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Manual Update Galaxy S4 I9500 with Official Kitkat 4.4.2 XXUFNB3 Firmware – Easy Guide

Samsung finally starts rolling out the much needed Kitkat 4.4.2 firmware which can now be updated manually in the device. The best part of this update that it comes with tons of new features packed with improved performance. Over a period of last few days, lots of love was shown to Galaxy S5 I9505 variant, but all thanks to the Samsung for also coming out with an update. This update comes with the minor changes in UI and also comes with the Kitkat style status bar icons instead of multi-color icons. Samsung’s keyboard also has been changed and works good even in landscape mode. This new version of Kitkat 4.4.2 is dubbed as XXUFNB3. While this update is being pushed gradually to all the devices across the World, you can apply this update manually.


Android 4.4.2 changes include: wireless printing, new emojis support, choice between stock messaging app and Hangouts for SMS/MMS, option for changing default launchers under settings, and more are also a part of this update now. After following the list of quick pre requisites, lets head over to the detailed guide which will help you update the device.

Note: This update is only available for Galaxy S4 I9500 Android phone and not for I9505 android phone. Also, applying this update won’t root the device in any manner or void the warranty.

Quick Pre Requisites:

  • Though, all your data might just be safe. It’s always recommended for you to back up the data so that just in case if the data gets lost or corrupted, the same can be restored manually with the help of below mentioned steps.

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

  • Head over to the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging” in your Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 so as to enable the USB Debugging Mode. Make sure that your device is left with the minimum of 50% of battery life or else the device may get turned off in the middle of firmware update.

Disclaimer: We should not be held responsible in any manner for any damage happened to your Galaxy S4 due to not following the instructions mentioned in the article.

Let’s head over to the next step where we have mentioned the detailed guide which will help you upgrade the device firmware with the latest firmware.

Procedure to Manual Update Galaxy S4 I9500 Android Phone with KitKat 4.4.2 XXUFNB3 Android Firmware:

  • Press and hold Home + Power + Volume down buttons to enter the device in the Download Mode. If your Galaxy S4 I9500 enters in the Normal mode, then you need to re try the process of entering the device in the Download Mode.
  • Click on “AP” tab in the Odin to select the tar file which you got after extracting the firmware package to click on “Start” in Odin.
  • Once you click on “Start”, you will now need to wait for the whole process of firmware gets finished. The whole process of firmware update will take around 3 -4 minutes and once done, the phone will be rebooted automatically.

Note: If at all your Galaxy S4 I9500 smartphone gets in the boot loop mode, then you need to turn off the device and then reapply the update from the start. To turn off you can reinsert the battery or say you can long press the power button.

Do let us know in the comments section just in case if you face any issues in the process of firmware update. You have now successfully updated the latest version of KitKat 4.4.2 Android firmware in your Samsung Galaxy S4 Android smartphone. We will very soon be coming up with the rooting process for your Galaxy S4 I9500 on XXUFNB3 firmware version of Kitkat 4.4.2.



  1. Pramod Sevda

    January 25, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Hello sir,
    I have Samsung galaxy s4 I9500.
    I want download 4.4.4 version.
    Please help me sir

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 31, 2015 at 10:57 am

      hey Pramod, we will surely come up with the procedure. Stay tuned to AndroidAdvices

  2. Abhsihek

    April 3, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Hi pradeep,
    I am looking to buy this device.But I heard that samsung galaxy s4 is having lots of heating issue and battery draining problem. I want to know that After updating it to android 4.4.2 is this problems still exists ? or solved ?
    Please tell me hows battery backup before updating and after updating ? Should I buy this devices?
    Please reply because these two things are very important for me..

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 8, 2014 at 12:35 am

      most of the issues are solved after this update.

    • Shiva

      April 21, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      After upgrading my Galaxy S4 to 4.4.2 i’m facing heating issue and battery draining problem. When phone gets heated up i’m restarting the mobile to avoid overheating. I have also tried upgrading all the apps (no new apps installed), but still having the issue.

  3. abhishek

    April 3, 2014 at 5:26 am

    My phone is not showing any update its still in 4.3..this update is for indian version also….?????? Or only for Russia. ..???? Plz reply n do a favour….guys….!!!

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 29, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      hey abhishek, you can manually update the device

  4. nexus

    March 7, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    hey bro i have a clone s4 can i upgrade to kitkat ? bcoz when em try to get download mode i see korean language em can’t understand 🙁 help me

  5. dro

    March 5, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    How about Galaxy S4 Active (GT-I9525)? Does it support this firmware or do Active owners still have to wait?

  6. basit hakim

    March 3, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    When I try to use front camera the camera fails

  7. syed sirajuddin

    March 3, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    hi there ..
    now i am in android 4.3 an di have some issue in 4.3 like titanium apps and game cih app is not working
    if this same issue is in kit kat..??
    and after i updated my device to 4.4 samsung kies will work with it r not..??

  8. lalit

    March 3, 2014 at 7:30 am

    M using this russian version from last 2 week…
    No problm at lags..
    Much improve graphics..
    Much improve text..icon..
    Now i can c all my phone space (16GB) in setting..
    I delet all the boltware after rooting(who cares for samsung chat and all annoying apps)
    Really fast then 4.3 go for it guys u will c changes

  9. abduppas

    March 2, 2014 at 9:06 am

    May update through via keses will be refused

  10. Deepu

    March 1, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Hey man. Is the firmware worth it? Should I go for it?

    • Pradeep Neela

      March 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      yes its the best till now

  11. blake

    March 1, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Ive heard much negative about this update such as sd card problems and crashes and whatnot. How sure can I be that everything will go the way it should?

  12. gaurav

    February 23, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Its a Russian version I suppose…it comes with annoying apps…can I later update to indian stock firmware without having to format my phone..?…firmware is running smooth…little lags sometime…bt overall its good…thanx mate (:

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 23, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      hey gaurav, this update can be applied for all international versions

      • gaurav

        February 23, 2014 at 2:38 pm

        Any news when we will get the indian firmware…coz I hate those extra applications that comes with this firmware…and Samsung are making some UI changes for the Samsung kitkat updates…is it true…?

  13. Jose

    February 23, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Works in I9500? Sure or is a patch of the i9505 package?

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 23, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      as of now it only works on 9500, for I9505 we will come up with the same soon

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