Upgrade Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 to Android 4.2.1 via Cyanogenmod 10.1

Now along with talks about Galaxy S4, rumors about Galaxy Note 3 are also there. Indicating clearly that Note series is very popular amongst people. After record-breaking success of their first phablet from this series namely Galaxy Note, Samsung launched a Tablet called Galaxy Note 10.1. A 10.1″ screen packed with quad core performance and other excellent features.

The device has got official update of Android 4.1.2 from Samsung themselves. It’s been a long time since Google launched upgraded version of Jelly Ben (Android 4.2.1) still Samsung hasn’t provided this update to any of their device. Procedure of rolling out this update will definitely require some time as the have to taste the firmware thoroughly before releasing it.

Instead of waiting for official update, you can enjoy treat of Jelly Bean right away via custom ROMs. Now worldwide famous custom ROM called Cyanogenmod is available for Note 10.1. Along with stock Jelly Bean features like Multi-user feature for Tab, daydream, photosphere camera you get several additional improvements from CM 10.1. Just remember that ROM is in development stage so may contain some bugs. Following article explains procedure of installing Cyanogenmod 10.1 on Galaxy Note 10.1.

Disclaimer: The following article is considered as risky and can cause damage to your tablet. Do not follow this article if you are not aware of all these things. Read the article completely and follow all the steps at your own risk. For any damage cause to your device due to this process, we or developer cannot be taken guilty or responsible.

CM 10.1 for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Make a note that, this article is intended only for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 bearing model numbers N8000. Dont try this on any other tablet or mobile or any other variant; otherwise you might end up with some unexpected results.


  • Ensure that tablet is charged at least up to 70% so that installation process wont get interrupted due to low battery.
  • Dont forget to take a backup of important data like SMS, MMS, APN, contacts etc. to the external memory as it gets vanished during installation.
  • In order to use USB debugging mode on your Tab, device specific drivers must be installed on your computer. You can install the same by installing Samsung Kies. To download it manually,click here.
  • Remember that without any custom recovery like Clockworkmod recovery or TWRP recovery you cant flash a custom ROM. If you don’t have one. Here is a guide on how to install Clockworkmod Recovery on Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Procedure to Flash Cyanogenmod 10.1 on Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (Android 4.2.1):

  • Download Cyanogenmod 10.1 for your tablet as per model number from official Cyanogenmod download page.
  1. Here is the link of Official Cyanogenmod download page.
  • Also download Gapps package for Jelly Bean.
  1. Google Apps (Jelly Bean).
  • Connect your tablet to computer via USB cable. Enable USB debugging on and copy both files to the external memory. Dont extract them.
  • After this, disconnect tablet from PC and switch it off. Boot it into recovery mode. To do so, press & holdVolume up + Power Button simultaneously until recovery mode opens.
  • It is suggested that you should take a nandroid backup. For that select backup & restore and then. This backup is saved in external memory. (This step is not mandatory).
  • After this, you will come back to the recovery menu. Select wipe data/factory reset to wipe all the data from the memory. Now select wipe cache and confirm it on next screen.
  • Select install zip from sdcard followed by choose zip from sdcard. Navigate to Cyanogenmod 10.1 zip file and then confirm it next step.
  • It will take few more minutes for installation. Finally you will see recovery menu again.
  • Since Google apps are not present in custom ROM, you will need to flash it separately. So repeat the above step of install zip from sdcard followed by chose zip from sdcard for Gapps.
  • After successful flashing of both files, chose +++++go back+++++ option and then reboot system now. First start may take a little while, but you don’t have to worry about that.

Great Job!! Your Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is now upgraded to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean via Cyanogenmod 10.1. Dont forget to share our views about this article through comments.

Tip: If you want to uninstall this ROM and return back to the stock one, you can easily do it just by booting into the recovery mode. Select backup & restore option followed by restore & chose your latest backup to restore.

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