Software update: Samsung Galaxy S II

Learn how to check the software version and update the Samsung Galaxy S II. Find out more on this page:

 

Understanding the software version

How tos

 

 

Understanding the software version

Beginning April 8, the Samsung Galaxy S II will have an optional software update to Android version  4.1.2/ Software T989UVMC6 via Samsung Kies only.  This update changes the OS to Jelly Bean.

 

You can update in one way:

  • Manual download to T989UVMC6 If you want to update to T989UVMC6, you can update via Samsung Kies. Ensure you are on the latest version of Kies prior to attempting the update. Seehttp://www.samsung.com/us/kies/ to confirm the version.

 

Current Software Version
Update Status

T989UVLI4

OR

T989UVLDH

OR

T989UVMC6

This software version is current. Your device software is up to date.

T989UVLI4

T989UVLDH

T989UVLH1

T989UVLI1

T989UVLDG

T989UVLE1

T989UVKL1

T989UVKID

You can manually update to Android version 4.1.2/ Baseband version T989UVMC6. See above for steps to manually update via Kies.

Other versions

T-Mobile and Samsung will not send you a software update.

 

Devices with non-T-Mobile software versions are out of warranty and do not receive updates.

 

 

Software versions

 

Android version 4.1.2 / Baseband version T989UVMC6 - Current version

  • Version
    • Android version 4.1.2/ Baseband version T989UVMC6
    • Kies only update (~756MB MB)
    • Approved 4/8/13
  • New Features
    • Android 4.1.2 OS (Jelly Bean)
  • Prerequisites
    • Any previously pushed T-Mobile software version
    • Latest version of Kies software downloaded on PC or MAC
    • At least 50% battery life

 

Android version 4.0.4/ Baseband version T989UVLI4 - Current OTA ICS update version

  • Version
    • Android version 4.0.4/ Baseband version T989UVLI4
    • Over-The-Air Update (~11MB MB)
    • Approved 1/21/12
  • Improvements
    • Qualcomm fix
    • Security enhancements
    • Vlingo S Voice improvements
  • Prerequisites
    • Android version 4.0.4/ Baseband version T989UVLI1 or T989UVLH1 update
    • Latest version of Kies software downloaded on PC or MAC
    • At least 50% battery life

Android version 4.0.4/ Baseband version T989UVLH1 - Approved 8/14/12

Android version 4.0.4/ Baseband version T989UVLI1 - Approved 11/5/12

Android version 4.0.4/ Baseband version T989UVLE1 - Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) Approved 6/11/12

Android version 2.3.6 / Baseband version T989UVLDG - Current OTA Gingerbread version

  • Version
    • Android version 2.3.6 / Baseband version T989UVLDH
    • Over-The-Air Update (~6.5 MB)
    • Notification via Android Notifications
    • Approved 1/28/12
  • Improvements:
    • Security enhancements
    • Improved user experience
  • Prerequisites
    • Android version 2.3.6 / Baseband version T989UVLDG update
    • Latest version of Kies software downloaded on PC or MAC
    • At least 50% battery life

Android version 2.3.6 / Baseband version T989UVLDG - Approved 12/11/12

Android version 2.3.6 / Baseband version T989UVLDE - Approved 5/21/12

Android version 2.3.6 / Baseband version T989UVKL1 - Approved 12/14/11

Android version 2.3.5 / Baseband version T989UVKID - Approved 10/18/11

 

 

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How tos

Check software version

To check the current software version, follow these steps:

 

  1. From any Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Tap Settings (Ajustes).
  3. Tap About phone (Acerca del teléfono).
  4. View Baseband version.

 

 

Manually update over USB using [update method, such as Kies]

You can [describe manual update process]. To manually update over a USB cable, follow these steps:


Installing Kies
  1. Download the most recent version of Kies by visiting http://www.samsung.com/us/kies/ (Select the SAMSUNG Kies version compatible with the PC)
    Note: Save the file to a desired location - the Desktop is recommended for easy access.
    Ensure you are on the most recent Kies version. If you attempt to check for Kies updates manually through the application, older versions may not recognize that there is a new version available. Compare your version number (found in Help > Kies Info) with that available through Samsung (click the file to download, on the download screen, the file name will include 2.x.x.x.xxxxx_, this is the current version available).
  2. Double click the Kies file. The program will self extract, no action is required.
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  3. Select the desired Language and Location, then click Next.
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  4. Read the license agreement, check the box for "I accept..." and click Next.
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  5. Kies Mini will begin the installation. No action is required.
  6. When the process is complete, click Finish.
Prepare the Samsung Galaxy S II

Note: USB Debugging is only needed when using a MAC to Update via Kies.

  1. From the Android home screen, press the Menu key and tap Settings.
  2. Tap Applications.
  3. Tap Development.
  4. Tap USB Debugging.
  5. Tap the Home key to exit the settings menu.
  6. Insert the USB data cable into the phone and then into an available port on the computer.
  7. Select Samsung Kies at the phone prompt. The PC should recognize several devices and begin installation. This is normal and may take a few minutes. Unplug the data cable when completed.
Upgrade to Android version 4.1.2/ Baseband version T989UVMC6

Important: Verify you have backed up all of your data, including the contents of the internal (non-removable) SD card, to prevent unnecessary data loss.

    1. On the PC, open the Kies application.
    2. Connect the device to the computer using the included USB cable.
    3. Once Kies recognizes the device, a popup window will appear.
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    1. Click Update.
    2. Read the Caution statements and select the I have read... check box.
    3. If desired, select Allow saving to back up the device. If not, select Proceed without saving.
    4. Click Start Upgrade.
    5. The software will download to the PC, and then to the device.
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  1. When the update completes, the 'Firmware Upgrade Complete' window will appearics update 6.JPG
  2. Click OK to confirm.

 

 

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