How to upgrade Samsung Galaxy Note 2 firmware with Samsung Kies?

Yeah… There is a new firmware update for Samsung Galaxy Note II. You can use the easier method ~ upgrade Samsung Galaxy Note 2 firmware with OTA software update. However, you might not get OTA notification about new software update. And “no update available” prompted when you checked for update manually. No worry, there is another official method to upgrade Samsung Galaxy Note 2 firmware ~ through Samsung Kies. Basically, just launch Samsung Kies application at PC or Mac. Then connect your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to PC with USB cable. Continue firmware upgrade by follow the onscreen instructions. Still don’t understand? No worry, just follow my picture step by step guide to upgrade Samsung Galaxy Note 2 firmware with Samsung Kies…

New Samsung Galaxy Note 2 firmware available

You will get a pop up window if a new firmware version is available when you connect Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to Samsung Kies. Just click Update to start the firmware upgrade process.

Or click Firmware upgrade if you miss the pop up window.

Read all the instructions carefully. Then check I have read all of the above information. Finally, click Start upgrade.

Downloading and preparing firmware upgrade components take few minutes only.

Firmware upgrade process is the slowest step of the whole processes. Samsung Kies will download the whole Samsung Galaxy Note 2 firmware from Samsung server. Note – Samsung Galaxy Note 2 firmware size is around 1 GB. Unlike OTA update which usually around 50 MB in size. So take a cup of coffee if you have a slow Internet connection.

After finished download firmware, your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will boot into Odin Download Mode during this stage. Note – Don’t disconnect the USB cable. This process should take less than 10 minutes.

Firmware upgrade complete

Yes, your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will reboot by itself after firmware upgraded successfully. That’s all. Enjoy the latest official firmware for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with all the new features, improvements and bugs fixed.

  • og

    does this update include the multiview function?
    will the update remove data in my phone?

    • Yes.

      • og

        when i try to download the firmware upgrade components, it stuck at 99%. is it like that?

        • Nope.

          • paul

            My s3 does the same through kies and my phone is telling me there is an update available but to try later, I have tried 3 different computers and kies is up to date, I have also tried to uninstall and re-install, non rooted and tried re-booting any advice please

            • Try to turn off firewall and antivirus.

              • Merlin

                That did the job! Mine got stuck at 99% but disabling the firewall worked.


  • og

    samsung said that there is no update at the moment

  • Leo

    Thanks for the guide! Is there any feature / bugfixes list as to what is included in this update?

    • Samsung did not provide change list. No idea.

  • Adi

    Hi, i am from singapore, got the note 2 3G version as there is only LTE official released here. My question is, can I flash my set with Malaysia stock firmware? Thk

    • No Adi, you can’t use N7100 firmware on N7105.

      • Adi

        Thks Jayce for the prompt reply. I am aware that i cannot use N7100 on N7105 set, what i meant is, my Note 2 is N7100 which i got before the official release here, which is N7105 (LTE) only. I am trying to get the official firmware for N7100 in case i need to flash cos my set is root.

        • Hehe… My mistake for reading too fast.

          Yes, you can install any region N7100 firmware then.

          • adi

            Thks alot.

  • Nigel

    I connected my Note 2 to my Kies app on my mac and it gave me the following

    Firmware Information

    Your device does not support software upgrading via Kies.

    What am i doing wrong?

    • Hi Nigel, did you change anything on your Galaxy Note 2? Like install custom ROM…

  • Nigel

    No I haven’t made any changes at all, unless it was done mistake which I doubt happened. Is there anyway I can still get the update?

  • Nigel

    It’s the T mobile version does that make a difference?

    • No idea Nigel, please consult T-Mobile or Samsung Support for help.

  • Nigel

    Okay thanks!

    • peaches

      Can u get online while on the phone with the sprint version

  • jow

    thank u so much… it helped me a lot…

  • Nigel

    How do i enable my device to be detected by kies once i connect it to the usb?

    • It will auto detect once you connected.

  • Nigel

    It usually does but it’s not detecting it now, it shows that it is charging but that’s all

    • Try reboot both PC and phone.

  • Nikki

    is this the official update meaning not leaked?

  • Nikki

    The lastest firmware on my phone is 1317UCALJ2/1317ATTALJ2 /13174UCALJ2/1317UCALJ2(ATT)
    There is still no multitasking. What should i do?

    • Hi Nikki, do consult AT&T or Samsung Support then.

  • s0uLjah

    Does this not work for yanks like me here in the United States?

    • Not sure, s0uLjah. Please try it yourself to find out.

  • Abu Sufyan

    Hie Jayce,

    i have tried updating my sansung galaxy note2 4.1.2 (INDIA) via kies latest version.
    After many tries i found no success.

    As u suggested i have turned off my firewall and antivirus.
    The update process stops after downloading firmware upgrade components and kies shuts down without any warnings.

    i have installed kies using “run as Administrator” option as previously i was facing some admin problems.

    I have never rooted my note2 before.

    Please help.

    • Hi Abu, try on other PC see. If still cannot, please consult Samsung Support.

      • Abu Sufyan


  • Dave Minty

    Spent an entire day trying to get Kies to update Galaxy SII to Android 4. Finally worked after turning off PC firewall & Kasperky anit-virus aswell as turning of phones anti-virus. Took about an hour because of shocking New Zealand broadband speeds but it worked!!!

  • Somchai

    Hello, Please help! It’s my first time to update my note2 to 4.1.2 by Kies. It’s stuck on the ‘Prepare for firmware upgrade’ windows and downloading status 0% for an hour. What is the problem? I have disable pc firewall and antivirus.

    Can I pull the usb cable off or anything to do next?

    • Did your Galaxy Note 2 boot into Odin Download Mode? If no, you can pull USB cable. Reboot both PC and Galaxy Note 2. Then try to upgrade again.

      If can, use OTA method to upgrade firmware.

      • Somchai

        Thank you very much, Jayce! I will not use Kies anymore!

  • Vincent

    Hi! I heard that Galaxy Note II had received upgrade (4.1.2) in Malaysia. But still, my Kies and Note II keep saying it’s the latest firmware in my device (4.1.1).

    Any solution for these? Thanks!

    • Vincent

      Please note that I nevert root or flash my phone before.

    • Is your official Samsung Malaysia unit?

      • Vincent

        How to check?

        • Samsung Malaysia will send you SMS about the warranty.

          • Vincent

            They had sent me through email.

            • Hi Vincent, do consult Samsung Support in this case.

  • Rosemary

    I have been finding ways to update my firmware on my rooted Note 2. This works!!! And my root status was maintained without wiping my existing data in my phone. You safe my life. Fantastic!!! TQVM!!!

    • You are most welcome here, Rosemary. 🙂

  • why ..come out this

    GT-N7105 battery low. Recharge now

    • Hi teck1557, you upgraded firmware using Kies?

  • Muzale

    I was updating my Galaxy Note 2; it took too long, so I left it connected. Coming back later it hadn’t finished; After trying all possible ways, it now displays “Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies and try again”. But Kies requires a “recovery code” which is not provided anywhere! Dead end! What should I do, please?

    • Hmm… Never heard of recovery code. Try to consult Samsung Support see.
      If still cannot solve, you can try to install firmware with Odin manually.