A new ICS firmware was leaked and now it holds the version number XXDLH8, which means that Samsung should release a new official update for the I9300 Galaxy S3 in the near future. Use the instructions in this article and you will learn how to manually flash the new ICS 4.1 firmware.
The XXDLH8 firmware comes with several bug fixes and it should improve the overall performance of your device. If your an Android enthusiast then you should try this release. Make sure that you create a backup of the important files that are currently stored on your phone. This leaked firmware is based is an early build of the official stock Android 4.1 update and this means that you will lose root access.
In order to correctly install this new firmware update, you will first need to read the instructions listed in the preparation guide. Make sure that you meet all these requirements and only after that you should begin the installation of XXDLH8 firmware on your Galaxy S3:
- install this update only on the Galaxy S3 model number I9300. Check the phone’s version number by opening Settings, then the ‘About device’ menu and check the info listed within the menu.
- Move all the important files to your computer using the USB cable. Make sure that you save the SD card contents, as these will be removed while you’re installing this new firmware update. Move the files on your PC and after the update is complete you will be able to restore them on your PC.
- Sync your Phone contacts with the Gmail account and you won’t lose the phone numbers that are saved on your phone.
- Make sure that your phone’s battery is fully charged.
- Backup your APN Settings and all the other files that you consider to be important for your device.
- Install the KIES software on your PC and this will add the correct Samsung USB drivers. You will need them so that ODIN will recognize your phone and you’ll be able to load the firmware updating files.
- Note that KIES shouldn’t be running while ODIN is opened. If you don’t want to use the KIES software, then you can choose to install manually the USB drivers for your phone: Samsung USB drivers for Windows X86 – 32bit || Samsung USB Drivers for Windows X64 – 64bit.
- Note that we cannot be held responsible in case your device gets bricked or you lose any data during the update.
- Make sure that you read the entire tutorial and that you know what you’re doing before beginning the installation.
- In case you cannot apply the update, please post in the comments section and we will try to help you complete the installation of all XXDLH8 files.
I think that these are all the general instructions that I had for you and if you’ve met all the requirements above, then you can move to the tutorial. Do not skip any of the steps that I have listed in it.
How to update Samsung Galaxy S3 with latest XXDLH8 ICS 4.1 Firmware
- Download the XXDLH Firmware files from HERE or from HERE.
- After the download is complete you should extract the archive. Place the files in a folder on your desktop. After the extraction you will get a ‘.tar.md5’ and ‘odin.zip’ file. You will need to extract further the ODIN zip archive and get the ODIN.exe file.
- In case ODIN is not in the zip archive, then you can download it from HERE. Extract its contents until you get the ODIN executable. When your done with the download and extraction of these files you can move to the next step.
- Power OFF your SGS3 phone and wait for at least 5 seconds to pass after the screen turns off.
- Boot into Download Mode by holding pressed at the same time the following buttons: volume down, home and Power. When the display of SGS3 powers ON you can release the buttons. Press the ‘volume up’ button to boot into Download Mode.
- Go back to your PC and launch the ODIN executable file.
- Connect your Galaxy S3 to your PC using the USB cable. ODIN will say ‘added!!’ and this means that you can move to the next step. In case ODIN doesn’t confirm that the phone was found, then you will have to try to plug the USB cable into a different USB port and see if it works, as otherwise you will need to re-install the Samsung USB drivers.
- Now, in ODIN, click the button that says ‘PDA’. Browse your PC for the ‘XXDLH8_I9300OXADLH8_I9300XXLH8_HOME.tar.md5’, which is the firmware update file. Load this file and then you’ll return to ODIN. Don’t change any of the default ODIN settings. Just make sure that the option called ‘re-partition’ isn’t checked.
- Next, press the START button in ODIN and the XXDLH8 ICS 4.1 firmware update will begin to install on your phone.
- After the install is successful, your phone will restart and ODIN should display a confirmation message saying ‘PASS’. When the Samsung Galaxy S3 boot logo appears you can unplug the phone from your PC.
- Now your phone will restart successfully and you will be able to use your phone once again.
NOTE: In case ODIN freezes or in case it displays a ‘failed installation’ alert, then the update wasn’t installed and you should Close ODIN, disconnect the phone from PC, remove the device’s battery and then re-position it back to its place and then power ON the device into Download Mode. Re-connect the SGS3 device to your PC and repeat the tutorial guide starting with step 7. Retry the installation and now it should work.
NOTE2: In case you phone does get the PASS message and restart, but it gets stuck into a boot loop or it cannot go past the boot logo, then you will need to apply the steps below and perform a Factory Reset. Here’s what you need to do:
- Power off the phone completely.
- Now press and hold simultaneously ‘volume up’ + ‘home’ + ‘power’ buttons and you will release them only when the screen switches ON.
- Your device is now booting into Custom Recovery mode. When you’re in the recovery mode you will need to use the volume buttons to highlight options and the home or power buttons to select the action.
- Select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ and confirm that you wish to apply this change.
- Return to the main custom recovery menu and select ‘reboot system’ option.
- Now your phone will reboot and it should boot into normal mode, allowing to take control over your phone again.
That should do it, now your Galaxy S3 is running the latest leaked Android 4.o.4 XXDLH8 firmware. In case you cannot complete the update, then I strongly recommend you to ask for our help by leaving a comment at the end of this post.