Tutorial To Update Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini With Kitkat 4.4.2 Android Firmware

If you are a Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Android phone user and want to update your phone with Kitkat 4.4.2 android firmware follow this tutorial. The official Android Kitkat firmware is not yet released, but custom ROM firmware is rolling out. Cyanogen Mod 11 brings this delightful update to Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini.

Please note that since it is a custom ROM firmware, it may contain many bugs and also it will void the warranty of your phone.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini


1.Before updating your phone, charge your phone up to 75% or more, so that it never get switched off during the middle of the process due to low battery. If it happens, this could damage your device. So, try to charge your phone completely, before initiating the update process.

2.All of us stored some important or personal data’s on our phone. When you update your phone, they may get deleted. So, before beginning the process, take a backup of all the data’s for future use “especially contact numbers”.

3.Next enable the USB Debugging mode option in your phone by following the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging”. This is very much important because only by doing so, your Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini smartphone can communicate with the computer.

4.Download Samsung USB Driver for your smartphone and install it to the computer.

5.Finally, make sure that your Samsung Galaxy S3 mini was rooted. In case you are not sure about that just download the root checker app from Google Play Store and check its status. If you haven’t rooted your device yet follow these tutorials: Root Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini GT-I8200 or Root Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini I8190

Disclaimer : Please be aware that the given below rooting procedures will void the manufacturer warranty of your phone. Although, the given below methods are safe, it may brick your phone. If that happens, the liability will be yours. I won’t be held responsible for that.

Procedure To Update Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini With KitKat 4.4.2 Firmware:

1.First, download the KitKat 4.4.2 firmware and Gapps package to your computer.

2.Once you have downloaded these files, connect your smartphone to the computer and transfer them to the SD card.

3.Next, enter into the recovery mode by pressing the Volume Up button and Home Key button and while holding them, you need to switch ON your phone. In case, if you fail to enter into the recovery mode by trying this method, just download the ROM Manager app from Google Play Store and it will help you to go there.

4.So, once you have entered into the recovery mode successfully, clear the cache and wipe the data by selecting appropriate options.

5.After that select the option “Install Zip From SD card” and pick the Kitkat file which you have already stored on your SD card.

6.Once it was finished, select the Gapps package and allow it to install on your phone.

7.Once the process was completed, select the “Go Back > Reboot System Now”  option and wait until it get finished.

8.To check whether the Kitkat 4.4.2 update was successful on your phone, go to the path “Settings > About Phone” where the current firmware version will be displayed.

That’s it! You have successfully updated the Kitkat 4.4.2 firmware on your Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini smartphone. Enjoy!


  1. osama nasif says:

    Hello dude please help me when I install the firmware it says filed to …… file signature

  2. osama nasif says:

    Can you help me?

  3. I think that the firmware link is outdated. Will post a new one shortly. You can try it again, after I have updated the link!

  4. hey man , can i ask you why it says failed to verify whole file signature ? i need your help

  5. I think your base ROM is a different one from the variant I have used for this updating process. Let me know your base ROM. I will provide you the firmware link!

  6. well , lol , im new to this , i don’t know what is base rom , i have s3 mini GT-I8200 , and it’s rooted , i followed your steps and i told you what i got , i’ll be glad if you tell me what i have to do privatly to give me more informations , you can add me on skype if you want it’s david.mossano , thank you

  7. Added you on skype. Let’s talk over there.

  8. Hello please help me when I install the firmware it says filed to …… file signature >>>>
    please help >
    how to install rom 4.4.2 on galaxy s 3 mini. gt_i8200?

  9. hello 🙁
    when I install the firmware it says> E:error in / external_sd/ cm11.0_golden.maclaw.20131218.zip (status 7)
    installation aborted.

    my recovery mod is : philz touch 5 >
    help me pleas

  10. tell me with skype

  11. Hi, I’m not sure that this can work for either of the 4 variants of S3 Mini Value Edition (GT-I8200 plain /N/L/Q) because hardware inside of the phone is completely different from regular S3 Mini and there were people who bricked their phones trying to flash ROMs from regular S3 Mini on S3 Mini Value Edition. (There currently only exists a deodexed 4.2.2 Jellybean Custom ROM for this device, on XDA), so I recommend that GT-I8200/N/L/Q owners don’t flash regular S3 Mini GT-I8190 ROMs on their devices because they’ll brick it

  12. Hi Luka,

    Thanks for the tip.

  13. Parwar Zaxoe says:

    There are no Rom for galaxy s 3 mini
    ve .i8200

  14. Parwar Zaxoe says:

    Ok now .
    The rom 4.4 for galaxy 3min ve gt-i8200
    Is fake.

  15. It’s not fake. Read the comment from Luka. You will understand.

  16. I think there will be few. I will look for one and will let you know.

  17. ok.Thanks for everything. I understand.

  18. You are welcome man!

  19. mehaboobnizami says:

    I have galaxy s3 mini gt 8910 4.1.1 jelly bean allready is there can I instal kikat or lolipop please tell me

  20. mohdajharuddin says:

    How can I upgrade my Samsung galaxy s3 mini gt-i8200n to kitkat 4.4.2

  21. Sathish says:

    Yes you can. I will post the tutorial with custom ROM firmware link shortly.

  22. I have tried to update my SIII mini VE i8200 to Android 4.4., was not successfull, because the ROM was designed for i8190, as I found later. I wanted to flash back to 4.2. by Kies, unfortunately the update was broken. Since then the phone cannot be switched on even in an emergency mode. When connected to pc via usb the phone is switching on and off very quickly, so it cannot be detected by Odin or Kies to be updated back to 4.2.. What to do now ? Shall I throw the phone to the basket ? 🙂 🙁

  23. I’m not sure, but you can ask here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s3-mini/general/s-iii-mini-ve-i8200-n-t2826565 Hope it helps. ☺

  24. Buenas Tardes, saludos desde vzla., no existe aun una rom para el mini SIII i8200? Gracias.

    Good afternoon, greetings from vzla., There is even one rom for i8200 SIII mini? Thank You.

  25. Sir,I have s3mini 18190.How to get lollipop update.Is it possible?

  26. I will let you know pretty soon!

  27. Hi,

    I am not sure about custom ROMs for S3 Mini. Will let you know if i come across anything.

  28. I have samsung galaxy s3 mini GTI8190N. I wish upgrade my phone From Jelybean 4.1.1 to Kitkat 4.2.2. but i lot trying at not success. so I say please u Original help me this subjet. thanks

  29. Parwar Zaxoe says:

    file signtary .
    how to fix .
    galaxy 3mini 8200.

  30. hi, the download of kitkat 4.2.2 firmware is fake i can’t download it!!!!

  31. yes, fail signature….. doesn’t run on s3 mini i8200