HOW TO : Manually update your Nexus S to Android 2.3.3

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Still haven’t received the Android 2.3.3 OTA update on your Nexus S?  Thanks to the guys over at XDA, the update has been packaged into an easy to install, flashable zip file. So if you just don’t want to wait for the update to hit your handset, follow along and take it into your own hands.

1. Download the Android 2.3.3 update file here

2. Rename the file to update.zip. (if you’re OS hides file extensions, rename to update to avoid renaming the file to update.zip.zip)

3. Put the update.zip file into your phone’s storage

4. Turn off the phone

5. Turn your phone on by holding the Power and Volume Up at the same time to access the bootloader.

6. Navigate to recovery by using the volume keys, and press power to execute.

7. You’ll only see a triangle with an exclamation point in it at this point, so hold down the Power button and hit the Volume up button for the recovery menu to appear.

8. Using the volume keys again, go down to “apply update from /sdcard” and press power to start the update.

9. When the update is completed, reboot the Nexus S and you’re good to go!

Have fun with your new NFC writing capabilities and other goodies inside!

[Via: AndroidCentral, XDA]

  • AF

    Will this work for the ATT Nexus one.

    • Anonymous

      No. This is for the Nexus S only.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=658705272 Kurleigh Leonnard Martin

    do you need to be rooted?

    • Anonymous

      No. This is completely stock, and you do not need root. Enjoy!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=658705272 Kurleigh Leonnard Martin

        and it worked flawlessly!

        • Anonymous

          Glad it worked out for you! I’m hearing that some people are having issues.

  • Mous1996

    When I downloaded the link and came to step 8, it just went it to more things within the folder. Help?

  • Cyrusxs2000

    Thanks for the instructions! Process worked, and I’m now on Gingerbread (Build GRI40), but my 3G signal seems to have taken a hit. I used to get 3G at home, and now it’s mostly edge, sometimes changing to very weak 3G. Has anyone else seen this?

    • Cyrusxs2000

      Sorry! I meant to post this on the instructions you did for the Nexus One – whoops :(

  • Amesha Spenta

    I just tried it but it didn’t work. It gave me an error message and said it was aborted.

  • http://twitter.com/tim___baker Tim Baker

    Hello I followed the instructions to the letter. Everything seemed to go as you described, but when I rebooted the Nexus S at the end, nothing seemed to have changed. In Settings > About Phone is still says
    Android Version 2.3.1
    Baseband version I9020XXJK8
    Kernel Version 2.6.35.7-g7f1638a android-build@apa28 #1
    Build Number GRH78

    Any ideas?

  • http://twitter.com/tim___baker Tim Baker

    Hello I followed the instructions to the letter. Everything seemed to go as you described, but when I rebooted the Nexus S at the end, nothing seemed to have changed. In Settings > About Phone is still says
    Android Version 2.3.1
    Baseband version I9020XXJK8
    Kernel Version 2.6.35.7-g7f1638a android-build@apa28 #1
    Build Number GRH78

    Any ideas?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Bass/100000368559701 Christopher Bass

    One thing not mentioned was that once you click on update from SD card, it brings you to the sd card folder and you need to pick the “update.zip” to install it.

    Also, I had to hard reboot (battery out and in) because it rebooted to black screen with glowing back/menu/search/home.

    Other than that, flawless! Thanks :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Bass/100000368559701 Christopher Bass

    One thing not mentioned was that once you click on update from SD card, it brings you to the sd card folder and you need to pick the “update.zip” to install it.

    Also, I had to hard reboot (battery out and in) because it rebooted to black screen with glowing back/menu/search/home.

    Other than that, flawless! Thanks :)

  • http://twitter.com/ventzpetkov Ventz Petkov

    If anyone is getting the Status 7 error, check out (patch provided):
    http://blog.vpetkov.net/2011/03/11/google-nexus-s-update-manually-to-2-3-1-2-3-2-and-2-3-3/

    Also, it will give you all the updates from 2.3.0 to 2.3.1, 2.3.2, and 2.3.3

    Hope this helps people, and saves you the 2+ hours I spent.

  • http://profiles.google.com/stevoo82 Stelios Philippou

    I LOVE YOU !

    Now For 2.3.4 !

  • Thevix85

    Signature Verification eror

  • Ayaan

    now i having the same problem when i selecy apply update from sd/card .
    it shows assert failed E:error status 7 installation abborted
    OMG im trying since 1 week but still no solution :(
    i have baseband : M 200 LRKC1
    Build num : GRH78C

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