Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread Update For Nexus S Available [Wi-Fi And Tethering Fix]

Couple of weeks back we reported regarding Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread update for Google Samsung Nexus S. Although the update did upgrade the OS version to 2.3.6, but one major flaw was broken Wi-Fi Tethering. Concerned Androiders and Nexus S owners debated this issue for quite some time. Apparently an all new Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread update for the Google Nexus S is on the roll again but this time with fixed wireless tethering and a different build code. The build number of this update is GRK39F whereas previously it was GRK39C. As the update is pretty much similar to what rolled out previously, it is apparent that there is no changelog available for this one.

The users who have received the update have claimed a fixed tethering and wireless issue. We believe that this update is a must have if you updated your phone previously on 2.3.6 and ended up with broken Wi-Fi and tethering. This update requires you to be on GRJ22 build.

In case you want to check if the update is available for your phone, go to settings > About Phone  and tap on Software Update. Once you get an update availability notification, follow onscreen instructions to detail to get your phone updated to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread.


The update should reach your Phone OTA, Over the Air, and if that’s not the case, then follow the instructions provided here to do a manual update:

Important Note: The manual update or OTA update is only meant for users without root access on their device. If you are root and want to apply this Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread update with fixed Wi-Fi and Tethering, then its bets to wait for custom ROM that is based on this build. AddictiveTips will not be responsible if you end up with a bricked device following this procedure.

  1. The first step is to download the update from here, rename the downloaded file to update.zip and Nexus-S-Updatesave it on your desktop.
  2. Once done, connect your phone to the computer via USB cable that came with the phone.
  3. Now mount your phone as SD Card and copy the Update.zip file present on your desktop to SD Card extension root.
  4. Once you have the file placed on your phone’s internal SD Card partition, power-off your phone.
  5. After you have powered off your device, reboot your phone while holsing Volume up key along with power button.
  6. Now select Recovery using volume button.
  7. Now you will see Android logo with exclamation mark on the screen. Keep pressing Power and Volume Up buttons together until you see recovery mode.
  8. Once you enter recovery mode, Select Apply sdcard Update.zip option and wait for the process to complete installation.
  9. After the procedure completes, your phone will reboot into Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread.

All credit for this guide goes to Artem at Android Police.

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  • James

    This GRK39F hosed my Nexus One’s wifi. It keeps cutting on and off. Tethering isn’t an issue, but wifi is. Google sucks!