Jan 21 AT 9:35 PM Taylor Wimberly 44 Comments

Update your Nexus S to Android 2.3.2

Today Google started pushing out an update for the Nexus S that brings the firmware up to 2.3.2. The file is only about 600 KB big and the build number goes from GRH78 to GRH78C, so all signs point to this being a minor update. Samsung tweeted that it fixes the SMS bug that has received a lot of attention lately and that’s about all we know. There is no word on if it fixes the random reboot bug, but we will be testing it out and report on our findings.

You can wait for the update to hit your phone over-the-air, or you can download it from Google and manually install it now.

To install the latest Nexus S build GRH78C, follow these steps:

  • Download the update file from Google’s server: GRH78C-from-GRH78.zip
  • Copy the file to your phone’s internal storage (/sdcard). Tip: The Nexus S can flash any file so there is no need to rename it update.zip
  • Power off your phone.
  • Hold down the VOLUME UP button and power it back on.
  • Use the volume keys to navigate to recovery and press POWER to select it.
  • When you see the “/!” symbol, hold the POWER button and then press the VOLUME UP button.
  • You should be presented with the Android system recovery menu. Select the option “apply update from /sdcard”
  • Find the update file (GRH78C-from-GRH78) on your sdcard and then press the POWER button to flash it.
  • Wait for the update to complete and then select “reboot system now”

The whole process takes about five minutes and I did not encounter any issues when I flashed it on my phone. If you run into any problems, just leave a comment and we will try to help out.

Via: xda-developers

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  • jivemaster

    Some have reported that it fixes some of the browser problems too, but I haven’t confirmed it on my own device yet.

  • http://Website Richard

    Does this update add 4g capabilities and micro sd cards????….. NOT…… This is another SAMSUNG WASTE…. HTC RULES THIS PARTY

    • http://Website anthony

      Richard or is it Dick for short what are you trying to add. I suppose you don’t have a NS so why all the stupid ranting. I say post with some common sense or go get an iPhone and leave.

      • http://Website Richard

        @Anthony…. Stupid post it wasn’t…. and no I don’t have nor want the NEXUS S. What’s so special about it with all it’s problems you act like the CREATOR of this product or MAYBE you work for SAMSUNG in case ”GO FUCK A DUCK”

        • http://Website anthony

          Richard/Dick
          do I work for Samsung such a feeble attempt for a ha ha
          Wow that Dick guy is so crafty
          Oh that dick guy is so original
          Oh that dick guy sure told Anthony
          No that guy is just being a Dick.

  • http://Website Vijay

    When exactly is the HTC Droid Incredible getting 2.3?

    • http://Website Nate

      There is no word as to when any other phone will be getting 2.3

  • http://Website jdeslip

    Anyone know if it fixes the orientation issues after using skymap and other compass apps?

  • http://Website paprika

    how much longer til 2.4(
    honeycomb) ????

  • http://Website Richard

    All the issues with SAMSUNG products ALL THE BUGS… GOSH…. Gotta love HTC EVO 4G RULES ANDROID

  • http://Website Troy g

    After the update I noticed that swype no longer worked. I’ve noticed this after other updates. If you run into this just uninstall swype then reinstall. Quick fix! Runs perfect again!

  • http://Website lumen

    i have iphone

    • http://Website Omar G

      Well doesn’t that suck

    • mac08wrx

      Sucks to be yoy

    • http://Website ?

      wow she said

      i have iphone

  • http://Website Misterbigglesworth

    @Richard sounds like your just jelly because your fat, battery whore evo is still stuck on 2.2 while my sexy nexy S is in gingerbread + >:D

    • http://Website anthony

      Wow I wouldn’t have answered Richard /Dick earlier if I have read this post lol

    • http://Website ACR

      Don’t forget that crap camera and GPU in the EVO.

  • http://Website juarez95

    rofl the call fone nexus azz

  • http://Website john

    Sheesh now I remember why I stopped reading android and me, to much hating and to many damn trolls.

    • http://Website Paul

      Instead of not reading android and me try just not reading the comments.

  • http://Website DARREN M

    No thanks i am purchasing the new Verizon IPHONE 4. Its fantastic and it looks amazing. Android phones look terribly plastic cheap and none of my friends want a poor androids phone. We all want iphones and i have the iphone3g now and the iphone4 soon losers!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://Website Iphone sucks

      Ok what the hell are u doing on this site than ???
      Its android and me not fruit and me

    • http://Website anthony

      @Darren M. We are so happy for you Verizon and your iPhone. I wish you well are you gone yet!

    • http://Website DARREN M

      No thanks i am purchasing the new Verizon IPHONE 4. Its fantastic and it looks amazing. Android phones look terribly plastic cheap and none of my friends want a poor androids phone. We all want iphones and i have the iphone3g now and the iphone4 soon losers!!!!!!!!!

    • http://Website DARREN M

      No thanks i am purchasing the new Verizon IPHONE 4. Its fantastic and it looks amazing. Android phones look terribly plastic cheap and none of my friends want a poor androids phone. We all want iphones and i have the iphone3g now and the iphone4 soon losers!!!!!!!

  • http://Website Kimberly Wimberly

    does it reboot

  • http://Website youngcarter

    wait wait wait…lemme ask yall something, if that up there is a link to download the android 2.3 update, would i be able to download it and try to install it to my G2 following the instructions?

    • http://Website Michael

      No noob. Updates are phone specific. Otherwise all phones would update at the same time. A little common sense would tell you that.

  • http://Website furlonium

    Jesus H Christ, it’s a bunch of 10 year olds with Aris’ on here. Just updated my NS to 2.3.2. Thanks.

  • http://Website _5_

    I updated and now my Nexus S ia BRICK! Fucc you google!!!!!!

    • GRAW

      Good job following instructions.

  • http://Website nick

    I asked Samsung on their twitter for galaxy s support about this fix and the reboot bug and they said that it didn’t. Google yesterday posted in the bug tracker that they are testing a second fix for this problem as well. So no, reboot bug isn’t fixed yet.

  • http://Website HERO OWNER

    Haha any chance that the Hero will ever get 2.3 hahahahahaha

  • http://joelteixeira.net Joel Teixeira

    Looks like it fixed my touch screen response issues as well. Thank you.

  • http://Website Nandakumar

    Successfully upgraded my new Nx S to 2.3.2
    Thanks a lot

  • aktorun

    Reboot bug is still there. I lived a reboot again during a call just after installing the patch (GRH78C)

    Google, hear our voice and solve this nasty reboot issue soon. It is getting annoying.

    • http://Website PROUD IPHONE OWNER SINCE IPHONE 3G

      ROFL better get the iPhone 4 dude!?! :D

  • http://Website Maximus

    Do u have to be rooted to apply the update?

    • http://Website unplugged

      No, root required. Follow the easy directions and you’ll be updated to the latest!

  • http://Website Scotter

    I wonder if the sms bug was within the sms app or deeper? In other words, if you were running a non-stock sms app like Chomp, did you still experience the bug? I’m running Chomp on my Nexus One and never had sms issues.

    • http://Website Maximus

      Thankfully i havent had the Sms Bug everyone was reporting as far as messages going to the wrong people *Whew*

      However with that said what i did experience was during long text conversations i would start receiving Duplicates of their messages

      Hopefully this update addressed that issue as that was my only problem with sms…. the constant duplicates of the senders messages

  • http://Website Maximus

    Wow! my first time manually updating my First Android Device went without a Hitch

    Took less then a minute

    Happily running 2.3.2 on my Nexus S

    Thanx for the update!

  • chris0101

    This is the big benefit of buying Nexus phones – Google is pretty prompt about updating their devices to fixing bugs, especially compared to the manufacturers or carriers.

    I just wish that there were more Nexus phones out there; I want one with a keyboard and I’m sure that a case could be made that the Nexus should come with all of the bells and whistles that any phone could conceivably have for the year.

  1. Some have reported that it fixes some of the browser problems too, but I haven’t confirmed it on my own device yet.

  2. RichardGuest 4 years ago

    Does this update add 4g capabilities and micro sd cards????….. NOT…… This is another SAMSUNG WASTE…. HTC RULES THIS PARTY

    • anthonyGuest 4 years ago

      Richard or is it Dick for short what are you trying to add. I suppose you don’t have a NS so why all the stupid ranting. I say post with some common sense or go get an iPhone and leave.

      • RichardGuest 4 years ago

        @Anthony…. Stupid post it wasn’t…. and no I don’t have nor want the NEXUS S. What’s so special about it with all it’s problems you act like the CREATOR of this product or MAYBE you work for SAMSUNG in case ”GO FUCK A DUCK”

        • anthonyGuest 4 years ago

          Richard/Dick
          do I work for Samsung such a feeble attempt for a ha ha
          Wow that Dick guy is so crafty
          Oh that dick guy is so original
          Oh that dick guy sure told Anthony
          No that guy is just being a Dick.

  3. VijayGuest 4 years ago

    When exactly is the HTC Droid Incredible getting 2.3?

    • NateGuest 4 years ago

      There is no word as to when any other phone will be getting 2.3

  4. jdeslipGuest 4 years ago

    Anyone know if it fixes the orientation issues after using skymap and other compass apps?

  5. paprikaGuest 4 years ago

    how much longer til 2.4(
    honeycomb) ????

  6. RichardGuest 4 years ago

    All the issues with SAMSUNG products ALL THE BUGS… GOSH…. Gotta love HTC EVO 4G RULES ANDROID

  7. Troy gGuest 4 years ago

    After the update I noticed that swype no longer worked. I’ve noticed this after other updates. If you run into this just uninstall swype then reinstall. Quick fix! Runs perfect again!

  8. lumenGuest 4 years ago

    i have iphone

  9. MisterbigglesworthGuest 4 years ago

    @Richard sounds like your just jelly because your fat, battery whore evo is still stuck on 2.2 while my sexy nexy S is in gingerbread + >:D

    • anthonyGuest 4 years ago

      Wow I wouldn’t have answered Richard /Dick earlier if I have read this post lol

    • ACRGuest 4 years ago

      Don’t forget that crap camera and GPU in the EVO.

  10. juarez95Guest 4 years ago

    rofl the call fone nexus azz

  11. johnGuest 4 years ago

    Sheesh now I remember why I stopped reading android and me, to much hating and to many damn trolls.

    • PaulGuest 4 years ago

      Instead of not reading android and me try just not reading the comments.

  12. DARREN MGuest 4 years ago

    No thanks i am purchasing the new Verizon IPHONE 4. Its fantastic and it looks amazing. Android phones look terribly plastic cheap and none of my friends want a poor androids phone. We all want iphones and i have the iphone3g now and the iphone4 soon losers!!!!!!!!!!

    • Iphone sucksGuest 4 years ago

      Ok what the hell are u doing on this site than ???
      Its android and me not fruit and me

    • anthonyGuest 4 years ago

      @Darren M. We are so happy for you Verizon and your iPhone. I wish you well are you gone yet!

    • DARREN MGuest 4 years ago

      No thanks i am purchasing the new Verizon IPHONE 4. Its fantastic and it looks amazing. Android phones look terribly plastic cheap and none of my friends want a poor androids phone. We all want iphones and i have the iphone3g now and the iphone4 soon losers!!!!!!!!!

    • DARREN MGuest 4 years ago

      No thanks i am purchasing the new Verizon IPHONE 4. Its fantastic and it looks amazing. Android phones look terribly plastic cheap and none of my friends want a poor androids phone. We all want iphones and i have the iphone3g now and the iphone4 soon losers!!!!!!!

  13. Kimberly WimberlyGuest 4 years ago

    does it reboot

  14. youngcarterGuest 4 years ago

    wait wait wait…lemme ask yall something, if that up there is a link to download the android 2.3 update, would i be able to download it and try to install it to my G2 following the instructions?

    • MichaelGuest 4 years ago

      No noob. Updates are phone specific. Otherwise all phones would update at the same time. A little common sense would tell you that.

  15. furloniumGuest 4 years ago

    Jesus H Christ, it’s a bunch of 10 year olds with Aris’ on here. Just updated my NS to 2.3.2. Thanks.

  16. _5_Guest 4 years ago

    I updated and now my Nexus S ia BRICK! Fucc you google!!!!!!

  17. nickGuest 4 years ago

    I asked Samsung on their twitter for galaxy s support about this fix and the reboot bug and they said that it didn’t. Google yesterday posted in the bug tracker that they are testing a second fix for this problem as well. So no, reboot bug isn’t fixed yet.

  18. HERO OWNERGuest 4 years ago

    Haha any chance that the Hero will ever get 2.3 hahahahahaha

  19. Joel TeixeiraGuest 4 years ago

    Looks like it fixed my touch screen response issues as well. Thank you.

  20. NandakumarGuest 4 years ago

    Successfully upgraded my new Nx S to 2.3.2
    Thanks a lot

  21. Reboot bug is still there. I lived a reboot again during a call just after installing the patch (GRH78C)

    Google, hear our voice and solve this nasty reboot issue soon. It is getting annoying.

    • PROUD IPHONE OWNER SINCE IPHONE 3GGuest 4 years ago

      ROFL better get the iPhone 4 dude!?! :D

  22. MaximusGuest 4 years ago

    Do u have to be rooted to apply the update?

    • unpluggedGuest 4 years ago

      No, root required. Follow the easy directions and you’ll be updated to the latest!

  23. ScotterGuest 4 years ago

    I wonder if the sms bug was within the sms app or deeper? In other words, if you were running a non-stock sms app like Chomp, did you still experience the bug? I’m running Chomp on my Nexus One and never had sms issues.

    • MaximusGuest 4 years ago

      Thankfully i havent had the Sms Bug everyone was reporting as far as messages going to the wrong people *Whew*

      However with that said what i did experience was during long text conversations i would start receiving Duplicates of their messages

      Hopefully this update addressed that issue as that was my only problem with sms…. the constant duplicates of the senders messages

  24. MaximusGuest 4 years ago

    Wow! my first time manually updating my First Android Device went without a Hitch

    Took less then a minute

    Happily running 2.3.2 on my Nexus S

    Thanx for the update!

  25. This is the big benefit of buying Nexus phones – Google is pretty prompt about updating their devices to fixing bugs, especially compared to the manufacturers or carriers.

    I just wish that there were more Nexus phones out there; I want one with a keyboard and I’m sure that a case could be made that the Nexus should come with all of the bells and whistles that any phone could conceivably have for the year.