Update Samsung Galaxy Note With Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3

A few minutes back, I’ve published a post on how to root Samsung Galaxy Note in one click using Easy Rooting Toolkit. You can also use Unlock Root for the same. So that was regarding rooting which was an easy task. In this tutorial I will tell you how to install Ice Cream Sandwich on your Samsung Galaxy Note. Before you do it, lets see what’s working and what’s not working in this ROM as quoted from XDA


  • WiFi should work as expected.
  • 3G/GPRS/EDGE Data and Calling
  • Audio
  • Touchscreen as well as the S-Pen (proprietary S-Pen Apps by Samsung are not included and wouldn’t work anyway.
  • Sensors should work. (ie. at least GPS is confirmed to work properly)

Not Working

  • Bluetooth is unstable. Don’t rely on it just yet
  • Battery Usage doesn’t work.
  • MTP Mode does not work. You need to push/pull files via adb
  • Camera doesn’t work.



Before you follow the procedure to install Ice Cream Sandwich on Samsung Galaxy Note, you need to make sure you follow these steps:

  1. Take a back up of your contacts to the SD Card and all the applications. You can back up using ASTRO File Manager.
  2. Rooted users can make use of Titanium Backup to back up all of your phone’s data.
  3. You do not need to back up data on your memory card as it would remain safe.
  4. Make sure you backup your current ROM

DisclaimerBlogoTech is not responsible for any damage that might be caused to your device during this process though the possibility of any damage is negligible. Try this at your own risk. Also note, this process will void your warranty.


Steps to Install Ice Cream Sandwich

  1. Boot into Recovery to wipe to do a full wipe.
  2. Boot into Download Mode.
  3. Start ODIN.
  4. Connect your Samsung Galaxy Note to the PC via USB
  5. After a minute you would find the ID:COM in Odin turn Yellow. This indicates that you have successfully connected your phone to the PC and you can proceed to the next step.
  6. Select the ROM from the PDA button.
  7. Make sure not to change any settings like Flash Lock, Re-Partition etc. Just use Auto-Reboot and F. Reset Time.
  8. Press Start button to flash the ROM.
  9. After flashing make sure to boot into Recovery and do a full wipe.

Steps to Install Using CWM

Before you proceed with this, make sure you are running a proper CWM.

  1. Copy GApps and CM9 ZIPs to your internal SDCard
  2. Boot your Samsung Galaxy Note into Recovery
  3. Flash CM9 zip
  4. Flash GApps zip
  5. Reset Factory Data to make Calendar working
  6. Reboot your Samsung Galaxy Note
  7. Make sure you do not restore apps using Titanium Backup

In this way you can install ICS on Samsung Galaxy Note. For any queries and updates follow the XDA forums thread.

  • Thanks Lalit for this wonderful piece of information . Well, I have been using Galaxy Note for almost 4 months now and it’s been working as expected. The only thing I want to add that the companies (I’m not going to be biased about Samsung, Nokia or Apple) must also focus on educating people on how to troubleshoot Smartphone; or where to go in the event of crash or system perplexity.
    The companies aren’t doing enough to educate common people. I have heard the story of people who bought the Smartphone and now they have gone back to the older simple phones. I had to root my handset and I just visited some Android forums and got it sorted…but there are many people around who aren’t as tech savvy as I am….Do you think companies are doing enough?

    • Obviously they aren’t and the reason is quite simple. If they educate people about how to fix problems in the smartphones, people would not go to the company store for getting it repaired, hence this will affect their business! They want people to pay them for fixing issues in their smartphones!

    • This is really against the ethics of business…The companies must know that there is a section of society not young and so tech savvy….Android Smartphones get more technical issues than iPhone! Is there any truth in the saying?

    • Obviously the companies know about it! Android is an open source OS, hence play with it 🙂

  • Baruch Axelrod

    I just upgraded my Samsung Note to ICS 4.0 but I can’t find the Android Store.
    Please advise.

  • tammo69

    Hi Lalit

    I am sorry but this is some thing to do with Galaxy Note, with SD card in when its boots up I am having some trouble ,its going off and on then it just freeze but when I remove the SD card it works fine any idea why and suggestion please ? I have got so much stuff on the SD card and I don’t want to delete them all .Thanks

    • Did you scan it for any virus? Check for some hidden files on your SD card which might cause this issue. Try to delete those hidden files!

  • tammo69

    Hi Lalit

    it scan automatically every time when the phone start, and how do i know which file is hidden? Thanks

    • You can see hidden files in windows by choosing the option to show hidden files in folder options. You can also use Linux to see hidden files!