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How to Update Samsung Galaxy Mini with Official XWKTN Gingerbread 2.3.6 Firmware

It’s been a while since we last had to deal with an OS update released for the Galaxy Mini, so this Gingerbread 2.3.6 firmware is coming perfectly. Samsung decided to launch the same for the European users of the Galaxy Mini, so this version of software named as XWKTN is the official one; you are not dealing with beta tested, or custom ROM firmware. You should be able to receive the update OTA (Over the Air) but if different you must follow this step by step guide for learning how to manually install the Gingerbread 2.3.6 firmware on your Galaxy Mini handset.

It’s good to see that Samsung is thinking on its more regular customers too, as we all know that the Mini is a low profile, budget friendly smartphone. Its performances are indeed low and without anything notable to impress, but it’s perfect for a family type of person or for an entry level customer. Anyway, you can now improve the capabilities of your Android powered phone by getting the Gingerbread update. The firmware is coming with bug fixes and some extra features so you have all the reasons for flashing the same.

As already stated, this is the official version of the software, so by installing it on your Galaxy Mini you will not void the Samsung warranty. Furthermore, if you are a European user you can OTA apply the ROM. If not, the only way for updating your device is by manually performing the operation. Don’t worry as this is exactly what I will be showing you today. But, be aware and don’t follow this tutorial for updating similar devices as you can brick them. The guide is designed to work only for the Galaxy Mini.

Being the official version of the firmware, installing the same won’t make you lose the data stored on your handset. But if you want to be sure, you can backup the Mini. The best way for doing this is by using a few distributed tools that will ease your work. Some tips are being listed below:

Then, if you have a rooted Galaxy Mini you must know that the root access will be revoked once you update its system. This is happing also because you are installing an official firmware. You can re-root your device but only by following a step by step guide designed and tested to work for the new XWKTN Gingerbread 2.3.6 OS. If you try to complete other tutorials you will then damage the internal system.

Now, the last part before starting the proper guide is referring to the pre requisites. Without these preparations you can’t manually flash the ROM. So, you must make it through these tasks too.

  • Uninstall the Firewall protection from your computer and from your phone.
  • Check if your device has enough battery power left (70% recommended); if not go and charge it first.
  • Enable USB debugging in your smartphone. You can do this by checking the USB debugging section from the path: “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”.

You can now proceed to the next section of the present tutorial. Read and perform all the steps and don’t try to do things by yourselves.

How to Update Galaxy Mini with Official XWKTN Gingerbread 2.3.6 Firmware

  1. Download the upload file from here; place it to the computer.
  2. Download Odin and extract it to the PC.
  3. Open Odin.
  4. Take your phone and reboot it.
  5. While rebooting enter in download mode by holding down the Volume down and Middle Key (Home Key) while powering your device on.
  6. Then, when in download mode, connect the handset with the PC by using its USB cord.
  7. On the Odin window the ID:Com section should be yellow.
  8. On Odin select “OPS” to get “TASS_v1.0.ops”.
  9. Then click on “One Package” and select the same.
  10. On the bottom of the page select “One package” and pick the “S5570DXKPD_S5570OLBKPD_S5570DXKPD_HOME.tar.md5” file (the one that you have extracted before).
  11. Click “Start”.
  12. Wait until the update is being flashed and don’t press anything.
  13. In the end the phone will reboot, let it.
  14. When powered on, you can disconnect it from the computer as you are finally done.

So, that was the easiest way possible for learning how to manually update your Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 with the official XWKTN Gingerbread 2.3.6 firmware. If you had any problems during the up-detailed procedure share the issues with us so we can help you through. Also tell us if you want other guides for learning Android related operations and we will bring suitable solutions for your desires.

  • shubham

    id;com section is not turning yellow

  • vhan

    im stuck from step #8 ,i cant find OPS in Odin

  • Is there anything that dosentt work e.g camera ?!?!?!?!

  • some images would be ok

  • andy

    i am stuck to on step 8 did u find out were ops was m8

  • BruceLD

    How long is this process supposed to take? It’s been almost 2.5 hours and its on the data.rfs file has not reached 4/4 finished yet.

    It would have been nice to have the average flash time listed with this article.

  • Emmanuel

    Emma from Ghana, I cant continue from step 8. That is I cant find ops. please help me.

  • Peter

    It’s great that you’ve written an easy to follow guide for this update. It’s just a pity you messed up so thoroughly with the firmware files.

    • Azikk

      Yeah you’re right. I got 4 files after extracted. And then none of them is “S5570DXKPD_S5570OLBKPD_S5570DXKPD_HOME.tar.md5”. But I picked the largest file. Then I successfully upgraded 😀 Thanks.

      • mazher

        hi azik can u detail the procedure as u successfully upgraded your device..what to be done for the option like auto reboot,protect ops and reset time in odin?

        • Azikk

          First select “OPS” then tick One Package make sure Auto Reboot and Protect Ops ticked the others don’t change. Then, at the bottom One Package select the largest file in the folder you extracted. 😀

          • Ariff

            Azik, after Destroy instant and Killed Time, nothing happen but my galaxy mini went flashed. then i think after PASS it was completed and i disconnect the usb.
            Now my os was crash. can u help me!!

  • mazher

    hi where i can find the ops and one package option in the odin which i have downloaded from above link?

  • sidd
  • Gaurav

    Cant continue from step 8


    hey man,i updated my s5570 galaxy mini to unofficial update of jellybean 4.1.1 but phone shows cynogenmod n blue circle keeps rotating,can u tell how to reboot the phone???itz not rebooting even thru recovery mode

    plz reply fast coz i tried this experiment with my dad’s mobile

  • Galaxy Mini S5570

    Hi ..i just did these steps but while installing, the progress stoped!!!… i waited for 20 mins but..nothing happend..after that i closed “odin” and disconnected USB cable..now i cant reinstall the update or use the old version (crashed)…pls help

  • nick

    Downloaded Ops but still nothing on Odin ?

  • Imran

    Whats the password for the zip file?

  • Prasenjit Dey

    Superuser not working in this kernel

  • John

    I am stuck in the download mode and cant get out. Any ideas?

  • TechySAM

    i think lot of people are facing issues in finding OPS and no one knows the answer. I am facing the same issue… Cant find OPS. Could it be some older version of Odin??

    • I have updated the Odin link in the article. It’s now the right version. I’m sorry for the problems.

  • Wanya

    The first thing “pass”,then it came to 1(com8) and it stays like tht,nothing’s happening,please help :S

  • mennis

    wtf mn my fnes stuck!!!! now wht!?!?!!!!?!?!?!

  • Honey

    can any one please help me out

    i get this in message from odin

    data.rfs download..

    4/4 Finished.

    reset pda..

    Started Timer

    Close serial port and wait until rebooting.


    Destroy instant..

    Killed timer

    Odin said ‘Pass’ but it my phone is not starting now when i press the power button the samsung logo appears but the phone doesnt procees further and hangs there

    • Honey

      Please someone help me out this phone costs me alot in my country

  • I not have S5570DXKPD_S5570OLBKPD_S5570DXKPD_HOME.tar.md5

    link for download? please :DD

  • Hi

    Please tell me the following things:

    Where is ‘OPS’ in Odin?
    Where do all the files go in Odin, what is the PDA, PTS buttons for etc?

    PLEASE advise!

  • Guest

    Hi i’m having trouble regarding Odin, please do you have a moment to help me?


  • aman

    my phone is still on downloading mode (around 52 min), can you please tel me how much time it take to complete the process.??

  • jonh

    How long it takes to make update?

  • awi

    im stuck on method 8…please help me!!!!!!!!

  • awi

    where the fuck is TASS_v1.0.ops

  • Arsalan Fakhar

    hey where are the links

  • sun

    where is the link for the update as you stated on the instructions