How To Update Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100 with XWKK5 Gingerbread 2.3.6 Firmware

S2 XWKK5 LogoSo, for all those who are having the most powerful smartphone which is Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100 can now update their  phones with the latest version of Gingerbread 2.3.6 version. This update comes at a time when last time not many users were satisfied with the last version which we saw with the version as XWKJ3 Gingerbread 2.3.5 version. The firmware version which we will be seeing in the article is dubbed as the Gingerbread 2.3.6 XWKK5. To make things simple, we have simplified this article for you wherein you are just 1 step behind applying this update and which is the list of pre Requisites instructions which facilitates the smoother and safer firmware update.

Please note that this update should only be applied by the users who are having the UNLOCKED Samsung Galaxy S2 phone only with the model number as GT I9100. If you proceed with updating the locked or the network contract phones then you will no longer be able to avail the warranty and also the phone too may get bricked for which we should not be held responsible. Since it’s a global release, anyone with their Galaxy S2 I9100 phones can apply this update. This update doesn’t support other models like Galaxy Sky Rocket or say even Samsung Mesmerize, captivate etc.

Disclaimer: Please note that we should not be held liable or responsible in any manner in whole or in parts if anything wrong happens to your device which is the most unlikely if you follow the instructions as prescribed in the due course of this article and also apply the mentioned update only on Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100.

Rooting Information:

  • Rooting basically gives the third party files to access the system level files to make the required customizations but applying this firmware won’t need the root access. Also, the best part of this XWKK5 firmware is that it not only un roots the device but also after updating you can claim back the lost warranty which gets void generally once you root he device.
  • Just in case if your phone is already rooted, then you will be losing the Root access after applying this firmware.
  • We will also soon come up with the article wherein you will be easily able to root the phone on the XWKK5 Firmware

So, let’s proceed to the list of pre Requisites which you need to follow from the below mentioned link. Once you finish following the instructions which are mentioned below you then need to proceed to next page for detailed instructions on how to apply this Gingerbread 2.3.6 XWKK5 firmware.

Pre Requisites to be followed before proceeding to the next page

288 Comments
  1. Reply Abdullah March 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Hello,
    how can I update my phone
    CSC: I9100 JPKJ1
    BUILD INFO: THU OCT 13….
    2.3g GinderBread.JPKJ2.
    please advise how can i do the update please.

    Regards,

  2. Reply Petro February 2, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Hello, i currently have the rooted 2.3.3 i9100M, UGKG2. Kies shows my phone is has latest version and will not show any updates. Is this because the phone is rooted and will not allow me to update. And if that is the case, do i have to continue and use Odin to upgrade manually.

  3. Reply ParisX January 29, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    hey man i can’t find the password for the zip file can you please tell me :)

    thanks in advance ^^

    • Reply Pradeep Neela January 30, 2012 at 10:09 am

      password for the file is mentioned in the procedure section!

  4. Reply Bozza January 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Hi
    Since upgrading from Official KIES firmware 2.3.4 to 2.3.5 via the Jayce Ooi’s method / Dutch/European version then 2.3.6 OTA I have found that when I fully charge the battery with the phone OFF or ON via USB or POWER OUTLET, when disconnected it returns a battery life of 97%.

    I have done a full cycle of discharging and recharging my phone but still the same issue.

    I’m pretty sure 2.3.5 for the first couple of days did not do this.

    Would you be able to advise why this might be and if this has been an issue with 2.3.6?

    Thanks in advanced.

  5. Reply luans January 22, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Pradeep Neela,

    My Galaxy S2 is bricked after a failed update using Kies. Recovery mode isn’t available, only Download mode works. I’ve been reading your guide and was thinking of giving it a shot as a solution. Problem is because my phone is bricked i can not confirm if it is locked/unlocked and haven’t taken any actions yet. Any suggestions?

    • Reply Pradeep Neela January 23, 2012 at 10:15 am

      very sorry to hear about unable to get updated via KIES, you can manually update the same! try rer inserting the battery!

  6. Reply Sam January 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Hi there,

    I have Samsung Galaxy S2 and I have tried to update it via Kies but I always receive following message:

    Your device does not support software upgrading via Kies.
    current frimware version : I9100XXKG6
    current android ver. is 2.3.4
    the device is sim lock free and bought in Holland. please help!
    Thanks

  7. Reply Neil January 16, 2012 at 9:55 am

    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

  8. Reply Keshav Sarin January 12, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Hi
    it is not letting me download the file
    what should I do ?

  9. Reply Keshav Sarin January 12, 2012 at 4:59 am

    hey there,
    the link is not available
    It says that the connection was reset…………so m not being able to download it …………….
    does it affect where I’m downloading it from ……….I’m based in Australia

  10. Reply jeet January 10, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Hey Pradeep,

    I got a Samsung Galaxy S2 Mobile in Canada two month back, its unlocked

    Mobile Details,
    Android
    2.3.4
    Model number : GT-I9100
    Baseband Version: I9100UHKI1
    Kernel Version: 2.6.35.7.I900UHKI2-CL553601
    se.infra@SE-07 #2
    Build number
    GINGERBREAD.UHKI2
    so please guide me to which firmware i needed to up date to 2.3.6 as there are so many am new i just update my firmware once when i had new 1st time with kies to current version 2.3.4
    many thanks!
    jeet

  11. Reply Nauman Zahoor January 7, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Hi,
    I recently updated my galaxy s2 to XWKL1 using instructions from your site….. But not my kies is not accepting the phone because my CSC is XEU whereas that firmware was INU…

    Can I install this version to solve the kies issue??

  12. Reply TNMV January 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    hi buddy,

    i updated the firmware of my S2 to XXKP8 ICS 4.0.3 , it worked fine and smooth provided there were frequent random reboots of the device at exact intervals of 12 hours after flashing.Got dissapointed as the upgrade was fine and running smooth but the reboots spoiled the game. i have no complaints, but wanted to know y such thing happened.
    i am more than satisfied with this site. i downgraded to a more stable 2.3.6 version which i did earlier. nice job pal keep it going . no qualms .

  13. Reply Eugene January 7, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Hi. My SGS2 is locked to Bell Mobility in Canada. Is it absolutely true that the phone must be unlocked in order to install XWKK5 on it? Do I have to root it? I just got it and don’t want to void the warranty right away. Thanks.

    • Reply Pradeep Neela January 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

      yes, the device should be unlocked or else there is a possibility of phone getting locked once again!

  14. Reply Eugene January 7, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Hi,

    My SGS2 is locked to Bell Mobility in Canada. In you article you’re saying that the phone must be unlocked. Is it absolutely true? Does it mean that I can’t install XWKK5 on my phone without rooting it first? I just got it, so I don’t want to void the warranty right away?

    Thanks.

  15. Reply Lewis January 6, 2012 at 4:49 am

    Hi,
    On my samsung galaxy s2 I am currently running BUKJ3 2.3.5. Can i update exactly the same using this process?

    Thanks

  16. Reply RamMohan Varma December 30, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Hey Pradeep,

    I got a Samsung Galaxy S2 Mobile in India one month back,

    Mobile Details,
    Model number : GT-I9100G
    Baseband Version: I9100GDDKI1
    Kernel Version: 2.6.35.7root@DELL88 #2
    Build Number: GINGERBREAD.XWKJ2

    I auto updated using WI-FI with option available in About Phone Section.. Now its showing Android Version as 2.3.6.
    Now i’m having problem connecting to PC using USB, my mobile is not recognized when connecting through USB..

    Could you please kindly help me to fix this?

    -Ram

    • Reply Pradeep Neela December 31, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      YOU CAN UPDATE THE FIRMWARE AND CHECK IT WILL BE FIXED!

  17. Reply honey December 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    hey pradeep..

    What is the official version …is that XWKK5 or XWKL1 ?? pls help and tell me which one is working fine without any issues.

  18. Reply jerome kwok December 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    baseband version:I19100dxkf1
    kernel version:2.6.35.7-I19100xwkdd-cl161513root@dell103#2
    build number: gingerbread.xwkf1
    is my s2 applicable???

    and u said after pressing the pda option in odin look for a file named \\ ??

    • Reply Pradeep Neela December 26, 2011 at 11:33 pm

      SELECT THE FILE WHICH IS THERE IN THE EXTRACTED FILE!

  19. Reply ovee December 26, 2011 at 12:25 am

    hey i’ve downloaded the rar file but it’s password protected…how to unlock and proceed with the upgrade???

    • Reply Pradeep Neela December 26, 2011 at 9:40 am

      You need to unlock by visiting ur nearest moble stores.

  20. Reply ewemy December 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Hi sir,

    I bought a samsung galaxy s2 in singapore last month, below is the details for the phone:

    Model number : GT-I9100
    Android version: 2.3.3
    Baseband version: I9100DXKI1
    Build number: GINGERBREAD.DXKI2

    I got problems to update the android version. Please help me. I had tried to look through the forum but non of them is regarding baseband version DXKI2…..So frustrating…….HELP ME PLS..

  21. Reply vicky December 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I put the phone in downloading mode and i connected to my PC. But the driver installation is failed and so the first box doesn’t turns yellow. How can i proceed with this ? please help.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Reply Pradeep Neela December 24, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      is your phone I9100G handset?

      • Reply vicky December 24, 2011 at 9:40 pm

        My phone is Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100

      • Reply vicky December 24, 2011 at 11:14 pm

        My model is Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100

  22. Reply rishabh December 24, 2011 at 9:49 am

    neal plz help…my downlaoding mode nd recovering mode not starting…always i get a icon in which a phone…!…laptop is drawn..what to do..plz help!!!!

  23. Reply aditya December 23, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    i hav gt9100g , which version/firmware shud i install ?? pls advise asap … thanku

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 24, 2011 at 12:46 am

      we will come up with something v soon for i9100 G!

  24. Reply invisibleboy December 23, 2011 at 1:53 am

    So NEAL this won’t work on I9100G?
    Is there a way to have I9100G upgraded to 2.3.6?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 23, 2011 at 11:53 am

      not as of now, we are exploring on the same!

  25. Reply natraj December 21, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    It looks to me on my phone this firmware update is indeed plaged with issues and below are they.

    1) The phone battery dies very soon if i start using any of the wireless services (edge/wifi) .

    2) The phone is clearly overheating, i have previously tried 2.3.4 and 2.3.5 and never had this issue.

    3) Phone restarts very frequently (while browsing gmail, or while playing angrybirds).

    4) Couple of time’s it took a lot of time to scan the sdcard.

    Just for users who are trying to install this firmware the information about this firmware would be as below.

    Model: I9100
    Region: France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, UK, (Branded: no)
    Available languages: de, en, es, fr, it, pt, tr, (pl),
    November 2011 Revision: 5

  26. Reply AJ December 20, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Hey Neil.

    Presently my Galaxy S2 is on 2.3.5 with XWKI8 Kernal.

    Can i update my device?

  27. Reply Vipul December 19, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    If i update to 2.3.6 by your method

    will i loose all my installed apps and settings??

    thanks

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 19, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      yes you will lose all the apps!

      • Reply Vipul December 19, 2011 at 2:59 pm

        is there no way to save the Apps?
        as when i update thru kies i dont loose my apps

        • NeaL Pradeep December 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm

          you can use Titanium backup!

        • Vipul December 19, 2011 at 3:06 pm

          yeah i will try…

          for that i guess your root guide works well

          and why is Kies still showing 2.3.3 as latest firmware?? it sucks!

        • NeaL Pradeep December 20, 2011 at 7:21 pm

          update via kies is pushed late!

  28. Reply rysan December 18, 2011 at 7:35 am

    amm hi sir gud day,..i have a galaxy s2 version 2.3.3 with kernel ZSKF4. my question is can i direct to update that 2.3.6?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 19, 2011 at 12:10 am

      yes rysan you can directly apply the update!

  29. Reply Srinivas December 17, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Hi,

    First of all I want to tell you that you are doing a good job. I have upgraded to many firmware versions with your help. But from past couple of days I am facing a strange problem. My S2 doesn’t recognize any sim card. Even though sim card crd is inside, it complains ‘insert sim card’. I tried firmware upgrade, factory reset etc but nothing seems to work. Please advice .

    Thanks.

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 19, 2011 at 12:34 am

      clear the cache from recovery or flash it again!

  30. Reply Vamsi Krishna December 17, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I had successfully updated to 2.3.6 .. even though I didn’t execute the last step. Do we need to execute the last step to clear the data on the phone ad to start the phone i recovery mode ? What happens if we skip the last step ?

  31. Reply jef December 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Using this guide, I had successfully updated to 2.3.6.

    Issues:

    1. I got the yellow triangle.

    2. CWM manager v3.0 error message
    “this version of CWM manager should be used with CF-root v5.0 or newer. It appears you are using a different kernel . Various features have been disabled.”

    Android version 2.3.6
    baseband version i9100xxki3
    Kernel version 2.6.35.7-i9100xwkk5-cl754841
    Root@dell144#2
    Build number gingerbread.xwkk5

    Please advice . Thnx

    Newbie

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 16, 2011 at 11:55 pm

      yellow triangle is normal!
      regarding rooting, we will soon come up with the article!

  32. Reply jef December 16, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I had successfully updated to 2.3.6.

    Issues:

    1. I got the yellow triangle.

    2. CWM manager v3.0 error message
    “this version of CWM manager should be used with CF-root v5.0 or newer. It appears you are using a different kernel . Various features have been disabled.”

    Android version 2.3.6
    baseband version i9100xxki3
    Kernel version 2.6.35.7-i9100xwkk5-cl754841
    Root@dell144#2
    Build number gingerbread.xwkk5

    Please advice . Thnx

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 16, 2011 at 11:54 pm

      we will come up with the rooting process for this v soon!

  33. Reply harleyNoob December 16, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Nvmnd I got it to change language :)
    now setting phone up again.
    Thanks Neal !

  34. Reply harleyNoob December 16, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I followed the instructions to the letter. Post install of the 2.3.5 package, it showed it was at Android 2.3.5 . Then I did a wipe data/factory reset AND wipe cache . now after reboot it comes up in what seems like Dutch !!!!

    Help !

    I need English instructions !!!

    Urgent !

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 17, 2011 at 12:39 am

      change language from locale and text from settings!

  35. Reply tony December 16, 2011 at 9:53 am

    hi neal,

    Does this update support I9100M. I have got it rooted n unlocked. Can i update?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 17, 2011 at 12:40 am

      its not for I9100M Model! sorry!

      • Reply tony December 19, 2011 at 5:21 am

        thanks for your reply Neal. I was reading through other forums I find that I9100M is identical to I9100 except for its model number because its sold by Bell/Virgin. Can you suggest me how I can update my I9100M from 2.3.3 to 2.3.6. I have got my phone rooted and unlocked from Virgin network.

        SGS2 GT-I9100M
        2.3.3
        PDA: I9100MUGKG2
        PHONE: I9100MUGKG2
        CSC: I9100MBMCKGW

        Thanks in advance for your advice.

        • NeaL Pradeep December 19, 2011 at 9:39 am

          no, this is not for you!

  36. Reply mon December 16, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Thanks for everything!!!! Been running on stock firmware XXKDJ for few months after buying… To avoid any problems and to play safe (knew someone who ran into problems after straight update from XXKDJ to XWKK5), i update it to XWKI1 first, then again to XWKJ3 and finally to XWKK5…. now running smoothly..PROBLEMS FREE!!!!

    Thanks you…

    can’t wait for stable version of ICS !!!!!

  37. Reply natraj December 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I have previously flashed 2.3.5 and now when i am trying to update to this , Odin is crashing, it exits because of a run time error. I tried with different Odin version 1.83, v 1.85 and none of them worked, any clues ?.

    Thanks
    Natraj

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 19, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      download the zip file again!

      • Reply natraj December 21, 2011 at 11:22 pm

        no matter what i did i was unable to flash this rom, i had to go back to 2.3.4 and then install this firmware only then i was able to install.

  38. Reply rammi December 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Neal,

    I have an SGS2 with the following firmware (initially 2.3.3 but updated thru Kies):

    Android ver: 2.3.5
    Baseband ver : I9100XXKI4
    Kernel ver: 2.6.35.7-I9100JPKJ2-CL655700
    Build number: GINERBREAD.JPKJ2

    Would this update work on mine?
    Thanks.

  39. Reply rizwan December 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Model: GT-I9100
    Android: 2.3.5
    Baseband Version: I9100XXKI4
    Kernel Version: 2.6.35.7-I9100XWKI8-CL616395 root@DELL149#2
    Build Number: GINGERBREAD.XWKI8

  40. Reply Vignesh Gautam December 14, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Thanks for everything. It was the first time I updated my firmware using your instructions and it went all smooth. Now I am on to 2.3.6 and the battery is indeed showing improvements. I have been waiting for an official release for days but nothing showed up. Every Indian user on 2.3.3 can use this firmware to jump onto 2.3.6. Great Job Neal Pradeep!

    PS: I uninstalled Kies and Norton 360 from my PC before updating just to be sure I do not break my dear Galaxy S2. Worth the pain.

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 14, 2011 at 10:20 am

      thanks for your feedback buddy!

    • Reply Satish December 27, 2011 at 11:40 am

      2.3.6 is now available officially for India and you can find it on sammobile.com

  41. Reply jess December 14, 2011 at 4:33 am

    hello there! i’ve been reading a lot about comments and queries on this page and most people is having problems on upgrading their firmware…well, i guess i’m just lucky to install this update or upgrade, whatever you call it without any hassles…first, i did upgrade to 2.3.5 via kies and 2.3.6 via Odin3.

    so far i have no problem with this upgrade, i did not even backed up everything on my phone but after installations, still, everything works just fine as it was before…but ofcourse some UI changes.

    i just followed instructions carefully and voila! 2.3.6 is running smoothly. :)

    thanks!

  42. Reply Vizzi December 14, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    hai ! neal, acording ur suggestion i buy new galaxy s2 I9100 16 gb with android 2.3.5. gingerbread…jpkj2
    its nice but it showing internal sd memory 11.75 gb but manufracturer mentiond 16 GB internal .. but it shows 11.something .. how it possible plz clarify ..and i download facebook from market but it shows notifications but not open ! how can solve this problem

    thanQ brother…
    have a nice day …

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 14, 2011 at 10:38 am

      there are few system apps which require that memory! its normal! user level memory is always less than quoted!

  43. Reply Chris December 13, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Neal! Two errors in this article that could really screw up things for people:

    1) On page 1, clicking on “Pre Requisites to be followed before proceeding to the next page” brings you to the wrong page: How To Update Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100 with XWKJ3 Gingerbread 2.3.5 Firmware…this is KK5 2.3.6, not KJ3 2.3.5 !!!

    2) On page 2, the title right above the first step to download the 2.3.6 package says “Procedure to Update Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 with XWKK5 Gingerbread 2.3.6″….This is I9100 not I9000 !!!

    Otherwise, great job with everything and thank you!

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      hey chris, its just for following the pre requisites!
      its a typo, its now fixed. Thanks for the same! :)

  44. Reply rizwan December 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    hey neal…i had updated my s2 to 2.3.5 using instructions provided here. Right now i’m in saudi arabia and there is an official version of 2.3.5 available here. How can i go back to factory provided 2.3.3 so i could get the official 2.3.5 through kies. please reply to my mail \flyingbullz87@yahoo.co.in\

    will be waiting for ur reply..

    regards,
    rizwan

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      can you just let us know on what is the exact version number so that we too can come up with the same!

  45. Reply rizwan December 13, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    hey neal…i had updated my s2 to 2.3.5 using instructions provided here. Right now i;m in saudi arabia and there is an official version of 2.3.5 available here. How can i go back to factory provided 2.3.3 so i could get the official 2.3.5 through kies. please reply to my mail “flyingbullz87@yahoo.co.in”

    will be waiting for ur reply..

    regards,
    rizwan

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      YOU CAN GO BACK BY FOLLOWING THE CORRESPONDING INSTRUCTIONS!

      • Reply rizwan December 15, 2011 at 2:14 am

        cant find it…could u please provide me a link…

        • Pradeep Neela December 25, 2011 at 10:57 am

          the links are there in the article, please read the article carefully!

  46. Reply saurav December 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    is it the official firmware or custom/Frankenstein one?

  47. Reply Valen December 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Hi Neal,

    I have SGS2 I9100
    Android ver: 2.3.3
    Baseband ver : I9100DXKI1
    Kernel ver: 2.6.35.7-I9100DXKI2
    Build number: GINERBREAD.DXKI2

    Can I upgrade this version to my phone?
    If not, please tell me where can I get the update 2.3.6.

  48. Reply subhadip December 13, 2011 at 11:27 am

    in the 2.3.5 version there is lot of battery issues. will that be solved in this version.??

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm

      yes it will be solved in the next coming version!

  49. Reply mm December 12, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Also if I connect to kies it says “your device does not support software upgrading via kies”

  50. Reply mm December 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Neal,
    I’ve successfully upgraded to 2.3.6 following the steps given above.
    But still I have wifi issues.

    Thanks
    MM

    • Reply Pradeep Neela December 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      yes wifi issues are being reported to samsung! hope to get it solved in next version!

  51. Reply mm December 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Hi Neal,
    I’m having Android version 2.3.3 . It has Wifi problems as mentioned in the \Issue 1698: Wi-fi loses connection with router frequency and doesn’t reestablish automatically\ link http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=1698.

    Does this upgrade fix the issue 1698

    Thanks
    MM

  52. Reply saifoddin December 12, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Hi i got my Samsung galaxy s2 in Oct my friend got it in nov he got update from kies for 2.3.6 . But when i check with kies it shows 2.3 its latest version. No update available . May i know what could be issue . wants to update with kies only

  53. Reply dk December 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Neal, thanks for your good work!

    I have a baseband version of I9100DXKI1

    Can I proceed straight to upgrade to this version XWKK5 Gingerbread 2.3.6?

    Thank you much!

    cheers!

  54. Reply Vish December 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Hi Neal,

    After updating & rooting ver 2.3.6 I noticed one problem during the course of use. I am restricted to the ringtones provided in the rom. There is no menu to use other sound files. Any resolution for this?

    Thanks, Vish

  55. Reply Arun December 11, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Hi neal, I have a S2 I9100M with stock firmware 2.3.3 PDA: I9100MUGKG2 PHONE: I9100MUGKG2 CSC: I9100MBMCKGW. I got my phone rooted and unlocked after purchase. I have a few questions. Firstly, can i upgrade my phone from 2.3.3 to 2.3.6 directly. Secondly, after i upgrade, will my phone get unrooted and locked again. In such case, will i have to root it and unlock it again. Which app do i use to Unlock my phone? In the earlier question from Brian, u have mentioned that I9100M (Canadian Virgin mobile) can apply this update, which i want to reconfirm.

  56. Reply Vivek N December 10, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    HI ,

    The Download link is not working

    • Reply Amit Bhawani December 24, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      Can you recheck. The downloads server is fixed now.

  57. Reply Rahul December 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Hi NeaL,

    I tried to flash this firmware with odin. And it resulted in boot loop.
    My phone is not starting. I can not enter in to recovery mode with Vol up + menu + power.
    I can only enter in download mode. I also tried to flash my stock firmware. My original firmware version was: PDA:KF4 / Phone:KF2 / CSC:KF1(H3G). So i tried to flash GT-I9100_H3G_I9100XWKF4_I9100NEKF2_I9100H3GKF1.tar.

    But none of the firmware solved boot loop. I also tried to flash Villianrom1.1 with odin, but no success.

    Can you please help me?

    Thanks in Advance.
    -Rahul

  58. Reply Ajay December 10, 2011 at 2:22 am

    The link is not working again

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      we really apologize for the same! we will be fixing the same v soon!!!!

  59. Reply YK December 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    The download link doesn’t work for me, keeps saying that it takes too long to respond. Help, anyone? Btw, can I update from Android 2.3.3 to this?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 10, 2011 at 6:13 pm

      we are facing issues with the download servers!

  60. Reply sebs December 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Lol nevermind was easy to figure out. First you make CWM backup of your old stuff. install 2.3.6 then root then make CWM backup. After this restore your old CWm backup now you should have everything back as before now go to restore the 2.3.6 backup but only mark the System checkbox. Reboot phone and ur good to go with ur old files kernel tomorrow root access and on top of that running 2.3.6. Hope this helps anyone running custom firmware looking to upgrade versions without having to start from nothing again after update.

  61. Reply Rammy December 9, 2011 at 9:51 am

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  62. Reply Daryl McIntyre December 9, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Can I update from 2.3.4 to 2.3.6, or am I going to have to get the 2.3.5 firmware first?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 9, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      you can directly apply the update of 2.3.6

  63. Reply Frank December 8, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Hey NeaL,

    First of all kudos on the great job! I’m gonna update my S2 tomorrow but I got a few queries before I do so. I’m a newbie so please do bare my ignorance. I’m currently running 2.3.3 Baseband I9100DDKE4 KERNEL 2.6.35.7-I9100XWKF3. I’m guessing there won’t be a problem if I directly update to 2.3.6, please correct me if I’m wrong.

    1. How do backup my apps?? Doesn’t my gmail account already have a list of all apps installed on the phone so is there a feature to just install them back??

    2. If any problems arise during installation (or AFTER) will the phone automatically revert back to the previous version or do I have to install that version back onto the phone?

    3. If I update now using Odin will I never be able to do the automatic updates again through Kites?

    4. Any risks involved in doing this manual update??

    Please do get back to me and thanks in advance for taking the trouble.

  64. Reply Anuj Purohit December 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Can i update from 2.3.3 to this version or i need to follow 2.3.3 -> 2.3.5 -> 2.3.6 as I see only PDA file to be flashed and not the rest?

  65. Reply Andrew December 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Neal,

    If i did not do “Wipe Data / factory reset” but only did “Wipe Cache Partition”, What will happen? Pls advise.

    Rgds..
    Andrew

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 8, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      you will get the force close errors!

      • Reply Andrew December 11, 2011 at 4:04 am

        Till date after update, no error. is it ok if i dun do factory reset?

        Rgds..
        Andrew

        • Pradeep Neela December 25, 2011 at 5:15 pm

          yes its perfectly ok!

  66. Reply fulham December 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    hi Neal,
    Why can’t I see my previous postings other than the very first one, until I post a new comment.
    Then, all of them can be seen!
    Is there something I need to see them all at once?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      we approve all the comments manually, so sometimes it takes time!

  67. Reply mohd December 8, 2011 at 6:56 am

    hi neal,

    I hv S2 I9100
    android ver: 2.3.5
    base ver : i9100xxxki4
    kernel ver: 2.6.35.7-i9100xwki8…
    build nbr: gingerbread xwki8

    Can I upgrade this version ?

  68. Reply Frank December 7, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Hey NeaL,

    First of all kudos on the great job! I’m gonna update my S2 tomorrow but I got a few queries before I do so. I’m a newbie so please do bare my ignorance. I’m currently running 2.3.3 Baseband I9100DDKE4 KERNEL 2.6.35.7-I9100XWKF3. I’m guessing there won’t be a problem if I directly update to 2.3.6, please correct me if I’m wrong.

    1. How do backup my apps?? Doesn’t my gmail account already have a list of all apps installed on the phone so is there a feature to just install them back??

    2. If any problems arise during installation (or AFTER) will the phone automatically revert back to the previous version or do I have to install that version back onto the phone?

    3. If I update now using Odin will I never be able to do the automatic updates again through Kites?

    4. Any risks involved in doing this manual update??

    Please do get back to me and thanks in advance for taking the trouble.

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm

      thanks a lot frank!

      1. you can only backup the apps if you have rooted the phone using the titanium backup pro but if you haven’t rooted then you can’t backup apps! your gmail account has a history of all your apps downloaded.

      2. yes, if you are updating from download mode and due to some reasons if it doesnt get updated then pull out the battery, reinsert to use the phone normally!

      3. 3. you can update via kies but you need to first get back to the original version after which the kies will detect it as official and then it will push the update if any!

      4. no, manual update is safe if you follow the instructions! :)

  69. Reply Fulham December 7, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    fulham says:
    December 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm
    NEW QUESTION AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS MESSAGE:
    Hi,
    I flashed using your link.
    However, the device only shows \logo.jpeg\ draw failed and cannot be rebooted any further.
    Help please!

    [Reply]

    NeaL Pradeep Reply:
    December 7th, 2011 at 1:00 am

    WHEN EXACTLY ITS GIVING YOU THE ERROR?
    QUESTION:
    Hi basically that “logo.jpeg draw failed” shows up on a black screen everytime I try to boot up the phone.
    Looks like a corrupt installation.
    I can enter the download mode, but due to some bizzare reason my device is not being recognized by both Win XP /Win 7 PCs. Both have latest kies installed.
    So, I can’t reflash using the desktop.
    I flashed the phone using mobile odin from the phone itself (with the firmware on the sd card).
    I have used mobile odin before too, with no problem.
    Therefore, I don’t think that is the culprit.
    I cannot enter the recovery mode, as trying to do so also ends up with the draw failed message.
    Any suggestion?
    If nothing works, I will have to take it back to Samsung.
    Since the download mode shows a triangle and a warning against a custom os and then selecting volume up to continue shows “Odin mode” custom binary download: yes (2 counts).
    Current binary: samsung official
    Would they know that the device has been flashed?
    If yes, they might not accept it for repair. Can we stop this screen showing up in that case.
    Do you know why PCs are not reconizing my phone, even before flashing this time?
    There was no such problem until about 2 months ago.
    Thanks

  70. Reply ZULJUKI December 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    What the difference between SGS2 I9100 and SGS2 I9100G?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm

      I9100G is the n/w locked phone!

      • Reply ZULJUKI December 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm

        can i update and root it?

        • NeaL Pradeep December 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm

          yes you can update it!

  71. Reply Fulham December 7, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Sorry Neal, I didn’t realise that I posted the problem here.
    I was looking for it on another location and no wonder I couldn’t find it!

    Anyway, I cannot use the phone because it doesn’t go beyond the black screen with green letters reading \logo.jpeg draw failed. If I am connected to a power source that changes to \charger.jpeg draw failed.
    That’s it! Never gets to the normal user interface.
    I removed the battery and hard reset several times (using volume+home+power button) several times.
    It ends up with the same problem.
    However, I can still make it go into download mode by pressing the appropriate button combination (of course I have to remove the battery first, to get rid of the screen mentioned above).
    But, the problem is that lately my phone is not recognised by both Win XP & Win 7 PCs due to some bizarre reasons.
    I have installed latest version of Kies and usb drivers for samsung phones – nothing works!
    I know, I can easily reflash it using the desktop odin , if the phone were to be recognized by the PC in the first place.
    (I flashed the phone by using mobile odin from within the phone with the firmware on the sd card. I have used mobile odin a few times before too, with no problems. So, I don’t think that’s the culprit.)
    Thx

  72. Reply hubert December 7, 2011 at 3:23 am

    hallo neal,

    i have already rooted my i9100 with kernel
    2.6.35.7-I9100XWDKDD-CL161513root@DELL103 #2
    Android Vers.:
    2.3.3
    Baseband:
    I9100XXKE7

    when i try to update from the menu in my s2 the downlod starts but after reboot it does not update to the firmware version to 2.3.6.

    do you have an idea, how i can upgrade and root again? 
    many thanks,
    hubert

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm

      you can root the phone by following the corresponding rooting article for xwkk5

  73. Reply Goh December 7, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Neal Pradeep,

    Ops~ The keyboard is back! After completely follow the step of Recovery Mode.

    TQ! TQ! :) :)

    Goh

  74. Reply Goh December 7, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Hi,

    URGENT, Pls help!! :(
    after upgraded to 2.3.6 i’d lost my ‘keyboard’?!
    It couldn’t show up when I click on any message box??! Why??
    HELP! :(

    or any other way to roll back to 2.3.5?? how? Is it just by update the 2.3.5 file package??

    Thks & rgds.

  75. Reply ZULJUKI December 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    can i update to my SGS2 I9100G? and i just buy it in store, it said
    2.3.6
    Baseband Ver: I9100GDZKJ2
    kernel: 2.6.35.7 se.infra@SEI-30 #2
    Build number: GINGERBREAD.DZKJ2

    can i update to root it?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 7, 2011 at 12:56 am

      YES YOU CAN APPLY THIS FIRMWARE AND CAN ROOT THE SAME!

      • Reply ZULJUKI December 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm

        although it said the phone is Samsung Galaxy S II I9100G?
        it safe?

        • NeaL Pradeep December 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm

          No, its not for I9100g phone!

  76. Reply Harshit December 6, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Then probably i should not and i can make out are a newbie… cuz its obvious a manual update wont require kies..kies is automatic and you are an idiot and all other people too who are trying your leaked beta version !!

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      just you need to follow the instructionS!

  77. Reply fulham December 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Hi,
    I flashed using your link.
    However, the device only shows \logo.jpeg\ draw failed and cannot be rebooted any further.
    Help please!

  78. Reply Gokul Pillai December 6, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Hi Neal,

    I tried updating my phone with this update but could not succeed. After getting into the download mode i connected my phone to the laptop so that the drivers could be installed. But unfortunately the drivers did not install and i could not proceed further with the update. Could you let me know what the problem could be? Also let me know a solution to this issue.
    By the way, not sure why my previous post is still under moderation. Anyway thanks in anticipation.

    Regards,
    Gokul

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm

      since we have tremendous number of comments, it took bit time to reply you but we really apologize for the delay! we will try our level best next time to reply you faster!

      What error you are getting while installing the drivers?

  79. Reply Brian December 6, 2011 at 3:52 am

    hi neal.. I have a unlocked s2 from virgin mobile. Am using it on Fido. I want to know if i can update my phone to 2.3.6.

    sgs2 white gt-i9100m
    PDA: I9100MUGKG2
    PHONE: I9100MUGKG2
    CSC: I9100MBMCKGW

  80. Reply Ah Sing ANG December 5, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Hi,
    I am new here. I got a SGS2 GT-I9100 with 2.3.3.

    Based on your article, am I right to say that we will need to upgrade from 2.3.3 to 2.3.5 first before we can upgrade to 2.3.6 ?

    From the phone, can we tell if our phone is LOCKED or UNLOCKED ?

    Thanks.

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 10, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      if the phone works with other sims then its not a n/w locked device!

  81. Reply mohd December 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    after upgrading to {gingerbread2.3.36} iam having issues like gprs is turning on automatically what can i do for it?can i roll back to my official version of os??pls reply

  82. Reply Harshit December 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Sir,

    I just wanted to know if i update my phone to 2.3.6 using your method will i still be able to update to 2.3.7 or 4.0.1(if any) provided by Samsung through Kies ? Also do i need to root my phone before using Odin to put 2.3.6 ? And does manually updating would put any bloatware or any other additional app which is unrequired or not in english?? And is this update be ok for an indian version of S II which is still officially stuck to 2.3.3?? Also is this a global version of 2.3.6 or a region specific update which would be pushed to other S II ??

    SORRY FOR TOO MANY QUESTIONS !!

    Also a quick reply to my queries would be appreciated… Thanxs in advance !!

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      yes you can update but you will be able to update manually!

  83. Reply Gokul Pillai December 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Neal,

    Firstly, i must say that you guys are doing a great job. Well done and keep it up.

    Secondly, i own a Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 which i bought in the month of June in India. I am on 2.3.3 and for the past few months was waiting for an official update to be released. I connected my phone through KIES and found that there was an update available. I guess its 2.3.4. However, as you are aware there are a lot of problems with KIES. So i quit using KIES and follow androidadvices closely. Till date i was hesitant to update my phone with the custom or rather BETA firmwares that are available here. Finally i have decided to update my phone with this latest firmware i.e. 2.3.6 today. Before doing that i have a couple of queries.

    1) During the process of update if i face issues that are mentioned above and wish to revert to the previous firmware will i be able to do that? If yes, how? Where can i find the package for the previous version? By previous version do you mean 2.3.5 or the version that i previously had i.e. 2.3.3?

    2) In case if i face an issue and its remains unresolved can i go to the Samsung service center and get my phone in the working condition? Will the service center guys say that since you tried updating with custom firmware we wont be able to help you?

    The second query is the main reason i am in a dilemma whether to gather my guts and proceed with the update.

    Your help in this regard will be highly appreciated.

    Thanks for your efforts once again.

    Best Regards,
    Gokul

    • Reply Amit Bhawani December 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      Gokul, first of all you need to make a note of the previous firmware version which you already have on your Phone. Next you need to ensure that you have taken a backup of your data and then proceed with the steps mentioned on this blog. Following this you can restore back anytime to the original firmware by searching the respective version here.

      Also make a note that you can always take the device to the service center by restoring to the custom ROM and getting the warranty back.

  84. Reply Pinaki Chatterjee December 5, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Hi Neal,

    Another suggestion I need. Now my phone does not connect to my PC through Kies, phone does not initiate any such dialog (connecting to Kies) as it was in 2.3.3. Now my Kies Air working in the phone as it keep on searching for my wireless router.

    Please guide

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 5, 2011 at 10:22 am

      it won’t connect as of now as its a beta release! KIES AIR too won’t be working!

      • Reply Harshit December 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm

        what the link which you provided is a BETA 2.3.6 and not a stable build ??

        • NeaL Pradeep December 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm

          its a beta leaked version!

  85. Reply Pinaki Chatterjee December 5, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Hi Neal,

    First of all I must appreciate your forum which is much clear to follow and implement without any confusion, previous to this I was following Samfirmware which now changed and a lot confusing to find out the things you need and specifically India related.

    I have Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 and was having 2.3.3, yesterday I updated to 2.3.6 following your instructions and successfully did. My reason for upgrade was to use Vilengo assistant without internet connection which I have seen working in Nexus with 2.3.6 and this is the only update listed under enhancements when you search version history. But here it still ask for internet connection when I want to use voice command by Velingo. Please help how to make Velingo work as it works in Nexus.

    Thanks in advance

    Cheers,
    Pinaki

  86. Reply Same Sam December 5, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Hi NeaL,

    Thanks for the wonderful guide, very well written. I have successfully updated to 2.3.6 and notice my wifi signal is a better than before. I used to get no bar in my room, now I get one bar. Everything seems a little faster and smoother.

    The only issue I have his the missing Contact icon and Messaging icon on the quick launch. I was able to add the Messaging but when I tried to add the contact, there’s no room for it. It appears that the quick launch only accept 3 icons.

    Any insight on this would be nice.

    • Reply Pradeep Neela December 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm

      theres a new update of XWKL1, update with the same, all issues will be solved as its an official update!

  87. Reply blazeboyyy December 5, 2011 at 3:37 am

    what happens if i don’t do the ” Wipe data / factory reset” part? Is it necessarily?

  88. Reply blazeboyyy December 5, 2011 at 3:00 am

    Will my apps and games be removed after the update?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 5, 2011 at 10:26 am

      yes, you need to back them up! instructions are mentioned in the article!

  89. Reply khan December 5, 2011 at 1:35 am

    is it avalible for sgs2 gt9100G also.

  90. Reply vlad December 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    hellow…i have sgs2 and upgraded straight from 2.3.3 to 2.3.5 …should i have go thru 2.3.4 ? because theres no Google talk the and the lag screen is still there.. will 2.3.4 remove my lag lock screen because the response time is 1.5-2sec and its a little inconvinient..

  91. Reply WaLiDo December 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    i updated my phone with this latest firmware and its working perfectly fine. I will inform you guys about my experience of this new update

  92. Reply Askar December 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Still we don’t even have 2.3.4. we’re still struggling with 2.3.3. is there any solution to get 2.3.6 ? im new to android please help me dear author. thanks.

  93. Reply Vish December 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    What is the last version, is it 2.3.3 which was present in my S2 before I tried this update that you are referring to? Or is it 2.3.5?

    Vish

  94. Reply noris December 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Hi,

    I have update via KIES.
    settings show as below:

    Android version:
    2.3.6
    Baseband version:
    I9100XXKI4
    Kernel version:
    2.6.35.7-I9100XWKK2-CL726411
    root@DELL88#2
    Build Number:
    GINGERBREAD.XWKK2

    Do I need update to XWKK5 to increase performance? so far so good.

    Thanks you in advance.

    Regards…

  95. Reply Vish December 4, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Pl let me know which is the last version & where to download from?

    Vish

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 4, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      you can download the rom from the procedure section! please read the article!

  96. Reply Vish December 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    My issue is not solved. After the update as suggested here in the Android Advices, the phone is rebooted. In this process the phone gets stuck at the power on mode. The screen repeatedly shows the Samsung Logo screen and goes into a cycle. It doesn’t go beyond this. I also tried by removing the battery & reinserting and again applied the update. The same problem is continuing. Any solution for this?

    Vish

  97. Reply Vish December 4, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Thank you Neal, yes I removed the battery, & reinserted after a minute. I went through the update process as suggested. Unfortunately the issue of my S2 not going beyond the power on screen mode is persisting. While reboot I noticed a message in the S2 as follows:
    Applying Multi-CSC
    Can’t access to ‘System/CSC/INU/System’
    Successfully spplied Multi-CSC.

    Also my S2 is Korean make, if this will help in giving a resolution.

    Thanks

    Vish

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 4, 2011 at 11:00 am

      yes you can apply this update. ow are you applying the update?

  98. Reply Farrukh December 4, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Hi!

    I tried the procedure but, the process freezes at

    Firmware update start..
    boot.bin
    cache.img (freezes at this point.)

    after i closed Odin and power offed the phone and when i’m trying to turn it on again there coming a message \Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies & try again\.

    it doesnt go to recovery mode. when tryin to go to recovery mode and clear the cache its showing the same message.

    It’s going to download mode.. i tried to put the firmware which i had before, but it’s still freezing in the same step in odin (cache.img).

    I tried to connect to Kies but it neve connects. Please help!

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 4, 2011 at 11:03 am

      for recovery mode, try pressing the Center button + power button and then check!

      you will be able to get into the recovery mode!

      the kies should be turned off as mentioned in the article!

      • Reply Farrukh December 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm

        did try center button + power button for recovery mode no result…
        i just flashed a kernel in PDA tab of Odin and my phone booted normally. when my phone booted recovery mode started work as well, and i wiped the phone. after i went through the procedure again, but again froze in the same place (cache.img)… i closed KIES and antivirus as well… i tried this procedure for several times by reflashing the kernel everytime but the same result. really dont know whats wrong.. (((

        • NeaL Pradeep December 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm

          get back to the last version!

  99. Reply noris December 4, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Sir,
    which one the latest update, XWKK5 or XWKK2? I just update my galaxy S2 to 2.3.6 via KIES with appear as GINGERBREAD .XWKK2.

    regards..

    noris

  100. Reply rahul December 4, 2011 at 12:31 am

    download Got stuck at 98.54%… wat to do???

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 4, 2011 at 12:34 am

      download it again! or pause and restart!

      • Reply rahul December 4, 2011 at 1:28 am

        doesnt seem to resolve the problem….

        • NeaL Pradeep December 4, 2011 at 11:09 am

          what’s the issue?

  101. Reply Vish December 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Hi Neal,

    I had Samsung Galaxy S2 with formware version 2.3.3. I received this mail from Android Advices & tried the update 2.3.6. All worked well using Odin. I followed the instructions as given. Finally when the device rebooted, it got stuck there. I keep getting the power on screen with the Samsung logo in a cyclic mode. It doesn’t go beyond this, so no desktop. Is there a way to resolve this?

    Vish

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 3, 2011 at 11:33 pm

      reinsert the battery and try updating once again!

  102. Reply Jose Lopez-Vito December 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    After upgrading to this version 2.3.6, will i get the yellow triangle warning at bootup again ?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 4, 2011 at 11:36 am

      ideally it shouldn’t, though it will not affect the performance!

  103. Reply ajit kumar December 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    how ad hoc network connectivity can be implemented in this android version 2.3.6 ?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm

      arent you able to add ad hoc network manually?

  104. Reply Robert December 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

    So i think its fair to say that 99% of people downloading these updates already have Odin, we dont need it included with every download, it just makes the download a bigger file and take longer… Just a thought

  105. Reply Chinon December 3, 2011 at 10:08 am

    An official version of 2.36 can now be downloaded direct from the phone. Is it the same as the 2.36 XWKK5? If I were to download the official version of 2.36 direct from the phone, can I later root it using your method?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 4, 2011 at 11:23 am

      yes its both at the same! the only dfiff. is via kies you an update the automatic one and with odin you can apply manually!

  106. Reply VnM December 3, 2011 at 2:05 am

    just wonderin do u NEED and previous updates like XWKJ3 Gingerbread 2.3.5 Firmware or u can update directly from XXKH3 2.3.4? Thx. Love your work btw!

  107. Reply Jhulan December 2, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Hi,

    I have tried the above update. It seems successful.
    But settings -> about phone shows:

    Android version:
    2.3.6
    Baseband version:
    I9100XXKI3
    Kernel version:
    2.6.35.7-I9100XWKK5-CL754841
    root@DELL144#2
    Build Number:
    GINGERBREAD.XWKK5

    My doubt is about the baseband version still showing XXKI3. Is it ok?

    Thanks for your help in advance.

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 4, 2011 at 11:31 am

      yes its ok! but you can try updating with this as its the latest version!

  108. Reply uros December 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Hello!

    You said above that we can backup apps and games using Titanium Backup. But, what’s the point of backing up if we can’t restore them since this update unroots the phone, as you mentioned in the text on the first page. Am I right? If I apply this update, then I won’t be able to use Titanium Backup? Or am I wrong?

    Thanks:)

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 4, 2011 at 11:28 am

      you can roott he phone again after the update and then you can restore the data!

  109. Reply phenklie December 2, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    i cannot download from the link. pls fix it. anyway, how to root this firmware? thanks

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 3, 2011 at 12:12 am

      there was an issue with the server, now you can download the files

  110. Reply Eric December 2, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Download link not working

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 4, 2011 at 12:25 am

      hi eric, we have fixed the download links, please try now!

  111. Reply mike Ded December 2, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    will it be available in other languages Neal, dutch e.g.?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 4, 2011 at 12:26 am

      it may be updated in the coming versions, stay tuned to androidadvices!

  112. Reply Terry December 2, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Your hyper link to XWKK5 Gingerbread 2.3.6 Package is not working !!!!!!!

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 4, 2011 at 12:27 am

      hey terry, due to server issue the download links were not working, its now fixed please check now!

  113. Reply priyadeep December 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    the download link is not working of android package…… plzzzz see to it

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 4, 2011 at 12:27 am

      hi priyadeep, the download links are refreshed and are working now!

  114. Reply Vivek December 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I installed XWKK5 its fast.and smooth. but sometime phone restarting during yotube watching.. my wirless i keep ON whole night.. but in the morning..sometime. wireless had to on and off to get browse internet again. seems. someting wrong with modem on this version ? its restarting automatically. after few hours..

  115. Reply Babu Kanigiri December 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Does it supports to GT-I 9100G ?

  116. Reply raza December 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Dear neil

    does it support arabic language?????

  117. Reply Victor December 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    So I have a question, Since my phone is the factory unlocked and international version, I don’t get the full HSPA+ network that tmobile has since its not a t-mobile branded phone. Would this update force me back on to their 4g network? Or do I have to wait for the 4.0 update for that to force me back on? Or does it even do that? Please reply I am trying to figure this out! Thanks! I wanna get my moneys worth instead of this crappy edge…

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 2, 2011 at 12:57 pm

      dont force back, wait till you get an official update as its a n/w locked phone!

  118. Reply Angela Stardust December 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I cannot download NeaL check links pleasee! ! ! ! ! :D

  119. Reply Joy December 2, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks,

    Android Advices.

    I was waiting for the update as i am facing some issues with 2.3.5 performance.

    Can you update me with the possible release date of Android 4.0 Icecream OS for Galaxy S2 as if it is near than would directly upgrade it to Icecream.

    Thanks…

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 4, 2011 at 12:23 am

      IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME! WE WILL SOON COME UP WITH THE SAME!

  120. Reply Alexander December 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Hi, can I update straight from 2.3.4 or do I have to have 2.3.5. firmware installed first then do the new one?

  121. Reply kizito December 2, 2011 at 11:32 am

    please include the flash files or how to get them fast…

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 4, 2011 at 12:06 am

      DOWNLOAD LINKS ARE NOW FIXED, PLEASE CHECK NOW!!

  122. Reply Kumaran December 2, 2011 at 11:23 am

    // To check whether the firmware has been successfully applied or not, you need to go to the path “Applications > Settings > About Phone” where you will find the firmware version as XWKK5 2.3.5 Gingerbread version. //

    It will show as XWKK5 2.3.5 Gingerbread version or XWKK5 2.3.6 Gingerbread version ?

  123. Reply Chinon December 2, 2011 at 10:06 am

    An official version of 2.36 can now be downloaded direct from the phone. Is it the same as the 2.36 XWKK5? If I were to download the official version of 2.36 direct from the phone, can I later root it using your method later?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 4, 2011 at 12:05 am

      ITS DIFFERENT ONE! IT HAS PERFORMANCE FIXES AND ALSO IT HAS BETTER MODEM DRIVERS

    • Reply maxjaja December 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      Hi Chinon, are you in India? or is the official version in some other country?

  124. Reply Mark Drummond December 2, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Download link is not working

  125. Reply VnM December 2, 2011 at 6:19 am

    link not working :(. also do u need and previous updates like XWKJ3 Gingerbread 2.3.5 Firmware or u can update directly from XXKH3 2.3.4? Thx. Love your work btw!

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 4, 2011 at 12:01 am

      download links are now fixed, please check now!

  126. Reply Vivek December 2, 2011 at 2:33 am

    in 2.3.5 XWKJ3, there was Netherlands language programs SamsungMMM and Digilezen, which we dont want anymore, that’s why i wanted to change it to English only version.. hope this 2.3.6 is full English only version?
    apart from that. i dint have any problem with 2.3.5 version

    Thanks

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 3, 2011 at 11:52 pm

      yes it doesnt support all the languages!

  127. Reply John December 2, 2011 at 2:32 am

    how is battery performance than old version?

  128. Reply ravi December 2, 2011 at 2:05 am

    I only know in news that 2.3.4 is released with new Google mobiles….but tell me should i ugrade to 2.3.4 or 2.3.6?

  129. Reply Nash December 2, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Android advices. please help me, i updated my firmware using this guide \How To Update Samsung Galaxy S II I9100 to Gingerbread XWKDD 2.3.3 Firmware\
    this is the link http://androidadvices.com/how-to-update-samsung-galaxy-s-ii-i9100-to-gingerbread-xwkdd-2-3-3-firmware/
    everything was succesful according to ODIN. but my phone won’t start, it will reach until the ‘S’ screen and it will continously reboot from there. it won’t reach menu. what happened? please help me :(

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 3, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      you need to download the same again as there was an issue with the downloading of roms!

  130. Reply TomT December 2, 2011 at 1:06 am

    BAD LINK – Please fix Download Link – Still Waiting for 2.3.6 Update for Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100!!!

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 3, 2011 at 11:37 pm

      there was an issue with the download servers which is now fixed. try downloading now!

  131. Reply John December 2, 2011 at 12:59 am

    download link still not working

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 3, 2011 at 11:38 pm

      there was an issue with download server, its now fixed!

  132. Reply John December 2, 2011 at 12:58 am

    it will increase battery backup and camera quality also?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 3, 2011 at 11:38 pm

      not camera quality but yes battery will be improved!

  133. Reply ajit kumar December 2, 2011 at 12:27 am

    neal, i am not able to download the android 2.3.6 setup because the page http://downloads.androidadvices.com/S/Galaxy_S2_GTI9100_XWKK5.rar not responding……

  134. Reply bilal December 1, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    WAITING UPDATE FOR GT-I9000 2.3.6!!!!

  135. Reply sidhartha December 1, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Dear Neal,
    What is the main changes on this XWKK5 Gingerbread 2.3.6 Firmware ? Just 1 week back i updated with 2.3.5 version. its working properly and next thing u have some thing mistake on this article like “To check whether the firmware has been successfully applied or not, you need to go to the path “Applications > Settings > About Phone” where you will find the firmware version as XWKK5 2.3.5 Gingerbread version.” its should be 2.3.6

    sidhartha kandangwa
    saudi arabia

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 3, 2011 at 11:42 pm

      YES, THERE ARE SOME PERFORMANCE FIXES AND MODEM IS NEW ONE!

  136. Reply Angela Stardust December 1, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    How is this update diffrent from 2.3.5? :D

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 2, 2011 at 12:09 am

      it has many performance fixes and also it has an all new modem!

  137. Reply samyak December 1, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    i m not able to download update files plz recheck ur link…

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 2, 2011 at 12:09 am

      kindly check after sometime, we are facing issues in downloads now!

  138. Reply samyak December 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    how this update better than 2.3.5 previously released by u..?

  139. Reply samyak December 1, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    is there any disadvantages of this update…??
    and what are the advantages please tell….

  140. Reply John December 1, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    what is new in firmware 2.3.6
    can you post please

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 2, 2011 at 12:04 am

      performance fixes and modem is the new one!

      • Reply Lewis January 6, 2012 at 4:46 am

        I currently have firmware version BUKJ3 2.3.5. Is the update process exactly the same?

  141. Reply phenklie December 1, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Can i lost My games files, my themes, and any of app that installedfrom market. Is there anychance i can update this firmware without interupt this app. so after upgrade my firmware, i can use my app like usual. thanks

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 2, 2011 at 12:05 am

      yes game files will be lost! you can root and backup using the titanium backup app!

  142. Reply Vivek December 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Neal, is this English only version? I need Europe/India english only version

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