Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update for Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195

Samsung announced the Galaxy S4 Mini Black edition variant in some of its niche markets during the first quarter of this year. The device has same hardware of its counterpart devices except for the leather textured rear and bezel. However, the Black edition variant didn’t really get much exposure, mostly as it’s restricted to select markets. Nevertheless Samsung thought to update the device to KitKat 4.4.2 even with its less popularity.

Samsung made a surprising move by announcing the KitKat update for the Black edition Galaxy S4 Mini even before the standard Galaxy S4 Mini which is planned to get the update later this month. The Black edition device is receiving the KitKat update from the Belgian provider Proximus, but there’s a kind of ambiguity on the availability of OTA Update, however you can manually update the device through Samsung Kies or you can follow the simple guide from below to update your device.

STOCK FIRMWARE INFO
Firmware Version I9195XXUCNE6
Android Version Android 4.4.2, KitKat
Is this Official? Yes! This is the official update by Samsung.
Release Date June 2014
Credits Sammobile

  WARNING!

Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page.

You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

  GALAXY S4 MINI LTE BLACK EDITION OFFICIAL KITKAT 4.4.2 FIRMWARE

Before you begin with guide instructions below, make sure your android device is adequately charged — at least 50% battery of the device.

  STEP 0: CHECK DEVICE MODEL NO.

To make sure your device is eligible with this, you must first confirm its model no. in ‘About device’ option under Settings. Another way to confirm model no. is by looking for it on the packaging box of your device. It must be GT-I9195!

Do not use the procedures discussed here on any other variants of Galaxy S4 Mini or any other device of Samsung or any other company. You have been warned!

  STEP 1: BACKUP YOUR DEVICE

Back up important data and stuff before you start playing around here as there are chances you might lose your apps and app-data (app settings, game progress, etc.), and in rare case, files on the internal memory, too.

For help on Backup and Restore, check out our exclusive page on that linked right below.

 ANDROID BACK UP AND RESTORE GUIDE: APPS AND TIPS

  STEP 2: INSTALL LATEST DRIVER

You must have proper and working driver installed on your windows computer to be able to successfully flash stock firmware on your Galaxy S4 Mini.

In case you’re not sure, follow the link below for a definitive guide for installing driver for your Galaxy S4 Mini on your computer.

 SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 MINI DRIVERS INSTALLATION GUIDE

   STEP 3: INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

  DOWNLOADS

Download the Odin zip file and firmware file given below. Transfer both Odin and firmware file to a separate folder on your computer just to keep things tidy.

Odin File  download link.

Firmware File download link.

  STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

  Example video: If you haven’t used Odin before to install a stock firmware or anything else, then we suggest you first watch a video of that to get familiar with the process. The video demonstrates flashing of CWM Recovery on Galaxy S3, but since the procedure is same for flashing stock firmware also, the video will helpClick here to watch the video

Important Note: Backup important files stored on internal SD card of your device, so that in case a situation arises requiring you to do a factory reset after flashing stock firmware, which might delete internal sd card too, your files will remain safe on PC.

  1. Extract/Unzip the Odin zip file, Latest Odin3 v3.09.zip on your computer (using 7-zip free software, preferably) to get the following files:
    • Odin3 v3.09.exe
    • Odin3.ini
  2. Extract/Unzip the Firmware zip file on your computer (using 7-zip free software, preferably) to get a tar file.
  3. Move the extracted firmware file in the same folder in which you extracted Latest Odin3 v3.09.zip (Just for your convenience, that is)
  4. Disconnect the Galaxy S4 Mini from PC if it is connected.
  5. Double-click the Odin3 v3.09.exe file to open Odin.
  6. Boot your Galaxy S4 Mini into Download Mode:
    • Power off your phone first and wait for 6-7 seconds after display is off.
    • Press and hold these 3 buttons together until you see Warning! screen: Volume Down + Power + Home.
    • Press Volume Up now to continue to Download Mode.
  7. Connect your Galaxy S4 Mini to PC. Odin window will show an Added!! message in bottom left box. Odin’s screen would look like this:
    Odin-3.09-Samsung-Galaxy-Odin-Device-Added-Screenshot
    If you don’t get the Added! message, here are some troubleshooting tips:
    • Make sure you have installed driver for Galaxy S4 Mini as said above in ‘Before you begin..’ section.
    • If you have already installed driver, then uninstall them and re-install back.
    • Connect using a different USB port on your PC.
    • Try a different USB cable. The original cable that came with your phone should work best, if not, try any other cable that’s new and of good quality.
    • Reboot phone and PC and then try again.
  8. Load the firmware file (extracted in Step 2) into Odin as instructed below:
    • Click on the AP button on Odin and select the firmware file (.tar file from step 2). Your Odin window should look like the screenshot below:
      odin-tar-image
  9. Now in the Option section of Odin, make sure that Re-Partition box is unchecked. (Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time boxes remain checked, while all other boxes remain unchecked.)
  10. Double check the above two steps.
  11. Click the Start button to begin flashing stock firmware on your Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195, and wait until you see a PASS! message in Odin’s top left box.
  12. When you get PASS! message, your phone will restart automatically. You can then disconnect your phone from PC.
    Odin-3.09-Samsung-Galaxy-Odin-PASS-screenshot1

If you see FAIL message instead of the PASS in Odin’s top left box, that’s a problem. Try this now: disconnect your Galaxy S4 Mini from PC, close Odin, remove phone’s battery and put it back inside in 3-4 seconds, open Odin and then repeat from Step 3 of this guide again.

Also, If device is Stuck at setup connection or on any other process, then too, try this: disconnect your Galaxy S4 Mini from PC, close Odin, remove phone’s battery and put it back inside in 3-4 seconds, open Odin and then repeat from Step 3 of this guide again.

FEEDBACK US!

It was easy to flash stock KitKat Android 4.4 firmware on your Galaxy S4 Mini Black Edition, right? Let us know in comments below.

Your suggestions and queries, if any, are most welcomed!

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  • daniel trespalacios

    What about GT-I9195L ? 🙁