Update Verizon Galaxy S3 SCH-i535 to latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean VRUCNC1 firmware with this article. Verizon had rolled out an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for Galaxy S3 SCH-i535 phone last year. From then till today it has been a long time since Verizon has noticed this device. Recently on 7 April 2014 they have rolled out an upgraded Android version 4.3 Jelly Bean for the same. This update has connectivity issues fixed, better performance enhancements and a much more improvement than its predecessor. You can either upgrade your device through Samsung Kies or follow this manual guide given below. If you want to enjoy and experience all those newly launched Android 4.3 Jelly Bean features on your Verizon Galaxy S3 by flashing this VRUCNC1 firmware then head over to our actual step by step guide given below. The complete firmware info is listed below. Have a look at it.
Model name: Galaxy S III
Country: USA (Verizon)
Version: Android 4.3
Build date: Mon, 07 Apr 2014
Product Code: VZW
If you have any type of custom ROM installed on your phone then it will get replaced by this official Jelly Bean firmware. Also the custom recoveries like CWM/TWRP will get replaced with the Android stock recovery. Your device will no longer be a rooted phone. However you can root it any time after flashing this Jelly Bean firmware.
The firmware update mentioned below for flashing the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean VRUCNC1 firmware on your Verizon Galaxy S3 is completely unsafe and even a small mistake can increase the chances of bricking your phone. So read and perform everything properly and at your own risk. If by mistake your phone gets bricked or any severe damage happens to your device by following this article, then neither we nor Samsung Electronics Ltd. are responsible for that. However the chances that your device will get damaged or bricked are least but still I highly recommend you to follow all the instructions correctly as they are mentioned below. Don’t try to implement anything by your own.
Also you must note that this Official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean VRUCNC1 firmware is released only for Samsung Galaxy S3 having the model number SCH-i535. Do not try to implement this firmware update on any other device or variant, it may result into unwanted outcomes or bricked device. So it is better that you verify your device model number from Homescreen–> Menu–>Settings –> About Phone before proceeding further.
- Low battery power may switch off your phone during the flashing process. In order to avoid the risk of interruption during the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean VRUCNC1 firmware flashing process, I recommend to charge your mobile at least up to 60%. You may install apps like Battery Notifier to check it easily.
- Don’t forget to make a complete backup of your all important data and settings including contacts, sms/mms, apn settings, call logs, whatsapp messages, memos etc. Either copy them to external storage or on your PC. All this is essential as in the last step of the procedure you need to wipe all the data and cache currently present on your phone memory. Remember that once you flash this firmware you’ll not be able to get your data back, so don’t ignore this step.
- Ensure that you’ve enabled the USB debugging mode on your phone. If not, then do so by following the path Menu->Settings->Applications->Development->USB debugging.
- Install 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 just manually install them from link given below.
- You must disable all the security tools as well as antivirus that are installed on your PC temporarily. They may interrupt the flashing process.
Procedure to install Android 4.3 Jelly Bean VRUCNC1 firmware on Verizon Galaxy S3 SCH-i535
Step 1: After downloading both the zip files, copy and extract them in a specific folder on your PC.
Step 2: Next you need to switch off your Galaxy S3 SCH-i535 completely until it vibrates.
Step 3: Now boot your phone into downloading mode now. For that, keep pressing and holding ‘Home Button (middle button) + Volume down key + Power Button’ simultaneously until you see a warning message. Release all the button and just press Volume Up key to continue. This will directly take you into downloading mode. Refer screenshot.
Step 4: Keeping the phone in downloading mode itself, connect it to PC using USB cable.
Step 5: Launch ‘Odin Multi Downloader3-v3.09′ software which you’ve just downloaded and extracted. As soon as you open it, the ID:COM section (located at top left corner) in it will turn blue. Also an Added message will appear in the message window. This will confirm that your device has been connected successfully to your PC. But if it doesn’t turn blue then it’s more likely to be problem with the device drivers. So check whether you’ve properly installed device specific drivers on your PC or not. You can install them via Samsung Kies or manually install them from the links given in Pre-Requisites.
Step 6: Now, tick against ‘AP’ button and navigate to the tar.md5 file from the firmware package & select it (The firmware file will look something like: I535VRUCNC1_I535VZWCNC1_VZW.zi.tar.md5). Wait till Odin verifies the md5 hash. If it’s successful then there won’t be any warning message.
Step 7: Tick the Auto Reboot option and F.Reset option located on the Odin window. Do not tick or un-tick any other option. Remember that ticking Re-partition option may increase the risk of bricking your phone. Do not ignore these crucial precautions before proceeding further.
Step 8: After attempting everything as mentioned, initiate the process by pressing on the Start button present on the Odin window. Your phone will automatically reboot itself when the process is going on. Make sure that you won’t remove the USB cable until the process completes, as this may interrupt it.
Step 9: Wait until the process completes fully. It will hardly last for few minutes. As soon as it completes successfully, you’ll see that the ID:COM section on the Odin window is turned green with the message ‘Pass’ below it. This will confirm that you have properly flashed the Official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean VRUCNC1 firmware on your Verizon Galaxy S3 SCH-i535. You may now disconnect the phone by safely 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 S3 and re-insert it. Again go into downloading mode and follow the same procedure as given above.
Step 10: After successfully completing the process, again switch off your phone and boot it into recovery mode. The same can be done by holding Volume Up key + Home button (Middle button) + Power button simultaneously until the recovery mode appears.
Step 11: In the recovery mode, navigate to the ‘Wipe data/factory reset’ option and ‘Wipe Cache partition’ option & select them to clear all the data and caches from your phone memory.
Step 12: Return back to the main menu of recovery and select ‘reboot system now’ option to restart the phone.
Congo! You have succeeded in flashing the latest Official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean VRUCNC1 firmware on your Verizon Galaxy S3 SCH-i535. You can be confirm it from Menu->Settings->About Phone. Remember that this stock ROM can be flashed whenever you come across any bug or issue through Custom ROMs. And as it is an official firmware there will be no bug or error present, rather you’ll have some performance tweaks with a fresh new Android 4.3 Jelly bean features. So a completely new and latest full feature packed firmware is waiting for you. Enjoy and experience this new update and do share your views and opinions after using it. The article has been made very simple so as to understand you easily, still if you have any doubt, query or have any problem regarding the content then do inform me through the comments section given below. I’ll try to help you out. Till then Enjoy! 🙂