Update Galaxy S GT I9000 with Jellybean 4.2.2 Firmware – Guide

xylon logoSamsung Galaxy S GT I9000 smartphone can now too be updated with the Latest Jellybean 4.2.2 firmware update. After the likes of Galaxy Note 2 and Nexus devices got the Jellybean 4.2.2 firmware, it’s time for Galaxy S GT I9000 too. This all new firmware of Jellybean 4.2.2 comes with many new features ranging from an all new camera settings, all new fresh native UI of Jellybean 4.2.2 and also comes with many bug fixes related to battery and force close issues. So, before we proceed on how to apply this update, you need to follow the list of instructions which we have mentioned below;

Pre Requisites:

  • Create a backup of all the data with the help of below mentioned steps so as to make sure that just in case if the data gets lost or corrupted, the same can be restored with the help of below mentioned steps. Don’t use KIES or ROM Manager for backing up the data as with this you may not be able to restore the backed up data.

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log - Call Log and Restore
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to internal / External SD Card,
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

  • From the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”, enable the USB Debugging and also make sure that your device is left with the minimum of 40% or the device will get turned off in the middle of customizing process. Ensure that your device is not rooted.
  • Since this is the custom ROM firmware, you need to make sure that the device is Rooted with the help of a root checker app. Just in case if your device is not rooted, you can root the same with the help of below mentioned steps;

Procedure to Update Galaxy S GT I9000 with XXJW4 Firmware

Procedure to Root Galaxy S GT I9000 on XXJW4 Firmware

Disclaimer: Though we don’t like to give any disclaimers, the only thing we would like to tell you is that please follow all the instructions mentioned in this article or else there is a risk of bricking your device for which we should not be held responsible.

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So assuming that you are done with all the above mentioned instructions, you can now head over to the next step where we have mentioned the detailed procedure on how to apply this firmware update.

Procedure to update Galaxy S GT I9000 with Jellybean 4.2.2 Firmware:

  • Disconnect the device and from the ROM Manager app, enter the device in the Recovery Mode. Alternatively, the device can be entered in the Recovery mode by pressing the Volume Up Key + Menu Button and then press the Power button. Just in case if the device gets turned ON in the normal mode, then you will have to retry the process of entering the device in the Recovery Mode.
  • In recovery Mode, clear the cache and wipe the data by selecting the appropriate options and then select “Install Zip from SD Card’ and select the Jellybean 4.2.2 Firmware Package d then the Google Apps Package which you have placed in your device to apply the update.
  • Once the device is updated successfully, the device will display the message as “install from sd card completed”. Now, select “go back” and then select “reboot system now” for rebooting the device in the normal mode. It will take more than 5 – 6 minutes for rebooting the device as it’s the first time the device will be rebooted.

Note: If the device gets stuck in the Samsung logo or gets into the boot loop mode then you need to long press the power button and turn off the device. Repeat the process from the start by following the instructions.

So there you go, you have now successfully updated your device with the latest Jellybean 4.2.2 firmware. Do let us know just in case if you come across with any issues as we will make sure that the issues are addressed at the earliest.


  • asad

    how can i download jelly bean 4.2.2…please tell me anyone web sit

  • AeriQ

    its Worked~!…Thanks, but on the Setting Menu’s…i cant Find the “Development” Menu…

    I just Want to UN-Ticked the Debugging to access the Samsung Kies,bcause all my Contact No. i back Up At The Samsung Kies App…

    How Can I Un-ticked The Debugging Menu?..
    (Sorry,lot Of Broken English…:p)

  • razan

    arabic language supported?

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes it is supported

  • siddique memon

    yaar mene samsung galaxy s main jelly bean 4.1.2 kar diya he ab mujhy 2.3 larna he wapas kese hoga plz jis kisi ko pata ho zaroor baty

  • Harsh Vardhan Eralu

    Tnx 4 the update but I am unable to watch any you tube video. Not in app not even in the browser, it seems like buffering all the time. Unable to signin to skype. Please help.

  • mehul patel

    hii. i have samsung s GT i9000 2.1 anroid version…..so can i updted my cell to latest anroid version 4.2.2. jellybean…my cell from u.k..n i m in india in baroda. .plz…reply

    • Pradeep Neela

      you can directly update with this one.

  • Antonio

    Hi Neal,
    I have downloded and follow everystep mentioned. I want to copy the file over to my memory card or phone but the gapps-jb-20130301-signed file does not want to copy. What can I do to solve this problem

    Thank You

    • asad

      please tell me web sit..how ca i download plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Krupal Joshi

    Thanks for your guidence.

  • danny

    Dutch language supported?

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes it is supported

  • AB_Yazan_GH

    when i chose the zip file of the jelly bean to install it the screen go to show a balk screen and a “Semaphore” line in the middle
    can anybody help me plz!!! :(

    • AB_Yazan_GH

      Black screen *

  • Jan

    PLEASE advise how one should back up and update calendar entries!

    • Pradeep Neela

      you can sync with the Google Account!

  • Jan

    Search for and use gapps-jb-20130301-signed.zip

  • Jan

    My Glaxy S got stuck on the Semaphore (NOT Samsung) logo, and I had to repeat process as described. Calendar entries are gone!! There are no instructions of how to back it up. ALso there is no GPS on/off switch, but it does appear to work. Thanks

    • Pradeep Neela

      clear the cache from the recovery mode and then re apply the update

  • Ankur Vora

    Hi Pradeep,

    There is no ‘gapps_4.2.2_JDQ39.zip’ file on the given link in above post for Google Apps.
    Please update apps file.

  • addy

    google play store and some other apps are not working

  • kamal

    im the 2 downloaded zip fils but i cant update my galaxy s I9000 place help me to do this

  • nie

    where to find the ‘development’ option in this ROM?

  • gangesh kumar

    my handset is on 2.3.6 gingerbird and i had not roorted my device earlier. for rooting when i go to following link
    Procedure to Update Galaxy S GT I9000 with XXJW4 Firmware

    Procedure to Root Galaxy S GT I9000 on XXJW4 Firmwarethan
    it says
    This file is either removed due to copyright claim or is deleted by the uploader.
    plz help

  • Bjorn Strand

    Hi, does it work with Galaxy GT I9000B?

    • Pradeep Neela

      we will come out with the update for i9000b

  • Arif Shaikh

    Why there is no Official update for Samsung galaxy S GT9003?
    have we made any mistake by buying this model???????????????

  • lampros

    I updated succesfully from ICS 4.0.3 and everything went fine.The only issue i’m facing so far, is the loss of my rooting.Can i root the phone again and how?Thanks for your support.

    • Pradeep Neela

      its only for rooted devices…

  • prit

    hey….bro pls….give me direct link for gapps which is stable pack for this.
    because I tried someone which was in ur given link…..results-system stops working……pls help

    • Pradeep Neela

      the direct link is there in the Procedure for Google Apps

  • Conte

    My question is if this rom supports miracast. Currently using CM10.1 and this function is missing.

  • Brent

    thanks for this, i upgraded from an ICS mod to this with no issues, i really like this new one :D

  • Suman

    My version is XWJW6 2.3.6. Please let me know how can i root the same and install JB

    • Pradeep Neela

      you can root with the article of XWJW6

      • Suman

        But there is no article to root XWJW6 version of Android in your blog.
        And also XXJW4 article rooting doesn’t have the ROM for rooting the phone. Hotfile says it has been removed by owner.

      • Suman

        There is no rooting information for the XWJW6 version and also there are no files in the HotFile for the XWJW4 information. Link says files have been removed by the owner.

  • Nitesh

    The firmware look exactly like ics. Not impressive as 4.1.1

  • Subil

    While applying the update it is showing the signature verification failed.. neal pls help..

    • Pradeep Neela

      install ROM Manager and install the custom recovery image for applying this custom ROM

  • Iman

    dude, the xxjw4 root link says that the file has been removed. can you update it please.

    • Iman

      and gapps_4.2.2_JDQ39.zip can’t be found only gapps-ics-20120429…

    • Pradeep Neela

      you can be on any other rooted firmware

  • iahmed

    Hi Neela,

    I have the gingerbread.jpjv6 which I updated from hear. Can upgrade to the new jellybean or will I have to upgrade to the XXJW4 2.3.6 first?

    • Pradeep Neela

      you can directly apply this update

  • Manish

    i have galaxy sI9000 but it can not connect with a HOC network..

  • Manish

    it cannot ad a HOC network….for wifi..

  • prashant

    This is best jellybean ROM I have used so far.
    Thanks for the support.

    • Pradeep Neela

      thanks prashant

  • Marius

    Hi ! I have a problem with my SGS , i was updated it at 4.2.2 jelly bean and when i try to open camera its apper to me : Unfortunately, Gallery has stopped. What can i do to repair this ? Ty

    • Pradeep Neela

      you can refer the tutorial to manually update the phone

  • Marius

    Hy !
    I have an question … My SGS i9000 after root and update at 2.3.6 have Baseband version I9000XXJVU … my problem its that i can make the update for 4.2.2 with that firmware or i must update again at XXJW4 Firmware ? Thank you …

    • sayak

      first update with JVU then try JW4…
      then install the Xylon zip

  • jeffrey abarquez

    hello,good day
    just wanna ask how to download applications,im running in 4.2.2 now and i cant find google play.

    • Pradeep Neela

      install the google apps and you will find the play store.

  • ghostrp

    Hi!, sorry my english,
    i have a problem, i have a message “lamentamos , o processo de configuração foi interrompido” can i solve the problem?

  • Aaricia

    No GPS??

    • Pradeep Neela

      GPS is there…

  • Aaricia

    Can’t seem to find the google apps downloading file!
    All i see is the homepage when opening link ..

  • redrapids91

    i could not find the google apps package for samsung galaxy i9000 4.2.2 , so i used the google apps package 4.1.1 and the keyboard would not work, were can i find the google apps package 4.2.2

  • Theodore

    Please Neela, with no Developer Option in Jelly Bean 4.2.2, how do you achieve USB Debugging?

    • nie

      i have the same problem!

    • sayak

      there is Developer Option…but hidden
      you need to check the app in play store called

      ‘Developer Options’

  • Ebenezer Bots

    Finally everything is perfect and amazing. Thank you guys.

    • Pradeep Neela

      thanks for your feedback, do let us know if you face any issues

  • Nitesh Sunka

    @ Pradeep neela,
    Dear Pradeep how can i install gingerbread on jb 4.2.1? as i tried flashing through odin. it gave me error md5??? I will be thankful for ur reply…

    • Pradeep Neela

      you need to first root the device and then you can apply from the recovery mode

  • bots

    l followed the instructions1 download the files to the device
    hold the keys to recovery mode
    wipe the ceche
    wipe date andfactory reset
    take the files from sd you are gone perfect.
    my problem is that after installation cant google store/playstore /android market

    • Pradeep Neela

      go to manage apps and clear the cache of that particular app

      • bots

        please neela help me to figure it well.the googleplay does not show in the manage apps. all the apps are from googleplay/market.well I just needed Skypeon my phone I downloaded it directly na it says its alredy installed.pleasei need your need to finilise it
        thank you in advance

        • Pradeep Neela

          install the google apps in your phone

    • sayak

      got to http://goo.im/gapps/ and install any of the following after wiping cache and dalvik cache

      download boxgapps-jb-20120726-signed.zip
      download boxgapps-jb-20121011-signed.zip
      download boxgapps-jb-20121130-signed.zip
      download boxgapps-jb-20121212-signed.zip
      download boxgapps-jb-20130301-signed.zip

  • bots

    installation is okay but there is no Google play or android market.what should i do_^ urgent help before i go back to android 4.0.3

  • Manish

    my handset shows;
    model number GT-I9000
    firmware version 2.2
    baseband version I9000XXJJPP
    kernel version
    build number FROYO.XWJPH

    how do i root it? i am not able to upgrade it?
    let me know if it is upgradable?

    • Pradeep Neela

      update to Stock / Factory Jellybean version and then you can root. For more you can refer to Galaxy S I9000 section

  • DonJ

    I tried to do the upgrade and bricked my phone.
    Softbrick though – I can still bring up the download scree.
    I was at first step, rooting it. Things were going well. All the file transfer was complete with Odin.
    But it froze up.
    I messed with it but finally had to disconnect. After that I had the image of a phone and computer with the exclamation mark in a triangle between.
    I can still bring up the download screen.
    But now Odin will not see the phone. I can’t get a connection to Odin to upgrade the firmware.
    Keis also says the device has no USB driver when I try to do an emergency firmware recovery.
    Anyone have a solution?

    • Pradeep Neela

      reinsert the battery, clear the cache and wipe the data to re apply the firmware

    • sayak

      after reinserting the battery, clear the cache and wipe the data ….connect the phone with cable(remember to install kies on ur comp)….then try…

      it will find the driver automatically…

      otherwise find the driver of the phone and try with that

  • sayak

    I installed the xylon 4.2.2, till now working fine.There are some minor bugs but astonished to see that there is no Developers Option available.

    • sayak

      found it in devs tool….sorry for my ignorance

    • Suman

      Click on the Settings->About Phone-> Build number for 7 times, you will enable the dev options.

  • gajendra

    Please share link with latest official firmware and root to the same.
    I need to install stock rom and root it but the link in above post are not working
    thanks in advance

    • Pradeep Neela

      this can only be applied on rooted phonews

  • Daniel

    Battery performance is by far the best I have experienced on a 4.x.x ROM. Performance is also reasonably good.


  • AnthonyChow

    Camera freezes up every time i take a picture.

  • tom

    have video call feature?
    4.2.1 didnt have.

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes it has it

  • Venkat

    Videos are not at all playable :( Any solution? Is it only to me or does anyone has the same issue?

  • Venkat

    Thank You! Very nice. I upgraded my ICS today with Jellybean. Initially, it got aborted at first attempt and succeeded in the second try. So far it is working fine last 5 hours.

    Only GPS was not working properly. It is blinking, but not able to locate exactly. Hope this will work soon.
    In gallery, my videos taken in ICS, are not able to play. If I notice any issues, will update again.

  • meca

    can this work for galaxy s2 as well?

    • Pradeep Neela

      no, its only for I9000

  • C A Exton

    Perhaps I should explain exactly how I did it (or had to do it):
    1. First I went into recovery mode with the ROM Manager app and installed xylon_unofficial_galaxysmtd_2.1.zip and gapps_4.2.2_JDQ39.zip in that order. It was however after that impossible to reboot the device in normal mode. I just came back every time to recovery mode (with ROM Manager).
    2. I had to take out the battery to be able to go into recovery mode the “normal” way. I.e. by pressing the Volume Up Key + Menu Button and then press the Power button. Then I reinstalled xylon_unofficial_galaxysmtd_2.1.zip and rebooted the device. This time it was possible to start up in normal mode. Google apps were missing though.
    3. I went into recovery mode again and reinstalled gapps_4.2.2_JDQ39.zip.

    Now I have a “new” Galaxy S phone.

  • C A Exton

    Thanks a lot! Your instructions worked very well. I installed xylon_unofficial_galaxysmtd_2.1.zip and gapps_4.2.2_JDQ39.zip. Had to make the installations twice though (for some unknown reason).

    • Venkat

      Can you play any videos? No issues with youtube?

      • Pradeep Neela

        yes there are no issues, you can very well play videos

    • Harry

      HI i copied the files to the phone and whn i try to install from sd card i get error message”e verification failed? what to do now?

      • Pradeep Neela

        you need to root the device

  • Dave Hood

    I’m on Jellybean 4.2.1 with XXJVT – do I need to update to XXJW4.

  • Sunny

    Is the rooting process safe ?
    Is this update really works ?
    If anybody has experience please share

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes its safe if all the isntructions are followed

  • Yousuff

    I recently updated jellybean 5.2.1, Can I directly apply this update or do I have to apply Xxjw4 first and then this update ? Please advise

  • Skunkfumaster

    Any bugs? Thanks

  • ahmed5978

    is this firmware support arabic Language? if not how can i get it

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes it supports arabic…