Flash Official Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXUANA1 Firmware for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

Flash Official Android 4.4.2 KitKat for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 was launched last year in July with the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean as its default operating system. Now you can use this tutorial to learn how to successfully update your tablet with a brand new Android 4.4.2 KitKat version.

Read this entire post and you should be able to complete the whole process without problems. Before starting the the update it would be best for you to take a look at the preparation info, so that you will not end up wiping the entire tablet contents by accident.

The new Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for Galaxy Tab 3 has the XWUANA1 firmware build. The update was released to stock tablets first and this guide is destined to be used by users who didn’t get the official update notification. Also, you can choose to update your tablet with this official if you’re currently running on a custom ROM.

Now you can take a look at the guidelines below before getting to the tutorial:

  • use this tutorial only with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0-inch model number T15 LTE.
    – don’t try to update any other tablets nor smartphones with the files that you will find in this post.
  • download and install the Samsung USB Drivers for your computer from here.
    – installing the USB Drivers will make sure that your device will be detected by ODIN, the app that we’re going to use in order to flash a brand new firmware for your device.
  • disable any antivirus application from running on your computer.
  • disable the Samsung KIES software if it is installed on your PC, as this app will eventually block ODIN from flashing any new files on your tablet.
  • make sure to enable the USB Debugging from Developer Options.
    – if the Developer Options menu is not listed in the Settings section of your device, then you will need to enable it like this: open About Device menu, then tap seven times on Build Number.
    – visit the Developer Options menu under Settings, then enable USB Debugging.
  • if the device is running on a custom ROM, then you will see all data stored on its system partition getting wiped, which is why you might want to backup some of your most important files:
    – backup data from installed apps using Helium for Android here.
    sync Contacts data with your default Gmail account.
  • check your tablet’s battery charge level and make sure that it is over 50%, it will prevent your device from switching off in the middle of the installation.
  • remove any external microSD card if there is one connected to your tablet.
  • this tutorial should be used by advanced Android users, do not blame us in case you brick the tablet or lose any important data in the process.
  • read the entire post, don’t skip any steps and use the comments field in case you need any extra help.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to learn how to prepare your tablet for the updating process. Continue to the next part of this post and learn how to update its Android OS.

How to update Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 to Android 4.4.2 KitKat XWUANA1 version:

  1. Download the Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXUANA1 firmware zip file from our friends SamMobile here.
    – note that you will require to create a new SamMobile account in order to be able to download the file.
  2. Extract the contents of the zip file after the download is complete.
    – you will get a file with the .tar.md5 extension, don’t extract any further than that.
  3. Download ODIN 3.09 from here.
    – extract the contents of the zip file and save the files on your PC.
  4. Power off the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 tablet completely.
  5. Boot the tablet in Android Download Mode.
    – it can be done by pressing and holding at the same time Volume Down, Home and Power buttons.
    – release the buttons when a Warning message appears, then press Volume Up to confirm that you wish to boot the tablet in Download Mode.
    – our guide for booting into Galaxy S4 Download Mode is explaining the same here – use it for extra guidance.
  6. Launch the ODIN executable on your computer.
  7. Next, use the USB data cable and connect your tablet to your computer.
    – wait for ODIN to detect the tablet.
    – if the tablet is not detected that you need to re-install the USB Drivers for your Samsung device and then repeat the entire tutorial once again.
  8. Now, click the PDA button in ODIN.
  9. Find the Android 4.4.2 XXUANA1 firmware .tar.md5 file and load it in ODIN.
    – note that you shouldn’t change any other ODIN default settings.
    – make sure that the Re-Partition option is not enabled, if it is enabled you should disable it.
  10. Hit the START button and wait until the installation is complete.

If the process is successful you will see your Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 tablet booting in normal mode after several minutes. It is ok to disconnect it from your PC when the Samsung boot animation shows up.

If the installation was completed and there are no problems during the process, then you can close this article as you’re done with it. If you had encountered problems then it might be best to read the notes below, too.

NOTE 1: if ODIN says that the process has failed, the app freezes, the computers restarts before the process is complete or your tablet switches off unexpectedly during installation, then you will need to repeat the entire tutorial more than once. Make sure that in case you repeat the guide, then you won’t skip any steps and that you will ask for extra help in comments.

NOTE 2: If ODIN says that the process was passed, but the tablet is unable to get over the Samsung boot animation and it enters into a boot loop, then you will be forced to apply a Factory Reset that will wipe all data from the system partition forcing the device to boot in normal mode.

Here’s how to factory reset your tablet:

  • power it off completely.
  • boot the tablet in Recovery Mode.
    – if you don’t know how to do it, then you can follow this guide here – that is a guide for Galaxy S4 but it works with the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, too.
  • in Recovery Mode you should select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
  • confirm process.
  • after the Factory Reset is complete you should reboot the tablet in normal mode.

That’s it, these were all the steps that you had to take. Now you can test the new firmware. For any extra help you can use the comments below.

  • Kool

    I think that you’re wrong. The url that you provided for download the FW is for 4.2.2 only.

    • Adam Kee

      Check properly, the link is just on top of the page.

      • Samer Khan

        can this work for Tab 3 8inch T310 wifi only?

    • namzA roN

      nothing happen? stil 4.2.2. wasting my time and data.

  • Adam Kee

    Can I do this on Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 LTE (GT-P5220)? Or I need other method? If this method is ok, it’s necessary to rewrite all the backed up data into the memory, or the back up is just for security?

  • CyWar Putrajaya

    That version is
    Version: Android 4.2.2
    Not
    Version: Android 4.4.2

    LIAR!!

  • Simon haines

    its 4.2 not 4.4 need to change this in case somebody messes up trying to install it…

  • sagilireddy

    can I use this update for tab3 7″ SM T211 tablet?

    • Wael Ahmed Seleem

      T211XXBNF5 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware for Galaxy
      Tab 3 7.0 SM-T211- How to Install

      T211XXBNF5 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware Last Updated on
      3-July-2014. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T211 (WiFi+3G) users can now
      update their device with the latest XXBNF5 Android 4.4.2 KitKat
      official firmware. Samsung started rolling out an OTA update about the
      firmware. The latest firmware build version number is T211XXBNF5. The
      Tablet was released in the month of April 2013 with Android 4.1 KitKat and
      started receiving Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean from the very next month. This is
      the first official Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware update for SM-T211.
      If you own the tablet and not yet updated this latest firmware then do it now
      by following the tutorial below. The below guide will help you to download and
      install the T211XXBNF5 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware manually through
      Odin.
      The latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat is
      definitely a great update for the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T211 users. The
      latest firmware will upgrade the OS version to 4.4.2 KitKat and will bring many
      new features and performance tweaks.

      Android 4.4.2 KitKat comes with many new features than the previous
      Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, some includes- Camera shortcut
      on lockscreen, White icons in status bar, Performance improvements, Transparent
      status bar, Improved keyboard layout in landscape orientation, Select
      between the stock messaging app or Hangouts for SMS and MMS, Select
      between TouchWiz or other launchers through settings, Wireless printing, Updated
      Google apps and many more.

      So, want to update your Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 T211 to the latest T211XXBNF5
      Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware? For official way, either you can go
      for OTA (over the air) from Settings-About Tablet-Software
      Update or download firmware through the Samsung Kies
      utility. However, if you are looking for a manual way to update the latest Android
      4.4.2 XXBNF5 firmware on your Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 T211 through Odin then
      follow the step by step manual update guide below.

      Also Check: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
      SM-T211 Full Specifications and Features

      Important
      Note:

      “The firmware is released only
      for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T211 model, so don’t try this in any
      other android device. Check your device model number from Settings-About
      Tablet. Also the tutorial is based on Windows PC. Follow all the
      pre-requisites, procedures and steps carefully to avoid breaking your
      Tablet”.

      Download
      T211XXBNF5 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Official Firmware

      Samsung rolled out the firmware for the following countries.
      The firmware which are unbranded or not locked to any carrier, no matter of
      which country or region, can be flashed on any Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T211
      model.
      Italy: T211XXBNF5_T211OXABNF5_ITV.zip

      [Firmware for rest of the countries and carrier will be added here when
      available]

      Pre-Requisites:

      Check battery percentage, your device should have at
      least 80% battery power

      Turn on USB Debugging mode, go to Settings-Developer
      Options-USB Debugging

      Backup
      important data and settings to external storage- follow this guide

      Install USB driver for your device on your
      computer- Download Samsung USB
      Driver

      Points
      to be noted:

      If you are using any Custom ROM such as- CyanogenMod,
      Paranoid Android, AOKP, SLIM ROMs etc, then it’ll replaced by this
      official Stock ROM

      Custom Recovery
      (CWM or TWRP Recovery) will be replaced by Stock Recovery

      After flashing official firmware, your device will no
      longer belongs to rooted device. However you can root your device
      any time after flashing the firmware.

      All the above pre-requisites are
      very important and must follow before proceed to installation guide. Hope you
      get all the above points. Now, go through the below tutorial to install
      Android 4.4.2 T211XXBNF5 official firmware on Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 T211.

      How
      to Install Android 4.4.2 KitKat Official Firmware on Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 T211
      through Odin:

      Download Android 4.4.2 XXBNF5
      Firmware for Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 T211
      from the above list

      Download Odin 3.07

      Switch off your Tablet
      and boot Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 T211 into Download Mode by pressing and
      holding the (Volume
      Down + Power keys + Home button) together until you get the
      warning message, now press Volume Up key to proceed to Download Mode..

      Extract the downloaded Odin3.07 zip file and run the Odin3 v3.07.exe
      file as an administrator (Right click on the .exe file
      and click on Run as administrator)

      Now connect your Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 T211 to your computer via USB
      cable

      In Odin3 screen, you should see a COM Port number like “0:[COM7]”
      at ID:COM section and “Added!” text at the message box. This means
      your device has been detected by Odin3.

      Make sure that, only the “Auto Reboot” and “F.
      Reset Time” options are checked.

      Now, extract the downloaded firmware zip file, you’ll
      find a firmware file with extension .tar.md5

      In Odin screen, click on PDA button and select the
      firmware file with .tar.md5
      extension (The firmware file look something like: T211XXDLJ5_T211ODDDLI7_INU.tar.md5)

      Now, click on the Start button to begin the
      installation process, wait few moments.

      Once completed, you would see “PASS!” message in
      ID:COM port having green background

      Your Tablet should automatically reboot after
      completion

      You can now disconnect your Tablet from computer

      Finish

      Congrats! you have completed the
      tutorial and your Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 T211 is ready now with the
      latest available firmware. Hope you successfully update XXBNF5 Android
      4.4.2 KitKat official firmware on Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T211. If you followed
      everything as mentioned in the above tutorial, then your device should now
      running on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat build version XXBNF5.
      You can verify the firmware update details from Settings-About Tablet. For
      any queries feel free to contact with us any time and don’t forget to share
      your experience in the comment below.

  • nate crawford

    How can I get custom recovery and roms for my galaxy tab 4

  • eric

    This update blows, so pissed i installed it. Apps close for no reason…just close themselves. Battery drains much faster now. Garbage.

  • Diamantis

    hey guys … i have tablet intenso 814s i can use firmware android kitkat ? thanks