Wednesday, July 31, 2013

How to update Galaxy Note GT-N7000 to Android 4.3 via CyanogenMod 10.2 test build

Galaxy Note GT-N7000 is able to sport Android 4.3 in an unofficially but effective way thanks to CyanogenMod 10.2 test build. Which is great, since the phone comes with Android 4.1.2 instead.

This tool, though, has a couple of minor bugs, the device may experience some camera problems, boot loop and also a few issues with the way graphics work. To take care of some of these problems, you should flash stock firmware again.

The guide we have in store for today will now show you what requirements to consider before you can begin the update:
  • root the handset and get either CWM Recovery or TWRP on it;
  • make backups (in case you installed the Note GT-N7000 with a custom recovery, you can use that for the backup);
  • turn on USB Debugging;
  • flash USB Drivers on your laptop for the smartphone;
  • charge its battery.
After settling the pre-requisits part of this tutorial, we present you, below, the way to achieve the update on your Galaxy Note GT-N7000.

How to update Galaxy Note GT-N7000

The first move you should perform: download Google Apps and CM10.2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean ROM on your notebook. Then plug the smartphone to the laptop and send the two packages from the latter to the former's SD card root. Unplug, once this copy-paste action is over, the devices and power the handset off to enter it in Recovery Mode as shown below:

- press and simultaneously hold Volume Up, Power and Home.

Now create a full NANDroid backup by

-  choosing "Backup & Restore"

- opt for "Backup" when a second display appears.

After the above is done, go to the Recovery Menu again and operate a couple of crucial tasks whose role is to wipe the handset's system. Here is how:

- opt for Wipe Data / Factory Reset

- confirm by choosing "YES"

- opt for Wipe Cache Partition when you're back in the Recovery Menu

- then choose Wipe Dalvik Cache from the Recovery.

When you've returned to the Recovery Menu of your smartphone, opt for the following:

- Install zip from SD card

- Choose zip from SD card.

Now spot the Android 4.3 zip file and choose it with Power; its flashing has to be confirmed next, so do that and wait for the installation of the update ROM to end. Then flash the Google Apps on the same phone by repeating the steps you performed for the other file's flashing.

As soon as you are done, go to +++++Go Back+++++. Then choose the "Reboot System Now" option and, after the handset reboots, it will have the CM10.2 unofficial Android 4.3 Jelly Bean ROM. You will be able to check this firmware on your own if you go to the handset's "Settings" and then launch, from there, "About phone".

In case your Galaxy Note GT-N7000 can't get out of boot loop, you should:

- operate Wipe Cache Partition

- operate, after that, Wipe Dalvik Cache

- reboot the smartphone.

If the new ROM is not at all satisfying, you should try restoring the old one. Here is how to make that happen:

- boot the handset into the Recovery Mode

- opt for "Backup & Restore"

- choose your ROM from a list

- wait till it's safely returned to your phone.

The Galaxy Note GT-N7000 is patiently waiting for you to try it out. So do that right now!

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