1. CarrierPigeon's Avatar
    what can I do to make absolutely sure that my Note 2 doesn't get updated to KitKat by Verizon?

    I read somewhere that I need to disable "FWupgrade" in my apps manager. However, my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2 does NOT have FWupgrade .

    I looked at another Verizon Note 2 and it did have "FWupgrade" in the app manager. So I'm wondering what's wrong with my Galaxy Note 2. I have never messed with the phone(i.e. root or unlock or stuff like that) since I got it brand new from Verizon directly.
    03-13-2014 10:31 AM
  2. anon(394005)'s Avatar
    FWupgrade is part of the OTA updater. Disabling the updater is the only sure way to prevent getting an OTA update. To do that though requires root access (note: there is also another file that needs to be disabled to fully disable the updater). See this thread for more info: http://forums.androidcentral.com/ver...ing-4-3-a.html
    03-13-2014 10:47 AM
  3. CarrierPigeon's Avatar
    FWupgrade is part of the OTA updater. Disabling the updater is the only sure way to prevent getting an OTA update. To do that though requires root access (note: there is also another file that needs to be disabled to fully disable the updater). See this thread for more info: http://forums.androidcentral.com/ver...ing-4-3-a.html
    but my Note 2 does not have FWupgrade anywhere.... I put my VZW Note 2 next to another VZW Note 2. I found FWupgrade easily in the other Note 2. My own Note 2 just doesn't have it.... not sure if it's because my Note 2 came directly as a CLNR replacement?
    03-13-2014 11:33 AM
  4. anon(394005)'s Avatar
    Edit: If you're looking just in Application Manager, FWupgrade may not be listed there. I don't recall seeing it there on mine prior to rooting and disabling the OTA updater. Even if it is listed there, you still need root access to disable/freeze it (ex. with an app like Titanium or MyBackup Pro).

    If you're looking for those files in the stock file manager (My Files), it won't show them because they're in the system\app directory. You need root access and a file manager such as ES File Explorer (with its root features enabled) to get to that directory (and then rename/modify the two files to disable the OTA updater).
    03-13-2014 11:53 AM
  5. CarrierPigeon's Avatar
    Edit: If you're looking just in Application Manager, FWupgrade may not be listed there. I don't recall seeing it there on mine prior to rooting and disabling the OTA updater. Even if it is listed there, you still need root access to disable/freeze it (ex. with an app like Titanium or MyBackup Pro).

    If you're looking for those files in the stock file manager (My Files), it won't show them because they're in the system\app directory. You need root access and a file manager such as ES File Explorer (with its root features enabled) to get to that directory (and then rename/modify the two files to disable the OTA updater).
    where can I instructions on rooting for my Galaxy Note 2? it currently runs on stock 4.3 Android. Thanks in advance!
    03-16-2014 01:47 PM
  6. N2myN2's Avatar
    what can I do to make absolutely sure that my Note 2 doesn't get updated to KitKat by Verizon?
    Keep your Verizon Note 2. We'll never get KitKat.
    03-16-2014 02:06 PM
  7. CarrierPigeon's Avatar
    Keep your Verizon Note 2. We'll never get KitKat.
    normally I would agree with you, but Samsung has already said that all Note 2 phones will get Kit Kat.
    Yes, Verizon will be the last one when it releases it a few months later than any other carrier.
    03-16-2014 02:41 PM
  8. anon(394005)'s Avatar
    where can I instructions on rooting for my Galaxy Note 2? it currently runs on stock 4.3 Android. Thanks in advance!
    See here (credit to pool_shark from this thread ): [ROOT] Saferoot: Root for VRUEMJ7, MK2, and Android 4.3 - xda-developers
    03-16-2014 03:01 PM

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