Samsung has officially announced the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S4 I9500 Exynos 5 model. The update is now live and it is being pushed for several regions. If you didn't get the OTA Update notification in your region, then you can use this tutorial and learn how to install the update successfully without bricking your device.

This update brings several new functions and improvements that enhance your overall Android experience. The first thing that you need to do, is to read the guidelines below, as these will teach you how to properly prepare your device for the updating process. Here's what you need to know:

  • use this post only with the Samsung Galaxy S4 model number I9500. This is the Exynos 5 Octa version and not the Snapdragon 600 phone.
  • don't attempt to upgrade any other Galaxy S4 variants with the files you find in this post.
  • during the updating process you might lose important data, which is why you should create backups before getting to the tutorial.
  • make sure that you have the Samsung USB Drivers installed on your PC. If you don't, then you can download them from HERE.
  • disable any antivirus applications from running on your computer.
  • disable the Samsung KIES software before connecting your phone with your PC.
  • make sure that your phone's battery is charged and that it won't power off in the middle of the updating process.
  • enable USB Debugging from your device's Developer Options menu.
  • this is a tutorial for advanced Android users and you shouldn't attempt to use this guide in case you're a beginner.
  • read the entire post before starting the update.
  • do not skip any steps listed below.
  • we cannot be blamed in case you lose data or you brick your device in the process.
  • if you cannot complete the update, then you should ask for extra help in comments.

Now that you know all of above, continue to the next part of this post and learn how to properly update your device with a stock and official Jelly Bean OTA Update manually.

How to flash Android 4.2.2 XXUBMG1 Jelly Bean firmware for Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500:

  1. Download the XXUBMG1 zip file from HERE.
    > save the file on your PC.
  2. Extract the contents from the zip and save them on your computer.
  3. Download Odin3 v3.07 from HERE. When the download is complete, extract its contents and place them on your computer.
  4. Next, power off your smartphone completely.
  5. Next, boot it into Download Mode.
    > if you don't know how to enter Download Mode, learn here.
  6. Launch Odin exe on your PC.
  7. Connect your device with your computer via USB cable.
    > when the phone is recognized by Odin you'll see the 'Added!!' alert confirmation.
    > if the device isn't recognized, then you will be forced to re-install the Samsung USB Drivers or change between USB ports.
  8. Now, go to Odin window, click the PDA button and then browse your PC for the file extracted in step 2. It should be a .tar.md5 firmware file, load it into Odin.
    > don't change any other default settings.
    > make sure that Re-Partition is not enabled.
  9. When you're ready, simply press the START button for the updating process to begin.
  10. Wait several minutes for the update to be completed and you'll receive confirmation when Odin shows the 'PASS' message.
  11. The phone restarts and you can unplug it from your computer.
  12. Wait for the phone to boot into normal mode and then take control over your device.
  13. Test all the new features and then tell us in comments if your device runs better with the new OS.

NOTE: if ODIN fails the installation, then you should repeat the entire tutorial once again, but first you should re-install the Samsung USB Drivers and make sure that every thing is set for the update.

NOTE: if odin says that the installation has 'passes', but the phone doesn't go past the Samsung boot animation, then you will need to apply 'factory reset' from Recovery Mode screen. Power off the phone completely, boot it into Recovery Mode and apply 'wipe data/factory reset' option. Then you need to reboot the device and it will load the normal mode. This process will wipe the contents from your device and you need to re-enter the Google Account details before using the phone again at full capacity.

If you have any other questions, use the comments field below.

If you're planning on rooting your smartphone, then you should follow the instructions that I have listed in this post here. Also, in order to install a custom Recovery, then you simply need to use GooManager or ROM Manager apps from Google Play Store. The GooManager app can be used to flash the TWRP Recovery, while the ROM Manager is used for CWM Recovery / CWM Touch Recovery.

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