Samsung Kies

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Samsung Kies
Kies logo.jpg
Developer(s) Samsung
Stable release
Android 2.1 to 4.2 (31 July 2014; 7 months ago (2014-07-31)) [±]

Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) +
3.2.14083 (27 July 2014; 7 months ago (2014-07-27)) [±]
Operating system Windows, Mac OS X
Available in Multilingual
License Proprietary freeware

Samsung Kies /ˈks/ KEESS[1] is a freeware software application used to communicate between Windows or Macintosh operating systems, and more recently manufactured Samsung mobile phone and tablet computer devices, usually using a USB cable connection (though wireless LAN Kies connectivity is now possible using some devices).


The name "Kies" was originally an acronym. K.I.E.S., or the "Key Intuitive Easy System", was used until KIES version 2.0. After version 2.0, the name was shortened to "Kies", and the use of "K.I.E.S." as an acronym was discontinued.[citation needed]


Kies comes in two versions: the full version, to which most of this article refers, and the Kies Mini version, which is used solely to update certain Samsung mobile devices' operating systems (OS versions). While the full Kies product is capable of updating the OS versions of some Samsung devices, most devices may have their OS versions updated using only Kies Mini.[2] Though there are both Windows and Mac(intosh) versions of the full Kies product,[3] there is only a Windows version of Kies Mini for most Samsung devices; therefore, many Mac computer owners who wish to update said Samsung devices' OS versions find themselves having to lease or borrow a Windows computer, or use a virtual machine, onto which they may temporarily install Kies Mini, and to which they may then connect their Samsung device via USB cable to accomplish said OS version update.[citation needed]

Though most Kies connectivity has traditionally been via USB cable, wireless LAN connectivity between a Samsung device on which the Kies Wireless Android app[4] is running, and any Windows or Macintosh computer running the Kies full version, is now also possible. The Kies Wireless app also supports wireless connectivity with other devices via said other devices' web browsers. All such connectivity, though, must be via a local Wi-Fi connection (and not via cellular 2G, 3G, or 4G data networks) wherein all involved devices are on the same Wi-Fi LAN.[5]

The full version of Kies may be downloaded from the Samsung Global Download Center[6] or from the download part of an individual mobile device's technical support web page on the Samsung website. With few exceptions, it is usually only the Kies Mini version, and not the full version, which is typically downloadable from a given Samsung device's individual technical support web pages.[citation needed]


This software may be used for:

  • Data backup
  • Data transfer (between a Windows or Mac PC, and a Samsung mobile device), limited to certain media file formats
  • Multimedia (audio, photos, video, etc.) management, but limited to certain file formats; for example, Kies does not recognise .avi files
  • Purchase/acquisition of additional or special device features
  • Device firmware and operating system (OS version) upgrades

This software contains Content SAFER from the Korean company MarkAny, for the prevention of illegal copying and distribution of multimedia content.[citation needed]

Supported devices[edit]

This is a list of some of the currently known supported devices for Samsung Kies software:[citation needed]

  • As of 1 June 2013 There have been some reports (between four and 10) that Kies Tab 7 and Windows 8 are incompatible. Some users have noted that after installing Kies on their HP device, Smart Drives quit reporting to BIOS, resulting in dead laptops.[citation needed]
  • For Android 2.3.x - 4.2.x - Kies
  • For Android 4.3.x - 4.4.x - Kies 3

System requirements[edit]

OS CPU RAM HDD Space Screen Resolution Required Software
Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 Intel Pentium 1.8 GHz processor or higher (recommended) 1.00 GB (minimum), 2 GB recommended At least 500 MB 1024 × 768 (600), 32 bit or above .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 or later, Windows Media Player 10 or later, ActiveSync (Windows XP), Device Center (Windows Vista), DirectX 9.0C or above
Mac OS 10.5~ 10.6 (*Samsung Kies mini) 1.8 GHz Intel or faster processor 512 MB or more 30 MB of available hard disk space Wave (GT-S8500) Firmware upgrade is available for bada 1.2 or later. Wave II (GT-S8530)

Specific links[edit]

External links[edit]