Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Install/Restore Latest Ice Cream Sandwich Update for Sprint Galaxy S3 L710VPLI3

Here's how to install or restore your Sprint Galaxy S3 SPH-L710 to the latest ICS or Ice Cream Sandwich firmware build L710VPALI3. This could be the last Ice Cream Sandwich build released by Samsung on SPH-L710 Galaxy S3 variant in the United States before the Jelly bean update begins rolling this following months. Leaks of the Jelly bean firmware keep on pouring a few days ago but some issues still present for its only a beta released and not suitable to keep it for everyday use on your device.

If you already have installed the Jelly Bean Leak like L710VPALIF, L710VPALIH, L710VPAJL7 and so on, then you found out some downside of it after a few days of use. Then you may need to restore back your Galaxy S3 L710 to original ICS stock firmware.

L710VPALI3 ICS 4.0.4 Samsung Galaxy SIII SPH-L710 Sprint Firmware

This is a full packaged firmware released by Samsung via Kies/OTA just like the factory stock L710VPALEN, an update from Sprint previous OTA (Over the Air) releases like L710VPALF9, L710VPALG2 and L710VPALG8 builds.

Device: Samsung Galaxy SIII SPH-L710
Country: United States of America
Operator: Sprint
Build number: IMM76D.L710VPALI3
Build Date: 9-07-2012

Samsung Galaxy SIII Software Update - L710VPLI3 Enhancements/Fixes

Release notes:
- Inclusion of SWYPE keyboard
- Improved LTE connectivity
- SMS Messaging improvements
- EAS sync improvements

How to restore back Galaxy S3 L710 to L710VPLI3

This method will revert back your Galaxy S3 to its original firmware, unrooted or unmodified that includes the 'Stock Recovery', 'Stock kernel and unmodified 'System files'. Flashing back to stock software will reset back your device to its original settings and in order for you to receive any official software update from Sprint.

Installing or flashing any Jelly bean leaks or a modified or rooted ROM will no longer receive an update notification from Sprint and that absolutely includes voiding your warranty.

If your device is currently rooted you will loss root after flash, but you can still root it again if you want. This will not trip the binary flash counter since this is an official firmware from Samsung.
Disclaimer: Use of this method is solely at your own risk! Please proceed with precautions, for we will not take any responsibility if anything happens to your device by using this guide.

Step 1: Important Reminders before Flashing Stock ROM

  • Make sure that your Galaxy S3′s battery is fully charge.

  • Stock ROM packages comes in two formats the ‘Full-Wipe’ (delete your stored data after flashing) and the ‘Non-Wipe’ (it doesn’t delete your phone’s stored data) but it is highly recommended to make a back up all important files stored from your phone’s internal memory – contacts, messages, etc.  before flashing no-matter if it is Full-WIpe or Non-Wipe,  just to be safe and ensure that your stored data are in  safe  if something went wrong during the flashing process.

  • Use a PC or laptop that runs in Windows OS, with a good and perfectly working USB serial port.  Odin will not work on MAC OS.

  • Use the supplied USB cable for your Galaxy S3.

  • Enable USB debugging from your phone’s settings. Go to Settings > Applications > Development, and tick the box that says ‘Enable USB Debugging’.

  • Ensure that KIES is closed and not running in the system tray! Kies will interrupt and doesn’t like Odin, it will block you from flashing.

Step 2: Download the needed tools for flashing

Odin3_v3.07 link

Grab your Samsung Galaxy S3 Sprint Original Firmware or Stock ROM

SPH-L710 (U.S Sprint)
September 2012 Stock: SPH-L710_SPR_L710VPALI3_L710SPRALI3 (if the file is unavailable,  try to find the most latest SPH-L710 stock firmware here)

Step 3: Install the USB Driver and Extract the downloaded stock ROM

Install the USB Driver first to get rid of flashing failures. Also  need to extract the downloaded file which is packed in zip or rar files, so that you’ll get the tar.md5 file.

Step 4: Run and Configure Odin

Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.07 on your PC desktop. Watch out the check-boxes options on the right top of Odin, ensure that the ‘RE-PARTITION’ is unchecked, only  the ‘AUTO-REBOOT and ‘F.RESET TIME’ checkboxes are both remained checked.

Step 5: Reboot your Galaxy S3 into 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 should then 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!!”

Step 6: Connect your Phone to PC or Laptop

Once you already reboot the phone in download mode,  simply connect the phone to your PC or laptop USB.
In Odin window – the ID:COM box will turn to blue color and indicates the COM port number and a word “Added” on a log box will prompt you that the device is already detected or recognized by Odin. Your COM port number might be different from mine. If you do not see a COM port number then there’s something missing or wrong. You may read again from the top of this post.

Step 7: Load the binary .tar.md5 file

T he stock ROM is pack in One .tar.md5 file only.  Now, you need to just simply click on the PDA button, then browse to the folder where the .tar or .tar.md5 you have previously extracted and then select and load it.

Step 8: Start Flashing or Installing the stock ROM

Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the stock ROM.
Do not ever interrupt the phone while already in flashing progress, like disconnecting the cable or turning off the device. Just wait until it completely finish.

Step 9: Watch out for the word PASS!!

When the Stock ROM installation successfully completes, you will then see a word “PASS” in Odin. This indicates that the flashing was already finish, and on the log box it says “All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0)”. The phone will just then automatically reboot, then it’s time to remove it from PC or laptop USB connection.

Confirm if you successfully installed the stock firmware

Confirm your fresh firmware installed by typing *#1234# or
Go to Settings>About Phone>Firmware info.
You can also do factory reset by dialing *2767*3855#.

Possible errors that you may encountered, this is based on my own experience while flashing stock ROM on Samsung Android devices. These are just a few hints on how to resolved it.

Q: I got an error message that says “Set-up connection Failed” ?
A: 1. Check your USB connection from the phone to PC,
2. Connect to another PC USB port
3. Check and try to another USB cable
4. Re-install the USB driver.
Q: Odin just suddenly stuck in the middle of nowhere while in flashing progress, It isn’t responding at all?
A: Check for possible program that might interrupt the process, like disabling the anti-virus and closing any running programs.
Try to use another PC or laptop,
Q: I experienced bootloop or the phone just stuck on Welcome Logo (phone always stop at bootanimation) and it won’t boot normally?
A: You can fix it via recovery mode option, do this:
Boot in recovery mode
1. Press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button.
2. Use volume keys to select, Up and Down and Power or Home key to select the option
3. Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset using the Home button.
4. Next select the Wipe Cache Partition
5. Lastly, select Reboot System Now to reboot your Galaxy S3 in Normal mode.

That’s it! Any further questions, just drop it on our comment form below.



  1. Awesome, works great! had the boot loop issue, but a quick factory reset/cache wipe fixed it all and reset my flash count to zero, thanks for the file/info mate!

  2. Wow. You are my hero. After seven hours, an all nighter, of dealing with different issues i finally found this blog and i was done in 15 minutes. Amazing. Incredibly helpful and you are a true lifesaver. All the love in the world to you.