Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Install N900XXUDNC1 Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 4.4.2 KitKat Update Firmware

Latest 4.4.2 KitKat update N900XXUDC1 for Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 (Exynos)  just recently rolled out by Samsung.  The N900XXUDC1 update repelaces on top of the previous 4.4.2 KitKat N900XXUDNA6 which rolled out on January, and this is now hitting Galaxy Note 3 N900 users Russia, Ukraine, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. This update might have added some bug-fixes, enhancement and system stability improvements for the 4.4.2 KitKat.

Note 3 Kitkat update

Read the Previous Update: N900XXUDNA6 4.4.2 KitKat update Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 N900XXUDNA6

N900XXUDNC1 firmware build info:
Device model number: SM-N900
Region: Southeast Asia
Country: Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Russia Ukraine
Android version: Android 4.4.2
Baseband version: N900XXUDNC1
Kernel version: 3.0.4-694641
Build number: KOT49H.N900XXUDNC1
Build date: March 04, 2014
Released Date: March 26, 2014

How to Update the Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 to the latest N900XXUDNC1 4.4.2 OS

Do this before Performing Software Update

According to Samsung you should prepare the following things before performing the software update. I will also add some useful insights why you should follow this procedures.

  • You should make sure your battery is fully charged before performing the software update. Do not also remove the battery during the software update is in progress. A power failures may cause damaged to your device that might results as we so-called   “soft-bricks”.  If this happens your device may just stuck on Samsung logo or welcome screen and can’t reboot normally.

  • You should back-up your important files, including contacts, emails, messages, photos, videos, apps and other stuff. Like I said while during software update process is interrupted there is a possibility that your data stored from your device internal SD card may lose or deleted when a sudden unexpected failure happens and it forces you to perform a factory.

  • Your device should not be modified or rooted, there is a certain circumstances that a modified and rooted Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 may not accept any official software update anymore or it can accept an update but it might harm your device once the update has made.  Learn about the new Samsung KNOX security suite. Most known error that says ‘firmware upgrade encountered an issue, please select recovery mode in kies and try again‘ you should try to avoid that from happening.

Auto-update to N900XXUDNC1 4.4.2 Through OTA or Over-The-Air

This the simplest and easiest method to get the N900XXUDNC1 4.4.2 KitKat update.
Just head-over to your Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 and then tap menu from the home screen then tap Settings>>General tab, scroll down and tap System Update. If the update is available it will then prompts you to download the update or install it later. Just follow every instruction that shows in the screen.  If you did not see any update yet like it says "No update available your device is running the latest software update" then you should try to perform later-on until you can get a vacant slot. Updating through OTA is in stages and not everyone can get an update at the same time.

Manually Download and Install the N900XXUDNC1 4.4.2 Using Kies 3

This is the manual method to perform an update, and you need to have Kies 3 running in your computer. You may download Kies 3 from your local Samsung support websites and then simply install it in your computer.  The USB data cable is also needed on this process, so you can connect your Galaxy Note in your computer.

Kies 3 Steps for updating
Run Kies 3
Connect your device to the computer using the supplied USB data cable.
Select Firmware Upgrade Button.
Tick your Device Model number SM-N900 as it shows connected in Kies 3 window.
It will then show you the new firmware upgrade info if available. If not then you might try later on.
Then simply click Firmware upgrade button.
Wait until it finishes upgrading.

Manual upgrade to N900XXUDNC1 4.4.2 through for rooted or modified Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900

If you have been installed root on your Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900, then there chances than you cannot get the N900XXUDNC1 update through OTA and or Kies. If have root, them your only last resort is to manually upgrade using the manual flashing method using Odin downloader tool.

Important Reminders before Flashing N900XXUDNC1 4.4.2 Firmware

My Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 is rooted, will I lose root once upgrade to N900XXUDNC1 firmware?

If your device is currently rooted you will lose root after flash, but you can still root it again anytime you want.
Disclaimer: Use of this method is solely at your own risk! Please proceed with precautions, for we will not take any responsibility if anything happens to your device by using this guide.

  • Make sure that your Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 battery is fully charge.

  • Stock Firmware packages comes in two formats the ‘Full-Wipe’ (delete your stored data after flashing) and the ‘Non-Wipe’ (it doesn’t delete your phone’s stored data) but it is highly recommended to make a back up all important files stored from your phone’s internal memory – contacts, messages, etc.  before flashing no-matter if it is Full-Wipe or Non-Wipe,  just to be safe and ensure that your stored data are in  safe  if something went wrong during the flashing process.

  • Use a PC or laptop that runs in Windows OS, with a good and perfectly working USB serial-port.  Odin will not work on MAC OS.

  • Use the supplied USB cable for your Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900.

  • Enable USB debugging from your phone’s settings – while if you are on 4.3 just hit Settings>About Phone> then scroll down to the build number and tap that number for around 7-times ’til the Developer option appear.

  • Ensure that KIES is closed and not running in the system tray! Kies and Odin are both created by Samsung but Kies will interrupt and doesn’t like Odin, it will block you from flashing.

The Android 4.4.2 KitKat now comes with a new protected bootloader that might cause issues when you try to downgrade to the old software updates. This also applies if you are planning into rooting and installing any custom recovery and any unsigned firmware once you are on 4.4.2 KitKat, so please be aware with that.

Download The Official N900XXUDNC1 4.4.2 Firmware

Country | Carrier
Russian Federation
Russian Federation (Megafon)
Ukraine (Kyivstar)

Stock Firmware Download: N900XXUDNC1 4.4.2 Firmware

Flasher Tools
Odin3.v3.09 Here
USB driver Here

Install the USB Driver first to get rid of flashing failures. Also, you need to extract the downloaded file which is packed in zip or rar files, so that you’ll get the tar.md5 file.

Run and Configure Odin

Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.09 on your PC desktop. Watch out the check-boxes options on the right top of Odin, ensure that the‘Phone Bootloader Update’‘AUTO-REBOOT’ and ‘F.RESET TIME’checkboxes must be checked. Only the ‘RE-PARTITION’ is unchecked.

Reboot your Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 into Download Mode

To reboot the Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 into  download mode , you need to turn the power off.  After it completely shut off,  just  press and hold the Volume Down key,  Home button and the Power ON/OFF button simultaneously.

You should then prompted into a warning screen and asking you  to press volume up if you want to continue or volume down to cancel, just simply press volume up to get into download mode. The download mode then displays an Android robot and say’s “Downloading.. Do not turn off target!!”

Connect your Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 to your Computer

Once you already reboot the phone in download mode,  simply connect the phone to your PC or laptop USB.
In Odin window – the ID:COM box will turn to blue color and indicates the COM port number and a word “Added” on a log box will prompt you that the device is already detected or recognized by Odin. Your COM port number might be different from mine. If you do not see a COM port number then there’s something missing or wrong. You may read again from the top of this post.

Load the 4.4.2 N900XXUDNC1  KitKat firmware file

The stock firmware is pack in a single .tar.md5 file only.  Now, you need to just simply click on the AP button, then browse to the folder where the file you have previously extracted and then select and load it.

Hit Start to Flash the N900XXUDNC1 4.4.2 firmware

Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the stock ROM.
Do not ever interrupt the phone while already in flashing progress, like disconnecting the cable or turning the device off. Just wait until it completely finish.

Wait until the Word PASS!! Appears

When the Stock Firmware installation successfully completes, you will then see a word “PASS” in Odin. This indicates that the flashing was already finish, and on the log box it says “All threads completed  (succeed 1 / failed 0)”. The phone will just then automatically reboot, then it’s about time to remove it from PC or laptop USB connection.

Confirm if you successfully installed the stock firmware

Confirm your fresh firmware installed by typing *#1234# or
Go to Settings>About Phone>Firmware info.
You can also do factory reset by dialing *2767*3855#.

Possible errors that you may encountered, this is based on my own experience while flashing stock firmware on Samsung Android devices. These are just a few hints on how to resolved it.

Q: I got an error message that says “Set-up connection Failed” ?
A: 1. Check your USB connection from the phone to PC,
2. Connect to another PC USB port
3. Check and or try to another USB cable
4. Re-install the USB driver.
Q: Odin just suddenly stuck in the middle of nowhere while in flashing progress, it isn’t responding at all?
A: Check for possible program that might interrupt the process, like disabling the anti-virus and closing any running programs. Also try to use another computer or laptop,
Q: I experienced bootloop or the phone just stuck on Welcome Logo (phone always stop at bootanimation) and it won’t boot normally?
A: This eventually happens if your device came from custom firmware but you can fix it via recovery mode option, do this:
Boot in recovery mode
1. Press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button.
2. Use volume keys to select, Up and Down and Power or Home key to select the option
3. Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset using the Home button.
4. Next select the Wipe Cache Partition
5. Lastly, select Reboot System Now to reboot your Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 in Normal mode.

Lastly, confirm if you successfully upgraded to N900XXUDNC1 4.4.2 update from your Galaxy Note home screen, tap Menu button, tap setting and then tap the About Device. It should shows you that your baseband version or build number says  N900XXUDNC1.


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