I9505XXUFNB8 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware For Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505 - How To Guide

I9505XXUFNB8 Android 4.4.2 KitKat for Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505 recently rolled out by Samsung. You can download XXUFNB8 Android 4.4.2 KitKat official firmware for a manual update. The firmware right now available in Romania, Slovenia, Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, France and Germany but can be flashed on any GT-I9505 which isn't carrier locked. You probably already knew that Samsung earlier pushed Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for international Galaxy S4 I9500 variant (read: I9500XXUFNB3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware For Galaxy S4 I9500 - How To Guide), hence this XXUFNB8 Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware update is an expected move.  Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE I9505 is LTE supported version of Galaxy S4. It’s comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, later received Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and now finally received Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Follow below guide to learn how to get official stock I9505XXUFNB8 Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware running on Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505. One thing you should note that flashing or installing official firmware restore kernel hence your root access will be void, in short it will unroot it.

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Related: Root I9505XXUFNB8 Galaxy S4 LTE I9505 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware

I9505XXUFNB8 Android 4.4.2 KitKat stock firmware available on both OTA and Kies update. However, if you can’t get it from there then you can always flash I9505XXUFNB8 Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware on Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505 manually. We will discuss all available update method. You should always try OTA or Kies method first and when both method don’t work then only try manual flashing.

Known Issues:

*GLONASS is still not working. WTH!

*Pink lines in menu's still not fixed (while scrolling up and down in menu you can see it). It was fixed in 4.3
I9505XXUFNB8 Screenshot

Warning: This tutorial is only for Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505. Don’t try this guide on any other Android device. Also, we are not responsible for any damage caused due to the instruction given in this page. Try this at your own risk. However, it is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions as it is which are mentioned in procedure.

Pre Requisites:

Though official firmware restore all existing data but we recommend to back up your data first before proceeding to avoid any uncomfortable situation such as bootloop fix.

1. Backup your device data. You can follow our ultimate backup guide.

2.  Make sure your device have at least 60% battery power. You can install an app like Battery Notifier BT Free on your Android device to check it easily.

3. You already have USB Driver Installed for Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505 in your PC. [Download USB Drivers]

4. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled otherwise you won’t able to transfer file between PC and Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505. [Guide].

How To Update Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505 via OTA

  1. First of all make sure you have stable internet connection (Wi-Fi or data network) on your device.
  2. Now, go to Android app drawer and then select Settings.
  3. Then locate About Device and tap on it.
  4. Next select Software update from About device screen.
  5. Then tap on Update option.
  6. You should see an update, press OK to download and install. (Remember, download using 3G or network data will incur additional charges to your phone bill!)
  7. Soon your device will reboot to complete the installation process.
If you see “The latest update have already been installed” massage while checking update then your device yet to receive an OTA update. Check back within few days or jump to next procedure.

How To Update Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505 via Kies

  1. Make sure you have stable internet connection on your computer.
  2. Now download and install Samsung Kies on your computer.
  3. Turn on your device (if it off) and then connect it to computer with USB cable.
  4. Run Samsung Kies and wait for it to detect your device.
  5. You should see a New Firmware Upgrade is available at Samsung Kies home screen.
  6. Press the Firmware Upgrade button to proceed.
  7. Follow on screen instruction and soon you will see your device running upgrade and reboot automatically. Once done, you can disconnect your device from computer.
Again! If you see “This is the latest firmware” in Samsung Kies, then your device yet to receive the latest update on Kies. Its good time to go for manual update instruction that located below.

[Note: You can install any firmware listed below despite availability in other countries, except those which comes with carrier name.]

[Resumable and Torrent link will only be added when available from trusted source]

* I9505XXUFNB8 Stock Firmware List Last Updated On March 24, 2014. 

I9505XXUFNB8 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware Downloads

Italy (TIM): TIM-I9505XXUFNB8-20140320143133.zip

Germany (Vodafone): VD2-I9505XXUFNB8-20140319121319.zip

Romania (Cosmote): COA-I9505XXUFNB8-20140319135005.zip

Macedonia: VIM-I9505XXUFNB8-20140319135047.zip

Greece (Vodafone): VGR-I9505XXUFNB8-20140317163801.zip

Hungary (VDH): VDH-I9505XXUFNB8-20140311121425.zip

Netherlands (Vodafone): VDF-I9505XXUFNB8-20140311121311.zip

United Kingdom (Vodafone): VOD-I9505XXUFNB8-20140311121348.zip

United Kingdom: BTU-I9505XXUFNB8-20140311152502.zip

Ireland (Vodafone): VDI-I9505XXUFNB8-20140311121422.zip

Czech Republic (Vodafone): VDC-I9505XXUFNB8-20140311103347.zip

Slovenia (Mobitel): MOT-I9505XXUFNB8-20140310160822.zip

Bulgaria: GBL-I9505XXUFNB8-20140310170155.zip

Bulgaria (VVT): VVT-I9505XXUFNB8-20140310165539.zip

Portugal (Vodafone): TCL-I9505XXUFNB8-20140310134556.zip

Italy: ITV-I9505XXUFNB8-20140305150337.zip

Cyprus: CYV-I9505XXUFNB8-20140305104718.zip

Croatia (VIPNET): VIP-I9505XXUFNB8-20140305104716.zip

Romania (Vodafone): I9505XXUFNB8_I9505VFGFNB3_CNX

Slovenia (Si.mobil): I9505XXUFNB8_I9505VFGFNB3_SIM.zip

Albania (Vodafone): I9505XXUFNB8_I9505VFGFNB3_AVF

Austria (A1): I9505XXUFNB8_I9505VFGFNB3_MOB.zip

Bulgaria (MTL): I9505XXUFNB8_I9505VFGFNB3_MTL.zip

Italy (Vodafone): I9505XXUFNB8_I9505VFGFNB3_OMN.zip

France (Orange): FTM-I9505XXUENA8-20140226155737.zip

Germany: I9505XXUFNB8_I9505OXAFNB8_DBT.zip

Torrent: I9505XXUFNB8_I9505OXAFNB8_I9505XXUFNB8.zip.torrent

[Please Note: After flashing this firmware you will lost any installed custom ROM including CM11, AOKP, Avatar, Beanstalk, Omni ROM, Slim ROM, Pac-Man, Paranoid Android, LiquidSmooth or Carbon.]

How To Install I9505XXUFNB8 Android 4.4.2 KitKat On Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505 Manually

  1. Download Odin v3.09.
  2. Extract Firmware zip file that you downloaded earlier from above link, you will get a .tar.md5 file and some other files (optional).
  3. Extract Odin zip file and you will get Odin3 v3.09.exe along with few other files.
  4. Power off your Android device. Wait 5-6 seconds for vibration to confirm complete switch off.
  5. Now, put the Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505  in Download Mode by pressing and holding down the Home & Volume Down button together while pressing the Power button. A warning screen will come up; press Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.
  6. Now run Odin3 v3.09.exe (see Step 3) as an Administrator because Admin privileges is required to complete the process smoothly (only applicable Windows Vista and higher).
  7. Now connect your device to your PC using USB cable. An “Added!!” massage will appear in Odin’s message box. If you don’t get the same then you should try another USB port (try USB port located in back in your desktop PC). If that too don’t work then you should reinstall the driver. If you successfully see the “Added!!” message in Odin then you are ready to go in next step. You should also see COM port with a number in Yellow if you successfully added your device.
  8. Click the AP Button, and select that .tar.md5 file that you get in Step 2.
  9. In Odin window, make sure only Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checkboxes are selected.
  10. Double check everything that we mentioned in Step 8 & Step 9 above. Now, once satisfied hit the START button to begin the flashing process.
  11. Once flashing completed, your Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505 will restart and soon you will see a PASS message with green background in the left-most box at the very top of the Odin. You can now unplug the USB cable to disconnect your device from computer.
Congrats! You just updated your Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505 to Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware. Go to Settings > About device to verify this firmware update.

Fix Boot Loop Issue On Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505

If Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505 stuck at booting animation for more than 10 minutes after Step 11 then follow below instructions:
  1. Go to recovery mode. To do so, press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together.
  2. Now perform Wipe data/Factory Reset and Wipe Cache Partition task before selecting reboot system now function. In recovery mode use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power key to select the option.
Please note, performing wiping task will erase your device internal memory data and not external SD card data.

That’s it! Let us know about your latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat experience.