As you might know, in early December the official Android 4.1.1 software has been released by Samsung for the Galaxy Note 10.1 devices, though only limited markets received the OTA update so far. So, if the official Jelly Bean OS isn’t yet available for your Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, then you should consider in manually updating the handset by following and completing the present step by step guide. The installation procedure is not hard to perform but you do have to prepare your Note first; don’t worry, you have all the info needed explained below.
Until now, the stock Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 OS can be OTA or by using KIES applied by the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 users from Germany, UK, Austria and France, so the other ones must complete a manual operation for flashing the same official firmware. The software is dubbed as N8010XXBLK9 and brings the latest Android features and capabilities. Therefore, Google Now, expandable notifications, faster browsing, a new user interface and a lot more will be installed on your Note 10.1 devices once you install the update.
Well, not all the handsets can be updated with this ROM, as only the unlocked international variant, model number N8010, is suitable with this tutorial meaning that if you try to install a similar device with the official Android 4.1.1 OS by following this guide, you will end up in bricking your tablet, or smartphone. You should be careful in what you do and complete the steps as explained below because this is being considered a complex and risky procedure. Remember that even though this is an official update you will flash the same manually and not by using an official tool, like KIES.
When dealing to stock or official ROMs, like the present one, you must know some important aspects first. The warranty of your Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8010 will not be void by applying this step by step guide. More, if your tablet is currently running a custom ROM firmware, then by applying this update you will be able to restore the lost warranty. Also, you don’t have to previously root the handset for being able to complete this procedure. Furthermore, if your Note 10.1 is rooted, the root access will then be revoked so you will have to re-gain it back by following a new guide that is suitable with the new Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean OS.
The only thing that must be completed before heading to the proper steps is a backup. It is unlikely to lose your personal info, but you can never be too sure when it comes to the contacts, messages, call logs, EFS and everything else that it is stored on your Galaxy Note 10.1. So, take your time and perform a full backup; you can use our backup and restore guides by checking through the how to section. Then, return here and resume the list from below where I have mentioned the rest of the pre requisites.
Some tools and the update file must be downloaded on a Windows running computer, so make sure you have access to the same.
On the computer and on the tablet all the security tools must be deactivated or uninstalled; else the update operation might be interrupted.
The USB debugging option from your Galaxy Note 10.1 must be enabled before going any further.
Also, the battery of your tablet should be fully charged; or at least ensure that there is more than 60% power left; else the handset might get turned off in the middle of the operation and we don’t want that to happen.
Apply this tutorial only if you own the unlocked international version of the Galaxy Note 10.1, which has model number GT-N8010; the official Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean software will work only on the mentioned device.
Manually Update Wi-Fi Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8010 to Official Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean OS
Download KIES on your computer for installing the drivers for your Galaxy Note 10.1.
Then, of course download the update file from here.
And then turn off the tablet and reboot it in download mode.
You can enter the download mode menu by pressing and holding the Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time.
On the computer open Odin.
Connect the tablet with the PC by using its USB cord. The handset must be entered in download mode.
Once the Note 10.1 is connected with the PC, on Odin the ID:COM section should be yellow and the “added” message should be displayed.
If different try to re-install the drivers and then repeat the above mentioned steps.
Now, from Odin select “PDA” and pick the update file.
Don’t make any other changes on Odin.
Click on “Start” and begin the update process.
In the end on Odin the “pass” messages should be displayed.
You can now remove the USB cord and reboot the device as we are done.
If Odin gets stuck and you can’t complete the tutorial, all you need to do is to close Odin, disconnect the tablet and turn it off. Then remove the battery, re-insert it and repeat all the steps from the beginning. On the other hand, if in the end, you get a boot loop, you will have to reboot your Note 10.1 by pressing the Volume Up and Power buttons; the recovery mode will be displayed. From there you need to select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and finally “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”. Also, the first boot should take longer than usual, so don’t panic.
Well, that was all for now. Now, your Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Wi-Fi and unlocked international version (GT-N8010) should be running the official Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 software. Remember that for now the update can be OTA applied only in limited countries, so completing this guide is what you need. Stay close for further step by step guides and do share your opinions and impressions with us by using the comments area from below.