T-Mobile Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Available, For Real This Time

Right on schedule, Samsung has released the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the T-Mobile Galaxy S II. The update requires the download of Samsung’s Kies software for either Mac or Windows platforms. If you need a detailed set of instructions to aid in your update, hit the Samsung link at the end of this post. Don’t waste any more time reading this, hit that Samsung link below to get started.

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  • Lance734

    I downloaded Kies to my laptop, but when plugging in my phone via USB cable, it doesn’t recognize.  It just keeps saying that it’s “connecting” and the troubleshooting option isn’t working either.  I’ve restarted both the computer and the phone and neither has worked.  What am I doing wrong?

    • kay

      i am having the same problem…can anybody help…

      • ShawnL

        I spent 3 hours this evening getting ICS because my wifes S2 would not recognize. My issue was a dirty micro USB port on the S2. Try cleaning it. I took a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol and chopped the end in half so it’d fit. Worked for me.

  • Rafael

    I been having problems with downloading Kies… And once downloaded, fails miserably when I’m trying to run it… So I’m upset… No update here… This is total bs, for real why make it harder…Samsung doesn’t care for otas updates like htc.

  • Rosario

    So updated my sisters phone and everything downloaded and is working fine. Im playing around to see whats changed and everything’s looking good. Any chance we’ll get an article saying the improvements or specifically whats changed from stock ICS.

    Hmm, then again figuring everything out is half the fun.

  • guest

    does anybody notice the new contact page?

    • Rlmedic

      My pictures don’t show up and I’m synced to the Max … Any suggestions?

    • baopham

      thats from Ice Cream Sanwich

  • happy

    anyone else not getting notifications for messaning ?

  • Aljimz

    Just downloaded and now my camera app not working .. When I open it it closes and when I go to gallery it says ” media scanning running ” goes black then back to the app . Showing nothing !!!!!!

  • Aljimz

    Help

  • Aljimz

    Fixed !! Had to go to settings storage and tap on sdcard

  • Shawn

    If you do a factory reset after the update your “My Account” and “My Device” merge into Access T-Mobile.

  • guest

    The contact picture for each persons contact page is really small.  Is this happening for anybody else?

    • Shawn

      Yes but that’s because it’s the small picture you added before. If you delete your contact picture you will notice that the picture box is now larger. Kinda like the cover photo on Faceb00k.

      • guest

         Where do you get the option to delete contact pictures if you’re sync’d with facebook?

        • J-Hop2o6

           DL contact-sync from the Play Store. It gives u the option to sync HD FB photos up to 512×512. The regular FB app doesn’t use HD photos, which makes the contact photos look horrible.

      • guest

         Where do you get the option to delete contact pictures if you’re sync’d with facebook?

  • Weezy0803

    Tha market is not working keep saying error package file invalid

  • Ballinouzgx

    Big let down. Phone responds extremely well, but system processes run slower than android 1.5. Did I do something wrong?

  • Guest

    I am going to wait for this upgrade. There is a golden rule concerning technology. If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. So I will wait for the kinks to be ironed out before I do something. 

  • Avshopper71

    Anyone figure out how to do screenshots? The old way isn’t working anymore.

    • Ibn0721

      Same as the old way, just hold it for a little longer.

      • MarcusDW

        THANKS!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HXYTLRJX7BCRW3YFLBRCFL7SKQ mirza

      Yes it didn’t work for me either, hold volume down button and screen lock button simultaneously.

    • MarcusDW

      Hold it longer now.

  • Shadmaster

    The only problem that I came across so far is that the stock email app. The emails won’t show up. Tried deleting the account and re-entering it. Its connected but no emails show up at all

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000093850112 Krzysztof Bryk
  • Guest

    Anyone has a fix for the email client. I can’t see any of my work emails

  • http://profiles.google.com/sanil1986 sAnIL ,,, ;)

    1) the brightness slider is not working for me anymore
    2) emails not showing up …. no new email notification

     

  • baopham

    If you’re having trouble getting the phone to connect via Kies be sure to use the original USB cable that came with your phone.

    • None

      And don’t connect through a USB hub – I had that issue myself.  Theoretically it should work that way but to be safe just connect directly to a USB port on your computer.  (using a good quality cable)

  • baopham

    the update was good, but they kept the original TW launcher – which means no folders, no quick launch dock…somewhat dissapointing…be sure to use Apex/Nova Launcher after.

    • Cole

      GO Launcher works really well!!!

  • MarcusDW

    One thing that really sux is that when you grab the screen to scroll around, you are LOCKED into that direction.  You can’t free scroll anymore!!
    If you are in a Browser or the Gmail app and want to move the screen around in a circle pattern, you can’t do it.  It still works in the Gallery though…

    • Dumbazz

      It’s like they killed fun.

      • MarcusDW

        Is it the same for you?  These issues seem kind of hit and miss.  I may just do a wipe like you said.

      • guidomus_maximus

        Don’t feed the trolls!

      • guidomus_maximus

        Don’t feed the trolls!

  • Shaw79

    WOW google wallet finaly for the GS2 tmobile. I downloaded it this morning after update.

    • Scott

      Google Wallet does NOT work. This is the message you get…..”Unfortunately, Google Wallet has not yet been certified in your country or on your device/ carrier”

    • Networkjct

      Google wallet his saying its not available in because the carrier has not approved it.

  • Alexgitman

    Wow, this upgrade my phone respond so slow. What were They thinking during testing? Does anybody else have the same problem?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6P3TONQUNXOOZR5ERIVAFA4PV4 Jones

       you where the same person  crying for them to bring the update now the update is here, you once again complaining…

      • Guest911

        So…his phone is not slow? And him wanting an update to work properly is crying? Guess he should just be happy with whatever crap they throw his way eh!

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/6P3TONQUNXOOZR5ERIVAFA4PV4 Jones

          My phone is not slow….we all had the same update… too many cry babies for something not so important.

        • Df3

          Lots of trolls on the website.

        • Youngtexas_balla06

          Im having problems with my music player, but shit we want everything to be perfect, this why we bye what we buy, you wouldn’t want your food half done, soooooooooooooo we dont want this update half ass

        • Dumbazz

          I had issues with the internet not working and not being able to reject calls. A factory reset fixed this however so people having issues may need to do this.

        • Guest911

          Good point. If your phone is not slow then no one else has the problem. Come on dude – you have to be smarter than that.

        • Guest911

          Good point. If your phone is not slow then no one else has the problem. Come on dude – you have to be smarter than that.

      • Alexgitman

        All I am saying that the phone is a little slow

  • Df3

    New Kies download this mornng, hope it’s less buggy.

  • MarcusDW

    I strongly suggest everyone download NOVA Launcher and gives it a try.  You get the best of both worlds now!  An ICS look and feel while retaining the TouchWiz widgets(this wasn’t possible for me on GB) AND you still get the awesome TouchWiz background features.

    This for me is the perfect setup now and would actually keep me from buying the GSIII right away if I didn’t already plan on giving my GS2 to my moms.

    • guest

      what does DL stand for? I found a Nova Launcher but not DL Nova Launcher

      • Cole Belke

        DL just means download…

      • Dumbazz

        Darias Longfellow

        • MarcusDW

          LOL

  • Tim

    One thing I noticed, the “show clock on lock screen” and “show weather on lock screen” don’t actually do anything.

    Screenshot your home screens first – they will all be reset!
    Likes: New gmail, mobile hotspot, wifi direct, look and feel – can’t wait to play around with it more.

     

    • MarcusDW

      My 
      “show clock on lock screen” and “show weather on lock screen” do what they are supposed to do.  I’m diggin’ the weather thing too!

      Maybe reset your phone and see if it will work.  

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6P3TONQUNXOOZR5ERIVAFA4PV4 Jones

       for the Weather to work, you will need to allow “Google location Service” and for the Screenshot, it use to be called “ScreenCapture” still there just goto your Gallery to find it.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6P3TONQUNXOOZR5ERIVAFA4PV4 Jones

       for the Weather to work, you will need to allow “Google location Service” and for the Screenshot, it use to be called “ScreenCapture” still there just goto your Gallery to find it.

    • Aliriano194

      In display settings you need to pick the option to position the clock on the top of the lock screen not the bottom in order to get the weather to show

      • MarcusDW

        Mine works anywhere I put the clock.

  • Youngtexas_balla06

    Can someone thats at home tell me if kies has a update, i heard.they did something this morning also,

    • Df3

      yes, there is a new update.

      • Youngtexas_balla06

        What does it do, i did the ics update lastnight,

        • Df3

          It’s just a kies app update don’t know whats new.

        • Youngtexas_balla06

          Ok thanks, do i need to hook my phone up to it….

        • Df3

          no

  • Guest

    If you can’t see your email in the default email client – you have a bunch of grey rows with no text – touch the option button.  (Lower left permanent button.)  Choose “Font Size” and choose one of the options.  Your email will now be visible.  Took me 20 minutes to figure it out.  Seems the ROM defaults to a null value for that particular setting.  Lame.

  • cspek

    anyone notice the transition when you’re messaging (txting), it’ll pop up and down whenever you have a word suggestion? Anyway to stop that?

    • Rea702

      That is my only complaint so for. I can’t stand that, gives me a headache. Anyway, sorry, I don’t have a solution.

      • cspek

        seriously, it kind of like flashes as you text, it keeps moving up and down.

        • larry d

          YES VERY ANNOYING , makes me dizzy

        • cspek

          i’m assuming best fix for now, judging from the comments is to download the gingerbread keyboard

        • larry d

          YES VERY ANNOYING , makes me dizzy

  • Aliriano194

    The stock web browser gets laggy at times when you pinch and zoom or scrolling. Even in gallery when you pinch zoom it gets choppy at times. Anyone else experiencing this? That my only complaint.

  • Dumbazz

    If you are having issues since the update I would recommend a factory reset. I had to do this because after updating I could not connect to the stock browser. Chrome and all my other browsers worked fine but not the stock. Also I could not reject a call it would lslide as if rejected but then it would rring again.
    Damn my favorite app in the world folder organizer is not working with I c s.

  • Dumbazz

    Kind of sucks because if you want the full new google voice to text you are left with only the samsung keyboard. The updated swype uses dragon. Kinda sucks

  • MarcusDW

    Is it just my phone or did our ICS not come with all that bloatware??

    I was rooted and froze(not uninstalled) that crapware on 2.3 so I’m guessing that’s why the apps aren’t on my phone at all after 4.0.3??

    • Dumbazz

      Ha ha I had rooted my phone but hearing it wouldn’t let me upgrade to stock ice cream sandwich I unrooted

  • MarcusDW

    We got multiple Fonts back.

    I must say thought that the Roboto font is lookin pretty good up top.

    “Display battery percentage” YESSSS!!

  • MarcusDW

    We got multiple Fonts back.

    I must say thought that the Roboto font is lookin pretty good up top.

    “Display battery percentage” YESSSS!!

  • MarcusDW
  • MarcusDW
    • Df3

      It’s great, thanks!

    • Dumbazz

      A 100000000 thank you’s.
      Also thanks for the nova launcher heads up!

  • Mystrobiggz

    ICS is running beautifully on my phone. Smooth as silk. Gmail app looks a thousand times better. Downloaded the stock ICS 4 calendar from the market. Still using Gingerbread Keyboard. It seems to be the best one. My stock browser does everything I need it too. Tried Chrome, no flash killed that for me. Have noticed it uses more RAM, but has not slowed my phone down one bit! Loving it!!!!!!

    • MarcusDW

      U don’t like the ICS KB?  Best KB for me since it’s been available.  And yeah I love the new Gmail!

  • Julz

    Its not working for me..i dont know whats wrong. All its says is its connecting nothing happening..sucks

  • Dumbazz

    Nova launcher ROCKS!

  • MarcusDW

    Man, now you can search your music right in the search bar.  That is awesome.

    Quadrant score averaging 3700 now!!

    • fixxmyhead

      u could do that in GB too. settings>then check music

      • MarcusDW

        You sure right. I forgot you can search a handful of different things.

  • guest

    Any body else having problems with KIES saying need to update to the latest version but when you press the update button it says it already has the latest version?

    • Julz

      No..my issue is kies is not regonizing my device.

      • MarcusDW

        Kies version 2.3.2.1254_20?

        I can only suggest that you try re-installing the software.

        • Julz

          Marcus…do u have a link to update kies 2.3 cuz mines 2.1

      • Df3

        try installing drivers

      • Bobothebar

         be sure to use the original cable you got with your SGS2

    • Guest

      I figured it out.  My work PC was blocking Kies from accessing the internet but Kies never gave an error message to the effect the network connection was blocked.  

  • alfonzso

    Damn Kies either freezes or doesn’t recognize my device. :-(

  • alfonzso

    Damn Kies either freezes or doesn’t recognize my device. :-(

    • ICS <<<

      uninstall kies , reinstall , restart computer , restart phone , try again should help

      • http://twitter.com/mcgweezy MAGUIRE CHIWANZA

        hey. have tried everything you suggested multiple times. after attempting to connect it states for me to reboot phone. when i do still no luck.

    • ICS <<<

      uninstall kies , reinstall , restart computer , restart phone , try again should help

  • Rudeboyruntings

    The ICS install was smooth, updated Kies before updating my device and it took me all of 15, 15 minutes. Pros: don’t have to use the built in task manager anymore as ICS shuts down apps as I exit, that was super annoying having to close the text messaging app each time I used it. Cons: don’t like how the pattern lock screen looks, its a minor thing but it still irks me a bit. And why did T-Mo have to add google +? Like there’s not enough bloatware on the phone already!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6P3TONQUNXOOZR5ERIVAFA4PV4 Jones

       lol and the funny thing it can’t be deleted them…. I don’t open them…everybody happy

  • Nastleford

    So I’ve seen some people post about an ICS Keyboard better than the gingerbread? I updated last night and now there are a couple selections (gingerbread keyboard & google voice typing) but no ICS. i was using Swype and it looks nice, except the whole “flashing” feel you get when it comes up to autocorrect while typing and then goes away and come backs – so I went to GB. Is the ICS keyboard like the calendar that samsung is blocking so you have to get it from the play store?

    Also for others who have it updated already; phone charged all last night, I used it this morning to look at a contact and then used it for a couple minutes for miles tracker and 4 hours later it is at 30% battery. No GPS, BT, Wifi, nothing but sync. Anyone else having problems with the battery? I also did a reboot last night before putting on the charger after the update.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6P3TONQUNXOOZR5ERIVAFA4PV4 Jones

       you sync might be draining your battery…. I would advise disable it….. I have 89% charge last night wake up this morning in 85% without charging of course….something is draining your battery….

      • Nastleford

         the sync is email that has always been on before. i have restarted twice also. maybe have to do a battery pull?

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/6P3TONQUNXOOZR5ERIVAFA4PV4 Jones

           Maybe if you goto settings -> Accounts and sync  do you have that setting on or off?

        • Nastleford

           i had gmail, FB (which always have had) and T-mobile Contacts – mobilelife contacts that weren’t there before. that mess up all my contacts last night after the update too. Maybe that was it? guess i’ll see.
          What about the keyboard? Did you get an ICS keyboard?

    • EastVillageDavid

       ICS ate my battery in 5 hours and it was a burning fire brick most of that time.  The day before, my battery lasted 12 hours.  The only change was the ICS upgrade.

      I turned off the GPS, charged the phone to 100% (which went much quicker than with Gingerbread), and then pulled the battery for three minutes in the hope of resetting it. 

      But you know what?  F-you, Android.  I like having my GPS on because I use Google maps a lot, both en route and after in locations.  Why do I have to turn features off to get the phone to last for a day?

    • Kurtwatson1

      I have the same problem with battery. please go to settings -> about phone-> status. Does Battery status say discharging? mine does.

    • Bill Bialas

      Same issue with battery.  Seems to be really bad.  Also, seems like my Radio has issues, weaker.  Also, experienced lots of crashes

  • Ramon Sanchez-Aviles

    is anyone having issues with the contacts?? I used to have my contacts synced with facebook and i was able to see the profile pictures as caller ID but now i have all the contacts but no pics and no info.

    • Help?

      Hit “contacts to display” then hit “customize” then choose contacts you want displayed. Does that help?

      • Ramon Sanchez-Aviles

        I just restarted the phone and its rebooting let me try it…hopefully that works

      • Ramon Sanchez-Aviles

        nope it didnt work, still i see the contacts but no pictures 

        • conwar

          Did you try adding the facebook account through the facebook app? I noticed that if you added the facebook account through the account settings and chose the facebook account under social hub no longer syncs contacts. The facebook app account should sync contacts now.

      • Ramon Sanchez-Aviles

        nope it didnt work, still i see the contacts but no pictures 

  • Henry

    Does the update change the sms/messages look? and can u revert to gingerbread somehow if u dont like the update

    • Dumbazz

      I dont think you can revert without rooting to do that. A factory reset after updating to ICS will reset to ICS. The SMS app looks the same. Have you tried any of the replacement SMS apps?

    • Dumbazz

      I dont think you can revert without rooting to do that. A factory reset after updating to ICS will reset to ICS. The SMS app looks the same. Have you tried any of the replacement SMS apps?

  • Dumbazz

    For those that haven’t upgraded yet…
    If you run into issues after the upgrade either give it some time to smooth out or do a factory reset. I had numerous issues after the update so I FS’d. I didnt want to wait and hope this stuff worked out because one of the issues was not being able to reject a call. 

  • Dumbazz

    For those that haven’t upgraded yet…
    If you run into issues after the upgrade either give it some time to smooth out or do a factory reset. I had numerous issues after the update so I FS’d. I didnt want to wait and hope this stuff worked out because one of the issues was not being able to reject a call.