Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich Update: I9100H3GLP2 Firmware at Carrier 3

Three Galaxy S2

The Samsung Galaxy S2 was recently updated to Ice Cream Sandwich officially in some parts of Europe with the XXLPQ firmware, and now, UK’s carrier Three has released the update for their Galaxy S2 models, version I9100H3GLP2. Of course, it comes with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top, with Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0.3 running underneath. It is now officially available through Kies, but for those wishing to flash it manually on their Three branded Galaxy S2 can do so by following the step by step procedure given below.

Keep in mind that the main firmware version is still XXLPQ, but this is the Three UK variant of the firmware, I91000H3GLP2. So read on to find out how you can flash the I9100H3GLP2 ICS firmware on Three UK’s Galaxy S2.


This firmware and the guide below are compatible only and only with the Three UK Galaxy S2, model number i9100. It’s not compatible with any other device, including US variants of S2, the Epic 4G Touch, T-mobile Galaxy S2 and AT&T Galaxy S2 along with Skyrocket. Check your device’s model number 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/Tips

  1. 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.
  2. If you have Samsung’s PC software Kies installed, un-install it first because it may interrupt the flashing process.
  3. Drivers! — it’s important you’ve the proper drivers installed. Download links below.
    32 bit (x86) Windows |   64-bit (x64) Windows

How to Install XXLPQ on Three’s Galaxy S2 i9100

  1. Download the XXLPQ firmware.
    Download Link  |  Filename:  |  Size: 399 MB
  2. Now, extract the downloaded file (from step 1) to any folder, you’ll get these 2 files:
    1. I9100XXLPQ_I9100H3GLP2_I9100NELP2_HOME.tar.md5
    2. SS_DL.dll (simply ignore this one)
  3. Now, download the Odin software which you’ll need to flash the XXLPQ on your Galaxy S2 i9100.
    Download Link  |  Filename: Odin3 v1.83.exe
  4. Power off your phone and also disconnect it from PC if it’s connected, and don’t forget to keep phone’s battery above 50%, just to be safe. After the screen goes off, wait for vibration to confirm complete switch off.
  5. Boot Galaxy S2 into Download Mode in order to flash the XXLPQ firmware using Odin. For this, press and hold these keys together: Volume Down + Home + Power, you’ll get a Warning! screen.. press Volume up to continue to enter download mode.
  6. Open Odin (from step 3) — double-click the Odin3 v1.83.exe.
  7. 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.
  8. Now, in the PDA tab in Odin, select the file you got in step 2.1 – I9100XXLPQ_I9100H3GLP2_I9100NELP2_HOME.tar.md5.
  9. Important! Do not touch any other button or make any other changes in Odin except selecting the required file as given in step 8.
  10. Now, hit the START button to start flashing XXLPQ firmware. When the flashing procedure is finished, your phone will automatically reboot — and when you see the Samsung logo, you can safely unplug the cable. Plus, you’ll get a PASS (with green background) message in the left-most box at the very top of 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 6. Same if you get FAIL in Odin.
  11. In case you encounter any roadblocks flashing XXLPQ, let us know in the comments below and we’ll try to help you out.

You’re successfully updated your Three branded Galaxy S2 to the official Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 with XXLPQ firmware. Let us know what you think of it, in the comments below.

87 Comment

  1. anon says: Reply

    good for people on three but for unbranded phones we still aint got the update

  2. Mr Asus67 says: Reply

    Simples:Flash your phone with these settings,insert sim card and add / change the APN settings

  3. quyen says: Reply

    Hi, my model is GT-I9100, bought in Singapore, would it be ok to follow this process?

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Your phone is its eligible for the above. You can surely try this.

      But btw, i would recommend you to install xxlpq. Search xxlpq firmware here in this site to get links and guide.

  4. Spamcop says: Reply

    For unbranded phones use:


    Base Firmware: I9100XXLPQ (4.0.3)

    Region Poland (XEO)

    Build Date: 9th March 2012

    Modem: XXLPQ


    Change List: 223505

    Kernel Version: 3.0.15

  5. Andy Dufresne says: Reply

    I’m on Three network, but my phone isn’t branded in anyway, so I’m not sure I can go for this. I certainly don’t get the option to update via Kies2. My model number is GT-I9100, baseband I9100XXKI1. Is this different to what’s suggested above? Don’t wanna wreck my new phone. Cheers.

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Your phone is its eligible for the above. You can surely try this.

      1. Sathya says: Reply

        Hi Kapil, my model is GT-I9100, bought in India, would it be ok to follow this process?

  6. Spamcop says: Reply

    It should be fine but, if you root your phone and take a Nandroid backup before you flash the new firmware, you can roll back to your current firmware if anything goes wrong.

  7. Andy Dufresne says: Reply

    I’ve installed it and it worked fine 🙂

  8. OK says: Reply

    Hi, Im having getting back into doenload mode. After clicking start on odin after a min or so i got fail in red in the upper left box of odin. Disconnected the phone took the battery out and then got the phone yellow triangle with an exclaimation mark and computer on the screen. Dont know that to do. As i cant seen to get the phone to go back into download mode or start up the screen only shows the phone yellow triangle and computer on the screen. HELP ME

  9. Jasper says: Reply

    The update is great, I’ve noticed 1 major issue with it though. You can’t now set proxy information for a wi-fi connection. Previously you went to advanced settings in wireless to input the proxy info but that feature is no longer there. Big step backwards in my opinion.

    1. Kakar says: Reply

       whn you turn wifi onn …goto make new connection the box can bescrolled down to … check the show advanced options nw you can set any ip and proxy settings and diffrent for every new connection …. its actually a step forward …….

      1. Jasper says: Reply

        I just tried what you said and your spot on. You can now set proxy information for each individual wi-fi connection which is fantastic.

  10. Alrae says: Reply

    Hello Guys,

    I’m based in Doha, Qatar and using Samsung Galaxy s2

    Question: Can i use this update in my unit? thanks…

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      I am not sure whether you will get local languages support with this update or not. If that’s okay with you, you can try XWLP3, which is latest one –
      You can also try this one — But I don’t think you will get support of local languages in these firmwares.

      1. Alrae says: Reply

         Kapil..Thank you thank you… i got my ice cream sandwich on my phone now! i used the new one from O2 and smoothly and perfectly installed and work well.. again thank you… i love SG2 more hehehe

        1. gelaiski says: Reply

          hi alrae, how u upgrade to ice cream sandwich? im also based in Qatar and still didnt received any update.pls reply. thanks

          1. Kapil says:

            Well, it’s easy. Just follow the guide above to upgrade your Galaxy S2 to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Wait till Alrae confirms to you and then do it. 🙂

  11. Thomasalthea20 says: Reply

    I am in Jamaica and updated my phone with the I9100XXLPQ firmware and everything was working fine until lately I have been seeing messages saying application has stopped working plus phone freezes sometimes what can I do to address this?

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Do ‘Factory Reset’ from settings.

  12. Dama Reach says: Reply

    what if
    Model number: GT-I9100T
    Baseband version: I9100TDCKL1
    can i still install use this method???

  13. Faf says: Reply

    can i use this update with GT-I9100T?

  14. Sathya says: Reply

    Hi, my model is GT-I9100, bought in Singapore, would it be ok to follow this process?

  15. Sathya says: Reply

    Hi, Please discard my earlier post, it was a mistake (blush)….my model is GT-I9100, bought in India, would it be ok to follow this process? 

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Yes, the above would work for you. Your phone is surely compatible. But I would recommend this one to you (because it’s not carrier specific) —

  16. Maxims-697 says: Reply

    i also updated to ice cream sandwich …. still everything is going great !!! 🙂 thanx to you…. am really happy!!! 🙂 thanx again

  17. Limpbang2 says: Reply

    hi, i just install this firmware and its was success. but i found some error on screenshot capture, its say “couldn’t capture screen shot” on notification bar. how to fix it? Thanks

  18. hoggleboggle says: Reply

    works a treat on my S2. Although I am on the Three network my phone was a replacement sent by the insurance company after the last one was stolen and that was running Portuguese firmware?!?! I didn’t even have to reinstall any apps or data – it was all still there after I rebooted. One strange thing is that KIES now says that my hardware can’t be upgraded via KIES anymore. Is that normal? I did get a request for permission on the phone to allow OTA updates. Will that replace having to use KIES to get updates?

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Kies is a mess, forget it. If there is a new firmware, we’ll be covering it anyway and you can install it manually well before Kies gets you one. Yes, OTA updates might get you software updates directly on phone.

  19. littlemiss says: Reply

    How do I manage to do a screen shot now i’ve updated to this firmware? It won’t work if I do as previously.

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Hold Volume Down and Power keys together to take a screenshot.

  20. Legaulas11 says: Reply

    is this the official version now? not the beta?

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      It’s official. But if you want a open firmware, not the one from carrier, I suggest you install official xxlpq from here —

  21. Jasper says: Reply

    Hi there, I’ve been using the new firmware for a few weeks and it’s fantastic. The only issue I have is that the sky go app does not work any more. It says it is not compatible with the device but it worked fine on the previous version. Is there anything I can do about this, thanks. 

  22. Hi kapil, I m having galaxy s2, i bought it from India..I read the procedure and All….

    but i read the other people comment too…I read this too..

    but i see that people are not really happy wid this….
    so my questn is…Is this Ok if i install this one in my phn instead of XXLPJ….Is there any issue..?
    what the difference make btw two…?

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Not too much difference, but I would say you go with XXLPQ. Try it out, it’s pretty cool. It’s the Android 4.0, man…. the Ice Cream Sandwich.

      1. Okay Thanx… BTW do you have any idea…when it vil officially launch in India….?

        1. Kapil says: Reply

          Nope, no idea man. But it should within less than a month.

          1. i Google it..i found this..

            here country release of ICS for s2 is given..and it show.. “ICS is Not Available for this region, yet!” 🙁

  23. Maxims-697 says: Reply

    I have a samsung galaxy note. Can any one tell me how i can download the official ics for samsung galaxy not….. if so , please please let me know…..

  24. Decision_on_the_spot says: Reply

    my phone stated but only S is blinking again ad agin.. help me guys

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      It’s not available yet.. you can expect it happening pretty soon, like this month only. So hold on, and don’t try anything not-so-good on your Note yet. 🙂

    2. Kapil says: Reply

      Try XXLPQ on your Galaxy S2 model number i9100 — This should shurely work, otherwise your device is not i9100 Galaxy S2.

  25. hoggleboggle says: Reply

    i am having some problems with my phone since using this update. The phone seems to randomly loose all network connection (showing the circle with dash symbol) and the only way to recover is to reboot the device. any ideas what that could be?

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      What’s your country/region?

      1. hoggleboggle says: Reply

        I’m in the UK on the 3network. I originally had a gs2 from 3 but it got stolen and the insurance replaced it with a model with a Portuguese rom on it.

        1. Kapil says: Reply

          Well, even though you are using a Portuguese S2 on 3 carrier in UK, with the firmware meant for 3, it should be okay. I suggest you install the H3GLP2 firmware again using the guide above.

          If it doesn’t work fine, download one Portuguese firmware, BULPC, from here —– and install it using the guide above. Select English language and see if
          this works fine. Let me know.

  26. Hi Guys,

    I am in South Africa.

    Will this work for me?


    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Yes it would. But you better download and install the XXLPQ firmware, from here –
      XXLPQ will be better for you.

      1. thanks!!!!! will do

  27. Himanshu Bhardwaj says: Reply

    Hi Dear Kapil i am In India
    My Hand Set Is S2 I9100G, New Purchase Last 1Month Back,
    Plz Advice New Update Software is ICS How Will possible,
    plz Details.

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Sadly, ICS firmware is not available for i9100G yet. That’s very poor of Samsung, really!

  28. Syed Waseem says: Reply

    hi bro……ive got galaxy s2 GT-I9100G with android 2.3.6….can i upgrade it with ICS4 m in INDIA…please let know…….thanx

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Nope, it’s not for i9100G.

    2. shafeek says: Reply

      s you can

  29. Rino says: Reply

    i get this all the time: Acore stopped all the time..

  30. hamada says: Reply

    Hi guys lm in Iraq will this work for me thanks

  31. Tech android says: Reply

    I had a samsung galaxy ginger bread os , I offically updated the ice cream sandwich , after that i can’t access any internet browser on the device. Hand i had purchased in australia but I’m using in india.
    Could please give any advice , how can i fix the troubleshooting.

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      You are talking about Galaxy S2 i9100 on Android 2.3 gingerbread, right? If you installed Android 4.0 from above, you still have Internet browser, you just need to spot it from app drawer.

      Or simply try this one – This doesn’t have all the bloatware the above firmware has.

  32. ankit says: Reply


    I hv already installed manually d official one,
    Coz m from india and samsung wont relese update here..

    But after upgrade i cant install some apps and games.

    Bro if u suggest me d improved one, m really thankful to u..

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Install this firmware, which is specifically for India — download link:
      Only files have changed, use the above guide only to flash it using Odin.

      1. Ankit says: Reply

        Bro after registers on above Site, download link not working

          1. ankit says:

            Bro aftet flash it, data connection drop rendomly.

          2. ankit says:

            Such a huge lack of batteery drain

  33. jan says: Reply

    hey! guys i’m in Puerto Rico!! this will work with my galaxy s2??

  34. akash says: Reply

    dude willl this work for my samsung galaxy note ????

  35. salih says: Reply

    Very nice

  36. neliedk says: Reply

    pls am in nigeria and have installed quite a number of ics version includin this lpq but i keep havin problem with contacts app it closes most of the time the dialler cant perform ussd commands anymore plsss i need ur help i really love the features of this os

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Flash this firmware, download link:
      It’s for African Galaxy S2. This should work fine for you.
      Use the above guide only to install/flash it. Only files have changed, procedure remains same.

  37. Tushar Bhavsar says: Reply

    Hi Kapil will this firmware works in Oman / UAE?

  38. Thanks Guys, I just installed ICS on my phone as directed and all my apps contacts and settings were intact. everything is working fine so far!

  39. adhu says: Reply

    hi i am in maldives, this firmware will work in my s2?

  40. thanyawzinmin says: Reply

    Odin3 v1.83.exe Link is dead.

  41. Christopher says: Reply

    after I upgraded my samsung S2 to android 4.0 I cant access to internet!!!!help!!

    1. what happand? your wifi doesen’t work or

  42. Sebi says: Reply

    Hy im from Romania will this work For me?

  43. najih-90 says: Reply

    Will this work on my sgs2 i9100, from Maldives

  44. sheikabdullah says: Reply

    i am in OMAN(sohar). i can possible to upgrade my Samsung galaxy s2 os. 2.3 to ICS ?

  45. subin98 says: Reply

    can anyone give me some version of odin that works on a macbook pro

  46. mohammad says: Reply

    hey guys does this version has the arabic package ??

  47. mou says: Reply

    plllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllzzzzzz anybody help me
    i try all above instruction step by step …………….
    but dosnt worked ,
    my s2 not work and not boot
    when i switch it on or download mode
    a small pic for pc and old mobile between it attention logo
    how can i recover it on gingerbread plllllllllllllllease.

  48. imran says: Reply

    i am from india and i want to upgrade my samsung galaxy s2 os 2.3 to 4.0

  49. Hi I am from Mauritius tried this now my phone does not work. It only shows the samsung logo with the yellow warning sign then goes blank. When i press the power volume and menu key I can get into CMW recovery tried factory reset, wipe cache still the same. Help!

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