Install L710VPUCND8 Sprint Galaxy S3 L710 Official 4.4.2 KitKat Stock Firmware

Sprint Galaxy S3 SPH-L710 4.4.2 KitKat update L710VPUDND8 or L710VPUCND8 has just released.  Those who might need the official 4.4.2 KitKat Stock Firmware can grab it now and manually flashed using Odin. The L710VPUDND8 is a direct upgrade from previous firmware build 4.3 L710VPUCMK3.

If your device is currently rooted you will lose root after flash, but you can still root it again if you want.  CF-Auto Root has worked on 4.4.2 L710VPUDND8, and CWM Touch 6.0.4.3 for those who need a custom recovery.

L710VPUDND8

L710VPUDND8 4.4.2 KitKat Changelog:

  • Android version 4.4.2, KitKat
  • New Lock Screen Access
  • Media Controls – full-screen album art and media controls when listening to music
  • Camera Shortcut – access the Camera application right from the lock screen
  • SMS App Chooser – select a default application for sending and receiving SMS text messages
  • Restyled Status and Navigation Bars – status and navigation bars are translucent and can sit on top of apps, along with simplified status bar icons
  • Consolidated Location Settings – location services are integrated and more detailed by new Location menu
  • Expanded Emoji Icons
  • Wireless Printing – supports printing over Wi­-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Prevention Information pop-up message is suppressed.

Changelog addressed by  Samsung.

Disclaimer: Use of this method is solely at your own risk! Please proceed with precautions, for we will not take any responsibility if anything happens to your device by using this guide.

Important Reminders before Flashing Stock ROM

  • 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.
  • 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 >About Device> Look for the build number, then tap that build number for about 7-times until a message pop-up says you are now a developer.
  • Ensure that KIES is closed and not running in the system tray! Kies and Odin are both created by Samsung but Kies will interrupt and doesn’t like Odin, it will block you from flashing.

The Android 4.3 and 4.4.2 now comes with a new protected bootloader that might cause issues when you try to downgrade to the old software updates. This also applies if you are planning into rooting and installing any custom recovery once you are on 4.4.2, so please be aware with that.

Download the needed tools for flashing

Odin3.v3.09 link
USB driver link
Grab your Samsung Galaxy S3 SPH-L710 (U.S. Sprint) Original Firmware or Stock ROM

OTA stock firmware 4.4.2: http://android.clients.google.com/packages/ota/sprint_samsung_l710/96601bec350a62b3083a86270fcdfc7a359fbe72.USER_L710_SPR_MK3_to_ND8_Update_FWD.zip [Thank’s to CNexus]
L710VPUDND8 4.4.2 KitKat Full Stock Firmware: (Download)

Install the USB Driver first to get rid of flashing failures. Also  need to extract the downloaded file which is packed in zip or rar files, so that you’ll get the tar.md5 file.

Installing stock OTA L710VPUDND8 4.4.2 via stock recovery

1. Make sure you running on stock 4.3 L710VPUCMK3, so you can flashed the file in stock recovery. The Stock OTA firmware will not work in custom recovery.
install L710VPUCMK3 4.3
2. Copy the downloaded stock OTA L710VPUCND8 to the SD card.
3. Reboot your galaxy S3 in recovery (Volume Up+Home+Power) buttons.
4. Choose Apply Update from SD card.
5. Locate the file from the SD card then lastly install the OTA update L710VPUCND8.

Installing the Full Stock 4.4.2 KitKat L710VPUDND8 Firmware

Run and Configure Odin

Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.09 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.

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 thePower ON/OFF button simultaneously.

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!!”

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 numberand 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.

Load the stock 4.4.2 L710VPUCND8 firmware file

T he stock ROM is pack in One .tar.md5 file only.  Now, you need to just simply click on the AP button, then browse to the folder where the file you have previously extracted and then select and load it.
“L710VPUCND8_L710SPRCND8_L710VPUCND8_HOME.tar.md5″

Start Flashing or Installing the L710VPUDND8  stock ROM

Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the stockROM.
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.

Wait ’till it 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 time to remove it from PC or laptop USB connection.

Confirm if you successfully installed the stock firmware

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#.

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.

Confirm if you sussefully upgraded to L710VPUDND8  Official 4.4.2 KitKat upgrade on your Sprint Galaxy S III SPH-L710.

That’s it! Any further questions, just drop it on our comment form below.

17 comments

  1. Hi,

    Can someone please help me out here.

    My phone was rooted previously on 4.3, I took the Kit Kat 4.4 OTA update and it got stuck on the samsung boot screen.

    I then tried data reset and clearing cache…no help.

    I then tried Odin flashing recovery and trying to flash stock rom , the recovery will go to the “pass” screen in odin, but still stuck on boot loop.

    I tried flashing stock roms I found of the forums (tired a few different ones for this phone) and they all say “fail” during the write stage of the odin flash.

    Also I tired Odin v3.04 and 3.07 and 3.09.

    The phone still goes into download mode and recovery mode.

    What should I do?

    1. Flashing stock recovery alone will only work on 4.0.4, 4.1.2 but it is not recommended anymore when you upgrade to 4.3 and 4.4.2. From a rooted 4.3 based ROM, you should return back to a full factory 4.3 firmware before jumping into 4.4.2 kitkat. Until KNOX is present and bootloader patches here and there, we should be careful.
      Just try this….
      1. Flashed back to the rooted or 4.3 based ROM you previously installed.
      2. Install a custom recovery, this time clean all system cache “Wipe data/factory reset”, “Cache partition table” the “Dalvik cache” from the advanced option.
      3. flash the 4.3 full stock MK3.
      4. do data reset again just to make sure.
      5. flash the 4.4.2 ND8 OTA update zip or the full stock firmware.

    2. Good, I would recommend you to try some flashable boot flash file or just odin the boot problem is probably because of this bootloader and boot damaged.
      If the problem persists, try a reflash rom with pit 4 Archivor as surely correct sharing startup (but keep in mind that it is a rom like a kitkat) but will fail because of software compatibility.
      Finally as a final option if in case of failure then I recommend that flashes all the bin parameter (file via Odin) (search forums), to repair efs folder and its partition.

  2. Hi,

    I recently updated to version 4.4.2 from the OTA update. My device is not rooted. How do I root now? All the root methods are for versions up to 4.3.

    Thanks

    1. I have not tried, but I guess that must be the same process as the 4.3, if there is an error on Odin will say before you start the process (translator google)

  3. Hi, I’m running 4.3 on my Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 3. My Baseband version is L710VPUBMK5. I was just wondering if I would be able to flash this to my phone as well??? Its not rooted & I don’t want to root because I’m scared I could do something wrong. I appreciate the help! 🙂

  4. hello, you can switch servers, because these servers are very slow

    and try to do it in recovery mode, but I get an error ContainerAgent

  5. After you install the stock nd8 4.4.2 firmware and root the device using the cf-auto-root method, is it safe to flash a custom recovery like clockworkmod or twrp???

  6. Sprint Galaxy S3 4.3 rooted before and now I updated here with the 4.4 kitkat step by step. Update successful but MAIN PROBLEM is that phone will not go into recovery mode anymore. Power, VOL up and home button, (blue little letters on far top left) and next screen says CF Root with red android and reboots in 10 seconds. Tried Chainfire’s rooting method step by step but still no root acquired. Phone doesn’t give me the RECOVERY MODE option any more. Any suggestions or help greatly appreciated. When rebooting with all 3 buttons, I have also tried letting go of power button when phone vibrates. I’ve taken battery out for up to 30 minutes, I’ve tried to do a FACTORY RESET and it won’t even complete it…Help…

  7. Hey Wilma,

    Thanks so much for this incredibly useful guide. I searched for hours yesterday trying to find anything on how to get back to stock and yours was not only the most useful guide but it was really the only one presented so perfectly. I really appreciate your efforts, thank you!

    Cheers,
    Yakov

  8. hi, my phone is unlocked for any company, does that can make any errors on the installation? Will I will remove the unlock? please responde and thanks

  9. CF Autoroot method did not work for me. I ended up installing custom recovery philz touch 6.07.9 using Odin and installing Super SU in custom recovery. That worked.

  10. I successfully flashed the update onto my boost mobile phone. However, I accidentally altered my mein number. I didn’t realize that I should have waited for instructions for a boost mobile sphl710. Any advice on how to gain my mein from boost back? I need it to ‘rectivate my phone. Is there anyway yo revert the update to before or fix my issue?

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