Samsung just made available the official Jelly Bean 4.2.2 XXUAMFA firmware for the Galaxy Tab 3 WiFi version – that’s model number P5210, so those interested can anytime flash the Android OS on their tablets. Take note that this guide will describe the manual flashing method, so you will manually update your Tab 3 to stock Android 4.2.2 XXUAMFA OS. The software is also OTA available but in limited markets only therefore if you own the WiFi variant of the tablet and want to get the latest Android ROM then follow and complete this step by step guide.
As mentioned the XXUAMFA software represents the official JB 4.2.2 update, so you will be installing your Galaxy Tab 3 with the stock Android OS. The firmware also comes with the latest features, apps and capabilities available along with several bug fixes for improving and updating the Android experience that runs on your device. Therefore, if you need the latest JB platform, the XXUAMFA system is what you should use.
Now, it’s important to know that if you have rooted your handset or installed the same with a custom ROM firmware, you won’t be able to receive and apply official updates. So, since this is an official software, if you have unchained your device, then you will not be able to flash the JB 4.2.2 XXUAMFA OS on your Galaxy Tab 3 WiFi P5210. Anyway, after applying the stock ROM you will be able to revoke the root access, so your device will be restored to its initial state: you will receive and apply the further OTA updates.
Furthermore, if you have voided the Tab 3 warranty, now you will be able to restore the same. The best is that this guide is compatible with both rooted and un-rooted handsets, so you don’t have to worry about anything. In order to make all the aspects clear, on this operation Odin will be used – Odin is developed and offered by Samsung, so you are performing an official update procedure (a manual one) and using dedicated tools for completing the same.
Now, even though a root handset isn’t required, you still have to prepare some things before heading to the flashing process. First, you need to backup the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 data. The data might get corrupted while using Odin, which means that you can lose important data like messages, call logs, EFS, internet settings, market apps and so on. Also, if you do have a rooted device that’s installed with a custom recovery image, use the recovery tool and make a Nandroid backup.
Then, as usual, when dealing with manual updates procedures, a computer (Windows running) will be required. Of course the USB cable of your tablet will be used too as you need to connect your Tab 3 with the PC. Next, you should deactivate the security protection from both tablet and computer and you should also enable the USB debugging option from your device – go to “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”. Remember that this guide is compatible only with the WiFi version of the Galaxy Tab 3 – which is model number P5210.
Finally, install Samsung KIES in your computer as you will have to flash the Galaxy Tab 3 drivers on the same; else you will not be able use Odin for updating to official Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean XXUAMFA firmware.
How to Update Galaxy Tab 3 P5210 (WiFi version) to Official JB 4.2.2 XXUAMFA Firmware
- First of all, go here and download the update file on your computer.
- Unzip the file on desktop.
- Then, download, unzip and install Odin – use the link from here.
- Also, run Odin on your PC.
- Remember that the Tab 3 drivers must be installed on your PC.
- Boot your tablet in download mode.
- In order to do that, turn off the device; then reboot by pressing and holding the Power, Volume Down and Menu buttons at the same time.
- Use the USB cord and plug it in for connecting the tablet with the computer (Odin must be running on your PC).
- Once the connection establish, on Odin you must notice: the “added” message and the ID:COM section which should be yellow or blue.
- If not, you will have to re-install the drivers and to repeat the steps from above.
- Now, from Odin, select the option named “PDA”.
- From the menu that opens you need to pick the update file from the desktop.
- Then, you need to click on “start”.
- And in the end (the “pass” message will be displayed), you need to unplug the USB cable and reboot your device.
Well, after completing the guide, when you will reboot your handset, it might get stuck in a boot loop. If that happens, you will have to: reboot by pressing Power, Menu and Volume Up buttons – for reaching recovery mode. Then, from recovery you need to select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. Finally, for ending the procedure, choose “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.
Also, you might notice that Odin is stuck and this while you are trying to apply the steps explained above. In that case, you will have to disconnect the devices, force restart the Tab 3, close Odin, reinstall the drivers and repeat the update operation from the beginning.
That should be all. Your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 should now be running on latest and official Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean XXUAMFA OS. You might want to test the firmware in order to see how it performs; share your impressions with us and with others who might need or want to read a proper opinion about the JB 4.2.2 software.