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How to Update Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (GT-P7300) to Official Android 4.0.4 ICS Firmware

Samsung is quite busy in updating its smartphones these days. Some of them have already been upgraded, updates for some are announced and a few are still in the pipeline. While Google has already launched the 4.2 version of android commonly known as jelly bean, there are so many devices that are waiting for its previous version 4.0 ice cream sandwich update.

The next device that gets the Ice cream sandwich update is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 GT P7300 tablet. The update has already been rolled out by the company and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is amongst the last models to get updated in the same series. Now all the tablets have the ICS update while the Galaxy Tab 2 is a step further with the JB update but one is doubtful whether tab 8.9 will get it or not.

This update will bring about a number of changes in your tablet that includes a much improved battery life, faster processing, multitasking, improved notifications, better animations and many more. The typeface has also been improved. One can update it via OTA or Samsung Kies. If you want to update it manually, read the instructions bellow.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Android 4.0.4 ICS Firmware Update

Things you need to do before the updating process :-

  1. You need to have the latest USB drivers to connect your tablet to your system. Ensure your USB cable is working properly.
  2. Make sure you have a backup of all your important data to be on a safer side.
  3. Ensure that your tablet is completely charged so that the process does not stop in between.
  4. Enable the USB debugging mode of your device. (Settings> Developer options>USB debugging)

(Note: Follow the below procedure on your own risk. We do not take any responsibility of any consequences faced during the process)

How to update Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 GT-P7300 :-

  1.  To begin with to have ODIN on your system. You can download it from here.
  2.  Next, you need to download the root files. Click here to download. It is a zip file and you need to extract its content on your system.
  3.  Restart your device to enable the download mode. ( Press the volume down and power button together along with the home button)
  4. Launch ODIN on the system and connect your tablet to it while it is in the download mode.
  5. The moment your system recognizes the tablet, the ID: COM boxes in ODIN will turn yellow.
  6. Select the files that you need to root from the folder extracted in step 2.
  7. If in step 6, you have selected the .pit file then ensure that you have also checked the auto-reboot, f.reset time and re-partition option.
  8. Click on start to begin with the rooting process. The process will take some time and your tablet will restart after completion.
  9. Disconnect your device from the system and switch it off.
  10. Turn it on again in the recovery mode. ( Enter the recovery mode by pressing the volume up, power and home button)
  11. Navigate to the wipe data/factory reset option with the help of volume buttons in the recovery menu options.
  12. Finally, choose the reboot system now and allow the tablet to boot to the home screen.

Now, your tablet is rooted and is running on the Official Android 4.0.4 ICS (P7300XXLQ6) Firmware.

Mike is a software engineer with a love for tinkering with smart phone devices. He spends a lot of time moving pictures to his SD card, because the Android keeps running out of memory. In his spare time, he travels to different parts of the world and takes one of his Android devices with him.


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17 Responses to “How to Update Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (GT-P7300) to Official Android 4.0.4 ICS Firmware”

  1. Alan Dorkin says:

    Just a small clarification to this too positive article:

    Galaxt Tab 8.9 has waited the ICS update close to one year (it was sometime late last winter when Samsung announced that the update is coming “soon”).

    Secondly, the update is not available globally, merely in few countries only. Progress is really slow, majority will not see the update before 2013.

    Galaxy Tab customers should not imagine that Samsung would provide JB update after ICS, it is not going to happen.

    Practically this means that the product got obsolete during it’s guarantee period (in terms of OS updates). What we might get in coming months, is an update to OS version that is already outdated.

    Good example, how well Samsung treats it’s customers.

  2. Frank Rizzo says:

    This is my first and last Samsung Android device, their slow pace at updates makes me sick.

  3. Anne says:


    Is it confirmed that it will be available by OTA ? Because Kies is not working for me and nothing is available for the moment by OTA.

    Also, is there a list of the countries where it has already been updated ? (i’m in Belgium)


  4. kim arvin says:

    OMFG. Its Dec.29,2012 and almost 2013,
    and Im still waiting for the ICS update for GT8.9P7300
    i tried to check the update via OTA but it still not available.
    Ive Emailed the contact support and they said it was already available o.e

    Im from Philippines.

  5. irshad raza says:

    now its 2013 when will be the update come for this devis

  6. Elmo says:

    Hi!! My tab 8.9 is now finally ICS, big thanks admin! But.. I have a problem after upgrading.. I tried to connect my tab through Kies and it says “your device current firmware version is not supported to update firmware via kies”.. How could i fix this? I need your help and guide.. Thank you admin.

    • admin says:

      It would happen because, I think in your country firmware upgrade has not been yet rolled out. This firmware version is of another country. but, don’t worry you can use it successfully on your device and when the official firmware update is available in your country, you can download it and install it manually.

  7. Mielieman says:

    I am from South Africa where everyting turned back to the stone age since ’94

    Please I would like to get my Tablet up to date. There is a problem with the link form your step 1

    The file is no longer available.

    Please help

  8. Jamie says:

    I have been trying to update my Galaxy Tab but the link in step 2 seems to be incorrect. It comes up on my tab as invalid binary file?
    Please help

  9. pantea says:

    admin plz help me… i’ve download the odin from Odin3_v1.85 because my tablet Did not work with programs that you did. then i click the PDA button then load the extracted file (zip) .tar .is that right? then i start the program but it didnt work. and just wrote SetupConnection.. .what shoud i do??? .plz help me

    • admin says:

      Make sure that you have installed all the drivers of your tablet on your PC properly. Then try our tutorial once again.

  10. pantea says:


  11. DH says:

    I’ve followed this, but Odin seems to be stuck on “NAND write start”. The progress bar on the tablet doesn’t move further than the first 2mm. Any advice?

  12. orion8806 says:

    I have followed all the steps: no problem during the upgrade, no problem with WIFI, no problem with the 3G, no problem with the bluetooth….everything working fine.

    Thank you very much for this post

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