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Install Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread on Nexus S Manually [How-To Guide]

Official Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for Nexus One and Nexus S users is now available for download. If you haven't received Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) OTA update on your Nexus S yet, you can install it manually by using the step-by-step guide below. Please note that this tutorial is applicable for both rooted and un-rooted Nexus S users.

Nexus S - Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread

Steps to Manually Install Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread on Nexus S:

  1. Download official Android 2.3.3 update for Nexus S from here

  3. Connect your Nexus S with your computer via USB cable.
  4. Rename the downloaded file to and move it to the root directory of the microSD card.
  5. Turn OFF your Nexus S completely.
  6. Hold the Volume Up button and press the Power button at the same time to boot your Nexus S into FASTBOOT mode.
  7. Nexus S Fastboot Mode

  8. Now press the Volume Down two times to select Recovery option and press the Power button to select it.
  9. Nexus S Select Recovery

  10. When you will press the Power button, you phone will restart and you will see the triangle with exclamation mark in it.
  11. Please note that, at this stage if you have got rooted Nexus S on Android 2.3, you will see ClockworkMod recovery menu. Now choose Flash zip from SD card option by using the volume buttons and select it by pressing the Power button. Again use the volume keys to choose and press the Power button to install it.

    If you get Error in /sdcard/ or Installation aborted message, use this workaround.

    Nexus S Recovery

  12. Press the Volume Up and Power key to boot into Android system recovery.
  13. Once in Android system recovery mode, choose apply update from /sdcard option by pressing the Power button.
  14. Apply Update From SDCard

  15. Navigate to by using the volume buttons and select it by pressing the Power button.
  16. Select From Root Directory

  17. Now wait while Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread is installed on your Nexus S.
  18. Installing Android 2.3.3 on Nexus S

  19. Once installed, choose reboot system now option from the menu by pressing the Power button.
  20. In ClockworkMod recovery, you need to choose Reboot system option.

    Reboot Nexus S Through Recovery

Thats it. Now your Nexus S should be running Android 2.3.3. Cheers! To verify, navigate to Settings and then choose About phone. [via XDA-Developers]

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    girish8 years, 4 months ago

    i want to downgrade my nexus s from ics 4.04 to gingerbread can these will be used for me

    Eduardo9 years, 10 months ago

    To anyone that got stuck in the Android guy with the Exclamation Mark, you need to hold Power, then press the Volume Up button. Took me a while to figure this out.