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How to Force the Verizon Motorola Xoom ICS Update



Verizon is currently rolling out the Motorola Xoom Ice Cream Sandwich update to tablet owners and it seems as though some have yet to see the software arrive. Fortunately, there is a way to manually force the update on the tablet and it only requires a few simple steps.

The method, which has been confirmed to work by Droid-Life, is similar to the way Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners were able to force the update to arrive on the smartphone.

All it takes is a couple of tricks and voila, the tablet should be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in no time at all.

So here’s how Xoom owners will want to try and pull the software:

1. Go to Settings -> Apps -> All

2. Find Google Services Framework.

3. Tap on Force Stop.

4. Select Clear Data.

5. Head back to the Xoom’s Settings, go to About, and check for a System Update.

For many Motorola Xoom owners, a prompt will appear on the screen and the device will then start to unpack the update. It will then install the software bringing the Xoom from Android Honeycomb to Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Of course, the method might not work for everyone.

When I tried to use the method on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus, in order to get Android 4.0, I wasn’t able to pull it off and I tried all sorts of different combinations of the instructions.

That being said, those that own a Xoom that haven’t yet seen the update should at least give this method a shot.



  1. daze34

    06/07/2012 at 12:46 pm

    just got my ics update 4.14 today ar 1157am by just changing the date on my xoom to july 07 it worked for me

    • daze34

      06/07/2012 at 12:53 pm

      correction ics 4.04 works great

  2. joey

    06/07/2012 at 8:23 pm

    cool it worked for me is downloading now! im all excited now!

  3. Steve Jackson

    06/09/2012 at 11:42 am

    I got my update using this method. The update is a must get. The speed increase alone is outstanding.

  4. Beth D.

    06/09/2012 at 3:57 pm

    I tried these steps and it didn’t work. I’ve been trying to update my XOOM for the past few days. When I go to about and update, it goes through the process and restarts but the version still says 3.2 and that the system is updated. This is really frustrating now.

    • onlykevin

      06/11/2012 at 4:16 pm

      I am having the same problem. The update starts and then crashes with the triangle ! of death. I have tried several times to get the update to work and tried several different suggestions. Waiting for Verizon to answer my email request for support.


  5. Athelene

    06/10/2012 at 6:20 am

    Thank you! I was automatically prompted to upgrade yesterday and when I accepted, it just stopped. Never prompted again. This worked like a charm. Too bad Motorola nor Verizon could offer me this quick tip yesterday when I spent about an hour on the phone with them. I appreciate you sharing this.

  6. Brian Clayton

    06/10/2012 at 8:03 am

    Update didn’t work on my xoom, glad it works for some though.

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  8. Jim

    06/14/2012 at 2:50 pm

    Got it to work, finally
    Got the upgrade prompt from Verizon, ran it, and came back up in Honeycomb. 2 more tries – same thing. Then turned on Wi-Fi access, dropping 4G. Tried again, and it worked.

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