How to Update the Samsung Galaxy W GT I8150 with Value Pack Gingerbread 2.3.6 Firmware
By now most of you have heard that the Samsung Galaxy S has finally received its promised Value Pack update, but what you haven’t heard is even greater. A lot of Samsung made Android smartphones will be getting this so called Value Pack update in the very near future. For now, the Samsung Galaxy W GT I8150 seems to be the second handset in Samsung’s list to get this update that comes with some goodies from Android 4.0 ICS. It will be rather interesting to see which devices will get this update, as there are several very similar smartphones to the Galaxy W on the market, including the popular Galaxy S Plus. After setting aside the possibilities we will state that this article is meant to be a guide for those who own a Samsung Galaxy W GT I8150 and want to upgrade to the latest Value Pack XXLM6 firmware edition. Mind you, this update is still based on the good old Android 2.3.6 even though it has some ICS features.
This Value Pack XXLM6 update for the Galaxy W comes directly from Samsung, so applying it to your device will not void your warranty. Thanks to this, it is also possible for rooted users to flash the update and return their Galaxy W to stock. We would also like to thank the guys from androidadvices for testing the procedure.
We will begin this updating guide with a little bit of know how about the backup of your personal data.While you should not encounter any issues with deleted data, it is better to be on the safe side. You can also use the Samsung made KIES software suite for backing up your device, but as we have lately seen, it can fail to recognize this new Value Pack update.
- Text messages – Install this app: SMS Backup & Restore
- Phone Contacts – These can be synced via your Gmail/Google account or by exporting them to the micro SD card
- Call Log – Install this app: Call Log Backup and Restore
- Pictures, Music, Videos, Files etc.– Copy to internal memory card
- Internet & MMS Settings – Backup all the settings from this path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names”
It also won’t hurt to backup all your personal data on a nearby PC. This data can also come in handy if you decide to restore your Galaxy W to factory settings. As with any tethered update, it is very important to follow a couple of rules regarding the state of your Android device:
- You should charge your Galaxy W to full or to a minimum of 70% to ensure that the phone will not run out of power during the procedure.
- You should enable the USB debugging in your Samsung Galaxy W. This can be done from the following: Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging. The USB Debugging option should be ticked.
- You need to turn off all the antivirus software as well as all the Firewall tools in your computer as they tend to block the software we will be using.
The next part of this tutorial is aimed at covering the updating procedure. While it is still very hard for some people to apply an update to their device, others find it easy to rely on the Odin software to do the hard work for them. We have prepared a detailed view of the updating procedure below, so all you have to do is to follow the steps below in the correct order:
- We will start by downloading this XXLM6 Firmware Update Package to your computer and then extracting it to an easily accessible place. We recommend using your desktop as the primary place for this procedure.
- Next up you will have to start the Odin program from the extracted files and then power off your Galaxy W.
- The third step involves rebooting your device into Download mode. You can do this by pressing the Volume Down key and the OK Key simultaneously and then pressing the Power On key after the device has been shut down. Please make sure that you are in download mode before proceeding any further.
- The fourth step is all about proper connectivity so all you have to do is to plug in your Samsung Galaxy W in download mode to the computer already running the Odin software and waiting a couple of seconds/minutes for it to recognize the device. You can check when Odin has recognized your device by looking at the color of the ID: COM window. If it is yellow you are ready to proceed.
- The fifth and almost final step is the one where you will use the files downloaded earlier. Tick the One Package option from the top left part of Odin, then click the OPS button in the right side and select the Ancora.ops file and finally click the One Package button in the bottom right and select the I8150XXLM6_I8150OXXLC1_I8150XXLM6_HOME.tar.md5 file. You should check if you have entered the correct settings by looking at the screen shot below.
- The sixth and last step is the easiest of them all and it only requires you to press the Start button in Odin and wait for a couple of minutes for the program to do its job. After it has finished, your Samsung Galaxy W should automatically reboot. Mind you, this boot may take a little bit longer than usual.
If the ID: COM section doesn’t turn yellow please make sure to check the following two things:
- Make sure that the USB driver of the Samsung Galaxy W is installed on your PC.
- Ensure that the Samsung KIES option is ticked on the phone. You can find this option by going to Settings > Wireless & Network > USB Settings.
In the unlikely case you encounter problems during flashing you should follow the steps above again and re apply the firmware update. This is also valid in case you get the dreaded boot loops. All you have to do is to pull out and reinsert the battery of your Galaxy W before attempting to redo the steps above.
When you see the home screen you will know that the Value Pack update on your Galaxy W has been successful. Now you can enjoy the latest official software and all the bug fixes it brings alongside the new content compiled from the official Android 4.0 ICS. If you have something to say feel free to use the comments section below.