T-Mobile Galaxy S II update to ICS available tonight – only on a PC

June 11, 2012
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In T-Mobile's usual fashion they have updated their official support page today for their Samsung Galaxy S II, detailing the upgrade to Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. At the first of the month they tweeted the update was coming on the 11th, but today its been confirmed. We do have some bad news however. The update won't be offered over the air with a painless and easy update like most -- More details below.

For some reason T-Mobile and Samsung have decided to not offer the update to Android 4.0 ICS for their Galaxy S II as an OTA (over the air) update like almost every other update to ICS. Instead users will only be able to upgrade using Samsung's Kies software and a computer. While this is a fairly easy process it's still a shame they've made this a requirement.

Most likely the reason behind this is the fact that the "optional" update will wipe out the homescreen and make users set up their devices again. I'd call this a recommended update more than optional, as Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was a major improvement and all users should want to have it. The update will be available starting tonight from T-Mobile and Samsung at 11 PM EST / 8 PM PST.

Instructions:
- Download Samsung Kies (here)
- Install and open Kies on PC
- Enable USB debugging on phone in settings > menu > apps > development
- Connect phone via USB
- Click and accept the update
- Enjoy

As usual users should back up any important data from their phones or micro-SD card just as a precautionary measure to avoid accidental loss but the update should not wipe devices out. As the support pages mention above the home screen and all icons will be erased but the phones apps, contacts, and data should all remain post update. Let us know how it goes by leaving us a comment below after you've done the update and enjoy that Ice Cream Sandwich.

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  • http://twitter.com/TRDcameleon Kaven C.

    I upgraded my Galaxy S2x this weekend with kies and it was easy and fast. Even my homescreen kept their configuration (apps and widget)! I don’t know if It’s the same with the t989 but the t989d was easy to upgrade!

  • Mems

    Finally!

  • kyle

    That was not the ice cream sandwich upgrade.

    • alex

      i agree my build still says 2.3.6 -_-

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000061946928 Teddy Shiferaw

        2.3.6 is the pre-requisite to 4.0.3. The ICS update should come out at 11 est. I’m in mountain time, so I don’t get it until 1 in the morning.

      • http://www.facebook.com/seth.t.wilson.5 Seth T Wilson

        11 Eastern = 9 Mountain, not 1, duh.

    • http://twitter.com/Ashlee_Lewis Ashlee Lewis

      Definitely the ICS update. Just got it. Pretty interesting. Kies took a bit to download but the rest didn’t take a super long time.

  • trifex

    Tonight at 11….you guys don’t have it yet

  • ToMmY LoPeZ

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • moosematrix

    Make sure phone is charged or Kies will not let you update (even though phone is charging while connected to my PC)

    • http://www.facebook.com/Omead.Joon Omead Pooladzandi

      100%?

  • PP

    Downloading my ICS as i type. I’ll let you know the highlights tomorrow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/versatile077 Richard Rickyrozay Bailey

    i need help im following the instruction and the shit still not working

  • http://www.facebook.com/Omead.Joon Omead Pooladzandi

    i still dont have it…

  • http://www.facebook.com/javier.hernandez.100 Javier Hernandez

    how do i install ice cream sandwich. im om my pc all i see that opened is kies air but all i see is the stuff i have on my phone…pleasse help

  • http://twitter.com/Ashlee_Lewis Ashlee Lewis

    Face Unlock is a pretty cool feature.

  • breadfan

    I waited till this morning to update and all I get is “Your device does
    not support software upgrading via kies” Spent an hour on the phone
    with t-mobile then they said sorry we cant help you please call Samsung
    for further support then after about 30 minutes on the phone with them
    she comes back and tells me “ICS for T-mobiles Galaxy S2 has been
    pulled,as we are getting to many reports of people having issues and
    people having to send us their phones for repair.and sorry sir we have
    no ETA of when ICS will be released again via Kies”. Ugh if its not one
    thing its another ,guess im glad i waited then have all the issues
    people are reporting to t-mobilesamsung.

  • NghiaT

    Tmobile Support – S2 Update now available here: support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-3029

  • Stephanie Arnold

    good god ICS is horrible..nothing but battery issues since I did it…got the phone replaced and I still have issues..piece of advice if you still have gingerbread keep it until they fix the issue

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507041011 James McPartland

    Can someone tell me, is it safe to install the ICS update yet?? I heard it was pretty buggy at first, even Bricking some phones!!