Samsung’s iconic Galaxy Note was highly praised for delivering the S-Pen technology. No matter how you look at it, users would always find it hard to decipher what the Galaxy Note’s true intention is–a phone or a tablet? Featuring a massive 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy Note is a monstrous device capable of delivering true-to-life entertainment with gorgeous graphics.

Under the hood of the Galaxy Note, you’ll find a dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor that is responsible for smooth application processing. Yet, even such a mammoth-powered device has some minor flaws, and that is why the Galaxy Note is constantly updated by Samsung for some serious tweaks in order to enhance its performance for everyday use.

Every once in a while, manufacturers show support for their devices by rolling out updates to fix minor issues when it comes to performance. The Galaxy Note is no such exception, and Samsung has already rolled out an over-the-air update to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread DDKL1 for the device. The update can be obtained either through Samsung Kies or the software update section found on the device.

Whenever a new software update is made available for the Galaxy Note, the device automatically pops out a notification alert telling you that it is ready for download. You can manually check for and download the update. This guide will teach you how to update your Galaxy Note to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread build DDKL1 without connecting your device to your PC or using Samsung Kies.


  1. Navigate to “Settings > About Phone”.
  2. In the “About Phone” screen, select Software Update. A new screen will show you various options, including one for checking new software updates for your device.
  3. In here you can check whether there is new software available for the Galaxy Note. Select the latest software and hit the “Confirm” button to begin updating your Galaxy Note. In order to proceed with downloading the update for your device, you need to be connected to high-speed Internet, as most updates are quite large. We advise that you connect via Wi-Fi or 3G, because slower Internet speeds would take a lot of time in downloading the update.
  4. Once the update files have been downloaded, the installation process will automatically start. The update may take from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the update.
  5. After the installation of the firmware, the Galaxy Note will reboot itself. If the installation iss successful, you will receive an alert box confirming that your Galaxy Note has been updated to the latest firmware. In case of a failed installation, you’ll be prompted with a message stating that your Galaxy Note was not successfully updated.

Congratulations! You have successfully updated your Galaxy Note to the official Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread build DDKL1.