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How To Install Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM on Galaxy S3 Mini SM-G730W8 - Stock ROM

Thursday, 03 July 2014 13:14 Tsaro

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini SM-G730W8 came to Canadian Carriers, It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, But as Samsung has started to release the new Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS to its Smartphones and Tablets, It is very necessary to learn how you can install the Android KitKat OS on your Galaxy SIII Mini SM-G730W8.

This Tutorial is useful for anyone who tried to update his SM-G730W8 Galaxy SIII Mini via OTA or by using Samsung Kies, But with no success, Here you will learn how to use Odin3 Flasher to install any Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware on your GS3 Mini G730W8, All you need is available here, Odin3 flasher, Stock Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM for SM-G730W8, Original USB driver, And the complete steps.

We will use the first Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update, It is VLUBNF2, But you can install any other Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware instead, Just make sure to follow the same steps we explained here.

The VLUBNF2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM Details:

  • Model Code: SM-G730W8
  • Model Name: GALAXY S III mini
  • Country: Canada
  • Android OS Version: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Changelist: 1795769
  • Build Date: Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:41:02 +0000
  • PDA Version: G730W8VLUBNF2
  • CSC Version: G730W8OYABNF2
  • MODEM Version: G730W8VLUBNF2


Download The Following Files and Programs:

- Odin3 Flasher.
- Samsung Galaxy S III Mini SM-G730W8 USB Driver.
- G730W8VLUBNF2 Firmware Update Package, Select the suitable package for your Carrier.

Preparation Steps:

1- Download Odin3 flasher and extract it.

2- Extract the G730W8VLUBNF2 Firmware Update Package.

3- Download and install the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini SM-G730W8 USB driver.

4- Restart your Computer.

5- Backup any wanted data on your device.

6- Charge your Galaxy S III Mini battery to be at 80% minimum.

7- It is better to make Factory Data Reset, That can keep you away from some errors later.

8- Enable USB debugging option.


Installing VLUBNF2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM on your Galaxy S III Mini SM-G730W8:

1- Turn off your device, And take out its SIM and Memory card.

2- Put your Galaxy S III Mini into Download Mode.

3- Connect it to your Computer using the USB cable.

4- Wait for a couple of seconds to let your PC recognize the connected device.

5- Run Odin3.exe flasher as Administrator.

6- Make sure that Re-Partition option is not checked.

7- If Odin3 flasher detects your Galaxy S III Mini correctly, You will see its COM port number 0:[COMxx]

8- Click on AP button and select: G730W8VLUBNF2_G730W8OYABNF2_G730W8VLUBNF2_HOME.tar.md5

9- Click on Start button, Odin3 will begin to install the new firmware on your Galaxy S3 Mini.

10- After the installing is done, Your Galaxy S3 Mini will be rebooted automatically.

11- When your device is on again, Disconnect it from your PC.

12- Wait until it is completely on, Then check the new installed firmware.

13- Done, Congratulations, You have installed the new VLUBNF2 firmware version on your Galaxy S III Mini SM-G730W8.



Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 13:28



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