How to Update Galaxy S2 GT I9100G with Official Gingerbread 2.3.6 XWLC2 Firmware

Samsung Guess LogoWorried about when Samsung will be coming out with an all new update of ICS 4.0.3 then all we can say that very soon there will be an all new update and till then you can enjoy an all new firmware which is dubbed as XWLC2 which is basically a Gingerbread 2.3.6 series update. In the process of this update we will be checking out on what are the list of pre requisites you need to follow along with which we will also be checking out on what is the detailed tutorial on how to apply this update.

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.

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.

So assuming that you have followed all the above instructions mentioned above, you can now proceed to the next page where we have summed up the list of pre requisites you need to follow.

Quick Pre Requisites:

  • Download the XWLC2 Firmware Zip package from here to your computer.
  • All the data there in your Galaxy S GT I9000 needs to be backed up, ensure that you are using the below mentioned steps to backup all your data. Since this update is not yet officially pushed via KIES, it won’t be detected in KIES as of now.

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log – Call Log and Restore
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to internal / External SD Card,
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

  • Minimum charge left in the phone should be 80% so as to ensure that the phone doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update. (If you don’t follow this step then the chances are more that your phone may get DEAD for which we should not be responsible).
  • Disable all the security suites installed in your computer and uninstall all antivirus tools in your computer so as to ensure that the firmware update is not interrupted in the middle of the process.

Assuming that you have followed all the instructions mentioned above, let’s head to the next page where we have mentioned a detailed tutorial on how to apply this update.

72 Comments
  1. Reply Phelixagbeko July 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    How can i download pictures taken by my Samsung galaxy tab GT-I9100G #2

  2. Reply Shashidhar Mruthyunjaya June 13, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Thanks, my phone (Samsung S2 GT-I9100G White colour) had bootloop issue after flashing CWM (ClokworkMod) and I was clueless, I thought I had to return the phone. Then luckily I found this link, flashed through ODIN and it worked like a charm. Even the yellow icon is also gone. Thanks very much for this post.

  3. Reply Shashidhar Mruthyunjaya June 13, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Thanks, my phone (Samsung S2 GT-I9100G White colour) had bootloop issue after flashing CWM (ClokworkMod) and I was clueless, I thought I had to return the phone. Then luckily I found this link, flashed through ODIN and it worked like a charm. Even the yellow icon is also gone. Thanks very much for this post.

  4. Reply Ris June 6, 2012 at 10:45 am

    hello!
    I upgraded firmware on my Samsung Galaxy SII via OTA. My starting firmware was android 2.3.4 (gingerbread) and after two successful updates via wifi it was on android 2.3.6 . Now it prompted me for another upgrade (12.1 MB or so). I downloaded it (successfully), it installed successfully but when the phone reboot, it got stuck on the booting screen which displays ‘Samsung Galaxy SII’ and the Model no. I9100G . I tired: 1. Reboot 2. Hard ResetBut it still won’t budge. When I connect my charger (phone turned off), the battery symbol shows up, and since it is going into recovery mode, I know all is not lost. So what is the problem? More importantly, how do I solve it? SOS.Please help me asap!!!

  5. Reply Ris June 6, 2012 at 10:45 am

    hello!
    I upgraded firmware on my Samsung Galaxy SII via OTA. My starting firmware was android 2.3.4 (gingerbread) and after two successful updates via wifi it was on android 2.3.6 . Now it prompted me for another upgrade (12.1 MB or so). I downloaded it (successfully), it installed successfully but when the phone reboot, it got stuck on the booting screen which displays ‘Samsung Galaxy SII’ and the Model no. I9100G . I tired: 1. Reboot 2. Hard ResetBut it still won’t budge. When I connect my charger (phone turned off), the battery symbol shows up, and since it is going into recovery mode, I know all is not lost. So what is the problem? More importantly, how do I solve it? SOS.Please help me asap!!!

  6. Reply Ris June 6, 2012 at 10:45 am

    hello!
    I upgraded firmware on my Samsung Galaxy SII via OTA. My starting firmware was android 2.3.4 (gingerbread) and after two successful updates via wifi it was on android 2.3.6 . Now it prompted me for another upgrade (12.1 MB or so). I downloaded it (successfully), it installed successfully but when the phone reboot, it got stuck on the booting screen which displays ‘Samsung Galaxy SII’ and the Model no. I9100G . I tired: 1. Reboot 2. Hard ResetBut it still won’t budge. When I connect my charger (phone turned off), the battery symbol shows up, and since it is going into recovery mode, I know all is not lost. So what is the problem? More importantly, how do I solve it? SOS.Please help me asap!!!

  7. Reply Prateek Garg May 31, 2012 at 5:56 am

    when i tried this, and i followed every single step the foloowing log came into action:

    Added!!
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    I9100GXWLC2_I9100GODDKL1_I9100GDDKL1_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:3)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    cache.img
    factoryfs.img

    Complete(Write) operation failed.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    Now the phone won’t start, won’t go into recovery mode and i am in deep trouble here…
    please help as quickly as possible. i do not know what to do here

  8. Reply Joeharry May 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    my bluetooth cant detect others device and the others also cant detect mine after installed this update.how to solve this?

  9. Reply Gaurav Patel May 23, 2012 at 2:57 am

    hello,
    i successfully updated to XWLC2…but now de problem is.. neither my device is connecting to pc via mass storage nor Kies.. plz help…
    ..awaiting for de response!!

  10. Reply MF123 May 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Is ICS is available in India for GT I9100G?

  11. Reply nithin francis May 12, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I am in some deep trouble with my Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-i9100G phone. Software update on my phone showed that updates are available, so I downloaded the update (about 50mb) through my 3g. Then I installed update and rebooted. Everything worked fine. It again immediately showed an update available (about 12.5mb). So I downloaded the update with my 3g. I got the installing screen. After installing, it rebooted and got stuck at Samsung Galaxy startup screen. I waited for about 2 hrs hoping it would go further but nothing happened.

    I had no option but to take out my battery and switch it on again, but again it gets stuck at Samsung Galaxy screen. I am in deep trouble because I didn’t back up any data before updating (I know I should have). I don’t want to lose my contacts, messages, etc. Is there any way I can do something to recover my phone or if that is not possible, at least back up the data?

    Can you please help me on this..?????

  12. Reply Akash May 8, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Hey sampath..Do you have a date as to when will the ICS be launched for GT I9100G in India?

  13. Reply TAYEB May 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I ALSO TRIED TO UPDATE IT with 2.3.5 XXKI3 for i9100 , boot loader / pda / code / pit file, after that now it is giving this error please please help .

  14. Reply TAYEB May 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Hi Bro , I updated my i9100g with xwlc2 , it was working fine , i tried to update it with 4.0.3 XWLP8 , it failed , then i again tried to update it to 2.3.6 but it is not updating giving error FAIL when it reaches fatory.ms.

    PLEASE HELPPPP

  15. Reply sushil April 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    i have i9100G.i updated to xwlc2 through auto update.but i am not able to differentiate with the previous version.can some1 help?

  16. Reply MohdGasim April 23, 2012 at 10:38 am

    another thing….excuse my ignorance…but what is the difference between a rooted and un-rooted android? as i see u mentioned after applying the update, the phone will not be rooted….will that make a difference?

  17. Reply MohdGasim April 23, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Hi Neela, and thank for an excellent post. I have the S2 I9100G and it has been rooted with all superuser etc….i am TOTALLY new to Android.

    About Phone
    Android Version 2.3.6
    Base version I9100GDZKL3
    Kernel 2.6.35.7
    Android-2.3.5@MyGKernel #5
    Build No. GINGERBREAD.DZKL3

    Would your mentioned steps provide me the update, or how do i go about doing it…

    Thanx again

  18. Reply niloy April 22, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    new problem

    cannt get my i9100g to d/l mode..tried pressing vol- and home and powering down but nothing ..tried the sme with vol+ and nothing ,,,it just reboots to normal mode

    so I tried to install the s/w keeping the ph on and plugged into computer…

    selceted PDA and the image and ODIN says 0 sucess 0 failures but nothing happens

    selected phone and the image and ODIn says 0 sucess and 1 failures…

    please help

    • Reply Deepak May 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      take the battery out then wait for 10 mins and then try again to go in d/l mode.it works

  19. Reply salman April 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Plz.plz.tell me when Ics update available in GT-I9100G.
    Ics update available in Xperia neo V .not available on Galaxy S2(GT -I9100G)!!!!!!!!!!

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      as of nopw there is No eta

  20. Reply Praveen tomar April 16, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Hello ppl

    i just upgraded my firmware to 2.3.6 for my I9100G (OTA). everything is working fine except i cannot connect my phone to PC via USB either in mass storage/KIES. shows MTP-Connected but doesnt show my phone in my PC.

    Happened last time too when i upgraded to 2.3.5.

    plz help.
    Regards
    Praveen

  21. Reply ahmad April 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    This articel for GTI9000 OR GTI9000G i.m confius…when i see articel at backup u write GTl9000…

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 15, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      its clearly mentioned, its for I9100G

  22. Reply gazo April 13, 2012 at 6:18 am

    wanna ICS for GT-I9100G. when it has

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 13, 2012 at 9:54 am

      it will be rolled out soon

  23. Reply Abdul April 12, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Sampath: Where did you get the stock firmware from (is that the same as the one at the top of page 2)? Also do you need kies installed for the USB connection to work or will drivers be sufficient.
    I am facing the same issue as others above. Thanks again.

    • Reply Sampath May 6, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Hi Sorry, I could not reply (busy with my exams). The link which worked for me is http://samsung-updates.com/device/?id=GT-I9100G.
      I tried to get firmware from a couple of other links including the one mentioned in this site prior to using this link, but only the one I mentioned worked for me. There was some MD5 checksum difference and I am not sure why (Probably my download itself was corrupted)

  24. Reply azee April 10, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    hi, i had the same problem of sampath and i upgraded to this latest version for i9100g..

    does anyone help me with the rooting process for this version?

    android 2.3.6
    baseband i9100 GDDKL1
    kernel 2.6.35.7
    dpi@DELL130 #2
    buid gingerbread XWLC2

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 10, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      as of now rooting process is not valid!

  25. Reply GR April 6, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Hi
    M facing the same problem as Sampath, i did tried the steps as mentioned above. When i run odin3, it does turn yellow but phones screen is stuck on ‘downloading do not turn off target’. In odin3 message column it shows ‘ Added!!’. I have tried to start my phone using the recovery mode, its still stuck on ‘samsung logo’ only. Could you please tel me what could i do next.
    Thanks

  26. Reply Jason7522 April 3, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Hi there…can u send me the steps to upgrade to android 4.0???

    • Reply Neela Pradeep April 6, 2012 at 12:11 am

      you can follow the same by following the article!

  27. Reply Naren April 3, 2012 at 11:13 am

    @FB78

    Is the ICS update fore I9100 or I9100G ?????

  28. Reply Gaurav April 3, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Hello :)
    Thank you so much….. I had a similar issue with the phone as Sampath and the upgrade I did using this article worked like a charm …Cheers

    • Reply Amit Bhawani April 3, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Glad that we could help you out in upgrading your device.

  29. Reply ismail April 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    er…. india already got ICS for G version?

    • Reply Neela Pradeep April 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      no not as of now officially!

  30. Reply Pitambar sahu April 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I had the same boot loop (not going ahead the samsung logo) issue. If anyone need help, please let me know.

    • Reply Neela Pradeep April 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      REMOVE THE BATTERY AND THEN RE APPLY THE SAME!

    • Reply Anzaar April 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      hey iam having the same problem…stuck on samsung logo screen after OTA update! Plz Help. Thanks in advance!!

  31. Reply mpla April 2, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Hi Neela, I’m having a similar problem to those mentioned in the comments. After the latest update the other day (and I was on 2.3.6) it died, I could get to download, but not while the USB was plugged in which meant I couldn’t use the steps above. However, I can get to recovery mode which allows me to update using sdcard, do I need a stock ROM? can I use the one linked to above? Cheers

  32. Reply Deepak April 1, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Dear neela,
    should i go for this upgrade or the ics one?
    my model is the indian one i9100g but ics not offically rolled out in india section of sammobile.your article talks about gngerbread,but anywas my phone is dead right now so anything will do.I am based out of amsterdam but have an indian galaxy s2 (i9100g)
    Many thanks,

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      yes you can apply with this firmware! as of now there is no ICS for I9100G

  33. Reply FB78 March 31, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    I have followed all the above instructions but the update failed. My GT-I9100 was on 2.3.4. In Odin I am getting the following:

    Added!!
    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    I9100GXWLC2_I9100GODDKL1_I9100GDDKL1_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:5)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    cache.img
    NAND Write Start!!
    factoryfs.img

    Complete(Write) operation failed.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    I cannot start the phone in recovery mode (Volume up+Home=Power). It is giving me ‘Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies & try again’

    Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks

    • Reply FB78 April 1, 2012 at 1:19 am

      Ok sorted. Updated to ICS 4.0.3 instead… and worked.

      • Reply Neela Pradeep April 1, 2012 at 1:34 am

        thanks for your feedback!

      • Reply Naren April 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm

        @Neela Pradeep – Thanks. COuld you confirm this as ICS or GingerBread?
        @FB78 – Could you please let me know whether GT-I9100G was updated to ICS 4.0.3???

        • Neela Pradeep April 6, 2012 at 12:07 am

          its a gingerbread and not ics!

      • Reply Jason7522 April 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm

        the above step will upgrade the android from 2.3.6 to 4.0.3 directly???

        • Neela Pradeep April 6, 2012 at 12:37 am

          YES YOU CAN UPDATE!

    • Reply Gopal S April 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      I have a new I9100G phone, but bought in China with default China ROM(since I live in China). I followed this procedure to update the ROM, but I get failure msg as reported by FB78. My phone only displays “Software Update Failed”. Repeating the procedure yields the same result. Any guidance will be greatly appreciate. Thanks.

      • Reply FB78 April 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm

        @Gopal S
        This is the same error that I got while applying the 2.3.6 update. The Update on this page is for Galaxy S GT I9000 and not for the GT I9100. You can confirm this by looking at the ‘Pre Requisites’ section on this page.

        I have solved this by applying the ICS 4.0.3 update instead, which can be found on separate pages such as:
        http://androidadvices.com/update-galaxy-s2-gt-i9100-xxlps-ics-403-firmware/

        Goodluck

  34. Reply Sampath March 31, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Thanks a lot for this article. It helped me a lot. Yesterday after I hit the Update Software in my Galaxy S2 (GT-I9100G) it downloaded & updated some firmware from Samsung, but surprisingly during the auto reboot the device never came back up. It just hanged at the Samsung Logo and never moved forward from there. I was worried a lot as no options (Not even the factory reset) worked and the device almost appeared dead & useless. After going through your mail I downloaded the stock firmware and updated. Surprisingly my phone came back to normal although I lost some important contact details and Messages. Seems Samsung’s way of Auto Firmware Update has some kind issue. At least its not clean. Thanks for your post.

    • Reply Deepak March 31, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      Hi Sampath,
      i am facing the same issue.can you please help me.
      After i did the OTA update,my device is dead (not going ahead the samsung logo)

      • Reply Neela Pradeep April 1, 2012 at 1:07 am

        please try updating manually with this article!

      • Reply Sampath April 1, 2012 at 8:02 am

        Hi Deepak,

        Was your issue fixed? If not plz let me know so that I can send you steps I followed to fix. Seems definitely there is some issue with the way Samsung is pumping its update. A couple of my friends too had same issue.

      • Reply Anzaar April 23, 2012 at 9:09 pm

        Hi Sampath,
        I am also having the same issues…..my phone is stuck in the samsung logo screen and does’nt seem to move! Plz help. Give me all the required download links!!
        Thanks a lot in advance

    • Reply Abhishek Kochar April 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      hey sampath, can you please help me with the steps you had followed to resolve your issue. thanks

    • Reply ashish May 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Hi sampath,

      OMG I faced the same problem. I had received a firmware update from Samsung. It got hanged at the samsung logo. I was so scared. I thought that the update was taking time. So I left time for like 6-7 hours during the night. But nothing happened. It was still showing the samsung logo. So I downloaded the stock firmware as you did. I also downloaded odin. It reinstalled the firmware and it’s now working again :D :D Tho’ it formatted everything on the phone.
      I had a question tho’. Since I installed the stock firmware, will I get official updates for it??

    • Reply nithin francis May 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Sampanth,I too face this same issue now..MY phone also stucked in samsung logo after the update..please share the step by step procedure to restore it..I already tried factory reset/wipe data through hard reset..still its hanged in samsung logo.

  35. Reply biswa aich March 30, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    When ics will be available for i9100g in india

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 8, 2012 at 11:44 am

      it will soon be available!

    • Reply Shaik May 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Hi Pradeep,
      Is there any official note from Samsung that they are going to update ICE 4.0.3 for GT-I9100G model? I search over internet i didn’t find any clue that “G” model get ICE update?? if they didn’t support for ICE update that mean they are cheating us…

  36. Reply Amit March 30, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I just updated to Official Gingerbread 2.3.6 XWLC2 Firmware via the KIES software

  37. Reply Adzhan March 30, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I already have GB 2.3.6 but build number mention GINGERBREAD.DZKL3 so which is newest actually? This XWLC2 or DZKL3?

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      you can apply with this update!

  38. Reply mmdixit March 30, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Updated, But dont know whats new?

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      YOU CAN READ THE SITE REGULARLY AS WE WILL UPDATE WITH THE LATEST!

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