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How To: Use Paranoid Android ROM To Update A Galaxy S3 I9300 To Android 4.4.4 KitKat

Last updated: September 3, 2018.

Use Paranoid Android ROM To Update A Galaxy S3

It doesn’t look like Samsung is planning to officially update their international version of the Galaxy S3, the GT-I9300, to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.  The last official Android version released for the GT-I9300 was to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Though there is no official way you can get Android 4.4.4 KitKat on the Galaxy S3 GT-I9300, there are unofficial ways such as custom ROMs.  A great custom ROM to use for this is Paranoid Android.

The Paranoid Android ROM offers great performance and is very stable.  The UI is very attractive and responsive.  It’s a great way to get Android 4.4.4 KitKat on a Galaxy S3 GT-I9300.

Prepare your phone:

  1. This guide is only for the Galaxy S3 GT-I9300.  If you use this with another device, could brick it. Make sure you have the correct device by going to Settings>About Device.
  2. Charge the battery to at least over 60 percent. If you end up running out of power before the process is though, you could brick you device.
  3. Have a custom recovery flashed and installed.  Then create a Backup Nandroid.
  4. Back up important SMS messages, contacts and call logs.
  5. Back up all important media files manually by copying them to a PC or laptop.
  6. If your device is rooted, use Titanium Backup for your apps, system data and any other important content.

 

Note: The methods needed to flash custom recoveries, roms and to root your phone can result in bricking your device. Rooting your device will also void the warranty and it will no longer be eligible for free device services from manufacturers or warranty providers. Be responsible and keep these in mind before you decide to proceed on your own responsibility. In case a mishap occurs, we or the device manufacturers should never be held responsible.

Update Galaxy S3 I9300 To Android 4.4.4 KitKat With Paranoid Android ROM

  1. Download the following zip files:
  2. Connect phone to PC.
  3. Copy the downloaded .zip files to your phones storage.
  4. Disconnect your phone from the PC and turn it off.
  5. Boot your phone into custom recovery.  Turn your phone on by pressing and holding down the volume up, home and power buttons. This should take you to recovery mode.
  6. In recovery, choose the wipe option and  then choose to wipe cache, factory data reset, dalvik cache.
  7. After wiping, select the “Install” option.
  8. Follow this path:  “Install > Choose Zip from SD card / locate the zip file > Select pa_i9300-4.41-20140705.zip file > Yes”.
  9. The ROM should flash on your phone.
  10. Still in recovery, follow this path: “Install > Choose zip from SD card / locate the file > Gapps.zip file > Yes”.
  11. Gapps should flash on your phone.
  12. Reboot device.  The first boot could take up to 10 minutes.

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If the reboot takes longer then 10 minutes, trying booting into custom recovery again, wiping cache and dalvik cache and rebooting again.  If this still doesn’t work, go back to your old firmware using Nandroid backup.

Have you used Paranoid Android ROM on your device?

Share your experience in the comments box below.

JR

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