How to Install and Root Jelly Bean Firmware on Galaxy Note 10.1! [GT-N8000]

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For those of you who want to install the latest leaked official Jelly Bean Firmware for your Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000, here’s a video tutorial outlining the steps required.

First, if you are coming from a stock ROM or TouchWiz-based ROM like TrainWreck ROM, you will probably not lose any of your apps and settings. For those of you coming from non-TouchWiz based ROMs like CM10 or AOKP, you will need to backup all of your apps using Titanium Backup app and also do a factory reset in CWM Recovery before preceding. Doing a factory reset in CWM Recovery only erases your apps and settings whereas doing factory reset in stock Recovery will also erase the contents of your internal storage.

This Jelly Bean firmware is an Indian firmware, it is compatible with all GT-N8000. I also found that this Indian version doesn’t have Arabic, so if you need that, you might want to make a backup ROM.

Before we begin, if your Note 10.1 is rooted, you can also make a backup ROM in CWM Recovery so if you don’t like it, you can go back. You will also need a microSD card for this!

So, let’s upgrade your Galaxy Note 10.1 from ICS to Jelly Bean firmware and also root it while we are at it. (Rooting process is exactly identical to ICS btw.)

Step 1. Put your Galaxy Note 10.1 into Download mode by turning off your Note 10.1, then holding down Volume Down and Power buttons together. Then hit Volume Up button when you see the warning sign.

Step 2. Connect your Note 10.1 to your Windows computer and flash the Indian ICS Firmware. (If you do not have Windows, you can use Mobile ODIN PRO from the Play Store and flash the firmware without a computer also.)
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Step 3. Once ODIN completes flashing, let your Note 10.1 reboot. Once rebooted, download and copy over the Indian Jelly Bean Firmware Update over to your external microSD card.
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Step 4. Turn off your Note 10.1 then reboot into stock Recovery mode by holding down Power and Volume Up buttons together, when you see the Samsung logo let go of the Power button but keep holding down the Volume Up button until you enter stock Recovery.

Step 5. In stock Recovery, choose “apply update from external storage”. Then find the Indian Jelly Bean Firmware Update file you downloaded and copied to your microSD card earlier.

Step 6. The update to Jelly Bean should take around 10 minutes.

Step 7. When done, your Note 10.1 should reboot and you should have new Jelly Bean firmware on your Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000.

Step 8. You can root your new Note 10.1 using the CWM root method. Watch the latter part of the video tutorial above if you are having trouble.

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