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Install official KitKat 4.4.2 build on Galaxy S4

Anthony Muzonzini
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Samsung has recently released Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy S4. If for some reason you have not managed to get the update over the air, then you may want to manually install the update and we will show you how you can do that here.

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As always, you have to proceed with caution as AndroidPIT doesn’t assume any responsibility for any damage done due to the firmware installation.

Before you get started, please make sure your GS4 is the GT-I9500 version.

After you have made sure of this, you should back up your data and also make sure to charge your phone to at least 80% or have it charging while doing the installation.

Finally, you must enable USB debugging mode and you do this by going to settings and then on to developer options.

Manually Installing Android 4.4.2

1) Download the Firmware package and Odin v.3.07

2) You must then put your GS4 in download mode by holding down the volume down, home and power buttons. When a warning appears, you must press the volume up button.

3) You should then unzip Odin v.3.07. run the .exe file and then run it as an administrator.

4) Using your USB cable, you should connect your Galaxy S4 to your PC. One of the ID:COM fields should turn blue in Odin. If this doesn’t happen then you should reinstall the relevant drivers for your phone.

5) Within the Odin program, you should perform the following operations.

           A) Press PDA and select the file that has .tar.md5 in the file path.

           B) Press Phone and select the file with Modem in the file path.

           C) Press CSC and select the file with CSC in the file path.

           D) Press PIT and select the file with .pit in the file path.

6) Make sure “re-partition” is NOT selected. After this, check auto reboot and F. Reset Time.

7) Press the start button and the installation process should commence. Leave it alone until it is done.

8) Once your Galaxy S4 phone has rebooted, you will be running Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

Have you used this method to update your phone? How did you find it? Please leave us a comment below and we will get back to you.

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