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Update Galaxy S Advance I9070 to Official Jelly Bean 4.1.2 XXLQ4 OS

As you know, the Austrian, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italian, Spain and UK users of the Samsung Galaxy S Advance I9070 have received the official OTA Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update, dubbed as XXLQ4. Anyway, because we are talking about an OTA release, the XXLQ4 firmware will not be made available for all the devices at the same time. So, if you haven’t received the ROM yet, or if you have a rooted Galaxy S Advance and can’t apply the OTA Jelly Bean 4.1.2 OS, you might want to manually flash the update on your smartphone.

Because of that I have brought you the present step by step guide, which will take you through the manual installation of the Android 4.1.2 XXLQ4 firmware. Of course the tutorial is being suitable only with the Samsung Galaxy S Advance model number I9070, so don’t perform the same for similar handsets. Furthermore, the best part related to this procedure is that it can be used for the S Advance users that are from other countries than the ones mentioned above. Therefore, you have nothing to worry about, the tutorial being perfect for those who need to manually install the stock Jelly Bean XXLQ4 ROM.

Remember that you have to use this method only if the OTA firmware hasn’t arrived to your Galaxy S Advance, or if you have a rooted device. This is not a complex procedure, but you do have to prepare the phone for the installation procedure that will follow. Also, it is a more difficult way for flashing a ROM than the OTA, or KIES variant. Don’t worry though as you have it all explained and detailed during the following lines.

Even though we are dealing with the stock OS, before heading to the update process, you must consider in backing up the Samsung Galaxy S Advance data. Odin will be used for the flashing operation, so it is unlikely for the system to be wiped out, but you can never be too sure when it comes to your personal info. That’s why it is recommended to save at least the contacts list, internet settings, market apps, EFS folder and text messages.

Now, because we will update the Galaxy S Advance with the official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean XXLQ4 software, having a rooted device isn’t required. Furthermore, if you do have a rooted phone, after applying the below steps the root access will be revoked and the bootloader relocked. So, if your smartphone is currently running on a custom ROM, or if you want to restore the warranty (the same can be voided by rooting, unlocking the bootloader and so on) now you will be able to do so, completing this step by step guide being what you need to perform.

Then, since Odin must be used, you need to have access to a Windows running computer where you will download and also install the mentioned app. On the same computer you will get the update file, so the S Advance and its USB cord should also be near you. For avoiding the unpleasant situations, I recommend you to first deactivate the security tools and settings that are being installed and running on the computer and smartphone; usually these programs are interfering with Odin. Up next, check the battery status on your handset and if you notice that there is less than 60% power left charge your phone before starting the update operation. Finally enable the USB debugging option on your device by going to “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”.

Don’t forget that this tutorial can be applied for all the Samsung Galaxy S Advance I9070 smartphones (the markets doesn’t matter); just don’t use the guide for flashing the official Jelly Bean 4.1.2 XXLQ4 ROM on similar devices as you can end up in bricking the same.

How to Update Galaxy S Advance I9070 to Official Jelly Bean 4.1.2 XXLQ4 OS

  1. On the computer first of all, download Samsung KIES and install the proper drivers for your phone.
  2. Then, download and install Odin.
  3. Use the link from here and download the update file; then extract the same on your computer.
  4. On the PC open Odin.
  5. Turn off the device and reboot into download mode.
  6. The Galaxy S Advance can be entered into download mode by pressing and holding the Volume Down, OK and Power buttons at the same time.
  7. Now, use the USB cable and connect the handset with the computer.
  8. Once you do that, on Odin the “added” message must be displayed and the ID:COM section should be yellow or blue.
  9. If different, re-install the drivers and repeat the above mentioned steps.
  10. If everything is working perfect, from Odin select PDA and pick the update file.
  11. Click on “start” and begin the flashing operation.
  12. In the end, on Odin the “pass” message will be displayed meaning that you can unplug the USB cable and reboot your phone.

Now, in case you notice that the first boot is taking longer than you was used too, don’t panic, there is nothing wrong with your device. It is a normal fact, but if you do get a loop boot, then here is what you need to do:

  • Turn off the device (force restart) or just reboot into recovery mode.
  • You can enter the recovery mode by pressing on Volume Up, OK and Power buttons together.
  • From the recovery mode wipe the system.
  • For the wipe select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
  • Select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.
  • Done.

Now, your Samsung Galaxy S Advance has been successfully updated with the official and stock Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean XXLQ4 OS. Tell us how things worked while using Odin for applying the ROM and do share the possible issues or problems by using the comments area from below. Also, check our latest guides for learning how to root the Galaxy S Advance on XXLQ4 firmware. That’s all for now, but stay close for further guides, tricks, tips and Android related news.

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  • Deano

    Uk doesnt have this update yet!

    • Pradip Kumar Nayak

      not even in india….. Samsung Kies is not able to install the I9070 drivers on the Laptop. Is there any other option for upgrading to Jellybean….. Please Suggest

      • veronica real

        With odin , is very fast in 7 minutes you will have jelly bean. Here you have the Indian Rom http://adf.ly/QMpyU

  • jaquester

    I have gone through the procedure and i am now running android 4.1.2, but my phone no longer accepts my sim card. What should i do?

    • Nk236

      I got the same problem…

      • Nk236

        jacquester, I found a solution that worked for me. You made a back-up from all your contacts, files and apps right? Go to settings -> personal -> back-up en reset and do a factory data reset. You’ll keep android 4.1.2 and after this my mobile network worked again. Them restore your files from your back-up.

        • gabriel

          thanks it worked

          • Izo

            It worked for me too .. Thanks Nk236

  • salman

    Game hanging problem

  • rockstar

    i cant download from android market

  • marook khan

    I have problem with google maps its dosnt show my exact location.updated t o 4.1.2

  • Sanket Bhalodia

    I Install it and working fine till now…thanxx bro for this info..

  • kev

    Please help me.. i’m getting error on my phone. Mobile data cannot be turned back on again. It says: OMACP has stopped working. Already entered network settings but still unable to use mobile data.. help me

  • oxyz88

    mine was done.

    but, now i cann’t use Mobile Data.
    Pop-ups: “Insert SIM CARD to use mobile data” (or something like that, i forgot.)
    now, i downgrading to GB. and gonna install JB theme.


    • Thomas

      i have the same issue, did internet work again after installing gb?

    • jhay

      do wipe factory! and it will work fine

    • oxyz88

      Hai. i forgot about my problem. but, as i remember, do 2 wipe on recovery mode would help. i forgot what wipe is that~

  • Saravanan B

    dude, thank you very much..
    I updated my Samsung Galaxy S Advance to jelly bean…
    it is awesome..

    really really good…….

  • Bandit

    After preforming all above Odin gave me the pass, my phone was off by then (yes battery was full), now i can’t get my phone to boot at all. HELP

  • Azyguitar

    works perfoectly fine :))) i love you!!! hahah

    • Gulshan

      i love you tooo 😛

  • pritish

    Its working fine but during video play runing giving some problem !
    mobile hangout also in problem in youtube please help !

    • JERRY

      Yes i am also having the same issue ..

    • Akshay

      I am also having same issue

  • Anu

    Followed all the steps. Still no update.

  • vpzubair

    wonderful simple procedure at last my s advance got jb

  • gothwal

    Dear sir, I am encountering some glitches in video playback after
    upgrading my s advance to JELLYBEAN. Also the ph. Is getting hanged if
    multiple operations are being run……plz help

  • a

    Dear sir, I am encountering some glitches in video playback after
    upgrading my s advance to JELLYBEAN. Also the ph. Is getting hanged if
    multiple operations are being run……plz help

  • shamsu

    great ..working properly

  • iyan

    Followed all steps and hang all the time… after factory data reset, its much better performance but still i find hang on some application like camera, chat application n others… is there any way to make it faster like before upgrade

  • masaad

    thus it void our warranty

  • Péter Bodó

    After the upgrade the ping respose time on wifi is bad the reposen time is 300 ms towards wifi router. From huawei smart phone is 1 ms.

  • pb

    I have got a question..?
    If I install I9070XXLPZ firmware on my S Advance through Odin.. Will I automatically get the I9070XXLQ4 update ?

  • Nightfly

    I followed the instructions, everythig was fine ODIN says OK. Then tried to rebbod the phone and it’s dead.
    Completely dead. No restore mode, not turning on.

    • Ase

      and I just happened … I did the update on a I9070-P (NFC), the only solution was to take him to the service

  • Martin

    It worked great…Just installed jelly bean…Thank you man

  • Medasculo

    I tried the upgrade on two different phones bought on the same country (Hong Kong). However, while the upgrade was successful on one the first time, on the second phone the upgrade fails (no baseband problem). Experts out there: any idea why it always fails on the second phone being exactly as the other.

  • I followed all the steps and everything is ok. The only problem i have right now is battery life. When i had gingerbread, battery life was 4-5 days in standby and about 2 days with use, now i barely have 1 day of battery life with use, powersaving mode enabled, i even did a factory reset, installed 5 apps and i always clear ram memory and close any running programs when i finish using it. Any recomandations? And can i install back gingerbread?


    After updation my phone is getting hanged several times. What i should do …?

    • Akshay

      Same problem I am also facing

    • Faheem

      Use Cleaner Master and clean all the cache.. Its bcoz the GB cache still exists.. Try , it workd for my galaxy Note..!

  • saily

    the link is not workin i cant download the jellybean wat do i p.s ive tried it a couple of times and still its saying that the file is not there it doesnt cum up

  • larkim

    Really easy to do, worked without any problems for me. Only “heart in mouth” moment was that it took about 25 minutes on first re-boot whilst dispaying “Upgrading media database”. I just left it, and eventually it completed and booted the phone. Perhaps the phone feels a little sluggish now, not sure. One thing I am disappointed to have lost is the “Action Shot” feature of the camera in the 2.3.6 Gingerbread. And I’ve not been able to find an app to replace that!

  • Akshay

    After Installing Jelly beans, Alarm Snooze sometimes not working properly. Mobile just start ringing & stops in 1 second & then again snooze mode activated

  • bs

    Game is hanging aftr update

  • Catalin

    thank you. it worked and it did not need restore.

  • veronica real

    I recommend India Rom for the I9070 , i have tried several, German, brasilian and Indian. The one that works perfectly fast, lo lags, no frizzes , is the Indian. If you try it will note the difference!! You can download it here http://adf.ly/QMpyU Wish i could help you!!

  • JHAY

    i prefer everyone not to upgrade to jb, it really gives you aheadache, and if you wish to downgrade? its not that easy, so i advice everyone to keep it as GINGERBREAD!

  • GS

    which one is better? XXLQG or XXLQ4??

  • salih


  • Harish Kumar

    which has better performance and features gingerBread or jellybean on this device?