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Update Galaxy R to Jelly Bean 4.2.2 with ParanoidAndroid Custom ROM

Samsung Galaxy R is a relatively interesting smartphone that has decent to high end specs, though its performances are not that impressive especially if we take a look on the market as there are more powerful handsets already available, not to mention the up-coming ones. But, you can still improve the capabilities of your device by performing some “unofficial” operations, like rooting, installing complex apps or updating with custom ROMs firmware. Well, today we will be checking on how to update your Galaxy R I9103 to latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS and this by installing the ParanoidAndroid custom software.

So, you will learn how to install a custom ROM on your smartphone. Don’t worry as the updating process is not hard to complete, though you do have to manually perform the same. Also, you first need to prepare your Galaxy R for the installation procedure that will follow therefore there are a lot of things to take care of. That’s why it is strongly recommended to read all the following lines; don’t apply things by yourselves as you can easily end up in bricking your phone.

The ParanoidAndroid custom ROM is being based on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean firmware so if you will complete this step by step guide, the mentioned software will be updated to your Galaxy R. Therefore, now you will be able to enjoy the latest Android platform and also test and run the latest features and apps available. Furthermore, ParanoidAndroid comes with extra features too (that cannot be found in the default version of the Jelly Bean 4.2.2 system) so the performances of your Galaxy R will be upgraded.

In a few words, you will be able to customize and optimize the internal system (remove in-built programs, or files), gain more speed, improve the battery life, change the looks and the appearances, perform backup and restoration operations and a lot more. Anyway, for the full features list you can go here and check our source page. The ParanoidAndroid Jelly Bean 4.2.2 ROM has been developed and launched by those of xda-developers team so we have them to thanks for this step by step guide. Now let’s proceed in applying the pre requisites.

You first have to root your Galaxy R; the firmware needs to access some files from the internal system, this access being granted by the root operation. By rooting you are making changes into the internal system by removing the factory restrictions and default settings therefore the warranty of your phone will be void. You cannot restore it unless you downgrade the Samsung Galaxy R to stock ROM or if you reset the flash counter (the root access will be revoked, the bootloader relocked and the factory restrictions reinstalled).

Then, after gaining root access install a custom recovery image, like CWM recovery on your handset. It’s extremely important to complete this task as we will use CWM recovery for installing the update (the .zip file) on your smartphone. Be aware as the custom recovery tool can be flashed only pn a rooted system, so as already mentioned you can’t perform this operation without rooting the Galaxy R.

Finally, you shouldn’t update your Galaxy R with ParanoidAndroid Jelly Bean 4.2.2 without backing up the data first. A wipe of the system will have to be applied during the installation procedure which means that all of your personal info, data and saves will be erased. So, you will need to save almost everything that is on the internal storage memory of your device (messages, market apps, EFS and so on) and also you should make a Nandroid backup too. In this way you can be sure that nothing bad happens while updating your Galaxy R to custom Android 4.2.2.

Don’t forget that a Windows running computer or notebook, the phone and its USB cable must be near you. On both computer and handset first uninstall the security programs and settings and check the battery status on your Galaxy R because if there is less than 60% power left you will have to use the charger. Also, enable the USB debugging option on your phone and apply the next steps only if you own the Samsung Galaxy R model number I9103; completing the below procedure for installing the Jelly Bean 4.2.2 based ParanoidAndroid custom ROM for a similar device will brick your handset.

How to Update Galaxy R to Jelly Bean 4.2.2 with ParanoidAndroid Custom ROM Firmware

  1. First, on your computer get the update file.
  2. The download link is here.
  3. Also, download Google apps (use the link from here) package as the same is not included in the update file.
  4. Then, connect your device with the computer via USB cord.
  5. Take the downloaded files and copy-paste them from the PC to the phone’s SD card.
  6. Disconnect the device by unplugging the USB cable.
  7. Turn off the smartphone and reboot into recovery mode.
  8. The first thing to do is wiping the system, so by using the recovery mode menu select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
  9. Return: “+++go back+++”.
  10. And select “install zip from sd card” followed by “choose zip from sd card”.
  11. Pick the update file and flash the same.
  12. Then pick the Google apps package and install the same.
  13. In the end, use the recovery menu for selecting “+++go back+++”, “reboot system now” and you are done.

Congratulations, you now know how to update the Samsung Galaxy R with Paranoid Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 custom ROM firmware. Take note that in the end you might get a boot loop. If that happens you need to re-wipe the system (follow the above steps for completing the same) by using the recovery mode. Anyway, you should test the new software now; then return here and share your impressions and thoughts with us by using the comments area from below. Also, stay close as we will bring further tutorials suitable with your device in the coming days.

  • Yahya Rayyan

    Is there any problem for any basic functionality of Galaxy R if we upgrade to this version. can any body help to clarify, I am going to upgrade my Galaxy R with this ROM.

    • Sunil

      I updated to jelly bean and let me confirm that camera, sdcard not working for me. Not able to receive messages sent to me by anyone on my vodafone no.

      Jelly bean looks great but whats the use if we cannot use the basic functionalities of smart phone.

  • dejavu

    I cant find install from SD card option in recovery mode, Instead i see option update from external card.
    Can you pls advice on this..

    • Aditya Mohta

      first you have to install cwm in your device to install this custom rom

      • Dejavu

        Earlier I used to see that option but now I can’t find it. I want to root my mobile.

  • RJ

    hy how to root my phone ..with which software.. i want ur help…!!!

  • Hey everyone,

    I tried this on my Galaxy R. Have to say that Jelly bean experience is really good. But there’s a downside.. My camera doesn’t work any more. It doesn’t detect my internal memory as well as my SD card. These are serious shortcomings on a smart phone but I’m hoping there’ll be a fix to this soon.


  • bspuar


    I tried this but Bluetooth,internal sd card and external sd card was not working. So went back to my ICS ROM.

  • Praveen

    I am not able to use Camera, Bluetooth, Internal/External SD card after upgrading from ICS to Jelly Bean on my Galaxy R.

  • tauhid

    how to go to the recovery mode…?