How to update Galaxy S2 GT I9100 with Official XWKL1 Gingerbread 2.3.6 Firmware

Samsung Galaxy S2 LogoGood news for Galaxy S2 users as an all new Official firmware has arrived and is dubbed as Gingerbread 2.3.6 firmware. This update will be very short lived as an all new Official version of Android 4.0 ICS will be rolling out very soon in 2012. Though this update is official you can update with the help of KIES too but for all those who are on the beta firmwares and KIES doesn’t recognize the device too can apply this update as we will see in the due course of the article on how to manually apply tis update. The update which we will be checking out is specially for Indian Galaxy S2 GT I9100 users, though it can be applied by any S2 I9100 users as it’s a Global update with Multi CSC. The version is dubbed as XWKL1 Gingerbread 2.3.6.

Note: This update is not for Galaxy S2 I9100G users and is strictly for the devices of whose the model number is GT I9100. If you are not sure of the Model number then you can find by dialing “*#1234#” in your phone after which you will get to see the model number of yours.

Disclaimer: Please note that this process of firmware update is not recommended for the basic users and is only recommended for the advanced users. Also, we should not be held responsible for any damage happened to your device in any manner after applying this update.

So, let’s proceed with the list of pre Requisites you need to follow after which we will see the procedure in the next page.

Pre Requisistes:

  • So as to ensure that the data is kept safe, you need to backup the same using the below mentioned tips so that just in case if the data gets erased or gets corrupted, the same can be easily restored with the help of below mentioned tips.

Note: Don’t backup the below mentioned data with the help of KIES as it may or may not support KIES after the update.

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

  • A minimum of 50% battery charge needs to be there left in the device so as to ensure that the phone doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update. The APN Settings are located in this path, Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names, you need to note all these manually on a piece of paper so that you can reconfigure the same. Disable tools like Security SuitesFirewall tools and also the KIES PC Suite as these tools generally tend to interrupt the process of firmware update.

So, once you are done with all the above instructions, it’s time to proceed to the next page where we will see on what are the instructions to update Galaxy S2 with Gingerbread 2.3.6 XWKL1.

  • gaurav

    Pradeep i have android 4.0.3 on my I9100 but i want to downgrade is there any risk….please reply asap

  • Nagesh

    Hi,
    I’m from India and have been watching all of your articles about GS2 and i updated my GS2 to 4.0.3 as and when it was released and later i reverted back to 2.3.6 xwlk1 through Odin following your guidance lines. My phone is working fine, but sometimes when the phone is in idle mode (i.e. screen off) suddenly it turns on and turns off. There won’t be any sms or miss call when i check. Is this a virus problem or any malfunctioning? I’ve got Antivirus installed in my phone too and that didn’t find any virus either.

    One more question, when i connected to Kies it is detecting/recognizing but when i hit Firmware upgrade and initialization showing “GT I9100 does not support initializing.” Is this a problem when Samsung releases official ICS to update my phone through Kies?

    Please suggest.

  • Leon

    Hello, I have followed your instructions to the letter with this firmware 2.3.6 but the phone and Odin is stuck at SetupConnection.. for the last half hour. is this normal?

    How can I restart the process, because I cannot remove the USB cable. I want to wipe the phone completely and restore to 2.3.6. from 4.0.3. I had serious problems with 4.0.3. and the phone will not even boot

  • Manoj

    Hi,
    I updated the firmware, but when the phone restarts, it keeps on showing the starting screen with “S” logo and doesn’t proceed further. kindly help..

  • Cosmin

    I did what you said but it won’t start,continues to restart and seeing and seeing again the same samsung logo . please help

  • Satinder Pal

    I restarted the phone and allowed omputer to get all drivers, as i was getting USB drivers issue… now its working fine, thanks buddy!!!

    Now tell us the procedure to update for ICS…:))

  • Satinder Pal

    Hi Np,
    I had been following your procedure and after first step. I am not getting yellow box as mentioned below…. What to do??
    “Once phone is connected, the ID : COM section will turn yellow. Click on “PDA” to select the file “Kernel_I9100XWKL1.tar.md5” and then click on “Start”. Within a minute the device will be restarted. Now after you see the home screen, remove the USB cable to enjoy your Galaxy S2 GTI9100 on the latest and official Gingerbread 2.3.6 update.”

  • johnny

    hello,
    After the update using odin, I connected my phone to kies and what i recieved was that the phone is not supported for kies update. Is this a problem and also does it mean that i can use kies to update my phone again.
    thanks

  • zorawar

    first your ICS ruined me, and now the password for this package is bogus. Wow advices.com, dont want anything more from you. Pathetic level of diligence.

  • deep

    hey bro my phone is stuck on s2 animation and its keep restarting but not showing home screen :( what to do ??

  • Balkrishna

    Thanks NP,
    Awesome guidelines and indepth “How to” help me get my S2 on new android version 2.3.6. I read this article & the comments atleast 10 times to avoid the confusion/problems & inspite of following all the steps I got one problem which was:
    Added!!
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:14)..
    File analysis..
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Leave CS..
    Can’t open the serial(COM) port.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    As I mentioned … I read all the comments and then made my PC equipped with latest version of Kies and USB drivers. But still this problem was reoccurring. Then I did the thing which is not mentioned in the article. I cleaned my S2 … cache, history, running apps. & then atlast …. yuppie …. it worked. Now my S2 shows its Android 2.3.6 and also get detected on Kies.
    Thanks NP once again for all kind of untiring support.
    Balkrishna.

  • Pavan Gattu

    Forgot to provide my Current firmware Version: I9100XWKL1/I9100ODDKF3/I9100DDKE4/I9100XWKL1 (INU)
    Please help me out in this.

  • Pavan Gattu

    All,

    I’m also facing same kind of issue “Your device does not support software upgrading via Kies”

    Let me explain what happened exactly:

    1. After 100% charged we get an notification on top stating that 100% Charged , when I unplug the charger after that battery percentage will go down to 95% or 96% immediately as on when unplug the charger
    2. And my S2 was little bit hanging while operating
    3. While charging mobile is getting heat
    Because of all the above reasons I have approached Samsung Servicing Center (authorized) and I was to told that there is problem with Mother Board and needs to be replaced and need to update the OS also,
    After 3 days I got my mobile back with replaced new mother board and software updated, after that also above mentioned (Point 1) issue not resolved and moreover I could see and new issue that, when I tried to connect my mobile to KIES it says that “Your device does not support software upgrading via Kies” and it’s showing only current firmware version and not showing that this is the latest firmware version,
    Not sure what to do, today again I have approached Samsung Servicing Center to take look into that,
    Could someone had same kind of issue, please advice me on this.

  • swamy

    hi i am using the samsung sgh i727
    i recently updated to the 2.3.6 (gingerbread.ucla3)
    this version is very irritating. i cannot connect to any wifi networks and the battery is also draining very fast.. please help..

  • devesh

    Can you please share the link to download odin software!

    Thanks!

  • jimmy

    i have rooted my phone with s2 root guide,it work fine,i have also install clockworkmod recovery successfully but when i open clockworkmod via rom manager my phone get stuch i remove tha battery and put it again…now problem is my phone keep restarting not open the main screen plzzzzzzzz help iwant my phone back
    thanks in advance bro…

  • josh

    Hi pradeep,
    I was using 2.3.6 xxkl1, as it was not recognised by kies i followed ur guide. but i think i’m in serious problem, After the first PDA update my GS2 keeps on restarting. Its like its stuck in a vicious cycle- the animated “S” comes in then the SAmasung Galaxy SII below it again the animated “S” logo… This continues. I tried the kernel update after this and the problem is same. I never reach my home screen. My earlier 2.3.6 CSC was KOR.
    PLs help me out…!!

  • santosh Jayaram

    Hi pradeep,

    I updated to XXLPQ now can i go back to XWLK1, is it possible and is it the same procedure to do so.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Neela Pradeep

      yes you can very well apply the update!

    • TIMETHIEF

      @santosh Jayaram,
      Yes you can roll back to 2.3.6
      Download 2.3.6 FW official and follow the same procedure..!!

  • Ujjwal Soni

    I have samsung gaalxy s2 i1900 Indian version…I installed 4.0.3 leaked rom on it and it wasnt able to connect to kies….recently samsung rolled out offcial 4.0.3 update and the update would be coming to india soon…so as my phone is not able to connect to kies…how would i update to 4.0.3 indian version…..to let it be able to snyc with kies…i followed ur guide in reverted back to 2.3.6 offcial rom….but now wen i connect to kies it says that your device cannot be updated via kies…i have latest kies and updated kernel too….pls help me with this…i would be obliged for ur help!! thnks in advance

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Neela Pradeep

      as in one it comes we will let you know!

  • Ujjwal

    kies shows your device is nt able to update via kies…i have latest kies and i updated kernel…

  • Ujjwal

    kies shows your device is nt able to update via kies…i have latest kies and i updated kernel..

  • Ujjwal

    hello I had installed unofficial ICS on my galaxy s2( Indian Version) I had to install offcial ICS vrsion for my galaxy s2 which is released in other countries and soon coming to India…So to make my device detect with kies and install official 4.0 version via kies, I reflashed offcial indian rom by following your guide and I have latest version kies and i updated kernel too bt when i connect y mobile to pc….Kies says that my device cannot be updated via kies…pls help me…i need ur help urgently
    waiting for ur support.. Thanks in advance

  • yashraj

    hey is it possible to update it via cell phone will it show updates?????? pls reply!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Neela Pradeep

      no as of now its not possible to update!

  • Jitendra

    Hi, I have updated to original xwkl1 as mentioned in ur procedure. Its working excellent. but when i connect to kies it shows ur phone is not allowed to update thru kies. Kies is 2.2. please help.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Neela Pradeep

      ya since its a beta firmware it will show that!

  • gandharv

    hey i updated my kernel to XWKL1 using this link , but still i cnnot connect to kies everytime i try connecting it flashes connect in pc suit mode also my cell is a chinese purchase plz help!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Neela Pradeep

      yes since you are on the non official firmware version, the pc suite won’t recognize!

  • raouf

    Dear Neela,
    i have the galaxy SII GT-I9100 from Germany, running version 2.3.4 and Baseband version I9100XXXKI1 and build # GINGERBREAD .XWKI4 , But now living in the United Arab Emirates, Throgh Kies it says that i have the latest update, and the phone does not support arabic language as a second language. what should i do.
    Thank you very much, i will wait for your reply

  • Mauricio

    Does it take so long when select file “GT-I9100_INU_I9100XWKL1_I9100ODDKL1_I9100DDKL1.tar.md5” and click on “Start”?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Neela Pradeep

      ideally it should not take more than 5 minutes!

  • Ankit Kamalia

    Dear Pradeep,
    The firmware is working awsome…Thank you guys…
    My phone is getting connected to KIES seamlessly and it is showing that it is official…
    And for all those people who faced battery drop issus initially…Even i suffered 50% drop in battery charge over the night time…
    Following is the solution which worked for me and now my battery survives for complete 2 days with moderate usage…
    Complete one battery recharge cycle.
    Enable When Screen turn off option in Wifi Sleep Policy
    Wifi and Network – Wifi setting – Advanced Option – Wifi Sleep Poliyc – select When screen turn off

    Deselect Turn off Wifi option in Custom Power Saving Setting.

    Hope this help you all…
    also switch off Market Data, Data Sync, GPS, Wifi, Location when not required…It gives tremendous boost to the battery.

    Enjoyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • rehan

    dear neela i upgrade gt9100 xwkl1.after one month my galaxys2 did not auto rotate correctly.some time work ok.today i upgrade again but same result ,so pls help me how to recover this problem. pls pls reply as soon .thx

  • rehan

    dear neela i upgrade gt9100 xwkl1.after one month my galaxys2 did not rotate correctly.some time work ok.so pls help me how to recover this problem. pls pls reply as soon .thx

  • prasad

    I did a factory reset on my Samsung Galaxy SII after it stopped detecting my SIM card but after doing that it got stuck on the boot animation. I’m getting the following message when I do a factory reset via Recovery Mode:

    Android system recovery

    Enter:OK Key, Select: Vol UP / Vol Down
    reboot system now
    apply update from sdcard
    wipe data/factory reset
    wipe cache partition
    —————————————
    E:copy_cache_media:Can’t mount /sdcard your storage not prepared yet, please use UI menu for format and reboot actions.
    Meida files copy failed.

    # MANUAL MODE #

    –Updating application…
    E:failed to mount /sdcard (Unknown error: 0)
    E:install_application_for_customer:Can’t mount /sdcard

    your storage not prepared yet, please use UI menu for format and reboot actions.
    copy application failed.

    –Appling Multi-CSC…
    Installing Multi-CSC
    Copied the packages.
    Copied the default_wallpaper file.
    Copied the power on/off animation files.
    Applied the CSC-code ‘XTC’.
    Successfully applied multi-CSC.

    Also, before entering Recovery Mode it asks for a pin code that I’ve set up when I configured my work email on the phone. This phone is not rooted (using stock ROM/firmware). Is there anything else I could do before I opt to bring to the service center?

  • Deepak

    it works fantastic on bell galaxy s2 i9100M.

    i tried the way as given above. just follow the instructions carefully. i did lot of research and found. bell galaxy s2 is same as international version. thanks neela..

    there was not yeloow triangle after flash but when i rooted phone it came back.

  • Mil-user

    Dear Pradeed Neela,

    just wanted to congratulate you on this site and your good work. I really don’t know how you make it to find the time and patience to answer all those (very often stupid and/or redundant) request and questions.

    A big BRAVO to you and keep it up!

    M

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      thanks for your appreciation!

      • Salman

        hi neal …

        any guidance on the Korean Galaxy S2 model SHW-M250K ??

        just bought this phone 2 days back .. nt finding any smooth guides like u carry out on this device

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Neela Pradeep

          we will come up with the same if its possible!

  • navin00

    hey Pradeep, i am currently on 2.3.4 xxkg2 firmware and the battery life is awful the display turns on of its own after every 10 min. and loops for 5 times when in idle. you think should i update to this firmware the above mentioned problems will be solved if not can you suggest me any links to this firmware..?

    I9100 DDKE4
    and
    KERNEL VERSION- 2.6.35.7-I9100XWKF3-CL276555@ROOT@DELL101 #2

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes you can apply this XWKL1 Update!

  • navin00

    hey can i update from 2.3.4 xxkg2 to this firmware…is the battery life is okay with this firmware…

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes its better than the earlier version!

  • Karun Gupta

    Hi Pradeep,

    I just upgraded my 2.3.5 version to 2.3.6 using the steps above. But the ‘EMERGENCY CALLS ONLY’ issue is still there. Can you please help?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      which firmware you are on? have you updated the n/w locked phone?

  • http://androidadvices.com SUMIT

    Hi, i have upgrade my galaxy s2 to ice cream sandwich ,can i come back to this original firmware ,and can i will be able to connect to kies
    thanks

  • dr. Puneet

    i m on 2.3.4 and CSC in not indian…i want to know if u update to 2.3.6 (indian version) provided here…will my CSC also change to DD for india??
    awaiting for reply

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      no, not in this firmware as its an European firmware!

      • dr. Puneet

        hi thanks for the reply…i thought that this is a indian FW..
        if possible can u give me CSC for india so that i can flash it when i upgrade to this FW….

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

          you can follow this article, the csc is of INDIA!

  • Giovanni

    Hi, thank you so much for this guide it runs flawlessly, installed this version on my phone today just took 30 min and everything was running.

    Take care

    Bye

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      glad to hear that!

  • froots

    Multiupload seems to be unreachable. I’m trying to download the stock kernel for XWKL1, anyone have a working link?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes there are some issues with the multiupload

  • harman

    after updating 2.3.6 XWKL1 everything. i m not getting network. when i search and select airtel it says: unable to connect try later. i have updated very carefully 4-5 many times. my all drivers are installed with kies. everything is perfect. but suddenly language was changed and no network and rebooted so many times and cleared wiped , cache everything plz help. i purchased in guarantee .

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      not to worry, after applying this the warranty wont get void!

    • dj

      u need to enter your vpn settings manually if not getting network

  • Maitrey

    hi pradeep…..i have ICS 4.0.3 currently i want to downgrade to 2.3.6
    i tried today but somehow its not installing in the phone……i donno if this version has sm problems !! i doubt it
    and is there any other version of 2.3.6 to downgrade from ICS???
    if yes then pls gv me the link!!!
    pls

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes you can downgrade to your desired firmware version! get all about your S2 here,
      http://androidadvices.com/info/samsung/galaxy-s-ii/

      • Maitrey

        BUT buddy….i tried to install this 2.3.6 package…..but it has sm problem….the odin tool says unable to install…..
        u have any other 2.3.6 pack????
        coz this is not working in my case?
        what to do now ?
        HELP ME!!! :(

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

          install usb drivers and then check with the same!

        • dj

          u probably are not following steps as instructed it sounds like your phone was not on download mode

  • dhiraj

    after updating my s2 to this rom i have having wifi issues…when i am in wifi area and starting my s2 wifi then my phone hangs up.i wiped all data from recovery formatted inbuild memory but nothing happens .is this phones issue or rom.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thezaibmaliks zaib

    dear friend please help me
    i have galaxys2 & i upgraded it. after upgrade i am facing my camera is working slow
    if we go in previous version which i didn’t remember unfortunately its camera worked very fine and take quick quick shots instead of waiting 3-5 second gap for every shot

    i am worried please help me what should i do

  • markich

    Thank you !

    You saved my life because a brick issue after an install of the SwitchMe for Root Users apk.

    It was a pain in the ass.

    Now have to get ROOT again.

    Good work. THKS !!!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      thanks markich for your appreciation! looking forward for your support in future too

  • Graham

    I am having a similar issue. I have updated both files through Odin (the first one and the kernel). The phone seems to be working ok, but when I connect to Kies it says \Your device does not support software upgrading via Kies.\. I have also updated to the latest version of kies on my pc.

    Should I not be able to update via kies after I have followed your steps?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Neela Pradeep

      no, you need to update the device manually via ODIN

  • hus

    i want ask few questions:

    1) Is it successfully working on most of the galaxy s2?
    2) is it wiping data from the phone? If yes which program is best for taking backup?
    3) What is the use of installing new kernel?

    Thanx in Advance :)

    • Neela Pradeep

      ues but an all new version has arrived for which you need to refer the s2 section!

  • tufail

    if my mobile locked means country locked may i able to update this firmware as u said ????urgent plz tell me……..

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes i meant country locked!

  • alamoyo

    it is support arabic language ???

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      it doesnt support arabic!

  • Robert

    Have just updated to firmware above and it installed great without any problem.
    only after a couple of days have noticed while phone still has full charge it has
    turned off/frozen (looks turned off) however on/off button does nothing…have to remove
    battery and starts again no proplem except noticed data/phone signal takes longer to open.

    It has done this 2x times and has never done this previously…do you have any ideas
    how to fix this problem?

  • JuJuBi

    HI neal, can you pls help me out? i seem to have problems downloading the firmware via hotfile. I have attempted a few times on download but after a while, the download will automatically stop with the message “interrupted”. I am using google chrome to download. can you pls upload it back to the normal way via androidadvices server? I really would like to use this official update. THANKS>

  • wingsiu

    hi there, just had my fw updated without problem but i can’t flash the kernel for some reason!! it keeps on saying fail!! help plz!!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      be on the stock kernel as its the stable as of now!

  • adamjohnson

    i successfully done the update but the kernel gets stuck in odin saying Added!!
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:7)..
    File analysis..
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Leave CS..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    zImage

    it has been like this for like 40 mins now

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      just try on some other pc!

  • sohail

    THANK MAN i had thousands of problems in galaxy s2 but afTer This aLl vanIshed thhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnkkkkkkkkkkssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bijendra

    i have S2 with the following. i am residing in the middle east. The KIES tells firmware is latest.

    GT-I9100
    Baseband I9100XWKE1
    Kernel : 2.6.35.7-I9100XWKE2-CL187606root@DELL101#2
    build no : GINGERBREAD.XWKE2

    Can I upgrade?

    Thanks

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes why not, you can apply the update!

  • muhannid

    im currently on 2.3.4 xwki4 can i update to this on my sgs2??

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      YES YOU CAN DIRECTLY UPDATE!

      • Anjo

        Neel,

        Good day.

        How I can down grade my SG2 from fw ICS 4.0.3 to 2.3.6

        Thanks

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

          just follow the corresponding instructions!

      • muhannid

        kies says that my phone cant update with it i have already updated it wht should i do??

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

          you can get the details from here!

        • muhannid

          u r not understanding i have already updated and installed the kernel but even after this kies say cannot upgrade through kies please tell me what should i do!

          • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

            update the kies tool, it will detect the phone!

  • muhannid

    im currently on gingerbread 2.3.4 xwki4 can i update to this??

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes you can directly update from your current version!

      • muhannid

        thank u very much for the reply!i updated succesfully and also flashed the kernel but there is one problem in kies that says ur phone cannot be upgraded via kies!! what should i do??

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

          you can apply this update manually!

  • cga

    Hi

    Can I update my Galaxy S2 with this update?

    This is what I have

    I9100BUKJ3 2.3.5 I9100VDIKI3

    Thanks

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      its not recommended as you are on the carrier firmware right now!

  • Shekar K

    A late bloomer I must say… Thank you for steps. It worked out perfectly and I am now on 2.3.6. Just to share my experience, my first upgrade from 2.3.4 to 2.3.6 did not work as expected, the firmware got corrupted and a visit to the service center helped me come back on track, the guys there put me on to a 2.3.3 and gave me some gyaan on the do’s and dont’s of upgrading. I went ahead now with the steps as mentioned here and lo.. behold… 2.3.6 is installed…. Thanks once again.

  • Maikel

    Hello there,

    I updated to this firmware and got the force close errors. I can’t do a wipe cache/factory reset because it’s asking me for a password, even if I try to flash it again it fails. Can you help? I’m without a phone now :(

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      kindly flash the same again! there is no password asked in your phone!

  • Mike

    After downloading this firmware I get a lot of force close errors I’m unable to set up the phone and not able to “Wipe Data / factory reset\ it asks me for a password!!!! Please help me I can’t do anything now. Tried flashing it again but failed. What Can I do?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      apply the update again!

  • Akshay

    bhai update to karliya but whats new ?

  • Rahul Debnath

    guys i live in bangladesh how do i update from kies ? or do i have to use odin? :/

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      if its available via kies then update it

  • Ahsan

    Hi Pardeep, Nice work dude, I am from Pakistan and having GT-9100G, can you tell me i am unable to update via the Check for updates on the phone and why do i have to follow this procedure? secondly will i be able to move my applications to usb storage once i update to 2.3.6?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      this is not yet officially pushed, you need to apply via odin!

  • http://androidadvices.com hangai

    tnx . my phone’s model is samsung galaxy s2 LTE SHV- E110s . Firmware version :2.3.6
    it is not docomo network. few days ago i buy from korea. now i am using in mongolia, unitel company’s gsm network. plz help

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      ITS NOT FOR N/W LOCKED PHONES!

  • http://androidadvices.com hangai

    how can i update samsung galaxy s2 LTE ???? i want to change korean edition to english . so plz help me

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      no, not as of now! any model number? are you with ntt docomo network?

      • http://androidadvices.com hangai

        model number : SHV-E110S.
        it is not docomo network. i’m using in mongolia,

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

          as of now for SHV-E110S. there is no update!

  • neil cajote

    Pradeep Neela,

    my Samsung galaxy s2 GT-I9100 has 2.3.5 version and i would like to update firmware to 2.3.6 official firmware using Kies but it keeps telling that i have the latest firmware installed. i dialled *#1234# . The result:

    PDA:I9100 JPKJ2
    PHONE: I9100 XXKI4
    CSC: I9100 JPKJ1
    BUILD INFO: THU OCT 13….

    please let me know whether i can update my firmware.. Thank you

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes buddy you can directly apply the update!

  • Cogline

    Odin stuck at the following for over an hour. Please help

    Added!!
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:5)..
    File analysis..
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Leave CS..

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      check with the usb connection or try restarting the pc!

  • http://androidadvices.com hangai

    how can i update samsung galaxy s2LTE. I need to change english version. I want to change korean version. Plz tell me

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      this doesnt have korean!

  • Fernando

    link is down =(

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      links are perfect@

  • http://androidadvices.com hangai

    how can i update samsung galaxy s2 LTE ?????? plz help me ? i want english firmware. plzzzz
    i want to change korean version…

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      its not for lte! which model you are lookign for>?

  • shaz

    how we can install for this kernl for this firmware…..XWKL1….plz tell me…

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      ITS MENTIONED IN THE PROCEDURE!

  • http://androidadvices.com hangai

    is it possible to samsung galaxy s2 LTE????????????

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      no its not for this phone!

  • http://androidadvices.com hangai

    is it possible to samsung galaxy s2 4G LTE?????????????? samsung galaxy s2 LTE ?????????

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      no, its strictly for I9100

  • naveed

    Hi Pradeep Neela,

    Download link is now working ??

    http://downloads.androidadvices.com/S/GalaxyS2_I9100_XWKL1_INU_2.3.6.rar

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      we are working to fix the same at the earliest!

  • http://androidadvices.com Yuganth

    found a only one and it is a major problem with this Rom. No settings for Noise Reduction during call. How can this be fixed or is there any custom Rom that has solved this issue. Please Confirm.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      no there are no custom roms for the same!

  • DRK

    Hello Team,

    I have SGS2 with Official Gingerbread 2.3.6 installed. I have a problem using Voice Talk and Voice command that whenever I use Voice Command, it says “Sorry Try Again” with a message “Network Error, Please try again” on Voice Talk page. I even can not use Vlingo on this phone.

    Model number : GT-I9100
    Android Version: 2.3.6
    Baseband version: I9100DDKL1
    Kernel version: 2.6.35.7-I9100XXWKL1-CL809037 root@DELLBUILDER12#2
    Build number: GINGERBREAD.XWKL1

    Please help me to fix this.

    Regards,

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes you can apply this update!

      • DRK

        Hello Pradeep,

        I am not asking to apply this update, I am already on this ROM.

        Please advise me how I can fix Voice Command error while on this firmware.

        Regards,

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

          which voice command error?

  • senake

    Dear Neela,

    I have got a SG2 which is purchased in HongKong. I live in Sri Lanka. It is working fine. But it has some applications QQ Security, QQ Phonebook, QQXXXXXXX, 360XXXXXXXX in Chinese. It is communicating with Kies.

    I cannot uninstall them.

    It has:

    Android Version: 2.3.3
    Base Version: I1900XXKE4
    Kernal Version: 2.6.35.7-I1900XWKE7-CL215725
    Build Number: GINGERBREAD.XWKE7

    If I upgrade this to 2.3.6 will I be able get rid of these applications or use them in english language?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      you can update with this version!

  • Raja

    please please update the FW update links…
    they are not working…..

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      we are in the process of fixing the same!

  • Farrukh

    Hi,
    download link is not working, pls update.

    Thanks!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      we are trying to fix the download links very soon!

  • om shastri

    Hi,

    I am unable to download the firmware for GT-I9100 using the above link as given http://downloads.androidadvices.com/S/GalaxyS2_I9100_XWKL1_INU_2.3.6.rar.. Plz help..

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      links have been fixed!

      • froots

        Hi, where can I get the XWKL2 update ?I’m having WiFi connectivity problem.

        • Neela Pradeep

          you can update with the XXLPS version of firmware from the Galaxy S2 Section!

  • ohm

    I am unable to download the firmware using the link http://downloads.androidadvices.com/S/GalaxyS2_I9100_XWKL1_INU_2.3.6.rar

    please help..

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      all the download links have been fixed!

  • http://androidadvices.com/update-galaxy-s2-gt-i9100-official-xwkl1-gingerbread-236-firmware/ Jaideep Chitnis

    hiThank you Pradeep Neala very much.
    I followed your 2.3.6 Upgrade instructions to the dot and the upgrade went without a hitch.

    My GS2 is much nippier now and I find it connects to my Belkin and D-Link WiFi router much better, with increased range. I am also able to get full 4Mbps on my BSNL broadband connection, although I am not sure it is related to the OS upgrade. Earlier I could not get more than 1.5-3Mbps try as much as I did at various times of the day.

    Do you have a comprehensive list of enhancements which 2.3.6 does over 2.3.4? Please reference if u do.

    We nor eagerly await your upgrade on ICS for GS2 (Presently, 4.0.3 seems buggy, from the comments on your blog).

    I will still follow your instructions, as Kies is much too unreliable. I wonder why Samsung messed up so badly on Kies.

    Do you have any heads-up on the release date when official ICS will be released for GS2.?

    Thanks once again

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes, very soon the new builds will be getting released!

  • goutham

    helllo neal,ive got a serious question for which im not able to find the answer anywhere.im currently using xxki3 and its rooted,the thing is im not able to install custom roms n im not able to make a backup of my stock,it says e:signature verification failed,i even tried toggling the signature settings but still its the same reply i get from my phone.ive been trying so hard to install cyanogen 7.1 stable and im just not able to.will be very pleased if u can give me a solution and it will be great if u can post an article on installing custom roms.
    my next question is after installing xwkl1 firmware on my phone im not able to use 3g,my apn is perfect i cleared cache,wiped my phone,installed kernel nothing helps,please help me sir.
    thankyou for the reply in advance

  • nishit

    Hi I updated my SGS2 to 2.3.6. The process was smooth and flawless. But after the update i am facing issues with WIFI connectivity. Once connected it works fine, but as soon as it goes in idle mode or the screen is locked if i stop using my phone, with WiFi switched ON the trouble begins. When I unlock the screen and again try to browse using WiFi the net doesn’t work. I need to restart the WiFi again so as to browse again. This issue happens again and again.

    There was no problem prior to the update. Any solution to this problem?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      its fixed in XWKL2 version!

  • Nauman Zahoor

    Is it possible that you can provide with a CSC file for this firmware so we don’t get an error on kies???

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      no, its not possible!

  • Mahendar

    Helloo..

    I have updated my galaxy s2 via odin with the instruction mentioned to update the samsung official version and it got updated. Later once i got connected to kies it gave a message \Your Device Does Not Support Software Upgrade Via Kies\.

    Please let me know what can i do and have i lost my warranty. Mine is a indian made and i don’t know what to be done…

    I hope you provide me a solution.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      warranty won’t be lost!

  • Tahir

    can this process be used to downgrade my GT I9100 from 4.0.3 to 2.3.6? facing a lot of bugs in the ICS 4.0.3

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes you can update with XWKL1

  • Andrew83

    Dear Neela,

    As i mention earlier on, i have try many time and you have reply that it is for india user. so do i have to apply kernel only to 2.3.6 xwkk5 firmware or upgrade to 2.3.6 xwkl1 firmware and also the kernel? Currently i back roll to 2.3.6 xwkk5 firmware as my kies still able to recognise it.

    Rgds..
    Andrew

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      ok, its ok if it recognizes your device on XWKK5!

  • Dhrupad shah

    Hi Neel,

    Successfully upgraded the phone. The phone is Indian make and is to be used in India. Followed the exact procedure as mentioned but still kies is not recognizing the phone. At the end of my current firmware listing it shows XEU in brackets. I think that is the issue…. Can you please guide me to change that and get my phone re-detected…Do I need to do anything else like factory reset or cache clearing..?

    Waiting for a quick and positive answer..

    Thanks
    Dhrupad

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      there is a new version which has come out which is XWKL2, you need to update with the same!

  • Andrew83

    Dear Neela,

    So what can i do to make KIES to recognise my phone software??

    Rgds..
    Andrew

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      install the kernel which is mentioned in the article!

  • yujiboi

    how do you update kernel on odin? sory i dont have any idea.. still kies cant do update on my phone.

  • Andrew83

    Dear Neal,

    I had follow every single step as per instruction. Update Kernel, Update Kies, everything that is mention but why is it that the KIES could not recoginse the software?? error msg is \ Your device could not support software update from KIES\ Pls do help… Cos i repeated do it 10 time.

    Rgds..
    Andrew

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      IS IT AN INDIAN DEVICE? ITS OFFICIAL UPDATE FOR INDIA! IT WILL ONLY SUPPORT KIES FOR USERS IN INDIA AS ITS INU BUILT!

      • Andrew83

        Dear Neal,

        I am from Singapore so what advices will you suggest?

        Rgds..
        Andrew

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

          you can apply this update!

  • toffee

    I think this is the clearest guide ever! :D I salute the maker of this. :D

    thou i have flashed mine before i read this, but still. :D would share this to other SII users. :D Keep up!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      thanks for your trust and appreciation!

      • yujiboi

        how do you update kernel on odin?

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

          we have mentioned the same in the article!

        • yujiboi

          correct me if im wrong if i understand it correctly when u say update kernel it is the step where u flash the kernel on odin? (this step)

          ■ Once phone is connected, the ID : COM section will turn yellow. Click on “PDA” to select the file “Kernel_I9100XWKL1.tar.md5” and then click on “Start”. Within a minute the device will be restarted. Now after you see the home screen, remove the USB cable to enjoy your Galaxy S2 GTI9100 on the latest and official Gingerbread 2.3.6 update.

          because im done with that but still kies cant do update on my phone…

          • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

            yes, in odin you need to flash! its mentioned in the article on how to flash!
            Also, after that update the KIES

  • Vivek

    Hello Pradeep:

    Thank you very much for this firmware update, Its Rocking I upgraded from 2.3.3 to 2.3.6 and lots of bugs have been fixed in my S2.

    Including my battery issue which use to drain out in 8~9 hours, after the upgrade I am able to fetch my battery to 10~12 hours. Which is remarkably good.

    However I found a issue after the upgrade, whenever I open any application, there is a slowness and able to see the pixel by pixel on the screen while opening the application.

    Earlier this was very smooth and fast without any delay in opening the application.

    Pls help if this is a know issue.

    Regards,
    Vivek

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      thanks vivek for your appreciation and trust!

  • Nilesh

    Plz help

    My phone status as follows:

    Android Version:2.3.3
    Baseband Version:I9100DDKE2

    Kernal Version:2.6.357-I9100XWKF3-CL276555root@Dell101 #2

    Build Number:Gingerbread.XWKF3

    My phone software is not recognised by kies.Plz tell me what to do so that it is recognised by kies and also I get update to 2.3.6

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      its official update for INDIA, you can apply this along with kernel. the kies will detect your phone!

  • Nilesh

    Dear Bhaiya,

    My phone status as follows:

    Android Version:2.3.3
    Baseband Version:I9100DDKE2

    Kernal Version:2.6.357-I9100XWKF3-CL276555root@Dell101 #2

    Build Number:Gingerbread.XWKF3

    My phone software is not recognised by kies.Plz tell me what to do so that it is recognised by kies and also I get update to 2.3.6

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      we have replied your comment earlier, please check with the same!

  • suman

    Updated my S2 today through these simple methods and it is really awesome dude ur process was quite simple and kies also recognized my phone. So thanks pradeep.

  • Harneel D

    Hi ,

    My phone modell is GT-I9100T
    Anroid Version 2.3.3

    Baseband version I9100TDOKG2
    kERNEL VERSION 2.6.35.7-I9100TDOKH1-CL443486ROOT@DELL141#2

    If i update the firmware will i be able to root it ?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      no, you can’t apply this update as I9100T is a n/w locked handset!

  • Jason

    Thank you Neela, I’ve successfully upgraded.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      thanks for your feedback!

  • Jason

    Hello Neela, the extraction of the file failed on several attempts. I copy and paste the password, and manually type the password, i ticked show password to make sure it is correct, however the extraction still failed with a message saying corrupt file or wrong password.
    Do you have any advice on this problem?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      you need to enter password as androidadvices.com

  • Jaccob

    The set was a breeze. Thanks for the instructions. No problems after the setup too.

  • sanub

    Hi Neal,
    This is realy rocking……….I have updated the phone as per u mentioned and now itz realy amazed me…Battery performance have improved a lot from stock 2.3.3….Also the yellowish tint problem on the screen which was annoying me the most have totaly vanished….Thankz a lot bro..

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      thanks sanub for appreciation and trust in us!

  • luqman

    dear i download 2.3.6 fw rar file in pc but is can not extract and make odn and kernal file.so pls help how can i extract file.

    my present fw is 2.3.6 i9100xxk14,also s2 is rooted ,i can upgrade to 2.3.6 xwkl1 fw ,reply as soon
    thx

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      please stick to the procedure!

  • Wassim Shahine

    Dear Sir,
    My phone already have the 2.3.3 version (Arabic enabled)
    If i update via kies(knowing that i have updated to the latest version),will i have 2.3.6 arabic enabled.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      no this is an ENGLISH firmware!

  • rizwan

    hey neal…kies recognised my S2 after flshing the kernel but when i check for OTA update thru my fone it says “failed to connect to server”. Is that normal?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      as of now there is NO OTA VERSION AFTER XWKL1

  • Raza

    So this is the Indian version of the firmware? Because I wanted to root after this update and use the stock kernel for XWKL1 because I couldn’t find the kernel for XWKK5.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      you need to apply for the kernel XWKL1 only!

  • rehan

    dear neil my s2 firmware 2.3.6 based version i9100xxk14 kernal version 2.6.35.14-siyah-v2.4.2+gm@ubuntu#52 build number -vk-stable xwkk5-[v2.1]1 yellow tringle apear in start

    i purchaze x2 slightly used,seller tell me s2 is rooted.so plz tell me how i check s2 is root?how s2 is unroot agaain?
    ur firmware 2.3.6 xwkl1 is upgradble in my s2 plz plz reply

    kies is not connected to pc or wifi

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      to unroot, you need to again apply the firmware with which you need to update!

  • Stalma

    hi!
    happy new year!

    ID : COM doesn’t turn yellow. followed all steps.
    my sgs2 is locked on Orange.
    is that possible to work after unlock?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      LOCKED PHONES CAN’T BE UPDATED

  • http://m-n@o2.pl emen

    Hi,

    Anyone knows how to manage the update with mac? Is there an Odin soft for Mac available?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      AS OF NOW ODIN DOESNT SUPPORT MAC!

  • Bobby

    hi!
    happy new year!

    ID : COM doesn’t turn yellow. i followed every step carefuly: enable USB debugging, sams usb drivers, last kies, .net framework.
    my sgs2 is lock on orange.
    can you help somehow? if is necessary i’ll try to unlock but i wanna know your answer.

    thank you

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      YES ITS NECESSARY TO UNLOCK THE PHONE!

  • sameer

    hi sir,
    i bought s2 3 days before,am facing a problem that, it gets hot in the back (on cam) while using internet,gaming,gps etc. my firmware is 2.3.3 . sir pls help me.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      have you installed the kernel? please install the same!

  • samyak jain

    hey guys…this update is really good and after the update the yellowish shade which was annoying me on the screen is also gone….and i can even connect to kies after kernal update….!!!

    android advices rocks …update process took less than 10 minutes…..

    now i am waiting for ics update for my gs2…!!! :))

  • killerdude

    does it clear the fone memory?? if yes how do i back it up

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes it will clear the phone memory!

  • Nadeem

    Hi Neal,

    Earlier the Videos used to directly play in Landscape mode, even when auto-rotation mode is switched off… But now the its plays in Portrait mode. Please let me know if there are any settings to be changed, other than switching on the auto-rotation mode.

  • killerdude

    will this clear my internal memory or external or nothin??

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes it will clear teh memory!

  • killerdude

    will this clear my internal memory or both internal and external or nothin???

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      it will only clear external memory!

  • anish

    yes this is official….kies recognized this fw….for 1st install both and again install only first file without kernel

  • vivek mishra

    Is the Gtalk Video Chat feature still missing in it?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes its still missing!

  • vivek

    Hi Pradeep

    In my case ODIN is stuck at

    Added!!
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:6)..
    File analysis..
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Leave CS..

    Now I am afraid to restart or cancel :(

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      check with the usb drivers and install the firmware!

  • Sam Sarna

    Hi Pradeep,

    i have read your whole article, and seems like you have mentioned everything, so that we dont end up in a problem, still
    i’m slight worried , as want to make sure i dont mess up, so pls guide me..

    Hi, My Samsung Galaxy S2 has the following details:

    Model Number:
    GT-I9100

    Android Version:
    2.3.3

    Baseband Version:
    I9100DDKE4

    Kernel Version:
    2.6.35.7-I9100XWKF3-CL276555
    root@DELL101#2

    Build Number:
    GINGERBREAD.XWKF3

    Last but not the least, once i unzip the downloded file, i could not see file named ‘ kernel ‘..

    whay is that for, and how do i get it, and is it necessary to have this file, to have a sucessfull update, please?

    Hope, to hear from you soon…:)

    Many Thanks in advance..
    Regards,

    Read more: http://androidadvices.com/update-samsung-galaxy-s2-gt-i9100-xwkj3-gingerbread-235-firmware/#ixzz1i0FXFAV0

  • Mohd

    Yes, i did install the 2 files, which includes the kernel.

    My kernel ver 2.3.35.7-I9100XWKL1-CL809037.
    Baseband: I9100DDKL1
    Android: 2.3.6
    Build number: Gingerbread.XWKL1

    But when I connect to Kies, it says ” Your device does not support software upgrading via Kies”

    Thanks

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      install the kernel, update the KIES and then the kies will be detected!

    • Rahmat

      facing same problem, did u get it solved?

  • HenTes

    I have APns Problem

    I have tried the following. Reset my phone and get apn back. Switch of my phone and switch on again and no apn’s on my phone. I have used Different apn backup apps installed and when you restore it says ok but still no apn’s on the phone.
    My Android version is 2.3.4 if i upgrade to 2.3.6 will to solve my problem? what shall i do?

    Thanks

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      contact operator for the apn settings!

  • froots

    I am coming from 2.3.5 (rooted), after this update i just found out i lost root. How do i get back root? Thanks.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      you need to root the device again!

  • Suman Das

    KIES recognized this version. you need to install the karnel for that.

    Thanks guys for this update..

    • samyak jain

      suman das, plz tell me how to install kernal…i will be grateful to u…!!
      i can’t find any procedure for it in the given above article

  • Mohd

    Hi Neal,

    Do you mean that if I fallback to 2.3.5, I can now use the Kies to update my S2 ?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes after installing the kernel!

  • http://facebook.com anish

    i need one official fw which kies csn detect….plz help

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      update the kernel and update the kies too!

  • anish

    this is not reconized by kies even aftr updating kies…help

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      install the kernel as mentioned in the article!

  • mohd

    Hi Neal,
    I’ve updated my S2 I9100 to this XWKL1 2.3.6. When I access the Samsung Kies with latest update, it says that:
    ” Your device does not support software upgrading via Kies “.

    Is there anyway to resolve this or should I fallback to 2.3.5.

    Thanks, mf

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes you can roll back to any version!

  • Atik

    Hi Neal,
    I found a only one and it is a major problem with this Rom. No settings for Noise Reduction during call. How can this be fixed or is there any custom Rom that has solved this issue. Please Confirm.

    Regards,
    Atik

  • Tony

    Hi Neal
    can you plz tell me that this firmware includes overscroll glow or a stock bouncing effect as last firmware XWKK5 downloaded from xda includes overscroll glow by default and i don’t like overscroll glow in every application
    thnks

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      its by default, you can’t remove over scroll glow!

  • Muhaimin

    Dear neal,
    I tried to update through this instructions, but after the 1st step phone continously restarting and shows galxy s2 symbol, but cant see home screen, please helpme as soon as possible.. plzzzzz :(

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      clear the cache, if problem persists then you need to reapply the firmware!

  • dr salil

    I did it through moblie odin,the whole process took 3 min.update went smooth,the device remained rooted and irritating “yellow triangle” also disappeared.
    thanks

  • Atik

    For the Android Lovers, who are having problems getting their phone recognized by Kies, Please follow the instructions provided By Neal every step by step and you should not have any problem with Kies from there on. I have already mentioned in the earlier posts about the improvements in this Update. Kindly read the instructions carefully and follow the same to update or else your result will be that its not recognized by Kies, you might brick your phone or worst case scenario…..you might end up with a very expensive paper weight. Instructions are very clear and precise by Neal.

    Thank You Neal and Android Team, You Guys Rock.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      thanks atik!

  • sumit

    I had Done as the procedure given above………

    I have Downloaded the Kernel..
    How to Update it .???????

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      you need to update from the Odin!

  • swapnil

    kies not recognized it… any other method..

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      install the kernel and check, also update kies!

      • swapnil

        update the kies & it recognized. thanx for original ROM. keep posting…..

  • Suman Das

    I have done as you said but still its not recognized by kies. In download mode it shows SUMSUNG OFFICIAL but when I connect it for KIES it says ” your device cannot be update by Kies. Why its happen. I flash the kernal also as you said.

    Please give me a way out.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      you need to update using the Manual method, since you are on non official firmware, you might not get this update via the KIES!

  • Saifoddin

    After updating to this FW apps are not supported. eg.citibank, call track . was working with xwkk5. But issue with that fw was phone use to restart after few hours if connected to wifi. This fw is stable but i am not sure why apps are not supported.

  • rizwan

    hey neal…i updated the firmware successfully but cnt update the kernel.

    gives me this error:

    Added!!
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:14)..
    File analysis..
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Leave CS..
    Can’t open the serial(COM) port.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      check with the usb drivers and install the latest kies!

      • rizwan

        i already did that. I have kies 2.1, btw i got both the firmware and the kernel re-installed but kies still doesn’t recognize my phone!!!! plz help me out. The whole reason i updated from 2.3.5 to the official 2.3.6 was to get kies to recognize my phone

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

          you need to update the kernel and also you need to update the KIeS!

  • rizwan

    hey neal, im using win xp to update my firmware, odin works fine with the ID section ‘yellow’. but its taking like more than 20-25 mins to update and gets stuck at ” Enter CS for MD5..” and i unplugged my phone. Is this normal??? It didn’t take this long frm win7!!….

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      check with the USB drivers!

  • rizwan

    hey neal, im using win xp to update my firmware, odin works fine with the ID section ‘yellow’. but its taking like more than 20-25 mins to update and gets stuck at ” Enter CS for MD5..” and i unplugged my phone. Is this normal??? It didn’t take this long frm win7!!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      it should work! you can install the samsung usb drivers!

  • Sudarshana

    hi i updated my s2 by this article..
    earlier i had beta version of 2.3.6
    after reading this article i thought kies will recognize my s2.
    Because its a official version & mainly it was for india..
    nt nw i am really disappointed as still kies is nt recognizing my s2

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      have you updated the kernel?

      • Sudarshana

        s i updated the kernel too

    • dj

      remember to uncheck the the debug mode to conect to kies.

  • sorin

    I do this, but still not recognized Kies! I don t no why?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      update the kernel and kies!

  • Amar neela

    hiii

    will this update void the warranty.
    wtng for ur reply

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      it won’t void the warranty!

  • sumit

    Bro Upgraded the Phone But UNable to Connect Phone to PC.

    Plz suggest

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      CHECK WITH KIES AND UPDATE WITH KERNEL!

  • sandeep

    hii pradeep

    currently my GS2 l9100 is on official android 2.3.3 , now if i update it manually with 2.3.6 official firmware provided by you manually … will the warranty be void if i update??

    thankxx

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      YES YOU CAN DIRECTLY APPLY THE UPDATE!

  • rizwan

    hey neal, will this firmware be recognised by kies?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes it should recognize

      • sumit

        Unable to Connect Phone to PC

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

          install the kernel, please follow the insturctions!

  • Atik

    Just to update, the battery usage has improved significantly and also the charge time. The Media Volume is quite loud now on the stock player and Audio has improved, Now I feel the Rumbling Bass as it should. Mentioning again about the Native 3G Video Call works.
    I dont care about the IPhone Siri, I like to use my phone and its fun organizing and searching things on my own. and with this update, the Iphone 4S is beaten down again.
    I have done all my updates from this site and honestly it Rocks. Thanks Neal and the Android Advices Team for bringing the best to the Android Community.

    Thank You All and have a Wonderful New Year, ICS Hurry home to papa.

  • Asmeer Mohamecd

    Is it possible to update Europe phones or only for indian versions??? plz reply me

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes assmeer you can update!

  • Atik

    Hi Neal,
    My first question on the Android Advisces was if there will any update to get 3g Video calling available on the Galaxy S2, well its finally answered in this update… YES, We can now make a normal 3G Video calls to any phones which support native video calling. I dont mean Skype or GTalk, just the regular Video Call. AWESOME. I really hope that this function will not be removed from the Ice Cream Sandwich Update. Thanks Neal for Bringing this Update to us. I know that many users have been missing this function.

    Additional to that, also settings for delay in lockscreen and password (alphanumeric).

    Cheers Mate.

  • Christopher

    Hi Pradeep,

    I have already updated to “XWKK5 Gingerbread 2.3.6″ will this official update have any improvements or shall I just wait till the official ICS 4 is out.I use the phone in Sri Lanka.

    Thanks for all you great support.

    Christopher

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      you can apply with this update!

  • Buzz

    Hi Neal,
    I am already using “XWKK5 Gingerbread 2.3.6″ is there any need or advantage to update here?

    Thanks for any advice

  • http://facebook.com pritam

    hey bro rectnly i update my s2 i9100 in 2.3.6 basedband ver- i9100xxk14..kernel ver-2.6.35.7-i9100xwkk2-cl726411root@dell88#2 ….it iz a austrlia region firmware..nd when i coonect to kies dn kies nt recorzie my device y???

    bro XWKL1 2.3.6 iz official???? nd it iz which country or region firmware ???? it iz india firmware ???? i m 4rm india ….

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      since its a beta one it won’t connect with kies!
      its an Indian firmware!

  • Buzz

    Hi Neal,
    I am already using 2.3.6. with XWKK5. Is there any need to update or is there any advantage to update with this version??

    Thanks for any advice.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      YOU CAN APPLY THIS AS ITS AN OFFICIAL UPDATE!

  • Pinaki Chatterjee

    After update my Kies shows ” Firmware cannot be updated through Kies” on the home screen

    Any Idea what’s going on…?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      it doesnt connect with kies!

  • Pinaki Chatterjee

    Hi Folks,

    I just updated both the files and its successful, just one doubt, my Kies was working with the Beta firmware as well as this official one of 2.3.6 but it was showing “this device cannot be updated by Kies” on Beta as well as on official one. any Idea why…?

  • Ram

    Can you please tell us what happens to the apps that are not purchased through the android market assuming that those apps can be downloaded again without repayment. This is the only aspect that keeps me from updating…please guide me

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      the paid apps will be stored in your account!

  • Atik

    Hi Neal,
    My first question on the Android Advisces was if there will any update to get 3g Video calling available on the Galaxy S2, well its finally answered in this update… YES, We can now make a normal 3G Video calls to any phones which support native video calling. I dont mean Skype or GTalk, just the regular Video Call. AWESOME. I really hope that this function will not be removed from the Ice Cream Sandwich Update. Thanks Neal for Bringing this Update to us. I know that many users have been missing this function.

    Cheers Mate.

  • Atik

    Hi Neal,
    My first question on the Android Advisces was if there will any update to get 3g Video calling available on the Galaxy S2, well its finally answered in this update… YES, We can now make a normal 3G Video calls to any phones which support native video calling. I dont mean Skype or GTalk, just the regular Video Call. AWESOME. I really hope that this function will not be removed from the Ice Cream Sandwich Update. Thanks Neal for Bringing this Update to us. I know that many users have been desperate for this function.

    Cheers Mate.

  • ChironGM

    Anyone know what’s changed between 2.3.5 and this, other than the standard Google enhancements?

  • Vipul

    Hi Neal

    i updated the PDA file and then i did not updated the kernel
    instaed i used the CWM 5 kernel provided by you for rooting

    phone is working fine

    I dont understand y u asked to flash the kernel file “Kernel_I9100XWKL1.tar.md5″ ??
    i guess its already in the main PDA file

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      NO, ITS NOT THERE!

      • Vipul

        but i used the method i told u above

        and phone is working fine

      • Prabhpreet

        Same question. y do v need to install that kernel file. Coz my phone is working perfectly with installing this kernel file. please explain pradeep.

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

          if you install the kernel file and update the KIES to the latest version. your device will be detected by KIES as official version!

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

          Sorry in delaying to your comment as due to heavy comment load, sometimes delay occurs in replying!

  • sanub

    Does 2.3.6 has improved battery performance compared to stock 2.3.3?

  • Prashant Ghai

    Hi Pradeep,

    I think you need to edit the article a bit as the places where is says that we need to select a PDA file doesn’t says which file we need to select and instead only ” ” are placed over there.

    So without knowing which file to select at a particular point, I suppose none would be able to install this update.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      hi prashant, sorry for the same. we have made the changes!

  • sorin

    I manually installed this version but is not recognized by Kies. Why?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      install the kernel too! and update the kies!

  • Dhruv Kumar

    In your instructions, you ask us to click on PDA and select the file “”. Please specify which file, as there are two. Also do we have to do it two times, as said in the instructions ???

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      KINDLY READ THE ARTICLE, IT HAS BEEN FIXED!

  • Dr. Amit Johari

    How to root this firmware i upgraded via Kies to 2.3.6

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      update it manually

  • Pinaki Chatterjee

    Dear Niel,

    Thanks for providing the latest official update, I am using the Beta update provided on your website, I am downloading the firmware now but when I go through the installation process I guess you missed the file name to be selected and it only shown as empty commas, so kindly provide the file names to update both the files in a proper order.

    Cheers,
    Pinaki

  • francis

    Where will the other file goes? Kernel_ I9100….? where will you click it… there are two files on the zip folder… will we use only the first one? thanks.. and after this can kies recognize the phone??? Thanks mate..

    I will be waiting for you reply and by the way.. great work… appreciate it much

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      ITS MENTIONED IN THE ARTICLE, PLEASE REFER THE SAME!

  • mm

    Hi
    I had updated with “XWKK5 Gingerbread 2.3.6″ few days ago so.. is this needed.

  • jonjonsantos

    is this the latest official FW???

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes its the latest version.

      • Rohan

        Hello Pradeep,

        I tried upgrading through KIES to FW KL1 but it remains stuck on the page which shows…”Preparing Upgrade Components”. Any ideas on how to update.
        Will updating through odin manually to KL1 void my warranty?

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

          no it wont void the warranty, infact its an official update!

      • raouf

        Dear Neela,
        Does this update (XWKL1 Gingerbread 2.3.6) support arabic

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Neela Pradeep

          it doesnt support arabic update!

      • Dr.P.sitaram

        Thank you pradeep for this very nice article.I tried to update my sgs2 with kies 4days ago.It stopped in the middle and the phone didn’t reboot.I searched for a solution and luckily found your aricle.I got my phone using a USB JIG.I followed your instructions and got my phone back alive!!!and all the data is SAFE.
        ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU VERY MUCH
        with regards
        Dr.P.Sitaram