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How to Manual Update Galaxy S4 GPE with Official Kitkat 4.4.3 – Easy Guide

Android 4.4.3 KTU84L arrives for Samsung Galaxy S4 Google PLAY Edition. So just in case if you are still surprised to know that why the hell Kitkat 4.4.3 is pushed to the devices while it has issues, Samsung has done a great job in customizing the firmware and fixing most of the issues from their part. So for all those who hate to wait for this update can manually apply this update easily by following the instructions mentioned below. After checking out on what are the list of quick pre requisites mentioned below, we will head over to the detailed guide which will help you update the device.

Quick Pre Requisites:

  • Though, all your data might just be safe. It’s always recommended for you to back up the data so that just in case if the data gets lost or corrupted, the same can be restored manually with the help of below mentioned steps.

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

  • Head over to the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging” in your Samsung Galaxy S4 so as to enable the USB Debugging Mode. Make sure that your device is left with the minimum of 50% of battery life or else the device may get turned off in the middle of firmware update.

Disclaimer: We should not be held responsible in any manner for any damage happened to your Galaxy S4 due to not following the instructions mentioned in the article.

Let’s head over to the next step where we have mentioned the detailed guide which will help you upgrade the device firmware with the latest firmware

Procedure to Manual Update Galaxy S4 Android Phone with KitKat 4.4.3 KTU84L Android Firmware:

  • After downloading the Kitkat OTA Package, Philz Recovery, TWRP recovery and Odin from here to your computer. Once downloaded, you now need to select one method of the two mentioned below;

Android 4.4.3 KTU84L KitKat OTA update for Galaxy S4 GPE

Philz Touch Recovery for Galaxy S4

TWRP Recovery for Galaxy S4

Odin 3.07

a). CWM Recovery:

  • Connect your phone to computer and place the OTA zip file in your device.
  • Turn off your device so that it can be entered in the Recovery Mode. Galaxy S4 can be entered into the recovery mode by holding the Volume Up button + the Home key button (the middle button). While holding these both buttons, you need to switch ON your device.
  • Alternatively, you can also enter the recovery mode with the help of “ROM Manager” app. In recovery mode, select corresponding options to clear and wipe the data present in your phone.
  • In recovery mode, select “install zip from sd card” and then choose the zip file of Firmware Zip Package which you have placed in your phone. Now, once the firmware is updated, select “Go Back” and select “reboot system now”.
  • Please note that it might take 3 -4 minutes for applying the update. Once the update is applied and once you see the home screen in your device, you can disconnect the device from computer.

So there you go, you have now successfully updated the firmware with the latest version of Kitkat 4.4.3 Android OS.

b). Install Android 4.4.3 KTU84L KitKat Update on Galaxy S4 GPE via ADB Sideload method:

  • Turn off your device so that it can be entered in the recovery mode. Recovery mode in your device can be entered by pressing the Volume Up + Power button till you see the Red exclamation mark to enter the device in the recovery mode.
  • Up next you will have to enter the below mentioned commands as it is one by one. Copy the downloaded KitKat update file to the same directory where you placed the adb files. Then hold Shift key on the keyboard and right-click and select “Open Command window here” for opening the command prompt for entering the below commands;

Adb devices

Apply update from adb


  • Once the update is applied successfully, the device will be rebooting on its own.

Note: If at all your Galaxy S4 smartphone gets in the boot loop mode, then you need to turn off the device and then reapply the update from the start. To turn off you can reinsert the battery or say you can long press the power button.

Do let us know in the comments section just in case if you face any issues in the process of firmware update. You have now successfully updated the latest version of KitKat 4.4.3 Android firmware in your Samsung Galaxy S4 Android smartphone. We will very soon be coming up with the rooting process for your Galaxy S4 Google PLAY Edition on Kitkat 4.4.3.



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