Galaxy S II

How to Update Galaxy S2 & Galaxy S3 with AOKP 3.0 Firmware Version

next big thing logoAre you having the Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100 or Samsung Galaxy S3 GT I9300 smartphone? Then here comes an all new AOKP Build 3 version of firmware and in the due course of this article we will be checking out on how you can apply this update. This update comes along with additional apps and features which we have summed up below. The modem too has been renewed in this firmware so as to give the best performance in Wi Fi.

Over a period of this article we will be checking out on how you can apply this update along with which we will also be checking out on what are the pre requisites you need to go through. This firmware should only be

New features:

  • SMS QuickReply
  • Stopwatch & Countdown in the Clock app (CM)
  • Expert Calculator functions (Graph, Matrices, etc.) (CM)
  • IME Switcher & Vib/Ring toggle as NavRing target

For applying this update, you will have to ensure that your phone is rooted. To check on whether your phone is rooted or not, you will have to download the “Root Checker” app from the Google PLAY Store and check with the same. If your device is not rooted, with the help of below mentioned steps you can very well root your device.

For SAMSUNG Galaxy S2 GT I9100:

How to Update Galaxy S2 GT I9100 with Official XXLQ5 ICS 4.0.4 Firmware

How to Root Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100 on XXLQ5 ICS 4.0.4 Firmware

For SAMSUNG Galaxy S3 GT I9300:

How to Update Galaxy S3 I9300 with XXDLI7 Jellybean 4.1.1 Firmware Update

How to Root Galaxy S3 I9300 on XXDLI7 Jellybean 4.1.1 Firmware Update

Once the device is rooted, you will have to download the “ROM Manager” app too from the Google PLAY Store.

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.

Now, once you have rooted your device you will now need to create a backup of all the data present in your phone with the help of below mentioned steps manually. Don’t make use of KIES to back up the data as it may even brick the device.

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

Ensure that minimum battery left in your phone is > 30% so as to make sure that device doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.

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

Procedure to Update AOKP 3 Firmware Update in Galaxy S2 and in Galaxy S3 Device:

  • Download the below mentioned corresponding firmware from here to your computer and Google Apps package. Once downloaded, you will have to connect the phone to the computer and place these two files in your device. Kindly select the appropriate file for your Galaxy Smartphone or else it may even brick the phone.

AOKP 3 for Galaxy S2,

AOKP 3 for Galaxy S3

  • Once you have placed the file in your phone, turn off the device so that it can be entered in the recovery mode.
  • Recovery mode in your Galaxy S2 or S3 device can be entered by holding the Volume Up button + the Home key button (the middle button). In recovery mode, select Clear cache and wipe all the data present in your phone so as to make sure that there are no force close errors after applying this update.
  • In recovery mode, select “install zip from sd card” > “choose zip from sd card” and then choose the placed AOKP Firmware Package. Once the file selection is over, the firmware will be applied within 10 minutes, you can see the progress of firmware update with the help of a progress bar. As soon as you see the home screen, select “Go Back” to select the option of “reboot system now” for rebooting the device in the normal mode.

Note: Just in a rare case if your Samsung Galaxy S III refuses to turn ON or say if it gets stuck on the Samsung Galaxy Logo then you need to long press the power button to turn off the same or re insert the battery to start the process from the start.

So there you go, you have now successfully updated your device with this AOKP 3 firmware. Do share with us in the comments section just in case if you face any issues as we will try to address the same.



  1. Eric Reid

    November 6, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Applying this rom really bricked my S2. Sent it to Samsung repair centre. They claim MOBO is broke!!
    ROM started installing correctly. 1/3 of the way in the progress bar stopped. Then after 5 mins phone turned off and will not turn on, net even into recovery mode.

  2. Haimamamia Lee

    October 6, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Thank you sharing

  3. Ovais

    October 3, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I’ve installed and used it.. Its running smoothly. no issues in installation and in any interface. But I wish to use it on Official ICS XWLPX 4.0.4 Firmware for S2. Neel!!! I need procedure how to root Official ICS XWLPX 4.0.4 Firmware.. Waiting for same..

  4. Rizal

    October 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I’ve installed this on my Galaxy S2 and while now it can recognize my external SD card – the problem is it does not have Google account to add. When you go to Settings, Account and sync, there is no more Google! Pls help

  5. kamaljit

    September 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    please upoload snapshort…………..

  6. Manoj

    September 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Dear pradeep
    I tried the update …It installed smoothly in the download mode but after rebooting the device its showing one horse symbol & mentioning a note “Initiating Swagger” … It was almost 10mins it dint finish .. Pls can you advice how much time should i wait like this…I am afraid that if there s any other prob….

    • Manoj

      September 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      pradeep ,
      I donno y more than 30mins its showing the same screen its not going further … Kindly help..

      • Pradeep Neela

        September 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm

        wipe the data from the recovery mode

        • Manoj

          September 28, 2012 at 6:36 pm

          thanks ,
          I did it & cud install the ROM but cudnt access SD card, cudnt find play store….its a major prob…

          • Edlik

            October 4, 2012 at 8:51 am

            place these two files in your device, MEANING

            Google Apps package + AOKP 3 for Galaxy S2 or AOKP 3 for Galaxy S3

    • Pradeep Neela

      September 28, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      there are no issues as of now

  7. demdens

    September 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Hi Neela!
    When I update this my phone can’t start 🙁
    I’m using I9100XWLPX_I9100XXLQ6_I9100NEELP . Plz help!

    • Pradeep Neela

      September 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      just install the drivers

      • demdens

        October 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm

        No. I can’t turn on, can’t login to downloading mode or recovery mode. Still black screen. I think it dead :))

  8. lakshhya

    September 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    can u plzz upload screen shots…….????plz…r send me d link

  9. abc

    September 26, 2012 at 10:34 am


  10. krish

    September 26, 2012 at 10:18 am

    i will try this for my galaxy s2 and let u know

    • Pradeep Neela

      September 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      yes you can try this update

  11. san

    September 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    S2 XXLQ5 root package is not available through hotfile..the file is removed…

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