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Update Galaxy S4 I9500 to XXUGNI2 Android 4.4.2 Stock Firmware

Galaxy S4 I9500, Octa-Core variant, users can now install XXUGNI2 Android 4.4.2 update from Samsung. This firmware is currently available for specific Asian regions such as Sri-Lanka. As it is based on the same Android version, nothing major is changed. Only that, you would be noticing some performance enhancements along with better battery life. Like we stated previously, not all will get this update straight from Samsung KIES or even OTA (Over-the-air) update. In order to get around this, you would have to follow our guide which discloses all the details needed for upgrading your phone manually. It sure sounds lengthy and complicated but rest assured, it is very easy if you read all of steps and follow them completely. This tutorial is eligible for any S4 owner. Along with serving as an update process, this guide also allows for overcoming boot-loops or returning to stock after a custom ROM isntall. Galaxy S4 I9500 can be easily updated to XXUGNI2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat official firmware via our easy guide — and for those who have already installed, you can root this firmware.

As you continue reading below, we will guide you how to install XXUGNI2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat on Galaxy S4 I9500 using ODIN. Please note, XXUGNI2 Android 4.4.2 firmware is an official firmware by Samsung, not a custom or modified firmware hence we won’t require you to install custom recovery. We have also given some tips on how to backup your phone data and have given some other important tips. Don’t forget to backup all your apps and personal data as a precaution. Before we actually begin, it is important you backup all of your stuff including all the personal data such as photos and downloads.  Let’s continue with the tutorial now.

Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 - XXUGNI2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware

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 4.4.2 XXUGNI2 Firmware Details:

Model: GT-I9500
Model name: GALAXY S4
Country: Sri Lanka
Version: Android 4.4.2
Changelist: 2862327
Build date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:18:19 +0000
Product Code: SLK

You might find these following Galaxy S4 I9500 related articles interesting:

If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Galaxy S4 I9500, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

Samsung Galaxy S4 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 S4 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Galaxy S4 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 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 below and update Galaxy S4 I9500 to Android 4.4.2 XXUGNI2 official firmware update.

How to Install XXUGNI2 Android 4.4.2 on Galaxy S4 I9500

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to update Samsung Galaxy S4 to Android 4.4.2 XXUGNI2. If you are used to installing official updates through ODIN on Samsung Galaxy devices, then this should not be any different for you.

Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing on your device.

ODIN3 v3.09

To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500. Please don’t try this on any other variants of the phone.
  • I9500XXUGNI2 is an official firmware by Samsung for the Galaxy S4 I9500.
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.
  • Double check and read the tips on the previous page once again to make sure everything is in order.

Rooting Warning: This is an official Android 4.4.2 build XXUGNI2 update for Galaxy S4 I9500, which means you will lose root as soon as you install this update. You will again have to root Galaxy S4 to gain full system access and be able to install root apps again. See here: How to Root Galaxy S4 on Android 4.4.2 XXUGNI2 Official Firmware.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download Android 4.4.2 I9500XXUGNI2 for Galaxy S4 to your computer and extract the zip file.

Step 2 – Download ODIN v3.09 which will help you to install Android 4.4.2 on Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500.

Step 3 – Switch OFF your phone. Now go to Download Mode. How? Press and hold the Volume Down + Home buttons together, and then press the Power button till you see the construction Android robot and a triangle. Press Power again to confirm to enter into Download Mode. Read here: How to Enter Download Mode on Samsung Galaxy S4.

Step 4 – Make sure you have your Galaxy S4 USB drivers installed on your computer.

Step 5 – Open ODIN on your computer. Connect your phone to your computer while your phone is in the Download Mode.

Step 6 – If your phone is connected successfully, one of the ID:COM boxes will turn yellow with the COM port number. This step might take some time.

Step 7 – Now select the files that you have to flash/install on your phone. These files are to be found from the extracted files in Step 1.

  • Click on ‘AP/PDA’ and select file with ‘CODE’ in its name.
  • Click on ‘CP/Phone’ and select file with ‘MODEM’ in its name. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
  • Click on ‘CSC’ and select file with CSC’ in its name. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
  • Click on ‘PIT’ and select the .pit file. Ignore this step if there is no such file.

Step 8 – In ODIN, check the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options. As for the Re-Partition option, check it ONLY if you selected a .PIT file in the above step.

Step 9 – Now click on the Start button in ODIN. Installation process will start and would take a few minutes to complete.

Step 10 – After the installation is completed, your phone will restart. After you see the home screen, unplug your phone from the computer.

That’s it. Your Samsung Galaxy S4 has now been updated to Android 4.4.2 build XXUGNI2 firmware update. Go to Settings > About phone to verify.

Now that you have updated to the all new XXUGNI2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware update, you can root your phone from here: How to Root Galaxy S4 on Android 4.4.2 XXUGNI2 Official Firmware.

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