Manually Install The Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (XXLRG) Update On The Galaxy Note
By on July 12th, 2012

Yesterday, Samsung started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note (N7000) in certain regions of the world. Apart from the slight performance boost and stability improvements, the update also brings two new features – PopUp Play and the ability to unlock the device using a custom signature.

It can take up to 2 months for the Android 4.0.4 update to be available in your region. If you cannot wait until then, below is a guide to manually install the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update on your Galaxy Note (N7000).

Following the steps below will not void your phone’s warranty. Also, please make a backup of your data before proceeding even though the process below will not factory reset your phone or touch your data. 

Step 1: Download the official LF6 Ice Cream Sandwich firmware for the Galaxy Note from here. Also, download ODIN from here. Please make sure your have all the required drivers pre-installed otherwise ODIN will not work. Installing Samsung’s KIES software will automatically install all the drivers on your PC.

Step 2: Extract the firmware file inside a new folder on your desktop. Also fire up ODIN and restart your phone in Download mode. Switch off the phone, re-insert the battery and then press the Volume Down+ Home + Power button simultaneously to boot the phone into Download mode.  If you get any warning about custom OS, skip it by using the Volume up button.

Step 3: Connect your phone to the PC now, and ODIN should detect it. When ODIN detects the phone, it will display a random COM No. inside a glowing yellow rectangle. Now, click on the PDA button and select the firmware file that you downloaded in Step 1 and extracted inside a new folder on your desktop.

Step 4: Press the Start button and wait for ODIN to flash the firmware on your phone. When the firmware is flashed, your phone will automatically reboot. Keep in mind that the first boot will take some time so please be patient.

And you’re done! You can now enjoy Android 4.0.4 along with all the new features introduced by Samsung on your Galaxy Note!

Credits To SamMobile for the firmware file!

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  • Arka B

    hwy thanx for the post!! but i got a q! i am on rocket rom v 7…so do i follow th tut to the word or shud i dwngrade to gb and dan install 4.0.4???

  • Vinay

    Thanks a ton man. I was stuck at samsung logo after getting official upgrade alert on my note.

    Then again I tried this and it worked like charm. :)

    Thanks again. Keep up good work bro!

  • Ramen,

    I am on genger bread 2.3.6 XXLA3 at the moment, Can I update to ICS 4.0.4?

  • harsh

    i m doin evrythin as mentnd but odin is just nt detecting d phn..m doin dis on a mac n henc used winebottler to run odin..

  • harsh

    fixed it.. thanx a lot!

  • Sanjay R Nath

    Are you sure it will not void my warranty ??

    When it gets available in my region then will i be able to revert it back and get the official one for my region.
    Thank You.

  • bjp

    hoow long does this process take? the flashing i mean!

  • mcluskyisms

    Worked fine updating from the XXLPY 4.0.3, no problems at all. Thanks! :)

  • chintan

    It worked for me.. one more thing to notice is… make some free space in C drive for windows.. I had 2.5 GB before and it shown out of memory error.. then i increased to 5.1 GB and it worked..

  • Tanzim Hossain

    please help me out…i was trying to install firnware throu odin bit it doesnt end..its keeps on installking and gets stuck at the last my phone doesnt work..whenever i turn on my phone it says firmware problem connect to kies..but that doesnt work too…please help me please

  • sonic

    how much time should i wait? or my phone have has something

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