Update Galaxy S4 I9500 to Official JB 4.2.2 XXUBMGA Firmware

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Even though the Android 4.3 OS is out and prepared for most of the Android devices out there, some Jelly Bean 4.2.2 updates are still rolled out. The most recent OTA release is coming from Samsung as we have the JB 4.2.2 XXUBMGA software which has been launched for the Galaxy Grand Duos handsets. The same update has been made available for the Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 smartphones, so by using this step by step guide you will be able to learn how to manually update your Galaxy S4 to stock and official Android 4.2.2 XXUBMGA OS.

The XXUBMGA OTA update is a minor improvement that comes to resolve some bugs and issues from the previous version of the Jelly Bean 4.2.2 firmware that is featured on the Galaxy S4. So, the ROM is stable and comes with the latest features, apps and capabilities available on the market. The XXUBMGA OS will be perfect for those who will want to use a stable release of the Jelly Bean system for their SGS4 handsets, or for those who will need to downgrade to stock software for restoring the warranty or for revoking root access.

We are dealing with an official update, so: you don’t need to have a rooted Galaxy S4 for being able to manually install the JB 4.2.2 XXUBMGA firmware; the tutorial will work on both rooted and un-rooted smartphones; by flashing this software, if your S4 is running a custom ROM, you will be able to restore the warranty; if on your phone Android 4.3 is installed now you can downgrade to Jelly Bean 4.2.2; Odin will be used so you don’t have to operate with custom or unofficial tools.

In order to safely complete this step by step guide you will have to: ensure that your handset has enough battery life left; else it will get turned off in the middle of the flashing operation and you will risk in bricking your device – that’s why, if there is less than 60% power left, plug in the charger. Enable the USB debugging option on your Galaxy S4; you can check the mentioned option by going to “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”. A computer, your SGS4 and its USB cable are being required and on both handset and computer there shouldn’t be any security tools installed – temporarily deactivate the security protection.

Also, backup the S4 data because you might end up in losing the same. Even though Odin will be used, unexpected problems might appear so for avoiding the unpleasant situations save everything that’s important for you. Use suitable backup and restore apps from Google Play and if possible make a Nandroid backup and save the EFS folder.

This tutorial must be applied only by the Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 users as the Android 4.2.2 XXUBMGA Jelly Bean OS is being suitable only with the mentioned smartphone. Flashing the same update on a similar or different device will probably brick your Android based handset.

How to Update Galaxy S4 I9500 to Official JB 4.2.2 XXUBMGA Firmware

  1. Download Samsung KIES on your computer if the Galaxy S4 drivers are not installed and flash the same before going any further.
  2. Then, download Odin.
  3. Save the file on the computer and unzip the package. Next, install and run Odin on your PC.
  4. Also, don’t forget to download the JB 4.2.2 firmware file – get the update from here. Unzip it on your desktop.
  5. Turn off your phone and reboot in download mode.
  6. For download mode press and hold Volume Down, Power and Home buttons.
  7. Connect the S4 with the computer via USB cord.
  8. On Odin the ID:COM should be yellow or blue; also the “added” message should be displayed; if not try to reinstall the drivers on your computer and then re-try the steps from above until everything is working as explained.
  9. From Odin you need to select the “PDA” option.
  10. Select the firmware file from your computer.
  11. Don’t make any other changes on the program.
  12. Click on “start”.
  13. When the flashing process ends (on Odin the ID:COM section will be green and the “pass” message will be displayed) you can unplug the USB cable and reboot your handset.
  14. If there are issues (such as Odin gets stuck or your phone gets stuck in a boot loop) use our step by step guide and learn how to resolve the most common Android issues.

Good job, your Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 is now running on stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean XXUBMGA firmware. Use the comments area from below for sharing your thoughts and impressions with us and stay close as a suitable root method will be developed soon.

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  • umair

    If I want to update my device in the future ! for e.g Key lime pie ? Will i repeat this thing again ? Or i will get the update OTA ?