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How to make your Samsung Galaxy S2 awesome again

Let’s give it up for the continual love for older devices. Whether you’ve found the one true device that you absolutely love or circumstances are keeping you with something that isn’t cutting edge, there’s nothing wrong with mobile devices that are a few years old. Sure, they may not be as fast or smooth as the stuff coming out right now, but that doesn’t mean you should discount them entirely. Today, we take a look on how you can make your Samsung Galaxy S2 awesome again.

Still using the Galaxy S2? Check out our following tips! / © AndroidPIT

As with all our other guides to revamp your older mobile devices, this is a mix between installing new software or firmware, buying some nifty accessories, or other cool little tricks to revamp devices. Some of the tricks highlighted here aren’t unique to the Galaxy S2 and can be used across multi-devices if you should so choose.

Get the latest and greatest on the Galaxy S2

Official support for the Galaxy S2 was ended quite some time ago by Samsung. Thankfully, the developer world has taken it by the reigns and decided to give the older device some much needed firmware upgrade love. While you may not be able to get a pure Android experience, you can try out KitKat features with the help of CyanogenMod.

galaxy s2 cyanogenmod
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We highlighted the actual method of installing CyanogenMod 11 on your Samsung Galaxy S2 in our previous article, but the gist of it is as follows: root your device, download the proper firmware, install a custom recovery, and flash the CyanogenMod ROM. Best of all? The process has been made all the more easier with the help of the CyanogenMod Installer. While before you had to do a lot of the grunt work yourself, the installer makes it super simple for both PC and Mac OS

If CyanogenMod isn’t your flavor, check out our previous article highlighting some of the best custom ROMs for the Galaxy S2.

Extend that battery

If your original battery is as old as the Galaxy S2, then you’ve got three years of charging and draining that have most likely sapped its efficiency down to next to nothing. Luckily, the Samsung Galaxy S2 sports a replaceable battery that can be swapped out for a newer one, or in this case, something much beefier.

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There are various resellers who offer tons of options in terms of replacement batteries: some that are just third party batteries that will replace your original S2 battery, others than add a ton more beef and come included with a new back case to handle that extra oomph.

Check out various resellers on Amazon and ebay for more options. Always make sure that the battery you’re looking at buying is compatible with your version of the Galaxy S2.

Get it on the USB bandwagon

Did you know that you can use USB powered devices with your Galaxy S2? To do this, you need an adapter cable and from there it’s basically just plugging in everything to your S2. This will allow you to use your USB devices, such as mouse, keyboard and even USB thumb drives. Much like most accessories, Samsung has discontinued making official accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S2, but you can find a ton of third party options through other resellers.

usb otg cable

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that there isn’t a ton of power coming from the Galaxy S2, so if you were hoping of connecting to an external hard drive with your S2, it might not be enough to actually get the drives spinning.

What are some of your favorite things to make your older smartphones more awesome? Make sure to share them below in the comments!


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  • Hi. AndroidPIT. I m using CM on my S2 international. I flashed it with the new installer. I was expecting CM11 . by in fortunatly I got cm10.2 and got android 4.3. Is there any way to update?? Plz do replay

    • Kent Apr 17, 2014 Link to comment

      There's no current stable release of cm11 for the s2. In development so only unstable nightly builds at the moment. I've heard they are OK but not tried one yet. You could give it a go if you are keen. :)

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