Galaxy S II

How to Update Galaxy S2 GT I9100 with XWLP3 ICS 4.0.3 Firmware

Galaxy S2 LogoFor all those who were not so satisfied with the last few official firmwares for Galaxy S2 smartphone, here comes another update of ICS Android 4.0.3 to spoil your choices and this time I personally feel that this one is the new best of the lot. Though, this update was released for O2 specific devices, all thanks to intratech for removing the branding thus making it a Global firmware. This all new firmware is dubbed as XWLP3 4.0.3 firmware.

Rooting Information: Applying this update doesn’t mean that you need to root the device before & also the device will not get rooted after applying this update. Just in case if your device is rooted, after applying this update the rooting access will be revoked. We will soon come up with the rooting process at the earliest.

Disclaimer: Neither we, nor developer should be held responsible for any damage happened to your device in the process of following the instructions mentioned in this article. It’s very unlikely that there will be any issues but just in case if at all there are any issues then we are committed to help you in solving the same.

For your simplicity we have broken this article into different pages, making it simple for you to follow all the steps carefully. In the process of this article, we will check out on what are the pre requisites you need to follow along with the detailed tutorial on how to apply this firmware with a simple tutorial as usual.

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119 Comments

119 Comments

  1. Denry C

    May 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    what happen i waiting long time ago cannot complete? waiting around 15min already…..

  2. Arnold

    May 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    where is the download link Neela?

    • Arnold

      May 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      ah nevermind i already saw it…. i was used to see your download link on the tutorial page 😀 thanks! upgrading my XXLPQ to this since the XXLP9 not yet avail at my region

  3. nits

    May 8, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    My phone is running on official ics XXLPQ 4.0.3 Indian.will xwlp3 better than this? What r d adavantages of XWLP3 over XXLPQ? Mr.Neel can u tell me kindly?

  4. Ramesh

    May 4, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Hi
    Where is ics file for update?

  5. opera mobile

    April 27, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    опера мини 12 скачать

  6. Nitin

    April 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    It was just yesterday, I could send attachment with my e-mail, but today, it does take me to the menu for attachment and after selection of document is done and okeyed, it just gets stuck. What could have gone wrong?

    Nitin

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      might be some issues with the data connection!

  7. Kamaljeet

    April 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Phone got stuck to samsung galaxy s2 screen after reboot plzz tell.

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      re insert the battery and re follow the instructions!

  8. Kamaljeet

    April 15, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Hello can i do this update on XXKPA

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 15, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      YES YOU CAN APPLY THE SAME FROM XXKPA

  9. Anish

    April 13, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    my phone is rooted 2.3.6 can i update this ics plz reply fast know

  10. Erik

    April 13, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Hi Neela,
    after de update, in Contacts (Phone) the pictures in “Favorites” are a lot bigger than before. Is there a setting where I can change that back to small?
    Thankx

  11. Sandeep

    April 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Neela
    It will be well appriciated if you put some screen shots of the updated firmware and also mention some of their key features…. This will Help users a lot

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      we will surely take this up soon!

  12. Erik

    April 5, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Hi,
    Thank you for putting out such an outstanding how to.
    I have one question. After downloading the file throught the link on this site, I get a different file (version) than you describe in the text. I get the GT-I9100_XEO_I9100XWLP3_I9100OXALPQ_I9100XXLPR.tar.md5 instead of the
    I9100O2ULP4__I9100XXLPR_HOME.tar.md5.md5 .
    Since you write ‘this is the best of the lot’ i like to install the best.
    Which is the correct file and if I do not have the best version, where can I download it.
    Thanks for all your work.

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      GT-I9100_XEO_I9100XWLP3_I9100OXALPQ_I9100XXLPR.tar.md5 is the correct one! we have made the appropriate changes!

      • Erik

        April 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm

        Thank you!

  13. Nitin

    April 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Neela,

    DAY 2

    As I am comparing features of Andriod ICS from the original website that with this update, I find thae some features are missing:

    1. Android documentation on ICS says that, it does many things with screen in locked position. i am not able to get that feat on my phone, with update.

    2. I am not able to register my face (its not that ugly) on face recognisation security system. I wonder why?

    Can you throw light on these? If this upgrade is misssing any or more of the features of original ICS, so be it, atleast I won’t look for it.

    Nitin

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      just try resetting the phone , there are no issues for other users as of now!

  14. Chris

    April 4, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Anyone having issues with Microsoft Active Exchange?

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 5, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      Update witht he latest XXLPS!

  15. Guneet Singh

    April 3, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    hey neela..currently i m on official indian ICS 4.0 codemane- XXLPQ firmware & i am experiencing many bugs with that firmware..so just tell me that can i apply this firmware over that official ics one? & will it be detected my KIES for future updates?

  16. Tayeb

    April 2, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Dear Neela, Its a nice site for the android users ,i am using androids from many time , i updated s2 to 2.3.6 this time i bought the new box pack phone and it have 2.3.4 , i want to install ics , is it possible to revert back to 2.3.4 or .6,
    Plz help?

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 5, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      YES YOU CAN REVERT BACK TO ANY VERSION OF YOUR CHOICE!

      • tayeb

        April 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm

        Thanks brother for your reply please advise for the update of gt i 9100 g for the latest ics from 2.3.6

  17. Alaa Abdou Esmael

    April 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    How to add Arabic support

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 5, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      as of now its not possible to add arabic support!

  18. Dustin

    April 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Facebook app for this version is glitchy

  19. Nitin

    April 2, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Hello Neela and guys,

    Here what i have to say for this ICS update:

    1. I followed the instructions to the T and it installed like a charm. Everything went on perfectly. No issue with phone/internet/APN/ nothing.

    2. What amazed me that it started downloading and installing all the applications I had before the update, automatically!.

    Perfect installation, great interface, Today is the first day, let’s see how it goes.

    Nitin

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      thanks nitin for your feedback!

  20. Dustin

    April 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Finally installed. No probs yet. Froze all bloat straight away, see if that helps. SGS2 gt i9100 sasktel

  21. goenk

    April 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Hi, Neela, how to reset the custom ROM counter? Tks

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      we will come up with an article very soon!

  22. Balaji

    April 2, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Hi,

    Followed the steps and BINGO!!! I have updated ICS in my SGS2. Need to see the performance though. Thanks pal….

  23. dustin

    April 2, 2012 at 8:40 am

    neeeeeeeeelaaaaaa

  24. dustin

    April 2, 2012 at 8:39 am

    WHAT makes this update better than the last ICS ???? Because I’m not happy with the last one. #2.3.6??

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      you can update with this as it comes with newer features!

  25. Zygys

    April 2, 2012 at 3:39 am

    And i have another question this firmware size is 327mb. but on the other websites it is 393mb.?Why?

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      we have compressed it further!

  26. Zygys

    April 2, 2012 at 3:29 am

    Does it have any differences from XXLPQ version?

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      yes there are many performance fixes!

  27. Shahid

    April 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    This update is the best! its fast. I have tried all other official ROMS but i am satisfied with this one.

  28. Uros

    April 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Hello,

    I tried downloading this update file two times, but I can’t unpack rar archive. There’s always some error. Can you provide some other link for downloading correct file.

    Thanks

  29. tcl

    April 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Can’t extract the file with WinRar

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 7, 2012 at 1:46 am

      PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR WINRAR!

  30. Buzz

    April 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Downloaded the package twice, not recognised with Odin and has errors trying to extract file.

    Bob

  31. dustin

    April 1, 2012 at 11:27 am

    What are the advantages of this version over the OEM ICS 4.0.3 for SGS2 I9100?

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 7, 2012 at 2:06 am

      it has got the official tag and many enhancements!

  32. Satish

    March 31, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Hey Neela,
    I just rooted my S2 with DDLP7 firmware and now it doesn’t move applications to SD card.
    And I am having so many force closes on official Indian ICS firmware which is basically XWLP2 and frankly speaking it’s not as stable as 2.3.6.
    So if I update with this one the warranty still remains, right?
    And will I be able to receive further updates with keeping in mind my warranty concerns?

  33. norwyn bacs

    March 31, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    please check the winrar file. i encountered problem when extracting it. ive tried downloading the file but it was still the same. it will not extract. thanks

  34. salman

    March 31, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    the camera sound doesnt turn off in silent mode in this update.but it is silent in the indian version of ICS.

  35. Shahid

    March 31, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Hi You have written that the name of the file in the download package is “I9100XWLP3_I9100O2ULP4_I9100XXLPR_HOME.tar.md5” but the file name is different in the actual package. Its “GT-I9100_XEO_I9100XWLP3_I9100OXALPQ_I9100XXLPR.tar”

    Please clarify! Thanks

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      its perfect, please follow the procedure as mentioned!

  36. Bharath Kumar

    March 31, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I tried to install last ICS version on my S2 according to your guideline. It was stuck on booting process with yellow triangle. I tried to re install many times but result same. Please advise. My S2 is installed with ICS 4.0.3 (XLPH firmware)

  37. dr salil

    March 31, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    You can use mobile odin,you will never have to wait for rooting as it has got ever root option.

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 5, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      as of now all firmwares are not mobile odin compatible!

  38. Manfred Rauchfuss

    March 31, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Hi Neela,
    since i’ve updatet my S2 GT-I900 from Gingerbread 2.3.5 I9100XXKI3 to ICS 4.0.3 XXLPQ the Displayed pic or screen is not changing it’s view when I turn the phone as it did before.
    Any solution?

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      just clear the cache! its a small issue! it will be fixed!

      • Manfred Rauchfuss

        April 14, 2012 at 3:14 pm

        Hi Neela,
        thanks for your answer. I’ve updated to XXLPS in the meanwhile, cleared the cache, but still the same issue. The Phone is not rooted.
        How will I know when it’s fixed?
        Otherwise it’s runnig smooth. Good job.

  39. Ovi Julius

    March 31, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Thank u,working perfectly 😀 (from Bangladesh)

  40. gooner

    March 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    is this any better than the XXLPQ? If yes, which aspect of it?

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      yes its bettwe than LPQ

  41. Shailu

    March 31, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    HI,
    I updated my S2 with this and found it very interesting. But I also found it out to be littlee slow in response. I love the face unlock option. I also wnat to know what is the benefit of rooting over just updating.

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      Update with the XXLPS all the issues have been fixed!

  42. DR SRIKANTH

    March 31, 2012 at 10:38 am

    HI NEELA,
    WHEN CAN WE EXPECT THE ROOTING FOR THIS UPDATE. WAITING SINCE COUPLE OF DAYS
    THANKS IN ADVANCE

  43. vigneysh

    March 31, 2012 at 8:10 am

    what are all the new features in this firmware ? In which way you are saying it as best ?

  44. Radhakrishnan

    March 30, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    After the update 5.1 audio isnt working kindly make a solution.

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 8, 2012 at 11:41 am

      just clear the cache and then check! it should work

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 8, 2012 at 11:42 am

      just clear the cache and then check! it should work!!!

  45. Freak

    March 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Can’t down.part I only part II & III. Fix ?!

  46. Wallace

    March 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Hi,
    What is the password to unzip the file? I had tried Androidadvices.com but in valid.

    Thanks.

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 8, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      there is no password for the zip file!

  47. Shreesha Hebbar

    March 30, 2012 at 6:05 am

    I am from Bangalore, running INU XXLPQ and rooted. Is this new rom (XWLP3) worth trying out? I mean any advantages over XXLPQ?

  48. Erl Brai

    March 29, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Can this be applied to Galaxy s2 M250K model? I think this model is a Korea version but i’m not satisfied with their firmware. I recently update it to xxlpq firmware but fonts are broken especially if I add weather widget and on application page so I would like to get this xwlp3.

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      no, this one is strictly for I9100

  49. Buks

    March 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Neela: How do I reset Custom rom counter on Galaxy S2 I9100 With your ICS 4.0.3, Baseband I9100XXLPQ , Kernel 3.0.15-I9100XXLPQ-CL223505….Question, does this help reinstate warrantee problems.
    Thanks to your team I got 3 galaxy S2 phones and your ICS 4.0.3 is just great, Thanks.

  50. Tayeb

    March 29, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Dear Neela, Its a nice site for the android users ,i am using androids from many time , i updated s2 to 2.3.6 this time i bought the new box pack phone and it have 2.3.4 , i want to install ics , is it possible to revert back to 2.3.4 or .6,
    Plz help?

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      yes you need to follow the corresponding article to update with the same!

  51. uD

    March 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    my 4n is not rooted(galaxy s2) and when i click start button there is always an error called “invalid parameter”. i tried through mobile odin. but my 4n is not rooted. whats wrong with odin software? how can i updated ?

  52. Marcus Castro

    March 29, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I replaced the official Korean I9100XXLPQ ROM by this one. It’s running smoothly and fast. The SWYPE keyboard is perfect, even in Brazilian Portuguese.
    Thanks a lot, hugs from Brazil.

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      thanks a lot marcus for your appreciation!

  53. Ahmed

    March 29, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Does this version of ICS support Arabic language or not?

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      no, as of now it doesnt support arabic!

  54. kayamemet

    March 29, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    I’m on XXLP3 (non-rooted) right now. Is the wipe/reset necessary? I’ll also root, will it be necessary to wipe for that? Thanks for your reply.

    • kayamemet

      March 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      edit : I’m on XXLPQ actually.

  55. K. Azetorak

    March 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Thks Neel,
    Tell me, what happens if you install a branded firmware on debrand device?

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 8, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      you need to unlock the device!

  56. Angela Stardust

    March 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Hey! I have a problem, why dont dont the previews updates look like ICS? I mean the buttons and all, does this have the official theme of ICS:?

  57. Omar saad

    March 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Hi Neela,
    The words in some widgets, are passing the squares limitations, in other words screen control problem not about the screen itself but about the icons on the screen. is there anyway to improve the keyboard about cut and past options, and the camera has problems as well, the rest are ok

  58. Yemi

    March 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Cannot extract the firmware after download. Winzip says unknown compression method

  59. Olcay Ertaş

    March 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Please provide mirrors!

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      as of now the mirrors are not there!

  60. Nitin

    March 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Whenever I had upgraded my samsung I 9000 with custom ROM, there was always some issues.Why is that so? Now, that I have S2, i am kind of scared to upgrade to ICS thru custom ROM. Reassure me!

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      we are here nitin, let us know if you face any issues!

  61. Abbas

    March 29, 2012 at 9:34 am

    i try to install last ICS version on my S2 according to your guidline. Everything went smooth but after installing from Odin, my phone did not get start and came back to home screen. Rather it was stuck on booting process with yellow triangle. I tried to re install many times but result same. Please advise

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 29, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      on which firmware you were on?

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 29, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      try re inserting the battery and then update! are you on n/wlocked phone?

      • Abbas

        April 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm

        Neela,

        I think my phone was network lock. I purchased this from someone and everytime when i start it shows T mobile logo. But it was working fine with every sim. Any how that time i went to market for fixing yellow triangle problem. I surprised that he re installed software in 10 minutes and this time T mobile logo is also removed. Now no T mobile start up logo. My phone starts normally with any logo but it has started to warm so much that i can not do long calls. Please guide.

        • Pradeep Neela

          April 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

          please contact t mobile in this case as they will restore the update!

        • Pradeep Neela

          April 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm

          please contact t mobile in this case as they will restore the update!!!!

  62. CPSingh

    March 29, 2012 at 8:24 am

    As you said it is a Custom ROM based firmware, will it increment the custom ROM counter in phone?

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      yes it does increase but you can reset the same!

      • CPSingh

        March 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm

        How to reset? Could you please let me know the procedure?

        • Pradeep Neela

          April 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm

          enter the recovery mode and wipe the data and clear the cache!

      • Hareesh S

        March 29, 2012 at 7:38 pm

        Hi,

        Please let me know how to reset the custom couter in S2.

        Regards
        Hareesh

        • Neela Pradeep

          April 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm

          once we find it we will come with an article!

      • Manjunath

        March 30, 2012 at 5:57 am

        How to reset the Custom ROM counter in phone?

        • Neela Pradeep

          April 5, 2012 at 8:45 pm

          as of now its not possible but as in when it comes we will come out with the same!

      • ramv69

        March 31, 2012 at 4:32 pm

        Hi
        How do I reset the counter back to zero ??

        • Neela Pradeep

          April 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm

          as of now there is no way but as in when it comes we will come out with the article

  63. Mark

    March 29, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Unfortunate, but I know my comment will never get published 🙁

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      all the comments are being moderated, due to heavy load sometimes it gets delayed! we will try to reply your query at the earliest!

  64. Mark

    March 29, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Thanks, last time I applied download from this site my phone updated up

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      thanks for your appreciation!

  65. KennethThomas

    March 29, 2012 at 3:15 am

    great news for the galaxy users…
    enjoy the updates from samsung

  66. Anand

    March 29, 2012 at 3:09 am

    What’s the difference from 4.0.3 XXLPQ?

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