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ICS Android 4.0.4 Update for Samsung Galaxy S2 International Version i9100

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The disappointing news a few days ago that the Galaxy S2 will not be getting updated to Android 4.0.4 and will be stuck at 4.0.3 has been null and voided by an actual Android 4.0.4 firmware that has leaked for the phone — XXLQ5. Android 4.0.4 is quite smoother and faster and more stable than 4.0.3, so people stuck on the not-so-smooth 4.0.3 on the Galaxy S2 will be very happy.

Keep in mind that XXLQ5 is a leaked hence unfinished firmware, and while it may work without any major problems, it may have a few bugs and issues. There are reports that the firmware is quite smoother than previous ones without any noticeable problems, so it is completely usable as a daily driver.

Read on to find out how you can update your Galaxy S2 to Android 4.0.4 with the XXLQ5 firmware.

Compatibility

This firmware and the guide below are compatible only and only with Galaxy S2, model number I9100. It’s not compatible with the I9100G or any other device. Check your device’s model number in: Settings » About phone.

Warning!

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.

How to Install XXLQ5 Android 4.0.4 Firmware on Galaxy S2 i9100

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  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.
    Important! Don’t forget to at least make a backup of your APN settings, which you can restore later if your data connection does not work after installing the ROM. Use the backup guide to find out how.
  2. It’s important you’ve the proper drivers for the phone installed. If you have installed Samsung’s Kies software, you already have the drivers, so download them only if you haven’t installed Kies.
    Download links: 32 bit (x86) Windows | 64-bit (x64) Windows
  3. Download the firmware.
    Download XXLQ5 | Filename: I9100XXLQ5_I9100OXALQ5_OXA.zip | Size: 387 MB
  4. Extract the downloaded zip file once to get the following files (you might see the file name end with .tar instead of .md5 as the file extension is usually hidden, so it’s normal):
    1. I9100_CODE_I9100XXLQ5_CL753921_REV02_user_low_ship.tar.md5
    2. GT-I9100-MULTI-CSC-OXALQ5.tar.md5
    3. MODEM_I9100XXLQ5_REV_02_CL1165929.tar.md5
    4. u1_02_20120326_emmc_EXT4_8GB.pit [ignore this one]
  5. Download Odin 1.85 from → here.
    Filename: Odin 1.85.zip | Size: 199 KB
  6. Extract the contents of the Odin 1.85.zip file to a folder.
  7. Disconnect your phone if it’s connected to PC, then switch it off.
  8. Now, put the Galaxy S2 in Download Mode — press and hold these keys together: Volume Down + Home + Power. A Warning! screen will come up; press Volume Up key to continue to enter Download Mode.
  9. Open Odin — double-click the Odin3 v1.85.exe that you got after extracting the file Odin 1.85.zip.
  10. 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 (check step 2). Also, uninstall Kies from the Control Panel as well (this will leave the drivers on the computer but remove Kies which can interfere with the procedure).
  11. In ODIN, do the following:
    1. Click on PDA and select I9100_CODE_I9100XXLQ5_CL753921_REV02_user_low_ship.tar.md5 (from step 4.1)
    2. Click on PHONE and select MODEM_I9100XXLQ5_REV_02_CL1165929.tar.md5.
    3. Click on CSC and select GT-I9100-MULTI-CSC-OXALQ5.tar.md5.
  12. Important! Do not make any other changes in Odin except selecting the required files as given in step 11. Leave all other options as they are. Your ODIN screen should look this after making necessary changes (the COM# in the yellow box may be different which is normal):
  13. Now, hit the START button to start flashing the firmware. When the flashing is complete, 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 the Odin. What to do if Odin gets stuck: If ODIN gets stuck and doesn’t seem to be doing anything, or you get a FAIL message (with red background) in ODIN, 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 9.
  14. If you run into any roadblocks while flashing the firmware, let us know and we’ll help you out.

XXLQ5 firmware, based on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich is now up and running on your Galaxy S2 i9100. Try it out and let us know how it works for you, in the comments below.

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  • Kris

    I did everything just as it says,
    But everything keeps crashing
    What to do?!

  • TS Mursidi

    I just installed the ICS 4.0.4 on my S2 and it seems to run fine. Internet is much faster, google map is much more refined. Looks good, so far. I used the European version, therefore there is no Indonesian language. But that is OK, used English most of the time. Great job and thanks. Will let you know if it saves battery.

  • sidd

    here you get ICS 4.0.4 XXLQ6 stock rom for s2 with steps to install

    http://www.adityandroid.com/2012/10/update-galaxy-s2-i9100-to-android-404.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/ahmad.abozaed Ahmed Abozaid

    it’s working perfectly
    many thanks dear

  • zohaib

    i have done upgrading but my call voice not goiung n coming plzz tell me about this issue

  • rizalation

    i cannot extract file RAR.. this file need a password!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jemsof Jems Bond Jems

    thanks its working 5n thanks a lot

  • Gábor Lénárd

    HI, could you help me…..i’m always getting this message…look the picture below

    • reuben

      dude turn all kies drivers off, and enable usb debugging.

  • Kuti

    Great guide!
    should it really take so long for the phone to start after installing?

  • newbi

    hi, my installation stops at 90% where it is installing Hidden.img, i’ve repeated the step a few times but to no avial. any help please?

  • tushar

    i dont get the added message. what should i do?

  • ryan

    can i use this method to upgrade my s2 from gingerbread to ics?

  • http://www.facebook.com/muhammad.k.shahzad.73 Muhammad Khurram Shahzad

    Thanks buddy. i was facing problem with sensor before update. its working perfectly after update :)

  • azelina27@aol.com

    I have a sgs2 flashed to cricket… Will it have to beflashed again… Azelina27@aol.com.. Thanks

  • azelina27@aol.com

    I have a sgs2 flashed to cricket… Will it have to beflashed again… Azelina27@aol.com.. Thanks

  • azelina27@aol.com

    I have a sgs2 flashed to cricket… Will it have to beflashed again… Azelina27@aol.com.. Thanks

  • neloduber

    Update went great. Everything’s working fine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Sir.Claw Craig Law

    Ravi This firmware and the guide below are compatible only and only with Galaxy S2, model number I9100. It’s not compatible with the I9100G. You have the G

  • Ravi Kumar

    I tried updating the firmware 4.0.4 on my Samsung Galaxy S2 as described above… it is showing FAILED with red background on the top left box… what could be the problem? My country is India and purchased the handset in India…

  • Ravi Kumar

    I tried updating the firmware 4.0.4 on my Samsung Galaxy S2 as described above… it is showing FAILED with red background on the top left box… what could be the problem? My country is India and purchased the handset in India…

  • Ravi Kumar

    I tried updating the firmware 4.0.4 on my Samsung Galaxy S2 as described above… it is showing FAILED with red background on the top left box… what could be the problem? My country is India and purchased the handset in India…

  • Ravi Kumar

    I tried updating the firmware 4.0.4 on my Samsung Galaxy S2 as described above… it is showing FAILED with red background on the top left box… what could be the problem? My country is India and purchased the handset in India…

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

      Dude Ravi, lookie here – http://www.theandroidsoul.com/tag/i9100G/ Awesome stuff awaits for you there, links to several jelly bean firmwares with full guides on how to get it . And, don’t try the above one. You will brick your device if you do the above.

    • sujith boyapati

      dude!turn all kies drivers off, and enable usb debugging

  • Sbuja

    Thank you very much, I was scared to do it but It worked perfectly fine(camera and everything) and the update is more stable than 4.0.3 (screenLock does not take too long to appear).

  • Sbuja

    Thank you very much, I was scared to do it but It worked perfectly fine(camera and everything) and the update is more stable than 4.0.3 (screenLock does not take too long to appear).

  • Toun

    thanks so much for the steps my phone worked just fine.

  • Pan

    ICS Android 4.0.4 Update for Samsung Galaxy S2 International Version i9100

  • Pan

    Hello, I am grateful for the upgrade. Nd so faces a serious problem with the lack of Greek keyboard. Absent by choice. There ceases to him, and download applications thinking in this way will overcome the problem. Not not not succeed. Please help

  • SATHEESH

    owesome Hit by Any SAMSUNG GALAXY S2 Version International.it is installed successfully on all carrier mobiles without any bugs.

  • Ullrich

    4.0.3 had severe connectivity issues with WLAN and GPRS – almost unusable.
    I updated yesterday to 4.0.4 and after reboot it worked right away. I got my S2 back again.
    (BTW: Don’t forget to save your settings before you update , Kies & myBackup will do this Job for you)
    Many thanks to all the busy folks on this page that made this information available.

    Greets
    Ullrich

  • Kenneth

    My S2’s Camera screen doesn’t show up but it can take pictures…. Help please

  • Marko

    i rooted my phone yesterday but on boot screen it freezes what can i do i did recovery and factory reset but still phone don’t wanna turn on…help somebody?

  • Lamis

    Why does mine keeps on failing?? I keep getting the red fail sign. It does not continue. PLEASE HELP

  • sbuja

    It seems to me that upgrading to android 4.0.4 is not a good choice. Just wasted my internet quoter!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=639251150 Torbjørn Røstelien

    do NOT! i repeat DO NOT DOWNLOAD AND USE THIS FIRMWARE!!! i can potentially brick ur phone and you will osse video and cam ability leaving searching the internet for endless hours figuring out a solution!! STAY AWAY!! DO NOT FLASH 4.0.4 even with the xxlq5 or qqlq6 or 7. they will all make u reflash back to stock.

    • Dani

      i think my phone working well after im flash with 4.0.4.. hiihihi

  • Dani

    can i use XXLQ5 in asia?

  • vinay reddy

    thanks bro i updated it very sucessfully update is awesome if anyone has quiers can contact me ill help u yeruvavinay@gmail.com

  • CATHERINE FROM PHILIPPINES

    MY PHONE DONT OPEN PLS HELP ME WHAT I AM GOING TO DO WITH MY PHONE

  • Drazen Filipovic

    please remove this post – many people hardbricked they phones
    – NOT SAFE – DON’T USE IT -

    • kinshuk chandra

      very true. In my case ODIN says pass, but phone is not able to install the update. :(

  • Socr@m

    It works perfect! Thank you guys.

  • Praveen

    Hi , I have installed in my galaxy s2 “XXLQ6″ which is not indian
    version. Now i want to download indian firmware in my phone. I have
    tried “DDLPA ” but its not getting install, may be due to lack of .PIT , PDA and CSC file. Can you advise me on same.

  • aca532

    just updated my S2 using Kies in UK, Android 4.04.

  • Samsung Galaxy S2 newbie

    I have this error on my screen after updating it to 4.04.. can someone help me remove this? help!

  • guest

    my phone
    PDA: I9100XWLP7MODEM: I9100XXLP7CSC: I9100XEULP5
    so i can i upgrade it or not cause im afraid modem csc r for wifi and mobile sim card use which is diffrent for each country so can only use pda file to upgrade???

  • chris jackson

    Ok I have the XXLQ5 rooted on my s2. I am in asia. and am experiencing problems with camera, not sure about video playback. Can I just reflash and revert back to previous rom, I want my phone rooted.

  • Fernando

    Hi, from Portugal, I did the upgrade without problems, seems as it works well but the scenn have a fixed backgroud info in several lines, like that HW:REV_ / PDA:I90100XXLQ5 / Phone:
    I90100XXLQ5 / CSC: Unknow / UniqueNumber: N
    How can I delete this info?
    Thanks

    • Samsung Galaxy S2 newbie

      That’s my problem also, then when you remove your simcard it will go away.. Looking for resolution to fix this.. so frustrated.. :(

      • mullapudi

        did u find the solution …i have a same problem

      • synguyen

        .i have a same problem

    • Samsung Galaxy S2 newbie

      That’s my problem also, then when you remove your simcard it will go away.. Looking for resolution to fix this.. so frustrated.. :(

  • Vaibhav Chawla

    I Got My Cell Updated With The NEW XXLQ5 Update For Samsung Galaxy S2 But Since Then My ODIN IS’NT BEEN ABLE To Detect My Cell Phone For Flashing As I Wanted MY Cell To Revert Back To 4.0.3 PLEASE HELP

  • SGH

    GUYS DON’T USE THE ROOT FILE LISTED ABOVE !
    it causes video playback not to work correctly (When you play a video you can hear the audio but you only see black) and the camera is the same you can take pictures but the screen appears black…
    If you already had rooted your SGS2 and you are having this problem re-flash and don’t root -,-

  • Aysha

    what is different between
    XXLQ5 and XXLPQ, which one is the latest one?

    • Praveen

      XXLQ5 is for Europe and XXLPQ is for Asia

    • Kenneth

      My S2’s Camera screen doesn’t show up but it can take pictures…. Help please

  • Aysha

    Hi
    I’m new with upgarding on my galaxy S2. but I have some question in order to be sure for upgrading:
    – my Andriod version is: 2.3.5
    – Baseband version is: I9100XXKI4
    – Kernel version is: 2.6.35.7 -I9100JPKJ2-CL655700 root@DELL143#2
    – Build number is: GINGERBREAD.JPKJ2
    with above information of my S2, can I upgrade my galaxy s2 to andriod 4.0.4 XXLQ5?
    I will appreciate your help.

    • Praveen

      Yes Aysha u can, To know how can you do it mail me at “andyaspraveen@gmail.com” coz i also have Galaxy S2 and i have updated my phone Yesterday.

  • Mata

    no camera…no videos…too bad!!!

    • SGH

      YES ! ME TOO!!! i figured it got like that after flashing the root file !
      So i re-flashed it and didn’t root -,-

      • mbest

        how to reflash ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/GreenGuitar9 Iam Sad

    please upload with mediafire

  • Mani C

    Upgraded works great !!

    • Chris

      Does the brightness slide still work with your upgrade?

  • Ramzi

    Video playback doesn’t work for me; as well as recording videos and taking pictures! Someone help!

    • SGH

      Re-flash and don’t root -,-

  • Denry C s2

    have different?

  • michal

    How can I root this?

  • Khalid

    yes i have same same.

    I
    only select & upload PDA file(first file) and working well but
    phone(second file) & CSC(third file) files are not uploading hence
    result is failed during writing all file. So first file is writing well
    except 2 & 3.

    I had before android 4.0.3 on my galaxy s2.

    Are these two files(2 & 3) are important ?

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      No, it’s fine :)

  • nadeem

    I only select & upload PDA file(first file) and working well but phone(second file) & CSC(third file) files are not uploading hence result is failed during writing all file. So first file is writing well except 2 & 3.

    I had before android 4.0.3 on my galaxy s2.

    Are these two files(2 & 3) are important ?

  • Khalid

    Only work notification bar. =(

  • Khalid

    i have the same problem( ive updated it last nite, no brightness slide on its notification bar..)

  • afiq sabri

    ive updated it last nite, no brightness slide on its notification bar..

    • manu

      can you say what is your mobile baseband versiion

  • MANU

    MY PHONE GT-I9100 XXKI4 CAN THIS UPDATE WILL WORK IN MY PHONE PLZ …… HELP ME

    • manu

      plz help me

  • MANU

    MY PHONE GT-I9100 XXKI4 THIS WILL WORK IN MY PHONE

  • xJARiD

    Works fine and I’m using i9100T

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      Do you notice performance/smoothness improvements?

  • eseceve

    Only work notification bar. =(

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