Galaxy S I9000

Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 – Steps to install ICS Android 4.0 Build 17 Firmware

Galaxy S Gold LogoBuild 17 of ICS Android 4.0.3 Firmware has arrived and so we are here with a detailed tutorial on how to update with the same. It was the last time when we saw on how to update with the Build 16 of the firmware which too unfortunately got some minor bugs related to FM Radio and Camera. Over a period of this article we will discuss on what are the list of pre requisites you need to follow along with the tutorial to apply this firmware update in your device. We haven’t got the exact change log on what are the improvements in this Build 17 firmware.

Note: In the process of firmware update, the device has to be rooted as without rooting one cannot apply this update. Rooting voids warranty and the only way with which you can reclaim the lost warranty is by reapplying the factory firmware in your phone which we will guide you whenever you want to. Do let us know about the same in the comments section.

Disclaimer: At Android Advices, we make sure in all respects that information regarding the firmware update is mentioned correctly in the article. We hold no responsibility in any manner just in case if any damage happens to your Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 which is a very unlikely event if you follow the instructions carefully. This update can only be applied to the devices whose phones bear model number as I9000 and not even I9000B / i9000T etc.

Quick & Essential Pre Requisites:

  • All the data present in your phone should be backed up so as to ensure that if any of the below mentioned contents get corrupted / deleted, the same can be restored comfortably with the help of below mentioned steps.

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Notes – Manually save the notes in your mail as these will be lost in the process of firmware update
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

  • Enable the USB Debugging Mode in your phone. Enable USB Debugging in your device from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The USB Debugging option should be ticked in your phone as shown in the below screen capture.

USB Debugging

  • Minimum charge left in the phone should be 60% so as to ensure that the phone doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.
  • Disable all the security suites installed in your computer and uninstall all antivirus tools in your computer so as to ensure that the firmware update is not interrupted in the middle of the process.

Assuming that you have followed all the instructions mentioned above, it’s now time for you to go to the next page where we have summed up a detailed tutorial on how to apply this firmware.

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87 Comments

87 Comments

  1. bhavita

    June 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    hi i cannot download google apps!!any other link ..??please reply asap m in da middle:(

  2. Ali Altaf

    June 25, 2012 at 12:19 am

    i have updated to ICS 4.0.3 rooted with XXJVU firmware. can i revert back to gingerbread, if yes then how?

  3. hsarma

    June 11, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Awsome post, helpmed me to get on to ICS on my GT9000 in < 30 minutes.

  4. hsarma

    June 11, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Awsome post, helpmed me to get on to ICS on my GT9000 in < 30 minutes.

  5. Kiran

    May 3, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Hi..Thanks a lot!

    I followed the instructions and got ICS on my phone finally! Will take some time to get used to it now!

    For other users if this helps; I had version GB 2.3.4 so it took some time to get ICS..

    I did 2.3.6 then I rooted it and tried to install ICS in it..I didnt got the SD Card thing at first and copied the files to my memory card..and got errors and wasnt able to get out of the recovery mode later..did some mistakes then realized what SD card I was supposed to use..so had to re-do the entire process of updating rooting and then ics..
    looks kind of hard as gingerbread has become a habbit now but lets c..

    • bhavita

      June 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      hey what does dis SD card thing mean?if u could explain me..cz i dint get it too!
      many thanks

  6. Sharks

    May 2, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Hi Neil,
    Can I up date my Galaxy s if I have XXJVT rooted firmware with this

    ICS Android 4.0 Build 17 Firmware? Please advise as soon as you can.

    Cheers
    Sharks

  7. Bilal hameed mir

    April 25, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    ?

  8. Bilal hameed mir

    April 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Assalamoalykum sir i am from Pakistan and i like your site ANDROID ADVICES.
    Sir i have galaxy s I9000 Canadian version with firmware 2.3.3 16gb. Sir at the time I received my phone there was a problem of sim unlock or network then I was unlock my phone from local mobile software shop, sir after that unlock sim, now after 6 months when i upgrade my phone via kies it shown ‘your device does not support software upgrading via kies’
    Plz tell me the safe way to upgrading firmware or (ICW) I also learned updating through flash Odin but I scare about sim unlock problem
    thanks

  9. john

    April 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    when i connect my galaxy s to kies there is a message “your device does not support software upgrading via kies” can any one help me in solving this problem plssssssssssss

  10. Cody Slater

    April 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Hi I have just updated fine, I get to the wizard setup screen and cant access it. It tells me to ‘touch the android to begin’ and when I touch it it says ‘Unfortunately, the setup wizard has stopped’. Please help?

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      clear the cache from the recovery mode, it will b fixed!

      • Cody Slater

        April 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm

        I have tried this twice over! Hang on I’ll quickly try it now.. No still says the same thing. Can you think of any other reason this could be happening?

  11. jeeva

    April 4, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Neil where do I find gamers Rom please guide which firmware update is it reply quick

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      you can find it in the Galaxy S Section!

  12. Gaurav

    March 31, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Nicely written. Before I proceed with the instructions here, had a few questions:
    1. can I update directly to ICS Build 17 from current Froyo?
    2. does all important functionalities like call send receive, sms, wifi, gps work?
    3. I undersstand this is not released by samsung or via Kies, can I go back to official firmware so that Kies supports all future updates?

    Many thanks for your hard work.

  13. Jimmy

    March 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    i updated it .. but whenever i start gallery, camera, music, ringtones… i.e. any media related application .. it givens an error and closes the application …

  14. Amin

    March 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    has no File manager,no samsung app and very poor music player 🙁

  15. Sergei

    March 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I meant “a trick”. Sorry!

  16. Sergei

    March 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Guys,

    I installed this ROM a couple weeks ago and found it very stable and smooth. Good job! But I could not find how to make VIDEO CALLS. Maybe there is some trip for that?
    Thank you in advance!

  17. Steve

    March 23, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    @Abdullah Umer, In recovery, select install zip and you will see an option to disable varification.

  18. Anand

    March 21, 2012 at 1:52 am

    hi neal,

    i installed the package successfully as per the procedure and now when the phone is on it shows “Welcome to GT 19000, touch the android to begin”. so when i touch the android the message shown is “Unfortunately setup wizard has stopped.” now i am not able to use my phone. what to do now? pls help me to to solve this issue.

  19. Anand

    March 20, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    while Download Build 17 Firmware Package, Google Apps, and Google Apps Fixer cannot download the file from the link Google Apps, pls give a working link to me. i am in the middle of something..

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 22, 2012 at 8:32 am

      there are issues at the developer side itself!

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 22, 2012 at 8:33 am

      there are issues at the developer side itself!!!!

  20. binoy

    March 16, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Hi all,

    I tried both build 16 and 17, everything fine but I could not connect to 2G or 3G… I was on xxjvu and I tried re updating many times after going back to XXJVU, but no success. please help me…..

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      hVE YOU CHECKED WITH THE APN SETTINGS?

    • binoy

      March 18, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      I have solved the problem. Issue was with the apn settings.

  21. farmerron

    March 16, 2012 at 1:13 am

    I just downloaded and installed gingerbread 2.3.6. Do I also need the newest Android build 17 firmware.. What is the difference between gingerbread and firmware updates.
    Thanks

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 16, 2012 at 10:07 am

      it has many enhancements, check the change log!!

  22. Alex

    March 15, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Hello,

    Cant seem to get past the android setup wizard? after installing google apps and fixer. Galaxy works fine when these files are not installed but obviously there is no android market + google apps. Are the supplied files corrupt?

  23. vmatias

    March 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Hi, I already have the build 16 installed, and it works perfectly.
    Which version of google apps should we install? you don’t specify one.
    Thanks and keep up the good work.

  24. Piyush

    March 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Hi neela,

    after updating my firmware from xxjvu (stock) to cm9 b17, evrything is ok except andriod market. andriod market isnt opening up. everytime i try to access it. it shows “connection timed out (Retry)”. but my wifi is working fine with other apps n phone.
    market version is 3.4.4.
    I cant access market n install any app. how to fix it?

    how do i get past this problem.?????

    waiting for ur reply

  25. Piyush

    March 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Hi neela,

    after updating my firmware from xxjvu (stock) to cm9 b17, evrything is ok except andriod market. andriod market isnt opening up. everytime i try to access it. it shows “connection error”. but my wifi is working fine with other apps n phone.
    market version is 3.4.4.
    I cant access market n install any app. how to fix it?

    how do i get past this problem.?????

    waiting for ur reply

  26. Piyush

    March 13, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Hi neal,

    after updating my firmware from xxjvu (stock) to cm9 b17, evrything is ok except andriod market. andriod market isnt opening up. everytime i try to access it. it shows “connection error”. but my wifi is working fine with other apps n phone.
    market version is 3.4.4.
    I cant access market n install any app. how to fix it?

    how do i get past this problem.?????

    waiting for ur reply

  27. D2nator

    March 13, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Hey, Any FM radio apps actually work with this? As I’ve no radio since the upgrade.

  28. Alvin

    March 12, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    There are so many Google Apps in the list. Which one should I hoose?

    • Countach

      March 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      @Alvin, download this one (links removed by moderator) Thats the one with many downloads on the ICS list

  29. Alvin

    March 12, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    There are so many Google Apps in the list. Which one should I choose?

  30. lucky

    March 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    which file on Google Apps i must download?????

  31. Tushar

    March 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    hi

    i an using Galaxy S GT-I9000 on 2.3.6
    i am wondering which google app should i install form the link given above as there are a dozens of files there

    pls help

    Thanks and awesome work!!

  32. Tushar

    March 12, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    hi

    i an using Galaxy S GT-I9000 on 2.3.6
    i am wondering which google app should i install form the link given above as there are a dozens of files there

    pls help
    Thanks and awesome work!!

  33. Tushar

    March 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    hi
    i was wondering which google app should i download as there are a dozen of files there and i need it for Galaxy S GT-I9000

    pls let me neo if the market is upgradable to Play Store

    Thanks and Awesome Work!!!

  34. breedsey

    March 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I’ve installed this rom as instructed but my phone just gets stuck in a reboot loop, it show s the galaxy s reboot screen the one with cyanogen under it the some text and round and round it goes. any ideas??

  35. johnny

    March 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Hey guys

    I’m just wondering … I have cyanogenmod 7 xxjvk on my phone. Ow would I proceed to get ics?

  36. miks1141

    March 12, 2012 at 10:24 am

    DEAR NEAL

    WHAT IS THE OFFICIAL RELEASE FOR GALAXY S THROUGH KIES IN INDIA.

    I AM STUCK AT 2.3.3 I9000DDJV9.

    THANKS

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 13, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      yes there is an update pending and will be released soon!

  37. miks1141

    March 12, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Neal

    what is the official firmware available for galaxy s in India THROUGH KIES . i am stuck with 2.3.3 I9000DDJV5

    THANKS WILL WAIT EAGERLY FOR YOUR REPLY

  38. Abdullah Umer

    March 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Hi

    I have downloaded all the packages and followed all instructions but the update can not be applied.

    It says the package verification failed. 🙁

    Has anyone encountered this? What could be the solution?

    Thanks!

    • Mahmud Koya

      March 14, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      @Abdullah Umer,

      Is your phone already rooted? Normally this kind of response comes when the updating is attempted on non-rooted devices.
      First update with GB XXJVU and root the phone with the root package of XXJVU and apply everything as mentioned in this tutorial. Better, reapply everything from beginning, you will succeed.

      Mahmud K

      • Abdullah Umer

        March 17, 2012 at 12:09 am

        @Mahmud Koya, Thanks for your reply. 🙂

        You were right, my device was GB XXJVU but I was skipping the rooting the device step and hence the errors were coming.

        I have now installed ICS successfully 🙂

        2 things:
        1 – The device intro animation(played at boot) quality didn’t seem good to me. Has anyone noticed this? Is it normal or some thing I missed?
        2 – I had synced my contacts with Gmail but now my contacts aren’t restored after signing-in and re-syncing :(. How shall I restore my contacts.

        I had took a backup of all my contacts using Kies a couple of days ago. Can I use Kies to restore my contacts?

        Thanks! 🙂

  39. Tushar

    March 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    hi
    i have already rooted my galaxys to 4.0.3 using RC4.3.now i want to instal built 17 on it.do i directly flash the new rom or downgrade it to 2.3.6 and then flash this rom?
    pls help

    Thanks

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 14, 2012 at 12:41 am

      you just need to follow the corresponding article! to which version you wish to update?

  40. karim

    March 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Neal,

    This build 17 is much more stable than the previous build,i found only one problem but it’s not a major one,
    -when the phone is turned on to silent mode it works well except for the camera shutter sound,you will always hear it even in silent mode.

    i have not found any other problem,evrything else works well for me.
    thanks…..

  41. karim

    March 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Hi Neal,

    This build 17 is much more stable than the previous build,i found only one problem but it’s not a major one,
    -when the phone is turned on to silent mode it works well except for the camera shutter sound,you will always hear it even in silent mode.

    i have not found any other problem,evrything else works well for me.
    thanks….

  42. miks1141

    March 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    how to reclaim warranty……by which version i mean. i have galaxy s and am in india.

    thx

  43. miks1141

    March 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    DEAR NEIL,

    WHICH VERSION SHOULD I INSTALL SO THAT KIES CONNECTS AND I AM ABLE TO DOWNLOAD AN OFFICIAL VERSION.

    I BELIEVE 2.3.6 IS OFFICIALLY AVAILABLE VIA KIES FOR GALAXY S.

    THX

  44. Ivo

    March 11, 2012 at 2:55 am

    …First touch with ICS… astonishing… makes I9000 $300 more expensive device… really…. can’t see my self back to gingerbread, never, ever…


    Thank you Neela for making our lives prettier,
    Ivo

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 11, 2012 at 10:50 am

      thanks for your appreciation and trust!

    • Mahmud Koya

      March 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      @Ivo,
      Yes all the ICS ROMs are fast and beautiful, but with many bugs especially the alpha or beta builds. The developers of this build themselves say that there are some know issues like:
      Known Issues:

      Camera does not support scene modes
      FM Radio does not work.
      Phone unnecessarily gets data connection on device encryption password enter screen.
      Cannot format external SD *
      Android OS battery usage display higher than normal.
      Sometime wrong SMS selected for forwarding
      Format internal instead of external SD when requested to format ext. SD
      Transfer speed slows down when screen off
      Screenshot shutter sound
      TV Out using HW-decoding (probably won’t be fixed)
      Sim Toolkit (probably won’t be fixed)
      No camera focus mode setting
      Compass doesn’t work in Google Maps v6
      Unable to dial “0001” in some regions
      Slow USB transfer speed for some people
      Camera still photos problem after recording video

      Mahmud K

    • Mahmud Koya

      March 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      @Ivo,
      Yes the ICS ROMs are fast and beautiful but buggy especially the alpha/beta builds. The developers of this build themselves say that there are some known issues like:
      Known Issues

      Camera does not support scene modes
      FM Radio does not work.
      Phone unnecessarily gets data connection on device encryption password enter screen.
      Cannot format external SD *
      Android OS battery usage display higher than normal.
      Sometime wrong SMS selected for forwarding
      Format internal instead of external SD when requested to format ext. SD
      Transfer speed slows down when screen off
      Screenshot shutter sound
      TV Out using HW-decoding (probably won’t be fixed)
      Sim Toolkit (probably won’t be fixed)
      No camera focus mode setting
      Compass doesn’t work in Google Maps v6
      Unable to dial “0001” in some regions
      Slow USB transfer speed for some people
      Camera still photos problem after recording video

      Mahmud K

  45. Moff

    March 11, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Hey,

    I’m having a couple of problems after installing this version of ICS.

    Firstly I cannot download gmail from the market as it says
    “This app is incompatible with your Samsung GT-I9000”

    Secondly there is no radio on my device now.

    Thirdly there is no swype

    Is there any way you can help with this as these are two of the features I use the most. (also my contacts are backed up to gmail so have no contacts atm)

    If not how can we go back to the what we previously had on our phones?

    Cheers

    • kbdream

      March 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      Hi,
      Thank for the new version, but still as Moff says some issues:
      Keyboard (3rd line not working at all in vertical position).
      No swype keyboard
      No Radio
      No GPS navigation (map and direction app)
      No Samsung App (and some Samsung tools eg all Share…), I downloaded Samsung App Apk, but it says can’t be installed.

      BRDS

    • Tushar

      March 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      @Moff,
      u can go back to ur gingerbread firmware for this link

      http://androidadvices.com/valuepack-update-samsung-galaxy-face-unlock-i9000-xxjvu-236/2/

      simply but will get ur to Gingerbread 2.3.6 un-rooted

  46. jeffrey

    March 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Neil,

    Before my firmware was XXJVU and then I update it to ICS 4.0 build16 my firmware turned to XXJVT do I have to make it again to XXJVU before I can work on this new BUILD17 or I just have to do it directly do this process now.

    Thanks a lot,
    Jeff

  47. jeffrey

    March 10, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Neil,

    Before my firmware was XXJVU and then I update it to ICS 4.0 build16 my firmware turned to XXJVT do I have to make it again to XXJVU before I can work on this new BUILD17 or I just have to do it directly do this process now.

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 10, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      yes you can, please stick to the instructions!

  48. jeffrey

    March 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Neil,

    Before my firmware was XXJVU and then I update it to ICS 4.0 build16 my firmware turned to XXJVT do I have to make it again to XXJVU before I can work on this new BUILD17 or I just have to do it directly do this process now.

    Thanks a lot.

  49. uzman

    March 10, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Hi
    Is there any downsides to this? like less ram? or gps not working?
    and how do i check if my version is XXJVU?

  50. A.K i9000

    March 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Hello Bro,
    Thanks alot for this update.. its bretty good and stable so far ..I will keep you post if there are any issues
    Thanks again and keep it up Neela
    Ahmed Khalil
    SGS GT i9000

  51. Muhib

    March 10, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Neal,
    Which one more recommended to install: this ICS build 17, Slim ICS 2.8, or Gamerz?

    Regards,
    Muhib

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 10, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      all are recommended from us! 🙂

    • prashant

      March 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      @Muhib,
      Dude..Go for Gamerz with v6.5. It’s the best I have used so far.
      Amazing battery backup, performance and stability.

  52. razib

    March 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    after rooting i cant conect 2g mobile internet by Rc 4.2 . network typ “edge:2” mobile state said “disconect” n havy battery drain. coad name android 1.5 (jvt) is same. which room is more stable build17/slim(192mb). plz hlp me. sorry for my bad english.

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 10, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      check with the data connection or apn settings!!

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