Samsung Kies Mini 188.8.131.5211-4
Only dedicated to a few models
As suggested by its title, it is a minimalist version of Samsung Kies, as it features fewer functions than the full edition. The main difference resides in the fact that Samsung Kies Mini can only be used with certain phone models (such as Vibrant, Captivate or Infuse), whereas Samsung Kies is compatible with a wider range of devices.
In order to benefit from the functions of Samsung Kies Mini, users need to connect their phones via USB cable to the computer, then wait until the application displays the available updates for the exact phone model. Users can choose to apply all or only part of the offered upgrades, depending on their choice.
Charge before use to prevent damage
The handset's battery needs to be fully charged - installing or updating new apps on the phone typically puts a strain on it, and insufficiently charged battery might prevent the process from completion. One also needs to keep in mind that they should not disconnect the phone from the computer until Samsung Kies Mini displays a message that the process has finished (otherwise, the handset might become inoperable).
Create a backup to be on the safe side
Before updating the phone's apps or firmware, it is recommended to create a backup just in case issues occur - thus, users can be sure that their data is not lost during the update process (including contacts, messages or multimedia files).
Furthermore, rebooting the phone is expected behavior, so users need not panic about this - once the update is completed and the Idle Screen of the phone is displayed, the handset can be disconnected from the computer and users can start exploring the new apps and features installed on their device.
To end with
Taking everything into consideration, we can say that Samsung Kies Mini is a handy alternative for its bigger brother, but only if your device is found on the list of supported ones. Keeping firmware and drivers up to date can prevent unexpected crashes, so you might want to give this utility a try.
Reviewed by Giorgiana Arghire on July 14th, 2014
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Application descriptionSamsung Kies Mini connects your PC to your phone, making it easier for you to synchronise data and find new apps. Due ...