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Manually update your DROID to Android 2.1 ESE81

Manually update your DROID to Android 2.1 ESE81
*PHONEARENA DOES NOT TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY IF YOU DAMAGE YOUR PHONE DOING THE MANUAL SOFTWARE UPDATE. IF YOU DO NOT FEEL CONFIDENT IN DOING IT, PLEASE WAIT FOR THE OTA DOWNLOAD*

Motorola DROID owners, your wait is over! After a slight delay, Verizon started to officially deploy the Android 2.1 (ESE81) update yesterday, first to 1000 users at noon and then to 9000 more at midnight. If you were not one of the lucky DROID owners that got the over-the-air update yesterday, and don't feel like waiting around any more, you can now manually update your phone to Android 2.1 (ESE81). We should point out that this is based on our instructions for the manual Android 2.0.1 (ESD56) update that we posted last December, but it still works with the 2.1 update.

*Before you do anything, make sure that your DROID is NOT ROOTED and doesn't have a Custom ROM, and if it is, you must return it to stock Android 2.0.1 (ESD56) status first (follow the steps posted on Droid-Life.com). If you haven't rooted your phone or installed a custom ROM (or not even sure what that is) then you can proceed with the steps below.*

Here's what you'll need to do:
1) Make sure that you don't have any past update.zip file located on your phone's microSD memory card. If there is one, delete it.
2) Download the new update.zip file using your PC and transfer it to the main root directory on the DROID's microSD memory card. Do NOT place it in any sub-directory or rename the file to something else.
3) Power the phone off.
4) Slide open the phone so you can see the keyboard.
5) Press-and-hold the letter X on the keyboard and press the Power button until the device powers on.
6) Continue to hold the Power and X button until the screen shows a triangle and exclamation mark.
7) Release the Power and X button.
8) Press the Volume UP *and* Camera buttons at the same time. Be sure to keep the phone open.
9) On the screen you will see several choices, use the d-pad on the keyboard to move down the list and select the "update.zip" file.
10) The update process will begin and will take a few minutes to load.
11) Once it is done, select the 1st option on the screen to Reboot the phone - NOT Factory Restore.
12) The phone will turn off and then restart, and the "DROID EYE" will show for about 2-5 minutes.
13) After the Home Screen loads, everything will be intact, including programs and settings.
14) Turn phone back off, remove the battery, wait 1 minute, replace battery and turn phone on.
15) Go into Settings, About Phone and scroll down. It should list Firmware version 2.1-update1, Build number ESE81.

We installed this on our DROID demo unit (which was never rooted) and did not encounter any problems. The PDF file on Verizon's site list what changes are in Android 2.1 (ESE81) for the Motorola DROID. We've tried it out, and there is pinch-and-zoom in the Web Browser, in the updated 3D Gallery, and in Google Maps. There is also a new News and Weather app with widget, voice search in more areas, and 11 Live Wallpapers for the desktop. We were also able to go to the Android Market and download the Google Earth app, which also uses pinch-and-zoom. Unfortunately, this update to Android 2.1 for the DROID does not include the 5 home screens (you are still limited to 3), nor the 3D scrolling programs list that is on the Google Nexus One. We can only hope that both of these features will eventually make its way to the DROID in the next update...whenever that is.

Let us know what you think of the DROID software update in the comment section below.

Motorola DROID Review | Specifications

source: AllDroid via HowardForums

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:45

1. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)


It works, does everything but extra home screens, got live wallpaper, pinch to zoom and all the other features.

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 06:32

3. chuck (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Dec 2009)


Everytime I try to download the file it keeps saying the content is not supported on my phone. What am I doing wrong?

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 06:34

4. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


Download the update.zip file to your PC, then transfer it to the memory card on the DROID.

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 06:50

5. ben10 (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I just saw a video where the guy showed that there was an option in the settings menu to activate up to nine screens. But that was on the EUR version. Couldn´t the option be hidden in the US version as well? Maybe deep in some menu?

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 07:28

6. chuck (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Dec 2009)


Thanks for the help. Works great.

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 14:23

21. stix26 (Posts: 21; Member since: 03 Feb 2010)


Go to this site on your phones browser http://www.androidcentral.com/how-manually-update-your-droid-android-21 I did that it only took 6 minutes.

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 06:19

2. ajmoore88 (Posts: 25; Member since: 13 Apr 2008)


Works good.

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 09:23

7. doitall76 (Posts: 17; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


my issue is that Astro isn't allowing me to move the update.zip file to my root directory. Can anyone help me? Doitall76

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 11:01

12. warhed (Posts: 56; Member since: 07 Mar 2010)


copy/paste! i didnt w/out pc.

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 14:24

22. stix26 (Posts: 21; Member since: 03 Feb 2010)


use androzip, much better

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 10:29

8. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i have 5 wallpapers.

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 14:24

23. stix26 (Posts: 21; Member since: 03 Feb 2010)


how?

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 17:04

29. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i'm rooted. i have a rom called smoked glass v6. here are some pictures:http://www.facebook.com/photos.php?id=722895114#!/album.php?aid=194967&id=722895114

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 17:43

32. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)


I have 7 home screens without rooting

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 18:23

34. chuck (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Dec 2009)


I've always had 5 wallpapers. Download openhome from the android market

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 21:21

37. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i don't like open home. it made my phone laggy.

posted on 02 Apr 2010, 13:52

46. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


FYI ALL THINKING OF DOING UPDATE **IF YOUR ROOTED THIS WILL PLUG YOU EXPLOITED WORM HOLE ALLOWING ROOTING UNTIL A SPECIFIC ROOT IS CREATED FOR 2.**

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 10:57

9. harpdoc (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Help! After following the instructions, on reboot my phone is stuck bouncing between the Droid eye and the word "Droid." Just keeps going back and forth. I've tried the sequence all over again, several reboots (by removing battery), and keep getting stuck here. Any suggestions?

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 11:14

13. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


You stuck in whats called a "bootloop" Reset your phone using (up arrow)(Alt) and Delete, Then hold "X" and Volume up BEFORE THE MOTO Sign Shows up! Choose back up/restore option and choose the last point before you changed files. Note: If that doesnt work: Follow steps again and choose wipe data/factory reset... Apps you bough are saved in the store and contacts are backed up through gmail, so really resetting your homescreen and notification settings is the only set back to a factory wipe. Good Luck hope this helps!

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 11:50

15. harpdoc (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


PapaJay, thanks for your help. I did the reset, then held X and Volume Up. Gets me to the triangle with ! inside. What do I do from here? If I hold Vol Up and Camera key, the screen does not give a Back Up/Restore option. How do I get to that?

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 16:23

26. Cali_E (Posts: 196; Member since: 24 Sep 2008)


puss them firmly at the same time and then release and the menu comes up. took me a few times to get it myself but this little blue menu should pop up

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 17:33

30. Trobes05 (Posts: 106; Member since: 01 Aug 2009)


I pushed volume and held it for a sec before hitting the camera button and then released...that seemed to work well

posted on 02 Apr 2010, 13:54

47. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


Hold Volume up and click down the Cam key. It should take you to the recovery screen. My email is papajay224@gmial.com email me if you have questions.

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 11:00

10. warhed (Posts: 56; Member since: 07 Mar 2010)


its great! had to unroot 1st, though...

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 12:30

17. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


you were rooted before without having 2.1 on it?

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 13:13

19. warhed (Posts: 56; Member since: 07 Mar 2010)


Yeah I was rooted. Had to unroot. Just had it rooted w/just a changed theme... skull theme no other roms or overclocked

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 17:02

28. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


you should have gotten a rom with 2.1 already on it. i have mine overclocked to 800 mhz, sometimes 1 ghz. :-)

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 11:01

11. warhed (Posts: 56; Member since: 07 Mar 2010)


copy/paste then!!!!

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 11:25

14. MR521 (Posts: 47; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)


Does this update allow you to zoon in and out even when viewing an email? how about copying and pasting something from an email? It really bugs me that i cannot zoom in or out when viewing an email and it also bugs me that i cannot copy and paste from an email. I also have it rooted and i dont know if i should do the update since my Droid overclocked at 900mhz.

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 12:19

16. numberonenygfan (Posts: 211; Member since: 19 Oct 2009)


you guys should all just wait for the official update youll have it in a day! cool your jets and wait.. its the best thing for your phone and your peace of mind.

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