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How to Update T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (SGH-T889) with Official Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Firmware (T889UVALK8)

T-Mobile users with a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be happy to know that the network has just rolled out the official Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update it to bring all SGH-T889 series devices up to par. Bringing in a new multi-window feature and other improvements, this update will work to resolve many synch and performance issues such as those encountered with Exchange calendar events and some Gmail message browsing. This update is designed to be applied to the Galaxy Note 2 on top of the factory firmware that came with the device during its US launch.

Disclaimer: We aim to try and give you the latest information and tools to help make your mobile phone experience the best one possible. As such, you should always aim to take precautions when doing any updates and bear in mind that any changes to the operating system of your phone may cause performance issues. We’re here to help walk you through the process, though please proceed with any updates or installations at your own risk. 

Firmware Features : 

This firmware update is designed to correct three primary issues with the phone:-

  • Updates set to Exchange calendars are not properly updated on the phone’s device calendar
  • Issues have been experienced when attempting to swipe through Gmail messages when browsed on the device
  • A new multi-window feature was introduced to assist with multi-tasking

Firmware Details : 

Operating System: Android

Version Number: 4.1.1 Jelly Bean

Version Code: T88UVALJ1

Release Date: December 19, 2012

 Backup & Other Precautions

Before initiating any updates be sure to do a full system backup of your device, including any software you may have installed as well as messages stored on your phone. This can include :- 

  • Generating a backup image of your operating system using an application such as the ClockWorkMod
  • Backing up all previous messages including SMS messages, Gmail data or other app data (including installed messenger applications)
  • Backing up all previous call history
  • Backing up personal network settings such as your 3G, WIFI, MMS and GPRS settings to ensure connectivity
  • Backing up all contacts

 Most data can be easily backed up on your PC by doing a standard synch with your computer using standard computer connections. Additional software may be required for more comprehensive automatic backups, while manual backups may also be necessary if you do not have access to other software (i.e. manually writing contact number or APN settings from your phone).

No matter what form you choose to run your update through you should also be sure that your phone is fully charged, or nearly fully charged, to ensure that no interruption occurs during the update process. Any loss of power to your device while updating may result in corrupt data files or the process needing to be resumed from the very beginning, potentially making the process exceptionally long and tedious.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (SGH-T889)

How to Install Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Official Firmware on T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Users have three possible routed on how to update their device.

For factory devices

Directly install the update via the prompt on your device. This should be pushed to your device through the T-Mobile network and can be installed by simply selecting the appropriate pop-ups when you are notified.

For devices previously rooted with custom recoveries installed:

Option 1: Flush your device to its original firmware and use the automatic install by following these steps:

  1. Install ODIN and a USB driver for your device on your computer.
  2. Download the original firmware.
  3. Open ODIN and click on the PDA button to load .“KIES_HOME_T889UVALJ1_T889TMBALJ1_260018_REV04_user _low_ship.tar.md5”.
  4. Ensure “Re-partition” is not checked.
  5. Set your phone to Download Mode by pressing the volume down, home and power buttons at the same time.
  6. Connect your phone to your PC and hit the “Start” button.
  7. Once your device has been updated it will reset, at which point you should be able to update directly from the T-Mobile network.

Option 2: Conduct a manual update for your device using ODIN by downloading the update file here and following the same steps in option 1.

Once the update has been completed be sure to go back through your phone and its applications to ensure that everything is working smoothly. This may require a few updates to other applications you may have previously installed to ensure they are compatible with your new firmware. Should an update for an installed application be available you should be notified of this through the T-Mobile network and be able to download any necessary updates directly from the Google Play store.

If you encounter any errors and wish to return your phone to its previous settings simply use the information you backed up previously to return your device to its previous state, potentially flushing the firmware and doing a manual upgrade as done in Option 1 above. This should be a relatively quick and painless process provided you fully backed up all information prior to initiating your update process and, if the right tools were used and precautionary steps taken, shouldn’t take much longer for you to complete than the standard update process to complete.

Mike is a software engineer with a love for tinkering with smart phone devices. He spends a lot of time moving pictures to his SD card, because the Android keeps running out of memory. In his spare time, he travels to different parts of the world and takes one of his Android devices with him.


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