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Install Android 4.3 on Samsung Galaxy Note 2 tutorial

Authored by: Sterling Keys — Oct 4, 2013

We posted on how to install Android 4.3 on your Samsung Galaxy S4 earlier today and had some people who were chomping at the bit to get the same thing on their Galaxy Note 2. Without further ado, here’s how to install Android 4.3 on your Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

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Android 4.3 for Galaxy Note 2

 Much like with the Galaxy S4 update, you can expect the following with the latest OS:

  • Improved stability and fluidity. Android 4.3 is generally faster.
  • Samsung Wallet
  • Samsung Knox (professional tool)
  • Reading Mode (screen control for prolonged reading)
  • More natural colors/better color reproduction
  • More accurate display

A little bit of information behind the release:

Model: GT-N7100
Country: Open Europe
Version: Android 4.3
Changelist: 1750609
Build date: Fri, 25 Sep 2013 18:06:49 +0000
Product Code: OXA
PDA: N7100XXUEMI6
CSC: N7100OXAEMI6
MODEM: N7100XXUEMI6

This is done at your own risk and is not an official release from Samsung.

Installing Android 4.3 on the Galaxy Note 2

1. Download the firmware here: Android 4.3 firmware test Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100

We've updated the link with one that should work. However, if you still have issues with getting error messages when you go to download the file, use the technique listed below to get it over to your own Google Drive account and download it from there.

  • Click File > Move to Folder
  • Select your gdrive folder and select MOVE
  • Log on your gdrive, right-click the file and “Create Copy”
  • Download the copied file

2. Unzip the zip file, and you will get two files with the extension .tar.md5 and a file with the extension .tar

3. Download Odin 3.09, and unpack the .zip also.

4. Launch Odin.

5. Reboot your Galaxy Note 2 in download mode (Volume Up + Power + Home button).

6. Connect your Galaxy Note 2 via USB cable to your computer and wait for Odin to recognize it. A blue box should then appear (in the program).

7. Add:

AP_N7100XXUEM16_CP_N7100XXEM16_CSC_N7100XAEM16_BY_WVAZ_DINK.tar to AP

8. Make sure that the re-partition box is not checked.

9. Click Start and wait a few minutes until the procedure ends. Do not disconnect your note 2, be patient.

10. Once your Galaxy Note 2 restarts, it's all good to go!

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As usual, if you have any concerns at startup, perform a wipe data/factory reset in recovery mode (Volume Down + Power + Home button).

How's it working out for everyone? Anybody test it out yet?

Source: SamMobile

From all the way over on Vancouver Island, Sterling Keys started off his smartphone adventure with an HTC S710 equipped with Windows Mobile and knew there had to be something better. Over the next few years, and countless different operating systems, he has finally found his home on Android.

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  • Zakaullah Bhatti Jan 2, 2014 Link to comment

    Hi all
    I'm using QMobile A-8 and I also want to upgrade to 4.3. Any suggestions for me how and what m I suppose to do. Thanks.

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  • volkan batug Dec 25, 2013 Link to comment

    I was using note 2 with 4.1.2 version,then got 4.3 automatically.I realize that my back button doesnt work after update. what must I do?

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  • noel mwendamberi Nov 12, 2013 Link to comment

    when is the official android 4.3 for note 2 is penciled to come out

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  • Nik Hafiz Oct 26, 2013 Link to comment

    All ready download 4.3..but dont have air command like samsung note 3.. and the wifi is not stable...plz help me

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  • George k Brown Oct 23, 2013 Link to comment

    what about me I have A9 android tablet 4.1how am I going to get 4.3 update please someone help me

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  • Stig Torgersen Oct 22, 2013 Link to comment

    I have a Note 2 N7100. Have added android 4.3 several times. The operating system is good, but when I do a restart, it will not start up again. I have to remove the sd card for it to start up again. Have formatted SD card on the PC before I placed the android 4.3 and deleted all the cell phone. Everything went very smoothly. User Norwegian language was also in the list of languages. Have problems with S-note. When I for example, to write e-mail with the pen, it is just great writing. Does not change the pen size. Have added back to android 4.1.2. Wonder if it's Update to 4.2.2 to Note 2 N7100.?

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  • david dicus Oct 17, 2013 Link to comment

    Will this work on att model note 2

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  • Ab3792 Oct 14, 2013 Link to comment

    Does the camera got any new ui or any new feature in them with likes of s4 or note 3?

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  • Temothy Droiderer Oct 13, 2013 Link to comment

    See Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOGw2bCD678
    Password for unpacking: wagnervaz

    Good luck ;-)

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  • Eric McBride Oct 13, 2013 Link to comment

    You guys should all come over here and get involved with what we have done at XDA in this thread:

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2467810&page=164

    We have successfully ported the Note 3 framework, apps, sounds, and almost all software features to the Note 2 in less than 4 days time. We have over 90% of the features working perfectly from the Note 3 on our Note 2 running 4.3, and it is freakin fantastic. Ive never been so happy with my Note 2...

    ....I should say Note 3 actually :-)

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  • Saem Sarguroh Oct 10, 2013 Link to comment

    Is there a root available for this firmware? @sterling keys.

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  • Stig Torgersen Oct 10, 2013 Link to comment

    Will this update work on the norwegian landwisch on Note2 ?

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  • kamal Oct 8, 2013 Link to comment

    hai

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  • Abdulhafeez Oct 8, 2013 Link to comment

    password of this firmware file: "wagnervaz" install it and tell me how it is working on ur phone.

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  • Abdulhafeez Oct 8, 2013 Link to comment

    working well, smooth, fine but draining the battery too fast and music player also not working well on Virtual 7.1 ch with earphone. I hope these problems will be fixed in official update.

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  • krunal Oct 8, 2013 Link to comment

    Anyone who installed???? Waiting for the user comments

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  • ronny adrian Oct 8, 2013 Link to comment

    what is googgle drive?

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  • Pritesh Kapadia Oct 8, 2013 Link to comment

    password -wagnervaz

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  • Mo Mansour Oct 7, 2013 Link to comment

    The firmware zip file has a password??!! can someone please tell us what is the password!!!!

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  • John Jasper Tiu Oct 7, 2013 Link to comment

    btw is the s4 features like wave gestures, etc are included in this update?

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