Update Galaxy Note N7000 to Android 4.2.1 via Cyanogenmod 10.1

Quiet a few days ago, official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for Galaxy Note N7000 was leaked. It clearly means that Samsung is still working & testing Jelly Bean update for the phablet and other devices. But if you’ve observed, each time Samsung is delaying the update for Galaxy Note (you may take an example of ICS 4.0.3). Does it mean that Samsung will be delaying JB update too? Well, who knows what Korean giant has decided about the future updates.

But this doesn’t mean that developer community over the world has stopped working for the phablet. Recently XDA Recognized Contributor chasmodo has released Cyanogenmod 10.1 (nightly) custom ROM. CM 10.1 is a Android 4.2 based custom ROM which offers all the features from stock Android 4.2 as well as its full customization features. Since the ROM is in development stage, it may take some time for developers to fix the bugs. But still you can give it a try. After all it is the fast performing Android OS update up till now (You may check Android 4.2 features from here).

Read the following instructions carefully while updating your Note to Android 4.2.1 based custom ROM (CM 10.1). Please note that each and every step mentioned in this article is important.

Disclaimer: The procedure given in this tutorial is considered as risky and may cause damage to your phone. It is recommended that you should not follow it unless you are familiar with these things. Follow this guide completely at your own risk. Neither we nor ROM developer will be held responsible for any damage caused to your device while attempting these steps.

This guide is intended only for Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 (International). Dont try it on any other device or variant of the same else it may result in permanent damage to your device.


  • Charge your device up to 70% battery level in order not to interrupt the installation procedure.
  • Enable USB Debugging option in your phone.
  • It is highly recommended to backup all your data from phone memory which includes contacts, messages (SMS/MMS), call logs, Internet APNs etc.
  • It is necessary to have Custom Recovery like Clockworkmod / TWRP installed in your phone for flashing Cyanogenmod 10.1 Custom ROM.

Procedure to Upgrade Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 to Android 4.2.1 Custom ROM (Cyanogenmod 10.1):

  • Download Google Apps (Gmail, Maps, GTalk, Play Store etc.) from the link given below.
  1. Google Apps for Jelly Bean
  • After downloading ROM package & Google Apps, connect your phone to the PC. Enable mass storage mode to access external SD card data & transfer both the files on the root directory of it.
  • Disconnect the phone from computer. Now boot into Clockworkmod recovery. To do so, switch off the phone completely. Press & hold Volume Up + Home Button + Power Key together until recovery mode appears (you can release power button after Samsung logo appears but keep holding other two until recovery mode shows up).
  • After getting into the recovery, make a nandroid backup of your current ROM so that it can be restored back in case of failure. To do so, Highlight backup and restore option in the recovery menu, select it & then choose backup to start the backup process.
  • Select wipe data/factory reset & subsequently wipe cache partition to wipe the data & caches respectively from the internal memory. (Caution! performing this step will erase all the data from internal memory, which includes sms/mms, contacts, reminders, APNs, call logs, apps etc. therefore ensure that youve taken backup of all these things before).
  • Now select install zip from sdcard & then on next screen select, choose zip from sdcard. It will show you the files & folders located on the SD card of your device. Navigate to the ROM file, select it using power button (unless youre using touch CWM) & confirm the installation by pressing on Yes. This should start installing the ROM.
  • Again select install zip from sdcard followed by choose zip from sdcard & this time browse for Google apps package file (gapps-jb-20121212-signed.zip). Press on Yes to install confirm Google Apps installation.
  • After you finish flashing all the files, Selectreboot system nowto Restart the phone.

Tip: You can restore back your previous ROM using CMW’s restore feature. To restore the previous ROM, boot into the recovery mode, selectBackup and Restoreoption & on next screen, selectrestore.Now choose the backup you like to restore (or the restore the backup you’ve made before flashing this ROM).

There you go!! Android 4.2 is now up and running on your Galaxy Note N7000 in the form of Cyanogenmod 10.1. Let us know if you’ve any problems, we’ll try our best to sort out them. Enjoy..

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