The international version of Samsung Galaxy Note is receiving Android 4.1.2 XXLSZ Jelly Bean update – if you have this phablet, you should already have it on your phone or at least have the notification if you have the ROM installed. This new update has completely revamped and revived the user interface on Note as well as added a ton of new improvements and features – even more reasons for their owners to want to stick to it or maybe look forward to an even better Note III in the future.
The new Jelly Bean update has also come with a ton of Premium Suite upgrades from Samsung which include Project Butter, Google Now, a new notification panel, improved battery management, dual homescreen modes, page buddy and more S Note and S Pen features among others. If you have already installed this update, you may be more inclined to want to stick to the stock Android rather than switch to a custom ROM. The good news is, if you prefer to install a custom ROM, you will find an even better one than the stock Jelly Ben – in my opinion.
Installing a custom ROM on a phone these days is so simple – you just need to follow some simple instructions and use the right tools. To install the custom ROM on your Note, you will first need to root it if you haven’t rooted it yet then download and install ‘ClockworkMod Recovery’. You cannot install a custom ROM on your phone or phablet in this case without rooting it. Rooting it is simply removing the manufacturer protection to get the privileges to install the ROM. It is also possible to make a backup of your current ROM to restore it in a future date if you do not like the new custom ROM or if you encounter problems.
Tampering with the phone’s ROM is risky, no matter how simple it is. You could easily damage your phone to the point of no recovery. You will follow these instructions at your own risk, we will not be responsible for any damages that your device may incur. Also, this form of modification certainly voids your warranty. Note that this process is meant for the international version of the Note. You should NEVER try to install a wrong version of operating system on a device.
What you need
Once you weigh the pros and cons of installing the custom ROM and decide to proceed, you need to prepare and ensure you have everything ready prior to starting. Here are the things you need on your checklist:
- Ensure that your device is rooted.
- Download and install ClockWorkMod Recovery.
- Setlle on the most desired installation mode. There are three ways to install the ROM:
- You can root the device and install the PhilZ Kernel with ClockWorkMod Touch Recovery without bumping up the flash counter. This installation method does not void your warranty.
- You can root the device and install the PhilZ Kernel with the ClockWorkMod Touch Recovery (via Odin). This increases the flash counter and voids any warranty you have on the device.
- You can install the custom ROM on the Note phablet only – without applications. You can also choose to install the applications without installing the ROM.
- Ensure that your device is fully charged. Installation SHOULD NOT be interrupted, especially by the device going off because of low battery power.
- Turn USB Debugging on. On your phone, go to Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging and turn it on.
- Proper rooting does not erase your files or data on the phone, but it is always advisable, as a precautionary measure, to back up any files and data you will need later such as messages, apps, contacts and other files on the main storage.
1: Rooting without installing ClockWorkMod Recovery
- Download the ‘Update SuperSU v1.25’ Zip file on this link http://download.chainfire.eu/315/SuperSU/UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.25.zip or here (http://d-h.st/tfu) and save it on the external memory card of your Galaxy Note.
- When copying is complete, turn your device off and boot it into recovery. You can do this by pressing and holding the Volume Up and Home buttons together then pressing and holding the Power button as the device powers up until the screen turns on and the Samsung logo blinks twice. After this, release the Power Button hold but keep pressing the Volume Up and Home buttons until Blue text and a green Android bot on a black screen appear.
- Navigate up and down the list of options using the Volume Up and Down buttons. Scroll down to the option ‘Apply update from external storage’ then press the power button once to choose. You will then navigate to the ‘UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.25.zip’ file, select it and confirm the selection if required to do so.
- Wait for the installation to complete.
- Select ‘Reboot System Now’ when installation is complete.
- When the phone is booting up, it will display ‘Android is upgrading…’ message on the screen. Be patient and wait for it to complete.
- When update is complete and the Galaxy Note is ready for use, open the App drawer and locate an application called ‘SuperSU’. Run it and if it asks you to update binary, do so.
2. Rooting the Note Using Stock Recovery
- Download the PhilZ-cwm6-XXLSZ-OXA-4.63-signed.zip file from this link (http://www.mediafire.com/?6bxp34p353tf8ob). Do not extract it. Just copy it to the external memory card on your Note.
- Follow the instructions given under method 1 above (from point 2 to 7) substituting the ‘UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.25.zip’ file on point 3 with ‘PhilZ-cwm6-XXLSZ-OXA-4.63-signed.zip’.
3. Rooting Galaxy Note via Odin
Rooting the Note using the Odin method is the most popular approach today to install an official firmware on a Samsung Galaxy device. This method will require a file with a .tar extension. Follow these steps to install the software:
- Download and install all the Samsung USB drivers. You should also download Samsung Kies if it is not already installed on your computer. This installation may require you to reboot your computer. You can download USB drivers here (http://droidviews.com/2012/android-usb-drivers-samsung-motorola-sony-lg-zte-htc-asus-huawei-acer/)
- Download the Odin v3.04 zip file here (http://d-h.st/XaC) on your laptop or desktop.
- Download the PhilZ-cwm6-XXLSZ-OXA-4.63.tar.md5 file here (http://www.mediafire.com/?gup52876ps7j4gb) and save it on your computer.
- Set your Galaxy Note in ‘Download’ mode. This means turning off the phone then pressing and holding the Volume Down and Home buttons then long pressing the Power button when the device is turned off until the screen powers on. A prompt will ask you to press the Volume Up key to continue. Do so.
- Run the Odin program you downloaded. Ensure that the ‘F Reset Time’ and ‘Auto Reboot’ are checked before proceeding.
- Connect your Galaxy Note device to the computer via a USB cable. Wait till the ID: COM port on the Odin program turns blue and displays ‘Added!’ message on the text box below it. If you do not see the ‘Added!’ message, check to ensure that the USB cable is properly attached and that all the drivers installed correctly and ‘USB Debugging’ mode is turned on on the Note.
- Click on the ‘PDA’ button on the screen and navigate to your downloads folder then choose ‘PhilZ-cwm6-XXLSZ-OXA-4.63.tar.md5’ file.
- Click ‘Start’ on the Odin program window and let the download begin.
- When the process is complete, it will display a ‘Pass!’ message on the Odin program window and the Galaxy Note will reboot automatically.
- You will see ‘Android is upgrading…’ message on the Note’s screen when the phone is booting up. Wait for it to complete installation and when it is ready to be used, open the App drawer and run the ‘SuperSU’ application. If it asks you to update the binary, do so.
That is all that is required in rooting your Note. You can however download the Root Checker application which is free on Google Play and run it to confirm that your device was actually rooted. Here is the link (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joeykrim.rootcheck) to the application
What to do if you do not see SuperSU app on your Galaxy Note
No reason to panic! If you do not see SuperSU shortcut on your App drawer, here is what you need to do:
- Download the UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.25 zip file from http://download.chainfire.eu/315/SuperSU/UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.25.zip or http://d-h.st/tfu and copy it to your device’s memory card. Do not extract the zip file, just copy it the way it is.
- Boot your Galaxy note to ‘ClockWorkMod Recover’ mode by following the third step in the first method in this post.
- Inside recovery, navigate the options using the volume keys and make selections using the power button. Scroll down and select ‘Install zip from SDCard’ then navigate to the location on the memory card where you placed the downloaded file and select it.
- Confirm file selection by choosing ‘Yes – install UPDATE- SuperSU-v1.25.zip’
- Wait for installation to complete then select ‘Reboot system now’
Congratulations, your Samsung Galaxy Note N700 is now running on Android 4.1.2 XXLSZ Jelly Bean official firmware.