How to Update the Samsung Galaxy S to Android 2.3.6 Build XWJVZ

December 19, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 owners who have previously rooted their phones can now upgrade their phones to the latest update of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread build XWJVZ. This firmware update fixes several bugs in the previous version of Gingerbread for the Galaxy S (e.g., the bug that causes the phone to heat up when users play games that are heavy on graphics). Installing the firmware update is encouraged to get rid of many of the bugs in the previous version. If you want to find out how to install the latest version, read more and see the instructions provided below.

Before anything else, some words of caution. This update is not the official firmware released by Samsung. Once you have installed this update on your phone, it will not allow you to use Samsung KIES. Instead, you will be using the Odin flashing tool.

This update is also a global update, which means that anyone with a Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 can install this update. However, do not apply this update to devices which are network-locked.

Preparations

Before we go to the actual installation process, take note of the pre-upgrade requirements:

  • Download the XWJVZ 2.3.6 Gingerbread firmware update files to your computer. Get the ZIP file here.  It contains the tools and files to be used to upgrade your phone.
  • Get your phone data backed up, since there is a very high probability that your data will be erased in the process of updating your phone’s firmware. Phone data you may want to back up include notes, SMS messages, contacts, call log, files, and Internet and MMS Settings.
  • Enable USB debugging on your handset. You can do this by going to “Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging”.
  • Close all security suites, firewall tools, as well as Samsung KIES (go to task manager to close them) on your computer. These programs can interrupt the firmware update.

Firmware Updating Instructions

Here are the steps for updating your Galaxy S to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread build XWJVZ:

  1. Extract the firmware update files from GalaxyS_I9000_XWJVZ_2.3.6.zip into a temporary folder on your PC.
  2. Run the Odin flash tool that is inside the folder.
  3. Turn your phone off.
  4. Reboot the phone to download mode by pressing the Volume Down key + OK button together, and while holding them down, press the Power button.
  5. After the phone has booted into download mode, connect it to your computer via USB cable. Make sure Odin is still running.
  6. The program will update the drivers and the Odin window will show you an updated ID:COM field (which will turn yellow). If the ID:COM field doesn’t turn yellow, do not proceed.
  7. Fill in the options in Odin as follows:
    • PIT – s1_odin_20100512.pit
    • PDA – CODE_I9000XWJVZ_CL762604_REV03_user_low_ship.tar.md5,
    • CSC – GT-I9000-CSC-HOME-MULTI-OXAJVT.tar.md5,
    • Phone – MODEM_I9000XXJVT_REV_00_CL1064602.tar.md5
  8. Click the Start button in Odin to start the firmware update. Wait for a few minutes for the update to complete.
  9. The phone will reboot after updating. Afterwards, check if the update is successful by going to “Applications > Settings > About Phone” and see whether the phone’s firmware version shows “XWJVZ 2.3.6 Gingerbread”.
  10. If you experience force close issues after applying the update, you can try a factory reset and cache wipe in recovery mode. Here’s how to do that:
    1. Turn off your phone.
    2. Press and hold both the Volume Up + OK buttons, and while holding them down, press the Power button.
    3. Your phone will boot into recovery mode.
    4. In the recovery mode menu, select “Wipe data/factory reset” and then “Wipe cache partition.”
    5. Reboot your device to normal mode by selecting “Reboot system now.”

If there were interruptions during the software update, what you need to do is to do it all over again–which means that you will have to start the process again from the beginning until you are successful. And, when you are already done with the update, remember to restore the data that you have backed up earlier.

Have you updated your Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 with this firmware already?

Comments

  • Guest

    does this work on the Captivate?

  • Maheshramoorthy

    make sure you change the files from .md5 to.tar

  • http://twitter.com/jackspylo Sparrow

    There are no daily briefing widgets rite?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Abdul-Rahman/674547471 Abdul Rahman

    excuse me to ask but, is it a official release for Galaxy S? and when it might be?!
    since even 2.3.7 is out! (wiki)
    -also because i don’t wanna hack it and i still running on the 2.3.3!!!

    • Kent

      Quote :
      Before anything else, some words of caution. This update is not the official firmware released by Samsung. Once you have installed this update on your phone, it will not allow you to use Samsung KIES. Instead, you will be using the Odin flashing tool.

      This update is also a global update, which means that anyone with a Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 can install this update. However, do not apply this update to devices which are network-locked.

      I hope this answer your question :)

  • Kent

    Just done it two days ago and everything work very good. Just I need to set the internet setting.

  • Kent

    Just update it two days ago and everything works fine, except for internet connection, need to setup the internet setting (APN). Thank you :)

  • Joep Djojodibroto

    Forgive me for my ignorance. What is the disadvantage of 2.3.6 in SGS i9000? At the moment, I still use the official Android (from Samsung Kies) 2.3.3 and I need to know what will I ‘miss’ if I migrated to 2.3.6. Thank you.

    • Kent

      You’ll going to miss Samsung Kies and no more than that, as far as I am experience it. You’ll get more battery life and everything pretty much is the same actually. I used the 2.3.3 and upgrade it to 2.3.4 (that somehow the battery is running out very fast) and now 2.3.6.
      If you decide to update, just make sure you back up all your data and read this instruction carefully so you wont miss any information and instruction.

  • puiu flora

    2.3.6 an update samsung i9000 galaxy and the Romanian language included

  • puiu flora

    which contains updates Romanian language

  • Shandox

    Thanks for this update! Got everything working including all my Google Apps (Youtube, Gmail, Talk, Calendar)…..except the Android Market app. The Market app keeps on timing out even though I have the phone connected to my home WiFi and all other apps can happily connect to the Internt via the home WiFi. Anyone experienced this? Any tips for a workaround?

    Rgds,

    Shandox

  • puiu flora

    2.3.6 any SGS appeared to contain and Romanian i9000?

  • Kevmadriaga

    Is it also applicable in the samsung galaxy s player 5? Mine is running in 2.2.3..

  • Terminator_988

    I have updated my Samsung galaxy on 2.3.6., everything works very good. its very fast :D

    • Humbermolina

      password please?

  • Mvefa

    Does anybody know if upgrading the OS kills automatically the warranty from samsung?

  • Kapil

    wts d password for GalaxyS_I9000_XWJVZ_2.3.6.rar downloaded from http://www.4shared.com…..Any one plzzzzzzzz………….

  • Slayer-866

    what is the password for the zippied file?

    • Ebenezer

      vio

  • Alexxx

    Working. Thanxx.

  • Chalanacanarias

    password for the zippied file please?

  • Rowly747

    How do you root this version of firmware? I’ve tried numerous attempts usb debugging on etc and it simple won’t overwrite the kernel that is isntalled when you update this firmware.

  • Arun yadav

    is it working??

  • Patelkrushit

    my phone didnt rooting its display that downloading
    so pls give me advise what to do?

  • Patelkrushit

    i m not able to update 2.3.6 version because of my phn didnt reboot dnt knw whts d problem
    at reboot time msg display tht
    a custom os cause critical problem in phone and installed aplication

  • Sumit0405

    is it for samsung galaxy ace S5830

  • Robjansen

    Pass: samfirmware.com

  • Lion

    Pass: samfirmware.com

  • JustMeAskingAqUestion

    do we need to tick the Re-Partition?

  • tebi

    thank you sooooooooooo much i was press VOLUM Up instead of Down to enter download mode ,hehehehe thank you :)

  • tebi

    thank you sooooooooooo much i was press VOLUM Up instead of Down to enter download mode ,hehehehe thank you :)

  • TON

    pas = vio

  • Ismael Fesko Sadulov

    Everything is okay but I can not see the network operators, emergency call only, my cell phone is Samsung galaxy s vibrant