How to Unroot/Unbrick to ICS Stock on T-Mobile Galaxy S2 SGH-T989!

For those of you on custom ROMs and you don’t want to unroot back to Gingerbread to take the official T-Mobile ICS update, here’s how to easily unroot/unbrick your Galaxy S2 SGH-T989 back to official ICS.

*Note – This method requires a Windows computer.  Sorry Heimdall does not support T-Mobile Galaxy S2 yet.

Step 1. Connect a microUSB cable from your T-Mobile Galaxy S2 SGH-T989 to your computer.  Then hold down Volume Up, Volume Down, and Power button together for about 10 seconds.

Step 2. When your phone resets, you will feel a small vibration, let go of the Power button but hold the rest of the buttons down.

Step 3. When you see the warning screen, hit Volume Up button to enter ODIN download mode.

Step 4. You should see Downloading… sign like below.

Step 5. Download the file and unzip, you should find 3 files.


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  • Jin

    Soooo… if kies isnt working for me to get the official ics upgrade I can just do this off my stock samsung sg2?

    • Max

      Yes but ONLY on T-Mobile Galaxy S2 SGH-T989 or SGH-T989D.

      • Kevin

        Will this work on the SGH-T959V ?

        • Max

          Don’t think so.

          • Jin

            omg great kies blows i have tried everything. incorrectly flashed some roms earlier and got scared but great to know thanks a lot il give it a shot i have the t989

            • Jin

              worked like a charm. great post

            • Danl

              Make sure when using Kies, you went to the Samsung and download and install on your computer the latest drivers for your phone. Then Kies should work correctly. If you talking about using Odin, yep it’s plenty sweet and easy.

      • Rodrigo Corona

        Does it work for SGH-T989D?

  • Jimmy

    Hi Max,

    I am currently running on Gingerbread with custom ICS Black Ed ROM, if I unroot it my device to get official ICS can I re-install the same ROM? What benefits do we reap by getting official ICS installed if Gingerbread can run the same ROM anyway?

    Let me know, thanks.

    • Max

      No, you would run the ICS ROM, but yes you can go back and install your custom ROM, just make a backup beforehand. There’s no benefits other than you are running official ICS you can just wait for custom ICS with the official update, probably all this week.

      • Jack


        Do think the XDA developers will develop custom ROMS with the official Tmobile ICS release? Stock ICS ROM needs serious help. I’ve been on it for just over 12 hours and it seems slower.

  • Manny

    I am rooted right now on a custom rom. So would doing this method get me the new ICS update and unroot my phone correct? So then I would just have to root again?

  • Danl

    Yep, if you want to you just have to root it again. Follow Max’s instructions and you will be on your way.

  • angie

    i cant open the odin3 v1.85

  • David C

    Just completed this today. Noticeably slower, plus you loose additional notification toggles you might’ve been used to. I’m waiting for a streamlined version of a stable ICS to come out now.

  • Raven

    I am currently on the official TMobile ics and was wondering if this methods can be use d for those of us who are experiencing problems with ics to just go back to ginger bread? My phone was not rooted before…I just want my stock back because I am having major performance issue…please help anyone

  • Daniel

    my phone is stuck at the samsung logo. idk what to do 🙁

    • Gabriel Ignacio

      The OP has already stated to do a factory reset in case of bootloops.

  • jacobi

    just tryed it on my rooted phone. while in oden computer turned off. now my phone is in odin mode and is not do anything said firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies & try again. when i go and hook up phone in kies it said device not responding, to resolve the issue, reboot the device. turn off phone and still goes back to same thing odin mode. Help please. did i mess up my phone.

    • Max

      don’t use Kies, just use ODIN and unroot it again. That’s same as ODIN download mode.

  • Robin

    Hey Max, I guess you get all kinds of praise for your wonderful “How-To” recipes and instructional videos, but I have to say that you really are the greatest! I consider myself reasonably skilled at tech. I have been building and setting up PC’s and networks for over a decade. But I really never wanted to get into Android tinkering because of the cloud of mystery some people like to generate around modding these amazing devices.

    You on the other hand, strip away the clouds of mystery around these processes creating step-by-step algorithms to accomplish the goal, whether it be to root or unroot, etc. Not to mention that the technical quality of your videos is remarkable. It’s nice to “meet” someone who has the technical skills and is willing to share some know-how in an open and straightforward way. You have created techniques that anyone can use immediately and safely. Thank you for everything.

    A lot of the info on XDA seems to require a lot of background knowledge and assumes that one has some background already. (It almost seems that some of those “helpful” people over there want the reader to have to pay their dues by searching and reading for days).

    And finally, did I say “Thank you Max?”

    • Max

      Thanks that’s what I am striving up to, if you are already Android expert, XDA forums will be fine but for most regular joes or noobs that are just trying to get their feet wet I want to make easy-to-follow tutorials so they can easily understand and root their phone.

  • Ralph

    Everything worked fine, except I still have superuser app installed and cannot uninstall it.
    Did I miss something? I need to get back to stock.

  • Dan

    If we’ve previously flashed a different baseband radio for a custom rom, will this revert the radio back to stock?

  • Kyle

    Hey Max,

    I did exactly as you said and my phone hangs at recovery.img when I try to update in Odin. I’ve tried going back to the stock 2.4.6 as well and it keeps hanging there.

    Any ideas?

    • Kyle

      I should say, I have the same “firmware upgrade encountered an issue. etc, etc” error.

      • Max

        Thats fine just run odin again make sure you dont use a usb hub.

        • Kyle

          Definitely doing a direct connection. I keeps on hanging there, I’m talking 30 min+.
          There must be something else Im doing wrong. Do I need stock loader?

          • Max

            Try killing kies in task manager.

  • Alvin

    My phone was stuck while I try to fix reinstall Titanium problem ( it says “insufficient storage available” ) . I tried to delete any Files belong to Titanium Back Up but ……. no held . Finally I install ” Eris Market Fix ” with hoping that it will fix the problem ………. then end up with the phone being freezing after the T Mobile Logo boot up . Your instruction helped me to go back to stock firmware . Thanks a lot !!! And I found out the New ICS Stock from T-Mobile work so …. good . Even it fix the bluetooth connection problem with my car . Thanks again Max !!!!!

  • Sean

    Thanks, for these tutorials, Max. I’ve been using them for the past 6 months or so since I began rooting my SGS2. I had a pretty nasty bug after going deep into the custom ROM rabit hole but b/c of this ‘reverting to stock ICS’ tutorial, I’m now able to begin anew. Thanks!

  • David

    Ok..I probably have a setting off or something. I’m currently running Juggernaught 5.0 and trying to get the ICS stock rom. Here’s the problem. The phone is connected to the PC via USB (no hub) I put the phone in download mode just like in the video but it will not connect. Is there a setting in Kies that I need to enable/disable? I know that the connection works because when the phone is started up regularly, I can see the SD card just fine via “My Computer”


    • Hamilton King

      Having the same problem with juggernaut 4.6 Really need help with this, the update keeps trying to go thru and I really need a phone that is not bricked.

      • datrapstar

        thats cuz juggz is an gb rom not ics. you neeed to update to ics in order to install ics custom rom.

  • brianidoeverythingthehardway

    I don’t use a computer very well but I’ve figured out that by downloading a rom straight into SD memory that I can install it. Does this have a drawback and can’t I just do the new ics update by just downloading file then installing it

    • Max

      No drawbacks other than that download is much slower on your phone.

  • T

    I still am confused on how to get it back to standard GB after upgrading to ICS… my main problem is that I HATE the new swype in it. I LOVE swype and dont text any other way but this new one is so annoying I want to go back to GB…Anyone have same thoughts/feelings/feedback about this? I am seriously frustrated about this

  • barribow

    Thanks for the post.
    I don’t care if I unroot or not, right now I have a custom GB ROM and wanted to get the ICS while keep my current settings, apps, messages intact. I have Ti backup pro but that’s good only on some apps not everything.

    How can I keep my current system status and apps/data but upgrade to either stock ICS or a custom ICS ROM and not do a Wipe/factory? Is there a way at all?

    • Max

      You can try without wipe, most ROMs will work without wipe (most touchwiz based) but many might cause Force Closes if you do that. But you can always reinstall with wipe if it doesn’t work out for you.

      • barribow

        Probably since it’s a version upgrade from 2.3.6 to 4.0.3 chances of FC are even higher

  • Alex E.

    Hey! My T989 wont enter recovery mode and wont get past the samsung screen. I hold down the power button in an attempt to power on and the samsung logo comes up, then the phone shuts off. And if i hold down volume keys + power button, then let go of power button the phone just keeps vibrating periodically rather than entering recovery mode. What do you suggest i do? Im kinda freaking out!!
    Thanks in advance BTW!!

    • Max

      try reflashing recovery in ODIN download mode.

      • Alex E.

        can you please explain how to do the above? i don’t recall the step although I’ve already might have done it.
        Thanks so much for your help Max! Your help alongside the tutorials is a great assistance for a n00b like me!!

        • Max
          • Alex E.

            Oh my god Max your the best bro!!!! You saved me from ordering a usb jig and going through a reset process and going back to stock!! Would it be too much to ask for how to flash ClockWorkMod Touch on the SGS2 T989??? I cant thank you enough.

            • Max

              just find a TAR file for that recovery or compress it in TAR format and flash in ODIN.

  • Alex E.

    And is this the official ICS update from T-Mobile or a ROM?

  • Scott

    Hi Max,
    I’m a little confused. I rooted my T-Mobile Galaxy S2 SGH-T989, but kept the default rom and just customized it using Titanium Backup. Which unroot instructions do I need to follow to be able to download and install ICS?

  • Scott

    UPDATE: I followed the directions to unroot to 2.3.6, but I did not do a wipe/factory reset. I tried to upgrade to ICS via KIES, but nothing happens. Do I need to do a wipe/factory reset? i can confirm I am no longer rooted as Titanium Backup can not go into SU mode.

    Thanks in advance!

  • Sarah

    Hi 🙂 I just got my galaxy s2 from t-mobile and I live outside the US so I need to unlock my phone but I don’t have the unlock code :/ any idea how to do it safely?

    Do you recommend that I upgrade to the ICS update first or shall I wait until I unlock it??

    PS: I have been an IPhone user for the last 4 years so please bear with me it’s all new !!

    Thanks in advance!

    • cj

      i’d like to know this as well..

  • Nino

    Hey Max,
    Your tutorials are amazing. Great stuff. I’m about to put ICS on my GB GS2 but I’m curious to know, will making that change cause me to lose text messages? If so, will TB be sufficient to restore them? I have the GS3 as well and trying to restore my texts onto it doesn’t seem to work. I’m guessing its the difference between versions of the messaging app, Messaging 2.3.6 vs Messaging 4.0.4, but not sure.

    • Nino

      Couldn’t wait for a response so I tried it anyway! :p
      To answer my own question, you do not loose your text messages!

      • Max

        You can also use sms text backup apps.

  • Chip Ormond

    Odin stops at boot.img. Nothing further. what am I doing wrong?

  • Chip Ormond

    OMG Help. Now my phone will do nothing but boot to “firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies and try again.” will not boot. Odin won’t recogonize. Computer won’t load drivers for phone to be recognized. Feels like I am screwed! Please help.

    • Max

      Just run odin again and turn off kies.

  • Hamilton King

    I am trying to unroot from the bullet rom and seem to be having som trouble. I cannot seem to be able to get odin to recognize my phone. It shows up in my computer just fine but odin shows nothing. T Mobile galaxy s2 T-989uvkl with kernal with the bullet rom. Ots juggernaut-v4.1, any ideas? I really need to unbrick as the update keeps coming thru and its messing with my phone.

    • Max

      I think u can freeze or uninstall device management with titanium backuo app.

  • Jorge

    This guide bricked my rooted phone. >:( and then it unrooted and unbricked it when i tried it the next day 🙂

    • robin puri

      LOL, yes Jorge, “this guide bricked your rooted phone…” Couldn’t have been user error. 🙂 Funny, “this guide” worked like a charm on my SGS2. 😀

      Thanks again Max.

  • Peter

    I’m trying to download the UN-root file but the download link wont download? it just opens another tab and does the countdown again, no matter how many times i click the download it does the same thing over and over again. I don’t necessarily have to UN-root my phone its just nice to have the file on my computer just in case. Please help thanks.

    • Max

      Sorry about that i was adding more servers earlier and the site was temporarily down try now it should work.

      • Peter

        Thanks max your the man

  • Ralph

    Hi I was having issues with my rooted SGS2 was really slow and crashing alot…. flashed this and did the factory restore/wipe and rebooted my phone and to my dismay it reverted to the previous state and even put the old wallpaper on the phone…. i dont know what to do, its still back to the slow lagging state!

    Please help?

  • Ryan

    Im having trouble with this. I followed the instructions but when I hit start, nothing happens. Anybody have any idea?

  • marlon

    Hi Max i have a question…. I updated mi sgs2 to ics4.0 but really i dont like how looks like… So its possible to return to gb 2. Whatever??? Thanks

    • Max

      Yes just re-root and install GB ROM, no problems there.

      • marlon

        ok so is in this site the gb rom???

        • Max

          You can find GB ROMs here or on XDA Forums.

  • riff

    i have my galaxy s2 unlocked with a code. do you know if the devise will get locked if I install the Tmobile ICS Stock??

  • Andy

    my phone is not turning on at all… i plug it in the charger and nothing, i think its bricked. will this work?

  • jose

    where can i download Odin app?

    • Gary Caton

      it’s included in the above zip file

  • jose Gaytan

    I have a Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. please select recovery mode in Kies & try again.
    how can i fix this?

  • Sharukh


    Hello Admin..
    I tried Unrooting my galaxy S2 following the steps mentioned above. But after getting a pass signal on Odin and as soon as my cell displayed the (SAMSUNG GALAXY S2 I9100) on screen it got blank and started showing battery sign on the cell.

    is this due to low battery?

    Please reply ASAP.
    M worried for my SGS2.

    Thanks in advance

  • Josh

    This is not STOCK ICS, but rather very close.

    I say this because when I used odin to flash this and then called T-mo, they weren’t able to see the phone on their network. But when I flashed the file found at XDA (which sent me back to gingerbread –, I was able to be seen by tmobile. Anyway, just an FYI

    I needed 100% official stock so that I could get my phone unlocked (I’m traveling to Europe), and this didn’t do it. Just thought anyone else in my situation would want to know.

  • Bailey

    hi i just bricked my phone. i have followed your video to unbrick but it is still bricked. i tried to wide and factory rest it and it didnt work i tried you method again and it stil says failed is there anything else i can try? please help!

  • Robin

    Hey I have done this many times before but for some reason lately, it stays stuck on the Samsung screen after installing rom. I have left it there for about 1hour and nothing happens. I tried re-installing via odin and it is still the same problem.

    Should I go into recovery and wipe data/cache.

    I have gotten this to work in the past with ease, I don’t know what has changed that it now stays stuck on the Samsung screen. Any Help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in Advance.

    • Robin

      Nevermind, I hold power and volume up + volume down. When the phone shut off I let go of Power, but did not let go of Volume up + Volume Down and I got into recovery.

      In recovery I did Wipe Data/Factory Reset and Wipe Cache. Rebooted. It loaded up fine.

  • Arsalan

    Thank you so much 🙂 This info is too helpful ….

  • deontrey crumpton

    hey max , um . when i open the odin , my id/com doesnt be yellow ,, it just say checking for some md5 files and say sussecfully complete and the green line dont come upr nun

  • bruce

    ok I followed everything and even tried the . I have completely bricked it..any help?? I get an error screen …goes into manual mode cant open/cache/recovery/recovery-kernal-log

    • Max

      wipe cache for that error, not a huge deal. If your screen turns on it’s fixable.

      • bruce

        max, ok did that but i still can’t get the phone to do anything. when I try to load ogin on the pc it just flashes the program then disappears..wth????

        • Max

          unzip the files first!

  • rusty

    Max i rooted sorry i was a pain . if i need to set the phone back to stock for a warranty or anything . Then this is the method. i rooted the 989 running 4.03 and may set it back to get rid of it now that i know i can do it ? Thanks for all the help.

    • Max

      yes unroot will get you back to completely stock.

  • rusty

    After a phone is rooted . If a factory reset is done. Will it unroot the phone ?
    I placed the CWM folder in USB storage folder. Not on an sd card. i also am wondering. If i should redo the process or can i move the folder to the external sd folder. OR put all this on an sdcard.. Both phones are still under warranty. i may sell one to a friend and id hate for it to brick because i didnt do somethiing right.

    • Max

      it will unroot the phone but you still have to reinstall stock recovery.

  • Brent

    this is 4.0.3 correct?

    is there a place to d/l 4.0.4?


    • Max

      Not sure if there is 4.0.4 official. But if it is available, you can install 4.0.3 first then do OTA update in settings.

  • Christopher

    thannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnk you for saving my phone cheers…. you the best out here 🙂

  • Jaime Cababie

    hey men love your videos. but i just tried to to unroot my galaxys2 from tmobile and it is stock in the samsung logo can you help me please

    • Max

      try a factory reset.

  • deronius

    Great howto! I’m giving my s2 to my wife and nice to have it back to stock. Thanks for the help!

  • Ryan

    Hey Max, since my phone is already rooted every time I try to boot into download mode it takes me into CMW menu. Any suggestions?

    • Winston

      I am having the same challenge…ideas?

  • Frank

    Maxx I’m getting a error it says MD5 hash value is invalid what do i need to do?

  • Jose-ebluebay

    Hi, I want to downgrade 4.0.4 UVLH1 to 4.0.3 UVLE1…. Can I do it through this procedure? I am having trouble to get 3G network from DIGITEL in my country Venezuela, so I want to try get the 3G Network going back to 4.0.3 ICS. Thanks for your help!!

  • Imran

    Hey Max, I followed your method up to hitting “start” in Odin, but I get the error
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    MD5 hash value is invalid
    T989UVLE1_T989TMBLE1_T989UVLE1_HOME.tar.md5 is invalid.
    What can I do?

    • Bee

      i keep getting this as well please help

  • Gunnar

    thanks a lot, you saved my phone!

  • Steven

    For whatever reason my phone no longer likes to be rooted. I get all kinds of errors when I try to root. Not sure what I did incorrectly. I unrooted the phone now and I am running the stock ICS. It is good, but I would like to be able to install some of the custom roms I have seen on this site. Unfortunately, every time I attempt to install one I get the boot screen and it never goes away. Even after 20 minutes or more. Thankfully your unroot/unbrick method really saved my hide! I just want to thank you very much for all the hard work you put in.

  • Steven

    Is there a way to truly do a factory reset toget my phone to a truly factory fresh state? I unrooted and am currently running the stock T-Mobile ICS rom and I’m not happy with it. I would rather not root again since the last time I tired installing a custom rom my phone nearly bricked. Not to mention my phone really acts strange now when rooted. Any tips?

  • ALEX

    My cell won’t turn on anymore I just tried this steps but my phone turned off in the middle of the process I know is not the battery because I tried 3 different ones. Is not water damage or anything like that , my phone was working fine all of a sudden stopped . I can turn it on for like 5 seconds but then turns off again I have the feeling is something major :(((

    Please help me this might be a software issue???

  • henry

    In Odin, when I flash this, it always fails at the modem portion. I can boot into everything fine, but the baseband is unknown in my phone settings. I have a T989D if that helps.

    Is there a separate odin flashable modem?

  • rusty

    Sorry i am just reading this. You saaid doing a factory reset will unroot. But i still need the factory recovery? Meaning the TMO ICS recovery files posted above? I am a lil confused if i reset to factory or clear usb or sd. Then i have to go back through the root process is that right. I am trying to get all this right so far the rooted 4.0.3 is not to bad just bloatware etc. But the unrooted 4.0.4 is a battery hog
    As of now nothing has been changed from the original ICS just a root
    Its hard for me atm to sit and get much done at the pc. so i ask inadvance

  • rusty

    i just finally backed up my rooted 4.0.3. Backed up everything. So far other than the bloatware i have no real issues with ICS 4.0.3. But i do need to clarify if i restore and wipe the phone. the root will be gone will i then have to reinstall /ICS or will it just unroot. This obviously takes some playing with but i would lke to know in advance before i mess something up. and to make sure i have all the files i need.
    i am assuming that if i restore to factory it will unroot and just go back to standard ICS. So everytime i have to factory reset i will have to reroot AND reinstall ICS.
    Right now i am unsure which apps or services are safe to stop or not back up. there are 200 apps according to TB. Help is greatly neeed to make sure i am clear on this. Theni will probably permaroot. then if i have to unroot for warranty i would do the above?. is this making sense

  • Steven

    just curious about something. Do the T-Mobile OTA updates still work when you unroot to stock ICS as well as stock Gingerbread 2.3.6?

    • Max


  • John

    I love you! Selling my phone and factory wiped it. After that phone kept getting stuck on Goodbye screen. Did your above factory download and works as should…..Thank You….

  • ben

    thank you. clockworkmod recovery was freezing on me for everything, I was scared to download yet another thing to my phone but this one is the golden egg. thank you!

  • Ken W.

    Hi All,
    My home button didn’t work after I deleted some bloatware. Then my display stays black after I did factory reset.
    When I reboot it, the screen stays Samsung logo…
    What should I do, please help…!

    • ben

      If you follow the unroot/unbrick video you’ll be back to stock. Then if you really want to you can root again and use a custom rom

  • Romeo

    many thanks fpor this article. I have a big problem now. I was using a sgh-t989 under ICS. I tried to flash it, but with a wrong rom and now it doesn’t even turn non. 3-button combo wasn’t working. I’ve done the jig, and that jig worked for a sgs I but it doesn’t work for t989. On xda forum it is said that t-989 running ICS can’t use jig because it is disabled!! What can i do ? Please Help me!!!

  • manikrishnan

    my s3 pda phone and csc doesnt match and because of that my mobile not getting updates so what should i do

  • rusty

    i hAVe tried multiple times to dl the file. The most i getr is 167m. I know my internet is slow here but i get a dl complete msg. Ten if i do try to open Win7 tells me the file is invalid. Maybe i am losing connection? i am not sure. Any ideas .Thanks

  • moe

    Hi max
    I have a problem to format my phone and I can’t unroot my phone I can’t connect the phone to laptop and I have to return the phone to T Mobile 2 days I hope u have a solution

  • Robert

    I have the same problem as alex. I rooted this phone a while back but now it randomly shut off and I’m only able to turn it on for a good 5 seconds up to the loading screen and then it shuts back off. Any idea?

  • rusty

    My root went well until i had to reset. Now the phone qill not power off unless i pull the battery. Is there a fix for this?
    Now the phone seems to give a synch error message. it all seemed fine until i reset it. So is the best tbing to reroot. Or unroot? I did not get to play around with any ROMS. I just decided to clean off some of the bloat. But id like to know the best way to approach this. I have another fully stock Gs2 and naturally this one i lile best.

  • rusty

    Max should i try asking this on fb to get ya. i need to unroot. As i stated earlier i could not get the enite filr. i had to use a friends pc and save the file to usb. what is the best way to procede now. I mean since you were dowloading right to the phone and i have the file on usb. For some reason dl to the phone does not work well for me.
    Also is there any way Kies could mess this up or cause problems that you know of. I assume tis will reinstall all the bolatware EH?\

  • Yassir


  • oscar

    Hola max, compre un t989 por ebay, lo libere con la caja z3x. pero al meterle la sim card, el equipo dice sin servicio, mas sin embargo puedo realizar llamadas sin problemas y conecta 2G (EDGE:2), el asunto esta en que no agarra 3G, soy de venezuela y tengo entendido que mi operadora (Digitel opera 3G en la banda 900 Mhz) He intentado actualizar por odin y me da fail en el proceso donde carga un archivo llamado amss.bin. Podrias brindarme alguna solucion para que el equipo corra la carga del sistema por odin sin fallos y asi pueda usar todo el potencial del equipo. He probado con todos los firmware de samfirmware y todos de dan FAIL con odin cuando carga el archivo amss.bin. inclusive le he cargado varios modem por odin o por CWM y no agarra 3G, por cierto tengo los apn bien configurados

    • Arturo Luna

      La banda del 3G son las siguiente 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 y las de 2G 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 y segun dice tu compañia opera en 900

  • Robert V

    guys i got everything set up but the problem is that my usb port on the phone wont recognize my usb cable as a data cable even thou it is i already did samsung usb drivers and nothing still. odin and the rest is fine but i cant get the phone to show up on odin even thou its on download mode. i have tried using different usb cables but nothing the problem is my phone i cant get it to connect to the pc as a mass storage device. any body with this problem or that can help me? pls. i have tried drivers diferent cables and what not but the problem is the phone not working as a storage device.

  • Arturo Luna

    I can install ICS 4.0.4?

    T989UVLH1 ICS 4.0.4

    i have SGH-T989_UVLE1_ICS

    my cellphone say T989UVLE1 on settings

    • diego

      En Que Version Tu Estas ?

  • Alexander Schwab

    You are my hero! Got lazy in my rooting process and screwed up. Looked and worked ALL day for a solution. Thank you so much! I have my phone back! I am not going to attempt another root for a while.

  • Jonathan Montero

    TY, You are a lifesaver haha

  • Jeff

    I have was running the cyanogenmod 10 ROM (4.2.2 – and messed up somehow when I was trying to install another ROM. Every time I run ODIN it comes up failed….any particular reason why? Is it possible to unroot from jellybean?

  • michael sta maria

    hello max and to everyone!!!!
    can someone give me a explanation about the tmo-GS2…
    i already rooted this phone and unroot/unbrick this for 3 times…
    and upgraded this version from v4.0.3 to v4.0.4 and rerooted again.
    now when i shutting down this phone,
    the ‘goodbye’ logo of the stock rom never fades out…
    to shut this down completly, i,m taking out the battery…
    need a advice….

    • Gabriel Ignacio

      You may have to factory reset the device, unroot and reroot again, as you may have incorrectly flashed the .zip that enables root. I prefer ClockWorkMod since it generally performs better than ODIN, IMO and that CWM is also available as a touch version so no more pesky usage of volume rocker and power button.

  • Kevin

    Hey, was using Odin to flash my phone, stopped after it said passed and now my phone is bricked an completely unresponsive . Doesn’t charge , no comp recognizes it, and for some reason I don’t think I can enter download mode. Any help? I tried the button trick for download mode but I don’t think it’s been effective.

  • Sajeel

    hi Zedomax!
    Please help, i have done smoothly all steps, android is upgrading, it starts optimizing apps, while at the stage of 62 out 74 apps it keeps on rebooting and taking back to optimizing apps…really bothering me…please help.

    i have flashed official firmware T989UVMC6 on ginger bread 2.3.6

    • Sajeel

      done…i figured out and got success with the above firmware….but now my IMEI and baseband version is unknown and no signals….seems like a bigger problem..please help….i have unlock code received from t mobile….also when i dial *#06# it says null/null………..

      all senior devs are also requested to help….

      • sajeel

        Further to add, i have explored all the tricks and mehtods available on web to restore IMEI including efs folder repair containing nv_bin or bak files. I now dont find efs folder having these nav-bin files with its md5 sum….:(

        Also i tried with GSII repair and other tools but no luck…..please help as i am clueless…

  • Michael

    Does this give back stock rom, modem and kernel?

  • Jeff

    Good day sir! I got a problem sir, with my, samsung galaxy 2 SGH-T989, (Rooted official ICS) at first, I Restored Factory Setting the phone, but that makes the phone to Stuck at “Goodbye Screen” and it wont turn off, i read some of the post of my co readers and follow their instruction, so i wipe the cache through CWM, and that makes my phone stuck in the boot loop process (the samsung logo) so I tried everything and possibilities to go through the boot loop and I decided to install the ParanoidAndroid ROM for Galaxy S2, and i decided to go back to official ICS, and my plan is to unroot my phone again and go back to official ICS, and Root my phone again, but it didn’t happen, when i used the ODIN, it Failed and it didn’t unroot and Im stuck in “Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies & try again. what will i do with my phone, it seems sir max is busy nowadays, please someone.. help me with this problem, i dont know what to do anymore.. please… T.T

    • Bardi

      When you use the ODIN make sure you have a good USB cable and USB connector on the laptop/desktop side. I once had problem with desktop but on laptop I was able to ODIN safely. I recommend you do ODIN. Then there is also infamous superwipe in the xda website.

  • Amanda

    Please help me soon…
    i did all this right & get unbricked my sght989 yesterday.
    after it get ICS i upgraded to andoid 4.1.2 via smasung kies.
    now phone working well but can’t install any application from play store & even from sd card or computer.
    it looks package installation file is missing after the wipe data.(11th step in post).
    so how can i get my installer back. i tried to install app using different emails & after cleaning cache. but nothing work. please help…Thank you.

  • Smit

    My screen got stuck at SAMSUNG symbol. HELP!!! after passing odin thing, my phone reset and got stuck at Samsung symbol. HELP please thank you.

  • Chase

    Thanks! Worked wonders! Now to root again.

  • RAul

    hye how you doing

    i rooted my g s2 ok.
    but 2 days a go start to make a wire sound a restart it seflt, i try a factory reset and i screwed up
    never star again now restar it self all the time plese if you can helpme email me back sorry about the inglisn
    i m a cuban, so….

  • Peter

    I installed cyanogenmod 10.2 and I am trying to get back to stock rom. I am using this method but when I hit start it completes in just a few seconds. I don;t think it is working…

    “Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable
    Please wait
    Checking MD5 finished successfully
    Leave CS
    All threads completed.

    And thats it… please help

    • Peter

      I got it to work with Odin 3.07!!!

  • umesh

    thanks it work samsung t989

  • Albion

    I have a version of jedi mind tricks installed on my phone and it has worked wonders for a year, but today when turning my phone on, it was always stuck on the samsung screen, after the jedi mind tricks screen loaded. I’m not experienced with any of this, and all i want to do is wipe everything off the phone (my contacts and messages are saved to my sdcard thanks to Titanium backup). Can i go to recovery mode and just wipe/factory reset, and then i will have my stock program again? or do i have to follow these instructions?
    Thank you so much

  • Durga Prasad

    Hi Max,

    After un-rooting to the Jelly Been Stock Rom, I rebooted the phone and it got stuck at the Samsung logo forever. I restarted the phone many times and still didn’t work. Could you help me what to do next ? Thank you.

    • Michael Thomas

      Boot into stock recovery (pull the battery, hold down the up and down volume at the same time while pressing power when the phone vibrates you can let go of the power button but keep holding the other two do not let them go until you see the stock recovery) and do a factory data reset. Also be patient and leave the phone alone when it boots up for the first time (it will take several minutes).

  • Michael Thomas

    Hey Max,

    I have had a plague of problems with this phone since I got it. I got it from my friend and it was already rooted with TWRP recovery. I did a factory reset and kept the stock Tmo rom. I installed Rom Manager and the CWM recovery that goes with it. Threw a few more apps on it and gave the phone to my daughter and thought all was well. First problem I noted was the phone would not shut off it would be stuck on the pink “good bye” box until the battery died or I pulled the battery. So the next thing I tried is to update to the stock rooted JB rom that I found Rom did not work for me it would not get a signal where 3 other Tmo phones had full signal (GS2, GS3, GS4). So I have decided to remove root and go back to complete stock with this method. I have followed all of the instructions and all seemed to work well so I thought I would update to the latest ota and then root…WRONG. When I attempt to update the phone pops up with a message that says “no firmware”. I was under the impression that the method here would remove all flashes root recoveries etc.. Not sure what the problem is here. Is there something that I did wrong? Is there something else I need to do? One other note when I used Rom Toolbox to install a zip it gave me the option to select what recovery that I wanted to boot into TWRP, Clockwork mod, Clockwork mod unofficial and stock??? I thought that when I installed CWM that it would overwrite the other recoveries and replace them. Another reason that I decided to wipe it all and go back to stock is that I tried to install the CWM touch for the 989 and it would always give me an error even with Odin. I could not install with any of the 3 methods, I tried several downloads and even did the download direct from CWM nothing worked. So is there any way I can do an OTA update before I root again. Is the phone defective now did I somehow brick it in a strange way? (yes I know it still works but it is not normal). FYI with the stock rom now it does shut down properly and gets a proper signal but the firmware is somehow missing.