Google has finally unveiled the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on an event held at San Fransisco. As of now, this update is available for Google’s own Nexus devices only. But soon, it will be seen on most of the flagship devices like Galaxy S4, Xperia Z, HTC One and LG Optimus G Pro. There are many devices capable of running this update but no manufacturer (including Samsung) hasn’t quoted a single word about providing the same. Obviously, whenever Samsung will roll out Android 4.3 update, their flagship device- Galaxy S4 will be the first to get this update. Now, you might be wondering- what happened to Galaxy S3 and Note 2?
Recently, it has been confirmed that Note 2 won’t be getting any Android 4.2.2 update (Galaxy S3 isn’t confirmed yet). It will be directly upgraded to Android 4.3. As Samsung has decided to skip Android 4.2.2 update, it will take some more time for them to build and roll out Android 4.3 for this device. Till then you’ll have to stick with Android 4.1.2 only. Side by side, Samsung is constantly improving the current Android 4.1.2 firmware. As a result, Note 2 users are getting frequent updates to their current firmware.
Samsung has rolled out another update of Android 4.1.2 having build number XXDMG1. Many users reported about the battery drain issue, this update fixes the same. Also, it improves the system performance along with stability of the phone. But since this is a Stock firmware, don’t expect to have less bloatwares (you can remove them by rooting the phone though).
This update is available through Kies in India. You can also use OTA function to update your phablet to Android 4.1.2 XXDMG1 Jelly Bean firmware. But if you reside outside the India, no worries! We’ve provided the step by step instructions below, with which you can manually flash this update on your phone.
Just go through each and every step and finally enjoy XXDMG1 firmware on your Note 2. So, here we go..
Disclaimer: We have tried our best to make this article perfect. If your phone doesn’t respond / start after performing the steps mentioned below, whole responsibility will be yours. We should not be held responsible for any damage caused to your phone. Although the chances of bricking your phone are very low. But still this is fair warning to you. Flash this firmware at your own risk.
This firmware works only on Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100. Implementing this guide on any other model / device might give undesired results. Your device may also get bricked by doing so. Please confirm your device’s model number before you proceed further. You can check it using this path: Home Screen –> Settings –> About device.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (International Variant).
- Windows based Laptop or PC.
- USB Cable to establish the connection between the phone & Computer.
- Odin Muti Downloader Tool (link is provided in procedure below).
- Android 4.1.2 XXDMG1 Firmware Package (link is mentioned in the procedure).
- You must charge your Galaxy Note 2 up to 60% battery level. Sometime process may get interrupted because of low battery level. Therefore, be careful before you attempt to flash the firmware.
- It is always recommended to backup all your data from internal storage memory (includes contacts, messages (SMS/MMS), call logs, Internet APNs etc.) as it will get wiped during flashing process (SD card will not be erased but still make a backup of it as well).
- In order to make the phone recognized by PC (Odin Tool), device specific drivers (Samsung Drivers) are necessary and must be installed in your computer. You can install them by installing Samsung Kies. Download Kies from here. OR Download appropriate device driver directly from the link mentioned below:
- Samsung Drivers for Galaxy Note 2
- Disable all security related software (like Antivirus) installed on your PC.
- Download Odin Multi Downloader v3.07 (Firmware flashing Program).
- Odin Multi Downloader v3.07
- Download Android 4.1.2 XXDMG1 Jelly Bean Firmware Package from the link provided below:
- Android 4.1.2‚ XXDMG1 for Galaxy Note 2 N7100 (Hotfile)
- Mirror Link (Egofiles)
- Extract firmware package (.zip file) to any convenient location on your PC. You’ll find a file with .tar.md5 extension.
- Now, turn off the phone completely. Enter into download mode. For doing the same, press & hold Volume down + Home button (Center button). While holding the two, simply press Power key till you see the warning message appeared on your phone screen. Ignore the message & Press Volume up to continue. Finally you’ll see the Green Android robot & downloading… text written below it. It means your phone has entered into download mode.
- Open Odin Multi Downloader tool (which you’ve just downloaded) on PC & connect your phone to the computer (using USB cable).
- If your phone is connected successfully, you’ll see that the ID:COM section (located at top left) is turned blue with a random COM port number appeared below it. Also, you’ll get “Added” text appeared in message box (If your ID:COM box doesn’t turn out to be blue, don’t worry. Just install Samsung drivers using the link mentioned in Pre-requisites).
- In Odin, tick PDA tab & choose “N7100XXDMG1_N7100ODDDMG1_N7100DDDMG1_HOME.tar.md5″ file. Keep all the remaining options as they are & make sure that you have NOT ticked Re-Partition box. Even if you do it accidentally, you are going to brick your phone (it can be soft brick or even a hard brick).
- Finally, hit the Start button and wait till Odin finishes its job. When flashing process gets done, Odin will display the ‘Pass’ message above ID:COM (with the Green colored background) & device will restart automatically (if Auto Reboot option is ticked).
- (Conditional) However if your phone gets stuck or you get a fail message then close the Odin window, disconnect phone from computer, remove battery and re-insert it. Now, follow the same procedure again.
- Unplug the device from Computer (only if you get pass message in Odin).
- Now you will need to factory reset the phone in order to avoid bootloops & to ensure proper functioning of the phablet.
- To factory reset the phone, you’ll have to boot in recovery mode. This can be achieved by following the steps given ahead.
- Switch off the phone (you can do so by removing battery or pressing & holding power key).
- Press & hold Volume up + Home Button together & then press Power key. You can release Power button as soon as Samsung logo appears. But keep holding other two till you get into recovery mode.
- Your device is now booted in recovery mode.
- Since touch won’t work in here, you will have to use Volume up/down & power key for navigation & selection respectively.
- Now highlight Wipe data/factory reset by using Volume buttons & select it using power key. The same you have to do with Wipe Cache partition option.
- After performing these actions in recovery, finally hit reboot system now option to restart the phone.
- Your phone might take more time to boot than usual, but don’t worry, this is for the first time only.
- As soon as phone gets booted, go through the initial setup, enter your Google Account credentials and finally hit Finish button to complete the setup.
That is it! You’ve successfully flashed XXDMG1 firmware on your Galaxy Note 2 N7100 phablet. Let us know about the performance and changes that you observed in this firmware. If you face any problem while performing the steps, write it in comments, we’ll get to you as soon as possible (along with the solution of course). Enjoy!
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