This is what you need to download the official _____ firmware flash file that can then be installed by using an appropriate flashing tool on a computer that works for your manufacturer and the device’s chipset.

Most flashing tools that people use freely today initially started out as tools used by mobile device repair centers and the only updates the user would install by themselves would be official over-the-air updates when they arrive from the manufacturer or carrier network that they might be a current subscriber for.

Nevertheless, as time has gone on and smartphone usage has evolved, installing these firmware files manually yourself by using a flashing tool is now considered a fairly standard way for smartphone and tablet users to solve common issues such as bootloops, hanging software, software bugs, update errors, and even seemingly dead phones.

Flashing firmware with flashing tools rather than accepting OTA updates is also common among Android users who enjoy tinkering with the operating system by customizing it away from stock Android. Custom recovery image and rooting developers warn against installing official OTA updates after you have done either of those two things though. This is because most OTA updates are differential in nature: they do not replace the entire system or make changes to the system partition. Differential updates will at times patch over the existing updates and sometimes do not even replace whole files.

Making system partition changes by removing unwanted system applications, installing BusyBox, or just getting root access with some versions of Android, and then going back to differential updates once again can result in unexpected behavior happening with your device’s firmware. Additionally, Android developers might make changes to the stock recovery which cannot be seen by custom recovery developers since they cannot get their hands on the source codes a lot of the time, so going back to a stock recovery can result in unexpected behavior, too. For more information on what makes system partition changes, use a search engine such as Google.

Installing official updates often removes root access and replaces custom recovery images with the stock recovery. It is advised that instead of installing official updates to wait for third-party developers to release custom software, which generally happens within a few days of the official updates. But if you still want to go back to an official update from the manufacturer, it is best to go back completely to stock by flashing the firmware manually.

Download BLU P200i Firmware Flash File

File Name: Blu_P200i_V02_20130530.zip

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How to Install BLU P200i Flash File Using Qualcomm Flash Image Loader (QFIL)

Here is how you can use the Qualcomm Flash Image Loader to install firmware on a smartphone or tablet with a Windows computer:

Notes:

  • If you do not see the “Download” button, it is probably because your device is not yet connected to the computer. The flashing only becomes possible if the tool detects a device.
  • The Qualcomm Flash Image Loader is only compatible with the Windows operating system. You can use it on anything ranging from Windows XP through to Windows 10. Newer versions of Windows will also become compatible, but you may need to download an updated version of the tool.
  • Flashing firmware files with flashing tools will result in lost applications and contacts if they are not backed up first. You should backup as much data as you can before flashing: use free applications such as Helium from Google Play, transfer files to the computer, use cloud storage, whatever it takes to be safe.
  • The Qualcomm Flash Image Loader tool is made by the official Qualcomm brand.

1. Install the latest version of the OEM USB driver on the same computer that you plan on using for the installation of the flashing tool.

If there is no OEM USB driver for your device, install the Universal ADB driver instead.

2. Download the latest version of the Qualcomm Flash Image Loader (QFIL) file on the computer, and then extract the file by right-clicking on it and choosing Extract from the menu.

3. Open the Qualcomm Flash Image Loader (QFIL) folder, and then double-click on the QFIL application so that the flashing tool launches.

Tip: It’s the file with the green icon.

4. Turn off the smartphone that you want to flash and hold the Volume Up key and connect it to the computer with the USB cable.

The smartphone should now be in EDL mode (Emergency Download mode) and ready for the firmware flashing. If yours is not in EDL mode, use a search engine to find how to get your specific device into EDL mode.

5. Under Select Build Type, select Flat Build. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

6. Under Select Programmer, click on the Browse button and upload the firmware file that you’re looking to flash to this location. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

The firmware file you need is often the file with the “.mbn” extension at the end.

7. If your firmware has a rawprogram() file, click on the Load XML button and then upload the rawprogram() file to this location. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

8. Give QFIl a few seconds to load the rest of the data automatically.

9. Click on the Download button, and the flashing will begin. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

Note: Firmware files can be quite large and subsequently flashing can take 10 minutes or sometimes even longer. You know the firmware is flashed when the device reboots for the last time.

That’s all.

Additional Firmware

You can download Android ROMs for other Android devices if you have another smartphone or tablet from a different manufacturer.

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