Yet another Samsung high-end device is receiving the latest December 2018 security patch. The Galaxy Tab S4 is currently receiving this OTA in certain markets while other regions will be added gradually during the following period. Therefore, the T830XXU2ARK4 and T835XXU2ARK4 firmware builds are available for the Wi-Fi and LTE models of the original Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, firmwares which can also be manually installed via Odin – yes, the full software package can be now downloaded from online sources.

Therefore, if you missed the OTA roll out, or if your tablet cannot receive the December 2018 Security Patch by air, now you can choose to manually set up the latest update released by Samsung by using the Odin utility. Thus, shortly, you can choose to speed things up if the OTA isn’t yet available for your tablet, or you can apply the update right away if your handset was rooted or installed with a custom ROM firmware. Either way, the steps explained below will work perfectly for you and for your beloved Galaxy Tab S4.

The update is fully stable and will ensure a great and smooth Android experience on your Samsung branded tablet. Additionally, the firmware brings important bug fixes and stability improvements along with essential security patches. But, don’t expect to receive new features and other similar improvements as this is a minor OTA and not a major OS switch.

Manually installing the December 2018 Security patch will restore your tablet to factory settings. Shortly, if tweaks were applied now you will manage to bring everything back to stock state – in the end the root access will be revoked, the stock recovery image reinstalled, the blootloader relocked and bloatware re-applied. Restoring your device back to stock state has other advantages too – for example, you can use this step by step update tutorial as a troubleshooting solutions which can help you successfully fix the most common Android software related issues that might cause malfunctions on your Galaxy Tab S4: boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating problems, signal strength issues, total blackouts and similar other problems.

Odin is a dedicated program developed by Samsung and designed to work of update operations. Thus, using this program for manually setting up the December 2018 security patch can be done without experiencing any additional problems. You won’t have to use any other third party and risky tools and you don’t have to worry about losing your tablet’s warranty while following the guidelines explained below.

Just be careful and complete a general backup first as in rare situations you might end up in losing files in the end – that’s unlikely to happen but since we’re discussing about sensible data, the best is to be precautious. So, backup your Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 and secure your personal data, info, accounts and files: contacts, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder or IMEI / NVRAM data. Don’t worry, saving your files can be done easily by using different backup and restore solutions such as: sync your files with your Google account, use built-in cloud storage services, download dedicated backup and restore apps from Google Play or use an external storage device.

A computer is required if you want to manually update your Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 with the December 2018 Security patch. On that computer your tablet’s drivers must be set up first – in that respect you can use the Samsung KIES toolkit.

On your tablet you must have Developer Options enabled – go to About Device and tap repeatedly on Built Number until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message. Also, access Developer Options from General Settings and check the USB Debugging option.

Finally, check the power that’s left on your Samsung Galaxy Tab S4. It’s important to charge your tablet before installing the December 2018 Security Patch if that power is currently lower than 50% - if the power is low your device can get turned off during the update process and if a sudden shut down happens you can end up in experiencing different software related problems.

Manually Install December 2018 Security Patch on Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

  1. Download the December 2018 security patch that’s available for your Galaxy Tab S4 – get the file for the Wi-Fi model or for the LTE version from this page.
  2. Save the update file on desktop.
  3. Then, on your computer download Odin – run the executable file and just follow on-screen prompts for setting up the flashing program.
  4. Remember to install the Tab S4 drivers before doing anything else.
  5. Now, switch off your tablet and reboot its system into download mode: it can be done by pressing and holding, simultaneously, the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons.
  6. On your computer launch Odin.
  7. Connect your tablet with your computer with the help of your handset’s USB cable.
  8. Once you do that on Odin you should see the ‘added’ message displayed and the ID:COM field in yellow or in blue; if that’s not happening, reinstall the Galaxy Tab S4 drivers on your computer and retry the steps from above.
  9. On the flashing program click on the AP button and afterwards load the December 2018 security patch from desktop.
  10. When asked make sure that the Re Partition and Auto Reboot options aren’t selected.
  11. And finally, click on Start – now the update operation will be automatically completed.
  12. Wait until the ‘pass’ message is displayed; at the same time the ID:COM field will be turned green.
  13. Close Odin, remove the USB cable and reboot your Galaxy Tab S4.

The most common issues that can be experienced and how to fix them without hassle

Sometimes, while trying to complete the steps from above, Odin gets stuck. Well, if you end up in dealing with such problem don’t panic, just follow: close the flashing program and close its associate processes (do that from Task Manager – press the Ctrl+Alt+Del keyboard combination); disconnect your tablet from your computer; force-restart your Android based device; reinstall your tablet’s drivers on your PC; repeat the update steps from above as this time everything should work without further problems.

In other rare situations during the last reboot your tablet might end up into a boot loop (the last reboot will take a while but a boot loop is not a normal behavior). Well, in that case you need to follow: reboot recovery mode on your Android powered device (press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons for a short while); from recovery mode choose to make a hard reset and clear app data cache by selecting ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’; when done, go back to main menu of recovery and pick ‘reboot system now’.

There you have it. Those are the steps that must be followed if you want to manually set up the December 2018 Security patch on your Samsung Galaxy Tab S4. If you have questions or if you need our further assistance don’t hesitate and contact us through the comments field from below – use the same section for sharing your update experience with us and with the other users who might want to use our step by step update guide. Enjoy.

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