Firmware updates are always a welcome thing for smartphone users because they bring improvements, new features and address stability issues. That is why, the very news of the availability of a new software update makes us excited. While in most cases software updates are for good and receive positive feedback from the users, sometimes they do not come up to expectations.
The reactions of users to the Jelly Bean update from Samsung for some of its smartphones and tablets have been very nice. After getting the new update, users reported random reboots, lack of some good features in the new firmware, low available RAM space, slow UI response and battery drain. Most users of device like Galaxy S2, Note, etc. had to go back to the previous ICS ROM.
However, things become complicated for some phones that were upgraded directly to Jelly Bean from Gingerbread. The users that tried to install the Android 2.3.6 GB firmware back to their Galaxy Ace 2 and S Advance, found their phone soft-bricked because downgrading to GB from JB on Samsung devices leads to this condition.
Well, it happened some week ago when a leaked version of Android 4.1.2 firmware popped up from Samsung’s projector phone, the Galaxy Beam GT-I8530. Many adventurous users saw it as a great treat and flashed the firmware using Odin. Having discovered the nightmarish impact of the new firmware on the device, they naturally decided to roll back to the previous Android 2.3.6 firmware. And it is here that another bad thing happened! They found that their Galaxy Beam was unable to boot and it could not boot into recovery mode too. In the past, I have written several tutorials to help users downgrade firmware on their Android device safely and this time, at the request of a user, here is another guide for the Galaxy Beam GT-I8530.
By trying to downgrade your Galaxy Beam, you will be putting your phone into risk. Though the steps described below have been tested successfully, we cannot warrant 100% success for all users. In most cases, failure is the outcome of the mistakes of users. Follow the tutorial carefully and do not blame us for any mishap. Proceed at your own risk!
Getting Prepared for Downgrade:
- Download Odin firmware flasher tool and extract the zip: Odin3_v1.85.zip
- Download the multifile Android 4.3.6 firmware and extract it: I8530ZSLE5_ZSLE5_OZS_Android_2.3.6.rar
- Download and install Samsung USB Drivers on your computer: Download Here
- Downgrading firmware will wipe your phone’s data. Backup your apps and other data using these apps.
- Open your phone Settings> Developer Options and enable USB Debugging.
- Do not forget to charge your phone’s battery to at least 60%.
Downgrading Galaxy Beam to Android 4.3.6 Gingerbread:
Having made the above preparations, you can now move on to downgrade your Beam GT-I8530 to Gingerbread from Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware. Let’s do it step by step.
- Turn off your phone. Now boot it into Download Mode. You can do this by holding the Volume down+Center+ Power buttons at the same time for about 2-3 seconds. When you see the warning screen, press the Volume up key to enter Download mode.
- Now launch Odin v1.85.exe and connect you Galaxy Beam to the computer via USB.
- When Odin detects your phone, you’ll see a Yellow indicator on it.
- Click on PDA button, navigate to the firmware folder and select the file with CODE in its name.
- Then click on CSC button and select the file with CSC in its name.
- Make sure that only the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are selected on Odin.
- When you are assured that everything has been done correctly, click the Start button and let Odin do the magic.
- Finally, your phone will reboot automatically.
Wait till you are able to see the startup screen. Do the required settings and enjoy! If you have any question or you get into some problem, ask us. Cheers!
Please, not that the firmware file we have used above is meant for Taiwan. If you wish to install the firmware for your own country or region, do the following steps:
- Download firmware file for your country/CSC: Click Here
- To know your phone’s CSC, see this article.
- Enable USB Debugging on phone.
- Boot the phone in Download Mode
- Launch Odin and connect phone to PC.
- Click the PDA button and select firmware.
- Select Auto Reboot and F Reset Time.
- Now click on Start button.
Your device will automatically reboot when the new firmware is installed. Enjoy!