Saturday, August 16, 2014

install Samsung galaxy tab 3 10.1 gt-p5210 P5210XXUBNH1 official 4.4.2 kitKat firmware

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update is finally here! But wait it's for the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 WiFi version with model number GT-P5210 and now being held available for Canadian users at this very moment. The first Android 4.4.2 update comes with firmware build P5210XXUBNH1 and those might want to upgrade right now, using the advanced method, then just read on below to grab the official 4.4.2 P5210XXUBNH1 stock firmware.

Again, this update is now available in the Canada and can be seen via over-the-air through WiFi connection or using Samsung Kies. Those who have been rooted and modified their Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 GT-P5210 and now wants to return back to official 4.4.2 firmware then this guide is for you.


Firmware build details of the 4.4.2 KitKat P5210XXUBNH1:

Model number: SM-P5210
Android version: 4.4.2
Baseband version: P5210XXUBNH1
Kernel version: 3.4.34 - 2436004
Build number: KOT49H.P5210XXUBNH1

Some Changes of P5210XXUBNH1 4.4.2 Update:

  • Android 4.4.2 (KitKat OS)

  • Lockscreen shortcut

  • White Status Bar icon

  • Blocking Mode

  • Hands Free Mode

  • Voice Control

  • Cloud printing

  • Screen Rotation

  • Improved Stability

  • Security Enhancement

  • find out more..

The stock firmware below is only for those who did not get this update through ‘OTA’ over-the-air or even Kies and had faced issues like “Software Update Failed” or “This device is not supported with kies” and any similar errors. So again, if you want to have the 4.4.2 KitKat update installed on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 GT-P5210 just simply grab the 4.4.2 P5210XXUBNH1 stock firmware from the sources below, for this is your other last resort. One more thing, the 4.4.2 update now equipped with a secured bootloader which similarly found on 4.3 updates, some circumstances is that you cannot revert back to the older software update version, for this breaks the bootloader image once gets re-written. So make sure to be aware with that if you are planning to install any ROMs that still based on 4.3 , or 4.2.2. If you are also rooted then you’ll lose root once the 4.4.2 installation has made, that’s because official firmwares wipes-out any modification you have made or installed in your device.

Manually Update Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 GT-P5210 to Official Android 4.4.2 KitKat P5210XXUBNH1 Firmware (Odin method)

Disclaimer: This method are used by Android developers and advanced users only. If ever this is your first time heard about this procedure, please make a careful research first before proceeding. We shall not be held any responsibility if anything happens to your device from using this guide. Proceed at your own risk!

Warning: This stock ROM is only compatible for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 with  GT-P5210 (International) specific model only. Do not ever try to use this firmware on other Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 variants.


Q: Will I lose root once installed the P5210XXUBNH1 4.4.2 update?
A: Yes, this will restore your device into official firmware.
Q: Can I install root again once upgraded to P5210XXUBNH1 4.4.2 KitKat version?
A: Yes, this firmware build can be rooted, but be aware about the new KNOX security platform hidden inside the system that completely voids the warranty of your device once gets tripped by means of rooting or installing any custom recovery. This sets “KNOX warranty Void: 0×1 from 0×0? (You can see this when you set your device in download mode). This cannot be reset by any hacking method except by Samsung service personnel using a special reset tool of-course.

Download the original P5210XXUBNH1 4.4.2 Stock Firmware:

Update on 30 November, 2014: There are newer official Android 4.4.2 updates that came out with build number P5210XXUBNK2, it is rolling out in Europe and the latter fixes the Facebook crashing issues. I have added the stock firmware below but you can also read the details and guide here - Galaxy Tab 3 P5210 P5210XXUBNK2 Official 4.4.2 update.

United States -Grab the 4.4.2  P5210UEU0CNH2 and P5210UEU0CNK1
Canada XAC – P5210XXUBNK2_P5210XACBNK2  (link)
Bulgaria BGL – P5210XXUBNK2_P5210OXXBNJ1 (link)
Czech Republic XEZ – P5210XXUBNK2_P5210OXXBNJ1 (link)
Italy ITV – P5210XXUBNK2_P5210ITVBNJ1 (link)
Luxembourg LUX – P5210XXUBNK2_P5210LUXBNJ1 (link)
Portugal  TPH- P5210XXUBNK2_P5210OXXBNJ1 (link)
Romania ROM – P5210XXUBNK2_P5210OXXBNJ1 (link)
Romania (Cosmote) COA – P5210XXUBNK2_P5210OXXBNJ1 (link)

Australia - P5210XXUBNH1_XSA Download (link)
Austria - P5210XXUBNH1_ATO Download (link)
Canada - P5210XXUBNH1_XAC Download (link)
France  - P5210XXUBNG4_XEF Download (link)
France (Orange) - P5210XXUBNG4_FTM Download (link)
Greece - P5210XXUBNH1_EUR  (link)
Hungary - P5210XXUBNH1_XEH (link)
Russia - P5210XXUBNG4_SER Download (link)
Singapore - P5210XXUBNH1_XSP Download (link)
Malaysia - P5210XXUBNH1_XME (link)
New Zealand - P5210XXUBNH1_NZC (link)


Before you proceed prepare these necessary things as follows so you’ll not screwed-up your phone:
- Create a back-up all your personal data, like: Contacts, Messages, Applications, Pictures and Videos, so that you will not lost it just in-case something might went wrong after the update.
- Make sure that your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 GT-P5210 battery is fully charged to ensure stability and to get rid pf power failure issues while updating.
- Close all software, such as KIES suite, Antivirus, firewalls, to prevent the possible conflict.
- Prepare a personal computer or laptop with Windows OS.

Stock Firmware 4.4.2 P5210XXUBNH1 Odin Flashing Procedures:

Odin downloader -  Odin3_v3.09 
USB Driver - Drivers are here

1) Extract the downloaded P5210XXUBNH1 firmware or stock ROM. Use winzip, 7zip,winrar or any decompressing program you have in your computer.
2) Run Odin3_v3.09 flasher program.
3) Just click on the PDA button then select and load the P5210XXUBNH1 firmware.
DO NOT check ‘Re-Partition’ option.
leave these checked: Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time check-boxes.
4) Reboot the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 GT-P5210  into Download Mode: Turn it Off first. Now Press and hold the Volume Down, HOME and Power ON button at the same time). You will then presented into a “Warning Message” screen, just press the Volume Up to continue. Once the Android robot and a “Downloading” message appears.
5) Connect USB data cable to Phone. The ID:COM box will highlight and turn to a bluish color when the phone is properly connected and already recognized with Odin.
6) Tick the ‘START’ button when all is set and ready to begin flashing.
7) DO NOT Interrupt, touch nor do anything when the phone is already in flashing progress mode. You’ll messed up the phone if you accidentally interfere the installation. Wait until a word “PASS” appears on the left side of the Odin screen, it is an indication that the installation successfully completes. (If you get failed errors, check the USB connection condition, repeat the whole process)
8.Wait until the phone completely reboots, then unplug it from PC.
Do factory reset again after flashing.
This is only optional just in-case you’ll experience bootloop and lag issues after flashing.
Press and hold Volume Up+ Home+Power button, then select the Wipe Data/Factory Reset, to gain a fresh firmware installed.

Possible errors that you may encountered, this is based on my own experience while flashing stock firmware 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 or 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. Also try to use another computer 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: This is eventually happens if your device came from custom firmware but 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 Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 GT-P5210 in Normal mode.
6. If it did not resolve the issue just repeat flashing the firmware above.

That’s it! If you found some interesting features on this P5210XXUBNH1 4.4.2 KitKat update, just drop it on our comment form below.


  1. The new update for 4.4.2 for tab 3 10.1. Is very unstable it is now doing what my iPad used to do " When unsure just exit and restart the app". Now my Tab 3 is doing it. Facebook is unstable
    Switches too fast and the tablet can't keep up. Suggestions. ?????

  2. hi, is the multi user system is available on this build?

  3. Having same problem. After upgrade, tablet is VERY unstable. Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.

  4. after I updated my firmware to kitkat, pictures copied to my PC won't include GPS coordinates taken from GEOCAM PRO. any fix?

  5. Paul Ryan BarrientosOctober 3, 2014 at 6:47 AM

    The same problem also, after update, tablet is very unstable, also facebook apk is unstable.. i try to factory reset so many times. Still the same... solution pls?..

  6. Facebook APK is not owned by Samsung and Google. All other 3rd-party apps may need to upgrade their own apps for 4.4.2 compatibility. If Facebook knows their apps has screwed-up, they will surely fix it ASAP. That's how it works:)
    Yet we can all say that it is unstable, that's because all of the old apps only supports 4.2.2 Jelly bean. Remember this tablet has skipped the Android 4.3 update, which supposedly a good step-by-step process. But unfortunately it jumped up from 4.2.2 JB to 4.4.2 Kitkat, this sudden upgrade affects any outdated apps. One simple solution is to update all 3rd-party apps from Play Store or you can report to individual app developers so they can figure it out.. If their apps ain't work properly on 4.4.2, you may uninstall or freeze it for a while as it only causes some lag issues.
    In Addition, this is the first batch of 4.4.2 releases but let's wait as Samsung might release another 4.4.2 build these couple of days.

  7. When I went to install 4.4.2 via KIES on a rooted tablet I got an error and a request to go with the emergacny firmware recover mode. I went this route expecting to lose everything (i did have a back-up) and was very pleased to see that 4.4.2 was then install with the root still there.

  8. Want to go back to previous version. This one is unstable.

  9. For sale a tab3 10.1 inch as samsung is not solving the unstable upgrade. Very frustrating
    if samsung does not come with a resolution i will start selling all Samsung equipment in the house
    3 televisions, 1 home cymema, 2 blue ray players, 4 tablets, 4 phones.

  10. This is the best comment ever... lol!

  11. When is this update likely to happen in the Uk? Or is it ok to download one of the English speaking countries, or is that likely to give me other issue's.

  12. You can do so if you can live with Facebook crashing issue.