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Saturday, May 19, 2012

How To Downgrade ICS On Samsung Galaxy Note To Gingerbread 2.3.6

How To Downgrade ICS On Samsung Galaxy Note To Gingerbread 2.3.6

ICS Downgrade

Step 1 : Downloading Files and Installing Drivers
  1. Download Gingerbread 2.3.6 Stock Firmware Along With Odin 1.85
    Download Link Gingerbread 2.3.6
  2. Download Link :  Odin 1.85  
  3. Extract the zip file by right clicking and selecting "Extract All," or by using an extracting program of your choice.
Step 2 : Connecting the Device
  1. Turn off USB Debugging by going to Settings>Developer options>Unchecking USB debugging.
  2. Power off the device by holding the power button and selecting Power off
  3. Put the device into Downloading mode
    1. Hold the Vol Down button + Home and then hold the Power button as well.
    2. Keep holding until you see two icons. First you'll see the Samsung Galaxy Note logo and then the icons will show up. Let go.
    3. Press the Vol Up button to select Downloading mode.
  4. Connect the device to your computer with the USB cable and Odin status should turn yellow.
Galaxy Note ICS downgrade

Step 3 (A) : Flashing 2.3.6 Gingerbread Firmware
    \dowgrading ics
  1. Go into the same root folder as before.
  2. Double click the root application named "Odin3_v1.85.exe"
  3. If your downloaded firmware/stock contains only 1 file, follow the below instructions.
  4. Click On PDA
  5. Browse and locate the following file that we downloaded in Step 1 - "N7000DDLB2_N7000ODDLA1_INU.tar.md5"  (File name may differ)
  6. Configure the options exactly as mentioned:
    how to downgrade ics
    • Re-Partition - Unchecked
    • Flash Lock - Unchecked
    • Auto Reboot - Checked
    • F. Reset Time - Checked
  7. Click Start
  8. Once it is complete, you can close the program

                         

Step 3 (B) : If your downloaded firmware/Stock/Rom file contains multiple files then follow these steps:
  • Choose CODE in PDA, MODEM in PHONE, Multi CSC in CSC.
  • Configure the options exactly as mentioned:
    • Re-Partition - Unchecked
    • Flash Lock - Unchecked
    • Auto Reboot - Checked
    • F. Reset Time - Checked
  • Click Start
  • Once it is complete, you can close the program


Your Samsung Galaxy Note Is On Gingerbread 2.3.6

Step 4 : Completing Installation / Wiping Cache

  1. Your Samsung Galaxy Note will boot up with Gingerbread. At this moment, your phone should be running very slow, this is normal and supposed to happen as we have not yet wiped the cache for the previous firmware from your device.
  2. Once you are on the home screen, switch off your device. 
  3. Put the device into Recovery mode
    1. Hold the Vol Up button along with home and the Power button as well.
    2. Keep holding until you see two icons. First you'll see the Samsung Galaxy Note logo and then the icons will show up. Let go.
    3. Using the volume down  button, select the option "Wipe Cache Partition"
    4. Once done, select the option "Reboot System Now"
Your Samsung Galaxy Note should now boot up. If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comment section.

Update 1 : For those who are getting Google.framework error, follow Step 4  to wipe cache partition and if the error persists,

Put the device into Recovery mode
  1. Hold the Vol Up button along with home and the Power button as well.
  2. Keep holding until you see two icons. First you'll see the Samsung Galaxy Note logo and then the icons will show up. Let go.
  3. Using the volume down  button, select the option "Wipe User Data"
  4. Once done, select the option "Reboot System Now"
This should fix the error.

186 comments:

Anonymous said...

What does wiping user data do to the contents of your phone?

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

It will wipe ur application... just the 2 gb storage !! all ur internal data storage and the sdcard data will be safe ....

Anonymous said...

Will all apps need to be reloaded?

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

yes ... all the appps on the 2 gb storage will have to be re installed ..but the data will exist .. ie .... ur images songs etc etc ..all ur data in 11 gb storage n external sd will be safe

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Ehhmad Hasun said...

Password For All Firmwares : samfirmware.com

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Anonymous said...

I am still getting the parsing error...i followed step 4..what to do? plz help

Ehhmad Hasun said...

Have you tried wiping user data ?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your help.I managed to revert to gingerbread 2.3.6.The others' method were complicated.Yours is simple and a breeze.

Fred said...

There isn't any ROM for o2-uk. Any ideas?

Anonymous said...

Fred - I used the CPW rom to reinstate Gingerbread on my Orange-UK Note and it worked fine. Beware however that all Apps were deleted and had to be reinstalled so took a while.

Anonymous said...

Since these are Samsung stock roms the flash counter will not increase, right?

Ehhmad Hasun said...

@Fred I'm working on your request...

Did you read the below comment ? Have you tried the CPW rom ?

hartawan s said...

what windows we must use to downgrade this firmware? is it win 7 or it must downgrade with win xp?

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

hartawan ! what ever b the os.... of odin is installed..its enuf

Anonymous said...

When I wish to upgrade to ICS again, will I be able to go to Settings > About Phone > Software Upgrade and get the official OTA version? Thank you!

resham said...

respect sir. thank you very much.. it was much helpful as 4.0 drains away the battery too quickly...tahns a lot

Calance said...

You're awesome man !! Thanks for your tutorial ~ It helps me a lot =) Most of my apps experienced crash problem on android 4.0...

Anonymous said...

thank you

Anonymous said...

how long to finish downgrade?

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

a maximum of 15 minutes

Anonymous said...

wiped user data and wiped cache, and still getting Google.framework error any other steps?

Anonymous said...

wiped user data and wiped cache, and still getting Google.framework error any other steps?
June 10, 2012 2:03 AM

I repeated the same steps at 1 go, user data and cache wipe at during the same recovery mode and it worked.

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

:-)

Anonymous said...

it shows unknown error when extracting the gingerbread 2.3.6 for Hong Kong

BaJo said...

works like a charm!!

Azz Zuhaily said...

thank you sir...it works on my device...you saved my device...^_^

Andrew Rogan said...

When I wish to upgrade to ICS again, will I be able to go to Settings > About Phone > Software Upgrade and get the official OTA version? Thank you!

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

Yes You Can ! Automatically When You Downgrade to 2.3.6... Ur Note will start Showing Software Update Available ! You LL get the ICS OTA

Andrew Rogan said...

Thank you

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

:)

dr fareed said...

Very nice
I LLC try it
Ics is a wastage

Anonymous said...

Hello, just a question last eek ik received my SGnote on 4.0.3 first i was happy.... after 2 hours i deceided to go on recovery with the hard reset option with Android. Seemed ok, but still heating and battery problems, then i deceided to go back in firmware 2.3.6, i downloaded a official samsung rom from Samfirmware.com. After install with ODIN it went wrong . . . big troubles. Tomorrow i will receive a new GSnote, probably with 4.0.3 preinstalled, Should i try another downgrade with ODIN because i think that the reason it went wrong was my first initial hard reset and got me the emmc bug with it. Happy to hear from you.

Anne Maureen Mellijor said...

help!
followed all the steps by my SG note is still on 4.0.3..

AJ Singh said...

Thank you very much, all procedure went smooth and I am back on Gingerbread.

Vasiu Andrei said...

Hello,I am from Romania and I am having problems with my Gnote...when i try to enter the download mode,first it gives me a warning and then if i press ok to continue it shows me the AndroLogo and down it writes dowloadin do not turn of target..up i have odin mode and by custom binary download it says NO...i dont no what to do so please help!!! ASAP

Peter Stokes said...

I am on ICS and have the emmc bug (0x19), is this method safe? I would like to try ICS 4.04 and think I have to go back to GB first because of the emmc bug. Could you advise if this is correct, or is there an easier way? Thanks in advance.

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

@vasiu ! thats download mode...it is used when u r flashing Rom on ur note....if u rnote isnt getting.detecting.in note.....first completely close the kies software.from taskmanager. .kill the process totally..c that nothing related to kies runs !! then turn off the debugging mode....hope.this helps...

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

@ peter...where does ur note belong to...if u r on germany ics...dowbgrade using the above process by downloading the 2.3.6 firmware....and if u want to try unofficial ics 4.0.4....with eMMC bug...u shud be more careful..n shud nt delete big files or root or flash other roms.....

Vasiu Andrei said...

/\/€○†@/\/\e Thanks a lot...finally i did it...with all the stress i had that i bricked my phone ...finally i managed to do it exactly like you said..so i ow you a lot...thank very much..and you are a genius:D..God bless you!

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

anytym......anything related to android u r free to ask...WE r here for it

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much i followed your step by step instruction and succesfully downgrade my galaxy Note (singapore) from ICS to gingerbread in one go

Anonymous said...

Im running 4.0.4 at the moment and are still getting the charging Icon up even though phone is disconnected. I had been on 4.0.3 and I believe that this upgrade from 2.3.6 was the cause, Is there a fix? Im going to downgrade back to 2.3.6 and hopefully that fixes it but have read that 4.0.3 fault may have damaged a charging monitor chip. Any comments?

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

nope....no problem in ur GT-N7000 there are numerous bugs in ICS.....samsung needs fix them.....

Vasiu Andrei said...

Hey again...i have a problem my mom bought yesterday a samsung galaxy SI...I am from Romania,and the phone is blocked on Orange network..how can i unblock it to work for example on another network..Please very much who nows send me an email on vasiu.andrei@yahoo.com with the solution for that...please..and thank you

Siddique said...

I upgraded my Galaxy note to Android 4.0.3 and after update i found that my voice is not going to caller in speaker mode as well as with headset. in normal mode it works fine. Is it due to upgrade or my device has problem. I am going to downgrade it back to gingerbread. Any comments?

Anonymous said...

Is this method save ? Or do i have to fear a hard brick ?

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

this is the only safest method to downgrade from ics to gb

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

better to downgrade coz ics has loads of bugs in it..so may be..this one too may be a bug

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

there is only one solution...you have to take the device to some mobile repairing and software shop....they have the specific softwares for unlocking the device...it is not possible for u to unlock it manually !!!

boring said...

may i know which Odin 1.85 should i download from the filecrop site as there are so many of them but not all links are working. plus the size are different too. appreciate your help. tks

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=581913&d=1304094576

copy the above URL !

plus the ODIN 1.85 Link is Now Live and Updated

Anonymous said...

Great job, if i can do this anyone can, thanks for the guide, just a shame i need to start downloading all my apps again, ah well, small price to pay to get off ICS ;)

പരിചിതന്‍ said...

i ddnt find the password

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

password is on the fimware download page..n the paasword is

samfirmware.com

Noa Grisa said...

hey im getting lots of problems after downgrading, i get all the time "the application Calendar storage(process com.android.providers.calendar) has stopped unexpectedly. Please try again. I downloaded the swiss version.
I have to force close it but after 2 seconds the message comes back

Noa Grisa said...

and also the process android.process.acore has stopped bla bla bla...

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

try "wipe factory data " i mean..reset the phone

Noa Grisa said...

do the option "wipe data/factory reset" ?

Noa Grisa said...

that worked thnx :)

Noa Grisa said...

One more question...um my android market doesent want to update to play store, any idea?

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

it will update...try again....

Noa Grisa said...

anyway, other than a few minor issues that are fixed if you follow the instructions, this works very well and thnx. ICS was really a pain in the butt and now being back on GB feels like heaven

ivan yw said...

when i finished to downgrade from ics to gb using this method, i cant use the internet. i mean when i activate data network, it doesnt work and there is no icon that data network is on. can you help me?

Mohsin said...

Really thankful

Itz done nicely

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

hi ivan...first check.whether the data network modebis activated or not..by holding.the power button for 2 seconds...if yes..then. ....it means this is one of.the glitch of.gb on ur device.... try "wipe factory reset" it will help..

Peter Sam said...

Are there any risks of phone being bricked in the process of the downgrade?

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

no ! there is no risk.as we are flashing the ORIGINAL firmware...there is no chance of brick if the instructions are properly followed

Peter Sam said...

ok thanks and I will get back to you if it works.

Peter Sam said...

When I extracted the Gingerbread firmware, I got this file N7000XXLC1_N7000XXLB2_N7000CPWLB2_HOME.tar.md5 (850MB)and another dll and the instruction says I should use N7000XXLC1_N7000XXLB2_N7000CPWLB2_HOME.tar.md5. Do I just leave the dll file or I will have to use it?

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

dll file is of no use...extract the md5 or tar file and when u open odin..it will give u the option of pda...there u just need the md5.tar file

Peter Sam said...

Hi I just finished the downgrade process and its done except that on the me screen it keeps telling me application calender storage process failed and force closes. How can I fix that?

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

go to recovery mode and WIPE USER DATA. .. U LL lose the applications..but the data is nt lost....this is because...of this Google Frame work error...to solve it..there is only one solution power off... vol up + home button +power. .. then when u go into recorvery mode... wipe user data....

Peter Sam said...

I think I caused the problem. My phone came with the XEU (Europe) version and instead of me downgrading to that version, I downgraded to the Carphone Warehouse Gingerbread firmware version. Is it possible for me to fix that? I mean can I change it to the XEU version?

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

yep u can.again follow the same.process with XEU firmware...

Peter Sam said...

Ok thank you. I will do that now

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/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

:) we risked our device so that you people.do not.get problems..thank you

Harish Phani Shankar said...

My did not pass but failed n now im not able to switch on my mobile.,:(...it says Firmware upgrade encountered an issue and not at all starting..wat to do?

Harish Phani Shankar said...

bdw my phone is S2 SGH-I777 model..waitin for the reply!.

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

woaahhh !! mannn.... u did ur worst mistake of life :/ this downgrade is of SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE...y did u downgrade it on ur S II... try flashing original samsung s 2 firmware...if not solved go to service center :/

Harish Phani Shankar said...

How do i do that now..:/

Harish Phani Shankar said...

My kies is not even recoginsing my phone now..:(...i hope u've a solution for this!

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

u r having samsung galaxy note's firmware on s2..how is it possible.for keis to.detect...... u r in deep.problem......u have 2 solutions...... 1. go.to samsung service center.....2. download the firmware. .original firmware of samsung galaxy s 2 i777..means the firmware of.ur contry...then...flash it with odin...if it works well.n.good...if not...go.to.samsung service center

Harish Phani Shankar said...

I tried the second one..it isnt workin...i live in india...n my phone is from US...so samsung service centre ppl say they dont do it here! :(

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

try this last thing...go to recovery mode ! phone is getting switched on atleast ? go to recovry mode..ie. .vol up + home button + power button..then....Wipe cache and wipe user data...then try flashing the S II FIRMWARE. ...if.not....U.S service centers :/

Mustafa said...

Hi,

Thanks for the clear instructions and help. I reached your page looking for a solution to fix my Galaxy Note that is stuck on the glowing Samsung logo after booting.

Long story short, this happened after I 'unrooted' from CM10 preview 3 ROM to official ICS 4.0.4 ROM using mobile odin. It completed successfully but I guess since data/cache partitions were not clean, so the device is stuck on booting. Due to eMMC bug, I am afraid to do this through stock recovery of ICS 4.0.4, hence looking at downgrading to Gingerbread 2.3.6, as I have read the bug doesn't affect Gingerbread ROMs. I know this is somewhat off topic, but can you recommend downgrading to 2.3.6 with the device in its current state as I described?

Many thanks.

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

Sir ! glad that u expected a solution from us :) we have 2 solutions for u 1. If u want to downgrade to 2.3.6.. u can..there are no chances for brick if u flash the Original firm ware of ur Note..i.e of thw contry frok where u bought the Note...from.the firmware link given above.. but once u downgrade..You ll get this GOOGLE FRAMEWORK ERROR wich will.not allow u to access or set up ur device.....for that u have to switch ur device and to go.to recovery mode(vol up + home + power ) and from then u have to WIPE USER DATA this will allow u to setup.ur device and will be error free...but u ll lise ur applications. .just the applications installed..not the data.....



2. If u want to be on the official 4.0.4 u can do.the same WIPE USER DATA process to remove those Errors and hang ups u r getting in ur device Now

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

lose*

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

First thing u do.is Wipe Cache partition...If this doesnt work....try wipe user data...that shud work..If it doesnt....then DOWNGRADE IS THE ONLY SOLUTION... thank u..

hoping for ur reply

Mustafa said...

Hi /\/€○†@/\/\e,

Many thanks for your prompt response. What you have suggested is clear and makes sense. In my case, I don't care about losing installed applications. My first choice would be to avoid downgrade to 2.3.6. The problem is that I'm afraid of (and confused about) eMMC wipe brick bug affecting ICS ROMs, otherwise I would have booted into recovery of current official ICS 4.0.4 and cleared the data/cache already. But as I see that you are suggesting doing the same in option 2, do you think wiping in this manner is safe? Otherwise, I will be forced to downgrade to 2.3.6 just to wipe data/cache and get the device to boot (hopefully), as articles on internet suggest that Gingerbread ROMs are not affected by the wipe bug.

Thanks for your help.

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

i think. wiping will be safe..bcoz..neither ur device is rooted..nor is it on custom rom... nor. it is on CWM..the brick bug mainly arises due to rooted cwm devices who try to delete big files... SO.. WIPING USER DATa will fix ur device iA. .. Dont worry n try..but keep in mind thay the FIRMWARE now in ur NOTE shud be official... i.e if it is indian note..then the firmware shud be indian. .if uk note then uk firmware n so on...

or if u dont wanna take risk..u can downgrade to 2.3.6..but anyhw u ll have to wipe user data Then...

if u r confused then better. downgrade. n then again flash ics .. keep in mind ur device is UNROOTED and CLOCK WORK MOD is completely removed coz erase.dat and cwm.zip are the main files that r causing the brick.... hope this helps...


safest way....100 % working... downgrade to 2 3 6..then wipe user data..then...u ll automatically get ICS vie kies or over the air....

Mustafa said...

Thanks for the clarifications. I have a European/UK Galaxy Note GT-N7000. When I unrooted from CM10 using mobile odin lite, I used the N7000XXLRG 4.0.4-N7000DBTLRG (Open Germany) stock ROM. Since the device got stuck at glowing logo, I used PC Odin 1.85 to flash N7000XXLRK 4.0.4-N7000XEULP5 (United Kingdom/Ireland) as I thought this would fix it, but obviously it didn't. When I am download mode, it says that I am running Samsung official firmware. Also, I see a red triangle instead of yellow, so I guess the device is indeed unrooted and back to stock ICS 4.0.4 without CWM.

I guess I should take the safest route and flash N7000XXLA6 2.3.6 N7000XEULA1 (United Kingdom/Ireland) using PC Odin, then boot in to reocvery to wipe cache/data and it should be fine.

Thanks for all your help.

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

perfect :)

Albert Lieputra said...

Hi, can GB play HD games? Such NFS shift, Real racing 2, Dead trigger ect. Bacause ICS can't play HD games. And planning to downgrade to GB. Thx

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

Nope many of the HD games are incompatible with samsung galaxy note !

imran Khan said...

If i check the repartition will there be any problem except data loss.... Actually after upgrade to 4.04 only 8 Gb of inter memory is showing. Will this problem be solved after this down grade.

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

that may be bcoz ur user data may b available... go to my files and check what all stuff is there..coz if u upgrade from 2.3 6 to 4.0.3 or 4.0.3 to 4.0.4 the data is nt lost until u factory data reset ur device may be thats y its showin only 8 gb....

my note is showing all full 11.4 gb space on 4.0.4

imran Khan said...

In my opinion that is not the case as it shows about 8 GB even after format i think it is a bug full memory is not being shown. some people more on net have reported similar problems after 4.04 update as 1. more pressure required for stylus to write 2. little weak sound while playing movies. 3.memory loss of about 3 GB. same is with mine. Therefore i wanted to down grade with partition frame checked.

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

try at ur own risk..... but take back up

Albert Lieputra said...

Hi,thanks again for the reply. But I have watch people in youtube playing HD games on their galaxy note without problems. I did ask them, but they won't reply anything and i just read the comment of them and some people said i need to do rooting. Will rooting harm the Android OS? Any risk? Thx.

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

yes. by rooting u may be able to play some hd games..but by rooting. .there is a big risk of HARD BRICK BUG..u ll lose ur fone if that bricks..... and plus u lose ur warranty.... So rooting is not much appriciated on Note and S 2

Peter Sam said...

Hi /\/€○†@/\/\e do you use ICS or gingerbread on your Galaxy Note atm?

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

yes..ics 4.0.4

Steven Murphy said...

Will this work on my at&t i717 version???

Steven Murphy said...

Will this work on my at&t i717 version???

geekyandroid said...

yes ! if u have the original ! AT&T 2.3.6 firmware

Steven Murphy said...

Cool well im gonna have to try it soon i think. I updated without knowing what i was getting in to. Ics has some good options that gb doesnt. But i think its crap. I got a samsung galaxy note and i wanted the cool new s note stuff but i never use it. I dunno. Anyways thanks for the help.

Steven Murphy said...

How do i enter download mode on i717 version?

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

first UNcheck thebusb debugging mode..then power Off the device....then hold volume down + home button + powerr button together till the Samsung galaxy note n7000 Appears..then just let go the power button

Satya Chilukuri said...

when i pressed the start button, it is taking more than 30-40 mins and hangs. Please help how to downgrade

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

first thing....ur device shud be UnRooted...and usbdebugging shud be off..then in the pda colum select the correct 2.3.6 tar.md5 file ..then start.... or nw that u have started..wait

Abdulaziz Al-momen said...

my phone doesnt go back to gingerbread....it stays ICS what might be the problem???

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

follow the instructions

reza said...

i want to downgrade my gt-n7000 from ics to gb. but i confused which stock firmware i must download for my gnote. i live in indonesia. do i have to equate my PDA & CSC with PDA & CSC in that link?
sorry for my bad english.

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

sir.. just download the PDA file of the original indonesian firm ware n do the above procedure...there is no need of CSC file in case of downgrading

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

from the above link of Ginger bread 2.3.6 select N7000DXLA1 Indonesia

reza said...

thank you for your respond. i will try stock rom that you recommend.

Maria Andrei said...

Please help...i updated my phone again after i downgraded it and noe i cant downgrade it back...odin fails when the pda is ready to install...please help ASAP!..please anyone who knows the answer send me an email:vasiu.andrei@yahoo.com...i will be gratefull to anyone who can help me solve this issue.

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

odin may b failing just becoz debugging mode may b on or kies may b running sumwhere in thr background...check that the kies is totally closed n usb debugging mode is unchecked...then ur device will surely b connected umin odin...then select the pda(original 2.3 6 from the region u bought the device and flash it.Hope this helps

Anonymous said...

Worked perfectly. Thanks.

Мерхан Абилов said...

Hi! So glad to find you in the web. i downloaded the firmware for Russia with only one file inside and Odin 1.85.
Passed Steps 1-3. And the odin status didn't change. Then I've read all the comments till the end. Deleted Kies totally, unchecked the usb debugging mode. And still Odin status is not becomes yellow. No changes at all. I rebooted my pc unpluged all the usb devices and tried again - nothing. Note says Downloading... Do not turn of the target... That is all. Please help me!

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

hi....first switch on ur note and check whether the usb mode is UNCHECKED or not..then....open task manager in ur pc and close any program related tl kies...then...finally after opening odin.... plug the fone...n hope fully it shud bcome yellow...

Anonymous said...

Perfect! Right after I heard that galaxy note is having hard brick bug on ICS I wanted to downgrade but all the tutorials available never made seance and I couldn't understand a bit!

You have compiled a comprehensive guide that is not just simple to follow and easy to aple but it also is perfect to get rid of ICS.

Thank you very much for saving my device, keep up the good work.

Khozema Saifuddin said...

Hey Dear...im using Galaxy Note N7000 On ICS 4.0.4 XXLRK..n it is havin EMMC bug on it...above method to downgrade to gb is safe for me..aftr flashin gb if i do wipe data & wipe cache is safe for me..my Note is NOT rooted nw...i have downloaded 2.3.6 unitedarabemitares version as im in kuwait nw...waitin for ur reply to flash GB..thnkz in advance...:)

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

select the gb of the country u bought yr fone from..and then flash it.... after flashing. ...wipe user data...and this is completely safe

Мерхан Абилов said...

Found it. I didn't install Samsung Mobile Drivers. Now it works!

anas 3qeel said...

Hey, Thank you so much for the great effort. I'm trying to downgrade my Galaxy S II so can I find the gingerbread 2.3.6 which supports Arabic? recommended to be for KSA if it's available.. Thanks a lot

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

SII for S2 there is just 2.3.5 no 2.3.6 has been released for ksa..2.3.5 and 4.0.3. if u want the 2.3.5 u can visit the official main site.. www.sammobile.com/firmware

anas 3qeel said...

sorry, but what about United Arab Emirates? I want any 2.3.6 version that supports the Arabic language! :$

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

N7000JPLA1 From the above 2.3.6 firm ware links page

M.R said...

Hi
I just bought a Samsung Note with ICS 4.0.3 ( Base Band Version : N7000XXLPT ) and ( Kernel Version : 3.0.15 - N 7000JPLPD - CL643396dpi@DELL173#3 SMP PREEMPT THU 31 KST 2012 ) ( BUILD NUMBER : IML74K.JPLPD)

I want to downgrade it to GB as the new ICS drains the battery soooo fast !!!

I read the above article and I want to know if it is safe and will not crash the phone ?

Thanks.

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

yes its completely safe :)

M.R said...

Thanks...I did it and it worked perfectly according to the steps above :)

Anonymous said...

will this void my warranty???

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

No Way....u r not rooting...u r just flashing

Anonymous said...

what us flashing...m totally new for it..i know wut rooting is...

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

the above process of downgrading or upgrading is knwn as flashing...but dont worry..u go ahead with the downgrade...it will not void ur warranty

Anonymous said...

fixed my battery problem (charging paused, voltage too high) problem with ICS. although got stuck at the samsung logo after flash, but clear cache and user data in recovery mode fixed the problem. easy to understand and straight forward guide. LIKE!

Ines Vurcer said...

Hello all :)

I'm so glad I found this page. I just got my first android phone. It's Note GT-N7000. I bought it from some1 else and he put ICS 4.0.4 on it but i'm not happy with it so i want to put it back on GB. I downloaded GB for Slovenia region and Odin, i unchecked debugging and unistalled Kies but Odin still fails :( What can i do?
You can also contact me on ines.silverrose@gmail.com

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

try again the same process...as this never fails :)

Ines Vurcer said...

Trying again now but i am stuck at flashing ... it's stuck on cache.img and the bar doesn't move ... hmmm

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

still?

Ines Vurcer said...

Nah, it doesn't work for some reason. Sometimes it fails really fast, twice it got stuck on cache.img, then it got stuck on setup connection ... it just doesn't wanna work. I tried everything ... unistalling kies, turning off my antivirus and firewall, tried with usb debugg and without

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

i hope ur note is in downloading mode when ur using odin

Ines Vurcer said...

It is :) Gives me the android sigh and down it says DOWNLOADING, don't turn the target off, or something like that

Anonymous said...

Hi. Im on ics 4.0.4 stock unrooted. I plan to root it for backing up then downgrade it to gingerbread 2.3.6 to factory reset then upgrade it to 4.0.4 again. Do i need to unroot it after i rooted it or can i downgrade it directly? And is my method safe?

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

Ur Note shud b UNROOTED to do this

Anonymous said...

Thanks Million!! This is really works on my Note.. :)

Anonymous said...

if i root will it trigger the brickbug in my Note? how about when i unroot it? thanks for your help :-)

Gil PH said...

Thank you Geeky Android -Ehhmad, this downgrade worked for us. The first several tries Odin failed to "Complete (write)", but with minor adjustment by enabling usb debugging, the process was able to "PASS".

Galaxy Note N7000 upgraded to stock ICS, Italian version

Fabio fernando ramalho faustino said...

hello! 'm brasilheiro my name is Fabio!
First! Thanks for the tutorial helped a lot!
4.0.3 update did not like the only thing I noticed was that my phone besides the battery gets too hot not lasted even a day.
I did this whole procedure worked now returned to Gingerbread 2.3.5
100% now!

Khozema Saifuddin said...

hey dear i heard tht even aftr flashing GB to galaxy note doesnt remove EMMC bug frm mobile..is this true..thnkz..:)

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

Sir its impossible to remove the EMMC bug...only samsung can fix it...but it too isnt doing it....till date there is no possibility of fixing the emmc chip hard brick bug issue

Khozema Saifuddin said...

thnkz dear but aftr flashing GB i can doo factory reset and wipe cache/user data n all frm recovery safely..???
thnkz once again..:)

Khozema Saifuddin said...

/\/€○†@/\/\e
above question continued....
Should i change my galaxy note and switch to S3 or its okk using EMMC bug in it...

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I do not specifically know where my phone was originally purchased as I bought it online last year (December). I'm guessing Germany based on the Quick Start Guide included in the box (in German Language) what happens if I downgrade it whe wrong firmware? Is there any other way to find out like IMEI number?Please advise. Thanks.

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

yes u can do wipe cache user data... and its all a safe process 100 %

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

emmc bug is dangerous if ur device is rooted or having Cyanogen mod or any other UNOFFICIAL rom..but here we r using official ones..so no need to worry about that emmc bug ..i used my note for 7 months that too full load use...nothing happened..now m using note II.... if u r so keen to change ur device..i wud recommend note ii coz once u r used to bigger display of note..u wudnt like a smaller display of S3..and yes there are no emmc bug problems reported by s3 and note2

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

there is nothing rong...but the fact is..some apps like maps , gps etc wud function according to the firmware country .. but neverthe less its safe :)

no imei number doesnt help...but if the quick start guide was in german lang. go for german downgrade for the win

hope this helps

Khozema Saifuddin said...

thnkz alot bro...u really helped alot to me n otherz..u n ur info are best...thnkz :)

Joaquin Negrete said...

Hello:

I have proceed with all and downgrade my SG Note N7000 succesfully. Now, my issue is with tha samsung Kies. After doing the procedure, appears a message telling me "Kies 2.0 does not admit this device. Make sure your device is compatible and try again". The Kies version is 2.5.0.12094_98

Problem is that i can not restore my backup.

Hope you can help

/\/€○†@/\/\e said...

you cannot restore via kies once u update or downgrade this way... its does not get detected..

Anonymous said...

will this work for samsung galaxy note LTE SHV-E160L?

Anonymous said...

will this work for samsung galaxy note LTE SHV-E160L?

Shelly said...

hi there.. i've followed your instruction and it goes well. but it stuck on the startup showing the Galaxy Note N7000 logo. i did a recovery mode, but it still the same after reboot it. just wanna ask, how long does it take to boot into home screen? Thanks in advance

Anonymous said...

can you please update this firmware with nigeria version

Ehhmad said...

Why not install stock ICS for your device

ICS 4.0.4 Nigeria is available now - check http://www.geekyandroid.com/2012/10/samsung-galaxy-note-ics-download-4.0.3-4.0.4-gt-n7000-firmwares-stock-roms.html

Anonymous said...

Stupid question
Should the sim card & external memory card be removed?

Anonymous said...

Thank You Buddy Much Appreciated!!!

clarissa said...

i dont know why, but i have done everything correctly until step 3. after odin running, it stuck on " cache.img" help please.

Anonymous said...

is it safe to do a factory reset

Anonymous said...

anytime

ckeshava said...

Does this work in India?. Does it require rooting of device?
Thank you very much for your answer.
ckeshava7@gmail.com

Kiran said...

Its great tips, thanks for share.

Ummi said...

@ckeshava,

I think its work in India...

pguedes said...

Hi, I'm currently locked into Vodafone in Portugal. Do you think I'll be able to downgrade like that, using Portugal(TPH) ROM? Mind you, it's a carrier phone and the ROM is not Vodafone specific, so I'm feeling a bit reluctant in doing this...

Thanks,

Paulo

Ehhmad said...

Better check with the guys at Vodafone first

Anonymous said...

I tried this today. One thing I can say is that you're going to brick your phone.
First the downgrade seemed smooth, but finally the phone got errors , and errors, i couldn't set the phone into recovery mode and wipe. So i upgraded it again (there were still errors) and just until i kept pressing ok of errors by that time going into setting and reset the phone, the phone has reverted back ok. It took a lot of time to do this "being stupidly hoaxed downgrade "

firzzs firdauz said...

upgrade ok but getting download more software getting slow..and when on wifi ....will be hang for a while..

Anonymous said...

My note is running on ics 4.0.4 rooted. Can i downgrade it without losting root access

jose saju said...

is it safe???that after downgrading that i can upgrade my phone to ICS and then to jelly bean as it is coming with lot of feature

jackie said...

i have a problem, i was stucked on the welcome screen.. even if i touched the screen it's not responding, im having a problem with the google framework services.. there's no wipe user data.. please help..

Waqas said...

i live in pakistan.i did not find gingerbread file for my region.please give me download link o gingerbread for my galaxy note N7000.right now my note is running 4.1.2

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