Mar 28 AT 9:05 PM Dustin Earley 40 Comments

How to install Android 4.0.4 on the Samsung Nexus S


Now that Android 4.0.4 for the Nexus S (i9023, i9020-T) is out, you may be wondering how to get your device up and running with the latest version of Android. Allow us to help. If you’re running stock 4.0.3 or any ROM with Clockwork Mod Recovery, the process to update your device couldn’t be easier.

For those of you with Clockwork Mod Recovery flashed, all you have to do is:

  • Download the flashable ROM from this XDA thread
  • Place on the root of your SDcard (plug your device into your computer, mount as USB storage and drag the flashable ROM onto your Nexus S, not in any folders)
  • Reboot your device into recovery
  • Wipe data/factory reset
  • Install .zip from SDcard
  • Choose .zip from SDcard
  • Flash the ROM you put on your Nexus S
  • Enjoy!

If you’re using the stock build of 4.0.3, the steps to flash the update file are just as easy:

  • Grab the update file from Google
  • Place on the root of your SDcard
  • Power off your Nexus S, then once it’s off, hold volume up and power to boot into the bootloader
  • Navigate with the volume buttons to recovery, and use the power button to select it
  • You should see a warning triangle shortly after that, from there, hold down the power button and press volume up
  • Select apply update from /sdcard and choose the update file
  • Reboot your Nexus S with the menu option provided
  • Enjoy!

Of course, using either method to update your Nexus S is your decision. Only you are responsible for what happens to your device. For any additional help, or more information on the update process, you can use the comments or visit the XDA threads for either the rooted ROM or update file.

I’ve been playing around with the rooted but totally stock ROM and so far, and I love it. Everything is very fast and super smooth. No problems yet.

And don’t forget, those of you who don’t want to get their hands messy, this update will be hitting your device before you know it. So just hold on tight.

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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