Samsung has just rolled out I9100XWLPW firmware update for the Samsung Galaxy S2 in India that is still an Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich firmware not an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as Samsung said that the Galaxy S2 will receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update soon in near future, which means we have to wait for some more months.
So pick your Galaxy S2 up and check for OTA notification to upgrade your Galaxy S2 to Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich I9100XWLPW firmware, but if you’re not Indian or can’t upgrade your phone via OTA, install the I9100XWLPW firmware on Galaxy S2 manually.
The below guide will walk you through how to install official Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich I9100XWLPW firmware on Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 manually. Before you start installation, first make sure you’re using Windows PC and Galaxy S2 USB drivers are installed on it, you can download 32 bit (x86) Windows drivers from here and 64-bit (x64) Windows drivers from here. Disable all system tools such as Samsung KIES, antivirus, firewall program, please make a backup of your device data such as SMS, internet setting, contacts music files etc because the below procedure may wipe data, you can sync your contacts with Gmail account and for messages use SMS apps, lastly use file expert app to backup apps, and turn the USB Debugging on, to do so just tap Menu> Settings> Application> Development.
DISCLAIMER: Please proceed the below guide at your own risk, Android Egis will not be held responsible if your device lost data or gets damaged following this guide.
Step #1: Download I9100XWLPW Android 4.0.4 firmware (I9100XWLPW_I9100ODDLPC_INU.zip) to PC.
Step #2: Download Odin 1.85 (Odin3_v1.85.zip) to your PC.
Step #3: Unzip both .zip files into a folder.
Step #4: Open the folder where you’ve unzipped above file and run Odin3 1.85.exe file.
Step #5: Turn the device off.
Step #6: Reboot the device into download mode by holding down Volume Down, Home and Power buttons until a warning screen show up on device, then press the volume up button to enter into download mode.
Step #7: Once you’re in download mode plug the device to PC using USB cable. Odin will detect the device, ID:COM will turn yellow and a message saying ADDED will appear. (Note: If Odin doesn’t detect the device, make sure that USB drivers are properly installed on your computer).
Step #8: Click on PDA Button and locate .tar.md5 from the folder where you’ve unzipped downloaded firmware files in the step 3. (Note: Don’t make any change, just make sure that re-partition is unchecked).
Step #9: Click on Start button to start installation, once the installation done, your device will reboot itself and you’ll see message saying PASS (Note: If Odin refuse to install the update and show message FAIL, or get stuck, close the Odin and unplug device, then pull out battery from the device for a few seconds. Then put the battery back to the device and reboot into download mode. Then install the firmware again.
Step #10: If your device reboot into normal mode, you’re done, enjoy! But if you device gets stuck at boot screen, you need to perform wipe, to do so, turn off device, then reboot into recovery mode by holding down volume up, home and power buttons, in recovery mode, select the wipe data/factory reset, and confirm on the next screen. Once it done, select “Go Back” after that select “Reboot System Now.”
That’s it, you’re done, the I9100XWLPW firmware has now been installed on your Galaxy S2.
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