Aug 03 AT 2:02 PM Dustin Earley 18 Comments

T-Mobile seals the date for in-store updates to Gingerbread


If you’re using a G2 or myTouch 4G and you’ve yet to see the update to Gingerbread (Android 2.3) hit your device over the air, don’t fear. T-Mobile has your back. Now that some minor schedule adjustments have been made, the official date for in-store updates is August 6 (for most users). For anyone in the West and Midwest regions, the date is August 13th. Just take your G2 or myTouch to a T-Mobile retail location and get updated to Gingerbread.

The procedure is pretty straight forward and only involves a “software update SD card.” You simply walk into the T-Mobile store of your choice, hand over your device, insert the card and wait patiently. You do lose information stored on your phone if you’re bringing your device in because of a botched update, so be sure to make backups and put everything you can on your personal SD card. T-Mobile’s support site lists the exact procedure as follows:

  • Updating at the store can erase all the data on the device. The SD card will not lose data.
  • Back up your data, synchronize your contacts to Google or T-Mobile Backup, and write down the names of all the applications you will want to re-install.
  • The update can take up to 30 minutes to complete.
  • The update requires that your phone has over 50% battery life at the store.
  • The rep at the retail store will:
    • Remove your personal SD card.
    • Insert a software update SD card.
    • Wait for the update to download and install on the device.
    • Remove the software update SD card.
    • Insert your personal SD card again.

Now that you’re done laughing at “write down the names of all the applications you will want to re-install,” head on over to the update support page for the myTouch and G2 to learn more.

Source: TmoNews

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

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  • Marcus

    This seems like a hilarious yet nifty way to update. Lol.


    This is very Helpful to the many and many users who dont have a clue as to what they are doing. Nice to see they are willing to help. Wit the big hit Tmo is taking now when it comes to customer service, this will help there standing.

  • Dustin Earley

    I like it. Don’t abandon the OTA, but options are what Android is all about.

  • comandantecee

    Or do it yourself like I did.
    Big props though to the big T for looking out though.

  • James, CA

    LOL whata shitty operating system android must be! My iPhone can be updated everywhere.
    LOL and terrible-mobile doesnt even have an iphone. Shitty carrier!

    • Urphonesux

      LOL and James, would you like a small burger to go with your tiny hands?

    • Kevin

      U must be ignorant of the things around u. Cuz tmobile does in fact have a iphone but for tmobile germany. And so wat if tmobile doesn’t have an iphone? The carrier just doesn’t wanna carry a wack ass phone that has the most dropped calls than any other phone in the market! And before u start talking, WHY THE F**** ARE U ON AN ANDROID SITE IF U OWN AN IPHONE AND TALKING ABOUT ANDROID!!!!!??????

    • CTown

      The G2 update is on a microSD card, that’s as portable as it gets! The iPhone needs a Windows or OSX PC with iTunes installed and your phone needs to be tied to that single PC. Well, I guess if you bring your laptop with you…

    • Alen

      You think so ’cause you have a shitty head…lol

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  • mac08wrx

    Awesome to see a carrier thatis willingto help.

  • MacCrookPro

    Where the hell is the update for vibrant 4g?!

  • Donald

    Now all we need is that card in case we screw up rooting ;) Cant wait

  • Ant

    Just wanted to say, I just went and did the update at my tmo store and aside from having to inform the staff they had an sd card and could do the update, it went flawless. Rocking gb 2.3.4 on my my touch 4g now.

    • AndyB

      @Ant, is it really 2.3.4? Or 2.3.3?

      • Chris

        None of the tmobile s in orlando have the sd card. -___- they dont even know about it’s…

        • Bean

          Same in STL.