Recently, Sprint announced an update to the newest Android version, Jellybean on the Galaxy S3. This update is to roll out in phases over the next moth as an OTA update. The problem is, not everyone is lucky enough to get the update.
I am one of those that was impatient and could not wait any longer. I spent forever looking around trying to find a way to manually update my Sprint Galaxy S3 to Jellybean with the official OTA update from Sprint. I did not want to have to root and load a custom rom, and wanted something quick and easy to do.
Manually Force OTA Jellybean Update on Sprint Galaxy S3
1. First, check to see if the update is available to you. Goto Settings -> System Update -> Update Samsung Software and hit “Check Now” . If no update is available, continue to the next step.
2. Goto Settings -> Application Manager -> (scroll over to all) Google Services Framework then hit “Clear data”
3. Now, go back to check and see if an update is available to you. When you enter this screen, it show that you last checked for an update back in 1967. Goto Settings -> System Update -> Update Samsung Software and hit “Check Now” . If no update is available, you will need to repeat step 2.
4. Repeat the above steps until and update is available to you. It can take you 1-2 times or even 20+ times before you luck out and have the update available. For me, it took 3 times, however, I have seen some take up to 19 times.
Let us know in the comments how many tries it took for you to get the Jellybean OTA update for your Sprint Galaxy S3.
Why Is Sprint Forcing Users To Wait For The OTA Update?
This update is roughly 200mb in size. Even when you are downloading it on a WiFi connection, you are putting a load on Sprint’s web servers. To reduce this, they slowly roll the update out to all users.