How to Update Galaxy R I9103 with Official ICS Android 4.0.4 Firmware

It’s Official, Samsung Galaxy R I9103 smartphone users can now easily upgrade their smartphones with the latest and Official ICS Android 4.0.4 firmware which is dubbed as XWLP2. The best part of this firmware is that it comes with all the features and all the issues related to the battery and Wi Fi has been addressed in this version. Though this firmware is not yet out for all the Samsung Galaxy R I9103 users across the Globe but you can apply this update manually. Please note that warranty won’t get void in any manner if you apply this update since this update is released officially by Samsung.

Though there is no ETA on by when there will be an Official Jellybean 4.1.2 firmware update will be releasing, very soon there will be a host of custom ROM firmwares coming for Galaxy R I9103 which we will be covering in the coming days. Also, additionally just in case if you wish to root Galaxy R I9103 on XWLP2 ICS Android 4.0.4 firmware then we will very shortly be coming out with the same.

Disclaimer: Follow all the instructions mentioned in this article as if there is any damage caused due to not following instructions then we shall not be held liable or responsible. Just in case if you face any issues then we will try our level best to address the same.

All the data in your Galaxy R I9103 should be backed up so that just in case if the data gets corrupted / deleted the same can be easily restored with the help of below mentioned steps. Don’t backup the data with the help of KIES as it may not detect this firmware since Samsung has released this update in select countries only as of now.

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

Best Part: Applying this part won’t root the device in any manner, so the warranty is intact even if you apply this firmware update. Also, just in case if you are on any of the custom ROM firmware, after applying this update, the warranty can be reclaimed.

Minimum battery level left in your phone should not fall below 30% so as to make sure that it doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update. From the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”, enable the USB Debugging, ensure that the USB debugging option is ticked.

So assuming that you are done with the above mentioned steps, you can now head over to the Next Page where we have summed up a detailed tutorial on how you can apply this Official ICS Android 4.0.4 Firmware update.


  1. Super one, Much more better than Gingerbread. No bugs, everything is working just perfect. A big thanks to this creators.…d-4-0-4-ics/

    no need to back up anything. Trust me, even thoufh i kept a backup. I didnt loose any of my apps n contacts n messages. U can just update by Odin

  2. Hi.. this is first time I want to update my galaxy R. I am following the instructions given above. But unable to download XWLP2 ICS 4.0.4 Firmware Package. Kindly help

  3. Hi I am Ajay. I am unable to download XWLP2 ICS 4.0.4 Firmware Package. I want to update my galaxy r. It is my first time. Kindly help

  4. Hi pradeep. By any chance do you know whether updating to jelly bean would be possible in the near future?samsung seems to have dumbed the plan of officially rolling out any updates to galaxy R

  5. Hey Pradeep. Thanks for this.

    Some observations:
    1. To go into download mode i had to press Volume Down rocker key + power button + Home key all at the same time.
    2. During the upgrade process my phone went into “upgrading-media-database” for quite some time (40 mins) making me very nervous :). I thought it must be due to the large music database i had on the SD card and decided to pull the SD card out even while the phone is hooked onto my laptop via the USB cable. Little did I realize that in the process of opening case the phone will get disconnected from the USB cable. USB got disconnected and lo behold ICS upgrade got completed. Now i do not know if this was due to me pulling out the cable and media DB indexing abruptly stopping or if it was because the indexing coincidentally got over at the same time!My advise to people before starting the upgrade, move media files to SD card or backup and remove SD card from the phone.
    3. Post upgrade the phone got rebooted, all seemed well, but mails from my office (MS active sync) on the mail client were just not visible! The trick was to change font size from the default Normal to either small or large and suddenly the mails became visible. Was able to go back to Normal without issues.

    Else all seems well.


  6. Thanks for the guide. I have jut now upgraded my Galaxy R to CS 4.0.4 with out any problem. I hope to get procedure for upgrading to Jelly Bean soon.

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