Samsung had just made available the official update for the Galaxy S Plus GT I9001, the value pack Gingerbread 2.3.6, dubbed as XXKQD ROM. So, if you want to install the latest Android OS available for your S Plus, then all you have to do is to complete the present step by step guide. The firmware can be OTA applied but only on limited markets, therefore during the next few lines I have described the manual procedure, so that anyone who owns the Galaxy S Plus, model number GT I9001, will now be able to flash the Gingerbread 2.3.6 XXKQD update.
And since there will not be any Ice Cream Sandwich, or Jelly Bean official updates released by Samsung for your Galaxy S Plus due hardware limitations, this represents the perfect opportunity for those who are looking forward in getting a stable and bugs free Android platform. Of course you can anytime learn how to install an Android 4.0 or 4.1 based custom ROM suitable for your phone (you have suitable tutorials explained here on Android.gs, just search through our how to section for the same), but these upgrades are usually unstable and with major issues. Also, the warranty will get void once you decide to apply an unofficial ROM, so you can even end up in bricking your smartphone.
All this can be prevented by updating the S Plus with an official OS, or with the stock ROM, in our case, the value pack Gingerbread 2.3.6 XXKQD firmware. Furthermore, by completing this tutorial you can restore the lost warranty (this if your phone is currently running a beta software), though the factory restriction will once more be installed on your device. That means the root access (if it was previously gained) will be revoked and the bootloader relocked. Also, as the Gingerbread update is being released by Samsung only for your Galaxy S Plus, you don’t have to root your device for being able to manually install the same.
We will use Odin for the flashing process, which is a dedicated tool designed especially for these kind of operations (more about this will be presented during the proper steps). Now even though this is an official ROM, it is recommended to backup the Plus data first. This because, you will manually flash the firmware; the OTA variant don’t requires the backup. You can save almost everything from your phone, the contacts, the messages, the market apps, the call logs, the EFS folder and more. For suitable backup and restore how to guides you can anytime use our previous tutorials.
Then, as you can already tell, you need to have access to a Windows running computer. On the same you will have to download and install Odin. This implies in having access to the phone USB cord too. Next, on the computer you will use and your handset deactivate the security tools (antivirus included). Enable the USB debugging option on your device by going to “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging” and checking the last option. In the end ensure that the S Plus has enough battery life (minimum 60%) for staying “alive” during the installation procedure. Don’t apply the next steps for a similar handset with the mentioned phone as you will risk in bricking your Android based device.
How to Manually Update Galaxy S Plus to Official Gingerbread 2.3.6 XXKQD ROM
- On your computer download Odin and the update package from here.
- Extract Odin and the update file.
- On the computer open Odin.
- Turn off the phone and then reboot in download mode.
- You can reach the download mode by pressing the Volume Down rocker key while holding on the Power button.
- Now, you can connect the device with the computer by using its USB cord.
- Once you do that, on Odin, the “added” message should be displayed.
- Also, the ID:COM section should be yellow.
- If not try to reinstall the proper drivers on your PC and then redo the up mentioned steps.
- On Odin click on the “PDA” option and then select the “I9001XXKQD_I9001ODDKP5_I9001DDKP9_HOME.tar.md5” file.
- Next, click on “start”.
- Wait until the process ends.
- When done, the phone should reboot automatically and on Odin you should see the “pass” message displayed.
- You can now unplug the USB cord and disconnect your phone from the computer.
So, there you have it; now you know how to manually update your Samsung Galaxy S Plus model number GT I9001 to the official value pack Gingerbread 2.3.6 XXKQD ROM. Remember that by flashing the same you can restore the warranty and apply the stock ROM so it will be a good idea to bookmark this page so that you can use it whenever you need to. In the end, share your impressions with us and tell us how things worked with the above explained step by step guide. Also, subscribe to us for receiving the latest Android news and tutorials.