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Samsung Galaxy S firmware update to Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich

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Samsung Galaxy S Update | Dream of Android 4.0 Galaxy S

If you are an unfortunate owner of a Samsung Galaxy S mobile then you have probably known that you are not getting the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich update from Samsung. It is because of their complex Touchwiz launcher which runs over the basic Android they are unable to update it.There is no chance of any Jelly Bean update either.

Samsung Galaxy S Android 4.0 or ICS will be a killer combination!

N.B.: Samsung is giving some ICS smell to the existing Samsung Galaxy S I9000 users. It is not ICS but some functions of ICS in Gingerbread.

According to

“Samsung has just distributed the worst news of this Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade cycle: the popular Galaxy S smartphone that sold 10 million units last year and the 7-inch Galaxy Tab tablet won't be upgraded to Android 4.0. The company's argument is that they lack sufficient RAM and ROM to run the new OS alongside TouchWiz and other "experience-enhancing" software. This will come as a massive blow to the great many users of the Galaxy S, who would have rightly expected the 1GHz Hummingbird processor and accompanying memory to be able to handle ICS — it's the same hardware as you'll find inside the Nexus S, and that phone is receiving Android 4.0 over the air right now.”


Before Update

Before Update

After update

After update

Galaxy S2 ICS Update

So, the Galaxy S users are in the dark forever? No, you have a solution in hand for Galaxy S update. The Samsung Galaxy S software update process we are going to discuss is tested with positive results.

Your mobile is an android device and freedom is the main mantra of Android. So, it is very much possible to update Samsung Galaxy S to ICS. Just follow the simple steps and see the magic.


The ICS ROM is Updated for You! With fully working camera and wi-fi tethering support.

Before jumping to the process of upgrading you must consider these words of caution as follows:

1. If you are a novice android user better to seek an expert’s help to do it.
2. This process is not 100% safe and you should proceed in your own risk. But if you do it rightly chances of any harm to your phone is very low. Don’t blame me afterwards.
3. Charge your phone fully before updating. If the battery empties during the process your phone may become dead.
4. Network locked devices are not recommended for this update.

Samsung Galaxy S Ice Cream Sandwich Update

To update your Galaxy S to Icecream Sandwich you need to follow the steps described below:

Stage I

1.Update your Samsung KIES tool to the latest version (of it is not already done.)

2.Backup all your data before advancing. While backup never use KIES backup tool but use other methods like backing up your Notes in Mail; videos, images and songs in SD card and contacts in outlook etc. Use an app to do better backup of your all files and settings. You may perform a nandroid backup.

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3.You need XXJVU firmware in your phone. Check it in your phone by: Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version. If it is not then update it to XXJVU from here.

4. You also to root your device before advancing. If it is not already done you can go here.

5.Enable USB Debugging on your device from: Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging.

6. Download the main package: Android ICS 4.0.3. Then transfer the zip to your Galaxy S mobile’s SD card.

7.Now disconnect the mobile from the PC by detaching the USB cable.

8.Go to the recovery mood by pressing and holding three switches simultaneously: Volume UP + OK + Power.

9.While in recovery mode, select “Wipe data/factory reset”, “Wipe Cache partition” to clear all the cache present in the device.

10.Select “install zip from sd card” > “choose zip from sd card” and then select the zip file which you placed in the phone “ ”

11.It will take around 15 – 20 minutes for applying this update. After this, you need to select “++++ Go Back ++++” and then select “reboot system now” to reboot the phone.

12.Repeat is necessary if the updating fails.

Now you have an Android 4.0 Samsung Galaxy S device.

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Some Cool Features of Android ICS

1) No need of physical back, home, search and menu buttons.

2) Great multitasking and app switching.

3) Faster than previous Androids.

4) Face Unlock support.

5) Sleek.

6) Re-sizable widgets.

Samsung Galaxy S Quick Info

Samsung Galaxy S was the 2010 flagship of Samsung in response to Apple made iPhone. This phone has a 4 inches super AMOLED screen with 640x800 resolution. It is powered by a 1 GHz Cortex A8 CPU and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU. The handset has a 5MP camera capable of shooting 720p video.

Will this Update Work for Me?

The results show that most of the SGS users who have tried this method got success. So, it can be said that this firmware up-gradation method works.

But for some people the ICS update process fails. There can be many reasons for such failures. The most common reason is that SGS has wild varieties of models with different type of in-built softwares which can create trouble. The users with no experience at all should consult a known person before doing it.

If You Face Problems

Some of the users are facing some problems. In some cases, the Google Play Store is not functioning. In that case, you can install this GApps package. You need to put the zip file on the SD card. After that go to the recovery mode (as stated above) and install the zip from the SD card. I hope that it would help to solve your problems.


Ambsr on May 23, 2015:

What if the phone states no firmware

moodoo on December 30, 2013:

Is it works on Samsung Galaxy S (Anycall) Korean?

Please reply

My firmware is 2.3.4 I want this upgrade too much but I'm afraid of my phone's dead!

himanshu on September 20, 2013:

hey bro help me im confucse how to update

Rundraj on September 18, 2013:

Signature verification failed ... why?

Wicki2005 on August 11, 2013:


Kies still not working! Version

Any idea?

pinappu (author) from India on July 08, 2013:

Happy to help you @Distant Mind.

Distant Mind on July 07, 2013:

This is very useful! on May 06, 2013:

hi how are u? may i help me ,

Kev on April 27, 2013:

This is a bit outdated by now. I just updated my Samsung S I9000 to jellybean. It makes it significantly faster.


does it work on Galaxy S Plus ?

peter best on April 07, 2013:

hi i have successfully updated my phone with this firmware and i think its great but there just one thing and i dont no if its just me but i cant find the settings to change it so when i plug in the comp usb cable it auto opens with kies and not the usb transfer does this firmware not work with kies i was just wondering because at the top you said we must have the latest version of kies. thanks for the rom its great. :-)

Luke on March 14, 2013:

Someone has problem after "wipe data/factory reset", "wipe cache partition" with apply update from sdcard with error E: signature verification falied?

Thank you for answer

Robert on March 13, 2013:

What are the Pro's and Con's of doing this update? Will I still have all my features like the google store, wifi, etc. I have the Samsung Galaxy S 4G

evil on February 22, 2013:

Hi, I followed this post but now my Samsung Galaxy S is boot looping on the google icon. I can't get into recovery or download mode. I'm completely lost. Please help

patwa nauman on January 31, 2013:

is there any problem in rooting the it compulsory to root the phone to install ICS .in step you provided above

Mario on January 13, 2013:

I´ve done all the procedures but now I can't turn on my Galaxy S GT-I9000. I can't get Recovery mode, only Download mode but my PC can't recognise phonetrough USB. HELP PLEASE

Godfrey on January 04, 2013:

Is it alright if I got no SD card ? then I just put zip file to my internal memory, still work?

andy on January 04, 2013:

my PC was blocked and is not finish instal and now i can not power on my phone S Plus

I push all buttons but i see black screen

Can anyone HELLP ME!!!

my id of messenger is HELLP ME please

SoFar on December 25, 2012:

Everything installed and works great EXCEPT my earpiece... mic works, rear speaker works, bluetooth works, earpiece fails. I've read its either the ROM flash or the hardware. I've ordered new hardware and will see if it fixes my Captivate. Anyone with similar issue or fix?

behroz on December 23, 2012:

does it work on samsung galaxy s any call version?

kasun on December 20, 2012:

How to update anycall

kasun on December 20, 2012:

update galaxy anycall android 4.0

Leonardo on December 19, 2012:

Does work in Galaxy S GT I9000B?

PS on December 15, 2012:

Thanks so much. It worked smooth. I only faced one problem for installation looping starting the phone again and gaian in the start of the installation but thanks to one the post which suggested take the SD card out and then it just worked like charm.....Thank you so much. A galaxy S user.

kalhara on December 05, 2012:

Does work m110s phones?

ks on November 20, 2012:

need help my celpho ne i update it and now my two line of the celphobe its not funtioning it just have one line

akasleepy on November 15, 2012:

missed the part about the removing the external sd card and now the phone just reboots wont even let me into recovery mode any thoughts?

Johnny on November 10, 2012:

Does work this on galaxy s plus + :)

Santhosh on November 09, 2012:

I tried to install s 2's software on s using odin now my phone dead wot shud i do ?

vishakha on November 01, 2012:

im having a problem while installing from sd card......

Kiel on October 26, 2012:

Mine is Samsung Galaxy S I9003 is it posible to update my phone with this ICS?

gregmchale on October 21, 2012:

Is there a different "ice cream sandwich" for different carriers?

My carrier is Bell Canada would the above work for my Galaxy S?

Uday on October 12, 2012:

Hi! I'm using Galaxy SL 4GB(GT-I9003) in India.

1) Firmware version : 2.3.6

2) Baseband version : I9003DDKP4

3) Kernel version :

4) Build number : GINGERBREAD.DDKP1

i Tried to do update my phone but getting Error of E:signature verification failed... it appears in red letters and then it aborts the installation

Waiting for your reply.

Emad Gaballah on October 11, 2012:

Arabic is supported ?

Steve Middeldorp on October 04, 2012:

Trying it now! Upload has gone well, just starting.. Seems like a whole different phone..! :o)

Dileep Shastri on October 03, 2012:

E:signature verification failed... it appears in red letters and then it aborts the installation..

Kuper on September 29, 2012:

Hey chici you should have to backup your phone first using nandroid backup before updating it.

chici20 on September 26, 2012:

i tried to follow as mentioned and now my phone doesn't work. it doesn't even turn on. it is dead. what shall i do ? many thanks

pls contact me

gasper on September 25, 2012:

Keep getting an error when trying to install from zip file that says verification failed????

Please assist.

mack on September 14, 2012:

Can i install in Samsung galaxy S I9003?

and then after its work in or not?????

John on September 13, 2012:

dont work in galaxy s advance?

sharmanish from Ahmedabad, India on September 12, 2012:

can i install old firmware or OS in my mobile after install Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich in my Samsung galaxy 'S' I9003

mack on September 12, 2012:

can i reinstall old firmware after install this framewok or android 4.0 in my samsung galaxy s i9003

elad on September 07, 2012:

Wow listen, this just worked like a charm ! thank u very much for the great step by step tutorial, amazing.

Although you should add a comment about unmounting the sd card otherwise it will continue restarting, and won't install.

besides that everything works great (for now, i've only been using it for about 3 hours)

camera, wi-fi, mobile connection etc... everything works perfect. and much faster then before with gingerbread

again, thank you :)


this on August 30, 2012:

this shitt garbage my phone is just blinks and shows the is update installing but quick gets off n restart gasrbage program n update

Ray on August 30, 2012:

i did this by moving the zip file from sd card to my phone. and my phone is just blinking n trying to update n blinks n gets off n tried to update and blinks n tried to update and gets off. i did something wrong about it.

pinappu (author) from India on August 29, 2012:

Please update Samsung Kies.

Alexandra on August 29, 2012:

is anyone tell me why i can't connect with Samsung Kies? I've try to re-install Kies, but nothing.. again the same problem.. :(

anoniem on August 28, 2012:

does this works to for galaxy s advance? plz help

beerhog on August 25, 2012:

sweet :D

senthen on August 24, 2012:


i cant find my contatcts form sim-card? how can in fix that problem?