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Motorola Atrix 2 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Available



AT&T finally rolled out the promised Motorola Atrix 2 Ice Cream Sandwich update today which means Atrix 2 owners can finally take their device from Android 2.3 all the way up to Android 4.0.

The carrier confirmed the update today in a post on its website saying that the update should be available for a manual pull through the Atrix 2’s settings. Those who own an Atrix 2 will want to head into the device’s settings, after making sure the device is connected to Wi-Fi, and then head to its About section where the Check for update option is housed. Once that is used, the update should become available and it will start to download.

The process could take a bit as it will need to both download and install so set aside a few minutes to complete the Atrix 2 Ice Cream Sandwich update.

Read: Motorola Details Atrix 2 Ice Cream Sandwich Update.


The Atrix 2 Ice Cream Sandwich update is now available.

The roll out comes a few weeks after AT&T confirmed the update and detailed it on its website. And for those unfamiliar, this is an update that looks to improve upon AT&T’s Atrix 2 smartphone in a number of ways.

First, the user interface is much improved over that of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It also comes with an enhanced lockscreen, Face Unlock, an improved browser, a better email app, enhanced notifications and more. In addition, the contacts app has been replaced with a new People application and there is also a new tool that helps users better manage their data.

It should also come with bug fixes as well though Motorola hasn’t outlined them.

Read: List of Broken Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Promises Could Grow.

All in all, it’s a huge step up from Android 2.3 Gingerbread and those who own an Atrix 2 should definitely consider updating to the latest software given the improvements from Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The Atrix 2 came out of the Ice Cream Sandwich chopping block unscathed while devices like the original Atrix 4G, Electrify and Photon 4G got the Ice Cream Sandwich axe from Motorola.



  1. Fred

    10/09/2012 at 10:58 am

    Downloading now…. Woot !

  2. Neoimmortal

    10/09/2012 at 1:42 pm

    Got mine updated today, yay!

  3. Freddy

    10/09/2012 at 2:51 pm

    It’s sweet … I do like the old “unlock” though .. maybe just more used to it.

    Much cleaner and fresher and seems much faster. Have not run into any update issues with any apps, yet … looks like the bookmarks from the ATT browser didn’t transfer into the Chrome browser but that’s no biggie.

    Gmail is much cleaner and easier to use. Very impressive.

    Only goofed around with it for a little bit but so far, so good.

    Total update over Wifi was about 20-25 minutes .. from start to using ICS.

    • Tucker

      10/13/2012 at 12:38 pm

      How do I download it? I went to setting and then to attempt updates and it says it not available.

  4. rob

    10/09/2012 at 11:04 pm

    I have to say that I like it even better then I thought I would. A pending ICS update was my main goal while shopping for phones and I went with the Atrix 2 simply because, all things being nearly equal, I prefer the quality of Motorola. Having said that, I still think I should have gone with GS3, since it’s taken most of a year just to receive ICS on the Atrix 2, and if I had the GS3, I’d now be looking forward to an pending update for Jelly Bean. Still, I’ve always liked my Atrix 2 and, so far, Motorola seems to have created a superb update to ICS, even if it did take longer then I’d hoped. And yet, I can’t help but feel sorry for Atrix 4G users, who got reamed, imo.

  5. rob

    10/09/2012 at 11:09 pm

    Oh yea,… I also want to add that the phone does seem faster and more responsive, even though it wasn’t bad before. And, ICS has even more new features then I expected, too.

  6. MissK

    10/10/2012 at 2:32 pm

    The update keeps failing on mine. Would anybody have any ideas why?

  7. shogun

    10/10/2012 at 4:36 pm

    no update available for mine. how to do it manually, other than system update in setting?

  8. billy

    10/11/2012 at 11:19 am

    My screen froze up during the installation. I have 4.0 but alot of apps are not working. Is there a way to reinstall it.

  9. Dalia

    10/12/2012 at 5:45 pm

    It ruined my phone! All my contacts got erased, some of my pictures too. My music won’t play. I just hate it, the new browser is so hard to use. I wish i could go back :(

    • billy

      10/12/2012 at 5:54 pm

      Reset it to factory. It will blank all pics and musuc but it will fix any other problems.

      • baj

        10/13/2012 at 7:08 pm

        So there is no way around it. You have to reset it?

        • Natasha

          12/08/2012 at 6:25 am

          It didn’t do that on my phone, mine still doesn’t work right. When i use the keyboard it doesn’t allow me to use the “0” and “p”. I hate this new update.

    • nikko

      10/19/2012 at 3:06 pm

      same here… was this really an upgrade? all is gone my apps is down to 11from the high 50’s but wheel is still spinning and says “loading” … loading what? its almost a day now since since downloaded this so-called ICS.

  10. Renee

    10/14/2012 at 9:51 am

    I have the Motorola Atrix 2, it just downloaded the update and now all my videos and pictures are gone. I am very upset to say the least. Where did they go and can I get them back? Thanking you in advance.

    • james

      10/16/2012 at 7:59 pm

      mine too! is there a fix or are they gone?

    • mandy

      10/20/2012 at 7:49 am

      I found my pictures Renee. From the app screen select files…then SD card…then DCIM… Then camera.

  11. ada

    10/14/2012 at 1:58 pm

    I can’t download new apps. At least some won’t download…i don’t want to reset my phone at all

  12. Ron

    10/16/2012 at 2:51 am

    I downloaded the update, and now it seems stuck on the install. Been installing now for an hour. Anyone have the same issue?

    • Xavier Douchcanoe

      10/18/2012 at 9:29 am

      After doing the download on one day, I postponed the upgrade because I had a lot of business calls to make. I started the upgrade this morning around 0700, and it is still spinning its wheels at 1130. How long does this freaking upgrade *take*?

      • Ron

        10/20/2012 at 8:24 am

        Mine did the same thing. I talked to support and was told to pull the battery out and put it back in. I did this and the phone booted with the new upgrade and everything was fine.

  13. nino

    10/16/2012 at 6:17 am

    my contacts were gone can you help me retrieve them?

  14. Chey

    10/20/2012 at 1:42 am

    I did my update earlier this week and my phone has taken a dump. I talked to radioshack help and Motorola. They did a factory reset and boot mode andmy phone is STILL messed. Up. I cant do anything on my phone. Im highly p!$$3d that this has happened. All i want to know is if Motorola is going to fix this or what.

  15. mandy

    10/20/2012 at 7:39 am

    I found my pictures… Go into your “files” app… Look under SD card … Then DCIM… Then camera.

    • Crystal

      11/28/2012 at 10:00 am


      Thanks so much for this answer. I have now found my pictures. the other questions is how do I get them back to my gallery.

  16. Rom

    10/20/2012 at 8:23 am

    Mine did the same thing. I talked to support and was told to pull the battery out and put it back in. I did this and the phone booted with the new upgrade and everything was fine.

  17. The Huffster

    10/23/2012 at 10:09 pm

    Why, oh why would Motorola change EVERYTHING about the way the phone is used, right down to the color scheme and the way the dialpad and unlock feature works? I don’t want to see avatars of people that I don’t have photos for in my Contacts (which are now called People) I couldn’t even FIND my phone contacts – they’d been combined with my LinkedIn contacts. It’s like you need a tutorial all over again to use the phone you’d finally gotten used to!

  18. keyar

    10/24/2012 at 7:14 am

    after i upgrade my Atrix 2 to ics, many of my photos (taken before the upgrade) on the phone will not display and audio/video files will not play.

  19. lady

    11/03/2012 at 1:10 pm

    I keep finding that my pictures are gone. Then I shut down the phone and reboot and they come back. I hate the new color scheme. Wish there was a way to change it.

  20. Please fix problems

    11/12/2012 at 7:52 pm

    I like most of the updates, but I cannot download any attachments from text messages and my phone will not make a data connection without a wifi. I have tried airplane mode for minutes, pulled battery, and changed and turned off every setting I can find, no luck. Its pointless to have a smart phone that can connect to net without wifi.

  21. Carey S

    11/14/2012 at 3:57 pm

    I do not like this new update! My ringtones for text, call and alarms keep resetting to unknown so you don’t hear anything. My SD card keeps acting like no pictures, musics etc. are on them. I’m ready to sell this dang thing! Does anyone know of a forum for the Atrix 2 to discuss these issues and maybe get help with these problems?

    • Suzanne Phillips

      04/27/2013 at 3:29 pm

      Carey.. did anyone ever respond to your issues with the Atrix 2? I just came on here and EVERY SINGLE PROBLEM you are having, I am also experiencing! I thought it was just me, and my family made it seem like I was going nuts. I hate this new update. Any help or tips you can provide would be great.

  22. AL

    12/27/2012 at 6:27 pm

    this update has left me being unable to send pictures either by mms or data ..,… how can i go back to having the great phone i had?

  23. CJ

    01/11/2013 at 5:32 pm

    I agree…it did the same thing to me. I wish I would have never “upgraded”. I did a factory reset and the upgrade won’t even go away. I HATE IT!!!

  24. nikko

    01/12/2013 at 10:13 am

    get a NEW SD card. this will solve your problems.

  25. sam

    01/26/2013 at 6:54 pm

    Did the upgrade but now my ph will not turn on-factory resets do nothing-ant ideas?

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