Incredible S

Update HTC Incredible S to Android 2.3 Gingerbread Firmware

Incredible S Gingerbread 2.3.3 LogoGreat news arrives for all the owners of htc Incredible S owners as there’s an all new update of Gingerbread 2.3.3 version. This comes as a great respite for all those who were having this phone as since this phone was the boot loader locked users faced great difficulty in updating the firmware externally. And also most importantly since the Gingerbread 2.3.3 update has finally arrived as an official update, there’s no stopping the happiness. So, let’s check out on what are the improvements and also let’s check out on how you can update with the same.

Though this update has been released in the selected parts, this update of Gingerbread 2.3.3 release will be pushed gradually to all parts of the World but as of now it’s been pushed into India and other select countries. Please note that the base band version is dubbed as 20.2805.30.085AU_3805.04.03.27_M, the Kernel version is with the build number as 2.12.720.5 CL37872 with the software number as 2.12.720.5. Not to forget with lots of enhancements along with the new user interface to complement are the part of this software update which we will be looking in the due course of the article. This update is over the air update and also most importantly if you have rooted your phone before then please notes that the rooting access will be revoked and also you will have to root the device again as soon as you update the device. Since this update is being rolled out in the batches, you may get it very soon.

Enhancements in the Gingerbread 2.3.3 update:

  • This all new update of Gingerbread 2.3.3 ropes in the better overall refinement of battery performance as it’s optimized further to give long battery life. With this update of 2.3.3, the battery life has been optimized by around 15% overall and also the quadrant ranks have been substantially improved.
  • Apart from the battery life, this new update comes along with an all new faster and more interactive user interface which is the best part of this update.
  • Many of the users faced issues with the GPS as well as frequent disconnection in the Wi Fi after a particular interval of time which is now overcomed in this update of Gingerbread.
  • Now, the free RAM too is increased and it also releases more RAM to the users directly so that the phone becomes much faster as the RAM availability has been increased to the users so that apps can make use of it and also the start-up time has been marginally reduced by two points. The quadrant speeds have been substantially improved and also the user interface is now much speedier than before. This update is considered as the major update with almost all the fixes.
  • Now, all new flash update of 10.3 Adobe flash comes packed along with this update and also most importantly the Google Maps are now updated with this update so as to deliver the 3D Map view. Also, soon the release of Adobe flash 10.4 will be revealed and you will be happy to know that this phone also supports this future version of Adobe.
  • Many user also reported the issues regarding the Android Market Place where in users we getting error messages while they are on the slow internet speeds.

Note: Since the firmware update has been updated, all the APN Settings will be cleared. So, to access all the data services / MMS / Internet, you will have to get the Internet settings from from your Service provider.

Procedure to update HTC Incredible S with Gingerbread 2.3 edition:

  • Please note that you will have to ensure that you have synced all your contacts with your Google Account, all sms, applications, videos and music files which are there in your phone should be taken a backup or else the data will be lost. Anything which is in SD card will not be lost, so you can alternatively move to SD Card. So make sure that you’ve backed up the information and files you want to keep.
  • Additionally, ensure that your phone has at least more than 50% of battery power left, this is just an advisory which if followed then you will not experience any difficulties as while updation of the device the battery consumption is at a maximum,

Automatic Update Notification:
So let’s check out the same on how you can easily update your phones with the OTA update of Gingerbread 2.3 edition with the automated method as well as the manual method. You will have to make sure that the phone’s storage card is inserted as the update will be downloaded to the storage card.

  • As soon as you get an update notification which will be termed as “install system software update”, you will have to select the option which is called as “install now” and then simply tap on OK to proceed for the update.
  • If you’re in a call, the update notification icon appears in the status bar. After the call, then slide open the Notifications panel, and then tap the update notification.
  • Or else you will have to wait for the update and then download and install the same on your phone after which the phone will be restarted automatically.

Manual Update Method:
If you haven’t got any sorts of update notification then from the home screen, you will have to press the Menu key from your phone which will be there in the Settings after which just simply tap on the “About Phone” after that tap on the “System Software updates”. From this you will have to tap on the “Check now” option to check with the same. Please note that you have an active Wi Fi connection or the GPRS connection as the updates will be downloaded in the phone.

So there you go, you have now successfully updated the latest Gingerbread version of 2.3.3 in your HTC Incredible S officially. Do let us know in the comments section below if you face any kind of issues as we will try our level best.



  1. malxxxxx

    April 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    i have 2.3.3 how do i update it? i tried manually but it says no update available.

  2. malxxxxx

    April 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    my phone says no software updates available for your phone when i update is manually. i have HTC INCREDIBLE S. why is that so? how can i update it. pleasseee help.

  3. Hedwig Roat

    April 14, 2012 at 3:21 am

    The Atrix 4G is my first smartphone. I chose it because it had received good reviews and because it is made by Motorola.

  4. kenjarat

    February 15, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I am Thai. I had the problem with the G- sensor calibration. i sent the phone to fix it.
    They changed the main board. After I try to update to gingerbread, then it shut down and i turn on it manually.
    it appear normal but same.
    do u think it is because of new main board.
    orWhat is going on here?
    Any suggestion?
    thank you

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      its not hardware issue, its a software issue!

  5. Daniel

    October 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Hi, I am trying to update my HTC Incredible S 2.2 but am having no success. I received the notification a about a month or 2 ago (australia) and i didnt bother to try and download the update until just a few days ago. The phone downloads the update no worries, but when i ask it to ‘install now’ it does its thing for a little bit and then restarts the phone. However upon restarting I am greeted with a screen that says ***System Warning*** Hboot 1.13.000 etc and i have a range of fastboot, hboot, power down, recovery, etc options. No matter what option I select (except the factory reset) I cant seem to get off this screen without asking the phone to ‘power down’.

    When i manually turn the phone back on again it starts up as per normal with no update applied. I then receive the notification that an update is ready for my phone and i have to download it all over again. I have tried this several times now, including using the internet pass through option to download the update but i am still presented with the same system warning screen.

    What is going on here? Any help would be much appreciated.


    • NeaL Pradeep

      October 20, 2011 at 10:15 am

      yes you need to first fastboot and also need to HBoot to then update the phone!

  6. Basit Ijaz

    October 8, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Hi, I am tyring to upgrade my Incredible S, downloaded updates successfully, phone was restarted but now it is showing a warning sign with Andriod simley for about an hour. Not sure what it means, as I am using an Android for the first time. Please advise.


  7. Ravindra B.C

    October 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Hi, I’m an Indian. My son gifted me an HTC Is bought in Hong Kong. Will I receive my gingerbread update along with Indians? Or will I receive it when it is received in Hong Kong? I don’t know if it is already received in Hong Kong. When I go to Hong Kong help center I read that a new version of sync is available but the update is still to be expected. Mine is a vivo. Will someone knowledgeable respond soon?

  8. Amri

    October 4, 2011 at 6:56 am

    I’m in New Delhi for a while.Got a 2.3.3 upgraded notification. Once updated wifi error message appeared and couldn’t log on to any wifi. Any suggestion?

  9. vishal ravlani

    October 1, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    just bought incredible s with android 2.3.3 but got a bit dissapointed with a phone with front camera 3G supporting you neither can do 3G video call nor can take snap from your front cam…how can android miss such basic things…….

  10. vivek

    September 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    will 3g video call work with this version in my incredible s.

  11. syed

    September 17, 2011 at 7:50 am


    just got updated my cell to gingerbird, but after update, calls are not getting hang up, mic is not working properly. can u let me know what the prob is……

  12. Neale

    September 3, 2011 at 2:39 am

    I upgraded to 2.3.3 easily by following directions. (I’m in Canada). I have my phone password protected, however. Since the upgrade, whenever I power down for the night and start up the next morning, the phone starts up, but won’t take my password until I reset it. Is this an issue with 2.3.3?

    I also upgraded my Swype Beta from 3.6 to 3.25 (! not a typo) the same day – my bad for doing two upgrades the same day 🙁

    Turning fastboot off seems to cure the problem, but I miss it terribly – my old HTC Touch with Windows Mobile used to take a couple of minutes to boot.

  13. Jeremy

    August 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I’m having issues with text messaging with the new update. Every message i start, if i hit back space anytime throughout the message, it randomly goes to ‘delete messages by section’. Once i hit cancel, it takes me to the top of my conversation. This is extremely frustrating when it happens every new message. Is this happening to anyone else?!

  14. haritographer

    August 3, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    hmm when is 2.3.4 coming!!!!????

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm

      soon 2.3.4 will be coming for Incredible S, we will update you once it arrives!

      • haritographer

        August 15, 2011 at 10:13 pm

        thanks!!! i’m dying to video chat with my HTC IS haha

        • NeaL Pradeep

          August 15, 2011 at 10:29 pm

          sure once we get that done we will surely come out with the article!

  15. Sidharth

    July 28, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Hi Neal,

    is the update for the incredible S available in India ? I am going to purchase an Incredible S. Would htc have pre loaded the update ? or would i have to do so myself after the purchase ?

    Also, with the abysmal 3G performance here , and i not having a wifi connection access, is there any other way to officially update the phone if required ?

  16. Shrinivas

    July 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I want to know if we will be able to place native video call with our network provider with Incredible S ??
    I mean, without Skype/Tango/Google Talk ??.. And when is 2.3.4 expected ?
    I am from India. 🙂

    • NeaL Pradeep

      July 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      as of now no but soon it will arrive in India!

  17. Connor

    July 25, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Im in canada and i still havent recieved the update. when i read the replies there is somthing about version lock, can we undo this lock up or do we need a new phone if we want Gingerbread? btw im running an incredible s on the Sasktel network.

  18. Mumtaz Ahmed

    July 23, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Can you please tell me, once we upgrade to ginger bread, can we roll it back to froyo ???? Please reply urgent.

  19. aneesh

    July 11, 2011 at 8:54 am

    hi could you tell me if i can use video call through skype on htc incredible S after upgrading to android 2.3??

  20. Aneesh

    July 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    can i do video call on skype from HTC incredible s after upgrading to android 2.3?

  21. Alan Higgins

    July 8, 2011 at 1:43 am

    is there an update for incredible s in canada yet?

    • Neal Pradeep

      July 8, 2011 at 11:33 am

      you can follow this procedure to update the same!

  22. faye

    July 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    helo,im from asian country,after long surveying types of adore to try android htc rather then apple iphone n choose to buy this incredible s, so when i read your coment…im hesitate n afraid? Please advise frenz

  23. Kishore

    July 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I am in India and using Increbile S with 2.2 Froyo.Its doesnt upgrade to 2.3 Gingerbread at all.Everytime I try to upgrade it says myphone is up to date.I heared this upgrade is available in India.But for some reason it doesnt work for me.I dont get any error though.Btw I got this phone from US which I had to unlock.Is that the reason ? I dont think so…..Any suggesssion for this ? I can give Garlic Bread if you could help me in upgrading to Gingerbread 😉

    • Neal Pradeep

      July 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm

      no kishire thats not the reason, it shouldn’t affect! Sure buddy we will help you in updating your phone!

  24. freedom ean

    July 3, 2011 at 6:49 am

    well, after i had upgraded , i could not receive msg..mean that if my friends reply me, i might receive late..maybe after the next 30minutes i only receive the to solve it? ><

    • Neal Pradeep

      July 3, 2011 at 7:37 am

      its a network issue. Is your inbox full?

      • phillip gaskell

        July 4, 2011 at 6:17 pm

        no my friend i am on my 3rd incredible s and there are many ppl with this issue after the dont reply when i speak to them so its useless

        • Farhad

          August 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm

          its true. Even I have SMS delay issue after upgrade to 2.3.3. I am looking for way to downgrade to 2.2.2

  25. Dhaval Mehta

    June 29, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    there is one minor bug with updating 2.3.3. In dial pad if i dial *123# or *111# or anything else with last sign # is not allowed. try to dial above number but dial only *111 or *123. any solution for this? i have htc incredible s

  26. Raul

    June 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I owned an HTC Incredible S last month, which I very conveniently could update it to gingerbread; however I gave that phone to my brother. I got myself another HTC IS, which I’ve been trying to update but it jus wont. I’ve tried everything possible, but its surprising that it does not update at all, it jus keeps saying there is no update for your phone.

    • Neal Pradeep

      June 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm

      oh! From which part of the World you are trying to update the phone?

      • Scott James

        June 22, 2011 at 5:31 am

        I’m trying to update from Califonia, US

  27. siew ling

    June 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    why my phone cant receive messages instantly after the upgrade???

    • freedom ean

      July 3, 2011 at 6:50 am

      me too! how to solve??

  28. munchu

    June 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Got d update but didnt get the new keyboard.. 🙁

  29. munchu

    June 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Got d update but didnt get the new keyboard.. 🙁

  30. orlex

    June 9, 2011 at 4:58 am

    i have tried the manual method of updating my htc incredible s , but it gives me a message that says your phone is up to date , there are no updates available for your phone ?? and yet it still has the 2.2 froyo os , please help and thank you

    • Neal Pradeep

      June 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      it may be the region effect or the handset may be locked!

  31. Jabbar Hussein

    June 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm


    I have serious issue with the 3G speed, even after the update. The speed was excellent for a day only after the update and now it’s got back to the same slow speed as before.

    Please advice.

  32. Nightclubs in Michigan

    June 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I was wondering if they are going to do an update on the older Incredibles. i have Android 2.2 and want to upgrade to 2.3+ Am I going to have to buy a new phone?

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