that you had to go over before continuing to the next part of this post.
How to flash VPUCNE2 Android 4.4.2 KK Update for Sprint CDMA Galaxy Note 2:
- Download the L900VPUCNE2 firmware zip and save it on your PC.
- Extract the contents of the firmware archived file and you will get the L900VPUCNE2 tar.md5 file.
- don’t extract further than that.
- Download Odin3 v3.09 zip, save it on computer.
- extract the contents of this zip on your PC.
- Switch off the Galaxy Note 2 Sprint CDMA device.
- Next, boot it into Download Mode.
- Open the Odin3 v3.09 exe on your computer.
- Use the USB Cable and connect the Note 2 Sprint to your PC.
- wait for ODIN to add your phone and then continue to the next step.
- if the device is not detected, then you will have to re-install the Samsung USB Drivers, the download link is in the guidelines above the tutorial.
- Now start the updating process. Go back to ODIN window and click on the ‘AP’ button tab.
- Find the L900VPUCNE2 tar.md5 file extracted in step 2 and load it into Odin window.
- make sure that the ‘re-partition’ option is disabled.
- do not change other default Odin settings.
- Hit the START button when you’re ready to begin the updating process.
- note that this installation might take at least ten minutes to completely flash all the Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware files.
- do not press any buttons until the process is complete.
- When the Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware is successfully installed on your Sprint Galaxy Note 2 you will see Odin confirming the installation and the phone will reboot.
- note that the first boot process of this new official stock ROM might take several minutes to complete.
- When the boot is complete you will simply have to use your Google account info and take control over your device.
I hope that you did manage to complete the update and that now you’re testing all the new features and improvements added by Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
If you had any problems during the installation, then you should try to take a look at the ‘notes’ below.
If Odin states that the Note 2 Sprint updating process has failed or the app freezes some time during the update, then you should try to repeat the entire guide more than once. But, make sure that you won’t skip any steps and that your phone meets all the requirements listed in the ‘guidelines’ section of this post.
If Odin says that the update was completed, but your phone doesn’t boot in normal mode after 20 minutes or it enters into a boot loop, then you will be forced to apply a ‘factory reset’. This will force the phone to boot in normal mode.
Also, a ‘factory reset’ process is needed in case your device was running a custom ROM before installing this new official Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware.
Here’s how to apply the factory reset: power off the device, then boot it in Recovery Mode and after that you should use the ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option to complete the process.
After your Sprint CDMA Note 2 reboots you will be welcomed by a fresh new Android 4.4.2 KitKat VPUCNE2 home screen.