Samsung Galaxy S3 is undoubtedly the most powerful Android device in the world so far. It is coveted by all Android fans and also by those who are not. Well if are a proud owner of this powerhouse device and want to update it to the latest firmware manually, you are at the right spot now. In the present tutorial, I will try to explain how you can download the correct latest stock firmware on your Samsung Galaxy S3 and install it using the latest Odin3 tool.
First of all you need to know the product code and current firmware version of you Galaxy S3. To know the product code of your device dial *2767*4387264636# on you phone’s dialer. To check the current firmware version of your S3, open Settings> About and you will see a screen like this:
Now remember that the product code and firmware version differs from one device to another according to the region or country where it is sold. In most cases you can find out the country or region of a device for which it has been made by referring to the firmware version. In the above screenshot, for example, look at the Baseband version that is: I9300XXALE8. So, in this case:
Now take a look at the following list of Country/Region/Network Codes for Samsung Android devices. It will help you select the correct latest firmware for your Samsung Galaxy S3:
OS Type PDA PHONE CSC
AW → Hungary
AZ → France
BD → Cyprus, Greece
BY → Greece
CB → Poland
CE → Benelux
CP → Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
DB → Vietnam
DC → Thailand
DD → India
DT → Australia
DX → Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam
DZ → Malaysia, Singapore
JA → South Africa
JC → Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia
JP → Arabic
JR → Arabic
JV → Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia,South Africa, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey
JW → West Africa
JX → Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia,South Africa, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey
KA → Turkey
ME → France
MK → Serbia
MS → France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, UK
MT → Switserland
MY → Italy
NH → Latvia
PO → France
PU → Russia
UB → Brazil
XA → Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom
XB → Denmark, Norway, Sweden
XC → Portugal, Spain
XD → Croatia, Czech, Hungary, Slovakia
XE → Bulgaria, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine
XF → Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania
XP → UK, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, Portuguese, Turkey
XX → Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
XW → Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
ZC → China, Hong Kong
ZH → Hong Kong
ZS → China, Hong Kong
ZT → Taiwan
I think, now you can easily choose the correct firmware version for your Samsung Galaxy S3. So, it is time now to download the latest firmware available for your Galaxy S3. Here are the links:
Well, if you have downloaded the correct latest firmware for your device, your next move should be flash it on your device. You can do it using either Odin3-v3.04, or Mobile Odin Pro app by XDA dev Chainfire. In the following tutorial we shall explore both methods.
Here are a few essentials to keep in mind while flashing a stock firmware on a Samsung Galaxy series phone.
PDA- refers to the build version of the software/firmware
Phone- refers to the baseband/modem version
CSC- is the Consumer Software Customisation and is specific to geographical region and carriers. It contains the software packages specific to that region, carrier branding and also APN settings for data connection, MMS etc for your service provider.
.PIT- refers to the partition information table you only need it if you screw up your partition table or if the firmware specifically requires it because of a change in the partition table layout. It’s very likely you may never have to use this.
Suppose the firmware you downloaded comprises of only one .tar file, it means that it contains and combines all required files, PDA+Phone+CSC, in the one file. In such a case, you need to select only the PDA button at Odin and then click on Start button to initiate flashing.
In case the firmware package/archive contains multiple .tar files, you will have to add corresponding .tar files to specific areas on Odin:
Odin3-v3.04 is the latest version of the PC utility by Odia that is used to flash kernels and firmwares on Samsung Android devices. Here are the steps that you need to follow to do the same.
You can also install firmware on your Samsung Galaxy S III using the Mobile Odin utility app developed by Chainfire. Here are the steps:
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