Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 – Steps to install ICS Android 4.0 Build 17 Firmware

Galaxy S Gold LogoBuild 17 of ICS Android 4.0.3 Firmware has arrived and so we are here with a detailed tutorial on how to update with the same. It was the last time when we saw on how to update with the Build 16 of the firmware which too unfortunately got some minor bugs related to FM Radio and Camera. Over a period of this article we will discuss on what are the list of pre requisites you need to follow along with the tutorial to apply this firmware update in your device. We haven’t got the exact change log on what are the improvements in this Build 17 firmware.
Note: In the process of firmware update, the device has to be rooted as without rooting one cannot apply this update. Rooting voids warranty and the only way with which you can reclaim the lost warranty is by reapplying the factory firmware in your phone which we will guide you whenever you want to. Do let us know about the same in the comments section.
Disclaimer: At Android Advices, we make sure in all respects that information regarding the firmware update is mentioned correctly in the article. We hold no responsibility in any manner just in case if any damage happens to your Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 which is a very unlikely event if you follow the instructions carefully. This update can only be applied to the devices whose phones bear model number as I9000 and not even I9000B / i9000T etc.
Quick & Essential Pre Requisites:
  • All the data present in your phone should be backed up so as to ensure that if any of the below mentioned contents get corrupted / deleted, the same can be restored comfortably with the help of below mentioned steps.
SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Notes – Manually save the notes in your mail as these will be lost in the process of firmware update
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
  • Enable the USB Debugging Mode in your phone. Enable USB Debugging in your device from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The USB Debugging option should be ticked in your phone as shown in the below screen capture.
USB Debugging
  • Minimum charge left in the phone should be 60% so as to ensure that the phone doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.
  • 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. Procedure to Update Galaxy S with Build 17 ICS Android 4.0 Firmware:
    • The current firmware in your device should be XXJVU and should be rooted. If you are not on the rooted XXJVU Firmware, you can update and root the same from the below mentioned steps.
    • Download Build 17 Firmware PackageGoogle Apps, and Google Apps Fixer Package from here to your computer. Once you have downloaded all of them, connect the phone to the computer with the help of USB cable and copy all the files in your device’s SD Card.
    • Now, remove the connected USB cable and turn Off the device so as to enter the phone in the recovery mode. The recovery mode can be entered by “Pressing Volume Up key+ Menu Key + Power ON the device”. Once you enter into the recovery mode, you need to select “Wipe data/factory reset” & “Wipe Cache partition” so that this will clear the cache which is there in your device.
    • Select “install zip from sd card” > “choose zip from sd card” > Build 17 Firmware Package, Google Apps and Google Apps Fixer Package one after another in the same chronological order.
    • As soon as the firmware is updated, either the phone will be restarted or will land up in the recovery mode screen. If you see the recovery mode screen, select “++++ Go Back ++++” and then choose the option of “Reboot system now” by pressing the Power button.
    recovery mode
    • Once you see the home screen, turn Off the same and re insert the battery. Now boot your device in the recovery mode again. In recovery mode select “Wipe data/factory reset” & “Wipe Cache partition” so that this will clear the cache after which select “++++ Go Back ++++” and select “reboot system now” which will restart the Galaxy S.
    Note: In an unfortunate event if the process is interrupted then you will have to repeat the whole procedure from the start so as to again successfully update the phone.
    Do let us know in the comments section just in case if you face any issues in the process of firmware update as we will try to ensure that all your issues are addressed. Congratulations, you have now successfully applied the update of Build 17 ICS firmware in your Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000.
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