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Upgrade Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Latest Android 3.2 Honeycomb Firmware XWKL1

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While you wait patiently for Samsung to come out with the official Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 update for your Galaxy Tab 10.1 P7500, here’s a new Honeycomb Android 3.2 update for your tablet. XWKL1 is the latest Honeycomb 3.2 firmware for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and while it’s not the Android 4.0 update you’re all waiting for, it’s at least an update, which everyone loves. Also, the firmware is rooted already, so you don’t need to do that yourself.

Read on to find out how you can update your Galaxy Tab 10.1 P7500 to XWKL1 Honeycomb firmware.

Compatibility

This firmware and the guide below are compatible only and only with Galaxy Tab 10.1, model number P7500. It’s not compatible with any other device. Check your device’s model number 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 completely what it is. If any damage occurs to your device, we won’t be held liable.

Pre-installation Requirements

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  1. This procedure will wipe your apps and data (but will not touch the SD cards), so 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. If you have installed Kies, you already have the drivers, so download them only if your Tab doesn’t get detected.
    Download Link

How to Install XWKL1 Firmware on Galaxy Tab 10.1

  1. Download the firmware.
    Download Link  |  Filename: P7500XWKL1_P7500XEUKL1_P7500XXKL3_HOME_ROOT.exe  |  Size: 343 MB
  2. Double-click the downloaded file and then select the folder where you want to extract the file. You will get a file named P7500XWKL1_P7500XEUKL1_P7500XXKL3_HOME_ROOT.tar.md5 after extracting the downloaded file.
  3. Download Odin 1.85 from → here.
    Filename: Odin 1.85.zip | Size: 199 KB
  4. Extract the contents of the Odin 1.85.zip file to a folder.
  5. Disconnect your tablet if it’s connected to PC and switch it off.
  6. Now, put the tablet in Download Mode — press and hold these keys together: Volume Down + Power. Right after the screen turns on, you’ll see a menu. Let go of both buttons, then press the Volume Up button to continue to download mode.
  7. Open Odin (from step 3) — double-click the Odin3 v1.85.exe that you got after extracting the file Odin 1.85.zip.
  8. Connect your tablet 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 tips’.
  9. Now, in ODIN, click the PDA tab, and select the file P7500XWKL1_P7500XEUKL1_P7500XXKL3_HOME_ROOT.tar.md5 that you obtained in step 2 after extracting the downloaded firmware file. (from step 2.3)
  10. 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.
  11. Now, hit the START button to start flashing of XWKL1 on your Galaxy Note. When the flashing is complete, your tablet 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 and doesn’t seem to be doing anything, or you get a FAIL message (with red background) in ODIN, do the following – disconnect the tablet from the PC, close ODIN, remove battery, re-insert it, turn tablet on in Download mode, and do the procedure again from Step 7.
  12. If you run into any roadblocks while flashing the firmware, let us know and we’ll help you out.

That’s it. Your Galaxy Tab 10.1 P7500 is now running the latest Honeycomb firmware — XWKL1. Do let us know your thoughts on the firmware and how it works on your Tab, in the comments below.

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  • susan

    Please help… I have a samsung galaxy tab 10.1 7510 wifi only. the tab was running slow, knocking me out of things, and wsnt performing right. so i went in to about tab and did the software update! this update made my tab worse! i then read that this update was only for 7500? please help me fix this. any help would be appreciated. i dnt have much knowledge about these things!!! thank you

  • http://www.facebook.com/RoyCityHunter Roy C Hunter

    Thx sharing, my P7510 Galaxy Tab 10.1 WIFI only is success upgrade 3.2 Honeycomb =3=

  • kike05012

    Works great on my Galaxy Tab7500. Thanks a lot!!!!

  • stupid me

    My tablet is now stuck in a loop with the samsung start up screen.. please help… is this because I install the ICS Rom and was using this to go back to honeycomb??

    • http://www.facebook.com/RoyCityHunter Roy C Hunter

      just wait it, it just loading about 5 minute ^^

    • Vitor

      Same happening with my Galaxy P7500! I had installed the ICS and wanted to go back to 3.2.

    • Vitor

      Whiped data and cache once again and IT WORKED!

  • Appiah

    hey guys, the instructions is awesome! it worked like magic!Now i need you to help me unlock my phone to work with any GSM network. I am somewhere in African and need to use a local SIM card. I think my tab was locked to Roger Canada or something. Free unlocking will be awesome!!! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/adam.abbas3 Adam Abbas

    Does it work on the 3G version?

  • Franknesa

    hi, i upgraded successfully but now my blue tooth is not being picked up under devices. thus i cant use it

    • Frankesa

      Sorry, i mean my bluetooth keyborad (original samsung keyboard)

  • Njfnb

    how long does this take?? once it is on the machine is something meant to keep flashing saying updating application?

  • Tagged331

    Yes, it worked!!!!! :=)
    I just wiped data/factory settings! 

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

      Cool…. :D

  • Tagged331

    Yes sir it does. 
    It boots and after samsung logo a small android (never seen before) asks for password.
    I didn¨t have any password…

  • Tagged331

    i have struggeled with my galaxy tab, because it was bricked!
    I followed this procedure in its alive!
    Thanks guys!!!
    But what is the password?’

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

      Thanks!

  • Sash182

    password???

    • Tagged331

      what is the password?

      The link down just refers to this site…??

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

      No password is required. Do explain (including screenshot, if possible) if any file you download from above is asking for password.

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