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ICS Android 4.0.4 Update for Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 P6800 [Guide]

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After making people wait for many months, Samsung recently started rolling out the Android 4.0 for their existing line of tablets, starting with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 P6800, bringing all the Ice Cream Sandwich features such as improved multitasking, better data management, a new interface, and more.

The update for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 – firmware XXLQ1 – is available online for manual flashing, in case the update hasn’t reached your device yet or if you do not want to wait for it to arrive. And the guide below will help you flash the Android 4.0.4 update on your tablet.

Important! Keep in mind that this firmware is ONLY for the Galaxy Tab P6800, which is the Wi-Fi+3G variant. It will NOT work on the P6810 aka the Wi-Fi-only variant.

Read on to find out how you can manually update your Galaxy Tab 7.7 to Android 4.0.

Compatibility

This ROM and the guide below are compatible only and only with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, model number P6800. It’s not compatible with any other device. Check your device model in Settings » About tablet.

Warning!

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

How to Update Galaxy Tab 7.7 P6800 to Android 4.0 XXLQ1 Firmware

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  1. First, download and install Kies on your computer in order to install the drivers for the tablet. After installing Kies, however, make sure Kies is NOT running. Exit it from the Taskbar at the bottom if it is running as it can interfere with the flashing process.
  2. To be sure you don’t lose data, 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.
  3. Download the XXLQ1 Android 4.0.4 firmware:
    Download Link  |  Filename: XXLQ1_OXALQ1_ATO.rar
  4. Extract the XXLQ1_OXALQ1_ATO.rar file to get a folder with this file inside — P6800OXALQ1_P6800XXLQ1_HOME.tar.md5, which you will be using in Odin’s PDA box to be flashed on phone.
  5. Download Odin 1.85 from → here.
    Filename: Odin3-v1.85.zip
  6. Extract the contents of the Odin3-v1.85.zip file to a folder.
  7. Now, turn off your Galaxy Tab 7.7, then boot into Download Mode. To do so, press and hold the Volume Down + Power buttons till the screen turns on, then let go of the power button but KEEP holding the Volume Down button till you get a caution prompt asking you whether you want to enter download mode. Here, let go of the volume down button then press the Volume Up button to confirm and enter download mode.
  8. Open Odin (from step 3) — double-click the Odin3 v1.85.exe that you got after extracting the file Odin3-v1.85.zip.
  9. Connect your tablet to the computer. 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. Check that Kies is properly installed (but again, make sure it is not actively running even in the taskbar). Also try to switch to another USB port – preferably a USB port on the back if using a desktop computer.
  10. In ODIN, click the PDA tab, then select the file you obtained in step 4 — P6800OXALQ1_P6800XXLQ1_HOME.tar.md5.
  11. Important! Do not make any other changes in Odin except selecting the required file in PDA as given in step 9. Leave all other options as they are. Do NOT check the Re-partition option.
  12. Now, hit the START button to start flashing the XXLQ1 Android 4.0 firmware on your Galaxy Tab 7.7. After the flashing is complete, the tablet will automatically reboot. You’ll also get a PASS message in ODIN. You can now safely disconnect your tablet from the computer. 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 tablet on in Download mode again, and do the procedure again from Step 7.
  13. If you run into any roadblocks while flashing the firmware, let us know and we’ll help you out.

Your Galaxy Tab 7.7 has been successfully updated to Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Let us know how it works for you, in the comments below.

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  • Vijay

    Thank you so much .Its working awesome and lovely. Now my tablet is looking like fabulous and giving Stunning Performance…..

  • lucas Nghia

    thanks a lot

  • Slim

    My device will not connect to Kies??? Any suggestions?

  • sameernavas

    Thank you very much!! I just reimaged p6800 with ICS.

    -sameer

  • Vannareth

    I just upgraded my Galaxy 7.7 but it has a problem with wifi connection. Did you guy have this problem? Can you guide me how to solve it? Thanks.

  • Dana

    Just made the update. The only problem is that i cannot connect to my wifi network. Any suggestions, please ?

  • saad

    just upgraded my new galaxy tab to ics .. working perfectly fine .. thanx

  • ady0s17

    Wow! Its great. Thanks a lot..

  • http://twitter.com/hadiirwein Hadi Irwein

    WORKS like a Charm…. THANK you very much!!!

  • der

    tired of waiting for samsung’s ics update (Malaysia), gotta do it myself!
    the outcome is just awesome! testing for half an hour after flashing, everything works just fine! XD

    • der

      thanks so much!

  • http://www.facebook.com/skdgreat Shiva Kumar Palani

    I was able to upgrade successfully. Thanks.

  • faris_jayz

    Wow! Thank you so much! It works like a charm! :)

    I don’t have any problem at all upgrading it to Android 4.0. Everything works smoothly from the beginning of the process.

    When the flashing is done, everything starts very new like I was purchasing it just now! Everything was restored back the moment my tablet rebooted. :)

    The new interface and display are so smooth and it doesn’t lag at all like the previous version Android 3.2. Very beautiful graphics and display. Gorgeous animation. I just love it so much…except for the video quality. My HD videos don’t look quite HD but it is still ok as I don’t watch videos much.

    Luckily for me, I don’t experience any problem such as wifi dropping or anything else. :)

  • nico

    i am stuck on samsung logo black screen wont boot . need help

    • Miguel Sanchez

      Hi,
      If you haven’t fixed, just boot the tablet in Recovery Mode (Power+Volume Up) and do a wipe cache partition and wipe data/ factory reset and then reboot, it worked for me.

  • papakan

    Hello I installed Kies on my PC, could possibly connect my Samsung Tablet 7.7, notified that found no device. I’ve tried two PC with XP and Win7. I get the same answer. I got Kies from SAMMOBILE. What should I do

  • PhatJoe

    Those instructions worked like a breeze. The P6800 started as expected an all applications seems to work well after the upgrade as well as WiFi and the modem. No issues related to ICS found so far.

  • IainC67

    ICS update went easily – now all smooth and much improved, however can’t delete any apps…drag them to delete bin and they are still there?

  • http://www.facebook.com/pho.zaw.1650 Pho Zaw

    My tab P6800
    was update with this tutorial. Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • hafz

    thank you ver much..it’s done and works fine..

  • Stan Lee

    Just got mine updated. Thanks for the simple and easy to understand instructions.. Bravo!!! You guys are just GREAT…

  • simon so ka seng

    very useful!thanks!!!^^

  • Gul

    how to remove the battery???

  • mo

    thank you!! works fine!

  • X3STeNLiTE

    Could you remove you SSG Tab 7.7′s battery?

  • sono

    Can someone else check that in calendar if you press and hold a day to enter a quick all day event and you start that event with a number in the event field it stores the event in the wrong date and drops some of the numbers you entered. I used to use this method for putting my work roster in the calendar but it is no longer a reliable way to do it in ICS

  • VINAY

    HOW CAN I RESTORE MY ORIGINAL Android OS, v3.2 (Honeycomb)?

    • jtv

      Just do the same steps, but using a Honeycomb firmware instead of an ICS one. Be adviced that the first time it boots up, it won’t get past the Samsung logo. All you have to do is press power 10 seconds, when the screen turns off, press volume up+power (to go into recovery mode). Choose wipe cache and wipe factory settings. Then choose reboot. But, I don’t get why you want the laggy Honeycomb better than ICS.

  • Miguel Hoi

    People,
    If i update my galaxy tab 7.7 device to android 4.0.4, is it possible to change the language? If all languages avaible? I am from the Netherlands so can I change the language to “Dutch” or is the default language dutch.

    Thank you,
    Miguel

  • ab

    i worked very well for me…. very smooth and easy install, if instructions are strictly followed…

  • Jola

    Have done this update, all seems fine, and the P6800 certainly works much better than before.

    However, I notice that Kies now says that the tablet is no longer updateable by Kies – certainly this is not an immediate issue, but how do you get past this in the future ?

  • emersonbata

    every time i did the downloading mode insect the cable and run odin , it always go to failed and nothing happen.

  • emersonbata

    i did all the step and procedures but it always comes out red failed sign, worst when i pull out the cable, turn off the tablet, it has a prompt sign that i t should go to kies for a recovery mode,the tablet could not coneect to kies and it need a previous computer code for a emergency recovery firmware,
    please help please help!

  • emersonbata

    complete write operation failed
    all threads succeed and failed 0
    nothing happens and it has a red failed sign

  • emersonbata

    complete write operation failed
    all threads succeed and failed 0
    nothing happens and it has a red failed sign

  • Gokul

    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    P6800OXALQ1_P6800XXLQ1_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:20)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Can’t open the serial(COM) port.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    These are the messages in ODIN. It has failed to update my tab.
    Pl help!

  • sentinel

    thanks for Everything you learn us

  • warriorknight

    Superb! Thanks :)

  • Danish

    Thank You ….works like a charm… :-)) No problems at all!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rustysnail26 Teddy Segoro

    Works like magic, except my media player is unable to find music files in the micro SD. So I downloaded Music Folder Player Free and it works fine now.

  • Denis

    i did the update on my Galaxy Tab 7.7 GT-P6800 to ICS 4.04 successfully, it runs a bit faster and used some 40+MB less RAM compared to HC. the only issue was GPS not working, solved by another reboot.
    i did this update about a month ago, still no problems/issues, all apps do work fine.

  • Farshad

    Works GREAT.thanks.

  • NajeeB

    work like a sharm

  • Farshad

    This file is either removed due to copyright claim or is deleted by the uploader.ANOTHER LINK!!!!

  • Will

    Would someone renew the link to download the firmware please? The download link doesn’t work anymore. Thanks!

  • pheak

    can anyone share the link to download the the rom tab 7.7 ics please…thank

  • darkwarrior

    The md5 has been removed from hotfile. can you provide another link? thanks.

  • syrenen

    Works like a charm. Absolutely no hassle! It makes the Galaxy 7,7 shine and transforms it into the best tablet of its kind. Its foremost qualities, i.e., powerful processor, magical screen, long battery life and unsurpassed portability can be enjoyed to the full. For an Ipad 3 owner, who is always burden with its weight even if he is also enchanted by its screen and other qualities, the flyweight tablet is a real gem. My reliance on Ipad, used only at home, is becoming less and less. I urge you all to discover the virtues of this magnificent machine and do not be crushed by the Apple juggernaut. Thank you so much for making this firmware available and for providing such concise and lucid instructions for updating our systems.

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

      Wow, great! Thanks for sharing your views with us.

  • gags

    Not able to download 4.0.4 firmware,xxlq1, file has been removed. Kindly advise

  • http://www.facebook.com/bert.steve Bert Steve

    Hi all. Successfully Odin’d my P6800 [Malaysia] to ICS. I repeated step 7 about 5-6 times when the FAIL status came out. Skipped the pulling out battery step though. The progress bar increased at every repeat and finally the familiar upgrading screen came out. Anyway, reports from various sources about the decrease in picture and video quality are true though still watchable. Performance is buttery smooth. So far no issue with Wifi drop. 3G is working fine. There was an issue somewhere I read about the screen couldn’t be scrolled continuously but I don’t see such problem. Previously on 3.2, 3D games were laggy but now… praise the higher being I think the framerate is at maximum speed. There could be other issues that I’m yet to discover. Just flashed it 15 minutes ago. Maybe the changes are too insignificant to my eyes :P I can’t emphasize more on the speed improvement. It’s ridiculously smooth. You know in 3.2 when you hold-tap the homescreen to take out the widget drawer and it’s very laggy? Now you can tap hold select and reverse at will without the fear of accidentally tappin the wrong widget because now you can even ENJOY the animation process. Will try to hog my tab’s resources later and then we’ll see :)

  • Anerve

    all fine, but e books does not work “service will be available soon” someone know wath to do with that?

  • Mukul

    Upgraded to ICS ( Galaxy tab 7.7, P6800) in Saudi Arabia with the upgrade from SAM mobile. Smooth transition, thanks to clear and precise instructions. All data, settings and applications preserved. The tablet is smoother. As mentioned by another observer the e book doesn’t work but I wasn’t a user anyway. Thank you very much.

  • Ou

    Done but i’m little disappointed. It’s obvious that program is not ready yet. It plays live stream much worse now. Quality seems worse and it flickering while playing. Lower quality videos are ok. I used to wach this: http://otse.err.ee/etv/ no problem at all, exellent quality but now it’s too hard for Android 4.0.4.Flashlight no longer works and Chrome seems to be bit faulty too.

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