Manually upgrade a device with Android from version 2.3 to 4.0: 11 steps (with pictures)

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Manually upgrade a device with Android from version 2.3 to 4.0: 11 steps (with pictures)
Manually upgrade a device with Android from version 2.3 to 4.0: 11 steps (with pictures)
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Smartphones with Android are great devices for several reasons. One of the things that make them so great is the software. Upgrades are regularly released to fix problems or introduce new interfaces. Upgrading to 4.0 is a good way to access new features of the software, and it doesn't take long to upgrade.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Update wirelessly

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Step 1. Connect your phone to a working wireless internet connection

Read this article to learn more about connecting to a wireless network

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Step 2. Open your phone's settings

Tap Settings or press your menu button and select Settings.

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Step 3. Tap on "Device Info"

You'll find this at the bottom of the Settings menu.

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Step 4. Tap on "Software Update"

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Step 5. Tap "Update" or "Check for Updates"

Your phone will now check for new updates. If an update is available, the available version will appear in a pop-up menu.

Your phone or carrier may not support the update to Android 4.0

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Step 6. Install the update

You can now choose whether you want to install the update immediately or later. Tap "Install Now" to download and install the update right away.

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Step 7. Wait for the installation to complete

Your phone will reboot automatically when the installation is complete.

Method 2 of 2: Updating by rooting your phone

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Step 1. Download a ROM of Ice Cream Sandwich (version 4

0).

There are several versions available online, created by different users. Check if the root files you download support your phone model.

  • Rooting a phone or tablet with Android is slightly different with each model.
  • Rooting to upgrade is not supported by your carrier and your phone manufacturer.
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Step 2. Connect your phone to a computer

Use the USB cable that came with the phone. Plug the small plug into your phone and the USB plug into your computer's USB port.

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Step 3. Open the ROM you downloaded

Follow the on-screen instructions to begin installing the ROM on your phone. You may need other tools such as ADB on your computer and CRM (Clockwork Recovery Mod) on your phone.

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Step 4. Wait for the installation to complete

When everything is ready, your phone will reboot with version 4.0.

Tips

  • Always backup your phone before you start, an update may erase all data on your phone.
  • Ice Cream Sandwich contains functionalities that require more power than the functionalities on Gingerbread. A phone with a slow processor will have more trouble with Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • A ROM can be unstable, your phone can freeze more often.
  • Some phones cannot be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich. Contact your phone manufacturer to see if you can upgrade to 4.0.

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