Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini LTE variant smartphone are blessed with a new Android 4.4.2 Kitkat firmware that is rolling out OTA to selected devices namely I9195XXUCNF9 build.
The 4.4.2 software update is well renown for producing wireless printing, transparent status and navigation bars, new Location menu, full screen album art, immersive mode, camera app on the lock screen, white status bars, color Emoji and more.
Before starting there’s a few things we need to take care of to make sure all users have the safest experience possible and don’t lose any unnecessary data. Sometimes owners of smartphones and mobile products in general can dive straight in without understanding the consequences of their actions. SO, with that in mind, I recommend taking a glance over the following dot points so you can learn from some suggestions you don’t already know. If you have experience with updating software updates manually, then there’s nothing to worry about and you can skip ahead to the steps.
- The guide is made with the Galaxy S4 Mini model number I9195 in mind as is to be used on no other device or else you risk bricking it and that’s a nuisance. It’s not the end of the world for most handsets these days because thankfully a group of developers has a solution for most in place. However, it does require lots of extra efforts to fix and we don’t provide it included here in this guide.
- Furthermore, the Mini variant starts with Android 4.2.2 jelly Bean out of the box with a TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 UI. It was announced during May of 2013 which makes it well over a year old now. It came out for Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and originally US Cellular before it was discontinued there. All of those phone carriers mentioned can use this version.
- Moreover, the built-in storage is scare coming in at only 8 GB and offering maximum user space of 5 GB, but that is the price people pay when shopping for a ‘mini’ variant of the original size version. Not only are they smaller in stature, but the specs take a dramatic dive too. It’s relevant now because we want to encourage people to backup and sometimes it isn’t done because people don’t want to use the space. try and backup the market apps, contacts call logs, SMS texts, photos, music, picture and video files just in case you need to perform a full factory reset and wipe the phone.
- We are using a special tool designed by Samsung Developers called Odin. The Odin application is made for Windows Xp, Vista, WIndows 7 and Windows 8, but no other operating system such as Mac OS X or Linux. It is true that firmware is flash-able other ways, but not using this tool it isn’t. If you need help try heading over to the XDA Developers forum; a place where developers love to share their work. I remember threads addressing this issue dating back to 2010.
- Take the time to navigate to the Develop Options and turn on USB Debugging Mode. The Develop Options menu is hiding in version 4.2 so if you haven’t updated since then you need to tap on the build number seven times to continue. Once done. head back to the settings menu and it will now present itself as an option from the menu.
- Download and install the latest Samsung USB Drivers that are fitted to see you through the procedure without any worries.
Setup XXUCNF9 Android 4.4.2 Kitkat Manually On The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini LTE
1. Download the I9195XXUCNF9 file here.
– use the desktop for convenience to extract the tar.md5 file.
– if you want to keep it for the long haul use the C: Drive.
2. Download the fresh Odin 3.09 here.
– same rules apply as the previous file.
– have the Odin app sitting open and waiting on the desktop after extraction.
3. Have the smartphone off. Now boot it in Download Mode.
– press Volume Down + Power + Home keys at the same time and don’t let go until the screen shows the Android logo.
4. Fetch the USB cable.
– try looking at the wire that connects the phone charger to the wall outlet if you can’t find it.
5. Plug the device into the PC system unit.
– the USB has two sides and one side go into the phone while the other fits the system unit.
6. Click the AP/PDA button and upload the tar.md5 file.
– wait until the file extension is loaded before continuing.
7. Leave Odin’s settings as default.
– this including Auto reboot and f reset Time boxes marked as representing the ‘on’ position.
8. Do not mark the box that says re-partition unless using a Pit file.
9. Close down the app after it says “pass” on the screen and the ID: COM port changes color from blue.
10. Put a stop to the USB Mass Storage device from the ‘safely remove hardware’ icon located in the system tray menu.