By Prarthito Maity email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 02, 2013 05:23 AM EST
The Android Community is hard at work to bring the latest available Android OS update for its users and fans, and now it seems that the community has taken note of the popular Samsung S3 Mini I8190N and brought out the latest Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 for the device, accordingly.
Although this latest update for the S3 Mini has been made available via Kies, users also have the option to update their devices by simply pulling the OTA update for the new refresh. However, some users have complained that either of the above mentioned steps won't work sometimes, and this requires users to install the firmware manually.
This article, alongside steps, is meant for users who are still having problems updating their devices, and will guide users on how to install I8190NDXALL5 official firmware update in Galaxy S3 Mini, model number I8190N.
To begin the process, users will need ODIN that will help in flashing the stock 4.1.2 firmware in Galaxy S3 Mini I8190N. However, there is a chance of losing all existing installed apps and personal settings, and it is advised to backup data before going ahead with the process.
To perform the steps, the device needs to have at least 80 percent battery left in it, and that the USB driver for Galaxy S3 Mini is already installed in the PC. It is also important to make sure that the USB debugging has been enabled with a backup of the EFS Folder.
Here's a reminder for a few more important things:
The following steps are to be tried at the user's own risk and Mobilenapps shall not be held responsible for any related damages that may or may not occur while the steps are being implemented. Users are advised to follow them at their own risk. Also it is important to remember that this tutorial is only for Galaxy S3 Mini, model number I8190N, and users are asked not to follow the same for any other device.
Here are the steps to update Galaxy S3 Mini I8190N to Jelly Bean DXALL5 Android 4.1.2 Official Firmware:
Step 1: Extract Firmware zip file that users will need to download. Here users will get a .tar file and some other files. (All related download files can be found below)
Step 2: Now extract Odin zip file and users will get Odin3 v3.07.exe along with few other files.
Step 3: Power off the smartphone and wait 5-6 seconds for vibration to confirm complete shutdown.
Step 4: Now put the Galaxy S3 Mini I8190N in Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home and Power button until the Samsung Galaxy logo appears on the phone's screen. Users will need to wait a few seconds and the phone will be in download mode.
Step 5: Now run Odin3 v3.07.exe (refer Step 2) as an Administrator as Admin privilege is required to complete the process efficiently.
Step 6: Connect the Galaxy S3 Mini I8190N with PC using USB cable. Now a message will arrive under Odin's message box in the bottom left saying "Added!!". However, if the user doesn't get the same then it is advised to try another USB port (the best option is the USB port located in back of the desktop PC). If that too fails to work then users will need to reinstall the driver. If the "Added!!" message is successfully seen in Odin, then the user is ready to go to the next step. Users should also see COM port with a number in Yellow if the device is successfully added.
Step 7: Now select the files from I8190NDXALL5 folder [refer Step 1] in Odin at respective buttons:
A: Click the PDA Button, and select the .tar file here with *code* appearing in its name
B: Click the Phone Button, and select file with *modem* in its name (leave if there is no such file)
C: Click the CSC Button, and select file with *csc* in its name (leave if there is no such file)
D: Click the PIT Button, and select the .pit file. Users may only go for it if they got it while extracting in step 1 above, otherwise ignore it.
Step 8: In Odin window, see that Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checkboxes are selected. Also, make sure that Re-Partition checkbox is selected, and this is only if the user opted to use a .pit file (see Step 7.D).
Step 9: Double check everything that was mentioned in Step 7 and 8 above, and then hit the START button to begin the flashing process.
Step 10: Once flashing is completed, the phone will reboot automatically and there will be a PASS message with green background in the left-most box at the very top of the Odin. Users can then unplug the USB cable to disconnect the device from the computer.
If any user is still having problems or is stuck at booting animation after Step 10, per an Android Jinn report, they will need to "go to recovery mode (press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together) and perform Wipe data/Factory Reset task before selecting reboot system now function. In recovery mode use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power key to select the option."