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Update Galaxy S3 I9300 to XXUGNH4 Android 4.3 Official Firmware

XXUGNH4 Android 4.3 is the latest Jelly Bean firmware that can be installed on the Galaxy S3 I9300. The time where we had hopes from Samsung on updating this mega phone to KitKat has passed however, Samsung will keep on releasing similar maintenance updates. KitKat is not a dead-end on this flagship, you can experience it by installing an Android 4.4.4 KitKat custom ROM. With this update we hope to see increased compatibility with latest apps, bug fixes and minor enhancements. I9300XXUGNH4 has already been made available on Samsung KIES and OTA (Over-the-air) update. Sadly, this firmware is branded and has only been released to few regions. Another dead-end? Fortunately no, you can still get this update through our guide by manually updating your Galaxy S3 I9300 to XXUGNH4 Android 4.3 official firmware and also root this firmware!

As we continue below, we will guide you through every step on how to install XXUGNH4 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on Galaxy S3 I9300 using ODIN, which is the flash tool used in this and every Samsung mobile update guide, and also showing you how to backup your important data. Don’t forget to backup all your apps and personal data to assure safety. This firmware update has only released in Russia yet, but Samsung should be starting to roll out this update to other regions very soon. Apps are important but just as important is your personal data such as photos, downloads and documents so a backup for them only seems logical. Let’s continue with the tutorial now.

Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 - XXUGNH4 Android 4.3

Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Android 4.3 XXUGNH4 Firmware Details:

Model: GT-I9300
Model name: GALAXY S III
Country: Netherlands (Vodafone)
Version: Android 4.3
Changelist: 2735602
Build date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:47:53 +0000
Product Code: VDF

Android 4.4.4 ROM: For those interested, you can now also install Android 4.4.4 KitKat ROM on the Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300. Read the tutorial here!

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for this phone, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

Previous Jelly Bean official firmware tutorials for Galaxy S III:

Samsung Galaxy S3 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy S3 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Galaxy S3 USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. You can now head over to the next page and update Galaxy S3 I9300 to Android 4.3 XXUGNH4 official firmware update.

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Taimur Akmal

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