Install Android 4.4.2 KitKat I747MVLUFNE6 for Samsung Galaxy S3 I747M

Samsung Galaxy S3 KitKat

All the Canadian Carriers have released the official Android 4.4.2 VLUFNE6 stock OTA Update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 model I747M, the Black Edition device.

If your device didn’t get the OTA notification or it runs on a custom ROM, then this is the tutorial that you should be using in order to install the update manually. Learn more about the update released by Fido, Bell Mobile, Telus, Virgin Mobile, Kodoo Mobile and SaskTel for Galaxy S3 I747M by visiting our dedicated news article.

For this guide to work you will first need to take a look at the preparation info below. These are some guidelines for you to follow and make sure that your Galaxy S3 I747M meets all the requirements needed so that the new Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware installs without any problems.

Here’s what you need to know before getting to the tutorial?

  • use this tutorial only with the Samsung Galaxy S3 on Bell, Telus, Rogers, SaskTel, Kodoo and Fido Mobile, all Canadian carrier networks.
    - the model number of all devices is set to I747M.
    - do not attempt to update any other Android devices with the files that you will find in this post as you will end up bricking their firmware.
  • install the Samsung USB Drivers for your PC before starting the update.
    - this process allows you to connect the Galaxy S3 I747M with your computer.
  • enable USB Debugging from the Developer Options menu.
    - in case Developer Options isn’t listed in Settings, then you might want to follow the info listed here and enable this menu first.
  • disable Samsung KIES and any antivirus app from running on your computer.
    - these type of apps will block ODIN from running, that’s the app that you will use to push Android 4.4.2 VLUFNE6 firmware to your phone from PC.
  • if you have rooted your smartphone before then you need to know that this tutorial will revoke root access.
    - any custom Recovery that you might have installed on it will also be removed in the process.
  • in case your Galaxy S3 I747M is currently sporting a custom ROM on it, then you need to know that the update process will remove all data from its system partition.
    - if you install the update using Odin over your custom ROM then you will also have to apply an extra step to Factory Reset the device – this step is applied after the new stock KitKat 4.4.2 ROM is flashed on your device.
    - if your phone is 100% stock, then a Factory Reset will not be necessary.
  • if you want to backup some data from installed apps, save SMS text messages or save any other type of file then you can use Helium for Android tool.
    - sync your Contacts data with your default Gmail account
    - these steps should be applied only if you need to do a ‘factory reset’.
  • check all the steps and do not skip either one if you want to update the phone at your first attempt.
  • verify the phone’s battery charge level and make sure that it is over 50%, this prevents the device from switching off while your flashing the new update.

Now that you know all of the above you can continue to the next part of this post and learn how to apply a new firmware upgrade for your Canadian Galaxy S3.

How to flash Android 4.4.2 VLUFNE6 Update on Galaxy S3 I747M:

  1. Download the I747MVLUFNE6 firmware zip for your device using the links below:
    - Rogers (Canada) (Black Edition)
    - Bell Mobile (Canada) (Black Edition)
    - Telus (Canada) (Black Edition)
    - Fido (Canada) (Black Edition)
    - Kodoo Mobile (Canada) (Black Edition)
    - SaskTel (Canada) (Black Edition)
  2. After the download is complete you can simply extract the contents of the zip and save the firmware tar.md5 file on your PC.
    - do not extract any further than that.
  3. Download the Odin3 v3.09 zip and then extract its contents on your computer.
  4. Power off your device right now.
  5. Next you need to boot it into Download Mode.
  6. After the device is booting the Download Mode you need to open Odin3 v3.09 exe on your PC.
  7. Use the USB Cable and connect your device to your PC.
    - wait until Odin recognizes your device and then continue to the next step.
    - if the Galaxy S3 is not detected by Odin you will be forced to re-install the Samsung USB Drivers, download link is listed in the guidelines above.
  8. Return to Odin settings, click the ‘AP’ button.
  9. Now you need to find the I747MVLUFNE6 tar.md5 file and load it into Odin.
    - it’s the file you’ve extracted in step 2.
  10. When ready for the installation to begin you can simply press the START button.
    - note that the update will take at least ten minutes to complete.
    - do not press any buttons until all files are flashed successfully.
  11. When the update is complete you will see the phone rebooting and you can disconnect its from PC when the home screen appears.
  12. The update is now complete and you can take control over your device using your Google Account info.

I hope that you’ve managed to complete the installation. In case you encountered any problems, then you should try to re-read the tutorial or use the comments field in order to ask for help.

Also, make sure to take a look at the extra ‘notes’ below, as you might find a solution for any problems that you might’ve stumbled upon while attempting to install the new ROM update.

NOTE 1: If Odin tells you that the update has failed then you should try to repeat the entire process more than once. Check your device’s model number and see if it matches the value I’ve listed in the guidelines menu above.

NOTE 2: In case the Odin app displays the ‘PASS’ alert, but the Galaxy S3 is unable to boot in normal or it enters into a boot loop, then you will be forced to apply a ‘Factory Reset’. This process is also required to be applied by those that had a custom ROM running on their Galaxy S3 I747M.

Here’s how to apply a Factory Reset for your device:

  • switch off the phone completely.
  • boot it into Recovery Mode.
  • select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option.
  • confirm process.
  • reboot device in normal mode.

Now that you’ve complete all the steps above you’re free to start testing your new firmware and see if your Galaxy S3 I747M is running better, smoother and faster than before while maintaining reasonable battery life values.

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