Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 Gets Latest Android 4.2.2 UBUAMDG Jelly Bean Official Firmware [How to Install Manually]
Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 Gets Latest Android 4.2.2 UBUAMDG Jelly Bean Official Firmware

Samsung recently rolled out its latest official Jelly Bean update, Android 4.2.2 UBUAMDG, for Galaxy S4 GT-I9500. The new official firmware reportedly brings a host of bug-fixes and feature enhancements over its previous build.

The firmware is now downloadable via Samsung KIES or as an OTA update in select countries. However, those who missed the OTA update notification and those who are residing outside the supported countries can manually download and install the same using our step-by-step guide given below.

Android 4.2.2 UBUAMDG Jelly Bean Firmware Details



Version: 4.2.2

Date: May, 2013

Key Points to Note

  • Android 4.2.2 UBUAMDG firmware and instructions provided in this guide are limited to theGalaxy S4 GT-I9500 model only. Do not attempt this procedure on any other device, as it may inadvertently damage or brick the device. Verify the device's model number by navigating to Settings > About Phone.
  • Back up important data and settings on the phone
  • Root access to the device will be lost soon after installing the official firmware. Just re-root the device to regain full system access and be able to install third-party root apps, custom ROMs and latest system tweaks.
  • Ensure the correct USB drivers are installed for the phone on computer (download Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 USB drivers)
  • Make sure the phone's battery has at least 80% charge to prevent unexpected device shutdown during firmware installation
  • Enable USB Debugging mode on the phone by navigating to Settings > Developer Options (if device runs Android 4.0 or later) or go to Settings > Applications > Development (if running Android 2.3 or earlier)
  • If "MD5 hash value is invalid" error message appears in Odin, just re-download the official firmware.
  • Instructions provided in this guide are meant for reference purpose only. IBTimes UK will not be held liable if device is damaged or data is lost, during or after firmware installation. Users must proceed at their own risk.


How to Update Galaxy S4 I9500 to Official Android 4.2.2 UBUAMDG Jelly Bean Firmware

1. Extract the downloaded firmware zip file to receive a .tar.md5 file and some other files.

2. Extract Odin zip file to obtain Odin3 v3.07.exe along with few other files.

3. Switch off the phone and wait for vibration (about 5 to 6 seconds) to confirm complete device shutdown.

4. Now, boot the phone into Download Mode by pressing and holding down Volume Down and Home buttons together while simultaneously tapping the Power button. When a "Warning!" message appears on screen, hit Volume Up button to progress into Download Mode.

5. Launch Odin3 v3.07.exe (see Step 2) as an Administrator, as Admin privileges is required to complete the process smoothly.

6. Now connect the phone to computer via USB cable. When the ID: COM box turns yellow with the corresponding COM port number, it indicates that the device is added or connected successfully.

7. Choose the following files in Odin using respective checkbox options, from I9500UBUAMDG firmware folder:

  • Click the PDA checkbox, and choose the '.tar.md5' file (mandatory)
  • Select the Phone checkbox, and click the file named 'modem' (ignore if the file is not found)
  • Choose the CSC checkbox, and choose the file named 'CSC' (ignore if the file is missing)
  • Tap the PIT checkbox, and select the .pit file (ignore if there is no such file)

8. In Odin, enable Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options by selecting the checkboxes. But, the Re-Partition checkbox should be chosen, only if a .pit file was used in the previous step.

9. Verify that Step 7 and Step 8 are done correctly before proceeding. Now, hit the START button to begin the firmware flashing process.

10. Once the firmware flashing is complete, your phone will automatically reboot and soon a PASS message with green background appears in the left-most box at the very top Odin. You can now unplug the USB cable to disconnect your device from computer.

Congratulations! Your Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 is now running on Android 4.2.2 UBUAMDG Jelly Bean official firmware. Go to Settings > About phone to verify the firmware installed.

Fix Boot Loop Issue:

If the phone is stuck at boot animation or facing boot loops after Step 10, then go to recovery mode (press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together) and perform Wipe data/Factory Reset and Wipe Cache Partition task before choosing reboot system now. Note: In recovery mode use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power key to select an option. Please note that performing data wipe task will erase your device's internal memory and not external SD card data.

[Source: Android Jinn]