The best way to upgrade Samsung Galaxy S4 firmware is using OTA method. But that’s not the only way to do so. You can use Samsung Kies to upgrade Galaxy S4 firmware as well. Only use Samsung Kies if you can’t get OTA software update because this process is slower. Why? You need to download the whole firmware which is more than 1 GB file size. So be sure to enable Latest firmware auto-download in Firmware update settings in Samsung Kies. Else you will need to wait for quite some time if your Internet connection is slow. And can’t use your Galaxy S4 during the firmware upgrade process. Note – both I9500 and I9505 firmware upgrade method is the same.
How to upgrade Samsung Galaxy S4 firmware with Samsung Kies?
It is not hard to upgrade Galaxy S4 firmware through Samsung Kies. Just follow the instructions there will do. Or go through my steps by steps guide below to get a clear idea.
You will get a pop up window if a new firmware version is available when you connect Galaxy S4 using USB cable to Samsung Kies. Just click Update to start the firmware upgrade process. Or click Firmware upgrade if you miss the pop up window.
Go through all the instructions. Make sure that you obey all of them. Then check I have read all of the above information. Finally, click Start upgrade.
Samsung Kies will download and prepare the firmware upgrade components then.
It will take some time to download firmware if firmware is not auto-download previously. Take a break and come back later.
Galaxy S4 will boot into Odin Download Mode in this stage. And firmware upgrade is in progress now. Do not disconnect USB cable. It should take less than 10 minutes in this stage.
Your Samsung Galaxy S4 will reboot by itself after that and continue upgrade process. Finally, Android OS will be loaded with all the latest features, improvements and bugs fixed update. That’s all.