How to Update Galaxy S2 GT I9100 with Global ICS 4.0.3 XWLP8 Firmware

Procedure to Update Galaxy S2 with XWLP8 ICS 4.0.3 Firmware:

  • Download the XWLP8 firmware zip package and Odin3 v1.83 from here to your computer. Once downloaded the firmware, extract the same so as to get the tar file. Open the Odin in your computer and turn off the phone so that it can be then entered in the Download Mode.
  • Download mode can be entered by pressing Volume down Key, Center button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button after which a green robot will be shown indicating the Download Mode has been entered.

  • Connect your Phone to the computer with the Original USB cable and then you will see that the ID: COM section will turn Yellow which will mean that all the drivers have been successfully updated.

Galaxy S2 odin

Note: if the ID : COM section doesn’t turn Yellow, you need to check with two things which are mentioned below,

SGS2 Connected

  • Install the USB Drivers in your computer &
  • Go to the Path “Settings > Wireless & Network > USB Settings” and ensure that “Samsung KIES” option is ticked before connecting the phone to the computer.
  • Click on “PDA” and then select “GT-I9100_XEO_I9100XWLP8_I9100OXALPS_I9100XXLPS.tar.md5”. After this, all you need to do is to just click on “Start” to start the firmware update.

Select PDA

  • As soon as the firmware is updated successfully, the phone will boot up and will show the home screen. Now disconnect the device and turn Off the phone so that it can be then entered in the recovery mode.
  • Recovery mode can be entered by pressing Volume Up Key, Center button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button after which a recovery list will be shown indicating the recovery Mode has been entered.

  • In recovery mode, select Wipe data/factory reset and also you need to select Wipe Cache partition and then reboot your device by selecting reboot system now with the help of Volume rocker keys.

Note: At any point of time just in case if the process of firmware update gets stopped due to any reason, all you need to do is restart the process from the start by re inserting the battery.

Congratulations, you have now successfully applied the update of XWLP8 in your SAMSUNG Galaxy S2. Do let us know just in case if you face any issues as we will try our level best to sort out the same.

120 Comments
  1. Reply F6 May 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Camera and Gallery apps don’t launch at all after this update. Any suggestions?

  2. Reply hay May 11, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    my phone is on android version 4.0.3 XXLPH in Singapore. can i apply this firmware update or should i follow this : How to Update Singapore / Thailand Galaxy SII GT I9100 with Official DXLP9 ICS 4.0.3 Firmware?
    what is the difference? and which would be better?

  3. Reply Alex simms May 11, 2012 at 10:13 am

    When is the root coming out? Have you forgotten us?

  4. Reply tcl May 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    When is root coming?

  5. Reply Nasir Mahmood May 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I did the same & i got the updates ICS 4.0.3 with 100% works

  6. Reply JoAnnRose May 5, 2012 at 11:08 am

    u never reply to any of my queries… and this is not the first time..

  7. Reply Mohd May 5, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Do we know what’s the difference btn this release XWLP8 and the one that was done sometime ago release XXLPS ? Will there be any change in comparison and any advantage to go to this release ?

  8. Reply Satya May 4, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Hi,

    I tried updating my custom ROM “SensatioN” 3.0 to this version and now i’m stuck in a boot-loop. Also i can’t enter into the recovery mode.

    Please help!

  9. Reply Michael Nicol May 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Just finished doing this after my phone updated itself from Kies, works great now without any problems so far. Thank you!

  10. Reply goenk May 4, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Root for XWLP8, please …

  11. Reply JoAnnRose May 3, 2012 at 10:50 am

    neela,

    I am having android version 2.3.5 , Gingerbread JPKJ2….. and I cannot connect to kies. that option is not there. what should I do?

  12. Reply Anas May 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Hey neela,
    I updated my S2 with this version, but there is something wrong with the WIFI response in general (internet tethering, all share, direct peer-to-peer wifi) I can turn it on and off for a couple of times, then at some point it freezes. It only works after I reboot the phone sometimes the phones reboots on its own. I reinstalled the Firmware and wiped cache just to make sure, but the problem still remains. I have also done some research, I have found that I am not the only person suffering from this issue. so any fixes, work arounds, or updates available that might fix this issue. Cuz it is really annoying. I used to be happy with gingerbread 2.3.6 very stable version of Android I never had this problem before.
    Thanks Neela

  13. Reply Nitish April 30, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I am on XXLPQ indian ICS firmware updated on d tutorial given at this site and it is working fine. Is there any major difference in XWPL8, kindly also advise what is the benefits of rooting the device.

  14. Reply Nicolae April 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    For rooting you can use the Root for Galaxy S2 I9100 on XWLP7 ICS 4.0.3 Firmware. I done it and it is works exelent!

  15. Reply Yakub April 30, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    please let me know if i can update this firmware on i9100G.

  16. Reply JoAnnRose April 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I really want to update my S2 with ICS but I do not have the option of Samsung Kies in USB Settings. Only Connect to PC appears. Do you know the reason?

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 29, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      on which firmware you are on?

      • Reply JoAnnRose April 30, 2012 at 11:20 am

        android version 2.3.5
        Gingerbread JPKJ2

      • Reply Rich May 2, 2012 at 4:14 am

        Neela, can you answer ANY of my questions at all please??
        I have been patiently waiting since the 24th april!

        I really needed some help with this firmware, and we are ALL still waiting for the root for this firmware to.

        If there’s ANY news for the root or if you could possibly get back to me at some point, i would be very grateful.

        THANX IN ADVANCE,
        R…=]

  17. Reply Yakub April 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Please let me know if this update applicable for samsung galaxy S I9100G or only for I9100.

    Please confirm soon so that i can update soon.

    Waiting for a positive response.

  18. Reply Rich April 28, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Cannot find swype app anywhere, but it clearly shows in task manager list as installed??? Anyone care to comment on this??

    Also If i want to root do i have to flash back to XWLP7 then root with the same? or is there a root option available for this firmware yet??

    Neela, any news on any new custom roms available as i here that
    [Black edition][AOKP-B34][26/04]Resurrection Remix ics v1.7[4.0.4] is out now and is meant to be very good indeed.

    Any news would be really cool, TiA.
    R…=]

    • Reply Rich April 30, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      Well it looks as though i’m not getting any replies to all my posts/ questions on a few threads on this site, ongoing from the 24th aplril!!

      I’m only asking for a little clarification on what to do with this fimware next when some apps don’t work.

      Any news on the latest custom roms???
      THANKS IN ADVANCE!!

      R…=]

  19. Reply Frank Sequeira April 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    The Keypad is QWERTZ instead QWERTY!!!

    • Reply Nicolae April 30, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      I had the same issue. I reinstalled 5 times, using ClockWorkMod to Factory reset/format cache…etc and I had only QUERTZ. I did “Factory data reset” from Settings/Back up and reset, including the erase of internal memory, and the keyboard come QWERTY!!!!
      As a difference between first metode to clean ClockWorkMod, and second: on the first will come at the start screen English (US), or maybe your language you have setted before cleaning, on the second will come English (UK).

      • Reply Nicolae April 30, 2012 at 8:25 pm

        I forget to mention that after cleaning with second metode I installed the update…. and the root.

  20. Reply Frank Sequeira April 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    The keypad is QWERTZ instead of QWERTZ….

  21. Reply Disgrattled April 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Can you please help me … Will this version work on the GT I9100G model os the galaxy s 2? will really appreciate a reply

    • Reply amao May 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      not at all! Be very carrefull as the two versions I9100 and I9100G are two different brends! the I9100G is a lowcost version which has nothing to do with the SII GT I9100! check for the reference I9100G and you will see that the chips are differents and as far as i heard this version was taken out from the European market.

  22. Reply Robin Hamilton April 27, 2012 at 8:36 am

    never mind, I restarted :-)

  23. Reply Robin Hamilton April 27, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Can you tell me the standard time it takes for the download of the firm ware? I’ve been at boot.bin for about ten minutes. Should I just take out the battery and begin the process again oor should I be waiting longer?

  24. Reply Naveed April 26, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Is it Korean version or UK version ?????

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 26, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      its a global version! Europe one

      • Reply Naveed April 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm

        But Samsung Kies does not recognize this firmware…Why???

  25. Reply marjan April 25, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Guys I run on XWLP8, and I red that we will have a ROOT soon, but I still do not see it.
    Can we use the root from XWLP7??…or we should still wait for ROOT FOR XWLP8??

    Thanks for the wonderful job you do.

  26. Reply Robert April 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Hi there.
    did the update and worked fine…however in your picture of the new android system it shows the battery indicator in the horizontal position but mine is still in the virtical position same as last update XXLPS? is there something i need to do?

  27. Reply Hareesh S April 25, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Will it increment custom counter

    • Reply Pradeep Neela May 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

      yes it will

  28. Reply Raif April 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    What’s the changelog from the previous ver??

  29. Reply Shane Stevenson April 24, 2012 at 4:54 am

    did it last night and i had no problems. i followed instructions. no wifi issue and mobile internet and mms was fixed easy as calling network provider and getting them to send mobile internet and mms settings via sms. really fast startup works really well no issues as yet. only one thing i cant figure out is how to get the face unlock on it. if someone can help me to get face unlock that would be really good. appart from that the installation only took 5 minutes and wiping of cach and partition only takes seconds. very easy love my new ICS :)

    • Reply Shane Stevenson April 25, 2012 at 4:03 am

      figured out face unlock. reception goes really bad sometimes but okay most of the time. can anyone help with getting better reception?

      • Reply Shane Stevenson April 25, 2012 at 4:05 am

        ive got unlocked gt i9100 with virgin sim in Australia

  30. Reply Rich April 24, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Root please…..=]

    • Reply Rich April 30, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      When will we all have ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaase.

      Thanks in advance.
      R….=]

  31. Reply khan April 23, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Is Wipe data/factory reset and Wipe Cache is a must after the update. pls advise.

  32. Reply Ajay April 22, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Will the phone be recognized in KIES after this manual update ?

  33. Reply Dustin April 22, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Where’s the root? what’s the hold up? (I know as soon as i do LP7 you’ll put up the root for LP8 and i’ll have to do it all over again!!!)

  34. Reply Sabyasachi April 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Applied!! Works absolutely fine. Immediate observation – Faster Boot and shutdown.

  35. Reply Naveed April 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Dear Neela, U mentioned that Its an official firmware whereas Samsung Kies does not recognize this firmware, Secondly this firmware is for korea not for UK

  36. Reply Romil April 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    How long this update process takes!!

  37. Reply Rich April 21, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Need Root now Please…=]
    R.

  38. Reply mohd April 21, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Hi Neela,

    I have already got the XXLPS ver, will there be any difference with XWLP8?
    This ver seems to be lower than the XXLPS that I have. Any idea if I should update this release
    Thank you

  39. Reply khan April 20, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Hi,
    Can i load this firmware as if we are using it middleeast region muscat & india.

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 21, 2012 at 10:54 am

      yes khan you can install this firmware!

  40. Reply ziyad April 20, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    im frm sri lanka can i update this

  41. Reply Andrew van Niekerk April 20, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    The Hotfile link provided is extremely slow. I have tried unsuccessfully to download it a few times now but times out. Can you provide an alternative link?

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 21, 2012 at 11:03 am

      we have taken the feedback and will surely act on the same!

  42. Reply Arpan m April 20, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    If wipe data factory reset is selected, and will it delete all installed apps?

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 21, 2012 at 10:59 am

      yes it will delete the apps!

  43. Reply Arpan April 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    If wipe data /factory reset is selected, and will it delete all installed apps?

  44. Reply Arhan April 20, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I’ve been having some issues with the LPQ release; certain apps from the Google Play store are not installing (an error message pops up saying “could not save to internal memory or sd card”. I also can’t move apps to the sd card on LPQ. Have these issues been addressed?

    Very good work, by the way! Thank you very much.

  45. Reply dustin April 20, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Still waiting for root!! You work so fast you’ve spoiled us to expect the root immediately!

  46. Reply bruno April 19, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    where is the root please??

  47. Reply Zygys April 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    So this is newer and better than XWLP7?

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      yes its better version!

  48. Reply Rich April 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Neela, i was wondering when my post in the foxhound thread will be answered??

    I am still waiting for 2 posts to confirmed by the moderator…
    I wanted to know if there would be an app pack for PsychoMantis which i am using now and which is XWLP7.

    I am having big issues with my network settings and especially the apn settings which i cannot seem to save, wifi is fine, but im not always at home.

    If you could look into this for me i would be very grateful to you.

    TIA.
    R…=]

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      its not there as of now!
      update with the XWLP8 version! it is fixed there!

      • Reply Rich April 20, 2012 at 6:30 am

        ok cool, is there any eta on a new foxhound XWLP8 version, as the app pack and custom rom is really good.
        I don’t really want lose this as im also rooted & it will be revoked.
        TIA
        R…=]

  49. Reply Yasas Wijethilake April 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    well i updated my gsii with the firmware but i ddnt enter recovery mode :/ does it neccsry. I still have all of my old apps with me..

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      yes its a must

  50. Reply Khanntey Try April 19, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I am waiting for the root of this version and hope to see it soon!!!

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 10:08 am

      yes it will soon be there within the next 24 hrs!

      • Reply Rich May 2, 2012 at 7:37 am

        very very long 24hrs???

  51. Reply dustin April 19, 2012 at 7:41 am

    L@# you said: “The only condition which you need to make sure is that you should have a Galaxy S2 which is a network carrier locked”

    Don’t you mean that the phone should be NOT carrier locked???

    • Reply Amit Bhawani April 19, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Oh yes it should have been meant exactly the opposite.

  52. Reply dustin April 19, 2012 at 7:39 am

    when will the root come out for this?

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 10:35 am

      rooting process will soon be made available!

  53. Reply Vini April 19, 2012 at 12:35 am

    So for me apply this update my mobile need to be network locked?

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 10:15 am

      no, its for non n/w locked devices!

  54. Reply sola April 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Hello Neela. Hope you’re doing k. Pls what are the advantages of flashing this over the xxlpq? You really dint address this issue at all, say battery improvements, Any bug fixes, stability issues etc. pls reply soon. Cheers n, pls kip d gud work up. Ur tha best man.

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 10:36 am

      thanks sola for your kind words!

  55. Reply Pranay Kumar April 18, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I used this ROM on my SGS2, everything works fine except the wireless connection. Can you please let me know how to fix it, and if it cannot be fixed, how do i roll back to my original rom

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 10:36 am

      to roll back you need to follow the instructions of the firmware you wish to go back to

  56. Reply Cloyd D April 18, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    You have mentioned the firmware is NETWORK CARRIER LOCKED…

    Please confirm the same, cuz if its Global ICS and can be loaded onto an GT-I9100 then the SGS2’s shud b Carrier Unlocked rite…!!!

    Please Enlighten us…!!!

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

      you can install on all the phones which are non contract ones

  57. Reply Rich April 18, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I’m confused, can you please clarify for me:

    Quote:
    “The only condition which you need to make sure is that you should have a Galaxy S2 which is a network carrier locked, if you apply this firmware in your device then there is a probability that you may brick the device.”

    So does my Samsung have to be carrier locked or not??

    I have a factory unlocked phone with no carrier branding on, so will mine be ok or not? please clarify.

    R…=]

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

      we have just made the changes!

      • Reply Rich April 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm

        Thank you Neela, i thought my post had been deleted so if the moderators want to disregard the new post i have just made regarding this issue then that’s fine.

        Regards
        R…=]

  58. Reply Rich April 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Is this the latest official firmware of ICS??
    R.

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

      yes its the latest firmware!

  59. Reply Satyasom Sarkar April 18, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    The only condition which you need to make sure is that you should have a Galaxy S2 which is a” network carrier locked”, if you apply this firmware in your device then there is a probability that you may brick the device.

    In India we usually dont have locked down phones,can this update be used???
    please clarify

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

      we have made the changes, you can use it for your Indian S2

  60. Reply Parle April 18, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Firmware works fine. But what were the new features? Doesn’t seems as though there is any difference.

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 10:35 am

      there are minor fixes only

  61. Reply Pranay April 18, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Please suggest how to roll back

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 10:33 am

      you can roll back by following the procedure of the version you wish to roll back to

  62. Reply Pranay April 18, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I am unable to use my wifi after the update….plsease suggest….please let me know if there is any option to revert.

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 10:33 am

      just clear the cache from the recovery, it will be fixed!

  63. Reply Gervais April 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Repeated the process all over again and succeeded!

  64. Reply Gervais April 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Hi There
    I followed the procedure until

    When I [Click on “PDA”

    Please How and where do I go/Click to proceed with [and …then … to select “GT-I9100_XEO_I9100XWLP8_I9100OXALPS_I9100XXLPS.tar.md5”.]

    Thank you

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 10:32 am

      please check with the usb drivers! its not installed properly!

  65. Reply Ashu April 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    hey.. can’t we insatll it on unlocked indian galaxy s2??

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 10:32 am

      yes ashu you can install this update!

  66. Reply Mir April 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    What are the changes in this firmware?

    • Reply Mir April 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      I didnt understand “network carrier locked,”

      • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

        if your phone works on one particular sim only then its a n/w locked device!

        • Rich April 25, 2012 at 11:32 pm

          Hey Neela, is there any ETA on the root for this firmware please???

          I miss my extras on root, hope it’s sooooooon.
          R…=]

  67. Reply Omar saad April 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Hi, when the Official ICS SGS2 for Middle East is going to release?
    Because its ridicules to have a smart phone doesn’t type your language.
    thank you

  68. Reply Manfred Rauchfuss April 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Hi Neela,
    as I understand, this update is for a network carrier locked device only?
    Thanks in advance for your soonest reply if I’m right or wrong.
    Manfred

  69. Reply Bill April 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Does this version support RSAP?

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      No, not as of now! may be in the next ver it may support!

  70. Reply Mark April 18, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Whatz the difference between this and XWLP3?

  71. Reply Hareesh S April 18, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Will it incremnent custome rom counter ?

  72. Reply sithoos April 18, 2012 at 8:15 am

    pls reaplay about XWLP8 firmware ,how is working condition?

  73. Reply amaterial April 18, 2012 at 5:04 am

    “Since this version of firmware is boot laoder free, anyone from any country can apply this update in his Galaxy S2 GT I9100. The only condition which you need to make sure is that you should have a Galaxy S2 which is a network carrier locked”

    Is this really correct, or should the text be ” make sure that you should have a Galaxy S” which is NOT a network carrier locked ?
    I would be thankful for clarification….

  74. Reply Mohd April 18, 2012 at 5:04 am

    Hi Neela,

    Do we know what’s the difference btn this release XWLP8 and the one that was done sometime ago release XXLPS ? Will there be any change in comparison and any advantage to go to this release ?
    Thank you

  75. Reply nima April 18, 2012 at 2:15 am

    hi neela
    whats change and new in this version?

  76. Reply Jamie April 18, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Can i update my SGS2 I9100 if i am on an unbranded device or does it have too be locked too a carrier e.g t-mobile, orange uk please could you let me know as i want to update my handset but don’t want a brick instead

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 10:30 am

      we will be coming out with the same! its for unlocked device!

  77. Reply Jay April 17, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Don’t you mean

    The only condition which you need to make sure is that you should have a Galaxy S2 which is a network carrier locked

    Should be

    The only condition which you need to make sure is that you should have a Galaxy S2 which is NOT network carrier locked

    • Reply Rich April 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Thank you Jay for clarifying that for me, i DID make the first post on this thread regarding this issue, but it seems they deleted it, and then changed the wording to “NOT” hence the capitals.

      Android advices need to make sure they word there tutorials correctly, otherwise they might find themselves in a lot of trouble if people brick there devices.
      R…=]

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