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.

  1. Reply ehsan November 21, 2012 at 1:45 am


  2. Reply Oscar October 31, 2012 at 6:42 am

    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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  4. Reply jin August 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm

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

  5. Reply Galaxy Note June 26, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    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.

  6. Reply bunna June 23, 2012 at 7:48 am

    why it always fails in factoryfys?

  7. Reply Charaze June 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    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!

  8. Reply blacque June 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    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

  9. Reply Nak1973 June 9, 2012 at 10:57 pm

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

    • Reply Pradeep Neela June 10, 2012 at 11:43 am

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

    • Reply Pradeep Neela June 10, 2012 at 11:43 am

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

  10. Reply Milt Friedman June 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm

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

  11. Reply Milt Friedman June 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm

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

  12. Reply Lahoree May 31, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Thanks. Worked like a charm!

  13. Reply jek May 31, 2012 at 6:13 am

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

    • Reply Pradeep Neela August 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      yes you can easily update the device

  14. Reply mavrik777 May 31, 2012 at 6:03 am

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

  15. Reply Ali May 30, 2012 at 9:24 pm

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

    Hope it goes smoothly

  16. Reply ecko15 May 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    why it always fails in factoryfys?

  17. Reply ecko15 May 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    why it always fails in factoryfys?

  18. Reply ecko15 May 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    why it always fails in factoryfys?

  19. Reply yung May 30, 2012 at 11:16 am

    what’s about N7000B?

  20. Reply blkrose May 28, 2012 at 2:07 am

    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?

  21. Reply Frenky May 26, 2012 at 2:42 am

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

  22. Reply darcdrac May 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm

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

  23. Reply aambrish May 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm

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

  24. Reply Ravi May 21, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    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.

  25. Reply Vinayak Gaonkar May 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm

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

  26. Reply Manoj May 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    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.

  27. Reply Ankur May 21, 2012 at 1:01 pm

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

  28. Reply adventure_geek May 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    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


  29. Reply sonny May 20, 2012 at 6:49 pm

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

  30. Reply Shibu M May 20, 2012 at 8:52 am

    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.


  31. Reply Morpheus75 May 19, 2012 at 10:18 pm

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

  32. Reply Chris May 19, 2012 at 7:09 am

    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?

  33. Reply Chris May 19, 2012 at 7:05 am

    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.

  34. Reply joshua steni May 18, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    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 ..??

  35. Reply Dr. Gautam May 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm

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

  36. Reply aambrish May 18, 2012 at 11:08 am

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

  37. Reply sonny May 18, 2012 at 10:35 am

    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

    • Reply Pradeep Neela May 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      you can apply the update!

  38. Reply Dr siddharth singh May 18, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Does this update has s pen premium suit with it

  39. Reply konark May 17, 2012 at 11:23 pm

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

  40. Reply Konark May 17, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    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 ?

  41. Reply Andrew May 17, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    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??

  42. Reply cURT May 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm

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

  43. Reply Rohith May 17, 2012 at 10:49 am

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

  44. Reply Dr Alok D Modi MD May 17, 2012 at 6:50 am

    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

  45. Reply Sinisa May 17, 2012 at 12:32 am

    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.

  46. Reply Sinisa May 17, 2012 at 12:32 am

    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.

  47. Reply Carlos May 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    no Chinese?

  48. Reply TESSA May 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Great done,

  49. Reply cURT May 16, 2012 at 10:42 am

    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

  50. Reply Ahsan May 16, 2012 at 12:39 am

    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?

  51. Reply dtorga May 15, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    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

  52. Reply Baljeet Kumar May 15, 2012 at 1:03 pm

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

  53. Reply jane May 15, 2012 at 4:11 am

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

  54. Reply Oidemiam May 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm

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

  55. Reply coconutz247 May 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    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.

  56. Reply mickel May 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    how do you reboot exactly with the volume rocker keys?

  57. Reply colety50 May 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm

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

  58. Reply Jun Abitria May 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm

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

  59. Reply Praveen May 14, 2012 at 7:46 am

    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.


    • Reply Pradeep Neela May 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      reapply the update, it will b sorted out

    • Reply Pradeep Neela May 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm

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

  60. Reply Nori May 14, 2012 at 4:41 am

    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.

  61. Reply Jun Abitria May 14, 2012 at 3:36 am

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

  62. Reply party786 May 14, 2012 at 1:55 am

    it is working

  63. Reply Dean Clark May 14, 2012 at 1:47 am

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  64. Reply ron May 14, 2012 at 12:10 am

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

  65. Reply James wong May 13, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Cool update.I love it thanks!

  66. Reply James wong May 13, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Cool update.I love it thanks!

  67. Reply M Ziaul Hafiz May 13, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    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?


  68. Reply Loretta Tay May 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm

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

  69. Reply michael cain May 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm

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

  70. Reply Santhanam May 13, 2012 at 10:18 am

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

    • Reply Pradeep Neela May 13, 2012 at 11:07 am

      thanks for your reliance!

  71. Reply danilo May 13, 2012 at 2:05 am

    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


  72. Reply Barry Hinkle May 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    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

  73. Reply Subhash May 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm

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

  74. Reply stepps May 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    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

  75. Reply Mohd Yusri May 12, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    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

  76. Reply Russell Brown May 12, 2012 at 7:05 am

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

  77. Reply ajfinch May 11, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    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.

  78. Reply George May 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm

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

  79. Reply Vimal May 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm

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

  80. Reply Suryagopan May 11, 2012 at 11:56 am

    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??

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