T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update: Install Tutorial

By Sumit Passary , Mar 19, 2013 02:03 PM EDT

T-Mobile has started to roll out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to its Samsung Galaxy Note 2 subscribers. The carrier is pushing out the software update over-the-air (OTA), but you can also use Samsung Kies to manually install the update to your handset.

You should note that after installing the official firmware, you will lose the installed custom ROM such as CM10, Paranoid Android or AOKP, as custom ROM will be replaced by official stock ROM.

You will also lose custom recovery such as ClockWorkMod Recovery or TWRP Recovery, as custom recovery will be replaced by stock recovery. Once the new firmware is installed, the device will no longer be a rooted one.

You should also note the points below before manually installing the software update:

This tutorial is only for T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2, model number T889; ensure your Galaxy Note 2 has at least 80 percent battery power, USB driver must be installed for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in your PC and USB Debugging must be enabled.

You should also have a proper backup of all your personal data like Contacts, Messages, Applications, Pictures and Videos, and close all software, such as KIES suite, Antivirus, firewalls, to avoid any conflicts

Users should proceed at their own risk and iTechPost will not be held responsible if anything goes wrong with your Galaxy Note 2.

Files Required

Stock ROM: and

Odin: Odin3 v3.07.

How to Install

Step 1: Extract the downloaded firmware zip file. You will get a .tar file along with some other files.

Step 2: Extract the Odin zip file. You will get Odin3 v3.07.exe along with some other files.

Step 3: Next, power off your Galaxy Note 2 and put it in Download Mode by pressing and holding down the Volume Down and Home buttons while pressing the Power button. A warning screen will appear, now press Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.

Step 4: Run Odin3 v3.07.exe as an Administrator.

Step 5: Connect your Galaxy Note 2 to your PC via USB.

You will get a message under Odin's message box saying "Added!!" If you don't get the message, then try another USB port. If it still doesn't work, then you should reinstall the driver.

When you get the "Added!!" message in Odin, you are ready to try the next step. You will also see ID:COM port with a number in Yellow, if your device is successfully added.

Step 6: In Odin, click on the PDA Button and select file KIES_HOME_T889UVBMB4_T889TMBBMB4.tar.md5

Step 7: Ensure that "Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time" checkboxes are selected.

Step 8: You should re-check everything that you have done so far and click on the START button to begin the installation process.

Step 9: After flashing is complete, you will get a PASS message with green background in the left-most box at the top of Odin.

Your handset will automatically reboot and you will see the Samsung logo after some time. You can unplug the USB cable to disconnect your handset from the PC.

If the device gets stuck at booting after Step 9, go to recovery mode, press and hold down the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together and perform "Wipe data/Factory Reset." After that select reboot system now. Use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power key to select the option.

You now have Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean installed on your Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

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