How to Update Galaxy Note N7000 with ICS XXLPY 4.0.3 Firmware

Galaxy Note LogoFinally, here comes the Official leak version of ICS Android 4.0.3 firmware for your Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 International version. Over a period of this article we will be checking out on how you can apply this update with the help of simple instructions. Please be informed that this is not a final release which Samsung has pushed to the devices, but is a leaked version. This update is dubbed as XXLPY Firmware version and is a touch wiz based ICS firmware. This update is leaked from Germany and can be applied by any Galaxy note user irrespective from the region one has bought from.

Disclaimer: Neither we, nor developer should be held responsible for any damage happened to your device in the process of following the instructions mentioned in this article. It’s very unlikely that there will be any issues but just in case if at all there are any issues then we are committed to help you in solving the same..

Rooting Information: Applying this update will not ROOT or void the device. Just in case if you are on the rooted firmware, then after applying this update the device will get un rooted.

Over a period of this article we will be checking out on what are the list of essential pre requisites along with the detailed guide on how to update Galaxy NOTE N7000 with ICS XXLPY 4.0.3 Firmware.

Caution: Don’t update any other model of Galaxy Note apart from N7000 with this update of ICS or else it may even brick the device.


Essential Pre Requisites:

  • All the data in your Galaxy Note N7000 should be backed up so as to ensure that just in case if the data gets lost or corrupted, the same can be restored easily with the help of below mentioned steps. You can make use of below mentioned steps to back up the data which is highly recommended.

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

  • Minimum charge left in the device should be at least 60% so as to ensure that device doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.
  • Enable the USB Debugging in your Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The USB Debugging option should be ticked as shown in the below screen capture.

USB Debugging

  • Ensure that you have disabled all the antivirus suites in your computer as these tools generally interrupt the process of firmware update.

So assuming that you have followed all the instructions you can now proceed to the next page where we have summed up a detailed guide on how to apply this update easily.

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  • Oscar

    All fine until the point I tried to connect to Kies to return my back up contacts. The computer detects the USB, I can actually browse the memory. But Kies goes “Unable to connect to GT-7000. Failed to retrieve device information”. Already tried to reinstall the firmware, reinstall the USB drivers and reinstall Kies but same problem again…. HELP !!

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  • jin

    i got 2.3.6 gingerbread on samsung galaxy note n7000 ….how can i upgrade to ics 4.0.3

  • Galaxy Note

    After this update i have had a problem opening my email accounts other than gmail! The app keeps closing on its own when opened. Help please.

  • bunna

    why it always fails in factoryfys?

    • Pradeep Neela

      its due to usb issues

  • Charaze

    Hi, I just want to know that if I have a new SD Card and new N7000, I don’t have to backup my SMS and files? Will the Google Play/Market not get corrupted if I don’t back it up, saying that I have a new SD card and new phone? I really need to know. Please reply, thank you!

  • blacque

    help, i thought this is an unsafe firmaware of ics because of the emmc bug…is it safe to flash this..also will gps and navigation work? please lemme know as i want to upgrade before the day is thru

  • Nak1973

    my fon wont restart.  it gives a yellow triangle pls help….

    • Pradeep Neela

      ignore the triangle in the start up, it should start normally

    • Pradeep Neela

      ignore the triangle in the start up, it should start normally

  • Milt Friedman

     I upgraded my n7000 to ics but lost use of gps and navigation. Is this common? What can I do about it?

  • Milt Friedman

     I upgraded my n7000 to ics but lost use of gps and navigation. Is this common? What can I do about it?

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes its normal, not an issue

  • Lahoree

    Thanks. Worked like a charm!

  • jek

    can this update be used for GN note users from the philippines?

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes you can easily update the device

  • mavrik777

    people try the kingdroid ics note mania rom its functionning perfect with all the ics and much more options and superfast

    • Pradeep Neela

      thanks for your update and feedback!

  • Ali

    I am downloading Kies on my desktop mow and I am going to give it a try.

    Hope it goes smoothly

  • ecko15

    why it always fails in factoryfys?

    • Pradeep Neela

      check with the usb drivers!

    • Pradeep Neela

      check with the usb drivers!

  • ecko15

    why it always fails in factoryfys?

  • ecko15

    why it always fails in factoryfys?

  • yung

    what’s about N7000B?

    • Pradeep Neela

      its not yet rolled out for n7000b

  • blkrose

    i accidently installed the update firmware for the samsung galaxy II i9100 on my galaxy note n7000 and now i can’t see my phones screen to do anything. how can i fix this?

  • Frenky

    My S Planner not working after update ICS XXLPY 4.0.3 Firmware!!!

  • darcdrac

    nice works like a charm
    to get into recovery mode its Volume up Key + OK button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button

  • aambrish

    People from India.. ICS is now available for download. please connect to KIES and download the official version… cheers

  • Ravi

    I guess this one has some bugs because after updating none of the apps are getting downloaded easily. Data pack is fine, its just downloading apps has become really painful. It takes forever to download a simple app from Google Play store. If you have some solution for it then let me know.

  • Vinayak Gaonkar

    I have updated my Galaxy note N7000 with this ICS but I have an issue with GPS it’s not working, Please suggest.

  • Manoj

    Mistakenly the USB cable got disconnected while updating and now the phone is not getting started. Also if i am repeating the update process it shows failure every time. What should I do.. Respond as soon as possible.

  • Ankur

    Will I be getting further official firmware updates from Samsung if I update with this method? Just trying to clarify a confusion..

  • adventure_geek

    Great post! Thanks! just a minor comment on the instruction to enter recovery mode on Galaxy note was volume UP key+OK button not Vol Down key


  • sonny

    Will i losse my phone warranty? And if somethung goes wrong can i reconfig my phone back to telcel mexico’s

  • Shibu M

    Wow, Grate post. Today i update my SGN7000 successfully. Thanks for this awesome post….

    BTW, is it compulsory to wipe data / reset phone to factory default, after successful update? i didn’t do it and all apps working smooth. Pls update.


  • Morpheus75

    Done, and works very well so far. Except for the reconfig of the screen apps which is such a chore…Thanks for the tutorial.

  • Chris

    My only question is, what will happen when the ICS update finally rolls out to our devices? Will it prompt us to install the “official” verson or will it no longer receive the notification to upgrade?

  • Chris

    Updated my N7000, everything works great !!!! Speed is much faster, better animations and way smoother & no bugs so far ( been running it for a few hours now).

    The only thing is that I couldn’t get my note to go into recovery mode so I couldn’t wipe cache & data but it seems to be working fine without it.

    Thank you.

  • joshua steni

    Can anyone tell me if its safe to follow these steps on a rooted galaxy note. I have never done this rom installation before so I’m pretty cautious about doing it. Btw I’ve purchased my galaxy note from India so will the German rom cause any problem ..??

  • Dr. Gautam

    hi this is Dr.Gautam from India the phone is updated successfully…
    thank you very much ……

  • aambrish

    hope this does not root the device. will my phone receive all further updates from samsung(OTA)?

  • sonny

    my galaxy note is also international but with telcel here in mexico. Do you think i should just wait for my carrier ‘s advice for upgrade or if i do it myself how its shown here. what are the complications. , my galaxy nite is just less than a month old

    • Pradeep Neela

      you can apply the update!

  • Dr siddharth singh

    Does this update has s pen premium suit with it

  • konark

    Applied the update it is working fine….thanks for that…only one issue face unloack is not found
    Any suggestions please

  • Konark

    Applied the update it is awesome…. Very smooth and stable… Thanks a
    Lot….only one issue not able to see face unlock…. Any suggestions, please ?

  • Andrew

    Why, when you see the ICS home screen do you have to then put the phone in recovery mode and wipe? I didn’t get this step? Is it nessesary to do this as ICS is already installed….please advise??

  • cURT

    didn’t see the premium suite on this update? anyone else

  • Rohith

    Iam not getting ID COM yellow even after installing all the drivers please help…………

  • Dr Alok D Modi MD

    Dear Sir
    Regarding this update. Two questions since I am new to android world. Will it affect my warranty and will samsung come to know if I have to take it for repairs ? And will my phone connect with samsung kies on my PC once I have applied this international ROM ? If not I will be highly affected. Pl help me here.


    Dr Alok Modi MD

  • Sinisa

    Hi, Updated Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 with ICS Android 4.0.3 XXLP1 Firmware from your site (Thanks to Samfirmware) but regular phone mic is dead.What should I do now.

  • Sinisa

    Hi,should I Updated Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 with ICS Android 4.0.3 XXLP1 Firmware from your site (Thanks to Samfirmware) but regular phone mic is dead.What should I do now.

  • Carlos

    no Chinese?


    Great done,

  • cURT

    Did 3 Notes no issues at all excpet the recovery mode. Volume down is continue to boot phone. Volume up goes into downloading again. I just rebooted the phone works fine

  • Ahsan

    Hi, i updated it and everything went well except when turn off last time to enter into recovery mode, i cudnt find the recovery mode with volume down key. It says Restart phone. Any other way to complete the process?

  • dtorga

    its running smooth on my GN, just a basic question, will i keep receiving normal updates or a def update OTA even after root this version? thanks

  • Baljeet Kumar

    Neela is it avaible for india….., i want to update my Galaxy note pls reply…?

  • jane

    where’s the OK button? Is it Menu button?

  • Oidemiam

    It worked perfectly right!
    Thank you very much guys”!

  • coconutz247

    yes folks, this is the easiest explanation to date. worked perfectly. the new ics kept all my settings intact like kindle, address books, game scores, etc. i was scared silly i was going to brick the phone. i really don’t know why…..this was absolutely seamless and easy as pie.

  • mickel

    how do you reboot exactly with the volume rocker keys?

  • colety50

    just wondering if you have to go into recovery mode because its updated and running fine thank you by the way

  • Jun Abitria

    Redo the process, it should be going smoothly. :-)

  • Praveen

    Thanks for this. However, when I tried upgrading my firmware using the method above, I get the ID COM turns yellow and everything seems to go well until it reaches factoryfs.img where the upgrade seems to take forever (atleast 30 mins). So I wasn’t sure and I unplugged the device.
    Any suggestions on what I am doing wrong here? My GT-N7000 is on 2.3.6,Gingerbread.XXLA6.


    • Pradeep Neela

      reapply the update, it will b sorted out

    • Pradeep Neela

      reapply the update, it will b sorted out!!!!

  • Nori

    Thanks guys, i just updated my SGN bought from uk, the update is grate abd no problem what so ever, the device is now faster then before also the s pen premium suite is beautiful. I love it.

  • Jun Abitria

    Perfectly working, except for i need to reformat my SD card after installation. From the Philippines, Thank you so much!

  • party786

    it is working

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  • ron

    No Hebrew! Also look very similar to GB 2.3.6. Not moving so smooth… look like not finished !!!

  • James wong

    Cool update.I love it thanks!

  • James wong

    Cool update.I love it thanks!

  • M Ziaul Hafiz

    hi, i woul like to know how will i get an updated ics in my galaxy note. shoul i take it to my nearest service centre? or i will receive a link online so to click on it and it will be updated?


  • Loretta Tay

    Last step in recovery mode should b volume up key + blah…

  • michael cain

    update was very good, still lacking the face logon though, but great job

  • Santhanam

    Thanks Pradeep. Updated successfully without any problems. We know we can always rely on android advices..

    • Pradeep Neela

      thanks for your reliance!

  • danilo

    I did the stepa but didnt so the recovery mode,ita working fine thought…what exactly is the recovery mode does? Andwill i get the ota update normally after? Cheers


  • Barry Hinkle

    Looking for information on Samsung Galaxy Prevail low storage problem. Cannot move my apps to the sd card to gain storage. Currently have less than 15 mb. I uninstall most updates to allow updates of apps I do use. Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks, Barry

  • Subhash

    There was some issues with ics on n7000 like mic not working is that solved in this one.

  • stepps

    hi pradeep, i read on some other android blog that the ics xxlpy has a very serious bug which is capable of hard-bricking one’s phone. how is this true? i want to update my galaxy note n7000 to the ics firmware but i’m a bit scared. please, advise

  • Mohd Yusri

    Already tested flash to this firmware.. and i didn’t factory rest or wipe data cache.. No problem seem to arise.. Maybe bcoz i’m using all stock.. But i did notice some improvement in speed.. App loading very fast. gallery load in seconds. and the plus is the S Memo app.. can’t wait to try it out… Thanks for the post again

  • Russell Brown

    I would like to know if anyone haa any one click downloads for ICS for epic 4g.sprint. Unrooted.

  • ajfinch

    Updated using the above firmware on my N7000. All is well and everything is working fine with all tha additional tweaks working too :)). Just gonna see how the battery acts in the next 24 hours but very happy with release.

  • George

    After I apply this update I can update my galaxy note to official update via OTA when it will appear? Thank you!

  • Vimal

    Updated My Note With No Problems.Android ICS Rocks!!Thank You Android Advices.

  • Suryagopan

    Thanks for this.. i was looking for it… one doubt, the official version which came out yesterday(OTA) was only below 350 mb.. but the link given here is a more than 600mb file.. is it okay??