How To Update Samsung Galaxy Captivate to UCKF1 Gingerbread 2.3.3 Firmware

Samsung Captivate LogoFor all those who wanted to have an update for their Samsung Captivate phones in the form of Gingerbread 2.3.3, you now has a reason to cheer as we will now see on how you can update your phone with the latest version of Gingerbread 2.3.3 and this version is dubbed as UCKF1. This update comes as a respite for all those who wanted to update their Samsung Captivate phones in the United States as this phone is only available in the United States. So, in this due course of this article we will see on how you can update your phone with the Gingerbread update.

There are many modifications, additions as well as improvements which have been done along with this update which are listed below along with the procedure as well as the pre requisites which will be requiring for the updation of the Samsung Captivate. Please do note that this update is not the official update and is the leak version, so some minor bugs may arrive or might get encountered which you can address them in the comments section below. Also, please note that updating with this firmware won’t mean that you have to have a root access to update with the same.

Please note that many users keep repeatedly address the issue of NO INTERNET CONNECTION working after the firmware update, for all those i would like to say that since the firmware upgrade process will be undergone all the APN Settings which are responsible for the Internet access will be wiped and you will have to reconfigure them all to get an Internet access and in the same way you will also have to configure all the MMS settings to be able to send the MMS from your phone after the firmware update.

Also, we hold no responsibility in any manner if you follow or download files from any other forums or sites as we ensure that all the firmware upgrade files are Safe to use along with a detailed update guide. The best part is that we provide total free support for your Android device which means just in an unlikely case if you face any issues while upgrading your device then we will ensure that you get out of this situation. Please note that you will have to carefully follow the below mentioned pre instructions followed by the instructions to apply Voodoo on your Samsung Galaxy Captivate or else there is a high risk of even bricking up of your device.

Improvements in Gingerbread 2.3.3 update:

  • his all new update of Gingerbread 2.3.3 ropes in the better overall refinement of battery performance as it’s optimized further to give long battery life. With this update of 2.3.3 UCKF1, the battery life has been optimized by around 15% overall and also the quadrant ranks have been substantially improved.
  • Apart from the battery life, this new update comes along with an all new faster and more interactive user interface which is the best part of this update.
  • Many of the users faced issues with the GPS as well as frequent disconnection in the Wi Fi after a particular interval of time which is now overcomed in this update of Gingerbread.
  • Now, the free RAM too is increased and it also releases more RAM to the users directly so that the phone becomes much faster as the RAM availability has been increased to the users so that apps can make use of it and also the start-up time has been marginally reduced by two points. The quadrant speeds have been substantially improved and also the user interface is now much speedier than before. This update is considered as the major update with almost all the fixes.

Pre Upgrade Instructions:

  • So, first up before proceeding to update, you need to ensure that you have synced all your contacts with your Google Account, all sms, applications, videos and music files which are there in your phone should be taken a backup or else the data will be lost. Anything which is in SD card will not be lost, so you can alternatively move to SD Card.
  • Next up remove the SIM card as well as the external SD cards if any in your phone, just to make sure that in an unlikely event the data in it doesn’t get corrupted,
  • Ensure that you have kept original USB cable handy which you have got with your Galaxy Captivate and also the Galaxy Captivate device,
  • Additionally, ensure that your phone has at least more than 50% of battery power left, this is just an advisory which if followed then you will not experience any difficulties as while updation of the device the battery consumption is at a maximum, Anything less than 50% of battery is not recommended to go ahead with as its dangerous to proceed.
  • Ensure that your computer / laptop which runs on a XP, Vista or Windows 7 OS the firewall and other antivirus programs are disabled and also you should have admin privileges to download and install the software including the drivers and also along with this you will be requiring the USB port on your computer which supports USB 2.0.
  • (Optional) Many of the Galaxy Captivate users have reported the problem that they are unable to get into the download mode which is the top most necessity for updating your device, so for all those just follow the given instructions which are mentioned below and you can easily fix the download mode and also the recovery mode bug. This procedure is only for those whose devices unable to get into the download mode and the recovery mode.
  • Please note that flashing with the firmwares doesn’t mean that you are ROOTING your device. If you have flashed with Voodoo Lag fixes then too you can easily flash your device with this firmware.
  • Ensure that you have closed the KIES completely and also disable any firewalls, antivirus if any.

Note : You will have to reconfigure the APN settings after updating the firmware to access the data services and the Internet services as all the Internet APN settings will be reset. You will have to contact your Service provider to get more info on the APN Settings. Not to forget also configure the MMS Settings.

Procedure to install Gingerbread UCKF1 2.3.3 on Galaxy Captivate:

    • Before proceeding you will have to first download the firmware package for Samsung Captivate which is nothing but the Gingerbread 2.3.3 firmware and has Phone, CSC and PDA files along with the PIT file. Please note that even if a single file is missing from the below shown screen shot of files containing in the zip folder then it means that the files have not been downloaded properly and again you need to download them.

Samsung Captivate Files

    • Please note that in the process of extraction, if you are prompted to enter the password then enter the password as androidadvices.com. Please note that you should not rename the file in any manner or else the files won’t be recognized by the flashing tool which is Odin in this case. Now, once you complete extracting the files, just click on the Odin folder and then the Odin.exe file to open that flashing software client. There are many versions of Odin which are currently available and are provided by other forums but beware of using them as they are not recommended and the one which comes along with the above mentioned zip file is the recommended one. So, just open the same in your computer after which it will look like the below screen shot,

Odin 1.81

    • As soon as you open the Odin in your computer, you now have to switch Off the Phone and need to enter the phone in the download mode. To enter the phone in the download mode, first of all you will have to turn Off your Galaxy Captivate and then just hold down the Volume down key and then press the Power ON button simultaneously to turn ON the device in the download mode after which you will see the screen as shown below.

Captivate Download Mode

    • After that you will have to connect your phone with the computer where you have downloaded and extracted the zip file from the above link. Please note that while connecting the USB cable you will have to make sure that the Odin software is open as mentioned and shown above, as soon as you connect the phone to the Odin, the ID COM block will turn yellow after which you will have to enter the files by clicking on the corresponding options as shown below,

Captivate Phone Connected

PIT- Kepler_odin_new_part_JE3_S1JE4.pit

Phone – MODEM_I897UCKF1_CL1017518_REV02.tar.md5

PDA – CODE_I897UCKF1_CL273832_REV02_user_low_ship.tar.md5

CSC – SGH-I897-CSC-ATTKF1.tar.md5

    • So, after you enter in the files, you will have to double check the same and then you will have to proceed and click on the “Start” option to start the firmware update process. After clicking on the start, you will see that the firmware will be installed in your phone within a time of not more than 5 minutes.

Flashed Captivate Successfully

  • You will see that as soon as the flashing process is completed, the device will be rebooting and after that you will see that the device will ask you to setup the Google Account as well as the time zone after selecting which you will see that the home screen will be seen on the phone. As soon as you see the home screen, you just need to plug out the USB cable from your phone which is connected the the computer.

So, after the phone is successfully updated with the latest version of UCKF1, you will have to now clear the cache from your phone so that all the cache data is being erased. To erase the same, you will have to first go into the recovery mode which can be done by first switching your phone off and then long press the volume up key, press Menu as holding both the buttons press the power button to start. You can see that after device gets switched ON, you will find options like clear cache data. You can clear that by selecting options Wipe data/factory reset and also you need to select Wipe Cache partition after which you need to reboot your device by selecting reboot system now after which your Galaxy Captivate will be rebooting and again you will have to set up your Google accounts etc.

recovery mode

For checking on which firmware you are currently on, you will have to go to the Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version where you will find the version of Android OS where it will show 2.3.4. As you can see above that we have shown some of the images of latest Gingerbread update.

  • Raymond

    Link took me to another link that does not work, really were can I find a link that works

  • Deepak

    I have already mentioned the issue in my previous post….I was trying to upgrade from 2.2 to 2.3. While firmware upgrade was in progress it got stuck. Later on, instead of getting into download mode my phone was getting into recovery mode. so I rooted it, now I see a root app running. I tried again for upgrading but it’s not getting into download mode….while reinstalling packages ..it fails with signature verification issue…not sure what to do. Let me know if u can help me on this?

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

      on whicvh fw you are on..?

      • Deepak

        2.2 froyo

  • Deepak

    It’s unlocked…..I bought it from US & using it in india…BTW how do I check it?

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

      is your home simcard working?

      • Deepak

        yes…I think I got u online..help me dude plz plz plz…

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

          wats the issue..?

  • Deepak

    My phone is not getting into download mode though I followed the instructions as per the above article…can someone plz help???

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

      please try entering the download mode or else its not recommended to proceed!

      • Deepak

        Here is the complete scenarion: I tried to update my firmware from 2.2 to 2.3 but it got stuck in between…at tht time it entered into download mode. Later on I rooted my device….. and tried again for upgrade to 2.3 but everytime I try this it goes to recovery mode…..I have even tried reinstalling packages but it fails… Can you suggest me how to fix it and proceed with upgrade…Thanks in advance.

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

          is your phone unlocked or still a locked one?

  • kevin

    the extraction says the password is wrong whats the password for the rar files

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

      androidadvices.com is the password!

  • Devon

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone else’s internal storage got reformatted and partitioned to only 2GB instead of the 16GB my phone came with?

  • anonymous

    THANK YOU SO MUCH DUDE !!!
    Very well written steps.. I just upgraded directly from froyo..
    Its works like a charm (So far :-) )…
    Thanks Again .. for taking time to write such a detailed article..

    I don’t have to depend on ATT now ..God knows when they will release an update.

  • Will

    This is Bullshit!!!! doesnt work fuck this shit!!!

  • adarsh

    has anyone noticed any problems after downloading 2.3.3??

  • Raj

    i m already using custom rom on my captivate…rom is apex 8.2
    and i think i had to flash GB bootloader of i9000 for flashin this rom on captivate…
    so is it going to be safe to flash this???

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

      yes but i would request you to follow the instructions which are mentioned above!

  • Joel

    I Am trying to upgrade My Captivate to the Froyo 2.2 and it seems that it is STUCK on the Down loading andriod part. I have dnld Kies Mini and followed the instructions- Held the Volume Key and pluged in the USB, and it has been on the same ANdroid downloading screen for 5 hours now. *** HELP***

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

      pull off the battery and re try the process by restarting the pc too!

  • David

    Heres the download link for you all http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1125596

  • David

    There is no link in the article and can you stop being such a self important ass, and just give us the link in a comment please. IT IS NOT CLEAR WHERE IT IS! SO PLEASE REPOST IT, INSTEAD OF RESPONDING TO ALL OF COMMENTS THAT IT ISNT THERE! IF ITS THERE SHOW US!

  • Tan Le

    Where is the download link for the firmware? It is not in the article.

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

      hey tanle, the download link is there in the article

  • MF

    I am unable to find out the link in the article. However I got it from XDA developers website.

    One more thing here I wanna say that you have mentioned wrong in your article about putting the phone into downloading mode. The correct way to put your phone in to downloading mode is as follows:

    1. switch off your Samsung captivate
    2. remove the sim and memory card (SD)
    3. remove the battery for 10 or 20 seconds and put in back.
    4. now press both of the volume buttons at a time and plug the USB data cable in to your phone and PC. Once downloading mode has been activated release the volume buttons.

    Cheers!

    • Guamen

      Hello, your method was good for me, finallly I found the real download mode procedure. Thanks. I’m from Dominican Republic.

      • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Neal

        thanks for your appreciation buddy!

        • MF

          He is not appreciating you dude!

          In fact you have not mentioned anything in this article which could be appreciated.

          Download link is NOT there and instructions to put your phone in download mode is also WRONG.

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

            download link is there in procedure, kindl find for the same before commenting!

  • DevilDoneGood

    i did this and everything worked fine but could someone tell what the home screen should look like when everything is done. My home screen just looks the same as it did with eclair and froyo. any help would be great. thanks.

    • CrazyGuy2

      where is the download link?

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

        Its there in the article!!

        • DevilDoneGood

          http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1127249

          just go here, it has the download link and instructions on how to get this on your captivate.

          Also, for all you people who say the download link is in the article: YOU CANT READ.

          This article only says that the password may be androidadvices.com. Suggesting that the password is the site to go to in order to get the firmware, maybe. I dont know. i got this from the above link.

  • Jaroslav

    Hi, I’d like to ask whether it will ever be an android on the Sony Ericsson Vivaz for U8i

  • Charley

    Where is this build from? Is it official from Samsung? Or is it a build from XDA Developers? Obviously it is not from AT&T.

  • Sixto Sicilia

    the password to the firmware on the samfirmware site is: samfirmware.com

  • Sixto Sicilia

    Where is the link for the Gingerbread 2.3.3. for the Captivate?

  • JP

    Just 1 question. Where can I download the files?

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

      file link is mentioned in the article!

  • Snn

    where to download the Gingerbread UCKF1 2.3.3 package?

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

      its there in the article!

      • Sixto Sicilia

        NO it is not. There is no link anywhere on this article as to where to obtain the 2.3.3. upgrade for the Captivate

      • Sixto Sicilia

        No it is not!

      • MF

        It is not in the article.

        please paste the download link here.

        Thanks

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

          Kindly read the article, you will find the link!

        • Brandon V

          dood come on people learn how to research….here

      • renjith

        no dude, there is not thing in the article mentioning about the link… please reply me the link..

  • Pete g

    and use this version of odin and then follow his directions and it should work perfectly