Samsung has added another firmware, XXUFNJ1, in it’s Android 4.4.4 KitKat lineup for the Samsung Galaxy S3 I9305. We received the first ever 4.4.4 build few weeks earlier but it’s good to see Samsung quickly following up with another one. Such a huge firmware update brings some major changes like new User Interface modules, drivers and TouchWiz-specific additions. Technically speaking, this build will also address issues which were noticed in the previous update roll out. This LTE Variant is based around the Snapdragon platform with 2GB of RAM which is why Samsung has rolled out KitKat for it over the original Galaxy S3. For some of the readers, this might be their first time hearing about this news. Gladly, we have a full how-to guide to serve your phone with KitKat goodness. Head out to Samsung KIES and OTA(Over-the-air) first and check whether you can get yourself updated from there. Otherwise, you can always trust on our manual tutorial which doesn’t have regional restrictions. We will be addressing each and every step with exquisite detail. Keep in mind that I9305XXUFNJ1 is an official firmware update from Samsung, not a modified or custom ROM. You can install XXUFNJ1 Android 4.4.4 on Galaxy S3 LTE I9305 official KitKat firmware with this easy tutorial and also root it. This is an unbranded firmware which means you wont be getting any extra bloat.
As you continue reading below, we will guide you through the entire process of how to update Galaxy S3 LTE I9305 with XXUFNJ1 Android 4.4.4 KitKat using ODIN flashing tool. We also have some great tips on how to backup your Android devices and some more important tips that you have to keep in mind. Don’t forget to backup all your apps and personal data as a precaution. This firmware is Official Samsung firmware and not a custom ROM thus it won’t be needing a custom recovery like CWM. As with all firmwares, a complete wipe might happen which means you are compiled to back up all of your data including photos, documents and downloads, avoiding any sort of frustration and issues. Let’s continue with the tutorial now.
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Android 4.4.4 XXUFNJ1 Firmware Details:
Model name: GALAXY S III
Version: Android 4.4.4
Build date: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:40:29 +0000
Product Code: XEO
If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Galaxy S3 I9305, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
Looking for the root tutorial? Go to the following link for a detailed tutorial with step-by-step instructions on how to root Galaxy S3 I9305 Android phone:
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:
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:
- Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
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 KitKat.
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.
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All set and ready? Good. You can now head over to the next page and update Galaxy S3 I9305 to XXUFNJ1 Android 4.4.4 official firmware update.