Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 has now become an outdated device. But there are still many users who own this smartphone. You know even if this phone does not have that much features as compared with todays phone, then also it is liked by many. We have posted few custom ROMs for this device earlier which were appreciated by all. But along with that what people wanted was a stable official firmware for this device. So in this article. we will discuss in detail the procedure to flash Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTN Firmware on Galaxy Mini S5570. You must note that this is not a custom ROM which will void any warranty. It is just a simple stable stock ROM which is officially launched by the Company. And even if you have lost your warranty and those default settings, all those can be easily regained with this firmware.
One more fact that you must flash this firmware is that, even though there are various custom ROMs out there with extra breath taking features. Still all of them might be not stable. Every ROM has something or the other issue in it. Its because the ROMs requirement is a good hardware and devastating RAM compatibility which can never be fulfilled with this aging device. At that time an official firmware can only help you. It is stable, has no lagging problem and everything works just fine. So just proceed further for flashing the most well known Gingerbread firmware on Galaxy Mini.
The official firmware given below for flashing Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTN on your Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 is considered to be of much risk. If anything happens to your phone by following this article then you alone will be responsible for that. So it is recommended to attempt every single step that is given below with full attentive mind and of course at your own risk. It’s very unlikely that there will be any issues, but still if such thing happens there I am always here to help you out. Note that this official firmware must be only flashed on Samsung Galaxy Mini bearing the model number GT-S5570. Flashing this on any other device or variant may result into unwanted outcomes or bricked device. So check your device model number from Homescreen–> Menu–>Settings –> About Phone before proceeding further.
- Before proceeding further its better to check your mobiles battery power. This is must as lack of battery power may interrupt the flashing process thus giving rise to further problems. So ensure that the battery of your Galaxy Mini is charged at least upto 70%.
- There is always a risk of loosing your important data while performing any flashing process. Thus a timely backup helps a lot in such cases. A backup may include your contacts, SMS/MMS, APN settings, Call logs, Memo etc. Copy and transfer everything on your PC for more safety. In the last step of this procedure you need to wipe all the data and cache that is currently present onto your phone memory. So a backup is must.
- Enable USB debugging mode using the path Menu->Settings->Applications->Development->USB debugging.
- Ensure that you have installed mobile specific drivers on your PC so as to detect the phone when you connect it to PC. You can install them from the Samsung Kies CD which you’ve got at the time of purchase. Or you can manually install them from link given below.
- Windows 32 bit (x86) Drivers.
- Windows 64 bit (x64) Drivers. (Note: Though the Drivers are mentioned for Galaxy S, still they can be used for any Galaxy Device).
- Make sure you temporary disable all the security tools as well as antivirus that are installed on your PC so as to minimize the interruption during the flashing process.
By assuming that you have followed all the instructions mentioned above we will proceed further for the actual Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTN firmware flashing process.
Procedure to update Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 to Official Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTN firmware:
Step 1: After successful downloading both the files given above, extract them in a specific folder. You’ll find the following five files inside the firmware package:
From which, SS_DL.dll is just a script file and is of no use. So ignore it.
Step 2: Now switch off your Galaxy Mini completely.
Step 3: You need to enter into downloading mode now. For that, press and hold ‘Home Button (middle button) + Volume down key + Power Button’ simultaneously until the download mode appears.
Step 4: Keeping the phone as it is in downloading mode, connect it to your PC using USB cable.
Step 5: Open ‘Odin Multi Downloader_v4.38‘ which you have just downloaded & extracted on your PC. As soon as you open it, the ID:COM section in it will turn yellow (Refer Screenshot). If it’s not showing, then confirm you have properly installed those device drivers on your PC.
Step 6: Select the ‘OPS’ tab on the Odin Downloader window and select ‘TASS-v1.0.ops’ file.
Step 7: On top left side on the Odin window, you’ll find One Package option. Un-tick that option as it’s of no use in this process.
Step 8: Now select the ‘BOOT’ tab mentioned on the Odin window and select ‘APBOOT_S5570XWKTN_CL1019135_REV02_user_low_true.tar.md5‘ file which you’ve just got after extracting the firmware package.
Step 9: Select ‘Phone’ tab and locate ‘MODEM_S5570XWKTN_CL1019135_REV02.tar.md5 file‘.
Step 10: Similarly select ‘PDA’ tab and locate ‘CODE_S5570XWKTN_CL1019135_REV02_user_low_true.tar.md5′ file from the extracted firmware package.
Step 11: Finally select ‘CSC’ tab on the Odin window and locate ‘CSC_S5570XWKTN_CL1019135_REV02_user_low_true.tar.md5′ file (Refer Screenshot).
Step 12: After attempting everything as mentioned above, start the process by clicking on the Start button located on the Odin window. Your phone will automatically reboot itself while going through the process. Do not touch or remove the USB cable until the process completes.
Step 13: The process will last upto few minutes to complete. As soon as it completes, you’ll see that the ID:COM section on the Odin window is turned blue with the message ‘Pass’ below it. This will confirm that you have properly flashed your Galaxy Mini with 2.3.6 XWKTN Gingerbread firmware. You can now safely disconnect your phone by removing the USB cable.
Note: If the process fails or if Odin gets stuck or in case your device gets boot loops, then close the Odin window, remove battery from your Galaxy Mini and re-insert it. Again go into downloading mode and follow the same procedure as given above.
Step 14: After successfully completing the process, switch off the phone and boot into recovery mode. For that, keep pressing & holding Home button (Middle button) and Power button simultaneously until the recovery mode appears.
Note: Touch will not work here in recovery mode. So all you need to do is use Volume Up and Volume Down keys for navigation and Home button (Middle button) for selection.
Step 15: On the recovery mode, navigate to the ‘Wipe data/factory reset’ option followed by the ‘Wipe Cache partition’ option & select them to clear all the data and caches from your phone memory.
Step 16: After wiping data/cache you’ll again land into recovery mode. Select ‘reboot system now’ option to restart your device.
That’s it! You have successfully flashed the Official Android 2.3.6 XWKTN Gingerbread firmware on your Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570. Confirm this from Menu->Settings->About Phone. Remember that this is a stock ROM so you can flash this whenever you want to restore the warranty or restore the default system on your mobile. Do tell us your views and experience after using it. I have made this article very simple so as to understand easily, still if you have any doubt or query regarding the same then you can contact me through the comment section given below. I’ll work on it & will provide an exact solution as soon as possible. Till then Enjoy!