T-Mobile Galaxy S2 FAQ

This is T-Mobile Galaxy S2 FAQ that will help you root your phone, backup/install ROMs, backup/install apps, and more.

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Galaxy S2 Reference
You will need a rooted Galaxy S2 to install all ROM/kernels.

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Please see our FAQ for your Galaxy S2 model FIRST!!!:

Galaxy S2 GT-i9100 FAQ
Galaxy S2 SGH-i777 (AT&T) FAQ
Galaxy S2 SGH-T989 (T-mobile) FAQ
Galaxy S2 SPH-D710 (Sprint) FAQ
Galaxy S2 ROMs
Galaxy S2 GT-i9100 ROMs
Galaxy S2 SGH-i777 AT&T ROMs
Galaxy S2 SGH-T9989 T-Mobile ROMs
Galaxy S2 SPH-D710 Sprint ROMs
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254 Responses to T-Mobile Galaxy S2 FAQ

  1. carol says:

    After rooting I see free tethering but not wifi calling. Do you know if and how to get wifi calling,
    Thanks, Carol

  2. carol says:

    Is there wifi calling on rooted galaxy s2

  3. carol says:

    Will rooting interfear with update due out Nov 13

  4. Tom says:

    i have a t-mobile galaxy s2 …i just installed batista70_3.7.4_by_Snakes Rom after reboot the system the phone wont turn back on again plz help….thank you..

  5. Patricio says:

    Instalaste una Rom que no funciona con el Samsung Galaxy S II de T-Mobile, esa rom (batista) es para el i9100…
    Si el teléfono se enciende tenés suerte…

  6. Tommy says:

    I just want to get rid of the tmobile bloatware. Can I just simply uninstall them or delete them after rooting? or do I have to install a rom? Thanks for all your help ^_^

    • Daring_Guy says:

      Once you root the phone, you can get rid of the bloatware by installing Titanium Backup and Deleting them from there. I rooted my phone last night just so I can remove the Bloatware that TMO puts on the phone. However, I did take a backup of all the apps on the phone (again using Titanium) just to be safe in case I deleted something that should not be :)

      I like how the list of currently running apps on my phone has gone down and the phone is much faster than before!

      Good Luck!!

      • joe says:

        what bloatwear aps can i remove to make it faster??? i removed books and some other junk but it still is not much faster and the battery dies just as quick as it did unrooted, i tried to install a new rom that was recommended and it bricked my phone so i just went back to the unroot i installed.

      • MikeD says:

        I have the Telus version T989 Galaxy SII X…. is there a safe site to root my phone? I have already loaded ICS 4.0.3 and want to get rid of the annoying bloatware as well

    • Jack says:

      can I unlock my tmobile galaxy s2 g4 so that I can use it on other carriers around the world.

  7. Juan says:

    I just wanted to know when the bastita rom is going to be available for the t-mobile samsung galaxy s2?

  8. Tk says:

    hey hey.
    thnQ 4 this website. it hellped me a lot. however, im still stuck with one issue and couldnt solve it yet. how to take the language support from the international version to the tmobile version (Arabic support)
    hope u can help me with this or give me some advice.

  9. Mohamed says:

    i have T-Mobile SGH T 989 wanna asked about nomination from you for the best kernel in your opinion (which you prefer to use always )

    • Jonathan says:

      I currently use Paradox Paradise II with Beats theme and I have found that it has the best functionality. Other ROMs including Tuesday New Beginning, SlickMOD, and Juggernaut all have different problems. Most of them don’t support swype and others have google play store download issues and gmail sync issues.

  10. DK says:

    Just wondering if Juggernaut 3.69 ROM is very stable and hows the battery life?

  11. Keshaun says:

    Hi All,
    I am a little concerned about the Carrier Iq on my stock T mobile Galaxy 2 and I was wondering what is the best option for me to remove it.

    I like my touch-wiz interface a lot and would like to keep that intact but I want to remove the CIQ. I see there is a T-mobile Stock ROM that is provided but my question is if I re-install that stock rom if I can remove the CIQ with the superuser permission.

    Thank you in advance!!


  12. raghu says:

    how to unlock without unlock code ? plz help :(

  13. Rodney says:

    How do you root a T-mobile galaxy S2 with mac? Thanks.

  14. paul says:

    wer can i download the galaxys2root.zip?
    give me some link boss,,thanks

  15. Jerry Angel says:

    buying a new tmobile galaxy s2 phone – want free internet tethering and if possible wifi ghot spot. Can i pay you and send you my phone to make sure its done correctly? Please advise

    Thank you
    Jerry (727-992-5777)

    • Malcolm Sequeira says:


      There is a free app called FoxFi that will turn your phone into a hot spot – as far as I know, t-mobile $15 per month charges do not apply.

      I hope this helps.


  16. rick says:

    Hi i updated T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S2 to androind 2.3.6 with wifi calling and it took out the root after update so how can i Reroot back any idea please help really appritiate

  17. william says:

    can u use the bombaridier kernel on the domination ics rom?

  18. Loco says:

    I want to root the phone so I can use it as a Mobile WiFi without paying the bs newly added outta nowhere $15 fee Tmoblle wants.

    Its a toss up as I still need the WiFi calling capability but I also still want to be able to use this as a free mobile hotspot.

    Anybody gotta rom that can do both?

  19. Rosciae says:

    Does anybody have a easier way besides Unrooting to be able to update their t mobile galaxy s2? I really enjoy having my phone this way but i really want to update the phone so the stupid update reminder doesn’t keep coming on every time i turn on my phone.

  20. Tak Tak says:

    I updated to 2.3.6 now lost root access. What can I do to root the phone again?

    • Barmal says:

      I have similar problem. Waiting very impatiently to root Tmobile galaxy s2 2.3.6. It appears that there is no way yet to root this device.

      • Jay says:

        I ran through the procedure again using su-3.0.7-efgh-signed.zip and it worked for me.

        • Barmal says:

          Thanks Jay. Yes that works with super user 3.0.7 after a few tries. Somehow it worked for me when I repeated the whole process at least three times if not more.

  21. tmo says:

    I wouldnt delete apps after rooting, just freeze them with Titanium. Its safer.

    Also, can we please get a guide for removing the Carrier IQ spyware from the Tmobile SGS2.

    I have gotten root, but I am new to this

  22. Vanawesome says:

    How can you root it on OSX lion? Please please please please please do a video on this! I have installed and tried to figure it out using heimdall, but I am totally lost. Thanks!

    • rugar says:

      you got a freakin android and still have a mac,get serious dude either upgrade to PC or downgrade to iphone

      • Scuba says:

        Upgrade to a PC, really? Mac is way better, and Android is way better than iphone. Just use virtual box to install a windows virtual machine on your mac and then you can do anything you could do with a PC and still use you fabulous mac.

  23. celloman says:

    So far I’ve tried both the Eagles Blood and ICS Roms on this site, all worked great- except no wifi calling. Are there any custom roms for GS2 that support it? There’s no mention of it on the site. This is something you should include in the rom descriptions.

  24. ahmed says:

    i just want to know if i can install fonts cuz i cant read arabic and this device doesnt support it but sometimes i can read specific arabic font

    • lamy says:

      install opera mini you willread arabic , then ibrahim arabic keyboard you can type arabic , this is the easiest way , the other way is to root your mobile

  25. Marc says:

    Is there any 2.3.6 Rom for the Tmobile SGS2 that has a stock kernel ?

  26. seba laus says:

    Odin isnt even opening for me.

  27. Loco says:

    any ROMS that have WiFi Calling and FREE (possibly untrackable) WiFi Hotspot???

  28. Funsack says:

    Will someone please let us know how to root T-Mobile gs2 using Mac OSX? I’M the 3rd person to ask. HELP! PLEASE!

    • rugar says:

      you got a freakin android and still have a mac,get serious dude either upgrade to PC or downgrade to iphone.

    • Rob says:

      You need to drop the Mac, don’t even try this with a Mac, get a PC so you can join the adults, PC = Android : Mac = Iphone.

  29. Jose says:

    yeah, that would be +1 if someone can do how to root t-mo gs2 using mac-osx!!

  30. Anthony says:

    Hi Evryone,
    Is there anyone knows a link that I can download the Beastmod Rom Ii 3.5v?


  31. Joshi says:

    I am a Linux user (Ubuntu). Can someone please share some instructions on how to root using Linux? I saw instructions on this site for Linux but that is only for AT&T version of galaxy s2. It seemed like all you need to do is to use a different image with heimdall but there was no pointer to appropriate heimdall image for t-mobile.

  32. jose aguirre says:

    i had a question i just install a rom but from the at&t roms to a tmobile s2 but now it dosent want to turn on..what should i do ???? pls help!!!

  33. kaybee says:

    Hey there,

    I recently loaded a custom ROM on my SGS2 SGH-T989 and I forgot to backup the stock ROM, I was wondering if you had the stock ROM and everything stock for the SGS2 SGH-T989?

  34. Ben Hulet says:

    Once the T-Mobile Galaxy S2 is rooted, does the SuperUser Icon remain. How would I remove that and still keep the phone rooted?

  35. BBH says:

    Can you please remove my last comment?

  36. Dan Howell says:

    I went through the root procedures on your video and thought I followed the directions correctly. everything seemed to follow the video. After a final reboot, I downloaded titanium backup and the error message ” sorry, i could not acquire root priveleges. This application will not work. please verify that your ROM is rooted and includes busybox and try again,”

    Can you help me with what I might have done incorrectly and how I can correct it.


  37. omri says:

    i rooted my t mobile and started erasing stock software with titanium back up but i accidently erased the task monitor file and now i cant view and close running programs.
    what do i need to do to restore it?
    thank you

  38. Daniel says:

    I’m not exactly a newbie but I’m still a bit shy of doing all this. I *HATE* losing data when I do these things… it equates to losing time.

    I have already rooted my phone (Thanks 100% due to the video here on how to do it. It actually worked better for me than on the video! I got NO errors) and I am interested in trying a new ROM. But I don’t want to lose any data. I want to keep my call block list, my contacts with pictures and all that, my angry birds scores, my stupid zombies scores(!!) and everything.

    I would really like to see a comprehensive list of steps that describes everything in detail. We always see “back up your ROM” but I never see anything about data backup and restore. For me, using the phone is more about the data than the operation of the phone. My experience with Vibrant left me reluctant to do ROM upgrades because of the data loss issues when upgrading. I just want to be able to bring my data back.

  39. Simon says:

    I got a galaxy s2 on tmobile, should i unroot my phone before upgrading to ics when it comes out?

  40. Josh says:

    Hi every one is there an official or close to updated for the T mobile GS2 that gives you Android 4.0 or above

    If so plz email me or post back thanks :)

  41. Manuel says:

    Any roms with vlingo removed?

  42. Daniel says:

    Will the sgh-t989 get ics soon?

  43. Lewis says:

    How do I download tmobilegalaxys2root.zip?

    • Gabriel Roman says:

      I download alot of files from akaskriller for the Galaxy s2 like the Odin,Root.zip,ext but the best website for Roms will be this one

  44. kiet says:

    do you know how i can increase the speed on the 4g mobile internet? i keep getting 3mb while my friends get 20+mb. thanks!

  45. John Voss says:

    I just did that trick and I went from 6mps per sec to 8 accroding to speedtest. what’s the catch?


  46. Will says:

    I have rooted following the video. I flashed clockworkmod and am able to install some roms, but most roms i’m getting bootloops even on the skyrocket port. Someone please help me

    • Ryan says:

      I have the same problem on the new ICS rom, and the Black rom.
      The only one that passes the boot stage is the Malice rom.
      I would like to try some new ones!

  47. Donny says:

    it keeps failing in odin. what can i do?

  48. Guy says:

    Anyone find a way/Kernel to OVERCLOCK the T-mobile variant of the Galaxy S2 that has a PORTED ICS ROM on it?

    I have seen many Gingerbread ROMs overclocked and tried many of them myself! However, I have not seen any for the ported ICS ROMs. I am so eager to see how well it does!

    Any ideas or assistance would be greatly appreciated!

  49. Daniel Godoi says:

    Hey guys! I wanna know if there is some portuguese ROM for the galaxy sgh-t989? Thx.

  50. bob says:

    So is there a way to root on a Mac or not? I don’t want to hear any ignorant comments about which computer system is better. Android and PC are more customizable, Mac and iPhone are more simplistic. I like simplistic computers and more complex phones. So I will buy accordingly. buy what you like. Don’t be stupid and try to convince people what to like and what to but.

  51. Awad says:

    edomax ,

    I did all what you said,

    1-I rooted the device.

    2- I make a backup using root manager and Titanium

    3- I downloaded both ROMs (SGH-I727-Port-To-SGH-T989 & icsmegamixv1.22)

    4- Both of them does not work , I don’t know why the instillation successful but when I reboot the device it gives me the logo At&t the it repeated many times then it is hanging.

    Please help me to fix it, and I don’t know even how to return to the original one

  52. Artur says:

    i did all the stuff you guy’s said to do the SGH-I727-Port-To-SGH-T989 update, downloaded all the apps and followed all the steps. when i reboot my galaxy s2 in the end off all steps it starts the “intro” of AT&T and started to lop auto reboot, now it dont turn on the screen , but when i plug the usb the odin says that is conect (i had to download the QHSUSB_Drivers_(x64) to do it)
    can you help me?

  53. John says:

    Hi I have a gs2 by T-mobile sgh-t989
    With stock Rom only root and ever since I rooted the phone the Google play store will not work it always says force close when I try to select an app. If anyone can help me please fix this issue I would really appreciate it. Thank you

  54. Johan says:

    Hi my friend:

    I’m new to this of rooting, but I have a doubt, I have already rooted my t989, and I wondered, if I have my phone rooted will I be able to install 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich when is available?? Or I have to unroot and root again???

    Thank you very much!!!

  55. Eric says:

    Tried to download a custom ROM. Was all good until I extracted zip file. Reboot went into loop and phone freaked out. I was lucky enough to do a data wipe and restore with my cwm. Anyone now what went wrong?

  56. nick says:

    Hey guys I have a custom rom on my gs2 and i was wondering could I still get the software update for ics which is comming tomorrow?

  57. Gs2Gunzzz says:

    i crrently have a rooted s2 running the darkevolution ics rom 4.0.3….. kernal 3.0.8-perf-t989uvlc8…
    ive heard the term overclocking, and was wodering if anyone had any thoughts on if this would make a big difference or not. if so… is there any suggestions on particular kernals. iam kind of new to all this, so any help from you guys is greatly appreciated.
    thanks, Gunzzz

    • admin says:

      There’s no overclocking available for ICS on T989 yet, we have to wait until Samsung releases their kernel source code.

      • Eric says:

        Update your radio to the UVLDE radio. I was getting forced close all the time and this fixed it and my phone seems faster both wi-fi and data.

      • Gs2Gunzzz says:

        Ook well I ran quadrant on my device and ended up with about 3350as a total… Would u say that is good or not.

  58. Gs2Gunzzz says:

    When checking into the radio upgrade… Inoticed that it said unknown under baseband type… On my phone. Any ideas?

  59. Tom says:

    I got the unlock code from the third party and did the unlock of my T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S2 and it was successful. However, when I try using my AT&T sim and after rebooting, it identifies the AT&T sim initiall and within few seconds it goes away and it turns into Searching..
    Any idea? What I can do to overcome this?


  60. Tom says:

    I got the unlock code from the third party and did the unlock of my T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S2 and it was successful. However, when I try using my AT&T sim and after rebooting, it identifies the AT&T sim initiall and within few seconds it goes away and it turns into Searching..
    Any idea? What I can do to overcome this?

  61. mohammad says:

    Hi there…
    Im using SGH T989 and i have problem in arabic language..
    So can any body tell me which rom support arabic language ?

  62. Frank says:

    Ill be another person to ask…Mac help please, please! I followed through the Mac/Linux video for the AT&T s2 but I keep getting an error message saying setting interface failed! And yes, im using the tmobile zip file. Any help would be much appreciated!

    • admin says:

      Sorry, Heimdall doesn’t support T-mobile Galaxy S2. Heimdall supports all other GS2 variants though this is due to the chip change in Tmo version.

  63. Explorer says:

    Hi there .. 1st would like to thank for this awesome website & help u are giving out for gs2 users .. i have a T mobile s2 .. rooted with the help provided on ur website … feels great to have a rooted phone and no bloatware :D .. ok .. now after i had rooted had done a update to the gs2 via Kies .. after the phone was updated i had lost root!!! :/ .. had to root again ..(am running gb 2.3.6) …. rumors are now that the T mobile gs2 is gettin ICS by june 11 via kies … not OTA … if i do the update will my phone loose root access again … even if it does .. to root my phone again is the same procedure as for GB 2.3.6 via Odin ?? …
    plzz advice or give us a new way to root T mobile gs2 with ICS ..

    many many thanks

    • admin says:

      Yes procedure is same as GB for T-Mobile Galaxy S2, just flash recovery then install superuser zip file in recovery.

    • John Voss says:

      EXPLORER, after the update via kies, I also lost root, but was unable to reestablish it again using the method outlined here. Any ideas?

      • Max says:

        Just reflash superuser in recovery.

      • Explorer says:

        Hi … John … yes i went through the same procedure again to root my phone .. it worked like a charm .. as did the 1st time .. no issues :) … lol now i have ICS on my phone which i officially updated it via Kies … lost the darn root again Grrrr !!! its such a damn pain .. root … backup … re install .. duh ! damn every time its updated every time it needs root lol …
        well will do it the 3rd time now .. n post my comment .. hope the process as simple as rooting gingerbread

  64. minh says:

    hello! i am trying to root my samsung galaxy s2 tmobile. i’m using your youtube video and everything was going smoothly until i got to the odin part. so after connecting my phone to the pc and have it under “downloading” i opened odin and the id:com field was blank. i then downloaded samsung kies but the id:com is still blank. please help!! what should i do at this point to get the id:com?????

  65. Chris says:

    i have a problem connecting to tmobiles network. for some reason it says sim not able to connect. have u guys had this problem?

  66. lamy says:

    is ics for t mobile sgh 989 will be supporting arabic language , if no what is the best root to support arabic language with the ics ,

  67. Gary says:

    Hi i have a rooted phone with a custom rom installed – juggernaut 5.0. If i want to switch to the official ICS (once tmobile releases it) do i need to get my phone back to stock again before i try to update or can i just plug in to kies and let it do its thing?


    • Max says:

      You can try unrooting.

    • gabe says:

      Did u back up your phone before u instal the Rom ?or instal a stock Rom and then you will get the update.but there’s a ICS Rom for the galaxy s2 if I was you I’ll wait ,until someone comes with the T-Mobile stock ICS Rom with some extra s

    • lamy says:

      i think , if you had the last update with roted mobile then you can update to ics as i noticed that phone has to be with the last update to be able to download the ics throgh Kies ,
      please if any one have an idea if the ics will be supporting arabic language

  68. John says:

    How do I root tmobile galaxy s2 on stock ics rom?
    Please help

    • Max says:

      You can use the root method for gingerbread it’s the same.

      • Roosevelt says:

        I have tried that root method and got the superuser guy and all. However the app root checker says that the phone has not been rooted? The phone works and I installed 4.0.3 last night. any suggestions?

        • Jonw says:

          Roosevelt, i am having the exact same problem as you. When i tried to update superuser, it went all the way to gaining root access step, then it stops.

  69. Explorer says:

    Max .. am in big shit !!! .. i rooted my s2 with ics …. wanted to remove touch wiz launcher … i just did a back up for the touch wiz in titanium backup app .. and uninstalled … after that phone doesn’t work :/ screen doesn’t work .. i tried to go in the recovery mode n restore back to gingerbread ..says md5 mismatch !!! hope i havnt bricked my phone .. kindly do u have any suggestion on this .. how do i get my phone working again ?>

  70. Explorer says:

    max :/ i screwed it up more now !!!! damn i preformed a factory reset .. now my phone wouldnt go past the t mobile logo …

    • Max says:

      Just unroot not a biggie.

      • Explorer says:

        unroot ?? max i can go in recovery mode … hmmm ..
        ok unroot like ur video on how to unroot to stock ics ?
        will that work ?

        • Max says:

          If you can get into recovery just flash a new rom for now.

          • Explorer says:

            well am doin ur video on *how to unroot/unbrick to ics stock on T-mobile* … hope that works

            • Explorer says:

              hey max just curious .. i did have the back up for my gingerbread rom ..in recovery mode i try to restore from it .. it didnt work .. said …md5 mismatch!!

              • Explorer says:

                Max ur such a life saver lol !!!!!! seriously bro … HUGE HUGE THNX …. am on stock ics …. lost my data though :/ … wat if i need to go back stock gb ? any suggestions

  71. Frank says:

    I have rooted Galaxy SII and running android 2.3. How do I install ICS 4.0 on already rooted SII??

    Any help is appreciated.


  72. Kalps says:

    I Have problem with my USB Connection.
    Kernel Version
    Baseband Version T989UVKL1

    How To Update my Mobile to ICS.

  73. Finton says:

    Help I have a tmobile t989 the phone is not rooted, I recently upgraded the software to tmobiles ICS however i have expericened lots crashes freezes and general failures I would like to install the chicago ICS room to get rid on all the tmobile bloatware and have a bare manageable installation running. I would be pleased if you could provide a step by step guide to my situation.

    thanks in advance.

  74. Richard A Chandler says:

    I tried to follow the instructions you gave in your youtube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfA1KKzXkFU&feature=relmfu. The result so far looks like an unmitigated disaster. I’ll probably have to get a new phone. Everything went as expected, until I tried to install “clockwork mod recovery” as you described at 3:39 in the video. I tried to install the “recovery-cmw-hercules.tar” file, but it failed three times. The phone would not reboot. I left it there for an hour, with a warning sign on it about not disconnecting the target. Not sure what that means, but of course I had to disconnect the USB cable eventuallly. Now I can’t start the phone. The message says “firmware upgrade encountered an issue … Please select recovery mode in Kies & try again.” What? All I have in Kies mini (the full Kies doesn’t work on US phones), and there is no recovery mode. My phone is a brick, I have no idea what to do. Help!
    P. S. Am I the only one who couldn’t make this work?

    • Max says:

      That’s perfectly fine, the Kies error is same as ODIN download mode, just flash the file again in that mode, voila you have it working again.

      • Richard A Chandler says:

        I’m sorry, but I don’t follow you at all, it’s like you’re speaking Klingon.
        First of all, when you say “the Kies error,” what do you mean? I wish I could send you a graphics file … but when I try to start the phone, I see the message “firmware upgrade encountered an issue … Please select recovery mode in Kies & try again.” Is that what you mean by “the Kies error”? Or do you mean something else, some message I’d get when running Kies? If the latter, then I’m really hornswaggled. Last night I did download the full version of Kies, but I can’t do anything with it. I see a little icon on the upper left that whirls around, indicating that it’s trying to connect, but it never connects, nor does it ever say it can’t connect. Connection troubleshooting does not help. Nothing happens when I try to update the firmware.
        So I hope you don’t want me to use Kies. But then what in the Sam Hill do you mean by “flash the file”? What file is that? The “recovery-cmw-hercules.tar”, or something else? And what is “flashing a file”? I’ve heard of opening files and modifying files and executing files, but the phrase “flashing a file” means nothing to me. Is “flashing the file” something I do with the phone connected to my PC, or not connected? I guess it doesn’t matter, because I can’t do anything at all with the phone either way. I can’t even turn it off, except by taking the back off and removing the battery. If I push the on-off button on the left, nothing happens. If I push the volume buttons (up, down or both), nothing happens. If I push both together for about 10 seconds, the screen will go blank for a second or so, then the same message reappears. That’s the only blessed thing I can get the phone to do.
        I did try running Odin again. I got a yellow field “ID:COM” saying “0:[COM7]“, I checked “auto reboot” and “PDA,” pushed the PDA button and chose “recovery-cmw-hercules.tar,” then pushed “start.” I got a message saying ” All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)”. And I’m right back where I started. The phone does not reboot, I can’t install that “clockwork mod recovery,” I’ve never seen a screen that would enable me to do that and I’m not sure I’d recognize it if I did.
        Wait, I tried pushing “start” again, for a second it looked like something was happening … then the square above COM7 lit up red and said “Fail!” (yes, including the exclamation point). Here’s what I read in the message field:

        All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
        All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
        Odin v.3 engine (ID:7)..
        File analysis..
        Get PIT for mapping..
        Firmware update start..
        NAND Write Start!!

        Complete(Write) operation failed.
        All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

        … and now I’m back where I started. Phone still does not reboot. I just tried pushing “start” again with exactly the same result, that is, the error message above and no other result at all.
        Apparently you understand something that I just don’t see at all. Do you think you can tell me what to do in a way I can understand? If you can, I’ll send you $100, I’m serious, my only alternative is to get another phone. And to think all of this was because I couldn’t get a GPS fix … do other phones have problems like this? Maybe I shouldn’t have gotten this phone anyhow. I notice the battery life isn’t so good.
        I’m rambling on and wasting your time, thanks for your help. Kindly, R

        • Richard A Chandler says:

          I finally left the phone connected long enough that Kies stopped trying to connect. A message came up saying “device not responding, reboot the device.” If I could do that, I wouldn’t have a problem at all. Kindly, R

        • Max says:

          Just re-run ODIN in Kies firmware mode, it will work. Make sure Kies program is not ON, turn it OFF.

  75. Richard A Chandler says:

    Thanks but … I still don’t understand. Not to run Kies, that’s simple enough, but run ODIN in Kies firmware mode? There seems to be only one mode of running it.

    I do not see any pull-down menus. All I see on the top is an icon and the words “Odin3 v1.85″. Then there’s a banner reading “Epic 4G.” There are 8 boxes underneath, all empty. Under ID:COM, there’s one yellow field with the label “0:[COM7].”

    Then I see some check boxes grouped together as “options.” They are labeled: Re-partition, Auto reboot, F. Reset Time, and Flash Lock. I checked “auto reboot” as your youtube video indicated, but no others.

    I see a field labeled “Control Panel” with two buttons, “Start” and “Reset.” I pushed start when I started; they are now ghosted out.

    I see a field labeled PIT It’s now ghosted out. I’ve never done anything with that.

    I see a field labeled “Files [Download].” There are 4 checkboxes with buttons and blanks. One says “bootloader” (I didn’t check it), one says “PDA” (I did check that, pushed the button, and opened the file “recovery-cmw-hercules.tar” as your video led me to do). I see one saying “Phone,” but I didn’t check it, and one labeled “CSC,” but I didn’t check that either. Then there is a field labeled “File [Dump]” with a button and a blank, but I have never done anything with that.

    Finally, there is a “message” area. It currently reads:

    Odin v.3 engine (ID:7)..
    File analysis..

    … and it’s hung up there. It’s been hung up at least 15 minutes and shows no sign of doing anything.

    That’s absolutely all the controls that ODIN offers. I even tried right-clicking everywhere to see if some new menu would come. I don’t know what you can possibly mean by “firmware mode.”

    Do I have to download something else, firmware perhaps?

    Kindly, R

    • Max says:

      Not sure but I think you are digging too deep, the only things you should touch are “PDA” and “Start” button.

      Try another computer, it could just be some drivers on your computer interfering, fastest solution to your problem, otherwise you will waste more time trying to figure out what’s wrong.

      • Richard A Chandler says:

        If I understand you, you’re saying that I’m already in “Kies firmware mode,” and I’m doing everything right? My screen says “firmware upgrade encountered an issue,” but you say this is the same as if it said “downloading”? I just tried it again, same result.

        I’m really not sure what, if anything, I’m doing wrong. I’ll try it on another computer.

        Here’s a few things that I don’t think should matter, but maybe you’ll know better:

        1. I took out the SD card that I got from Samsung and started the root process with a different SD card that I’d just formatted. I figured that would protect the data on that other SD card, which includes apps as well as music, books, etc.
        2. I’m using a laptop running Windows XP 64. My wife’s desktop uses Windows 7, maybe that’ll work better.

        Kindly, R

        • Max says:

          Yes that’s same as Download Mode, try your wife’s it should work fine.

          • Richard A Chandler says:

            Well, failed again.
            I transferred (by a flash drive) the zip file “tmobilegalaxys2root(1).zip” and extracted it to the desktop of my wife’s computer, which runs Windows 7. I installed ODIN, then attempted to hook up my Samsung phone.
            Windows complained that it needed drivers, so I downloaded Kies mini and got the drivers. When Windows was satisfied, I ran ODIN. It failed exactly as before, except that I’m using COM 3 this time. The message read:
            Complete (write) operation failed
            All threads completed (succeed 0/failed 1)
            What now? Kindly, R

  76. Richard A Chandler says:

    Oh, I noticed when I downloaded that ODIN program, I unzipped it, only to find another zip archive inside it. I transferred that zip file to my SD card. Was that the right thing to do? Or should I have unzipped it, discarded it? Just seems odd. Kindly, R

    • Richard A Chandler says:

      Maybe I should also mention, I removed the SIM card from the Samsung phone and transferred it to an old phone that still works. Should I put it back in the Samsung? R

      • Richard A Chandler says:

        I tried again. My wife’s computer now fails to recognize my phone. I tried running Kies again and installed the drivers, but windows still doesn’t recognize it. ODIN won’t find a COM for it, either. I can’t do a thing.
        Kindly, R

        • Richard A Chandler says:

          I’ve tried a bunch of times on both computers, always fails. If you suggest anything else, I’ll try it. Otherwise, tomorrow I’ll try to unbrick it, and if that fails, I’ll cough up several hundred dollars for a brand new phone and count it an expensive lesson learned. What would you recommend, for a new t-Mobile phone? Kindly, R

  77. The website above refers to your page on how to “unroot unbrick” … I don’t know if that’s what that field is for.
    Since I don’t seem to be able to root my phone, I figured I’d try to unbrick it. I followed your instructions, but I failed at exactly the same point as before and in exactly the same way. I can get ODIN to recognize the phone and light up a yellow COM number and I can hit PDA and find a *.tar file, but the write fails, every time. The message reads like this:
    File analysis..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    NAND Write Start!!

    Complete(Write) operation failed.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    Obviously I have to do something different, but what? I really have no idea. You said in one of your videos that “you cannot brick this phone,” but I seem to have managed it.
    Now … my screen shows two icons, a phone and a desktop monitor, with a triangular yellow sign between then, and the text: “Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies and try again.”
    You say this is the same as download mode? Even though the screen shots of download mode I see on your site look completely different? Look, I really want to believe you, but if you’re wrong, it’s a lot easier to understand what’s happening. In one video, you say “hit volume up to go into download mode …” all right, but I hit up volume and nothing happens. I’m in download mode already, right?
    Should I go look for a new phone? Kindly, R

  78. John says:

    I unrooted my TMobile galaxy s2 to install ICS update.Can I root my phone again,but without a computer. Clockworkmod is still stored on my phone.

  79. Chris says:

    Hi Max Ok so this is off topic, Im trying to find a fix for Wifi useing VM, Wifi calling enabled: VM system does not hear the touch tones and repeats please enter password. VM system can hear one of the dtmf tones “usually the first one” and responds with 5 or what every # is not a valid passwod.anyone know of a fix for this,

  80. Xanderoid says:

    ROM Manager seems to have stopped working. When I try to install a new ROM I get errors at each step using ClockworkMod. When I try to flash clockworkmod recovery it says “an error occurred while attempting to run privileged commands!”. It also will not reboot into recovery mode. Any suggestions?

  81. Hugo says:

    Hello, I’m from Brazil and I have a Galaxy SII sghT989 T-mobile unlocked officially upgraded to 4.0.3 but ICS has the Brazilian Portuguese language, one would like to help a stock room, I had a room with language Portuguese was the room

    somebody has it or if possible even the room like ICS language Portuguese Brazil.

    help me ….

  82. Mike says:

    I rooted my Galaxy S2 T-Mobile phone so I could enable wifi tethering. I currently have Gingerbread on my phone. T-Mobile has sent me an update. I can’t get it to stop reminding me. If I run the update will my phone need to be rerooted? Does it matter if I just don’t update? Can I stop the reminders?

    • Max says:

      its a tmobile ICS bug, you have to use Titanium Backup app to remove device management app to get rid of notice.

      • Mike says:

        But what if I do want the update? Can I somehow update and will the phone still be rooted after the update? Thanks for the help!

  83. manpreet singh says:

    hey i really need help please help me

    My samsung galaxy s2 came pre-installed ICS and i hate it, the battery is horrible due to that and many other problems. I need to downgrade it back to gingerbread
    please please help me

    Thank you very much

  84. Kevin says:

    Does anyone know a way to get Cyanogenmod 9 on the T-989… I tried flashing it but it wont boot up the homescreen, it will only stay in the booting screen

  85. Ken Juen says:

    I cannot download this, all I can download is 7zip at the link, what gives? tmobilegalaxys2rootICS.zip

  86. Marc says:

    Does anyone know what ICS rom has the best battery life ?
    I know there are many stable roms out there but after I flash I only get about 8 hours max.

  87. Mujik says:

    I’m looking for the fastest Gingerbread ROM I can find. I’m trying to use it with pdroid mainly for hmm shall we say ” Fun purposes ” I know ICS is a lot better but unfortunately this app does not support ICS yet. Any help would be very much appreciated.

  88. Steven says:

    i just switched to unlimited 4g with t mobile. Does anyone know if t mobile will know if i use wifi hotspot when i im not suppose to?

    • Mike says:

      I have unlimited 4g with t-Mobile. No they will not find out. Just a heads up though about “unlimited” . It means unlimited internet and not unlimited 4G. I wasn’t clear on this (maybe you are). I was using the hot spot for my iPad and like watching shows on it when I traveling a lot for work. One day I got a warning text that I had used 4.5 GB of my 5GB of data. Then when I hit 5 GB an auto text told me that I’ve used up all of my 5 GB of high-speed web access. and my speed was being reduced until the next billing cycle. It gave me an option to upgrade to 10GB of data at a much higher rate. SO … If you if you plan to watch a lot of streaming video it will eat up your data limitation before you no longer have 4G speed. The speed goes so slow that I can’t even entertain the idea of even seeing a youtube video on my phone. I could still do emails, Facebook etc.. but slooww…. On months when I used it only for web pages and emails 5GB of data was plenty. Just be warned that if you plan to watch a lot of video you might want to pay for 10GB’s of data.

  89. Steven says:

    any answers to my question before?

  90. Alex says:

    My Galaxy S2 T989 for some reason keeps on Freezing what is the cause of this? can anyone help?

  91. Robert says:

    Howdo you Root a T-Mobile Galaxy S2 [SGH-T989] with Linux (ubuntu)?

  92. Steven says:

    Is there any way to Root the galaxy s 2 Sgh-T989 on Mac os x? I do not have access to windows at all.

  93. Lee says:

    my s2 T989 have no IP address…
    Is there anyway i can fix it?

  94. Brent says:

    When I go into odin mode and open odin3 v1.85 nothing appears in com1 and after clicking pda and trying to run hercules.tar, it does nothing and it log it says “all threads completed 0 succeed/0 fail

    please help thanks

  95. Sam says:

    Can you do a video or tutorial on how to install TWRP.
    thanks bro

  96. lee says:

    i am new to android and just got the t989 s2 and have problems with calls eather they drop out i caint hear the person on the other line they caint hear me or both aparently alot of ppl have this problem but no one has posted a soution from what i have heard and read its a problem with ics would rooting my phone corect this?

    • tom t says:

      Hi Lee, It is odd that I am having the same problem but only inside my home where T-Mobile service drops to 2G. Same phone behavior that you have. When I move outside where I can pick up 4G, even with 1 bar, call quality is good again. Although I rooted about 2 months ago, this problem showed up about 3 weeks ago. I think this is service related, not a rooted issue. Max, would you agree?

  97. June says:

    HI, I have a problem with screen that has just black, did power reset or hard reset but it is booting just for about 5 sec. and bibrates for every few sec. then it won’t do nothing after, Can you tell me how to recover this issues?

  98. Melissa says:

    I was wondering if anyone else had the problem that since i had ICS and rooted my phone my 2 PC’s no longer recognized my phone to allow me to connect via USB and add files. I disocvered this as i was trying to actually unroot my phone and i couldn’t connect into ODIN mode. I have used multiple PC’s and multiple computers to the same result. Any help would be appreciated.


    • Melissa says:

      i didnt have this problem when i unrooted back to gingerbread for the official ICS update so i was wondering if this has anything to do with it.

  99. Marc says:

    Hey Max,

    My T-mobile galaxy s2 is currently in a infinite boot loop. Here’s what happened i dropped my phone it was currently running JediMindTrick X2. Entered boot loop, wouldn’t get to main lockscreen. Keeps rebooting every 2 seconds. Now I can’t restore in odin because of that. It enters download mode but it has the Kies Error thing on it. Help?

  100. Faryar Prodhan says:

    Hi, there
    I am having some issues rooting my dad’s Telus T989D,
    When I am in the “Odin” part I keeps saying “FAIL”.
    I am only a 10-year-old who is crazy about this kind of stuff.—

  101. Ced says:

    How do you flash a new kernel? My wifi is acting up sometimes it will turn on normally and sometimes it doesnt want to turn on and gives an error message.

  102. Matthew Gonzales says:


    i installed the CM10.0.0-hercules on my phone, the same way your video on youtube said to; only this was the video where EGALEBLOODSGH was being flashed. However i followed your steps in that video titanium back up and everything and it worked fine I flashed to cm10.0.0-hercules only now I do not have any of my gmail, google play or apps. Please help let me know what i need to do because as all first time users im getting nervous!


  103. Matthew Gonzales says:

    I followed your video on youtube (How To Install ROM on rooted SGH) this is the video where you were installing EGALESBLOODSGH, anyway i used the same exact steps to install CM10.0.0-Hercules and it worked fine only i dont not have access to any of my GMAIL, APPS, GOOGLE PLAY, or TITANIUM BACKUP, CONTACTS. Please help because like all first timers i am getting nervous!



  104. John Lawson says:

    Hi, I just rooted my T989D.
    Now how do I install Jedi Mind Tricks Rom onto my new rooted phone??

  105. JT says:

    rooted & installed JMTX3 via ROM Manager. Apps previously installed on stock ROM still show up even through it is running new ROM. I installed JMTX3 from the internal SD card. Should I have installed from external card? Need wifi calling and wifi hotspot.

  106. Javier says:

    My Galaxy s2 T989 its in reboot loop and I can’t access anything in the phone. Sometimes only i am able to go into recovery mode but as soon as the menu pops up and i press any button on my phone [Vol+/Vol-/Power] The white line appears and it goes back into boot loop and it has a repeated buzz every two seconds with the black screen. How do I fix this? It is driving me crazy. Please someone help…


  107. gus rosas says:

    hello my name is gus . well to cut to the chase im having a problem rooting my sgs2 from t mobile…i have drivers installed i downloaded tmobilegalaxys2root launched odin …odin recognizes my phone hit pda and attached recovery cmw hercules tar file but it gets stuck on initializing….why?

  108. isatel says:

    This is my first time ever rooting, but my up volume button doesn’t work, will I be stuck if I tried to root it? Is there a way around using that up button?

  109. Rakesh says:

    My samsung galaxy s2 tmobile is bricked and phone is not enter in download mode & recovery mode i am from india plz give proper solution.

  110. ben says:

    I rooted my phone, downloaded liquid smooth then moved it to my phone, installed it but when I tried to boot it up it stayed on the logo, and this is my only rom installed, plz help, Im in trouble!!!!!

  111. Kupal says:

    How to unbrick galaxy s2 t989 ( hardbrick )

  112. ray,ond says:

    how does one install odin and other stuff im new i dont how someone help me

  113. mike says:

    i have galaxy hercules t-mobile (T989) and currently on the stock Rom T989UVLH1. However, i found out that there is no chinese language under the language selection. I have tried the Miui Rom or theme as well, and CM10 or 9. they all have Chinese language pack in the system. However, those custom Rom have some issues which i dont really like it at all. error sometimes happens. I also have tried those apps such as locale and morelocale2. they dont give me through chinese especially in the system setting or error message which all are in English language. is it possible you can show me on how to extract the Chinese Language out from other firmware and put just the language into this device? or how to put the chinese language pack into the rom so it will make entire interface to be Chinese in language?

  114. rusty says:

    Does anyone know if having to restore back to factory will unroot. I still need to go back to original but would like to stay rooted. i am okay with ICS just want to delete some bloatware. Then i want to root my other gs2

    • rusty says:

      I went ahead and reset to factory. everything seemed okay. i did not finsih setting up but i seem to hang on te GOODBYE screen . CWM is still there . Any ideas

  115. Gavin t says:

    Just a note for Canadian tel us users with the sgh t989d…holding down both volume buttons
    Will get you to recovery mode. To get in to download you must hold down the volume down button instead of both

  116. Danny L says:

    I saw something about backing up the IMEI image for the Galaxy S2 with ktool. I didn’t see this until after I’ve rooted my phone and loaded another ROM. I tried to back up the IMEI image from this point but ktool tells me the image is corrupt. Will reloading my original ROM backup restore the image?

  117. Danny L says:

    I’ve checked my IMEI in my phone and physically under the battery. They still match. Not sure why ktool is telling the image is corrupt.

  118. batheesha says:

    I did everything and rooted my phone version is 4.0.4 but when i try to update the superuser binary it says “checking for busybox…not found” and “gaining root access…fail!” And other apps that need root doesn’t work…How can i fix this? Any reply would be appreciated.

  119. Sukhi says:

    I have a Samsung galaxy S2 i9100 on T-Mobile..android 4.0.4
    Baseband i9100BVLPE.

    Is there a step by step guide I can follow to root my phone to jelly bean? Every rooting site I come across is either for T-Mobile t989 or non T-Mobile i9100.

    Your help would be must appreciated

  120. Minh Trinh says:

    Hi Max.is there any way to all apps and games to my external sd card.
    I have rooted samsung galaxy s2(T-mobile) any help.
    thank you in advance.

  121. Mark says:


    I flashed the Pac rom last weekend and got a stable working phone again, something that I didn’t get from the orinigal ICS roms that samsung delivers, dutch versions by the way.
    anyway, I was connecting my MHL adapter yesterday and the result scared me a bit. It does not work.
    now, some google searches found me that at CM10 is working on it, and at XDA there is not a whole lot said about it.
    Do you know, or somebody else, know about future plans on fixing this?

    greets, Mark.

  122. matthew says:

    Thanks for sticking with us I know there’s tons of other phones way better now then the gs2

  123. Xavier says:

    How do I manually Install ClockworkMod Recovery Touch on Samsung Galaxy S2 / S II T989 T-Mobile?

    i’read that you need fastboot. how about a video on this? can it be done using odin?

  124. george2362 says:

    I have a galaxy S2 T-Mobile I am in Jamaica it sim lock how can I open it to work on any carriers send me a email Thank.

  125. MNNAL says:

    hi. i have 2 question to ask: (1) Official JB for SGS2 GT-I series already out there but will official JB available for SGH-T989 too?? (2) my service provider is not t-mobile, so can i still use wifi-call function in my SGS2 SGH-T989?? (3)

  126. Srikanth says:


    Its time for updating the FAQs.

    How to install the official JB ROM into a rooted device ?
    How to root the official JB ROM?
    How to unroot the offical JB ROM?

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  128. Thomas Cole says:

    What is the difference between the I9100 and the SGH-I777?

    I am trying to find US firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S2. My model number is the I9100. I bought the phone off craigslist. It was initially locked to Bell Mobility. I changed the firmware using Odin to 3K. I was able to unlock the phone. Now I’m trying to get the phone to work but want US firmware. AT&T or T-Mobile.

  129. Thomas Cole says:

    Trying to find Odin file for US Based Carrier, AT&T, Tmobile, Verizon, or Sprint
    So far I have installed Bell Mobility-Canada (Original and had network unlocked), 3K – UK, and TelCel -Mexico.
    Please help. Need file!

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  132. steven says:

    i rooted my t_mobile galaxy s2 yesterday an it went great. but today i havent been able to open my keyboard of mu phone is some how vanished and now i cant type or text on my phone at all nothing is working messaging instagram facebook google (to name a few). i also got titanium back up an im thinking i may have deleted it by accident so yeah…..i need help…pleeeeeeeeeeese

  133. Tom Shuford says:

    I have a (T989) Tmobile Galaxy S2 (rooted) phone on stock rom. Is there a way to raise speaker volume on stock with a hack or app?

  134. Mohsin Ahmed says:

    I am planning to buy a SGH-T989. Would you guys recommend?
    And the first and far most thing, how is this phone for gaming? Do the latest high-end games (Modern Combat 4, Vice City, Real Racing 3, Nova 3, etc) run perfectly on this? Even if not perfectly, do they run at a good framerate?
    I wan’t to know this because I’m an android game freak and I use my phone mostly for gaming…

  135. Can someone help me restore my stock rom that i backed up right after i rooted my t mobile galaxy s2 using odin… I installed the carbon rom and it would never get past the carbon flash screen…. just sat there changing colors….

  136. CRITTER says:


  137. Brian J. says:

    Hey I’ve been a fan for the past year or so and thanks for all your help!

    One quick question I’m using a T-989 4.1.2 Jedi Mind Trick JB 6 rom but it does eat up a lot of battery :/ Which rom out of all of them would you say saves the most battery life?


  138. Sheraz says:

    Hi everybody ! i have Samsung Galaxy s2 T989 & i have a problem that when i connect my cell phone with laptop, mass storage option doesn’t pop up on my cell… i have tried all options on cell phone, have changed usb wire & usb port even laptop bit it doesn’t work.. now i am struck … i have read on many site about different solutions but none of them worked for me.. today i installed Paranoid Rom 3.65 using my memory card but Usb mass storage option doesn’t work on this rom too… Please help me… i ll be grateful to you guys . thanks :)

  139. karan says:

    Does broken camcorder works on sgh t989 if I install any camera app on the cm11 rom

  140. Xavier says:

    Hello. I have two T989 and one of them has the orientation sensor messed up. Is that sensor part of the screen or is it part of the motherboard? Is there a way that I can fix it?

  141. David says:

    I have a galaxy S2 (T989). I have unlock it then move from T-Mobile to AT&T. Phone works great, no problems.
    I wanting to root, but don’t know which version to install, TM or AT&T?
    or does it matter?
    Great infor in the video!!

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  149. Mikael says:

    Hello. it is sunday and I have wanted to root my tmobile s2 for some time and went to the s2root site and followed the instructions. So far so good but when I ran an update for super su the program could not run. i downloaded the titanium backup and it also said the phone was not rooted. i thought i would drop you a line later but started messing with the cwm and did a data wipe and reset now the phone just reboots over and over. I can still get into cwm, just need some advice please. actually this is pretty cool getting into this phone like this. I want to try other roms for sure. I have a note 3 that I want to root also but my original s2 is my test phone. Any help would be appreciated. I know this is fixable as I can still use the cwm. I dont care if I put a new ROM on it at this point either but the fact that the phone showed it not to be rooted is of concern. When I downloaded and installed titanium backup i did not open it up from the actual install window so did an uninstall and installed again from the install window on playstore but still would not work. Thanks.


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  152. Lorena says:

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  154. Jason says:

    Hello there! First off, thanks for all the information and help you have provided on your website. My concern is for my T-Mobile Galaxy S2 SGH-T989, ever since I upgraded from gingerbread 2.3.6 to jelly bean 4.1.2 rooted, the google play store has not work. It says “unfortunately, “google play store has stopped” I switched and installed the unrooted version of jelly bean 4.1.2, same problem. I have done the “force stop” and “clear data/cache” to the downloads and google play store apps, and even reset app preferences, but nothing yet. So how can I fix this, what else can I do?

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