Install Android KitKat on Samsung Galaxy S3 Tutorial
If you have a Samsung Galaxy S3, you probably want the latest update for your device, but you are also sick of waiting for them to release the update for your model. In this case, you are probably set on installing the update yourself, manually, but don’t know where to start. If all these sound like you, check the article below to get a quick guide on how to install Android KitKat on your Samsung Galaxy S3.
Samsung even facilitates the process, by providing you with proper utilities, so you shouldn’t feel bad about doing it, because there is nothing wrong with it.
Using Samsung Kies
The easiest way to do this is by installing Samsung Kies. Kies is a software that lets you install the newest firmware quick and painless. All you have to do is connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable, then let Kies do its thing. It will detect your current firmware, and if there is a more recent one available for your model. If there is, you can install it without any trouble.
When you flash a new firmware using Odin, you have to go to About Phone, and check your phone’s model number, because each model number has its own firmware, and if you try to install the firmware from a different model on your device, you can easily brick your phone. After you find out what’s the firmware number for your model, go to the official Samsung website, on their firmware page. Enter your model number and see which is the latest available firmware for your device. They should be organized by carriers, for each country. If your country does not have firmware versions for specific, different carriers, it will show only one generic version. When you finally find the correct firmware for you, go ahead and download it into your computer. Now it’s time to use the Odin program, which basically lets you flash firmwares and even custom ROMs on your device. You can also use it to downgrade your firmware, but that’s a little harder to do since the release of Android 4.3.
Step by step :
- Make sure the firmware you are about to flash on your device is the correct one for your model. Check the number, model and carrier.
- Download and open Odin.
- Make sure that your phone has at least 80% battery remaining, and that USB Debugging is turned on on your device.
- Turn off your device, then turn it back on in Download Mode by holding down the Power, Home and Volume Down keys together.
- Wait for Odin to recognize the connection (you will have to connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable.
- Clcik on the PDA or PA button in Odin (depends on your Odin version) and then select the tar.md5 file from firmware you downloaded.
- In Odin, check the boxes for F.Reset Time and Auto Reboot , but not the one for Repartition
- Hit the start button and wait for the process to complete. It’s normal if it takes a while, but if you wait TOO long, your device might be experiencing a boot loop. You can fix that by doing a factory reset or re-flashing the firmware.