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05/06/2013

How to update Micromax A116 Canvas HD to Jelly Bean 4.2 using SP Flash Tool

Though Micromax A116 Canvas HD  has received the Official Jelly Bean update, as per some readers, some service centers aren't rolling it out right now. If you are an amalgamation of impatience and geekiness, then this guide will let you update your Micromax A116 Canvas HD to Jelly Bean 4.2.1

Please note that if you have already rooted and flashed clockworkmod recovery on your Canvas HD, follow this article instead. If the below guide doesn't work out for you for some reason, or if you just don't want to use SP Flash tool use the clockworkmod recovery method instead. I always find it easier to update an android phone.

Before you Proceed:

  • Flashing it will void your manufacturer warranty even though it is an official release. Why? Because flashing thing on your own voids their terms of service.
  • Charge your phone to decent battery levels before starting with the guide.
  • This guide will work on all Windows versions as long as you are able to install drivers for your phone successfully. (For drivers, use pdanet or this method)

Update Micromax A116 Canvas HD to Jelly Bean 4.2.1 using SP Flash Tools:

  1. Download the official JB 4.2.1 ROM for Micromax Canvas HD here. It is hosted by Moulnisky, which obviously isn't the official source to get the rom from, but as Micromax has changed the password of their FTP, we have no other option.
  2. Extract the S9201_4.2_MP_F3F8_B1_IN_MMX_09_FLASHER_USER.rar file you downloaded above anywhere as per your convenience.
  3. Download and extract SP Flash Tool.
  4. Run the Flash Tool.exe file from the SP Flash Tool folder you extracted.
  5. Click on Scatter Loading button and locate the scatter file present in the rom folder you extracted in step 2. (The scatter loading file ends with the .txt extension and is named something like MT6589_Android_scatter_emmc.txt)
  6. Pull out the battery from your Canvas HD. Also, eject your SIM(s) and SD card from the mobile.
  7. In the Flash Tool window, press the Download button. Then, connect your phone (still without battery and everything) using USB cable.
  8. The flashing process would begin. When it completes, reboot your phone. As expected, the first boot will take some time. *Don't* touch the screen during the first boot. Tpupgrade will upgrade your phone during the first boot and touching the screen will cause it to miscalibrate. Don't even press the OK button on your screen. Reboot your phone when a message says "Upgrade was successful" appears on your phone.
  9. Switch off your phone and insert your SIM and SD card. Now, explore the sweetness of the latest Jelly Bean version on your Micromax A116 Canvas HD.
This update adds the option to save your games data to the external sd card, which means that you won't have to swap your internal and external storage in order to enjoy games with large sd data.

After you update your phone to official Jelly Bean 4.2, you will lose root access. To regain that, follow this guide (which I expect, should work on the updated phone equally well).

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