Wednesday, November 14, 2012

How to Install/Upgrade T-Mobile Galaxy S3 to T999UVDLJA Official 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Update

The official Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for United States T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 SGH T999 is now rolling. The firmware build number is T999UVDLJA and it will be push via OTA (over the air ) and Kies.

Android version 4.0.4/Software version T999UVDLJA

Software version
Android version 4.0.4/Software version T999UVLJ4
Available via OTA and Samsung Kies update
You deice must not rooted or currently runs with customized firmware it, should official build like T999UVLJ4, T999UVLH2, T999UVLG1 or T999UVLEM
50% battery life
Data connection
50 MB available memory (File size of update is 12 MB)

The update is already available via Samsung Kies and OTA, and some users already got the said update. Head over to T-Mobile’s official support page to get the prior details on how to properly update your Galaxy S3. Your phone must not been rooted or already installed unofficial firmware or else you can’t get the update failure issues.

For people getting the pop up saying to wait. Just download the latest Samsung kies into your computer. Replace the old one and update from there.

If somehow Kies and OTA ignores your device from updating for they can read your Galaxy S3 system info if it runs with custom ROM and or rooted kernel.

How to Update T-Mo Galaxy S3's with rooted or modified firmware using T999UVDLJA Stock ROM

This is only optional method if you want to restore your device to T-Mobile’s official firmware. The only downside is you will loose root on this process, but you’ll get the latest update. You can root it again anytime you want. Just look for Chainfire's CF-root kernel or mrrobinson's rooted stock builds.

Again, this process is only for those who has Galaxy S3 currently runs in unofficial firmware or rooted. Typical users who did not touch their phone and currently runs with official firmware you must only update on Kies or via OTA.

Odin Guide: How to flash T999UVDLJA Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Firmware on Samsung Galaxy S III SGH-T999

Just follow this guide and manually install T999UVDLJA Jelly bean upgrade on T-Mobile Galaxy S3, this will not trip the binary flash counter and wipe all stored data,
But backup all important files first. This is for safety precautions and usually doesn’t happen, in-case if you run into problems and you may be forced to perform factory reset. Re-setting the phone will delete all data.
Disclaimer: We shall not be held responsible if anything happens to your device by following this guide. Proceed at your own risk.This procedure is for advance users only, typical users may only upgrade only thru Kies or via OTA and may not use this method.


- 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.

Download Odin Flasher and USB driver
Odin downloader Odin3_v3.07 link
USB Driver Samsung SGH-T999 USB Driver

Grab the original stock ROM:

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

2) Run Odin3_v3.07.exe

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
T999UVDLJA_T999TMBALJA_T999UVDLJA_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.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Download Mode buttons Volume Down,HOME,Power keys

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 remove it from PC once completely reboots,.

Optional fix:   If you experience bootloops or just stuck on Samsung screen after flashing; You can easily fix these by performing wipe data/factory reset. Just ensure to backup all file first before doing so.
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. Use Volume keys to toggle UP and DOWN selection.  The power button to enter your selection.

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

That’s all!


  1. Does the gs3 need to be rooted to flash the firmware?

  2. Nvm,I reread it. Gosh ota isn't working, keeps saying up to date when im on 4.0.4 and lies is a POS software that can't detect the gs3

  3. Nope. No root required... but you will lose root after installation, since this is an official build.