How To – Manually Update the Samsung Galaxy Express to Official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Firmware

jellybean-leak-Samsung-400pxThe Samsung Galaxy Express is a mid-range handset that comes with a 4.5″ Super AMOLED display (WVGA, sadly), a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, and ran ICS out of the box. Not exactly in the league of the biggies, but good enough to offer excellent value for money for those on a budget. Last week, much to the pleasant surprise of users who had bought this device,  Samsung started rolling out the official Jelly Bean OTA update for the Galaxy Express, bringing the device up to Android 4.1.2, which is pretty much the same version as what most current mid-range to high-end device is running today.

The update, as always, is being rolled out in phases, and it is possible that not everyone who owns one of these handsets may have received the OTA notification and managed to update their device. Those of you who are rocking a Samsung Galaxy Express, and couldn’t update your device to official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, you’re in just the right place. As always, we have compiled a detailed guide with step by step instructions, which will guide you through the process of manually updating your phone to the latest firmware and experience the smoothness and fluidity of official Jelly Bean on your device. Of course, you will lose root in the process, but that can be regained easily later.  So without further ado, here we go.

How To Manually Update the Samsung Galaxy Express to Official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Firmware

  1. Make sure you have taken a full backup of the contents of your device. Flashing factory firmware will wipe your device clean.
  2. Download the latest Android 4.1.2 firmware for your region from HERE
  3. Extract the downloaded zip file to your desktop. You should get a file with a .tar.md5 extension (.md5 extension may not be visible in Windows)
  4. Download ODIN. This is a special tool used to flash firmware files on to Samsung devices. Extract the downloaded zip file to your desktop
  5. Make sure you have installed all the necessary device drivers for your phone on your PC. You can also getthe drivers by installing Samsung KIES
  6. On your phone, enable USB Debugging from Settings > Developer Options
  7. On the PC, launch ODIN. Click the PDA button in ODIN and load the stock 4.1.2 firmware .tar file you got in Step 3
  8. Make sure everything else in ODIN is left at default values. Just make sure Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time boxes are checked, and the RePartition box is left unchecked 
  9. Switch off your device and reboot it to Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down+Home+Power buttons together. At the warning screen, press Volume Up to enter Download Mode
  10. Connect your phone to the PC via USB cable now
  11. ODIN should display the message Added! and the ID:COM port box in ODIN will turn yellow
  12. Click the Start button in ODIN to start flashing the stock firmware on to your device.
  13. Once ODIN has successfully flashed the file, it should display the message PASS!, and your phone should reboot automatically
  14. Disconnect your device from the PC now, and proceed to set up your phone.
  15. Congratulations!! You are now running Official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on the Samsung Galaxy Express GT-I8730

That’s it!! You can now enjoy the sweet and buttery smoothness of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on your device. 🙂

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