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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.

  • Anton

    it’s works fine
    thx!

  • JeremyLL

    how did you guys backup the APN settings? Do we need to do it?

  • 민병일

    dont have to factory reset and wipe cash? before install it?

  • Thomas

    Very very Good!! Works branded!

  • http://twitter.com/lhan2508 Pitchapon Noonbhakdi

    Thank you very much. This has worked very smoothly

  • Yaxmir

    Just updated and everything seems to be working well. Thanks for the manual!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashwin.khairnar.5 Ashwin Khairnar

    Dear Abhijit,,,
    I am facing problem with Wifi dropping after flashing to this Rom.
    Please help!
    It works every time for short duration whenever i restart my tab.
    Need ur advise!

    • strong

      i got the same issue…did you fix yours??? i planning to get back to honeycomb because this wifi droppping irritates me…. pls help thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashwin.khairnar.5 Ashwin Khairnar

    Thank you Very much ABHIJIT……I am certainly able to update to ICS with my new GT6800.
    Great help buddy!
    Thank you once again and I will explore ICS for few days now!

    • http://www.facebook.com/ashwin.khairnar.5 Ashwin Khairnar

      I am in bit of trouble my tab now works on Mobile data but it gives up Wireless connection if you don;t use it as soon as it booted.
      Once i keep watching long playlist on youtube then it works fine.But if you stop watching it just gives up. Again i have restart and do it again.So can;t tell that i have flashed wrong ROM also…
      Tried to reflash it twice or trice..same issue….please help.

      • shadygattas

        do u find any solution for this problem??,,,,as i face the same issue..

  • aseplala

    Hi! Thanks for the guide. I have installed it on my samsung galaxy tab 7.7 p6800 and it works. but the thing is, the camera still uses the old HoneyComb one. I hope you can help me on this.

    kind regards :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/George.Yared George Castaños Yared

    Flashed ICS on my GT-PT6800 and it works. The instructions were very clear. Thanks

  • Tanvir

    When I tried flashing the ICS on my P6800 as per the steps above. I got this messages:

    Added!!
    Enter CS for MD5..
    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:5)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)
    Removed!!
    What should I do now? :(

  • minimarvels

    I successfully updated my galaxy tab 7.7 by following the instructions. I just noticed that my wallpaper is not scrolling anymore when moving from one screen to another. I just couldn’t find the setting. Did i miss anything? Also, the pictures of those in my contact list that was synced from facebook was missing after the update. I had to reinstall fb for android and re”join” my contacts in the device with that in Facebook.

    On the bright side, it did make my 7.7 more responsive.

  • Egis

    i works really nice, but i’m concerned, if it is possible to remove this upgrade and reupgrade with official samsung update later?

  • TJ

    Thanks so much for this clear and concise guide. ICS is up and running on my tab and without any problems what so ever. I was amazed that most of my important data – messaging, phone, touchdown – were untouched on the device. I’m really impressed :-)

  • Mehdriod

    Have anybody experienced screen picture quality reduction after the ICS update? I have a feeling that mine is not crisp anymore after the update :(

  • raymond

    ODIN got stuck the first time but after following the instructions to disconnect and to reboot to Download mode again, it worked well. Many thanks!

  • shady gattas

    thank u its very smooth but there is apoint that e book does nt work..pls fix this

  • Emiel

    procedure worked perfectly thank you

  • tomyeoh

    Updated successfully without any glitches on a Malaysian region 7.7, thank you! Only thing lost was the root access. QUESTION: Will I be able to update via Samsung Kies on future updates after this?

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisDominicPCh ChrisDominic P Chan

    does the e books works on the update.. mine is saying service unavailable this time…or service coming soon.. any same problems and what to do with it

  • Mehdriod

    Just done mine and can’t be happier :D

  • Auro

    It worked, smooth and easy! Thank you!

  • Shemy

    Great Job, Working Perfect

  • sosmith

    i want to ask a question before i can install it
    does the new ics supports arabic keyboard or not….and does it support arabic lang. or not too?
    because something similar happened to me when i upgraded my nokia mobile phone it removed the arabic lang and got me the euro lang package

    • Shemo

      Arabic Support is OK, but no arabic keyboard

      • Adham

        ohhhhhhhh shit ! Really ?!

  • Galaxy7.7User

    Worked well for me. Thanks.

  • aung

    One thing happens after flahsing with ICS. Mine is originally made for HK . Kies firmware update tools said this device can’t update firmware via KIES. Could it be because of regional different? I am in Brunei, usinf SIM of Brunei and firmware is for Europe.

  • Aung

    Mine is with Hongkong region original firmware. I flashed with Europe one ICS successfully by using odin. I tried to restore previous setting but I got some only but not all. It is working nicely after reinstalling apps and adjusting setting.

  • dean

    After done upgrading, how to root? Ive tried flashing root.zip file but it was failed. The msg was saying “signature verification failed”

  • Mia

    Upgraded my my Tab 7.7 successfully. FAIL-ed in Odin 1x but worked the 2nd try.Thanks for the easy to follow instructions!.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alvinleewc0 Alvin Lee

    simple steps n guides, works perfeectly for me too, thx a lot…

  • Androidor

    After using Mobile Odin and getting nothing but the “Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7″ screen and spending several hours trying to fix it, I found this at xda-dev:
    “ICS for p6800 is out already . but is has samsung interface. maybe you can get the missing drivers. it download it and it works awesome
    just google

    ICS Android 4.0.4 Update for Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 P6800 [Guide]
    cause i cant post links”

    Followed the simple instructions and my tablet is now running ICS!!
    Thanks a lot!!!!!

  • Mahmoud

    i did all of the steps and the galaxy restart and open well
    thank you so much for helping
    now my 7.7 working under ice cream android prog

  • Ahmed

    Guys could anyone made the update test Arabic support on it. Just try this website http://www.kherna.com and send screenshot to me please :D

  • Jordan Yap

    Just flash to ICS. Very simple guideline and the procedure just run smoothly. Thank you very much!!

  • felix5489

    it’s works very nice in my Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. Thank you

  • Dragos

    Successfully updated my 7.7 tab to 4.0.4 version. I’m a Romanian user and it works perfect. Go out and make the upgrade!!!

  • Christina

    Hi, my tab is successfully added to ordin and i have started the update but it was stuck at ‘setupconnection’ in the ordin message. May I know if this is normal and how long does it take to be updated? Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/richardmenezes Richard Menezes

    WOW… it’x perfect! :)

  • Exoone

    Works perfectly for me!Thank you!

  • Darren Powell

    Update went smoothly and quickly thanks to your instructions :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/gustavo.mourao Gustavo Mourão

    CWM is available in this thread http://forum.xda-developers.com/show….php?t=1542897

    Flash it with Odin, Mobile Odin or Heimdall. Just open it in PDA like you would with a full rom, it will detect that it’s just the recovery.

    Then get the CWM installable SuperSU package from Chainfire’s thread here http://forum.xda-developers.com/show….php?t=1538053

    Then boot to CWM recovery (VolUp+Power) and flash the SuperSU zip.

  • kurioso

    After I flashed to ICS 4.0.4 I have lost root access.
    Now, when I try rooting again (recovery mode) it says:
    E: Signature verification failed
    I copied the file (root.zip) to the SD again, and again. Same problem.
    Has anyone had this problem?

    kurioso

  • http://profiles.google.com/gustavo.mourao Gustavo Mourão

    works perfect. But had some issues until reset my device

  • Tom

    my tab has been rooted, will i be able to update it?

  • Caio Andrade

    I did the update, but now I have no wifi connection. Does anyone know why?

    • EricG

      Same thing.

      I disabled mobile data connection and WiFi. Then I switched to flight mode. Then I restarted the tablet. After that I switched off flight mode and turned on WiFi. This worked for me. Maybe just restarting the tablet is enough. But in other cases with android phones I used this method to get the radio back to normal when just restarting wouldn’t work.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ashwin.khairnar.5 Ashwin Khairnar

        EVeryone is not lucky as you are and but with my tab now only Mobile data works fine.
        Wifi drops after booting in some seconds. very odd problem

  • Japhi

    Couldn’t boot before and can’t boot after flashing 4.0.4. During boot stops showing “Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.7″. After putting it off, battery charging is shown. PC gives message “Doesn’t recognise USB.-…”. Flashed 4.0.4 two times, same failure. 7.7 can’t remove battery. What next????

  • Museryo

    Works perfectly! Cheers!

  • Adhil

    For me it worked like charm…thanks a lot

  • mic

    Tank you, it’s Ok for me, to. Good tutorial

  • Samsung GT7.7

    It’s works very nice in my Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. Thank you…..

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