In order to enjoy a stable and smooth Android 4.1.2 experience on your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 you need to apply the latest updates available. For those who aren’t aware of, Verizon released a new OTA update, the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 VRAMC3 firmware, which brings several bug-fixes and few new features, so it is recommended to flash the same on your phablet. But, in case your device is rooted, or installed with a custom ROM firmware, then a manual update operation will be required. Therefore, by using this tutorial you will be able to learn how to manually update your Verizon Galaxy Note 2 to official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean VRAMC3 OS.
By following this guide you will be able to learn some general, though extremely relevant, aspects related to the manual update operation and then you will be able to update your Note 2 easily by using dedicated steps that will take you through the flashing procedure. In the end, your Verizon Galaxy Note 2 will be running the latest variant of the Android system, the new Jelly Bean 4.1.2 firmware model number VRAMC3. Remember that the software is already OTA available, so apply this guide only if you need to manually apply the ROM on your device.
We are dealing with the official release of the Android system that has been rolled out by Verizon for the Galaxy Note 2, therefore by using and completing this guide you will not void the warranty of your handset. Also, you will be flashing the stock Jelly Bean OS and not a custom ROM so don’t expect to receive custom or extra features, apps or looks; the default, though improved Android experience will be applied on your Note 2.
As stated during the introduction, the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 VRAMC3 OS brings mostly bug-fixes and only few new features, so this is a minor update. Don’t worry though, as you will still get Multi Window Support, search filter by Name in the Dialer Screen and End-to-End IPv6 support along with several other capabilities which means that the Android Jelly Bean experience and also the battery life of your device will be improved and powered up.
Well, you should begin the present guide with the pre requisites. In this way you will be able to learn more about the manual update operation and also you will be able to prepare your smartphone for the flashing procedure that will shortly follow. Don’t skip this section as it is the most relevant one; if you somehow mess things up you can end up in bricking your Note 2, so be careful in what you and read all the lines from this tutorial before applying something on your phone.
- If your phablet is rooted or running on a custom ROM, after completing this step by step guide you will be able to return to stock Android Jelly Bean OS and also you can restore the lost warranty on your Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
- Of course, the root access will be revoked and the bootloader relocked, which means that if needed, you will have to re-root your device by following a new guide that is suitable with the new VRAMC3 OS.
- Again, remember that you don’t have to root your phone as this guide can be applied on locked handsets too.
- A backup is still recommended as if something bad happens you can end up in losing your personal info. So, before heading to the update operation, use backup and restore apps (from Google Play) and save everything you need to, starting with contacts list and ending with the EFS folder.
- You don’t have to install a custom recovery image on your phone as for the flashing operation we will use Odin.
- Now, in order to succeed, you need to use a Windows running computer, your Verizon Note 2 and its USB cable.
- Then, for avoiding the unpleasant situations you will have to uninstall the security programs (like antivirus tools) from both computer and phablet.
- Also, you need to enable the USB debugging option from path “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”.
- And to charge the battery of your device if you notice that there is less than 60% power left.
This tutorial is compatible only with the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, model number I605, as the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 VRAMC3 has been released only for the mentioned device; if you flash the firmware on a similar handset you will risk in bricking the same.
How to Update Verizon Galaxy Note 2 to official Jelly Bean 4.1.2 VRAMC3 OS
- Download and install Odin on your computer.
- Download and install Samsung KIES on your PC – the Note 2 drivers will be installed.
- Download the update file from here; extract the same on your computer.
- On the PC open Odin.
- Turn off the handset and reboot by pressing on Power, Volume Down and Menu buttons together; in this way you will be able to boot into download mode.
- Now, connect your Note 2 with the computer via its USB cable.
- On Odin now you should notice that the ID:COM section is yellow or blue and that the “added” message is displayed.
- If not, you will have to close Odin, unplug the USB cable, re-install the drivers on the PC and repeat the rest of the steps from below.
- As soon as everything is working as explained, you need to select (from Odin of course) the “PDA” option.
- Then, pick the firmware file from your computer.
- Don’t make any other changes; on Odin the Re-partition box must be unchecked.
- Click on “start” and wait while the Jelly Bean software is being installed.
- In the end, the “pass” message will be displayed meaning that you can unplug the USB cord and reboot your Verizon Galaxy Note 2.
Now, while you are trying to complete the steps from above you might notice some issues, or something might not work as explained; if that happens, then you can resolve the problems by following the below lines.
So, if Odin gets stuck you will have to close the program, disconnect the phablet from the computer, force restart the device, reboot into download mode again, re-install the drivers on the computer, re-open Odin and reconnect the Note 2 with the PC. Then, just apply the rest of the steps from above and you are safe.
Also, if your device gets stuck in a boot loop, here is how you can resolve the problem: reboot your phone into recovery mode by pressing on Power, Volume UP and Home buttons together; from recovery select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”; then choose “+++go back+++” followed by “reboot system now” and that’s it.
So, that was all. Now you know how to manually update your Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean VRAMC3 OS. Share your thoughts related to the new software and to the update procedure with us and with others users that might be interested in applying the same by using the comments area from below. Also, do tell if something isn’t working as explained as we will try to assist you as soon as possible.