There is a new Samsung Galaxy note 2 (GT-N7100) official 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware update with build number N7100XXUENB2 now rolling out in Thailand and might also made available for the rest of southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia and Vietnam. You should try to check this out as this is an update from previous build N7100XXUENA1. In Europe, was still stuck on 4.3 N7100XXUEMK9 and no update yet available to now. The Android 4.3 could be the last update for Galaxy Note 2 since i have noticed some high memory usage on 4.3 updates.
The N7100XXUENB2 4.3 firmware has a bit higher change value, and might have also added some minor tweaks. But the baseband or Modem version hasn’t change either and still on N7100XXUENA1 that has been seen released in Southeast Asia, Middle East and African countries. For those who want to give it a try, you just grab the original N7100XXUENB2 stock firmware below.
How to Manually Install the N7100XXUENB2 Official 4.3 Firmware on Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100
Those who now runs with rooted or custom firmware and custom recoveries cannot get this update officially from Kies or OTA, since the device is already modified, Kies or OTA updates will block your devices from updating.
This is the procedure on how to manually upgrade the rooted Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to official Android 4.3 Jelly bean N7100XXUENB2.
Warning: This method is for advance users only, typical users who did not touch or changes their devices MUST ONLY update via Kies and OTA only. This firmware is compatible with all Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with model number GT-N7100 only (International version) and cannot be used on U.S and Canada Galaxy S3 variants like SGH-I317/M, SGH-T889/V and SPH-L900 and so on.
Disclaimer: Use of this guide is solely at your own risk! Proceed with extra-precautions.
Download the original N7100XXUEMK9 Unbranded Galaxy Note 2 Stock Firmware
Region: Southeast Asia
Android version: Android 4.3
Build date: February 13, 2014
Release date: February 13, 2014
Build change value: 2522355a
FAQ about flashing Samsung Galaxy Note 2 stock firmware:
Q: Did it increase the flash counter of the phone?
A: No, flashing original stock firmware will not trip your phone’s flash counter, it only increases when you install any custom ROM, unofficial or leaked firmware.
Q: My phone is already rooted, does it remove root?
A: Yes, once you flash official firmware it will return to its original factory default settings, you will lose root and you need to root again.
Q: How to Root the 4.3 update on Galaxy Note 2?
A: Rooting on Android 4.3 may void the warranty of your device, but if you wanted it so badly then simply go here -> forum.xda-developers.com
Before you proceed prepare the necessary things as follows:
– Create a sync and backup all your personal data, like: Contacts, Messages, Applications, Pictures and Videos, so that you will not lose it just in-case something might went wrong after the update.
– Make sure that the phone’s battery is fully charge to ensure stability and avoid power failure issues while updating.
-Close all softwares, such as KIES suite, Antivirus, firewalls, to prevent the possible conflicts.
-Prepare a personal computer or laptop with Windows XP, Vista, 7 or later OS, and you must deactivate the antivirus from your computer and you must have an administrator access, to be able to download and install the drivers.
– Extract or unzip the downloaded firmware so that you’ll get the Odin flashable tar. Use wizip, winrar, 7zip or any extracting tool you had in your computer.
– Run Odin Downloader v3.07 flasher program.
– Load the binary tar file. Click on the PDA or AP button then browse to the folder where you extracted the stock firmware.
Example of UK’s Galaxy Note 2 4.3 stock firmware:
– Do Not check the Re-Partition checkbox, just leave default checked Auto Reboot and F-Reset Time check-boxes.
– Reboot the phone in download mode: To reboot the Galaxy Note 2into download mode , you need to turn the power off. After it completely shut down, just press and hold the Volume Down , Home button and the Power ON/OFF button simultaneously.
You will then prompts into a warning screen and asking you to press volume up if you want to continue or volume down to cancel, just simply press volume up to get into download mode. The download mode then displays an Android robot and say’s “Downloading.. Do not turn off target!!”
– Connect the phone to PC when it’s in the Download Mode screen. You should see an ID:COM turns in bluish color and Odin says added!!. If Odin doesn’t respond when the device connected to the computer then check for possible errors, such as USB cable, USB ports and the USB driver. Do not proceed if the device is not recognized with Odin, it only result to flashing failure.
– Hit the “START’ button.
– Wait until a word “PASS’ appears. (see Odin sample below)
11. Remove the phone from PC once completely reboots.
You may then confirm the newly installed Jelly Bean from your device:
Settings>About Device> Firmware info or type *#1234# and see if it’s already N7100XXUENB2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean build.