Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android update: no upgrade to Nougat

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a great device that has stayed in the hearts of many. If you want to continue using your phone but you also want to have the latest Android operating systems, we have good news and bad news. The bad news is that Samsung stopped offering Android operating system updates for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 after the Kit Kat 4.4.2 update BUT luckily, you can use custom ROMs to update your system up to Android Nougat. A word of caution though, using custom ROMs will void any warranty you may have on your phone so use them at your own risk.

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Android version Jelly Bean Kit Kat 4.4.2 Lollipop Marshmallow Nougat
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Yes Yes No No No

Android Nougat on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 did not receive any more Android system updates after Kit Kat 4.4.2, as Samsung released newer models and chose to offer each of those with the latest Android operating systems instead. However, it is still possible for you to get the most recent operating systems like Android Nougat on your Galaxy Note 2 device using custom ROMs. Check out The Android Soul or Team Android (XDA developers also offers some guidance) for a tutorial on how to get Android Nougat on your device but bear in mind that doing so is at your own risk.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 didn't receive any more OS updates after Kit Kat 4.4.2. / © Samsung

Android Marshmallow on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 did not get an official Android Marshmallow update. However, a custom ROM is available to get Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 on the Galaxy Note 2, and will provide features like the vertical scrolling app drawer and the white notification shade from the TouchWiz UI. 

Android Lollipop on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Though there is no official Android Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note 2 but you can flash the CyanogenMod 12.1 ROM to get Lollipop on the Galaxy Note 2 (N7100 variant). This ROM is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, so if you're looking for a relatively simple way to extend the lifespan of your Galaxy Note 2, this could be the way to do it.

It's a stable build, and most, if not all, of the main features work. Head over to XDA Developers to learn more. 

Are you desperate to upgrade your Samsung Galaxy Note 2? Or are you still happy with Android Kit Kat? Let us know in the comments below. 

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  • Freonpsandoz Nov 23, 2019 Link to comment

    WTF is up with Android versions? Are they created by children? When and why did candy names replace comprehensible version numbers? I have neither the time nor the inclination to remember whether Snickers is newer or older than Butterfinger.

  • Sujan Dahal Dec 7, 2018 Link to comment

    I also want to upgrade my phone... And my next problem is that my phone says not registered on network plz tell me how to fix it... 👨‍💻

  • Sanath Kodithuwakku May 18, 2016 Link to comment

    I am hoping to get a Lollipop update on my Galaxy note 2.. :)sri lanka

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      we can all dream :D

  • Rahul Gupta May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    I love my Note 2 and its blue "Touchwiz UI". I am able to do every thing i wish, which i can do with latest Note 5. I have used it for 3 years and will continue till applications stop supporting Kitkat. Then i will purchase latest Note series phone again. No regret for such a beautiful and strong phone, despite no further update of android.

    Why we want every thing new, just sake of NEW. This is reason, life is full of tension due to money problem.

  • Alex Wang Mar 1, 2016 Link to comment

    Due to security issue, Samsung has to update Note 2 to Lollipop at least...

  • PS Chang Feb 6, 2016 Link to comment

    This is one reason I am no longer on Android. Buying Samsung is basically flushing money down the toilet!

  • Scott Jan 15, 2016 Link to comment

    I think it's a despicable thing they do just to get people to upgrade a phone to a new one they should still give the basic upgrades even if they are a bit behind the times

  • donjugón Jan 11, 2016 Link to comment

    I am happy but I think that Note 2 should be update to Lollipop. I am not happy with Samsung if finally they dont update Note 2.

  • Malik Yousuf Dec 30, 2015 Link to comment

    i am not happy with kit kat 4.3 i would like to update of 5.1. on my note 2
    please help me to update because i am using verizon note 2

  • Vincenzo Gangte Dsp Dec 20, 2015 Link to comment

    I am hoping to get a Lollipop update on my Galaxy note 2.. :)

  • Rebecca Iacono Nov 8, 2015 Link to comment

    I would also like the new update of 5.1.1 on my note 2. I have little glitches. I dont like 4.3

  • achelito cruz Oct 28, 2015 Link to comment

    Es desepcionante ver Como Otros Dispositivos de gama menor Estan Siendo actualizados y la compañia de Samsung al Tener un Dispositivo Que A Pesar de Su Tiempo ya en El Mercado Es Un Dispositivo fluido y audaz en Aspecto y FUNCIONAMIENTO Bastante querido no tenga AÚN actualizacion sin Tomar en Cuenta Que Ya Se estaTrabajando en Android 6.0 -_- !!

  • Shisir Oct 27, 2015 Link to comment

    We will wait...
    Wait For Latest Update...
    Samsung.. is acting bore now a days..!!!

  • Sanjay Maharjan Sep 22, 2015 Link to comment

    Yeah.. I am eagerly desperate to get Lollipop on my Galaxy Note 2.. it' s not that i couldn't buy new phones.. but i like this phone very much and if Samsung will release Android M for my phone then also i am willing to upgrade on that too. So please for the sake of Galaxy Note II lovers upgrade the firmware to lollipop 5.1.1 instead. Thank you very much.

  • Carlton Anderson Sep 15, 2015 Link to comment

    I have been a loyal and long time Samsung customer, I own two Galaxy Note2'S. One is mine and the other was a gift for my mother.. I would very much like to receive the Lollipop update for these devices because I've had issues with them as of late.. if there isn't going to be an update for them I will change carriers and devices .. that's how upset this issue has made me...

  • priyan Kavishka Aug 25, 2015 Link to comment

    If u can't release note 2 lolipop update why u make lolipop and note 2 phone????

  • priyan Kavishka Aug 25, 2015 Link to comment

    Please release note 2 lolipop update :(
    Soon as posible because M updates has released

  • priyan Kavishka Aug 25, 2015 Link to comment

    I use samsung galaxy note 2. I want lolipop update.when it release

  • Huzefa Mor Aug 24, 2015 Link to comment

    Please release lollipop 5.1 update for gakaxy note 2 as soon as possible..

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