During the past few months, we have showed you several ways in which you can learn how to update your Galaxy S smartphone, by using official and also unofficial operating systems, or custom ROMs. Furthermore, here on Android.gs you can see how to root the Galaxy S that runs several versions of firmware, so you have all it takes in order to take full advantage of your smartphone.
Anyway, news has been leaked about a new update for you. This time it’s an official one, though unfortunately, it’s not the expected Ice Cream Sandwich one. I am referring to the new value pack XWJW5 which will install the Gingerbread 2.3.6 firmware on your Vodafone Galaxy S. The release of the present software is designed to work only on a Vodafone Galaxy S handset and it’s not a Global update. Only the users of Czech Republic can enjoy the XWJW5 pack, so don’t try to apply the same on different Android powered devices as you can damage, or worst wreck its internal system.
Fortunately, installing the value pack XWJW5 Gingerbread 2.3.6 firmware on a Vodafone Galaxy S will not require root access, nor will root your phone. This means that the warranty will not be void, so you have nothing to worry about. The procedure is 100% safe for your handset. If you would like to root your device, you should follow a tutorial that suits the new Gingerbread system, which will be installed on your Galaxy handset; don’t follow any kind of guides because you can wreck your phone.
Now, in order to complete this operation you must do some things first. As usual, it’s necessary to use a Windows / Linux / MAC OS running computer, along with your handset and to its USB cord. Furthermore, be sure you read and also complete the tasks listed below:
- Now it’s more then possible that once you start applying the OS update, the data from your phone to be erased. You can lose the apps downloaded from the Market, the contacts, or the messages. So, backup the Galaxy S first. I recommend to download SMS backup and restore apps for Android.
- Charge the phone’s battery before doing anything.
- If you have security programs enabled on the PC and on the device go and uninstall them. You can reactivate the tools only when you are done.
- In order to use your handset you should enable the USB Debugging . Take your smartphone and go to “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”.
- Remember that you can apply the XWJW5 Gingerbread 2.3.6 firmware only on a Czech Republic Vodafone Galaxy S device.
That’s it with the preparations. You can now begin the proper how to guide. So, let’s see what you have to do in order to succeed.
How to Update Vodafone Galaxy S using the New Value Pack XWJW5 Gingerbread 2.3.6 Firmware
- Download the XWJW5 Zip package from here and place it to your computer.
- Unzip the same. Make sure you obtain the following files: JW5_JV2_JV1; Odin3 v1.83 and SS_DL.dll.
- On the computer open Odin.
- Turn off your phone.
- Reboot it by entering the download mode. This can be achieved by holding down simultaneously the Volume down Key and the Center button while powering it on.
- Then, connect the handset with the PC by using its USB cord.
- On the Odin window, you will see that the section named “ID: COM” will be yellow.
- If not, go to “Settings -> Wireless & Network -> USB Settings”; ensure that “Samsung KIES” option is ticked (this before connecting the phone with the computer).
- Go back on Odin and click on “PDA” and select the file downloaded.
- Then tap on “Start” in order to begin the update.
- In the end the device should reboot on its own.
- Once that happens, disconnect the Galaxy S from the PC and turn it off.
- Reboot it by entering in recovery mode. This can be achieved by holding simultaneously the Volume down Key and the Center button while powering it on.
- In the recovery mode menu you need to select “Wipe data/factory reset” (this is why you need to do a backup) and “Wipe Cache partition” (this will erase the cache from your phone).
- Then, choose “reboot system now”.
- That’s it.
Remember that this is just one OS alternative available for updating your Galaxy S handset. If you don’t like it you can anytime try the other firmwares, which can be found by searching our previous posts. Tell us if the software is working, or if you had problems during the installation process.