Galaxy S Gets Official Value Pack Firmware — XXJW4. Includes TouchWiz 4!

I’m not gonna waste time discussing how Samsung decided to say no to updating Galaxy S, including other single core Galaxy phones to Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0, citing hardware limitations. Needless to say, fans were not pleased, resulting in a petition for Samsung to change their minds. Reeling under fan pressure, Samsung decided to release a value pack update that would try to bring some features from ICS, to keep customers happy. Soon after, a value pack firmware was leaked, which bought along a few nice features and additions.

Well, after almost 3 months, Samsung has made good on their promise and finally officially released the final value pack firmware with XXJW4, based on Android 2.3.6. And for those that wanted it, Samsung have finally included TouchWiz (TW) 4, their improved TW UI that debuted with the Galaxy S2. Other additions and improvements are also pretty good, showing that Samsung actually worked hard to give users something they’ll like.

Here’s a look at all the features and improvements in the firmware:

  • Face Unlock
  • New Kernel with huge RAM (Total RAM: 364 MB)
  • Galaxy S II ICS Lockscreen
  • Photo Editor
  • Built-in TouchWiz 4
  • Improved Camera UI + Can capture pictures while shooting a video
  • Auto-Rotation is fast – Fast switching from portrait to landscape
  • Overall speed improvements
  • GPU Performance slightly increased

Now, without further ado, lets take a look at how you can flash the new XXJW4 value pack firmware on your Galaxy S.


This firmware and the guide below are compatible only and only with the Samsung Galaxy S, model number GT-i9000. It’s not compatible with any other device and may render an incompatible device unusable. Check your device model in Settings » About phone.


The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to your device, we won’t be held liable.

Pre-Installation Requirements

  • This procedure will wipe all your apps, data and settings (but it will NOT touch your SD cards, so don’t worry about those). Backup your Apps and important data — bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs (internet settings), etc. This Android backup guide would help you.
  • If you have Samsung’s PC software Kies installed, un-install/shut it down completely from the taskbar first because it may interrupt the flashing process.
  • Drivers! — it’s important you’ve the proper drivers installed. Download links below:

How to Install XXJW4 Value Pack Firmware on Galaxy S

  1. Download the XXJW4 firmware.
    Download Link  |  Filename:  |  Size: 170 MB
  2. Now, extract the downloaded file (from step 1) to any folder, you’ll get these 2 files:
    1. JW4_JW4_JW4.tar
    2. SS_DL.dll (ignore this file)
  3. Download Odin which we will be using to flash XXJW4 on the phone.
    Download Link  | Filename: Odin3 v1.7.exe
  4. Disconnect your phone if it’s connected to PC.  Then switch it off. Wait 5-6 seconds for vibration to confirm complete switch off.
  5. Boot into recovery. To do this, press and hold the Volume_UP + Home + Power till the screen turns on, then let them go. You will boot into recovery soon enough.
  6. Now, using the volume keys to navigate and the home/power key to select options, select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm. After the data wipe is complete, remove and re-insert the battery, but don’t power it back on.
  7. Now, put the Galaxy S in Download Mode — press and hold these keys together: Volume_DOWN + Home + Power until a screen saying Download Mode comes up.
  8. Open Odin (downloaded in step 3) — Odin3 v1.7.exe.
  9. Connect your phone to PC now. You should get the message “Added!!” under Odin’s message box in the bottom left. If you don’t get this message, then probably there is a problem with drivers. Make sure you’ve proper drivers installed. See point 3 above under Pre-Installation Requirements.
  10. Now, in Odin, click the PDA Tab, and select the file JW4_JW4_JW4.tar (from step 2.1)
  11. Important! Do not touch any other button or make any other changes in Odin except selecting the required file as given in step 10.
  12. Now, hit the START button to begin the flashing process. When it finishes, your phone will automatically reboot, upon which you can unplug the cable. Plus, you’ll get a PASS (with green background) message in the left-most box at the very top of the Odin.
    IMPORTANT Note: If ODIN gets stuck at some stage and doesn’t seem to be doing anything, do this — disconnect the phone from the PC, close ODIN, remove battery, re-insert it, turn phone on in Download mode again, and do the procedure again from Step 8. Same if you get a FAIL message in Odin.
  13. In case you encounter any roadblocks flashing XXJW4, let us know in the comments below and we’ll try to help you out.
  14. Also, in case you wanna root it and install (cwm) clockworkmod recovery on your Galaxy S with XXJW4 firmware, check this page.

Once the phone boots up (first boot will take up to 5 minutes), you’ll be running the official value pack firmware on your Galaxy S i9000, with access to all the new features as listed above. Do let us know how the firmware works and whether you like it or not, in the comments below.


271 Comment

  1. 1) this is not touchwizz4 but bumped touchwizz3

    2) Auto-Rotation is fast – Fast switching from portrait to landscape / Overall speed improvements/ GPU Performance slightly increasedAre total bullshit of xda idiots with no basic knowledge – speed increase comes from A FRESH SYSTEM INSTALL
    as for download links use fast download not hotfile waiting files / speed depended on overall hotfile traffic

    i advise to use torrent liks or dirrect server download from:

  2. Binusay says:

    I am from india running 2.3.3 DDJV9, so can i upgrade to this firmware straightway ??

    1. Kapil says:


      1. Binusay says:

        Hi kapil, thanks for replying. However the procedure above says to select one file PDA, what about other files like CSC or Modem etc ..are those not required ? Secondly, if i flash this thru odin, will kies recognize this when i’ll plug my phone to lappy ? Please let me know …m bit worried as this is first ever time i m goonna try n flash thru odin .

        1. Kapil says:

          See, the other files, Phone, CSC, etc. are not required with this one. XXJW4 is meant for some countries only (I guess, UK, Ireland, etc.) so if you are not from tat country, or if it wasn’t launched yet in your country, you may lose Kies update. You can get the Kies update back, by flashing a firmware meant for your country. And don’t worry, Odin is pretty easy.

          1. Binusay says:

            Your saying is giving me confidence and i feel i should give it a try now. Btw is it worth upgrading from 2.3.3 to 2.3.6? Is it better in performance and no lags n all ? Can you please tell me some noticeable peformance increment in this firmware ?

          2. Vyp3r says:

            This one file contains in it the csc, phone, pad, kernel etc…..

    2. yeh, when using odin you can upgrade from any ROM. backup your data and apps(if you want to) & follow the instructions mentioned above.

  3. Waiting for the rooting guide 😛 I’m currently on an AOKP build 22 (JVU). Looking to upgrade to XXJW4 with AOKP build 28. 

  4. if you are flashing 4 files (ie PDA, Phone, CSC & pit) then you need those 4 files. However if you are flashing a tar file then only one file selection is needed (ie PDA). Make sure kies is closed. kill the ‘kies’ process in the task manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del).

  5. Sergiu says:

    can’t downloat the zip file from hotfile…only 155mb…then it say “interrupted”… i tried 3 times  🙁

    1. Mr_Joseph says:

      From samsung-updates
      downloaded it at 6mbps
      Enjoy 🙂

      1. Sergiu says:

        thx 😉

  6. Adriankim says:

    i will wait for the root kernel before i will flash this ROM i want to install back my apps..

  7. goks says:

    How to flash when i am currently running AOSP ICS ROM.. ?? thanks in advance

  8. If I flash this, my phone will be pre-rooted or are you going to make a post of how to root this version? 😀

    1. Kapil says:

      It will not be pre-rooted, we will publish the root guide soon.

    2. ultimatenoob says:

      get rooted kernal here
       [KERNEL] GT-I9000 ROOTED STOCK Kernels + TOOLS KIT by stock+ Team 

  9. breders says:

    Incredible, never tried this before but followed the guide to the letter, now im running 2.3.6 on my i9000 =)

    1. Mr_Joseph says:

      😀 welcome to the club =]

  10. Red_dwarf67 says:

    just got update through kies looks good and face unlock a bit hit or miss

  11. Mr_Joseph says:

    Updated more smooth , radio fast. Better performance, dont know about battery life yet.
    but get hotter? Right or wrong, didnt felt it before.

  12. carlos says:


    I’ve just installed this version on my Gt i9000. And it works fine!!! Thank you a lot. You are the best!

    1. Robb Gonzales says:

      Hi, could you please tell me whether there is Bulgarian (Български) in the list of Swype languages? Thanks!

  13. Hello,
    Right now i am on AOKP Custom ROM so should i update to this one or stick to AOKP only?
    please reply.

    1. Kapil says:

      Stay on AOKP because XXJW4 is Android 2.3.6 which is no good for those who have used Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

      1. Ok but i am facing too much “Force Closed” and “Close This app is not responding” issues in my AOKP ROM so can you tell me what to do? and even the dial pad also gets hang while opening first time.

  14. carlos says:

    Hi again,

    I would need to root this I9000XXJW4 for modifying the file spn-config.xml and detect corretly my ISP connection without entering in “Roaming” and keeping enable the itinerance. How can I root I9000XXJW4 please?

    Thank you 🙂

    1. Kapil says:

      Root isn’t out yet, so you gotta wait up.

  15. my galaxy s i9000 gingerbread isn’t rooted can i apply the update ? thanks for help

    1. Shivam says:

      Yes 🙂

  16. ProTToType says:

    Hey. I’m coming to this ROM from the CM7 stable mod for i9000. While flashing with odin, it’s getting stuck at SetupConnection. Is there something in particular i’m missing/overlooking here? please help me out as I wanna try this ROM out ASAP. Thx in advance 🙂

  17. ProTToType says:

    Update: Ok, I got past the setup connection issue, but now i’m having a boot loop problem. It’s not going past the boot screen. Can you please help me out here?

    1. Kapil says:

      Remove battery, place it back and see if boots up. Otherwise, also do a factory reset from recovery and then it should boot.

  18. Mgb2010 says:

    Many, many thanks.
    It’s like getting off of a bike and climbing into a Ferrari !

  19. Guest of Honor says:

    I got the bootloop problem aswell. Removed battery, tried wipe/factory reset but this keeps getting red msg: E:format_volume: rfs format failed on /dev/block/stl10

    I guess this is the issue cause I still can’t get past the boot screen.

    1. Kapil says:

      Flash xxjvu, then xxjw4. Good luck!!!

      1. ajay says:

        i think, this is an essential step (you should add in your tutorial)….i also went into bootloop, tried everything. Then i Went back to xxjvu and then to xxjw4. That solved my problem.

        Thanks kapil.
        Is there anyway to convert to ext4?

      2. ajay says:

        i think, this is an essential step (you should add in your tutorial)….i also went into bootloop, tried everything. Then i Went back to xxjvu and then to xxjw4. That solved my problem.

        Thanks kapil.
        Is there anyway to convert to ext4?

        1. Kapil says:

          Well, there is a way. You gotta root it first. Search for root xxjw4 —– and
          then open the Tweaks app which you get along with the CWM app, after rooting. Tweaks app will allow you to convert to EXT4. Try this.

  20. Salmannizam79 says:

    well guys if u are having any boot problems, then google for sock ROMs eg. ‘JVS’ or ‘JVT’ thereafter get the appropriate CF Root for the ROM extension as downloaded. You gotta do the long me even i had to do this way when i skipped one of the step where I was earlier on ICS for my galaxy S..i1900. Once u have root it then go to recovery and do a factory/data reset and once done just remove of the batt as no need to reboot. Afterwhich place back ur batt and then go to update ur Odin to the latest XXJW4 ROM upon reset from the previous ROM..once u placed the ROM into the PDA tab then go to ur phone into download mode and subsequently hitching it thru ur USB to get Odin to recognize it..once added..just hit the start button..once done successfully the phone will reset..into the latest ROM and once again go to Odin for rooting…hope this short illustration helps…

  21. Harman Flora says:

    kapil help me yr i install many updates 2.3.5 .2.3.6 bt evry  update has wifi bug issue tell me ta safe  update without any prob 

  22. Gfordusi says:

    Wifi does not work correctly.
    Not load the entire page

    1. Gfordusi says:

      All working good … thx :*

  23. Ignatius says:

    I am unable to download cant you plz mirror it to 4shared or mediafire?

  24. Andrew Kang says:


    I have a Galaxy S with baseband version I9000XXJVO (2.3.3)
    Kernel version  :, and
    Build number : GINGERBREAD.BOJV9

    Can I flash JW4 on my phone via Odin without the previous firmwares? (e.g. JVT, JVU…)

    I’m new to flashing and all this stuff, so I wanna be very careful with my phone. 🙂 

    Thanks a lot!

    1. Simonas Laukaitis says:


    2. Kapil says:

      Yes of course, you can flash it.

  25. Francisco Riga says:

    Hi, work perfetly in my I9000, thanks

  26. Supertim830 says:

    hi, would i be able to do the same with my GT I9001, s plus? if not, can u please make a tutorial for that?

    1. Kapil says:

      No man…. don’t try it on i9001, it’s not for your phone. You’re out of luck right now.

  27. Lensmanoz says:

    Hi I have a i9000 running PDA:JVN PHONE:JV1 CSC:JV5 (OPS)
    Can I use this???

    1. Kapil says:


      1. Lensmanoz says:

         So this only replaces the “PHONE” part of the phone :). I won’t have any issues with connectivity to my network here in Australia??

        1. Kapil says:

          I don’t think you will have any problem with network in Australia… but be sure to backup your current rom using clockworkmod recovery so that you can restore things to exactly how they are right now if you don’t like the new rom.

          1. Lensmanoz says:

             Thanks heaps Kapil

  28. Harman Flora says:

    wifi disconected every 5 sec wat shld i do nw ????? help

  29. Manutdsbiggestfan7 says:

    i currently have 2.3.5 XXJVT (Bought secondhand) and it has rfs converted to ext4. do i need to change it to rfs before attempting to flash XXJW4.


  30. Chrishaggart1978 says:

    Great job its just too bad the root doesnt have cwm with it but i did find it here.

    1. Kapil says:

      No worries. Try this root, it’s way better, and hell easy to. Probably you’ve used it countless times earlier too, it’s from Chainfire, and known as CF-Root.
      Yes, you can still use it, over your current root. So, go for it, you’ll have cwm and tweaks app as usual 😀

  31. Kapil can i use odin to go to stock rom? currently on ICS 4.0.3 from team SGSICS?

    1. Kapil says:

      Yes you can use Odin. Follow the guide above, you’ll be fine.

      1. thanx man.

  32. Rom works great now( at the beginning I had some issues with Titanium Backup), but the play store won’t let me purchase any apps( not even free). Anyone knows anything about this?

    1. I also have rooted.

  33. It keeps on Rebooting please help.

  34. Phone not recognized ?? please help

  35. OOh i got , just took out battery and , ope odin, plug phone to pc and pres down volume , power and menu and reset the battery it worked.

  36. I got stuck it doesnt work went back to 3.3.4

  37. Daniel Lopez says:

    Got mine working with no problem but the touch wiz hangs and leaves the phone blocked. I ended up replacing the touchwiz with Go Launcher. It works great now!

  38. Help says:

    How do you root this?

  39. Treanthe says:

    Flashed it on mine, works like a charm. Also rooted it. No troubles at all.

  40. Afzal Ahmad says:

    Hey, I followed the mentioned instructions. And after flashing XXJW4, the phone rebooted. The Galaxy S logo appears for a while, then disappears and then reappears. There is no further progress. What to do?

    1. Kapil says:

      Flash this firmware to fix your phone —

  41. Dbzgoku says:

    can i use it in india without losing warranty?also how do i backup my current rom in case something bad happens

    1. Kapil says:

      You can get warranty back by restoring an Indian firmware anytime. Backup can be had only from clockworkmod recover, which requires root, which voids warranty.

      1. Dbzgoku says:

        can rooting be uninstalled so as to get back warranty?also where can i get to download official indian rom for galaxy s like ddjv9?

  42. les says:

    I installed  XXJW4 Value Pack to upgrade my Galaxy S to Gingerbread 2.3.6. from Android Geeks so my query may not be relevant.

    The RAM on the phone is 320 MB and not 364 MB ?

    By the way running Launcher Pro seems to run phone smoother and faster than Touchwiz ?

    Please comment.

  43. rebooting and rebooting with no end

  44. les says:

    Hi Kapil,

    Could you answer my query re RAM size.


  45. Jayesh says:

    I’m running stock 2.3.6 with voodoo kernel, root and ext4 enabled. Is there anything apart from disabling ext4 that I have to do before following the above steps to flash this Rom. Thanks 

    1. Kapil says:

      Since it’s a firmware, I guess you can install it even without disabling the ext4. But if you’ve already disabled it, no problem, your are more safe.

      Other than that, make sure you’ve disabled the pin security thing on sin card change in settings. Some people set the pin and then forget which causes problems.

      1. Jayesh says:

        Great. Thanks Kapil. Will install and let you know how it goes.

  46. Asoomoon says:

    I got it on first attempt..Thanks Dear, Appreciated,

    1. Kapil says:


  47. venomous says:

    kapil im on darky rom 10.2.2 extreme edition and mobile is rooted … can u telme i should follow the same steps tht u told us here or should i be doing this 
    1) Put your phone into Recovery mode (Vol up + Home + Power button) and perform a Wipe data/Factory reset, then a Wipe cache. When done pull the battery out for around ten seconds then re-insert.2) Put the phone into Download mode (same procedure as Recovery but substitute Volume up for Volume down. 

    and after doing this i do the steps u told us here …. please answer and i ve heard tht some people saying tht 2.3.6 have lil bugs like battery issue and wifi problems :S ?

    1. Kapil says:

      You can simply follow the guide above. It’s okay you are on Darky’s rom, procedure remains same.

      1. venomous says:


        1. Kapil says:

          Yes. It’s not rooted, but you can root it if you want, search here. I forgot how much RAM it gets you, maybe around 340MB.

          1. venomous says:

            but why in the picture it says 364 ram we are getting :S ? 

  48. Khalidzafar says:

    worked like a charm and it delivers what it says 🙂 two thumbs up

    1. venomous says:

      how much ram u got ? 

  49. eddie moroney says:

    I’m running XXJVU (rooted).
    Can I just follow the above instructions to install / root the value pack ? nothing else needed?
    I saw on another posting that after flashing it, phone should be put into recovery mode and select wipe data/factory reset and cache/partition – to remove old firmware. Is this step needed please?
    Thank you

    1. Kapil says:

      Yes, you’re good to install it. Just follow the guide above.

      1. eddie moroney says:

        thanks for the quick reply. Just one more question pse.
        If I need to, how can I switch back from value pack to XXJVU? Do I just flash and root XXJVU as per instructions in this forum? or are there any additional steps needed?
        thank you

        1. Kapil says:

          Just flash xxjvu back to go back. Yes you can root xxjvu after installing xxjvu firmware first.

          It’s all pretty easy.

          1. eddie moroney says:

             thanks again Kapil

          2. Kapil says:

            You’re welcome!

      2. Nomadic says:

         flashed value pack – went smoothly, no issues. All working OK.
        Not a great improvement over xxjvu.
        Thanks for the help.

  50. Steve19800 says:

    Is this firmware installed english or language captured on the picture above? Thank you .

    1. Kapil says:

      It’s got English and many other languages.

      1. Steve19800 says:

        WOW!!! Thanks a lot for the info, so this is official yeah?

        1. Steve19800 says:

          Oh yes it is official, anyone succeeded yet installing this version on your glaxy s?

          1. Steve19800 says:

            I’ve installed this on my SGS. Nice firmware! Thanks for posting this update! Cheers!

  51. Zahid says:

    I was using Dark knight based on 4.0.4. When I have install this firmware, I am having an starting screen again n again and it won’t getting home screen. After having a Pass status from Odin, I was having an errors: “Fail to mount / dbdata (File exist)” , “copy_dbdata_media: Can’t mount / dbdata your storage not prepared yet. Please UI menu for format and reboot action”. 
    Please advice asap. Thanks!!!

    1. Kapil says:

      Don’t worry. Do this: Remove battery for 4-5 seconds and then place it back. Install XXJVS firmware first from this page –

      Then install XXJW4 as given above.

  52. Xav_bez says:

    My galaxy s is just rebooting and rebooting after following all the steps, i am running on xxjvu, please help 

    1. Kapil says:

      Remove battery for 4-5 seconds and then place it back. Reboot to recovery mode and do factory reset, then restart phone.

  53. Xav_bez says:

    Didn’t work Kapil:
    E:failed to mount/dbdata (invalid argument)
    E:copy_dbdata_media:Can’t mount/dbdata your storage not prepared yet. Please UI menu for format and reboot actions.
    Media files copy failed.

    Please help. 🙁

  54. Shariful Alam says:

    Dear Kapil, 

    Thank you for your useful tutorial.
    But unfortunately  I can not connect my Galaxy S to odin. 

    I have downloaded all the necessary drivers and software as per your suggestion and install. 

    After rebooting as download mode, odin didn’t recognize the phone (although I have install the drivers for windows).

    But charging through USB is ok. 

    I do not have Kies (though i tried with kies but it can’t recognize my phone and after that i uninstall kies and re-install windows). 
    My windows version is win7.

    Can you help me in this regard. 

    Waiting for your reply.


    1. Kapil says:

      Restart PC. Power off phone. Remove battery for 5 seconds and then place it back and then go to download mode. Now, try again. Also, try other USB ports on PC, if the above didn’t work, otherwise you’ll have to use somebody else’s PC.

      1. Shariful Alam says:

        Dear Kapil,

        Thanks for your reply. I tried everything. Even I use other USB cables also. Nothing happened. I tried with win XP also. But no result. Is it possible to update through Bluetooth or wifi? 

        Recently I see my display blinkig. I don’t understand this is for hardware problem or not. I tries reset and remove the batter for while. But nothing happened. 

  55. Shariful Alam says:


    Sorry to bother you again.

    This is in connection to my below query. 

    My firmware version is 2.1-update-1, Kernal – 2.6.29 root@SE:disqus -S603#2, Build num-ECLAIR.

    Can I update to XXJW4. 

    Waiting for your reply.


    1. Kapil says:

      That’s okay… your device is compatible with xxjw4, as long as it is model number i9000.

      1. venomous says:

        how much ram we get ? :S some saying 367 ur saying 340 and some says 337 =/ i wanna do but i wanna know if we get more ram thn the previous roms 

  56. Shariful Alam says:

    Dear Kapil,
    Thanks for your reply. I tried everything. Even I use other USB cables also. Nothing happened. I tried with win XP also. But no result. Is it possible to update through Bluetooth or wifi? 
    Recently I see my display blinkig/lines on my display always moving. I don’t understand this is for hardware problem or not. I tries reset and remove the batter for while. But nothing happened. 
    Can you help me in this regard?
    Best Regards,

    1. Kapil says:

      Hey, you still unable to flash it using Odin? Maybe try another Odin then, download one from here, Odin3 v1.83 —

  57. venomous says:

    hey kapil do i have to click the repartition ? coz i saw a video he didnt ticked it :S 

    telme who to follow =S

    1. Kapil says:

      Nope.. only when you use .pit file in PIT box, should you tick repartition box, not otherwise.

      1. venomous says:

        so the video tutorial is correct tht i dnt need to tick the repartition button ? can i follow it ? 

      2. venomous says:

        i dnt understand wht u mean as the vdo tutorial also used the .pit file but didnt ticked the repartition button thts where im confused alot =/

        1. Kapil says:

          Then there is some mistake in video. What I said above is 100% right.

          And if pit file is selected but repartition is not ticked, then Odin ignores the pit file, and no harm done. But if you don’t select pit file but rock repatition, that’s a problem then, Odin will get stuck.

  58. venomous says:

    kapil any answer from u =/ ?

    1. Kapil says:

      Didn’t I reply to that already? 🙂

      1. venomous says:

        ahan thnks 🙂 alot i think il go with ur steps il do tick the repartition option coz same i ticked the repartition option whn i flashed to darkys rom 🙂 
        but still i didnt understand one thing wht exactly is repartition do ? 

      2. venomous says:

        ohhh and i almost forgot onething too tht if i wanna go to xxjw4 after installing this do i have to go to recovery mode and clear factory and cache or just i put my cellphone in downloading and do the procedure as told by u by odin 🙂

        1. Kapil says:

          You know, it’s very simple. just follow the steps above and forget everything else. Don’t do anything extra, don’t do anything less.. just do all steps above and you’ll be fine.

          That said, just in case and only if Galaxy S doesn’t boot up after you get PASS in Odin, reboot to recovery mode and do factory reset from there. Then, restart the device.

    2. Kapil says:

      Then there is some mistake in video. What I said above is 100% right.

      And if pit file is selected but repartition is not ticked, then Odin ignores the pit file, and no harm done. But if you don’t select pit file but rock repatition, that’s a problem then, Odin will get stuck.

  59. Shreshth mohan says:

    I m still getting heating problems……….

  60. Shreshth mohan says:

    My phone is heating on using internet……….pls hlp me out……….

  61. HH says:

    I cannot get gmail working properly, it wont show notifications when new email arriwes. what could be wrong?
    Allthoug I’m very happy this new version, works like a dream! Thanks!

  62. KonTemPt says:

    Hi Kapil. I’m currently using the latest CM9 nightly (22/04/2012). In your opinion should I stick with CM9 or try this stock firmware?
    Thanks 🙂

  63. Bratumarius91 says:

    Hello, can someone help me with a little problem..the soft works perfect by the do i rename the folders in aplications menu???? So can i get some help?

  64. SEL says:

    Hello, After I installed the firmware following all the steps, it just reboots and reboots. How can i fix this?

    1. Kapil says:

      You surely missed some steps. Try again. And make sure you are trying this on Galaxy S i9000, and not on any other phone.

  65. Katherine Tucto says:

    I did the complete installing process, but when it reboots the touch screen doesnt work … :(. Can you help me please?

  66. Jay5204 Abd says:

    The software runs very fine 
    great job keep it up

  67. Talha says:

    wifi disconnects each time on 2.3.6!

    1. Shashikant Pagare says:

      Yes for me as well. WiFi disconnects frequently. Can some one please help?

    2. rami chehayed says:

      use static ip in ur wifi settings on ur android

  68. Talha says:

    and the battery life sucks as well

  69. Palsaniya 414 says:

    complete installation. but phone be not started only resart and restart.
    my phone in befor ics rom installed

    1. Kapil says:

      Remove battery and then place it back. Then boot to recovery mode and do factory reset. Then reboot from there. This should work.

  70. Faisal_rafiq says:

    works cmpletly f9 thx buddy

  71. Bishodip says:

    Dont forget to remove sim from mobile, otherwise odin will hang.

  72. Apark156 says:

    it says invalid bootloader, please help..

  73. Bardobangis says:

    is this rooted already? if not, how could i root this? can u give me a link? tnx…

    1. Kapil says:

      It’ not rooted already because it’s an official (Samsung) firmware. We had already covered the root and cwm guide, which can be found here –

      Anyway, I just step 14, linking to root and cwm guide for those who want it. 🙂

      1. Bardobangis says:

         tnx 🙂

  74. Andrew Rice says:

    Brilliant! Didn’t work first time but just went back and repeated the steps… It works great, thanks!

  75. shabaz says:

    it is stuck in the galaxy s logo plz help plz help

    1. Dev says:

      im having the same problem…….please help guys!

  76. Nicholas says:

    Will the wifi be working? If not I cant connect to Google Play

  77. shahed says:

    hi kapil my Bluetooth seems like not pairing with my pc……any suggestion

    1. Kapil says:

      Nope. No idea why it isn’t working as it should 🙁

  78. Jaakk says:

    I cannot send or receive mms, mms worked before updating just fine with same settings.
    Any idea?

  79. Skopje says:

    Everything was great but after i made a factory reset i can’t use my network providers data(internet). So what’s the problem any suggestion will be appreciated.

    1. Kapil says:

      Fill in the APN settings of your carrier under mobile and networks settings.

  80. Alex says:

    how long it takes to complete the flashing, because at me when the “SetupConnection..” appears after that nothing happen, i just waiting and waiting, i followed the steps from “Important Note” i even restarted the pc and closed all the apps, but didn’t helped…

    1. Kapil says:

      Well, in case you are still stuck, remove battery for 4-5 seconds and then place it back, don’t restart phone, restart PC, use PC another USB plug to connect phone to computer (if you have desktop, try the USB plug at the rear), Open Odin, Boot phone into download mode and try again.

  81. Nerijus Versalis says:

    all working perfect, thanks for exact instructions 🙂

  82. zak says:

    When you do a reset it asks for a password on reboot.
    What is the password???

    1. zak says:

      I hope you can help?
      I also used your ROOT setup as well and now when I do a full reset it boots to a screen asking for a password???? (It is not a password I have added)

      1. Kapil says:

        If the problem still persists let me know. Btw, just hitting ok with any password would reset it.

  83. Kevin says:

    please give us another download link because hotfile can not even resume and it not this much download speed please mediafire or any other

  84. maarten says:

    it works very good on my galaxy S thanks for the instructions and links awesome 🙂

  85. Sami says:

    cant u tell me if i can update it latest android 4.0 from this firmware?

    1. Kapil says:


  86. jay says:

    is it language specific like turkish shown in the image…or will it support english?

  87. Arslan Aftab says:

    I tried everything as you described. but the phone doesnt automatically go on reboot mode after “PASS” appears on Odin. also, when I manually select the reboot on mobile, it keeps on rebooting. it has been more than 20 mins and it is still rebooting

  88. jay says:

    works fine…thnx a lot…bt dint like da 2 vibrations on clicking screen buttons

  89. I updated but that blue samsung log is reapating all the time what to do?

  90. @itskapil:disqus .. dude help me out… em using 4.0.3 with miui rom on my samsung galaxy s.. want to get rid of these,, want to degrade to a ofiicial update.. please get a link wich wil work perfectly in my galaxy s.. asap.. please nd thankss

    1. @kapil…. help me outtt…!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. Kapil says:

      The above guide is really all you need. Just install the XXJW4 firmware and that’s that.

  91. malek says:

    tq…’s work perfectly 🙂

    1. Kapil says:


  92. Michael says:

    I can’t get this to work. When I try to restart the phone in Download Mode i get a picture of the Android mascot digging something and a message saying “Downloading do not turn off the target” and no action…please help!

    1. Kapil says:

      Well, that’s that — it is the download mode. Your step 7 is over. Now, connect to Odin (step 8).

  93. Bassem says:

    I have a problem to connect the google play (google market after I had installed
    JW4_JW4_JW4.tar and update value pack

  94. $@!$# says:

    is it possible to downgrade from dark knight ics to this update???
    as m facing problems with music player and contacts…
    is it official update from samsung??
    if not will u please update which is official rom from samsung.. and i need the same..
    please HELP!!!

  95. saish says:

    is it possible to downgrade from dark knight ics to this update???
    as m facing problems with music player and contacts…
    is it official update from samsung??
    if not will u please update which is official rom from samsung.. and i need the same..
    please HELP!!!

  96. ricky says:

    grate rom no problems bar 1 i cant use google navigation as it wont pick up a gps for it but on the maps it find streets withinn a mile of me do u no how to sort this out please thank you

  97. kav7 says:

    does the installation delete all ma internal memory data …. im using bvjv7 update tru kies

  98. kav7 says:

    works great… best ever.. i wanted touch wiz 4 and i gt it….

  99. Andrew says:

    Just updated my Galaxy S and have no problems at all. I was hesitant to update it because of all the problems others have faced but did it anyway. Works great!

  100. kav7 says:

    i didnt lik ics 4.0.4 so i again installed xxjvu through odin ma mobie isnt workin its join entering into cwm… what should i do pls help!!!!!

  101. pao says:

    i want to update my i9000 to 2.3.6 .this version has greek menu ??

    1. pao says:

      and if it doesn’t work perfectly in my samsung can i get the previous version ?

  102. ajay says:

    thanx it worked perfectly…

  103. Ketan says:

    The Link for ODIN doesnt seem to work!!! can yu update it please so that i can carry on with the flash process and i have downloaded the other files…Thanks in advance !!

  104. rami chehayed says:

    Boot loop solved:
    if you guys are stuck in boot loop after flashing xxjw4, you need to flash dbdata.tar as well.
    i uploaded it here:
    after flashing xxjw4 go to download mode and flash dbdata.tar and thats it, your phone will boot normally.
    i had the same problem on my SGS I9000 and it is solved now.

    Flashing another firmware:

    if you dont want xxjw4 anymore, root and install cwm as shown here:
    now you can install everything else

    1. Jho says:

      Thank you so much!!!!

    2. FLOREN says:

      thanks it helped me . thank you so much!!!!

    3. FLOREN says:

      but my WiFi isn’t working, i got the signal but i can’t connect? please help

    4. Supreme says:

      Hey, I installed it, but now i’m stuck at the big S logo saying Galaxy S under it. If i restart it stops at the same place

    5. Zippo says:

      nice work, thx a looooot 🙂

    6. how do you flash that with odin again? And how through PDA again?

  105. Shashikant Pagare says:

    WiFi disconnects frequently. Can someone please help?

  106. kav7 says:

    thanks …. now its perfect… tot i got my s bricked

  107. Soul says:

    my phone drains more battery than the usual. can you help me with this one?

  108. Chrome46 says:

    I couldn’t get my phone into recovery (i9000) but was able to get into download mode (weird). My phone accepted the download, it installed and is rebooting as i type. I will post if I experience any problems, but it looks like I took a chance and it worked.

    1. Chrome46 says:

      After the update my phone kept looping the S logo. I did the three button combo for recovery mode and it worked. i wiped the cache then factory reset then rebooted and my phone booted up prefectly.

      1. CrowningTurtle says:

        That solved my loop issue. Thanks Chrome46! Should be added to the instructions.

  109. Element115 says:

    Will this work with my Galaxy S I9000B? (Not the international version) …what features could I loose? If it is only the TV then I don’t really care, I never use it

    1. Element115 says:

      I did it and almost screwed my phone as the touch screen did not work. I SOLVED IT by flashing only the kernel with one compatible with this rom and my device I9000B. I used this kernel: Semaphore 2.7.4 for the i9000b.

  110. Raghav says:

    The ODIN link ( doesn’t seem to be working. Do you have an alternate link?
    Thanks a lot.

  111. Gatt says:

    Please upload Odin to Skydrive, as the link provided doesn’t work.

  112. Karan says:

    I was trying to upgrade my i9000 using the Kies and apparently the upgrade failed and my phone for soft bricked… obviously Kies could not recover (shitty software) and my phone was stuck on Download mode. Ended up here using google and decided to give this a go as my phone was out of warranty anyways.

    This worked brilliantly and was pretty easy to do too. Now my cellphones a lot faster then before and GUI looks better to the eye too. No problems faced here at all after the upgrade.

  113. kris says:

    Is this supposed to keep rebooting for 10 minutes?

    1. I got the same problem. it keeps rebooting

      1. erica says:

        what did you do guys to fix it?

  114. erica says:

    hi guys i flashed my phone to this version but my phone keeps on rebooting can you tell me what to do pls

  115. erica says:

    hi i flashed this version but my phone keeps on rebooting. pls help.

  116. i got the same problem. it keeps on rebooting… help guys………..

  117. Clodoaldo Sanchez Perez says:

    thank you for this information, but, how i do to update my Galaxy S I9000B??

    1. Element115 says:

      This won’t work with i9000B. I didn’t know that and flashed it anyway, and the touch screen stopped working. To fix it, I had to flash a compatible kernel, fortunately I was able to enter download mode for this. Now it works fine but I have some problems like lagging sometimes and also the phone sometimes just crashes and restarts. I still like the update though, but if I had known I could have killed my phone I wouldn’t have done it

  118. ilan says:

    My GPS is not working after this update – any suggestions for a fix ?

  119. rami chehayed says:

    if you read my post below you would know what to do

  120. Ben Davis says:

    Hi, when I try sync with Kies from outlook to my calendar, I keep getting a Device not responding error. Please help, I need to sync with my outlook!

  121. vgtx says:

    Hi, the Odin download link does not work. and can i flash the XXJW4 ROM using CWM?

  122. Sarosh says:

    Thank you so much!!! worked liked a charm! and this was the second i i flashed with your guide. So helpful 🙂

  123. _Stormy says:

    Thank You !

    Upgraded following your directions step by step. Working first time 100% correctly on a Virgin Mobile South African Galaxy S GT-i9000

    Phone is actually performing MUCH better ! (No more lagging, or repeatedly tapping at the screen ! Overall experience is superior to the previous XXWJVH stock firmware)

    Now to restore apps and data.

    Thanks !!

  124. _Stormy says:

    Thank You !

    Upgraded following your directions step by step. Working first time 100% correctly on a Virgin Mobile South African Galaxy S GT-i9000

    Phone is actually performing MUCH better ! (No more lagging, or repeatedly tapping at the screen ! Overall experience is superior to the previous XXWJVH stock firmware)

    Now to restore apps and data.

    Thanks !!

  125. AMG says:

    This release works and is far better than the stock firmware, although it gave some small issues after flashing it, like the boot loop issue but was fixed by flashing the dbdata. One thing bad about it is that it has intermittent screen flashing issues which requires you end all task to stop it, but overall I like the firmware and all the added features

    1. rami chehayed says:

      change ur launcher. it seems to be an issue with Touchwiz.
      use ADW launcher to stop the screen flashing

  126. pnmfox says:

    Is this safe to load on GT-I9000M?

  127. galaxy s says:

    что сделать его перезагрузкой

  128. galaxy s says:


  129. Parsa Moazez says:

    Hi, I followed all the instructions and my phone rebooted but i face a problem my home key doesn’t work . what should i do?!

  130. Mindia says:

    Thanks, work’s great.

  131. sehzad says:

    i have a samsung galaxy s i9000 2.3.6 xxjvu and its rooted.
    i wish to know that before starting the update process,i must tick the usb debugging or not???

  132. Zack says:

    What pit should i use with the ODIN? 512 / 513 / or 803? and do i need to tick re-partition if im going to flash it on a bricked phone?

  133. Zack says:

    What pit should i use with the ODIN? 512 / 513 / or 803? and do i need to tick re-partition if im going to flash it on a bricked phone?

  134. 67r says:

    now not bad

  135. kaushik says:

    thx for giving clear procedure.i already have my galaxy s rooted .its on 2.3.3 now . can i install this update ? and if yes do i need to root again ?is this stable version ? i would love photo clicking ability while video shooting and also increased ram

  136. kaushik says:

    hi i m on 2.3.3 now do i need to update to xxjvu first before going to xxjw4 ?

  137. Faheem says:

    Bro download link is broken, it stopped on 159.99 Mb after completing 94 percent download…

  138. cristi says:

    yet still no problem in rebooting fase…no bootloop

  139. cristi says:

    1st minutes works perfect thx a lot… keep in touch

  140. Leandro Saleia says:

    my friend very nice post tnkx i did it and it goes well, tnkx

  141. Rahul Raghuvanshi says:

    Thanks a lot for official value pack firmware-XXJW4. Its working very fine. There is no problem still now. Actually i downgrade my i9000 form jellybean.

  142. phn is rebt agn and agn…nw it is not geting on also…plz hlp me…

  143. caloi09 says:

    great job guys!

  144. FLOREN says:

    my WiFi is not working help please!!!!!

  145. Veaceslav says:

    hello. I followed exactly the steps provided and after 3 minutes I wrote on odin FAIL. The phone remains off and I can not even start somehow. help me please!

  146. aj1 says:

    Can I follow this guide if i’m using a mac not a windows pc?!

  147. GalaxyS:( says:

    Thanks a lot AndroidSoul. My Samsung Galaxy GT I9000 works perfectly now. I followed the procedure exactly and it smoothly happened. The phone reboots into recovery mode first for a few seconds and then eventually the phone starts. Though t takes 5 minutes but this wait was worth it. The phone now feels smooth and fast which previously needed several tapping and waiting to do any normal task. Thanks a lot.

    Though I have a problem. When I open the market it says “Authentication Required. Please log into your Google Account.” and Gmail says “Your mails will appear shortly” which never did.
    Please help.

    1. Tanzim Mazid says:

      I have the same problem

  148. Jake says:

    Thanx guys! Worked perfectly! No boot loop or any other problems

  149. Hey! Thank you guys 🙂 i had a problem, one time i tried to recovery my factory settings and after all i couldn’t see any text on screen.. this problem is solved. after installation phone rebooted 2 times.. now it’s working and all texts are in places..
    but now there is a problem… my home button doesn’t work.. have you any advises?

  150. it keeps rebooting any suggestions?

    I previously had it rooted with Hellybean it worked fine but I wanted to go back to stock , i followed all the instructions using odin but it keeps rebooting.

    1. Abhijeet Mishra says:

      Turn off the phone, boot into recovery by pressing Volume Up + Home + Power, wipe data/factory reset, then restart. It should boot up alright.

      1. Ive tried this but with no luck it keeps rebooting.
        Btw on recovery mode, much of the info that come up its in red , its like something is missing .
        “E:failed to mount /dbdata (invalid argument) etc etc…

        1. pinky says:

          dude how did you fix the problem?

      2. I managed to work it out with another GS IS WORKING AGAIN !! 😉

  151. pinky says:

    Help guys!!! My phone keeps rebooting 🙁

  152. aven ed says:

    can i do this on my gt-i900m? please tell me im desperate!

    1. helperout says:

      yes, it works on my gt-i9000M. Only difference is that when booting up your phone and in Settings > About Phone, it will say GT-i9000 (without the M)

      1. helperout says:

        using Odin v1.82 btw

  153. patrick de mey says:

    help my phone,SFT-9000,keeps rebooting, even after wiping data/factory

    Any tips?

    1. Nooob says:

      Did you read the compatibility section..?

  154. Tanzim Mazid says:

    After flashing to XXJW4 on my GT-I9000 then i rooted CynogenClockmod Recovery. After that Play store doesnot work……..what shall i do ?? Im not a pro in these matters……..Please help !!!

    1. Tanzim Mazid says:

      * clockworkmod (cwm) recovery *

  155. GSG says:

    there were many attempts but each time it FAILED. what should I do?

  156. VIVEK says:

    It is possibleto install it on my samsung gt-i9000 india as its updates is not available to indian carriers

  157. Henry says:

    My touchscreen stopped working after it was all done. I can’t write down my PIN number once it reboots. What should I do?!

    1. Henry says:

      My phone is from Brazil, maybe that’s important?

  158. rohan makhija says:

    dear sir , the problem is that my cell is not detected by my pc/odin3 when its in download mode

  159. Can I install Snapchat after that?Because the older version doesn’t let me do that.

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