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Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 – Steps to Install Gingerbread 2.3.6 XXKKA Firmware

Galaxy Note LogoAfter Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 and Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 got the recent Gingerbread 2.3.6 firmware update, how can Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 can be left behind in terms of Gingerbread 2.3.6 update.  So, let’s check out on how you can apply this latest Gingerbread 2.3.6 update which is dubbed as XXKKA update. Since it’s a global update, anyone with their Galaxy Note irrespective of the region and the current firmware update can proceed with this update. Also, soon a new beta version of Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 will be available for Galaxy SL I9003 which too we will be covering on Though there is not any Official version of ICS Android 4.0 but yes there will be an Official ICS Update for Galaxy Note in 2012.

Please note that the only condition is that you need to ensure that you don’t apply this update on the network locked devices. Network locked devices means the devices which only work on single network and not on any other network.

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So, coming back to the point over a period of this article we will first see on what are the list of quick pre requisites you need to follow and then followed by the instructions to apply this update of Gingerbread 2.3.6. Please note that this update is not an Official update released by Samsung Electronics Ltd. and also after applying this update, the KIES won’t support the device as this update is not the KIES release.

Rooting Information:

  • Applying this update won’t root the device in any manner, so you will not lose the warranty which is the case if you root the phone.
  • Just in case if you have already rooted the Galaxy note N7000 then after applying this update the rooting access will be revoked and you can claim back the lost warranty.
  • Since after applying this update the rooting access will be revoked, we will soon come up with the rooting article to root Galaxy Note on XXKKA Gingerbread 2.3.6

Disclaimer: At Android Advices, we have made sure in all respects that all the information regarding the firmware update is mentioned correctly in this article. We hold no responsibility in any manner just in case if any damage happens to your Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 which is a very unlikely event if you follow the instructions carefully.

Quick Pre Requisite instructions

So assuming that you have followed the list of instructions mentioned in the above link, you now need to proceed to the next page where we will see on how to apply this update of XXKKA Gingerbread 2.3.6 on your Galaxy Note N7000.

Procedure to Update Galaxy Note N7000 with XXKKA Gingerbread 2.3.6:

  • Download XXKKA Gingerbread 2.3.6 Zip Package in your computer and unzip the same to the desktop. In the process of unzipping you will be prompted to enter the password. Enter the password as ”” without inverted comas.

XXKKA Password

  • After this you need to match the extracted files with the below mentioned image. The file which you have downloaded should be of 486 MB. If there is any mismatch then you need to check with the extraction or download of files.

XXKKA Extracted Files

  • From extracted files, open the Odin executable file and turn Off your Galaxy Note. Now, you need to turn ON your Galaxy Note N7000 in the download Mode. The download mode can be entered by pressing Volume Down Key + OK button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button. Refer below Video for more on how to enter Download Mode in Galaxy Note.

  • Once the Note is turned ON in the download mode, with the help of USB Cable connect the phone with the computer while keeping Odin opened in your computer.

Odin for Note

  • As soon as all the drivers are installed successfully, the ID : COM section in odin will turn yellow after which proceed to the next step to select the files.

XXKKA Connected NOTE

DANGER: Don’t proceed to the next step if the ID : COM Section doesn’t turn Yellow!

  • Click on “PDA” to select the file which is named as “N7000XXKKA_N7000OXXKK6_N7000XXKK5_HOME.tar.md5” and then click on “Start” to start the process of firmware update. As soon as you click on “Start” it will take up to 6 minutes to finish the updating process.

Selected Files on XXKKA

  • Once the firmware update is done, the device will be restarting on its own and then you will be prompted to enter the Google account settings as well as the Language settings after which you will see the home screen.
  • To check whether the firmware has been successfully updated or not, go to the path of “Applications > Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version” where you will see the update version of XXKKA

For users facing FORCE CLOSE ISSUES:

  • Just in case if you are facing issues like force close errors in your phone then you need to turn off the phone and then you need to enter into the recovery mode.

recovery mode

  • Now, turn Off the phone so that you can then enter into the recovery mode. The recovery mode can be entered by pressing Center button and simultaneously press the Power Button. In the recovery mode select Wipe data/factory reset and also you need to select Wipe Cache partition and then reboot your device by selecting reboot system now option.

Tip: Just in case if the power goes Off or the process of firmware update is interrupted due to un avoidable reasons, then reinsert the battery, again enter into the download mode to follow the instructions from the start again. No need to panic.

So, in this way you have successfully updated your Samsung Galaxy Note to the latest Gingerbread 2.3.6 XXKKA Update. Let us know if you face any issues in the comments section below.



  1. Kanth

    April 15, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I am very very very thankfully for this post at last i got success in rolling back from ICS 4.0.3 to Gingerbread

  2. paulmurza

    March 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    What are the benefits over 2.3.5 kj4? can i flash this firmware safe?


    March 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm



  4. Loretta

    February 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Followed instructions and after rooting, tried to install titanium backup and was told not rooted !!!??? how come?

  5. sushil

    January 13, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    hi no doubts your site is one of the best as far as update of firmware and step by step details are concerned and i am telling this because i had updated my galaxy s more than 30 times from your site and you people are true to your profession as evident by the fact that i never had any issue. now i have both galaxy note and my king galaxy s, but i have always faced one problem with update and have learnt from experience that never to rush for a beta version of the firmware as they are most likely to have bugs i am a radiologist by profession and with whatever free time i have i devote it to smartphone and tablet so my question is should i wait for ICS update or should i proceed with this?

  6. Leo

    December 22, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Can I apply this update to Galaxy Y?

  7. savvas

    December 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    and my phone is stuck there and not able to start.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      apply the update once again, you need to follow the instructions again!

  8. Harshad

    December 19, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    galaxy note ended up with a screen which shows like below,
    Galaxy Note
    below this a yellow Triangle with exclamation mark.

    my phone is stuck there and not able to start.
    please help
    Thanks in Advance, please

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 20, 2011 at 12:23 am

      hey harshad, that won’t affect the performance of your device!


    December 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    all drivers are there but why does it take so long to install factoryfsimg


    December 19, 2011 at 9:08 am

    followed instructions to the letter, we had a brownout yesterday, i removed the battery and pout back in, followed all steps, odin is yellow then i load the file, hit start, then it starts loading the file up to the factoryfs.img, it takes so long to load the file factoryfs.img, your pik says 0:com3, mine 0:com5, even then i let the phone sit for 3 hours and still the same reading, not moving at all

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 19, 2011 at 9:31 am

      id com will turn yellow if all the drivers are there!


    December 19, 2011 at 6:54 am

    whats taking so long is the factoryfs.img, the start is very fast, then when it gets to that file long

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 19, 2011 at 9:38 am

      check with .net framework is installed or not along with usb drivers and latest version of kies!


    December 19, 2011 at 6:50 am

    how did you get 6 minutes to complete, i followed the instructions to the letter


    December 19, 2011 at 6:47 am

    the usb cable is original, it starts you can see the green on the on the odin and on the unit, but takes so long.

    we had a brownout so restarted it as per your post. still the same

    i tried to bring recover but it keeps asking me to connect kies, when you connect kies it askes for password to recover software

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 19, 2011 at 9:38 am

      check with the supporting softwares like usb drivers, kies and .net framework!


    December 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    factoryfs.img is taking so long to load

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 18, 2011 at 11:48 pm

      check with the usb cable and please follow the instructions properly!


    December 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    still not set up


    December 18, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    yours says 6 minutes, i have already experienced 1 hour

  17. Sachin

    December 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Typo in your article:

    \Though there is not any Official version of ICS Android 4.0 but yes there will be an Official ICS Update for Galaxy Note in 2013.\

    It should be 2012?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm

      we have fixed the typo, thanks for spotting!

  18. Amit Shindore

    December 14, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I installed this. Worked like a charm. Do you have a changelog ?


  19. rehmat ali

    December 10, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Encountered error as below

    Download Start…
    Create File…
    StartThread Detected : 1
    StartThread Detected : 0
    StartThread Detected : 0
    StartThread Detected : 0
    StartThread Detected : 0
    StartThread Detected : 0
    StartThread Detected : 0
    StartThread Detected : 0
    setup connection…
    odin mode.. check plcatform verification.
    VerifyPlatform:V0, P0,R0
    set download environment.
    big partition size!!
    big partition size!!
    big partition size!!
    big partition size!!
    big partition size!!
    mibib download..
    at this point i have been waiting for nearly 30 mins but nothing happens. what should i do plz help.

    • Ketton

      December 11, 2011 at 3:31 am

      Now you have to buy a new phone, lmaol

  20. sola

    December 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Hello Neal. Ur simply d man. Pls I have a Galaxy S with XWJVI firmware. I couldnt get the root for it, so i need u to recommend a stable 2.3.5 Gingerbread which is an official kies release and doesnt have the phone and message focecloses, and has rooting so i can upgrade this phone and root. Pls reply as soon as possible. Tanx for always man.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      sure sola, we will soon come up with the rooting article!

  21. scvblur

    December 8, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Encountered error as below:

    Odin v.3 engine (ID:10)..
    File analysis..
    Enter CS for MD5..
    There is no memory.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    Pls advise. thanks!

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