The availability of the Galaxy S4 mini stock firmware is essential to back to stock condition, since it will be flashed to your smartphones. Normally, this firmware contains the main Android OS, kernel, bootloader, radio, etc. which makes our device works properly. The software version of the firmware that is available usually matches with your current device, and if your device has received an OTA update, the firmware with the latest software version will also be available.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini released with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but if you find a stock firmware with the newer Android OS then you can make use of it to back to stock, as long as the firmware is match with your device’s model number. Please don’t flash a firmware that has a different model number with your device or something bad will happen.
To find out the model number of your device, just head over to Settings -> About. Currently Samsung Galaxy S4 mini has been available in some countries with various models, some are mentioned below:
- International version (GT-I9195)
- Verizon – US (SCH-I435)
- AT&T – US (SGH-I257)
- Sprint – US (SPH-L520)
- U.S. Cellular – US (SCH-R890)
- Canadian version (SGH-I257)
- … and several other variants.
Not all models have a firmware released and ready to download, sometimes we have to wait a couple of months until the firmware available. To check the availability of firmware for your specific model of the Galaxy S4 mini, you should type following URL in your browser:
Replace the “xxx-xxxxx” with your phone’s model number, such as http://samsung-updates.com/device/?id=SPH-L520 for the Sprint variant of the S4 mini.