[GUIDE] How to downgrade NOTE 10.1 (N8000) from Android 4.4.2 KK to stock 4.1.2 JB

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TenchuXDA

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Oct 22, 2012
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Thanks to http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=4707707 (ERIC-MOD) for guiding me, today I would like to share my experience on how to downgrade the SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10.1 (GT-N8000) from the Samsung official firmware update Android 4.4.2 BACK TO Android 4.1.2

Requirements
-1. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000 (for models like N8010 or N8013 may work also) *NOT A BRICKED ONES
-2. Root access required (For those doesn't know how to root, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv8440QhHsw this guide will help you)
-3. [root] Mobile ODIN Pro https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.chainfire.mobileodin.pro&hl=en
-4. Note 10.1 GT-N8000 ANDROID 4.1.2 Jellybean Firmware http://samsung-updates.com/device/?id=gt-n8000 (If you're having N8010: http://samsung-updates.com/device/?id=gt-n8010 If you're having N8013: http://samsung-updates.com/device/?id=GT-N8013 ) Make sure to find your own country's firmware (Update: Here's a new link for firmwares: https://samsung-firmware.org/model/GT-N8000/ )

Optional
-Notebook or PC running Windows
-Samsung USB Cable (Use genuine if possible)

It is very good to hear that Samsung had published a new firmware update for Note 10.1, that is the newest Android version (KitKat 4.4.2 update), but it is also very annoying that all the functions we usually used are gone (Example: Screenshot button, S Pen Shortcut Toolbar, Multi Window and so on). It also became very laggy (don't know whether you experience such problem) and can't even multitask anymore. Some of you might not experience that because it depends on how you uses the tablet, but some of you may be regretting why did u update your device......you might be searching for a guide to downgrade it..... And you found this post!


I'm not responsible if you bricked your device or making your device even worse using this tutorial! If you don't think that you are experiencing any problem or actually you liked Android KITKAT more than JELLYBEAN, you have the rights not to downgrade it, I am not forcing you to downgrade your device, its your own choice. Also, YOU ARE TAKING YOUR OWN RISK TO DO THIS BECAUSE YOUR WARRANTY WILL BE VOID!

Let's Get Started

Preparation
1. Make sure your device is ROOTED.
2. Backup all your important data and all your apps, you may use Helium Backup for Android
3. Make sure you have [root] Mobile ODIN Pro installed on your device.
4. Make sure you downloaded the Android 4.1.2 firmware into your device's SD card or internal storage.
*Optional- or download it using PC and transfer to your device.

Main Instruction
1. Launch [root] Mobile ODIN Pro.
2. Grand access with superuser.
3. Mobile Odin Pro requires an add on, so DOWNLOAD IT.
4. Select "Open File... (Open file to archive .tar, .tar.md5, and separate files supported)"
5. Locate to where you downloaded your 4.1.2 firmware.
6. Everything will be automatically done, now just TICK the Wipe date and cache, TICK the Wipe Dalvik cache (as shown in the picture below)
7. Click Flash firmware (please keep in mind your device will factory reset it)
8. Wait for some time and it should be revert back to your BELOVED ANDROID 4.1.2 JELLYBEAN SYSTEM!

It's simple, but only the time matters. So this is how I Downgrade it (Again SUPER THANKS TO http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=4707707 MR. ERIC-MOD, without his help, I wouldn't have my device getting downgraded).
This thread shows how he helped me out http://forum.xda-developers.com/gal...how-to-downgrade-note10-1-n8000-to-4-t2807106
Hope you guys enjoy this~ If you have any question, or you find that I am wrong, reply me to let me know so that i can update the details~
If I've helped you, please give me a "Thanks" by pressing 'thanks button', or also say thanks to Eric-Mod

Q: Can I use Odin PC version?
A: Sorry, you can't. It might end up soft breaking your device.

Q: Can I downgrade my device to android 4.1.2 with a custom android 4.4.2 rom?
A: It's better not to downgrade using this method as it is used for downgrading from Samsung Official android 4.4.2 firmware to android 4.1.2 firmware, not a custom android 4.4.2 firmware.But...you can still try it if you want to take the risk. (AUG, 3rd, 2014, Tested by a junior member 'johnattas' from XDA http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=5092748 , was told that downgrading from a custom rom using this method was a success. More info on page 3, you can find it yourself)

*PS* 1. received a complaint that after downgrading, should not allow Samsung to update itself or else may cause brick.
2. received a complaint that after downgrading, cannot charge the device when it is turned off. Still can charge when turned on.
3. received a private message from andrewjcox telling that the above method had successfully downgraded his Note 10.1 N8020 model. Not sure how he did it on "N8020" device, message him for more info if you need help.


Note: I will keep updating this thread for more detailed tutorial. (Discontinued)
Note! 10th of June, 2016 I will no longer provide supports to this tutorial., Chances of worsening your device are low I would say, you can still use the tutorial but it is your own RISK to do that.
 
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TenchuXDA

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Oct 22, 2012
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Hi, I have a KitKat leacked ROM on my n8010, Is there any method to revert bootloader?

(Sorry for my bad english).

Sorry, I don't know how to revert it because there is no need to revert using [root] Mobile Odin Pro...
Anyways, why do you need to revert it?
And.... It seems like your rom was not the official samsung official update.... you having custom kitkat rom?
 

erthor96

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Sorry, I don't know how to revert it because there is no need to revert using [root] Mobile Odin Pro...
Anyways, why do you need to revert it?
And.... It seems like your rom was not the official samsung official update.... you having custom kitkat rom?

No, I haven't root, and I want to revert it when will be release a official KitKat update, for return completly to stock. ;)
 

TenchuXDA

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Oct 22, 2012
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No, I haven't root, and I want to revert it when will be release a official KitKat update, for return completly to stock. ;)

You want to update to the samsung official update kitkat:confused:? I recommend you don't update, it's laggy, some of key features has gone, and this is why i posted this thread for downgrading back to 4.1.2 jellybean.

Root also lets you to have more options to modify your tablet... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv8440QhHsw This is a very simple way to root it.

Please tell me if I had misunderstood what you have said and by the way it is not really possible to revert bootloader as i can't find any tutorial for this until now.
 
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erthor96

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You want to update to the samsung official update kitkat:confused:? I recommend you don't update, it's laggy, some of key features has gone, and this is why i posted this thread for downgrading back to 4.1.2 jellybean.

Root also lets you to have more options to modify your tablet... This is a very simple way to root it.

Please tell me if I had misunderstood what you have said and by the way it is not possible to revert bootloader as i can't find any tutorial for this.

OK, thanks for your answer, but will be possibile in future, are there any possibility to do this or it's impossibile at all?
 
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TenchuXDA

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OK, thanks for your answer, but will be possibile in future, are there any possibility to do this or it's impossibile at all?

Well... Maybe it will be possible in the future because IMPOSSIBLE = I'M POSSIBLE:fingers-crossed:, but you dunno how long you will need to wait for someone who finds out how to unlock it:rolleyes:, and even though if someone really unlocks it already, doesn't mean he will do tutorial for how to unlock (anyway i found this http://www.galaxyunlocker.com/pages/how-to-unlock-samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-n8000 if you liked). You get what i meant?:)
 

erthor96

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Well... Maybe it will be possible in the future because IMPOSSIBLE = I'M POSSIBLE:fingers-crossed:, but you dunno how long you will need to wait for someone who finds out how to unlock it:rolleyes:, and even though if someone really unlocks it already, doesn't mean he will do tutorial for how to unlock (anyway i found this http://www.galaxyunlocker.com/pages/how-to-unlock-samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-n8000 if you liked). You get what i meant?:)
Yes, i've understand what you meant ;)
 
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khaledgohany

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battery wont charge when note is turned off

I downgraded my n8000 to jb 4.1.2 exactly as you described
Every thing is ok but when note is off and connected to charger
Only battery icon stuck and not charging only charge when note is on:confused:
 

vns_firefly

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Jan 6, 2014
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I did not know there was a problem with downgrading from 4.4.2, so I casually flashed a custom 4.0.4 ROM and then a custom 4.1.2 ROM. So far, there has been nothing wrong with my N8000, but seeing this worried me a bit. Am I supposed to do anything else?

I downgraded my n8000 to jb 4.1.2 exactly as you described
Every thing is ok but when note is off and connected to charger
Only battery icon stuck and not charging only charge when note is on:confused:

Oh, I got this too.
 

Keitaro

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I did not know there was a problem with downgrading from 4.4.

Same here. I was on official 4.1.2 with root and custom recovery and did a nandroid backup before I upgraded to official 4.4.2 the other day.

The custom recovery got replaced with stock recovery after the upgrade so I reflashed it (the custom recovery) in Odin 3.09. I then booted into custom recovery and restored the nandroid for my 4.1.2 backup.

Everything is working just fine, no charging issues with the screen on or off.
 

angeldolphina

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Jul 15, 2014
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same device info but not rooted

Hi. I also like to downgrade my n8000 and I've checked your other post, we have the same information about our device but mine is not yet rooted. Honestly I don't know what is rooted or not. I just download a root checker in the playstore coz i've read it in your other post and it says my device is not yet rooted. (Also, i'm not a techie person hehehe so I don't know some other complicated terms :eek:) Can i downgrade without rooting it? Hope I can get back to the jelly bean firmware coz the kitkat really sucks. Hope you can help me. Thanks in advance
 

TenchuXDA

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Oct 22, 2012
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Malaysia
Hi. I also like to downgrade my n8000 and I've checked your other post, we have the same information about our device but mine is not yet rooted. Honestly I don't know what is rooted or not. I just download a root checker in the playstore coz i've read it in your other post and it says my device is not yet rooted. (Also, i'm not a techie person hehehe so I don't know some other complicated terms :eek:) Can i downgrade without rooting it? Hope I can get back to the jelly bean firmware coz the kitkat really sucks. Hope you can help me. Thanks in advance

Hello mate, you MUST ROOT to downgrade. If you dont know how to, follow this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv8440QhHsw STEP BY STEP, you will get your device rooted and you may continue downgrading following instructions in tutorial.
 

sbdanish911

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Hi. I also like to downgrade my n8000 and I've checked your other post, we have the same information about our device but mine is not yet rooted. Honestly I don't know what is rooted or not. I just download a root checker in the playstore coz i've read it in your other post and it says my device is not yet rooted. (Also, i'm not a techie person hehehe so I don't know some other complicated terms :eek:) Can i downgrade without rooting it? Hope I can get back to the jelly bean firmware coz the kitkat really sucks. Hope you can help me. Thanks in advance

You can downgrade without rooting. There is one possibility to downgrade without rooting your note 10.1. The method involves downloading stock 4.1.2 rom from sammobile and then removing bootloader files from it then u can flash that modified file with pc odin easily.

---------- Post added at 09:22 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:19 PM ----------

I downgraded my n8000 to jb 4.1.2 exactly as you described
Every thing is ok but when note is off and connected to charger
Only battery icon stuck and not charging only charge when note is on:confused:



I think this problem is related to new 4.4.2 bootloader. Mine also got the situation.
 

wylie99

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Jan 20, 2013
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Thanks

a big THANKS to the OP for this detailed and informative post.
I followed all directions and successfully downgraded to a much better build 4.1.2 :good:

Thanks again!!

Wylie
 

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    Thanks to http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=4707707 (ERIC-MOD) for guiding me, today I would like to share my experience on how to downgrade the SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10.1 (GT-N8000) from the Samsung official firmware update Android 4.4.2 BACK TO Android 4.1.2

    Requirements
    -1. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000 (for models like N8010 or N8013 may work also) *NOT A BRICKED ONES
    -2. Root access required (For those doesn't know how to root, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv8440QhHsw this guide will help you)
    -3. [root] Mobile ODIN Pro https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.chainfire.mobileodin.pro&hl=en
    -4. Note 10.1 GT-N8000 ANDROID 4.1.2 Jellybean Firmware http://samsung-updates.com/device/?id=gt-n8000 (If you're having N8010: http://samsung-updates.com/device/?id=gt-n8010 If you're having N8013: http://samsung-updates.com/device/?id=GT-N8013 ) Make sure to find your own country's firmware (Update: Here's a new link for firmwares: https://samsung-firmware.org/model/GT-N8000/ )

    Optional
    -Notebook or PC running Windows
    -Samsung USB Cable (Use genuine if possible)

    It is very good to hear that Samsung had published a new firmware update for Note 10.1, that is the newest Android version (KitKat 4.4.2 update), but it is also very annoying that all the functions we usually used are gone (Example: Screenshot button, S Pen Shortcut Toolbar, Multi Window and so on). It also became very laggy (don't know whether you experience such problem) and can't even multitask anymore. Some of you might not experience that because it depends on how you uses the tablet, but some of you may be regretting why did u update your device......you might be searching for a guide to downgrade it..... And you found this post!


    I'm not responsible if you bricked your device or making your device even worse using this tutorial! If you don't think that you are experiencing any problem or actually you liked Android KITKAT more than JELLYBEAN, you have the rights not to downgrade it, I am not forcing you to downgrade your device, its your own choice. Also, YOU ARE TAKING YOUR OWN RISK TO DO THIS BECAUSE YOUR WARRANTY WILL BE VOID!

    Let's Get Started

    Preparation
    1. Make sure your device is ROOTED.
    2. Backup all your important data and all your apps, you may use Helium Backup for Android
    3. Make sure you have [root] Mobile ODIN Pro installed on your device.
    4. Make sure you downloaded the Android 4.1.2 firmware into your device's SD card or internal storage.
    *Optional- or download it using PC and transfer to your device.

    Main Instruction
    1. Launch [root] Mobile ODIN Pro.
    2. Grand access with superuser.
    3. Mobile Odin Pro requires an add on, so DOWNLOAD IT.
    4. Select "Open File... (Open file to archive .tar, .tar.md5, and separate files supported)"
    5. Locate to where you downloaded your 4.1.2 firmware.
    6. Everything will be automatically done, now just TICK the Wipe date and cache, TICK the Wipe Dalvik cache (as shown in the picture below)
    7. Click Flash firmware (please keep in mind your device will factory reset it)
    8. Wait for some time and it should be revert back to your BELOVED ANDROID 4.1.2 JELLYBEAN SYSTEM!

    It's simple, but only the time matters. So this is how I Downgrade it (Again SUPER THANKS TO http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=4707707 MR. ERIC-MOD, without his help, I wouldn't have my device getting downgraded).
    This thread shows how he helped me out http://forum.xda-developers.com/gal...how-to-downgrade-note10-1-n8000-to-4-t2807106
    Hope you guys enjoy this~ If you have any question, or you find that I am wrong, reply me to let me know so that i can update the details~
    If I've helped you, please give me a "Thanks" by pressing 'thanks button', or also say thanks to Eric-Mod

    Q: Can I use Odin PC version?
    A: Sorry, you can't. It might end up soft breaking your device.

    Q: Can I downgrade my device to android 4.1.2 with a custom android 4.4.2 rom?
    A: It's better not to downgrade using this method as it is used for downgrading from Samsung Official android 4.4.2 firmware to android 4.1.2 firmware, not a custom android 4.4.2 firmware.But...you can still try it if you want to take the risk. (AUG, 3rd, 2014, Tested by a junior member 'johnattas' from XDA http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=5092748 , was told that downgrading from a custom rom using this method was a success. More info on page 3, you can find it yourself)

    *PS* 1. received a complaint that after downgrading, should not allow Samsung to update itself or else may cause brick.
    2. received a complaint that after downgrading, cannot charge the device when it is turned off. Still can charge when turned on.
    3. received a private message from andrewjcox telling that the above method had successfully downgraded his Note 10.1 N8020 model. Not sure how he did it on "N8020" device, message him for more info if you need help.


    Note: I will keep updating this thread for more detailed tutorial. (Discontinued)
    Note! 10th of June, 2016 I will no longer provide supports to this tutorial., Chances of worsening your device are low I would say, you can still use the tutorial but it is your own RISK to do that.
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    Hi guys, I succeeded to downgrade from 4.4.2 to 4.1.2 stock firmware via Heimdall from PC with linux. If anyone is interested here are the steps:

    1. Install Heimdall;
    2.. Download 4.1.2 firmware from SamMobile to the PC;
    3. Unzip the firmware archive, then extract unzipped tar.md5 file.
    4. Backup important data from the device.
    5. Connect the device to the PC via usb cable.
    5. Reboot the device into ODIN mode -> Volume Down + Power button;
    6. Check device compatibility with Heimdall :
    6.1. "sudo heimdall detect" -> should see "Device detected"
    6.2. "sudo heimdall print-pit" -> should see "PIT file download successful" and long list with device partitions.
    7. If everything looks fine flash all of the extracted files except sboot.bin and tz.img, because the bootloader from 4.4.2 is locked and can not be downgraded.
    7.1. "sudo heimdall flash --BOOT boot.img --CACHE cache.img --HIDDEN hidden.img --RADIO modem.bin --RECOVERY recovery.img --SYSTEM system.img"
    8. Reboot to Recovery -> Volume Up + Power button;
    9. Perform Wipe data / Factory reset.
    10. Reboot device.

    That is the way I succeeded to downgrade, because of the locked bootloader who fails install of the entire stock 4.1.2 firmware via ODIN.
    If you want more detailed info, pls ask :)
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    can we use odin 3.07

    OH PLEASE DON'T! It MIGHT ending up soft breaking your device. Thats why I mentioned [root] mobile odin pro for downgrading.
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    Nah mate you have to be rooted.
    1
    I've got no problems at all. Maybe the Firmware was faulty. Have you also performed a wipe data/factory reset?

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