Android 4.4.2 KitKat On its Way to Galaxy S4 Mini (Tutorial Included)

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The international LTE version of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Mini LTE is ready to receive the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat official firmware update that comes with the build number I9195XXUBNB3.

All users of this device having the model number GT- I9195 can upgrade their handset to the latest firmware through Samsung Kies or they can simply wait for the over-the-air update to reach to their Galaxy S4 Mini.

And don’t forget that there’s a third option to take into consideration as well: you can download the update package and manually install the OS by yourself.

Review the risks:

  • First of all, you must understand that this tutorial is not compatible with all Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini versions. The model number of your handset has to be GT- I9195, or you should know from the start that you’ll fail completing this procedure;
  • After flashing the firmware, any installed custom ROM that you might have now on your Galaxy S4 Mini will be lost;
  • That’s your risk to take, so be careful about the list of preparatory steps and don’t forget to respect the tutorial exactly as given:

Preparatory steps:

  • The actions that you are going to take might wipe the data from your Galaxy S4 Mini, so you strongly suggest that you to back up your apps, contacts, messages, game progress and anything else that it might be important; a proper back-up of all your important data might save you of any later potential inconveniences;
  • In order to apply this procedure, you must use a computer or a notebook; on both your computer and your Galaxy S4 Mini handset you should temporarily uninstall any form of security protection which can interrupt the process;
  • Check if you have the USB drivers for the device already installed on the computer; if not, don’t hesitate to do that now;
  • Do not leave aside the fact that you have to turn on USB Debugging on your Galaxy S4 Mini by going to Settings>More>Developer Options;
  • The smartphone must have at least 70 percent battery power left or it might turn off in the middle of the procedure.

 UPDATE: Android 4.4.2 KitKat ( XXUCNF9 ) is available for download for Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini LTE.

  1. Download the update from here
  2. Download Odin v3.09 from here and also extract the zip file;
  3. Run Odin3 v3.09 as an Administrator;
  4. Now you must switch off and boot your Galaxy S4 Mini into Download Mode (for that you have to press and hold Volume Down, Home and Power buttons); after seeing a warning message, press Volume Up key to enter Download Mode;
  5. Connect the Galaxy S4 Mini to the computer by using the original USB cable and wait for a blue sign to appear in Odin;
  6. After seeing the sign, you have to click on the AP button in Odin and select the .tar.md5 file that was previously extracted;
  7. Click on the Start button in Odin in order to begin the installation process;
  8. After the installation is complete, your handset will restart automatically. Wait for the Samsung logo to appear on the home screen and only then you can unplug the Galaxy S4 Mini from the computer.

How to manually install Android 4.2.2 KitKat on your Galaxy S4 Mini:

 

  1. Download the firmware package and extract the zip file too. Use the following links: United Kingdom (EE) from here; Romania (Orange) from here; Spain (Orange) from here;
  2. Download Odin v3.09 from here and also extract the zip file;
  3. Run Odin3 v3.09 as an Administrator;
  4. Now you must switch off and boot your Galaxy S4 Mini into Download Mode (for that you have to press and hold Volume Down, Home and Power buttons); after seeing a warning message, press Volume Up key to enter Download Mode;
  5. Connect the Galaxy S4 Mini to the computer by using the original USB cable and wait for a blue sign to appear in Odin;
  6. After seeing the sign, you have to click on the AP button in Odin and select the .tar.md5 file that was previously extracted;
  7. Click on the Start button in Odin in order to begin the installation process;
  8. After the installation is complete, your handset will restart automatically. Wait for the Samsung logo to appear on the home screen and only then you can unplug the Galaxy S4 Mini from the computer.

Android 4.4.2 KitKat update Changes

You should know that the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update comes with a set of interesting changes for your Galaxy S4 Mini and here we are to remind you just some of them. Hangouts can now send and receive SMS and MMS, so you won’t have to use the stock messaging app anymore, not to mention that the new wireless printing feature lets you to print documents or photos directly from your Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini device without having to connect the printer to a computer.

Moreover, the new Android 4.4.2 KitKat uses less memory than before, so we are also talking about improvements in multitasking and battery life. And we are sure that you’ll immediately love the new translucent notification bars, with cleaner texts and application icons too!

So, if the update does not appear automatically, it could be worth to manually install it as we have presented you in the tutorial above, but there is something that you must know before proceeding. We are not responsible of anything that might happen with your device, so follow this tutorial only if you have ever done anything like that before. If you are a newbie, you risk bricking your Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini LTE i9195 and we are sure that this isn’t your plan.

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    • Have you followed all
      steps and it didn’t work, or you weren’t able to complete the process. Be more
      specific on where did you failed.

  • Charles

    is there a way to get the 4.4 update on the S4 mini Model SCH-R890 for Us Cellular?

  • Charles

    PLEASE HELP!! Im trying to connect my watch with my s4 mini but it wont work because I need android 4.3 or higher please help. I have a friend who has the S4 regular and he has the 4.4.2 on his. why does he have it on his S4 but I cant have it on my s4 mini please help.

  • Charles

    I thought they was the same

    • This tutorial is only for GT- I9195 model. And you can’t compare S4 with S4 mini.

  • Cento

    This is not 4.4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • No, it’s not Android 4.4, it’s Android 4.4.2. If you can’t understand english, try to search procedures in your own language and stop blaming others for your incapacity to understand facts like: ” First of all, you must understand that this tutorial is not compatible with all Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini versions. The model number of your handset has to be GT- I9195, or you should know from the start that you’ll fail completing this procedure;”

      • Cento

        It’s 4.2.2 what are you tolking about ??? I have i9195. Do you know the difference betwen the jelly bean and the kitkat? I think not

        • Cento

          See the download link…

          • The update is for Android 4.4.2. It is rolled out by Samsung for a while now and you can update your Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini to that version if your carrier made it available for you. But because users reported some issues after updating, we decided to include a tutorial for downgrading to 4.2.2. The 4.4.2. is an OTA update, not a manual update. I hope you will understand now!

          • Xtremlimit

            AndroidFlagship don’t blaming others for your incapacity to understand facts like :
            – None of Samsung or SamMobile provide the 4.4.x KitKat Official Android version for GT-i9195 ! (Samsung says that 4.4.2 would be available soon in july 2014 for Galaxy S4 Mini LTE),
            – You make confusion between 4.2.2 and 4.4.2 Android versions,
            – you write one time 4.4.2, one other time 4.2.2 (“How to manually install Android 4.2.2 KitKat on your Galaxy S4 Mini”)
            – as you can see, the 3 links you provide (see Cento’s screenshot) send us to 4.2.2 Rom and 4.2.2 is NOT KitKat but Jeally Beam,
            I hope YOU would understand that Kitkat Official Rom is NOT available for Galaxy S4 Mini LTE (GT-i9195) yet (at may 24th 2014) !!!!

            You must verify your information before blaming and making a tutorial which could caused brick for users….

            Xtremlimit

  • Addin Max

    my s4 mini I9195 fail the instalation

  • JCB438

    It’s posible to go back to 4.2.2?

    • Yes. We have included the manual steps and download links for downgrading to 4.2.2. Just follow the steps in this tutorial.

      • JCB438

        I just tried it, and the cellphone is stuck at the “samsung” logo screen… help 🙁

  • Ulfsark

    Hello. Will these versions work for every country and every carriers?

  • Peek

    Trying the exact steps consistently leads to “invalid ext4 image” for me.