How To Update Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean...

How To Update Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean [Ultimate Guide]


The latest Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean update is now possible for Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 although not officially. Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 was Samsung’s flagship tab with on board Honeycomb having Android version 3.0. Recently the device got official firmware upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but now Samsung is focusing on their new Galaxy Tab 2


Read the following instructions carefully while updating your Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9  to Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. Please note that each and every step mentioned in this article is important.

Disclaimer: The procedure given in this tutorial is considered as risky and may cause damage to your phone. It is recommended that you should not follow it unless you are familiar with these things. Follow this guide completely at your own risk.

To update Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 to Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, follow our guide below.

 I. Before You Begin:

1. The following procedure works for Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Tablet [Model No P7300 & P7310].

2. Make sure your device have at least 80% battery power.

3. You must have ClockworkMod Recovery installed on your device.

4. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled


II. Downloading Required Files:

1. Jellybean 4.2 Package for  Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 P7300.

2.  Jellybean 4.2 Package for  Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 P7310.

2. Google Apps


III. Install Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM on Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9:

1. Connect your Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 to PC using USB cable.

2. Copy downloaded files to the SD card of your Phone.

3. Disconnect USB

4. Turn off your Phone.

5. Boot into recovery by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home and Power buttons

6. Wipe the Data and Dalvic Cache or you might brick your device afterwards

7. Select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. (Locate the Jelly Bean 4.2 Rom .zip file) and select it by pressing Power button.

8. Once the ROM installation process end, repeat the step 7 but choose Google apps instead of ROM zip to install the Google apps package.

9. When installation is completed, go back to the main recovery menu and select reboot system now to reboot the phone and boot up into customized Android 4.2.1 ROM

Congrats! Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean firmware based custom ROM is now installed and running on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Tablet


  1. I really want to try this out, however the links to download the ROM are actually pointing to CMW installation rather than to the ROM.
    Can you please update the links?

  2. Thanks some good instructions. I’m getting a Software error when installing the applications. I can however then access the settings in the software version still refers to my older version 4.0.4. Could it be that the GApps version is not right for 4.2.1?

  3. The Google Apps version above seems to be outdated for Android 4.2.X. I followed exactly the above and after everything installs, the the Setup Wizard crashes. Now I’m kinda stuck, but found that I needed a newer version of Google Apps. Now just to get it on the tab to install.

  4. These are the easiest directions I’ve seen so far but I can’t seem to find this clockwork you are talking about. Please help. Really want 4.2

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