How to Update Galaxy Note N7000 with Official ICS 4.0.4 XXLRQ Firmware

Galaxy Note LogoAfter XXLRK firmware update, it’s time for XXLRQ ICS 4.0.4 for Galaxy NOTE N7000 which comes with advanced features and stable Modem. This latest update fixes all the issues related to frequent Wi Fi disconnections and also issues related to frequent “No Network” issues. This all new firmware version ropes in the goodness of gallery which was there for the TIZEN OS. This update has been officially rolled out for the users of Germany and in the coming days, the same will be pushed to other countries. As of now this update can only be applied to the N7000 International version of Galaxy Note, but in the coming days it will be extended to other operator devices as well.

The best part of this update is that it’s an official firmware update released by Samsung and not the custom ROM firmware and can be applied to all the devices which have the model number as N7000. This update should not be applied on the network locked devices as it will then brick the device for which we should not be held responsible.

Features of XXLRQ ICS 4.0.4 for Galaxy NOTE N7000:

– new launcher (like the Galaxy S3)
– new gallery with fancy 3D effects
– new contact list
– pop-up video can now be resized
– slightly changed contact list layout
– you can now save contacts in the S-Clound (like google contacts)
– performance improved!
– added S-Cloud (there is no dedicated App but after flashing you will be asked if you want to sycn all your settings with samsung)
– added new motion: call contact currently displayed if you raise the phone
– added bloatware (NTV, Lieferheld, ChatOn, myTaxi)
– black clipping not fixed

Before proceeding to apply this update, backup all the data present in your phone so as to make sure that just in case if the data gets lost or corrupted, the same can be restored with the help of below steps,

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log - Call Log and Restore
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to internal / External SD Card,
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

Download Drivers for Galaxy Note from here. 32 bit (x86) Windows  |   64-bit (x64) Windows. Minimum battery charge left in the phone should be at least 50% so as to ensure that device doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.

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.

So assuming that you have followed all the above mentioned instructions, you can now head over to the next step where we have briefed the instructions on how to apply this latest update in your Galaxy Note.

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Procedure to Update Galaxy Note N7000 with XXLR1 ICS 4.0.4 Firmware:

  • Download the XXLR1 Firmware Package and Odin from here to your computer. Once both these packages are downloaded, extract in your computer with the help of WinRAR or WinZip to get the tar file named “N7000XXLRQ_N7000DBTLRQ_N7000XXLRK_HOME.tar.md5” and Odin Executable file.
  • Open Odin tool in your computer and turn Off your phone so that it can be then entered in the download mode. The download mode in Galaxy Note can be entered by pressing  Volume Down Key + OK button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button. Now, a Warning message will be shown when you need to press the Volume Up key to continue entering the Download Mode.
  • Click on “PDA” to select “N7000XXLRQ_N7000DBTLRQ_N7000XXLRK_HOME.tar.md5” and then click on Start to start the process of firmware update for updating the firmware. The process of firmware update will take around 4 – 5minutes. Once it’s done, the device will be rebooting on its own, you can see the progress bar which will indicate the progress of firmware update.
  • Disconnect the device and follow the on screen instructions so as to use the device in the normal mode. Just in case if you are getting force close errors, turn off the device and enter the device in the recovery mode. In 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 with the help of Volume rocker keys.

Note: Just in a rare case if your Samsung device refuses to turn ON or say if it gets stuck on the Samsung Logo then you need to long press the power button to turn off the same or re insert the battery to start the process from beginning.

Do let us know in the comments section just in case if you face any issues or need any further assistance. You can check that whether the firmware update is updated or not from the path “Settings > About Phone” where the firmware update will be shown as ICS 4.0.4 version.

  • usp

    hi im from romania. . Can i update this with this one?

  • Borut

    Hi. I already have ICS 4.0.3 on my Note. Do you think i shoul downgrade it on 2.3 first because of the factory reset bric bug on ICS ?

  • Abhin.K.V

    Hi im having galaxy note N 7000, i bought it from UAE . can i update this with this one?

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes you can apply this update

  • Kevin

    Hi pradeep can this update also ok with N7000 Philippines? so exhausted waiting for it to be rolled out here.
    And by the way if I update my phone with this, will I still be able to receive usual ota updates from the Samsung?

  • abhin.k.v

    im a user from india and own galaxy note N7000. 2 days before i update via ota and got ics 4.0.4 version XXLRK. If i update this will my warrent get void?
    I love my note and im a non rooted user. Can i update through this way?
    can i back up the current rom with out rooting?
    Any help will be appreciated

  • amr

    do this update enhance arabic ?
    Thanks at all

  • bachard

    Can we still receive firmware update from samsung after this?

  • Praveen


    I live in Singapore and just updated my firmware using this updated. However, I find that my device is no longer connecting to 3G/4G so can’t receive any data except for when I connect to WIFI. I have tried

    1) Soft reset
    2) Pulling the sim out and reinserting. When I insert the sim in another phone, 3G data reception is working fine
    3) When I go to settings, the ‘packet data’ option is checked
    4) Network mode checked is GSM/WCDMA (Auto mode)
    Did anyone else face this problem? Any advice/help would be appreciated.


  • oscar

    after upgrade iconso apps keep on dissapearing from folders and the pages I move them to. terrible.

  • g sai chetan

    hii pradeep how to root this firmware

  • Nikhil Srivastava

    I am a Galaxy note user. When I am clicking the software update option using wifi, its a 86mb file and getting automatic restart, The android bot is coming up and the download bar is reaching upto 25% and again the phone is getting restarted. After everything loads up phone shows an error firmware unable to install please use pc software kies. I tried connecting through kies but its not showing any update there. What to do ? please help.

  • Arif

    Thanks Alot…
    SUccessful Update from android 2 to android 4.0.4

    cheers guyz

    • Pradeep Neela

      thanks for your feedback!!!

  • Ben

    Hey guys just wanted to say a big thanks to Pradeep and the android advices team, have been following your instructions on heaps of android phones to fully unlock their potential! Galaxy S2, Galaxy Y and now galaxy N700 Note all rooted and updated to latest! Again, many thanks and keep up the good work.


  • himanshu Patel

    just updated my note OTA to IMM76D.DDLR9.

    Nice changes in UI, Gallery

  • gautam

    im tired of waiting for the update…
    how long do u think it would take for the ota notification to pop up on my screen
    do u suggest me to wait for the official ota or follow the above steps?
    please help

  • gautam

    im tired of waiting for the indian update…
    how long do u think it would take for the ota notification to pop up on my screen
    do u suggest me to wait for the official ota or follow the above steps?
    please help

  • gautam

    is this update only for the rooted galaxy note users?
    because i am tired of waiting for the ota in india

    • Pradeep Neela

      this can be applied even by non rooted users

  • kamlesh

    hi pradeep, kya yeh india ke saare gsm support karta hai or isse samsung warranty mein effect toh nahi hoga.

  • Nick

    Updated with this one NO ISSUES !

  • Nick

    Updating through this will VOID warranty ?

    • Pradeep Neela

      no the warranty wont get void

  • Nick

    I have note but it is not Rooted so i can’t take backup of my current ROM and i am from INDIA and i want this new firmware XXLRQ in my NOTE so i follow this process or not there is any RISK to my PHONE ?
    If yes than what it is ?

    • Pradeep Neela

      there will be no risk if you follow the instructions

  • salil

    Pradeep can u put video review’s of diz os.. Or YouTube’s link.. So dat v will have proper idea.. How os look like..Before upgrading my os.. Plz if u can:) humble request from my side

  • raj

    Hi I’m from India can I update this firmware. If yes plz let me know.

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes you can apply the update

      • raj

        But pradeep this firmware is for Germany and I’m scared to update this firmware bcoz I love my galaxy note I do want any damages.

        • Pradeep Neela

          it wont create any issue, if at all any then we are here to help you out!

          • raj

            Ok dude I’ll try. Thanks…

          • raj

            Yes successfully updated.

  • Sahan

    Thanks a lot.. Updated without any issue.. :)

  • roevan

    Hi Pradeep, I followed the instructions as mentioned above however each time I tried to update the file on ODIN, it shows serial port (COM) not detected and fails. Please advice what to do

    • Pradeep Neela

      check with other port or with other COM PORT

  • gautam

    when is the ota update going to be available in india?

    • Pradeep Neela

      as of now there is no update on the same

  • gautam

    when is the update hitting india???

  • roevan

    hi pradeep… tried several times as with the instructions mentioned above however each time it gives an error msg- can’t locate COM port and fails. Please advice what to do.

  • sorab

    After doing this….i will still get ota from samsung….or everytime i have to download from these type of links

    • Nick

      me also have same question ! any one can help us !

  • Praveen

    Hi Pradeep
    Will this manual update other official future upgrades over Kies or OTA

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes, you will have to manually apply this update

  • Francisco

    Done,Galaxy Note N7000 SFR(France) before with gingerbread 2.3.4 now with ics 4.0.4 thanks Pradeep Neela

  • Handak

    Can’t create folders any more.
    Clock won’t switch off with button now, button hides the alarm and I’m unable to switch it off, need to wait a minute to go off by itself

  • bad boy

    when it will come to india?

  • sonny

    I hate reading about ice cream sandwich, as, we don’t have it here still in Mexico with telcel..

    • Pradeep Neela

      why dont you sim unlock the device?

  • Kedar

    Anyone found any issues with the update?

  • Jiten Bhatia

    I just updated mine…M extremely happy nw. There r substantial changes i cn see. Its very smooth…enjoying it

  • roevan

    Hi pradeep…. i tried to extract the file as per the instructions above however each time the update fails with the error message “failed to locate COM port”. Please advise what to do

    • roevan

      it says can’t open serial COM port…. what can I do? I

  • Denry C

    can i know this firmware can use pen captureshot picture and swap for screenshot capture also can? something like original screen capture.

  • Ashish

    Hey Pradeep thanks for your prompt reply….
    Jus one more thing that i wanted to knw….In the above pictures, it shows that language is german…i hope it can be changed to english frm settings in language option…..

  • anurag

    its done but other than gallery & launcher not so much changes ram size is also inc

  • Ashish

    Will dis update also improve battery life…..

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes it updates the battery life too

  • Ashish

    Hi Pradeep, can dis version be applied to indian devices…..

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes it can be applied to the device

      • Praveen

        Hi pradeep
        Will it impact further future updates to note over Kies or OTA

        • Pradeep Neela

          yes you will have to manually apply the update

          • Praveen

            Pradeep do you expect jelly bean update for Original Samsung Galaxy Note

  • Sumit

    how to root the same please advise

    • Pradeep Neela

      you can root the device out of the links mentioned

  • Mrinal

    I am in India. Using DDLR version which was updated using Samsung Kies. Can I update this one? My Note has 4.0.4 version DDLR. Please suggest.

  • anurag

    is it required rooted device or simply just use odin

    • Pradeep Neela

      no, its an optional!!