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.

  • Phelixagbeko

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

    • http://www.androidadvices.com/author/neal Pradeep Neela

      you can share the same

  • Shashidhar Mruthyunjaya

    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.

  • Shashidhar Mruthyunjaya

    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.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SKVLOYRYKREZMVIBSIGZAXAUNY Ris

    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!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SKVLOYRYKREZMVIBSIGZAXAUNY Ris

    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!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SKVLOYRYKREZMVIBSIGZAXAUNY Ris

    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!!!

  • Prateek Garg

    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

  • Joeharry

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

  • Gaurav Patel

    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!!

  • MF123

    Is ICS is available in India for GT I9100G?

  • nithin francis

    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..?????

  • Akash

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

  • TAYEB

    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 .

  • TAYEB

    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

  • sushil

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

  • MohdGasim

    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?

  • MohdGasim

    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

  • niloy

    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

    • Deepak

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

  • salman

    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)!!!!!!!!!!

    • Pradeep Neela

      as of nopw there is No eta

  • Praveen tomar

    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

  • ahmad

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

    • Pradeep Neela

      its clearly mentioned, its for I9100G

  • http://www.gazo.ws gazo

    wanna ICS for GT-I9100G. when it has

    • Pradeep Neela

      it will be rolled out soon

  • Abdul

    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.

    • Sampath

      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)

  • azee

    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

    • Pradeep Neela

      as of now rooting process is not valid!

  • GR

    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

  • Jason7522

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

    • Neela Pradeep

      you can follow the same by following the article!

  • Naren

    @FB78

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

  • Gaurav

    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

    • http://www.amitbhawani.com/blog/ Amit Bhawani

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

  • ismail

    er…. india already got ICS for G version?

    • Neela Pradeep

      no not as of now officially!

  • http://www.searchenginerankings.com.au/ Pitambar sahu

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

    • Neela Pradeep

      REMOVE THE BATTERY AND THEN RE APPLY THE SAME!

    • Anzaar

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

  • mpla

    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

  • Deepak

    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,

    • Pradeep Neela

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

  • FB78

    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

    • FB78

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

      • Neela Pradeep

        thanks for your feedback!

      • Naren

        @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

          its a gingerbread and not ics!

      • Jason7522

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

        • Neela Pradeep

          YES YOU CAN UPDATE!

    • Gopal S

      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.

      • FB78

        @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

  • Sampath

    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.

    • Deepak

      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)

      • Neela Pradeep

        please try updating manually with this article!

      • Sampath

        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.

      • Anzaar

        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

    • Abhishek Kochar

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

    • ashish

      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??

    • nithin francis

      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.

  • biswa aich

    When ics will be available for i9100g in india

    • Pradeep Neela

      it will soon be available!

    • Shaik

      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…

  • Amit

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

  • Adzhan

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

    • Pradeep Neela

      you can apply with this update!

  • mmdixit

    Updated, But dont know whats new?

    • Pradeep Neela

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