How to update to Android 4.3 on your Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500)

Android 4.3 is now available for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Exynos 5 octa version, GT-I9500.

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Here’s how to easily get it on your device.

Requirements

  • Odin. Download it here [LINK 1]
  • The firmware [LINK 2]
  • You need to have prepared your computer for this by installing the necessary drivers. See my previous how-tos touching on Samsung devices if you are not sure about this.

Note

This is official test firmware. Though it is just test firmware, it won’t harm your device in any way. Plus, flashing it does not lead to voiding of your warranty so go ahead and get your device some 4.3 love.

Backup all your data. Whatsapp messages, call logs, texts, apps, everything that is of importance to you. Flashing will result in everything in the internal memory being formatted. That was the case with me since I was updating from a custom ROM. If you are on stock Android 4.2.2 then worry not, files stored on your internal storage won’t be deleted. They’ll be safe. However I recommend a full wipe after you upgrade so backup anyway.

Make sure the device is fully charged.

Procedure

1. Shut down your device. Now boot into download mode (home button + power button + volume down button)

2. Yes, press volume up when that cautionary statement appears.

3. Launch Odin 3.09 on your computer

4. Using your phone’s micro USB cable, connect it to your computer. You should see something like this

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5. Make sure you don’t change anything else on Odin save for what I’m going to instruct you to. Leave everything as it is. Importantly, make sure Re-Partition is not checked

6. Extract the firmware you downloaded to a folder. From Odin select the following and match them with the files in that folder:

  • Add AP_I9505XXUEMJ5_1875800_REV06_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to AP
  • Add BL_I9505XXUEMJ5_1875800_REV06_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar to BL
  • Add MODEM_I9505XXUEMJ5_1875800_REV06_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to CP
  • Add CSC_ODD_I9505ODDEMJ5_1875800_REV06_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to CSC

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7. Once you’re done adding those files click START.

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8. Be patient, you’ll wait for around 3-5 minutes as the Galaxy S4 is updated to Android 4.3

9. Upon completion, if it is successful, you’ll see Odin indicate PASS.

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10. The S4 will restart. You’ll wait for at least 3 minutes while it boots for the first time. You’ll then be taken through the Android startup process.

Welcome to the club. You’re now on Android 4.3.

Press the menu button, go to the Settings app, go to More and select About device. It should confirm that you’re indeed on Android 4.3.

I recommend doing a factory reset if the update process did not reset your internal sd card. If it did reset then get going. Restore your stuff, install your apps and make merry.

 

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About Emmanuel Chenze

Student of life, tech & social media enthusiast and blogger. I love gadgets, isn't that obvious? When I'm not on my Droid reading something or tweeting, I'm hunched over my computer doing my classwork and checking out the latest in tech. Basically, I have no life besides gadgets :)

  • Mark Ronel Retulin

    I have upgraded my samsung S4 in the latest firmware. it is very easy.. thanks a lot!!!

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