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Help! How can i update my S2X from 4.0.4?


How can I update my Galaxy S2X from 4.0.4? I know it's old but so am I and, with the exception of not being able to get a couple of apps I want, it works fine. When I look in the "settings" & "about phone" there is not an update selection available there. Any help??

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Hello Anthony,

The Samsung Galaxy S2 was released in May 2011, and the OTA update to Android 4.1.2 rolled out in February 2013. It was the last official Samsung Galaxy S2 update.

  1. From the home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Scroll to and tap System updates.
  4. Tap Update Samsung software.
  5. If an update is available, follow the prompts to install the update. Otherwise, tap the Home key.
  6. The handset is now up to date.
Robert wrote:

Hello Anthony,

The Samsung Galaxy S2 was released in May 2011, and the OTA update to A...

Hi Robert, thank you for replying. I attempted to follow your directions but "system updates" does not appear as a selection anywhere under the settings menu. Have you any suggestions why that may be?

Thanks
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Robert wrote:

Hello Anthony,

The Samsung Galaxy S2 was released in May 2011, and the OTA update to A...

Over the Air updates were not enabled on the S2X, at least not out of the box. Updating the software would require you to connect the phone to a computer running Samsung Kies, assuming that an update is indeed available. http://www.samsung.com/ca/support/use...
Robert wrote:

Hello Anthony,

The Samsung Galaxy S2 was released in May 2011, and the OTA update to A...

Perfect ThanksTimo, I will try that. It would certainly explain why there is no update selection in any of the phone menu's.
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If you want something higher (Lollipop, Marshmallow, etc.) you would have to root your device and install a higher version that way. You can do some google searches to find tutorials on how to do this but there always is the risk of "bricking" your phone.
Ok Thanks Allan, I'm not sure I want to risk "bricking" the phone all the same. Status quo is better than no go.
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Anthony Griffiths wrote:

Ok Thanks Allan, I'm not sure I want to risk "bricking" the phone all the same. Status quo is bet...

Agree with you 100%. Follow Timo's suggestion above and that should allow you to update the device if one is available.
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You can flash Lineage ROM and get Android 7.1.2 on that device (Galaxy S2x, i9100).
Link: https://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s2/general/rom-t3555834
Personally, I'd chance it. Grab Odin, download the custom ROM, boot the phone in bootloader, then flash away.
Your device shows its age. If you brick the phone, you can re-flash a stock firmware image. If you somehow can't get it to work anymore, use it as a trade-in at Wow mobile for $50/$75/$100 depending on their promo, which is probably better than the money you'd get for selling that phone on Kijiji.
Consider this your opportunity to learn. You've got an older phone so you don't really have much to lose.
I've updated the Galaxy S2 LTE back in the day from Gingerbread to JellyBean using stock firmware through Odin (was easier than Kies). Odin requires windows (alternatives for OS X and Linux just don't seem to cut it), but gets the job done. Custom ROM's will get you much further on your phone.

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