Wednesday, 24 September 2014

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Root I9500XXUGNH4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 - How To

Here is a complete tutorial on how to root I9500XXUGNH4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware on Galaxy S4 I9500. If you yet to update then visit here: I9500XXUGNH4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware For Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 - How To Guide. Installing a new firmware update removes root access and since most of you would have already updated to this firmware, can now root your phones again using our tutorial. Our rooting process have 100% success rate. The root method works for Galaxy S4 on XXUGNH4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat updated from Samsung KIES or OTA or manually using our firmware installation tutorial. You can now easily root I9500XXUGNH4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat on Galaxy S4 I9500 with the root package given in this tutorial.

For you information, a rooted device offer you capability to completely utilize the hardware resource as well as eliminate any limitation that comes with stock or official firmware. Once rooted, you can access system files, can overclock/underclock CPU and GPU, can use various MOD as well as those apps that ask root access. Please note, once you root your device, your manufacturer warranty will be void. You can only regain it by following proper unroot process. You can read this article to know more about benefits of rooting: Benefits of Rooting Android Devices.

Before moving towards rooting of I9500XXUGNH4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware, we have to go through some pre-requisites.

Must Read: How To Disable KNOX Security Service on Samsung Galaxy Line Up

Galaxy S4
Warning: This tutorial is only for Galaxy S4 GT-I9500. Don’t try this guide on any other Android device. Also, we (Android Pulp Team) are not responsible for any damage caused due to the instruction given in this page. Try this at your own risk. However, it is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions as it is which are mentioned in procedure.


Pre Requisites:

Though root don’t erase internal memory data but we recommend to back up your data first before proceeding to avoid any uncomfortable situation.

1. Although not required but you should backup your device data to avoid uncomfortable situation. You can follow our ultimate backup guide.

2. Make sure your device have at least 60% battery power. If your phone shut down during rooting then there is good chance to brick your device.You can install an app like Battery Notifier BT Free on your Android device to check it easily

3. You already have USB Driver Installed for Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 in your PC. [Download USB Drivers]

4. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled otherwise you won’t able to transfer file between PC and Galaxy S4 GT-I9500. [Guide]

5. To complete this rooting procedure we will use a tool called Odin which support Windows system only.

How To Root I9500XXUGNH4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat On Galaxy S4 GT-I9500

  1. Download Odin v3.09 and root file for I9500XXUGNH4.
  2. Extract CF-Root zip file that you downloaded earlier from above link, you will get a .tar.md5 file.
  3. Extract Odin zip file and you will get Odin3 v3.09.exe along with few other files.
  4. Power off your Android device. Wait 5-6 seconds for vibration to confirm complete switch off.
  5. Now, put the Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 in Download Mode by pressing and holding down the Home & Volume Down button together while pressing the Power button. A warning screen will come up; press Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.
  6. Now run Odin3 v3.09.exe (see Step 3) as an Administrator because Admin privileges is required to complete the process smoothly (only applicable Windows Vista and higher).
  7. Now connect your device to your PC using USB cable. You will see an “Added!!” massage in Odin’s message box. If you don’t get the same then you should try another USB port (try USB port located in back in your desktop PC). If that too don’t work then you should reinstall the driver. If you successfully see the “Added!!” message in Odin then you are ready to go in next step. You should also see COM port with a number in Yellow if you successfully added your device.
  8. Click the AP Button, and select that CF-Auto-Root-ja3g-ja3gxx-gti9500.tar.md5 file that you get in Step 2. If you are using old Odin then add the file to PDA button.
  9. In Odin window, make sure only Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checkboxes are selected.
  10. Double check everything that we mentioned in Step 8 & Step 9 above. Now, once satisfied hit the START button to begin the flashing process.
  11. Once flashing completed, your Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 will restart and soon you will see a PASS message with green background in the left-most box at the very top of the Odin. You can now unplug the USB cable to disconnect your device from computer.
Congrats! I9500XXUGNH4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware that running on Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 is now rooted. You can check your success by installing an app called “Root Checker” which is available for free from Google PLAY store. You can now visit this Best Apps For Rooted Android Devices (Android Phones & Tablets).
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I9500XXUGNH4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware For Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 - How To Guide

Download I9500XXUGNH4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the latest firmware for GT-I9500 that rolled out in 24-Sept-2014. I9500XXUGNH4 firmware for Galaxy S4 I9500 rolled out in various countries recently including Israel and Russia. Apart from usual via KIES and via OTA update, you can also flash or install XXUGNH4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat on Galaxy S4 I9500 manually. Since the device already updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, this is just a minor update that fix bugs and improve performance. Read through this step-by-step guide to learn how to install official stock I9500XXUGNH4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware on Galaxy S4 GT-I9500. I tried to discuss every possible ways to flash this firmware on your device. Please note, you can't flash below given file using CWM recovery or TWRP recovery, also note installing official firmware restore kernel hence your root access will be void, in other word - your device will be unrooted.

Rooting Guide: Root I9500XXUGNH4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 - How To 

As said already I9500XXUGNH4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat stock firmware available on both OTA and Kies update. In case, if you can’t get the update from there then you can always install I9500XXUGNH4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware on Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 manually. You should always try OTA or Kies method first and when both method don’t work then only try manual flashing.
Galaxy S4

Warning: This tutorial is only for Galaxy S4 GT-I9500. Don’t try this guide on any other Android device. Also, we (Android Pulp Team) are not responsible for any damage caused due to the instruction given in this page. Try this at your own risk. However, it is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions as it is which are mentioned in procedure.

Pre Requisites:

Though official firmware restore all existing data but we recommend to back up your data first before proceeding to avoid any uncomfortable situation such as bootloop fix.

1. If you installing this firmware over official firmware then you don't need to backup anything (though recommended) since the new firmware will restore everything from previous firmware. However, if you flash it over any custom ROM then you must backup the data.You can follow our ultimate backup guide.

2.  Make sure your device have at least 60% battery power. If your phone shut down during installation then there is good chance to brick your device.You can install an app like Battery Notifier BT Free on your Android device to check it easily

3. You already have USB Driver Installed for Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 in your PC. [Download USB Drivers]

4. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled otherwise you won’t able to transfer file between PC and Galaxy S4 GT-I9500. [Guide]

5. Manual update will be done using a tool called Odin which support Windows system only.

How To Update Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 via OTA

  1. A stable internet connection (Wi-Fi or data network) is required, so check it first.
  2. Now, go to Android app drawer and then select Settings.
  3. Then locate About Device and tap on it.
  4. Next select Software update from About device screen.
  5. Then tap on Update option.
  6. You should see an update, press OK to download and install. (Remember, download using 3G or network data will incur additional charges to your phone bill!)
  7. Soon your device will reboot to complete the installation process.
If you see “The latest update have already been installed” massage while checking update then your device yet to receive an OTA update. Check back within few days or jump to next procedure.

How To Update Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 via Kies

  1. A stable internet connection is required, so check it first.
  2. Now download and install Samsung Kies on your computer.
  3. Turn on your device (if it off) and then connect it to computer with USB cable.
  4. Run Samsung Kies and wait for it to detect your device.
  5. You should see a New Firmware Upgrade is available at Samsung Kies home screen.
  6. Press the Firmware Upgrade button to proceed.
  7. Follow on screen instruction and soon you will see your device running upgrade and reboot automatically. Once done, you can disconnect your device from computer.
Again! If you see “This is the latest firmware” in Samsung Kies, then your device yet to receive this latest update on Kies. Its good time to go for manual update instruction that located below.

[Note: You can install any firmware listed below despite availability in other countries, except those which comes with carrier name.]

* I9500XXUGNH4 Stock Firmware List Updated On September 24, 2014. 

I9500XXUGNH4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware Downloads

Israel: I9500XXUGNH4_I9500OJKGNI1_ILO.zip

Israel (Orange/Partner): I9500XXUGNH4_I9500OJKGNI1_PTR.zip

Russia: I9500XXUGNH4_I9500SERGNH4_SER.zip

Russia (La Fleur): I9500XXUGNH4_I9500QERGNH4_SER.zip
[Please Note: Flashing or installing official firmware will remove custom ROM including CM11, AOKP, Avatar, Beanstalk, Omni ROM, Slim ROM, Pac-Man, Paranoid Android, LiquidSmooth or Carbon.]

[Note: Torrent or resumable download link isn't available right now. We may provide it if available from any trusted source. You can always buy premium membership account to speed up your download.]

How To Install I9500XXUGNH4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat On Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 Manually

  1. Download Odin v3.09.
  2. Extract the downloaded firmware zip in a convenient location of your PC, you will get a .tar.md5 file and some other files (optional). Don't extract the file twice, else you will end up with some unflashable file.
  3. Extract Odin zip file and you will get Odin3 v3.09.exe along with few other files.
  4. Power off your Android device. Wait 5-6 seconds for vibration to confirm complete switch off.
  5. Now, put the Galaxy S4 GT-I9500  in Download Mode by pressing and holding down the Home & Volume Down button together while pressing the Power button. A warning screen will come up; press Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.
  6. Now run Odin3 v3.09.exe (see Step 3) as an Administrator because Admin privileges is required to complete the process smoothly (only applicable Windows Vista and higher).
  7. Now connect your device to your PC using USB cable. You will see an “Added!!” massage in Odin’s message box. If you don’t get the same then you should try another USB port (try USB port located in back in your desktop PC). If that too don’t work then you should reinstall the driver. If you successfully see the “Added!!” message in Odin then you are ready to go in next step. You should also see COM port with a number in Yellow if you successfully added your device.
  8. Click the AP Button, and select that .tar.md5 file that you get in Step 2. If you are using old Odin then add the file to PDA button.
  9. In Odin window, make sure only Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checkboxes are selected.
  10. Double check everything that we mentioned in Step 8 & Step 9 above. Now, once satisfied hit the START button to begin the flashing process.
  11. Once flashing completed, your Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 will restart and soon you will see a PASS message with green background in the left-most box at the very top of the Odin. You can now unplug the USB cable to disconnect your device from computer.
Congrats! You just updated your Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 to I9500XXUGNH4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware. Go to Settings > About device to verify this firmware update.

How To Fix Boot Loop Issue On Galaxy S4 GT-I9500

If Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 stuck at booting animation for more than 10 minutes after final step then follow below instructions:
  1. Boot into recovery mode. To do so, press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together until Samsung logo flash twice then leave only Power button.
  2. Now perform Wipe data/Factory Reset and Wipe Cache Partition task before selecting reboot system now function. In recovery mode use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power button to select a option.
You should know, performing wiping task will erase your device internal memory data and not external SD card data.
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Root I9305NXXUFNI4 Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N Android 4.4.4 KitKat Firmware - How To

Here is a complete tutorial on how to root I9305NXXUFNI4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware on Galaxy S3 LTE I9305N. If you yet to update then visit here: Download I9305NXXUFNI4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Firmware For Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N - How To Guide. Installing a new firmware update removes root access and since most of you would have already updated to this firmware, can now root your phones again using our tutorial. Our rooting process have 100% success rate. The root method works for Galaxy S3 LTE on XXUFNI4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat updated from Samsung KIES or OTA or manually using our firmware installation tutorial. You can now easily root I9305NXXUFNI4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat on Galaxy S3 LTE I9305N with the root package given in this tutorial.

For you information, a rooted device offer you capability to completely utilize the hardware resource as well as eliminate any limitation that comes with stock or official firmware. Once rooted, you can access system files, can overclock/underclock CPU and GPU, can use various MOD as well as those apps that ask root access. Please note, once you root your device, your manufacturer warranty will be void. You can only regain it by following proper unroot process. You can read this article to know more about benefits of rooting: Benefits of Rooting Android Devices.

Before moving towards rooting of I9305NXXUFNI4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware, we have to go through some pre-requisites.

Must Read: How To Disable KNOX Security Service on Samsung Galaxy Line Up

Galaxy S3
Warning: This tutorial is only for Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N. Don’t try this guide on any other Android device. Also, we (Android Pulp Team) are not responsible for any damage caused due to the instruction given in this page. Try this at your own risk. However, it is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions as it is which are mentioned in procedure.


Pre Requisites:

Though root don’t erase internal memory data but we recommend to back up your data first before proceeding to avoid any uncomfortable situation.

1. Although not required but you should backup your device data to avoid uncomfortable situation. You can follow our ultimate backup guide.

2. Make sure your device have at least 60% battery power. If your phone shut down during rooting then there is good chance to brick your device.You can install an app like Battery Notifier BT Free on your Android device to check it easily

3. You already have USB Driver Installed for Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N in your PC. [Download USB Drivers]

4. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled otherwise you won’t able to transfer file between PC and Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N. [Guide]

5. To complete this rooting procedure we will use a tool called Odin which support Windows system only.

How To Root I9305NXXUFNI4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat On Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N

  1. Download Odin v3.09 and root file for I9305NXXUFNI4.
  2. Extract CF-Root zip file that you downloaded earlier from above link, you will get a .tar.md5 file.
  3. Extract Odin zip file and you will get Odin3 v3.09.exe along with few other files.
  4. Power off your Android device. Wait 5-6 seconds for vibration to confirm complete switch off.
  5. Now, put the Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N in Download Mode by pressing and holding down the Home & Volume Down button together while pressing the Power button. A warning screen will come up; press Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.
  6. Now run Odin3 v3.09.exe (see Step 3) as an Administrator because Admin privileges is required to complete the process smoothly (only applicable Windows Vista and higher).
  7. Now connect your device to your PC using USB cable. You will see an “Added!!” massage in Odin’s message box. If you don’t get the same then you should try another USB port (try USB port located in back in your desktop PC). If that too don’t work then you should reinstall the driver. If you successfully see the “Added!!” message in Odin then you are ready to go in next step. You should also see COM port with a number in Yellow if you successfully added your device.
  8. Click the AP Button, and select that CF-Auto-Root-m3-m3swexx-gti9305n.tar.md5 file that you get in Step 2. If you are using old Odin then add the file to PDA button.
  9. In Odin window, make sure only Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checkboxes are selected.
  10. Double check everything that we mentioned in Step 8 & Step 9 above. Now, once satisfied hit the START button to begin the flashing process.
  11. Once flashing completed, your Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N will restart and soon you will see a PASS message with green background in the left-most box at the very top of the Odin. You can now unplug the USB cable to disconnect your device from computer.
Congrats! I9305NXXUFNI4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware that running on Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N is now rooted. You can check your success by installing an app called “Root Checker” which is available for free from Google PLAY store. You can now visit this Best Apps For Rooted Android Devices (Android Phones & Tablets).
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Download I9305NXXUFNI4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Firmware For Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N - How To Guide

Download I9305NXXUFNI4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat, the latest firmware for GT-I9305N that rolled out in 24-Sept-2014. I9305NXXUFNI4 firmware for Galaxy S3 LTE I9305N rolled out in Nordic countries. Apart from usual via KIES and via OTA update, you can also flash or install XXUFNI4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat on Galaxy S3 LTE I9305N manually. Since the device comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, this Android 4.4.4 KitKat is a major firmware update. Read through this step-by-step guide to learn how to install official stock I9305NXXUFNI4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware on Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N. I tried to discuss every possible ways to flash this firmware on your device. Please note, you can't flash below given file using CWM recovery or TWRP recovery, also note installing official firmware restore kernel hence your root access will be void, in other word - your device will be unrooted.

Rooting Guide: Root I9305NXXUFNI4 Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N Android 4.4.4 KitKat Firmware - How To

As said already I9305NXXUFNI4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat stock firmware available on both OTA and Kies update. In case, if you can’t get the update from there then you can always install I9305NXXUFNI4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware on Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N manually. You should always try OTA or Kies method first and when both method don’t work then only try manual flashing.

Galaxy S3

Warning: This tutorial is only for Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N. Don’t try this guide on any other Android device. Also, we (Android Pulp Team) are not responsible for any damage caused due to the instruction given in this page. Try this at your own risk. However, it is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions as it is which are mentioned in procedure.

Pre Requisites:

Though official firmware restore all existing data but we recommend to back up your data first before proceeding to avoid any uncomfortable situation such as bootloop fix.

1. If you installing this firmware over official firmware then you don't need to backup anything (though recommended) since the new firmware will restore everything from previous firmware. However, if you flash it over any custom ROM then you must backup the data.You can follow our ultimate backup guide.

2.  Make sure your device have at least 60% battery power. If your phone shut down during installation then there is good chance to brick your device.You can install an app like Battery Notifier BT Free on your Android device to check it easily

3. You already have USB Driver Installed for Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N in your PC. [Download USB Drivers]

4. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled otherwise you won’t able to transfer file between PC and Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N. [Guide]

5. Manual update will be done using a tool called Odin which support Windows system only.

How To Update Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N via OTA

  1. A stable internet connection (Wi-Fi or data network) is required, so check it first.
  2. Now, go to Android app drawer and then select Settings.
  3. Then locate About Device and tap on it.
  4. Next select Software update from About device screen.
  5. Then tap on Update option.
  6. You should see an update, press OK to download and install. (Remember, download using 3G or network data will incur additional charges to your phone bill!)
  7. Soon your device will reboot to complete the installation process.
If you see “The latest update have already been installed” massage while checking update then your device yet to receive an OTA update. Check back within few days or jump to next procedure.

How To Update Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N via Kies

  1. A stable internet connection is required, so check it first.
  2. Now download and install Samsung Kies on your computer.
  3. Turn on your device (if it off) and then connect it to computer with USB cable.
  4. Run Samsung Kies and wait for it to detect your device.
  5. You should see a New Firmware Upgrade is available at Samsung Kies home screen.
  6. Press the Firmware Upgrade button to proceed.
  7. Follow on screen instruction and soon you will see your device running upgrade and reboot automatically. Once done, you can disconnect your device from computer.
Again! If you see “This is the latest firmware” in Samsung Kies, then your device yet to receive this latest update on Kies. Its good time to go for manual update instruction that located below.

* I9305NXXUFNI4 Stock Firmware List Updated On September 24, 2014. 

I9305NXXUFNI4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Firmware Downloads

Nordic Countries: I9305NXXUFNI4_I9305NNEEFNI4_NEE.zip

[Please Note: Flashing or installing official firmware will remove custom ROM including CM11, AOKP, Avatar, Beanstalk, Omni ROM, Slim ROM, Pac-Man, Paranoid Android, LiquidSmooth or Carbon.]

[Note: Torrent or resumable download link isn't available right now. We may provide it if available from any trusted source. You can always buy premium membership account to speed up your download.]

How To Install I9305NXXUFNI4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat On Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N Manually

  1. Download Odin v3.09.
  2. Extract the downloaded firmware zip in a convenient location of your PC, you will get a .tar.md5 file and some other files (optional). Don't extract the file twice, else you will end up with some unflashable file.
  3. Extract Odin zip file and you will get Odin3 v3.09.exe along with few other files.
  4. Power off your Android device. Wait 5-6 seconds for vibration to confirm complete switch off.
  5. Now, put the Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N  in Download Mode by pressing and holding down the Home & Volume Down button together while pressing the Power button. A warning screen will come up; press Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.
  6. Now run Odin3 v3.09.exe (see Step 3) as an Administrator because Admin privileges is required to complete the process smoothly (only applicable Windows Vista and higher).
  7. Now connect your device to your PC using USB cable. You will see an “Added!!” massage in Odin’s message box. If you don’t get the same then you should try another USB port (try USB port located in back in your desktop PC). If that too don’t work then you should reinstall the driver. If you successfully see the “Added!!” message in Odin then you are ready to go in next step. You should also see COM port with a number in Yellow if you successfully added your device.
  8. Click the AP Button, and select that .tar.md5 file that you get in Step 2. If you are using old Odin then add the file to PDA button.
  9. In Odin window, make sure only Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checkboxes are selected.
  10. Double check everything that we mentioned in Step 8 & Step 9 above. Now, once satisfied hit the START button to begin the flashing process.
  11. Once flashing completed, your Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N will restart and soon you will see a PASS message with green background in the left-most box at the very top of the Odin. You can now unplug the USB cable to disconnect your device from computer.
Congrats! You just updated your Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N to I9305NXXUFNI4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware. Go to Settings > About device to verify this firmware update.

How To Fix Boot Loop Issue On Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N

If Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305N stuck at booting animation for more than 10 minutes after final step then follow below instructions:
  1. Boot into recovery mode. To do so, press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together.
  2. Now perform Wipe data/Factory Reset and Wipe Cache Partition task before selecting reboot system now function. In recovery mode use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power button to select a option.
You should know, performing wiping task will erase your device internal memory data and not external SD card data.
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Update Xperia PLAY CDMA R800x to Android 4.0.4 ICS via CM9 Nightly–How To

Xperia PLAY CDMA R800x can now be updated to Android 4.0.4 ICS using CM9 ROM custom firmware. ROM released by CyanogenMod Team recognized as one of the most featured rich and customized ROM and this nightly release isn't a different. Android 4.0.4 ICS do comes with many big features over previous version, hence it's always a good idea to update your device to latest Android build when available. Apart from Android 4.0.4 ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) features, CM9 ROM comes with various own features including Theme Engine, Phone Dialer, Customized Power option, Easy screenshot taker and many more useful features. You can read through this article to learn how to update Xperia PLAY CDMA R800x To Android 4.0.4 ICS using CM9 Nightly.

Please note, this nightly build is still under development and hence, you should expect some minor bugs in it. All bugs and issues expected to be fixed as development progress towards a stable build.

CyanogenMod Nightly ROM

Warning!
This tutorial is only for Xperia PLAY CDMA R800x. Don’t try this guide on any other Android device. Also, we (Android Pulp Team) are not responsible for any damage caused due to the instruction given in this page. Try this at your own risk. However, it is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions as it is which are mentioned in procedure.  

Pre Requisites:

1. ROM flashing require you to wipe your internal memory data, hence you required to backup your device data. You can follow our ultimate backup guide.

2.  Make sure your device have at least 60% battery power. If your phone shut down during installation then there is good chance to brick your device.You can install an app like Battery Notifier BT Free on your Android device to check it easily.

3. You must have USB Driver Installed for Xperia PLAY CDMA R800x in your PC. [Download USB Drivers]

4. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled otherwise it's won't be possible to transfer file between PC and Xperia PLAY CDMA R800x. [Guide].

5. Your device must have latest available custom recovery installed. [General Guide]

If you done everything that we mentioned above then you are ready to follow step-by-step guide on how to install Android 4.0.4 ICS based CM9 ROM (Nightly) on Xperia PLAY CDMA R800x.

File Required(Download by clicking on it)
  1. CM9 Nightly For Xperia PLAY CDMA R800x [Filename: cm-9-20130929-NIGHTLY-zeusc.zip]
  2. Google Apps [Filename: gapps-ics-20120429-signed.zip]

How to Install Android 4.0.4 ICS based CM9 (Nightly) ROM on Xperia PLAY CDMA R800x

  1. Connect your device to PC using USB cable and then copy downloaded files to the SD card of your device. Important: Don’t extract any files.
  2. Disconnect USB and then turn off your Xperia PLAY CDMA R800x.
  3. Boot into recovery mode. To do so, reboot phone and press Volume Down button few times while booting [in recovery use volume buttons to scroll and Power button to select]. Alternatively try this: Recovery Mode without Key Combination.
  4. Perform a Nandroid backup of your existing ROM that you can restore later if this new ROM not work or you want to go back into your previous ROM. To perform a backup, select Backup and Restore, then on the next screen, select Backup again. Go back to main recovery menu after backup is complete.
  5. Now, perform data wiping task. To do so, select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm your action. Wait few minutes till the data wipe is complete. Now come back to CWM recovery main menu. Select wipe cache partition and after wiping process done, select Wipe Dalvik Cache under advance option to perform Dalvik cache wiping.
  6. Select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Now, locate the CM9 Zip file that you copied earlier in Step 1 and select it by pressing Power button. Confirm installation by selecting Yes – Install _____.zip on the next screen. The ROM installation will begin.
  7. Once the ROM installation process end, repeat the step 6 but choose the gapps-ics-20120429-signed.zip file instead of ROM zip to install the Google apps package.
  8. When installation is completed, go back to the main recovery menu and select reboot system now to reboot your Xperia PLAY CDMA R800x and boot up into Android 4.0.4 ICS ROM CM9
  9. Returning to Previous ROM: To go back to your previous ROM, boot into recovery, select backup and restore then restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list.
Tutorial For TWRP Recovery Users:
  1. Connect your device to PC using USB cable and then copy downloaded files to the SD card of your device. Important: Don’t extract any files.
  2. Disconnect USB and then turn off your Xperia PLAY CDMA R800x.
  3. Boot into recovery mode. To do so, reboot phone and press Volume Down button few times while booting. Alternatively try this: Recovery Mode without Key Combination.
  4. Create a Backup using TWRP Backup Option.
  5. Perform a Factory Reset (this will delete all apps and their settings and game progress). To do this, Tap on Wipe, then at the bottom of the screen do a Swipe on the ‘Swipe to factory reset‘ option.
  6. Now its time to add zip file for flashing. Tap on Install, then browse to the location where you saved the files and tap on the CM9 Zip file. Then tap on Add More Zips, and add gapps-ics-20120429-signed.zip. Now at the bottom of the screen, do a swipe on the Swipe to confirm flash option to begin flashing.
  7. When installation is completed, go back to the main recovery menu and tap on Reboot and then, tap on System to reboot your Xperia PLAY CDMA R800x and boot up into Android 4.0.4 ICS ROM CM9.
  8. Returning to Previous ROM: To go back to your previous ROM, boot into recovery, select Backup then through Restore option, restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list.
Congrats! Android 4.0.4 ICS firmware based custom ROM CM9 is now running on your Xperia PLAY CDMA R800x. Now explore the latest Android 4.0.4 ICS. [Note: You may require a rooted device to enjoy all CyanogenMod features]
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