Thursday, September 27, 2012

Upgrade Samsung Galaxy R GT-I9103 to Ice Cream Sandwich Update I9103XXLQ9

Here's how to install an Android 4.0.4 Ice cream Sandwich for Samsung Galaxy R GT-I9103. The official Ice Cream Sandwich firmware update for Galaxy R was already released in Nordic Countries - Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway. So far, Samsung released it in just selected countries only, while other countries may still wait before it appears on Kies in in specific areas.

If you already frustrated and and tired of it on waiting you can upgrade it right now, using the Sweden's original firmware that was being pulled from Kies. I already posted this a few weeks ago, but still some users keep asking how to get Ice Cream Sandwich for their Galaxy R. Since, as I am only a man and also gettin' tired replying, so read this.

I9103XXLQ9 Samsung Galaxy R Ice Cream Sandwich Firmware

The firmware build is I9103XXLQ9 with I9103XXLQ3 MODEM version. There are some bugs reported on this build its still worth upgrading for it adds up more features and major changes to your Galaxy R devices.

Latest firmware:I9103XXLQ9

Build date: 8/20/2012 6:37:25 PM

This firmware is compatible with Samsung Galaxy R GT-I9103 only.
Disclaimer: Proceed at your own risk, we shall not be responsible if anything happens to your device by following this guide.

How to install I9103XXLQ9: Upgrade Samsung Galaxy R to Ice Cream Sandwich


- Back up all important files before proceeding. Although the Internal memory and microSD card are both left alone during after the flash process for this firmware is a non wipe version. But all your settings and configuration will all be reset. So, be sure to have a back up all of it for safety.
- If your device currently runs with any custom ROM, you may ask any assistance first from your ROM developer on how to safely return back to official stock to get rid of any issues.
- Fully recharge your phone’s battery.
- Remember the APN settings of your phone .

Download Odin Flasher and USB driver
Odin downloader Odin3_v1.85
or Odin3_v3.07 link (new for ICS stock ROM)
USB Driver Samsung USB Driver (install it after downloaded)

Grab the original stock ROM I9103XXLQ9:

Odin Flasher Guide: I9103XXLQ9 Android 4.0.4 ICS Firmware on Samsung Galaxy R GT-I9103

1) “Extract” or “unzip” the downloaded stock ROM to get the .tar.md5 file.

2) Run Odin3_v3.07.exe or Odin3_v1.85 on your PC desktop

3) In Odin - DO NOT CHECK the RE-PARTITION checkbox, only both ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F-Reset’ left checked.

4) Click on the PDA button then browse to the folder where you extracted the stock ROM
I9103XXLQ9_I9103NEELQ9_I9103XXLQ3_HOME.tar.md5 file.

5. Reboot the phone in download mode: To reboot the Galaxy S3 into download mode , you need to turn the power off. After it completely shut off, just press and hold the Volume Down key, Home button and the Power ON/OFF button simultaneously.

You’ll then need to press the Volume Up to continue. You’ll be prompted into a warning screen and asking you to press “volume up” if you want to continue or volume down to cancel, just simply press volume up to get into download mode. The download mode then displays an Android robot and say’s “Downloading.. Do not turn off target!!”

5) Once the phone in download mode screen, connect the PC USB cable To Phone. The highlighted ID:COM box is and indication that the device is connected properly to PC. If you still do not get any results, try another USB port on your computer.

6) Click the Start button to begin flashing.

7) Wait until it finishes or watch out for the word “PASS”. Then the once the phone completely reboots.

Optional: Perform wipe/factory reset to get a fresher firmware installation and get rid of bootloops and lag issues.
1. Hold Power and Volume Up together, this will switch the device into recovery mode.
2. Release Power after holding it for a second but continue to hold the Volume Up button until recovery menu appears.

Select wipe cache
Select wipe data/factory reset.
Select reboot

Any more questions, related issues with this ICS update, bugs etc, leave it on the comment form below.


  1. Should this firmware ONLY be installed on Nordic devices? I have a Galaxy-R from the Balkans, so I am wondering if this will work? Does it include the English Language or only Nordic Languages?

  2. This will work on all GT-I9103.. you should only change the default language and reconfigure APN settings once installed.

  3. Thanks - I got my I9103 updated to Android 4. I didn't do a factory reset after updating and all seems to be working ok - are there any advantages to a factory reset?

  4. Just do factory reset then if you'll experience any undesired lag issues.

  5. After installing ics on my galaxy r the games like temple run lags...
    Please resolve the problem.

  6. If it is only a 3rd-party apps, games it must not be compatible with ICS since it is created by individual developers and not fully covered by Samsung developers. To resolved that issues you just restore back to your previous firmware..

  7. This is what i get trying to update what should i do ? I removed SIM card might that be the problem?
    Thank you for your awnser

    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    I9103XXLQ9_I9103NEELQ9_I9103XXLQ3_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:12)..
    File analysis..
    Can't open the serial(COM) port.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

  8. The log clearly tells you whats goin on...

    "File analysis..
    Can’t open the serial(COM) port."

    It means you have USB connection issues. Check USB cable, try other PC or laptop USB ports.

  9. Ok thank you now i've updated my phone and installed 4.0.4. now I have a problem with APN settings i write all of them on my list and click save but the file doesn't get saved and instructions on that ?

  10. Ok i've fixed it for anyone with the same problem APN not showing/ not saving, follow the path Settings > location and Security > Sim card lock then type your SIM card PIN and the APN will set up by itself.

    Thank you all

  11. I downlaoded rom but both odin not suporting
    Please help me to how install rom

  12. Lock button wont work aftet flash the rom pla hel me

  13. There is problem in updating the samsung galaxy r in ics when i reboot the phone it does complete its reaches to 21%then my phone restart and it work
    s on 2.3.5 plz hel

  14. hey
    I'm about to update my glalaxy R, the question is my phone is not Rooted! does is matter? should root my phone first?

  15. No root requires using official firmware.