Restoring your Android device to its stock firmware is the best solution to fix capability and settings issues. Installing stock firmware also gives you a clean slate that is closer to the original state of the device.
Reverting to stock firmware is often useful, especially after screwing up the tablet by installing mods, hacks, or custom ROMs that cause it to misbehave or malfunction.
If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000, you will be able to flash the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich build DDALH1 stock firmware to your tablet. This software version is for the India region but reported works for any Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000.
This guide shows you how to revert the Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 to Android 4.0.4 ICS build DDALH1 (stock official firmware).
- The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, model number GT-N8000. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
- The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
- Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
- Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000
- A Windows PC
- Install your tablet's USB drivers on your PC. You may install the drivers by installing Samsung Kies, which you can get from Samsung's official support page for your tablet.
- Download the following to your PC:
- Make sure your device's battery still has at least 70% power. You don't want the device to shut down in the middle of the procedure.
- Enable USB debugging on your tablet.
- Disable antivirus, firewall, and other security software. Also disable Samsung Kies and other software that accesses your phone. Such software can interfere with the procedure in this guide.
- Backup all personal data on your phone to make sure you have a copy of your personal data (e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.
- Extract the N8000DDALH1_N8000ODDALH2_N8000DDLG5_HOME.tar.md5 file from the firmware package's ZIP file to your computer.
- Extract the contents of the Odin ZIP file to a folder on your computer.
- Turn off the tablet and make sure it is disconnected from the PC.
- Boot into Download Mode (Odin mode). To do so, hold down the Power and Volume Down buttons together until you get a warning screen. (NOTE: The Volume Down key is the one nearest to the Power key.) Press the Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.
- Double-click Odin3 v1.85.exe to open Odin.
- Click the PDA button in Odin and load the N8000DDALH1_N8000ODDALH2_N8000DDLG5_HOME.tar.md5 file.
- Connect the tablet to your PC. You should see a message that says “Added“. If not, there might be a problem with your drivers.
- Click the Start button in Odin. The firmware will be flashed to your tablet. Once it's done, the tablet will reboot and you should see a PASS message in Odin. Unplug the phone once you see the Samsung logo after reboot.
- In case the screen freezes during rbooting Samsung Logo, do the following the to solve the issue:
- Boot into Recovery Mode. To do so, press and hold down Power and Volume Up buttons together. When the screen turns on and you see the Samsung logo, let go of the Power button but keep holding down the
Volume Up button until the device boots into recovery.
- Go to Wipe data/Factory Reset and select it. Select Yes on next screen.
- Select Reboot system now to reboot the tablet
Congratulations! You've just restored your Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000 to Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich build DDALH1.
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