How to Update Galaxy Note N7000 with Official DDLP8 ICS 4.0.3 Firmware

Galaxy Note LogoSamsung Galaxy Note N7000 smartphone can now be easily updated with the Official ICS 4.0.3 firmware update as this update is now available via KIES PC tool and via OTA. This all new update of ICS is dubbed as DDLP8 4.0.3 firmware. Just in case if you are on the beta firmware or on the custom ROM firmware, then then you can easily apply this update manually. Since this update is a boot loader free update, you can easily apply this update of ICS irrespective of the country you are from and irrespective of the firmware your phone is on. Please note that this is the Official ICS 4.0.3 Firmware released by Samsung Electronics in India.

Disclaimer: Neither AndroidAdvices, 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.

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.

Pre Requisites:

  • All the data in your phone should be backed up so as to ensure that just in case if the data is lost or corrupted, the same can be easily restored manually. Don’t use KIES to back up the data.

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

  • Disable all the antivirus suites in your computer and uninstall the same in your device as these tools generally tend to interrupt the process of firmware update. You should have the admin rights in your PC along with the active USB ports with full read / write access.
  • Minimum charge left in the device should be at least 70% so as to ensure that device doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.
  • Enable the USB Debugging in your 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

So assuming that you have followed all the above mentioned instructions, you can now proceed to the next page where we have summed up a detailed article on how to apply this firmware update in your phone.

  • prathvish

    I have rooted my note. When i connect to to kies. kies will display new firmware is available. So can we update software via kies if phone is rooted. Please reply

  • meb

    iz da updated available evn in africa?

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes you can apply this update.

  • Arpan

    I got my note updated to ics through samsung n the build number of it is- IML74K.DDLPA
    Where as i read in india it is IML7K.DDLP8..what should i do??
    My phone after the update lags a bit

  • Mohammad

    hi.if you can please put DDLPA update set up in your site and rootfiles too.

  • Raja Ganesh

    can you please confirm whether the given information is the official firmware ICS 4.0.3 for NOTE

    Build Num-IML74K.DDLP8
    Kernel Version – N7000DDLP8-CL551076
    Baseband Version – N7000DDLP4

    Please cofirm this is official firmware from INDIA for NOTE

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes you can apply the update

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes its an official update

  • Mrajaganesh

    can you please confirm whether the given information is the official firmware ICS 4.0.3 for NOTE

    Build Num-IML74K.DDLP8
    Kernel Version – N7000DDLP8-CL551076
    Baseband Version – N7000DDLP4

    Please cofirm this is official firmware from INDIA for NOTE

  • Sameer Khojla

    hi i am on GB 2.3.6 can i directly update with ICS DDLP8 ??????

  • Youniskng90

    Hi i go settings and search for updates it says no update found how do i update?

    • Pradeep Neela

      you can manually update the same with this procedure

  • Wazikyum

    Great tutorial!

    However I want to highlight one issue.

    In the last recovery step, I did “select Wipe data/factory reset”.

    Now everything gone deleted in my phone, even my sms’ which I had backed up using SMS Backup & Restore!!

    I think that step is wrong and can be really bad if things are not backed up externally.

  • tatz

    is it no problem after upgrading not to wipe data anymore and continue to your previous files from your old version of firmware…


  • manas

    i already installed stock rom LPY ics 4.0.3. Do i need to flash again with DDP8. please advice as i am new to rooting and i rooted my phone last week. I was on GB 2.3.6 before

  • androider

    is there any method to rollback my stock version? this update doesn’t seem to have the premium suite for s-pen

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes you can roll back the version to any of your choice!

      • kopek


  • kopek

    hi do i need wipe data?When its load restart work fine :-)

  • Vincent

    After upgrading to ICS on samsung note, its just a nightmare on the battery consumption. Can this be addressed quickily please?

  • Hung

    I have done the instruction. but the tab ID:COM did not change yellow. what do KIES and OTA mean. do i update the ICS by desktop. thanks for your help

  • Jiten Bhatia

    Guys dont update frm here if u r in india. Download samsung kies on ur computer from samsungs website. Connect ur phone to computer with data cable. It wl tell u that firmware update is available. Do it from there. That takes less of time and that is official thing. Enjoy..

  • pankaj

    pls give me any solution…

  • pankaj

    hi frds..
    i was install this update. after try Galaxy Note N7000 on ICS DDLP8/ DXLP9 4.0.3 Firmware but now my devise not install any update

    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    N7000XXKKA_N7000OXXKK5_N7000XXKK5_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:7)..
    File analysis..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    NAND Write Start!!

    here procedure stop..
    any give me solution?

  • yashin

    hey anyone facing problem after note updated successfully but after update and reboot it hangs and says tw launcher fails and sometimes email fails..i dont understand why s it happening if the update was successful..i updated even kies also in my note.

    any suggestions plz.


  • Ahmed

    I did everything but could not get to the recovery mode option. When I pressed the volume down + the OK button i ended up at the warning page that tells me to press down to cancel. There is no recovery mode option available. But I have ICS now. but i feel i have not completed what I should have done. The phone is a bit sluggish now. Please Advize

  • galaxynote

    After using the above method to upgrade to ICS my phone can not connect to the Mobile Data Network. Please help???

    • Pradeep Neela

      configure the apn settings!!!

  • galaxynote

    After updating to ICS using the above method my Note can not connect to the Mobile Data Network. Please help???

  • monish

    Hi i updated my galaxy note to ics 4 version..
    Now my phone has bacome slow always use full ram..any solution plz..

  • Enid

    Am loving the update, although I do agree that sometimes there seems to be a lag and battery consumption poor…perhaps they will address this in the next update…thanks for the great instructions, it worked a treat…

  • vishal

    man it get stuck at factoryfs.img…………..
    pllzzzz reply soon ….. what to do

  • Philip Rhoades

    Can the author repeat this article with a Linux (preferably Fedora) PC?



  • Raymond

    It wouldn’t work! Now im not even able to connect to Kies for recovery… I spent the whole night putting in and out the battery to restart the firmware “upgrade”. my note is dead!!!

    • Raymond

      Is it considered bricked?

  • joni gallina

    my galaxy note is gt-n7000 can i perform this update?

    • Yogesh Patel

      yes you can.

  • Andri

    The downloaded programme will also not open on my pc, this process make me feel technologically disadvantaged!!! LOL…..

  • Saurav Bhardwaj

    I find all thing same, just gtalk, gmail apps changed and rest ICS makes my note go very slow and smoothness is decreased… :-/
    How many of you feel the same ? Even battery consumption is more poor now with RAM continuously 694 MB…Hell !! Anyone having same reviews…

    • V.H.Belvadi

      @Saurav Bharadwaj
      Are you sure your phone has even updated fully? Sometimes that’s known to cause a lag. And there are a lot (and I mean a huge lot) of changes from basic UI to the S-Note, it’s not just gmail or gtalk.
      As for speed, my own Note became lightning fast and the battery hasn’t fallen in performance at all.

    • Monish

      same problem dude… I upgrated 3 days back…. Nowi do not wish to use my phone any more…

  • Andri

    My phone does not have the option to connect via Kies wit the USB settings?? It will also not connect to my pc via usb, I have reinstalled the drivers countless times. The only way I can connect my phone is via Kies Air. I must state that Kies is really a pathetic platform to use!! This is where Apple is way ahead!

  • V.H.Belvadi

    Works beautifully. ICS is so much better!
    The instructions here are clear, specific and I had no problems whatsoever.
    My Note updated in about 7-8 minutes. I doubt it’ll take too much longer.

  • mrburn

    After upgrade with new firmware Official DDLP8 ICS 4.0.3 ..battery drain fast is normal dun worry just make a full more battery issue. :)..Thanks about yr tutorial Pradeep Neela..its so easy.. (frm malaysia)

  • Vivian

    Thank you! Im loving the ICS on my Note

  • Chi Man Tang

    Updated my Galaxy Note to ICS. This update works, thanks.

  • James

    Will this work with the Australian version of the note (N7000B)? or will it brick the device?

  • Jiten Bhatia

    Hi frnds. I updated my note last night following the same procedure. And it was successful. Few things that i will clear here for u. I hv 2mbs internet connection. Odin file is very small and wl take 10 seconds to download but the other file is 647 mb file so it wl take atleast 1 hour to download and if it gets interrupted, u wl have to download it all over again. Anyways i wud suggest nt to touch or laptop while downloading is in process. Once downloading is done. Extrct that file and open it using winzip and copy the heavy file and save it somewhere. One more thing, Ok button is main front button on the device. U wl have to hold volume down and ok button for 2 seconds and then the power button. Keep pressing all 3 buttons fr 3 to 5 seconds. After this the enitre process takes only 15-20 mins. to complete the update. Trust me its working and everything is working so smooth. Dont hesitate or get scared. Nothing wl happen to ue device. So go ahead and enjoy ICS :))

  • jag

    I have N7000B, can I update?

  • Budi

    Yahoo!! I’m in ICS now. Thanks.

  • Deline

    ICS makes all my photos look soft, not sharp as before. Any advice for way back to original version?

  • user1984

    can use for malaysia note .. Thk

  • gpgroot

    I had to reset my note to 2.3.6, because my note got to hot and the apps stuck because of that. I think the note is not suited for icecream 4.0.3. Now my note works perfect again.

  • captain

    i also have gingerbread.ddlc1 build number , will this work on my phone ? i have now 2.3.6 android , i want it to update to 4.03 latest version , plz reply me , and which is OK button in galaxy NOTE ? thanks

  • Naman

    Is it any difference in updating the Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 with kies and odin ?

  • Chris

    Hi, thank you for the great update! Eeverything went perfect. However, i have a question. What if i dont wipe the data and partition? Is there going to be any problem? Im afraid to do it because i dont want to lose my information on the phone. I did everything last night without erasing and its working perfect. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  • gilbert koa

    why do you have to wipe data/factory?

  • Roman

    Ok, I found the cause of the problem. Its the screen filter app prevented the action.

  • Roman

    There’s minor incorrect instruction on how to boot into recovery mode. It is supposed to be concurrently pressing Volume Up + Home, Then Power button.

    In addition, I can’t install apk file directly from file browser after I updated the firmware. The install button did not response at all.

  • Jayaveer

    Thanks, now am in ICS :)

    • Gilbert Koa

      is it good? this rom i mean

  • Jayaveer

    Just a corrention, witht the problem which i have faced!
    Recovery mode in Galaxy Note can be entered by pressing Volume Up Key + OK button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button

    • gali

      thanks, because of you i have ics )))

  • gali

    hello, i have just tried to install my rooted galaxy note with ics , just the way it is written here in the post and i have a problem!
    After Odin installed the rom , my galaxy went into restart(just as the post says) and while restarting i got to a point where all i can see is flashing SAMSUNG message and nothing else…
    I tried to reboot after a few minutes into recovery mode and still after flashing short clip i get to the same SAMSUNG flashing screen…HELP!!!
    swithing the phone off is impossible, all it is doing is restarting … ejecting the battery does swith him off, but swithing on again does the same , SAMSUNG flashing screen…what to do?

    • gali

      the phone did not get to the stage of recovery mode…and i can’t seem to get there… when pressing volume down+ ok+ power button there is only two possibilities there.One is: continue(restart) and Two: cancel(restart). There is no option in selecting recovery at any stage…

      please can someone help? it takes a bit long…

  • Santhanam

    Thanks Pradeep, updated successfully using Kies. However I notice the battery performance is poor. How to improve the same ?

    Look forward to the instructions to root this update.

  • Charles

    Update is awesome, only problem I had was all my apps were removed from the last step of the instructions which sucks cause one of the apps had all my passwords that I unwisely didnt backup. haha but I love the update, thanks!

  • Bharat

    Hi, I tried update with the ICS. However, when I came down to post-extraction of ICS and Odin, i got stuck with Installing USB Drivers on my Computer; where do I find these drivers? Right now, the CD drive is dead. Please help.

  • Charles

    The only way I could enter recovery mode was to use the UP Volume key instead of the Down Volume key as stated in the last step of these instructions.

  • Abhinit

    Hi i just read ur document and found it interesting, as i am not able to update my galaxy note via kies to android 4.0. I have one question. Will it really work? Will it affect my device in any manner(negative effect).
    I will update my device soon after ur reply.


    • Pradeep Neela

      yes it will work, no doubt!

      • Abhinit Sharma

        Hi pradeep

        mine is 2.3.6 Gingerbread DDLC1 so will it work?

  • Burhan

    Im not able to update my galaxy note GT-N7000 to ICS 4.0 via kies. Im getting an error message saying that ” device does not support initialising”. Can anyone help me on this?

  • Pradeep Varma

    Am unable to find an OTA update to ICS for my Samsung Note.
    I use a Macbook Pro as my laptop. The Kies USB connection from it to my phone is flaky at times.
    So I would prefer an OTA upgrade or is it possible to visit a Samsung Service centre to get the phone upgraded to ICS?

  • Zahid

    Mine is gingerbread Ddlc1. Can this update be applied to mine.

  • Zahid

    When is it going to be updated on our devices. Isn’t that a safer alternative? I just got 2.3.6 update yesterday.

  • Dave

    Thanks for the info. One small correction – you say “Recovery mode in Galaxy Note can be entered by pressing Volume Down Key + OK button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button.” – This is incorrect. To enter recovery mode you must press Volume UP + OK + Power.

    I just downloaded the above mentioned firmware and installed – all works fine.

  • deline

    after upgrading, touch is faster but image getting softer, not sharp as before (main reason why i replaced my Nexus to the Note; now it comes back toNexus image quality). Any solution to solve the problem or i have to go back to original firmware? Advice much appreciated.

  • Gilbert Koa

    hi, will my airport city save game will also be removed by updating from gingerbread to ICS on note? thanks!

  • rizzy

    in the above tekst i found “Recovery mode in Galaxy Note can be entered by pressing Volume Down Key + OK button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button” i think it must be Volume up to enter recovery mode

  • sergio Orozco

    Can some one let MAC USERS !! How to do it on a… MAC COMPUTER !

    • Shawn

      I suggest, if not already rooted, root. once rooted you need cwm (clockwork mod recovery) installed. Once installed flashing new roms or updated is easy. All this is a learning curve for the average flasher. Go to xda developers and read, read, read! Educate yourself on the basics and then after a short time you’ll read post like this and know exactly what to do.
      Keep in mind, its hard for someone who doest know your previous knowledge/ experience to explain to you how to flash. It’s like teaching a person a football play who has never played football… You miss out on certain basics because you assume the person already knows.
      The more you read up on flashing the better off you’ll be. It’s a learning curve as was my experience.

  • man

    will all this things work on international version of N7000 like from asean version?

  • Ste Collins

    I have ics stunner on my galaxy note with cwm also installed is it safe for me to go back to official using this method ! As there is a lot of bugs in the ICS Stunner Custom Rom and lastly can I still root afterwords… Thanks

  • yashpatil

    I try to update by kies but still it says operation timeout or error in download after just doing about 7%download help me guys

  • kuria ndungu

    Thank you for your instructions HOWEVER i would like to give a warning to anyone already on another ICS ROM. I BRICKED MY GALAXY NOTE AND HAD TO BUY A NEW MOTHERBOARD because of trying to move from one rom (STUNNER ROM) to Cyanogen MOD without DOWNGRADING BACK to Gingerbread. Please see the instructions on XDA forums before going into recovery etc.

  • kuria ndungu

    Thank you for your instructions HOWEVER i would like to give a working to anyone already on another ICS ROM. I BRICKED MY GALAXY NOTE AND HAD TO BUY A NEW MOTHERBOARD because of trying to move from one rom (STUNNER ROM) to Cyanogen MOD without DOWNGRADING BACK to Gingerbread. Please see the instructions on XDA forums before going into recovery etc.

  • lig

    Aside from it being the official firmware is there any other difference or advantage between this official firmware over the ZSLPF version I recently upgraded?

  • Karim Alinani

    I upgraded using this from gingerbread 2.3.6 (rooted Chinese) to ICS 4 official and its awesome as i already have ICS official on my Xperia arc s, i know its potential.

    I can not enter the recovery mode, if i press key down it restarts and if i press key up, it opens the odin mode so i am unable to factory reset it to get rid of all Chinese apps, any suggestion?


  • byron

    hi! after applying this update is there any way i can root my galaxy note?

  • FADI

    does this have arabic support?

  • mohammad

    I am on Ics in galaxy note but the ram is all the times 550-700(600) Mg full. is it normal? or it is bug?