How To Update Samsung Galaxy Note to Official Android 4.0.3 ICS Using KIES

Samsung started rolling out the official Samsung Galaxy Note Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update in India and only a few owners of this premium device actually reported receiving over the air update notification. But it’s good news that the Korean company finally released the much awaited ICS update for the Galaxy Note. This post will walk you through in updating your device safely and surely but we urge you to follow every step. Don’t worry, we will be using the official Samsung application called KIES to pull down the update from the company’s servers. If you’re ready to update your device, then read on.

Galaxy Note


A. During the installation, your phone can neither do multi-tasking nor receive calls.

B. Stopping the installation without finishing it would result to loss of data. In worst case, your phone will become inoperable.

C. Do not remove your SD card especially during the installation process.

D. For safety, you are advised to backup all your data before you take one step further into installing the Samsung Galaxy Note official Android 4.0 ICS update.

E. You should have stable and good internet connection.

F. You need to fully charge your phone before going any further.

G. Do not connect other USB devices like MP3 players and the like.

H. Depending on your network, the upgrade process may take from 5 minutes to 30 minutes.


Assuming you’ve done the abovementioned reminders, you are now ready t engage into the step-by-step tutorial. Don’t worry, it is easier than you might think.

Step 1: Download the official Samsung KIES program. Please note that this application is around 87MB in size so depending on your connection, it may take a little while to complete.

Step 2: Once the download is complete, install the program into your computer. Simply double click on the downloaded program and follow on-screen instructions. You could never go wrong as far as installation of this program is concerned because it’s a straightforward process.

Step 3: Once the KIES installation is done, connect your Samsung Galaxy Note to your computer and it will be detected. Necessary drivers will be installed for good communication between your phone and computer.

Step 4: When your phone is properly connected to your PC and that all the drivers were installed, KIES will automatically detect if there is an available update package. KIES will prompt you about it and you will see the current and latest firmware on a dialog box. You simply have to click on Update to proceed.

Step 5: After you hit the Update button, you will be brought to yet another dialog box telling you that what you are going to install is indeed an Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Hit next to continue.

Step 6: A Caution dialog screen will popup containing some reminders. You also need to check on “I have read all of above information” checkbox and choose “Allow saving” option before hitting the Start Upgrade button.

Step 7: Now wait until the upgrade process is done. It may take up to 30 minutes but don’t worry as KIES will notify you once the process is successful…or even a failure.

You can check your firmware and you’ll see you are now using Android 4.0.3 ICS with baseband N7000DDLP4. Let me know if you encounter problems with this upgrade process.

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18 Responses to "How To Update Samsung Galaxy Note to Official Android 4.0.3 ICS Using KIES"

  1. CHETAN HABIB says:

    i am getting message as the operation is timed out while installing the android 4 in my samsung galaxy note GT-N7000. please help me out with this.. give suggestions..

  2. Kapil says:

    i got an update OTA and the download had completed properly but when tbe phone got rebootedthe it came as the update has failed. I then tried updating it again but now the update is not showing OTA! i tried the KIES method 2 times and afyer 55 percent of the downooad the update comes as operation timed out.. Please tell me how do i get the update to come OTA?


  3. ABY JOSEPH says:

    Those who have a lot of time and sitting simply
    can try this update in every 2 hour
    and can fell the happiness
    to see “operation timed out”
    in your screen……..

  4. zaher says:

    I am indian working in kuwait …. how can i get Note ICS update of india any download links ..

    Its still time to reach Kuwait .


  5. yashin says:

    i received an update stating ics 4.0.3..it updated successfully but i m getting stuck everywhere on the note. every time or the other either email fails tw launcher fails n note hangs.

    i updated kies also but of no use.


  6. sasa says:


    I connect to Kies already. But it says I’m already on the latest Firmware?

    On the phone it says Android version 2.3.6 with Baseband version N7000XXLB2 and Build number GINGERBREAD.XXLC1

    thks in advance

  7. rafeeq says:

    I tried updating my Note to ICS , it says ” operation timed out ” . is their any problem with upgrade or with the servers . Is their any solution for this ? Kindly help

  8. MohaN says:

    i received an update stating ics 4.0.3..it updated successfully but i m getting stuck everywhere on the note. every time or the other either email fails tw launcher fails n note hangs.

    i updated kies also but of no use. Need to restart the Note very often.. waiting for update/patch from Samsung to fix this bug.

    Now i feel gingerbread was excellent when compare to ICS.. the best part of ICS it gets charge quickly and discharge bit late compare to gingerbread.

  9. Ashu says:

    I updated my Galaxy Note to ICS using Kies. After update Note hangs very frequently . processes stops responding , Not able to play video and audio stucks at every app have to reboot my phone.

  10. GJ says:

    Nice! So far the best OS for Android…

  11. sank says:


  12. wilson says:

    i updated to ics 4.0.3 but my s voice not functioning…anyway to reinstall the s voice?

  13. PATEL says:

    I upgraded my galaxy note with ICS through kies. Upgrade was sucessful. But after upgrade it is not getting connected with kies. Trys to connect for a long time and ends up with a message “device not compitable with kies”

  14. Cacho says:

    Didn’t work for me either: it just says that Gingerbread is the last firmware.

  15. Lucas Scott says:

    Didn’t work for me, says gingerbread is the latest…

  16. mano says:

    there is no pop up update appears on the kies air when connected my galaxy note to the pc

  17. Michael Adams says:

    I have the same problem. Cannot get Kies to detect my Galaxy Note, and thus cannot update firmware to ICS 4.0

  18. saryph says:

    iam using galaxy note
    But still iam not able to receive ics update to my mobile
    Pls somebody help me to do it any idear

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