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XXLPQ — Update Galaxy S2 to Android 4.0 Official Firmware Manually

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Well, here it comes — the first official Android 4.0 update from Samsung, labeled as XXLPQ. Galaxy S2 users in Baltic, Poland, Hungary and other Nordic countries can use the Samsung’s PC software Kies to update their phone to Android 4.0.

But those of us who are apparently not from that area of earth, but are as much eager as one could be about official Ice Cream Sandwich for Galaxy S2, well, there is the Odin software to install the XXLPQ manually. It’s pretty easy and if you’ve been keeping up with us, you may have already done it countless times — XXKP8, XXLPH, XXLPJ, etc. But this time around, we flash the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for Galaxy S2 — XXLPQ.

Well, there are some features missing from the earlier leaks, XXLPH and XXLPJ, like there is no 3d anim effect in drawer and while swiping home screens, which was present in XXLPH and XXLPJ, but other than that, XXLPQ is cool — no touch lags and it’s pretty fast and fully working rom, with TouchWiz 4 UI of course, hate it or not.

So, let’s see how to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich with XXLPQ, the official Android 4.0 firmware via Kies.

Compatibility

This firmware and the guide below is compatible only and only with 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.

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 you or your device, we won’t be held liable — you only will be responsible, you’ve been warned!

Pre-Installation Requirements/Tips

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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.
  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 XXLPJ on Galaxy S2 i9100

 

  1. Download the XXLPQ Kies firmware from this link → XXLPQ (alternate mediafire links — part 1 and part 2). Filename: I9100XXLPQ_I9100OXALPQ_XEO.zip  |  Size: 382.43 MB
  2. Now, extract the downloaded file I9100XXLPQ_I9100OXALPQ_XEO.zip (from step 1) to any folder, you’ll get these 2 files:
    1. I9100XXLPQ_I9100OXALPQ_I9100XXLPQ_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 very very 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_I9100OXALPQ_I9100XXLPQ_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. Your Odin’s screen should look like this: XXLPQ Galaxy S2 i9100
  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 the Odin. Screen would look like this (below) on successful flashing of XXLPQ. XXLPQ Odin GuideIMPORTANT Note: If ODIN gets stuck at some stage and doesn’t get you PASS, 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. After you’ve got the PASS message, the phone will probably get stuckat S logo. If it reboots fine without getting stuck at the S logo, then okay, you’re done, skip to next step. Otherwise, worry not and do this:
    1. Boot to recovery mode — for which, first power off phone and after screen goes off, wait for 5-6 seconds, and then press and hold Home + Volume Up + Power keys together. Once you are in recovery mode, use volume keys to move the selection up and down and power or home key to select the option.
    2. Go to Factory Reset and select it. Select Yes on next screen.
    3. Now, go to Wipe Cache and select it. Confirm Yes on next screen.
    4. Now, select reboot system now to boot your Galaxy S2. It will boot up fine. And you’ll have official Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, firmware on your Galaxy S2 i9100. Go to Settings and scroll down and select About Phone and check the info there.
  12. Also, if data network (3G, GPRS, etc.) isn’t working for you, you gotta fill in APN Settings meant for your carrier in Mobile and Network settings. Here’s a full list of carriers and their APN settings » Link
  13. In case you encounter any roadblocks flashing XXLPJ, let us know in comments below and we’ll try to help you out.

Do let us know what you feel about the XXLPQ. Liking the Touchwiz 4 on ICS, or completely hating it?

Update: Root your Galaxy S2 on XXLPQ using CF kernel. Search for “root xxlpq” on our site or click here.

Screenshots of XXLPQ Kies Firmware for Galaxy S2 i9100

XXLPQ Browser
XXLPQ Apps
XXLPQ Firmware
XXLPQ Galaxy S2
XXLPQ Homescreen
XXLPQ Kies
XXLPQ Lock Screen
XXLPQ RAM
XXLPQ Camera
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  • faruq

    Hi.. It’s Faruq again. Now i see in my phone screen in Yellow ! sign in middle with Mobile and computer logo…… Still my phone didn’t turn on….. Pls help…

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

      Hello Faruq, are you still stuck with your Galaxy S2? Let me know if you are I will help you out. It’s easy, btw, I think just flashing the firmware again might fix it. Just make sure you are trying this on right device, the Galaxy S2 model number i9100, and not i9100G.

      Also, simply doing the step 11 might also fix it. Do the step 11 first and if doesn’t fixes it, do all the steps above again, including download the firmware again in case the earlier download got corrupted.

  • faruq

    I have a problem, When do the processing. I do process 1 to 10 very carefully but didn’t get complete message. in odin message box i saw now aded and remove message. My phone is not turn on now. How i can turn on of my phone. Pls help ………

  • lokemw

    Hey dude. Thanks very much for all of this. I managed to flash my S2 to ICS. Everything works fine except for the Polaris Office. Now I can’t open any doc or xls file with it. Any idea why? Thanks once again.

  • niks666

    wifi tethering not wroking….showing error…but wifi is wworking flawlessly,,,help pls

  • Frankiya

    Hi…. am not getting 3G on my phone.. if it does come its for less than a Second. Please advise on what i can do to get it. thanks.

  • Downtofish

    Worked well on my GS2 without a hitch.. this process was a whole lot more successful than that joke of a program KIES

  • Pushkarsp16

    hey guys,
    i was trying to update s2 firmware. the phone got stuck in bootloader.i had not synced the phone with kies on desktop so couldn’t resume the update.hence i decided to flash ICS files from above.the odin is repeatedly failing to flash the file. also now my phone is stuck with phone to cell link, with yellow alert mark!!! i can get in neither download nor system recovery mode!please help!

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

      I think the firmware download for corrupted… redownload it and make sure it doesn’t get corrupted, or broken. Try again, then.

  • Osayidv

    Pls help, I updated to 4.0m and was working fine for day and suddenly started going off and on and right now cant use the phone. how to I revise back to gingerbread 2.3.6? Ples help

  • Parminder_pec

    using this update in India…. flawless update….everythin workin fine..battery backup has increased….as specified that this update is for Baltic, Poland, Hungary and other Nordic countries only hope there is no problem if im using it in india ..plz comment

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

      It’s okay… you won’t have any problem using it in India. I’m using this on my S2, too.

      • Javidmansoor2009

        whether we hav do these steps after installing ice cream sandwich OS on phone

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

          Do the steps above to get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on your phone.

          • Javidmansoor2009

            after 11th step whether we have to do those steps 

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

            If it boots up fine, then no need to do those steps.

          • Javidmansoor2009

            if it gets rebooted then it will automatically go to home screen ya

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

            As said in step 11, if it boots up fine, then okay, you are good. Don’t do step 11.1 to 11.4. and simply proceed to step 12. That’s it. :)

  • Jesterogue

    Umm… is anyone experiencing gpu problems? 

    I cant set any camera pic as my wallpaper. Gallery hangs after the re-sizing screen
    Also, some live wallpapers are blotchy and pixelated… is that normal??

    • Jesterogue

      Okay…restored to factory settings thru recovery…

      camera thing solved, but live wallpapers are still pixelated…as if they’re set to a lower resolution… what do i do??

    • Jesterogue

      BTW… thank you so much for this… highly appreciated… you must have worked exceptionally hard on this and not to recognize that would be foolish… so bravo… hats of to you…

  • howardthewebb

    I followed the instructions to the letter, and seem to have bricked my phone. It endlessly loops on the first Galaxy sII screen. Holding volume down, home + power works, but the device is no longer seen by the PC, so cannot repeat process from scratch. Holding volume up, home + power doesn’t work, so can’t do factory reset. Power button does not work to turn phone off, have to pull battery to get out of cycle. Looks like an expensive repair job for me… :-(?

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

      Are you still stuck? Let me know if yes, i’ll try to help you out. And you sure your device is international Galaxy S2, model number i9100?

      • http://www.facebook.com/LorettaTay Loretta Tay

        at first had the same issue as howardthewebb but it is working now. thanks.

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

          You mean all of this:

          1. Can’t go to recovery mode.
          2. Can go to download mode.
          3. PC is not recognizing anymore.

          Right?

          • Mufcmark

             Kapil you are a freakin genius, thank you so much. I was stuck in the samsung screen with the yellow triangle followed your instructions to the letter et voila anew samsung. Cheers mate.

  • Aung

    i was install according to your instruction.
    but battery life is very first to drain and also ph Display also so hot.

    so how can i continue for that ..
    any idea ? for installation of LPQ 

  • MnagalaxyII

    This has so many bugs. My contacts don’t work as smooth as before. I cant add new contacts. I cant edit contacts. Contacts crashes everytime. I get absurd notifications for example your battery voltage is too high when my phone is not even being charged. This firmware needs update, and fast.

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

      Do Factory Reset from recovery mode, that should fix this. Or, simply ‘clear data’ of contacts app under settings – app.

      • http://www.facebook.com/sureshkburde Suresh Burde

        along with clearing data from contacts app, you have to clear data from ‘Contacts storage’ as well.

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

          Aha, thanks for the info.

  • nrgopalin

    Successfully updated from 2.3.6 to ICS 4.0.3 on my Galaxy S2, I didn’t uninstall Samsung Kies software from my system. Everything went fine, Thank you very much for this guide..

  • jahwi

    It works but I found some bugs:
    1)With wifi….everytime it disconnects and connects
    2)With the reproductor of music….sometimes it play a song with distorsion and very slow
    3)Sometimes it take a few time to reappear the menu again when you finished other aplication
    The only way to resolve this is reboot the phone, because i tried the two wipe and doesn’t work….anyone have the same issues or just me??

    • haider

      i also had this issue, but not with this version, it was with the beta version.. try to install this version.. and check in settings about phone that do u have xxlpq or not.. 

    • haider

      i also had this issue, but not with this version, it was with the beta version.. try to install this version.. and check in settings about phone that do u have xxlpq or not.. 

      • jahwi

        No men i use the right link and installed the I9100XXLPQ_I9100OXALPQ_I9100XXLPQ_HOME.tar so i´ve had the same issues

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

          re you still facing those problems you mentioned above? I would recommend you to do Factory Reset from Recovery, and also Fix Permissions, under the Advanced option of recovery.

          • bkeshwah

            I have upgraded and everything is working great, except I am having a problem with browsing from wireless accesspoints. It connects to the access point and shows that I am getting a signal. but if a launch firefox or anyother browser and don’t get connected… Would the factory Reset IN CWM correct this??

    • haider

      i also had this issue, but not with this version, it was with the beta version.. try to install this version.. and check in settings about phone that do u have xxlpq or not.. 

  • stark

    i love it

  • Soffian Mohamad

    i cant download apps from google play after upgrading.
    i also did the apn settings. still error 941. please help.

  • Zubru916

    should i root the phone to do these steps???rooting is neccesary or not????

  • Yujc96

    after upgrade, i cant useing music player HELP!!!!!!!!

  • Redelite

    screenshot?

  • Nelis van Rooyen

    The upgrade worked 1st time.
    Only one problem though, since the upgrade I cannot download from the Play Store anymore…
    It hangs at downloading…
    Restarted the phone, upgraded to the newest version of Play Store, cleared data and cache…
    Still not working

    • Adliben10

      i also found that i can’t use the internet using 3G data pakage. 

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

        Fill the APN settings under mobile and networks settings to get data 2G/3G) working.

    • Nelis van Rooyen

      Problem solved…
      Was APN settings after all…

  • Samitha Jayasundara

    Thanks a lot for the upload, just follow your clear steps and tell u what, IT JUST WORKS PERFECTLY :D thumbs up guys….. The only point to make is that, when rebooting it takes a while in fact few minutes move ahead from that S logo and every body I think should wait there for a while prior to attempting a reboot in recovery mood……….

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

      Thanks!

  • Sneak_96

    dose xxlpq have arabic language ? 

  • Amira

    It keeps failing, and now my phone won’t power up in download or reg mode!! All it shows is a cell phone icon, a triangle with an exclamation symbol in it, and a pc icon?? please help

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

      You are trying it on i9100 Galaxy S2, right?

      • Amira

        yes, i9100g galaxys2 

        • DanielPayne Property

          I’m so upset right now…I don’t know what I did wrong but my phone will not get past those icons

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

          I don’t think it works on i9100G… you got to flash a firmware for i9100G now to recover your phone.

          • DanielPayne Property

            I’m not as smart as you with that stuff, obviously, do you have a link or maybe a brief 1-2-3 on how I can get started doing that?

          • DanielPayne Property

            Sorry, this is still, Amira, it’s just using my business name on my email now, for some reason.

          • Mayank Vasandani

             Kapil I need help man. The same problem and display as this guy but the added problem is that now it does not get detected by Odin….

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

            Have you flashed XXLPQ?

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

            You can install this firmware, called XXLB1, on your i9100G.
            Link — http://www.hotfile.com/dl/149703615/0c9c3af/I9100GXXLB1_I9100GATOKL1_ATO.zip.html
            Installation is very similar, so just download the firmware and give it a try. Let me know if help needed.

  • Nico

    It looks like after flashing my phone is no longer rooted. Can that be? What am I missing? (probably a lot…)

  • Adeel

    Thanks, that was sweet and simple! Perfect!

  • Andy

    OMG auto rotation not working .. someone help me pls.

  • Lol

    auto rotation cannot use!!!

  • Tony

    Brilliant!  I thought I was stuck on the S logo but when I did the recovery mode start it just told me me it was updating (x/107 apps or similar message) which it did and all is good. thanks heaps.

  • Rizwantajani

    after update my s2s imei number is changed nnow what can i do plz help me my id is rizwantajani@gmail.com

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

      Search here and flash xxkh3 firmware on your S2.

      • Rizwantajani

         dear kapil thanks 4 reply but on that am getting that message  This file is either removed due to copyright claim or is deleted by the uploader. now plz tell me what can i do????

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

          Try this link — http://tinyurl.com/44kzzbo

          • Rizwantajani

             thanks 4 that but 4 open this file password is req.  i will try this pass.samfirmware.com but its not working

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

            Hey…try the link from above only… it is working now.

          • Rizwantajani

             yes dear its working and already i will download but to extract this file password is req.

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

            Forget everything.. try this link – http://hotfile.com/dl/149514867/aea2f22/I9100XXLPQ_I9100OXALPQ_XEO.zip.htmlShould not even require a password. but if it requires, try
            samfirmware.com.

          • Rizwantajani

             ok but this is not a xxkh3 firmware this firmware this is a xxxlpq itis ok or not??

          • Rizwantajani

             plz reply

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

            Ah, will get you proper working link xxkh3 later.. in 4-5 hours… will have to upload maybe.

          • Rizwantajani

             kapil plz help me

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

            Sending you link in 30 mins.

          • Rizwantajani

             am update my mobile with this version but my imei is not changed

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

            It shouldn’t change, why would it change?

          • Rizwantajani

             i don’t know how

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

            Hey, you can download XXKH3 from here — http://www.wuala.com/kubano/APPS/Root/I9100XXKH3.rar?lang=en — and follow the guide here: http://www.theandroidsoul.com/how-to-install-xxkh3-on-samsung-galaxy-s-2-ii-i9100/I think that’s all you need. Let me know in case you need any help on this.

            Alternate link — http://www.4shared.com/rar/AA55779S/I9100XXKH3.html

  • dorikaze

    keeps telling me to set up update software cant get it off?? anyone know how to 

  • http://www.facebook.com/zaimasri Zaem Aim

    ouh oh… sorry. I think I’ve figured it out.
    I can copy and paste again.
    theres no problem at all. its perfect

  • prince zed

    new model galaxy s2 i9100G SUCKS!!

  • prince zed

    me too…
    the select all, cut, copy, etc. cannot be use

  • http://www.facebook.com/zaimasri Zaem Aim

     i cant edit, copy or paste a words…

  • Jonathanliew91

    In odin, it said pass. But my phone stuck at the S logo. But the thing is, after i switch it off, it will automatically reboot back which i have no time to wait 5-6 sec and go into recovery mode to clear the cache. I already tried removed the battery but same thing still occurs. Please help me.

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

      Give it at least 15 mins to boot up.

  • Siddharth

    Hey, kapil I got my Galaxy Skyrocket from U.S.It is unlocked. Can i update it to Ice cream sandwich?? Please tell me 

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

      The above is not for Skyrocket. So, don’t try the above. Search our site for Skyrocket Ice Cream Sandwich post.

  • Question!

    Oh ya and will this work on all i9100 SII? I got mine in South Africa

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

      Yes, it would work on i9100.

  • Question!

    Do you need to factory reset?

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

      If it doesn’t boot up in 15 mins, then go to recovery mode and then do ‘Factory Reset’.

      • Question!

        Hi thanks dude!!! It says it’s installing applications now, everything seems to work fine :) thank you so much!!!

  • Onepetesears

    Thx for all your hard work Kapil. One final question, should Kies pick up any future official updates (it hasnt found anything in the few months ive owned the phone!). Or if I need to do manuall,is there a site which shows when XXLPQ is updated? Cheers.

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

      Well, we keep posting about latest and greatest firmwares from Samsung as and when they become available/launched. So, follow us via an email subscription or on Facebook, or Google Plus, to keep yourself abreast of all firmwares that get released.

  • Ludafranc

    hi guys thanks for the post, but i have a problem after installing XXLPQ, my camera doesnot show reviews when i take pics. pls help me 

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

      Enable that in settings, it should be there.

      • Ludafranc

         Hi Kapil,

        i have checked like a million times, i cant find the review option on the camera settings but i had it before i upgraded ( all what i have under settings is : Edit shortcuts, self portrait, flash, shooting mode, sceen mode, exposure value, focus mode, timer, effects, resolution, white balance, ISO, metering, outdoor visibility, anti- shake, auto contrast, blink ditection, guidelines, image quality, GPS tag, storage and reset ).
        Is there a possibility to downgrade?

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

          Downgrade it easy. Install the XXKH3 firmware. Search here for download links and guide.

  • Sucharita_1

    Can it be used to upgrade 9100T?  How 9100T is different from International?

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

      It might work but I’m not sure… you are on your own. Better search it whether i9100 roms work in i9100T or not. I think roms of Galaxy S i9000 worked on i9000T.

      • Sucharita_1

        I find i9100 and i9100T is exactly the same except the modem, which is what the Vodaphone and Telstra (the T could be Telstra) uses. now where do I get a firmware for this modem? Any ideas?

  • saurabh

    I feel that the battery is being drained faster also..its heating up. is this normal???

  • milen

    the battery also drains twice as fast.
    I have found the following version of the android ice cream - I9100XWLP3 and am wondering – is this a newer one?

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

      Yep, XWLP3 is a newer one. Do try that.

  • milen

    The update installed fine – thank you. However, now when I send an SMS the recipient receives it twice – please advise.

  • anish Sachdeva

    My Galaxy S2 version is GT-I9100G. I tried updating my phone by going to Settings>Software update..and then updating it. After it updated, it asked me to install and then it rebooted. While rebooting it got stuck in the Galaxy SII logo screen. After this I tried plenty of times rebooting it and taking out the battery and again rebooting it. It is still getting stuck there? Please please tell me what should I do? I live in India and i bought this phone from India itself. Please help me. Thank you!

  • Ziaffaiz

    @kapil – till you didnt inform the reason for  “processing fail” while registering to samsung disclaimer?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558635429 Geo Morjane

    Updated my SII smoothly with no problems. Thanks for the tutorial. Now, it’s time for testing the new OS :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/tespio Andrei Dumitriu

    To whomever it counts. XXLPQ is crap. It lags the phone in applications (i was browsing earlier and as i scrolled down it got stuck for a second then it moved) and battery drains out like hell. I fully charged the phone this morning at 5 am. Went to sleep and when i woke up 6 hours later battery was at 58% (without even using it). There were no extra applications running in the background than i usually had on the 2.3.6 Ginger. I will try the leaked XXLPJ and see if things are getting better.

    • Guest

      Please… maybe Your phone is a crap ? In my case XXLPQ has no problem – fast and stable. Flashed no-wipe over KI4.

  • Alex_o

    i get a big yellow triangle when i start my phone and i doesnt come further than that o.o help me

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

      That’s normal. Don’t worry.

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