Samsung rolled out a new official Android 4.0.4 ICS update for the P680o Galaxy Tab 7.7 and now you can install it manually on your device in case you’re tired of waiting for the OTA release. Read the info listed in this article and you will learn how to properly update your Galaxy Tab 7.7 to XXLQ1 4.0.4 ICS firmware using the manual method.
The XXLQ1 firmware updates your device to the latest Android 4.0.4 ICS version and it will improve multiple features and functions such as data management, multitasking, user interface etc. This guide will teach you how to manually flash this official Samsung update on your Galaxy Tab 2 without risking any damage. If you update your device with the XXLQ1 firmware you will revoke root access for your device. There are some Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablets that received the OTA update, but there are also numerous other devices that didn’t get the OTA notification and now this guide can be used to download and install Android 4.0.4 ICS official update.
First thing that you need to do is to read the instructions listed in the preparation guide and learn how to successfully configure your tablet so that you’ll manage to update it from your first try. Here’s what you need to do:
- XXLQ1 firmware update can be applied only on Galaxy Tab P6800 WiFi + 3G model devices. Do not attempt to install it on the P6810 tablet, as it won’t work and you might end up bricking it. Check the device’s model number by opening Settings and opening ‘About tablet’ menu.
- Install Samsung KIES on your computer to install the Samsung USB Drivers for your device. After the drivers were installed successfully you should close Samsung KIES program as it shouldn’t be running while you’re flashing the new firmware files.
- Backup all important data stored on your device so that you won’t lose it during the update. Move these files on your device’s internal or external SD card, as these won’t be changed.
- Backup the APN Settings, SMS, Call Logs and installed applications using these Android tools: AppBAK for Android apps backups | SMS backup & restore | Call Logs backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore.
- Sync your contacts with your Gmail account.
- Create a full ROM backup so that in case this update won’t apply successfully you will then be able to use CWM Recovery or ROM manager to restore the previous backup. However, this can be done only with rooted devices. Also, note that by installing this firmware update you will lose the root access.
- Apply the update only if you’re an advanced Android user and you know your way around Odin.
- Disable all the antivirus applications that are running on your PC so that you’ll prevent them from blocking the update.
- Charge the phone’s battery until it goes over 70% and this means that it won’t power OFF during the firmware update process.
- Enable USB Android Debugging option.
- Note that we cannot be held responsible in case you brick the phone or you lose data while installing the XXLQ1 firmware on your Galaxy Tab 7.7. You’re installing the update at your own risk and you should create a full backup of the currently installed ROM. If you have any extra questions, you should use the comments field to post them.
That’s all you need to know and now you should move to the tutorial guide and learn how to properly install the Android 4.0.4 ICS XXLQ1 firmware on your tablet device. Don’t skip any steps listed in the tutorial and make sure that you know how to use ODIN application.
How to update Galaxy Tab 7.7 to XXLQ1 ICS Firmware:
- Download the XXLQ1 Android 4.0.4 ICS zip firmware file from HERE. Save it on your PC and extract its contents into a new folder. you should get a ‘.tar.md5’ or a ‘.tar’ file and you should leave it like that.
- Download Odin v1.85 zip from HERE. Save the zip on your PC and when the download is complete, proceed to extract its contents into the folder created at step 1.
- Power OFF your Galaxy Tab 7.7 device as you’ll need to boot into download mode.
- Enter Download Mode on Galaxy Tab 7.7 by holding the following buttons simultaneously: volume down + power. When the screen powers on you should release the Power key, but continue keeping the Volume Down button pressed until you see the caution alert. Confirm that you want to boot into Download Mode by pressing Volume Up. Now your device will boot into download mode and you should move to the next step.
- Run ODIN executable.
- Connect the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 to your PC using the USB connection cable and Odin will then display the ‘added’ confirmation message. In case ODIN doesn’t say ‘added’ then it means that the Samsung USB drivers aren’t installed and you should return to the preparation guide and download KIES to install them. Also, remember that KIES shouldn’t be open when ODIN is running. If everything works then continue the update process.
- Click the ‘PDA’ button in ODIN and select the ‘.tar.md5’ file and load it. Leave all other Odin options unchanged.
- Press START and Odin utility will start to install the Android 4.0.4 ICS XXLQ1 firmware update on your Galaxy Tab 7.7 device.
- When the update is complete, ODIN will display a confirmation message and your tablet will restart automatically. When the Samsung Logo appears you’re free to disconnect the device from your PC. That’s it, now your tablet will boot into normal mode and you’re free to customize and test the new firmware update.
NOTE: If ODIN cannot complete the installation you should unplug the tablet from your PC, close ODIN, remove the tablet’s battery, re-insert it back in its location, power ON the tablet and boot again into Download Mode. Continue the tutorial starting with step 4. Re-apply all files and you should eventually manage to update the device with this latest ICS official firmware.
These were all the instructions that I had for your and I hope that you’ve managed to update your device with this brand new official Android 4.0.4 ICS XXLQ1 firmware. Root enthusiasts should return to our website in the near future as we will create a working guide that will help you gain root access for your device and so you will be able to flash new custom ROMs and other root-based applications. Use the comments section to post extra questions regarding Galaxy Tab 7.7, Android 4.04. ICS and new official firmware updates.