The Canadian Samsung Galaxy S3 SGH-T999V is getting another 4.4.2 update to build number T999VVLUFNH2 from previous update T999VVLUFNF1. The T999VVLUFNH2 4.4.2 update can be seen via over the air (OTA) and or using Kies. Yet again, there are no official changelog about what is new on this update. It might have some add some bug-fixes, security improvements and among other Android system enhancements. Those whose who might be rooted and couldn’t see the T999VVLUFNH2 update and might want to update now you can manually grab the T999VVLUFNH2 4.4.2 firmware and install it using the advanced users method.
Technical Details of T999VVLUFNH2 Update
Device name: Samsung Galaxy S III
Model number: SGH-T999V
Android version : 4.4.2
Baseband version: T999VVLUFNH2
Kernel version: 3.4.0-1784548
Build number: KOT49H.T999VVLUFNF1
SE for Android status: Enforcing
Install T999VVLUFNH2 4.4.2 Update on Galaxy S3 SGH-T999V
Disclaimer: This guide is for advanced users only, this is risky for beginners. We shall not be held responsible if anything happens to your device while using this guide. Proceed at your own risk!
FAQ about flashing T999VVLUFNH2 4.4.2 Firmware/stock ROM
Q: Does it safe to flash a stock ROM?
A: There is a risk danger in flashing firmware either original stock ROM and or custom ROMs on the device. Any unwanted interruption occurred will cause your device into soft bricks. If it is your first time heard about this method, it is highly recommended to search more and learn about flashing stock ROM before you proceed.
Q: Does Flashing will remove all my data stored on the device.
A: Yes and NO. There are two types of stock ROM, the wiped and non-wiped version. It is highly recommended that you should back-up all your important data stored in the phone’s memory like contacts, messages before flashing.
Q: Do I Need to ROOT or UNROOT my phone before flashing stock ROM?
A: NO need to root or unroot your device, but you will lose root once flashing is made. So, you need to re-root your device again.
Q: Does Flashing stock ROM to my phone will erase the network lock?
A: NO. Your network (or SIM) lock will still remain active.
Q: Does Flashing stock ROM will remove root on my phone?
A: Yes. If you currently have rooted, your phone will return back to original factory settings after flashing. You need to re-root again to install any 3rd party applications.
Q: Does flashing an operator specific firmware will restrict my open phone to that operator’s network?
A: NO. Your phone still remain open for any Operator SIM. Operator specific builds usually containing “only specific country or carrier provider” logo, bloatwares, wallpapers and/or browser settings, etc.
Disclaimer: We shall not be held responsible if anything happens to your device by following this guide. You may proceed at your own risk, your phone is not a toy for us, it is your own personal property, it is up to you to decide on what and how to do about it.
Important Reminders before Flashing Galaxy S3 Firmware/Stock FROM
– Make sure that your Galaxy S3′s battery is fully charge.
– Stock ROM packages comes in two formats the ‘Full-Wipe’ (delete your stored data after flashing) and the ‘Non-Wipe’ (it doesn’t delete your phone’s stored data) but it is highly recommended to make a back up all important files stored from your phone’s internal memory – contacts, messages, etc. before flashing no-matter if it is Full-WIpe or Non-Wipe, just to be safe and ensure that your stored data are in safe if something went wrong during the flashing process.
– Remember or back up the APN settings of your device. ( This only done if you try to install the other region stock ROM.
– Use a PC or laptop that runs in Windows OS, with a good and perfectly working USB serial port. Odin will not work on MAC OS.
– Use the supplied USB cable for your Galaxy S3.
– Enable USB debugging from your phone’s settings. Go to Settings > Applications > Development, and tick the box that says ‘Enable USB Debugging’.
– Do a “Hard Reset” if you have a lot of 3rd party applications installed from your phone, this is useful to gain a smooth flashing. (Just make sure that you already back up all your important files before resetting your device.
– Ensure that KIES is closed and not running in the system tray! Kies will interrupt and doesn’t like Odin, it will block you from flashing.
Step 1: Download the stock firmware and tools for flashing
Download Stock Firmware Android 4.4.2 T999VVLUFNH2 :
Step 2: Extract the downloaded stock ROM
You need to extract the downloaded file which is packed in zip or rar files, so that you’ll get the tar.md5 file.
Step 3: Run and Configure Odin
Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.04 on your PC desktop. Watch out the check-boxes options on the right top of Odin, ensure that the ‘RE-PARTITION’ is unchecked, only the ‘AUTO-REBOOT and ‘F.RESET TIME’ checkboxes are both remained checked.
Step 4: Reboot your Galaxy S3 into 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 should then 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!!”
Step 5: Connect your Phone to PC or Laptop
Once you already reboot the phone in download mode, simply connect the phone to your PC or laptop USB.
In Odin window – the ID:COM box will turn to blue color and indicates the COM port number and a word “Added” on a log box will prompt you that the device is already detected or recognized by Odin.
Your COM port number might be different from mine. If you do not see a COM port number then there’s something missing or wrong. You may read again from the top of this post.
Step 6: Load the Firmware file
If the stock ROM is pack in One .tar.md5 file only the PDA, CSC and Phone modem are already included to it. Now, you need to just simply click on the PDA or AP button, then browse to the folder where the .tar or .tar.md5 you have previously extracted and then select and load it.
AP: “ T999VVLUFNH2_T999VYVLFNH2_HOME.tar.md5″.
Step 7: Start Flashing or Installing the stock ROM
Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the stock ROM.
Do not ever interrupt the phone while already in flashing progress, like disconnecting the cable or turning off the device. Just wait until it completely finish.
Step 8: Watch out for the word PASS!!
When the Stock ROM installation successfully completes, you will then see a word “PASS” in Odin. This indicates that the flashing was already finish, and on the log box it says “All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0)”. The phone will just then automatically reboot, then it’s to remove it from PC or laptop USB connection.
A word Pass in Odin when the installing stock ROM on Galaxy S3 successfully completes
Confirm your fresh firmware installed by typing *#1234# or
Go to Settings>About Phone>Firmware info.
You can also do factory reset by dialing *2767*3855#.
Check and reconfigure your APN settings when data networks connection issues encountered. This only happens if you installed other regions stock ROM.
Possible errors that you may encountered, this is based on my own experience while flashing stock ROM 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 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.
Try to use another PC 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: 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 Galaxy S3 in Normal mode.