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So a couple of months after Samsung announced there won’t be any upgrades beyond the hybrid Gingerbread version they released for the original Samsung Galaxy tab (P1000), and I say hybrid because the latest version they released had some features from Ice Cream Sandwich mashed into it, I’ve decided to take my chances and explore other options. I was encouraged yesterday as well with the announcement of Xbox SmartGlass which I really wanted on the tablet but it wouldn’t install on Gingerbread- need ICS at least, same applies to Chrome browser for Android.

I take no credit whatsoever for this method, it is basically combining two tutorials available online already. The thing is I had to research a lot to get it to work so I thought I’d summarize it all up here. Also, please understand that this is a process that might damage your device should you do anything wrong, you need to understand the risks and take full responsibility of proceeding with this. Also make sure that your device is a Samsung Galaxy Tab (P1000) the GSM version – not CDMA.

First of all, you need to upgrade it your tablet to the latest available Gingerbread version and root it. If you’ve upgraded before, chances are your phone does not have a working ClockWorkMod Recovery installed on it which will render the process useless (my experience). My advice is that you follow this awesome tutorial which will help you achieve both, either upgrade if you haven’t already or basically re-flash your phone with a version that has ClockWorkMod Recovery installed if you’ve already upgraded before – both options include the rooting of course.

Part 1. Upgrade to Gingerbread with working ClockWorkMod & Root

You will need to download the following files:
- Odin3 v1.7 (Odin3 v1.7.zip)
- PIT file (gt-p1000_mr_PIT.zip)
- dbdata file (dbdata.zip)

From here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=13682956&postcount=1


- Firmware file (P1000XXJQ1_P1000XXJQ1_P1000XXJPZ.zip)

From here: http://www.multiupload.com/IZLCKQ3VJC


- CF Root file (CF-Root-TAB7_XX_OXA_JQ1-v3.3-CWM3RFS.zip)

From here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=10053743&postcount=1

Once you do, watch this video (the source) to perform the upgrade and the rooting:

Part 2. Install Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.4) – AOKP custom ROM for the Galaxy Tab

You will need to download the following files:

- AOKP ROM Build 40 package for Samsung Galaxy Tab GT-P1000 (aokp_p1_build-40.zip, 132 MB)

From here: http://www.mediafire.com/?39f2dubfiti87bd

- GApps (Google Apps) package (gapps-ics-20120429-signed.zip, 49.6 MB)

From here: http://goo.im/gapps/gapps-ics-20120429-signed.zip

Once you do, jump to this tutorial (second source) and skip right to the “Instructions” bit (available below on the page for convenience):


Here they are for convenience:


  1. Copy the AOKP ROM Build 40 package and the GApps (Google Apps) package to the root of the tablet’s internal SD card.
  2. Switch off your tablet and reboot into ClockworkMod Recovery. To do this, hold the Volume Up key and Power button together until the screen turns on, then you can release the buttons.
  3. Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset, then choose Yes on the next screen.
  4. Select Wipe Cache Partition and confirm the action on the next screen.
  5. Go back to the main menu and select Advanced. From there, select Wipe Dalvik Cache and confirm the action on the next screen.
  6. Select Install ZIP From SD Card. Select Choose ZIP From SD Card and locate the aokp_p1_build-40.zip file. Confirm the action on the next screen to flash the ROM.
  7. Go back to the main menu and install the GApps package in the same manner as in step 6. This will install apps like the Play Store, Gmail, etc.
  8. When the installation is completely done, go back to the main menu then select Reboot System Now. This will reboot your tablet to the installed AOKP ROM. Booting for the first time may take up to 5 minutes.

Part 3. Enjoy your ICS Samsung Galaxy Tab

I know I am :) I’ve opted for the APEX launcher as my default theme. Be warned, it takes some getting used to if you’re so used to the Samsung Android. Also, I would like to report that I’ve installed and tested SmartGlass and it works beautifully.


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22 Comments to “How to Ice Cream Sandwich your original Samsung Galaxy Tab”

  1. Juan Carlos Says:

    Hi i have tried your method but when installing AOKP ROM Build 40 package it self restarted and tries to continue but it keep rebooting. Dis something worng? Cause the GT-P1000 now it is useless since i can not start it. Please advice.

  2. Ahad Memon Says:

    umm… i just wanted to know whether this actually works greatly or does it have problems after some time?? coz i installed cyanogenmod software into my tablet and it worked wonders for a few months and then disastrous things started happening like i couldnt install apps from the play store and many others!!! thanks and plz reply fast!!1

  3. Governor Says:

    Hello Ahad,

    I can’t guarantee the future by I can share my experience. I’ve been using it without any problems for 4 months now and no “side effects” have surfaced.

    I hope this helps.


  4. Ender Dimitri Says:

    Can this process be reversed? Is it possible to get my tablet back the way it was when i bought it? Thanks by the way.

  5. Master Grill Says:

    Im fucked bro…no signal and i can not connect to kies, keeps saying i must take off debugging mode…from the usb mode. some other dude said some wheri must make an entry “modem.bin/radio” but he does not say where? wtf? i am lost! Ps. its the p1000 gingerbread i upgraded to this shity software. now everything is fucked!!!

  6. Governor Says:

    @Ender & @MasterGrill: I am not sure if you can unroot and go back to stock, but check this video out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hUX2s-SNdw

    I hope it will help.


  7. Master Grill Says:

    Enter your message here…

  8. Master Grill Says:

    Thanx a million for your reply…I’m sorted now and actually like the new software ! Would not be able to enjoy ice cream Sam witch was it not for your post…believe it or not….thanx again!!!!

  9. tamo Says:

    my tab working great i have one issue when i access 3g i cant go back to wifi
    the wifi function stops untill i reset the galaxy to factory setting. please can anyone help me wuth this issue

  10. Governor Says:

    @Master Grill – Pleasure, I am glad you found this helpful :)
    @Tamo – Unfortunately I am not an expert so can’t help :(

  11. CCK Says:

    Hi! 1st of all thank you for the guide. Enjoying ICS myself :) so far things are real smooth on my tab.

    However, there’s one thing that bug me. It’s the status bar (or notification bar, whatever it’s called xD). Is there a way to move it to the top of the screen? As well as change the background of the bar (right now it’s 2 bar sticked together with a black line in the middle)?

    And again, THANKS ALOT!

  12. Moiz Says:

    I have followed the steps in the post and now have Android version 4.0.4 on my GT-P1000 but my USB connection to the computer does not work. After reading a bit after googling, I tried going to Settings -> Storage, but I don’t see the three dot menu on the top right corner that everyone is talking about to go to change some settings.

    I am about to embark on app development on the Android platform and I am hoping a fellow Androidian will help be get past this problem. With the USB not working I am really stuck as I can’t debug. Let alone debug, I can’t even get my apk files on the tablet.

  13. sunny Says:

    hi, cn anyone advice on the link above ,,, its not working ,,how to get the firmware link
    Firmware file (P1000XXJQ1_P1000XXJQ1_P1000XXJPZ.zip) -

  14. hamza Says:

    Guys am doomed,few months back I have upgraded my gtp1000 to ice cream sandwich.since den I have experience lots of problems but the major one is untimely rebooting of the device, can I go back to my lovely ginger bread, how

  15. Deckard_2019 Says:

    Hi guys! The link for the Firmware (P1000XXJQ1_P1000XXJQ1_P1000XXJPZ.zip) file is broken – Is there another one?

  16. Amonk Says:

    How do i do these?

    “Copy the AOKP ROM Build 40 package and the GApps (Google Apps) package to the root of the tablet’s internal SD card”

    i have rooted my tab with clockworkmod recovery installed.

  17. Soiso1107 Says:

    Terrific – easy instructions and smooth install for a newby. Thanks for going through the effort on posting the paths forward, very cool indeed.

  18. hnin Says:

    thanks leave message for you . Can I ask you about my tab. MY tab was upgrade 2.3 to 4.2.1. I am lost wifi , blutetooth, mobile internet. Whhy is it , can you explain?

  19. Valerie Whitehead Says:

    The Google I/O version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 ran Honeycomb 3.0.1 when it was given away in early May 2011. Expect the official version of the tablet to come with 3.1 installed.

  20. BaBaJi Says:

    works super smoothly,,,
    thanks a lot

  21. Dane Wedderburn Says:

    I can’t seem to get AOKP ROM Build 40 installed on my p1000. I’ve done everything that I’m supposed to do. This link:


    Does not exist. So I’m wondering if something was to be done from that link. I followed all the instructions. But to no avail.

    What needs to be done for my tablet to work on ICS? Please help.

    Thank you,

  22. Adepentane Says:

    Guys, please this link aint opening, saying the file cant be found……


    please i need a reply fast. and also , how can i upgrade to 4.3 ?? if possible >>>>> thanks a million.

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