Want to manually update your Motorola DROID's software? Here's how.
0. phoneArena 08 Dec 2009, 22:17 posted on
Tired of waiting around for your DROID to be updated to the new software? Here's how to do it yourself...
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1. vzwtechbill (Posts: 175; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)
and if you're so impatient you can't wait til Saturday, and do this and screw up your phone, don't call Tech Support. Asurion can be reached at 888-881-2622 or atwww.phoneclaim.com/verizon
23. idiotwind13 (Posts: 80; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)
I work for Verizon, and I am definitely that impatient. Dont know how you all figured this out but thank you. I am stoked.
38. jskrenes (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Pish posh. It doesn't mess up your phone. I've root hacked my droid a bunch of times, and all these change happen on your SD card, not on the phone. It's also very easy to download another update file and restore your phone to factory defaults, and the techs at VZW won't know the difference.
2. anberlin (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Oct 2009)
Well just finished installed. I had no problems. Thank you.
3. Trobes05 (Posts: 106; Member since: 01 Aug 2009)
I just did it and it worked fine. Everything seems to move faster and smoother especially the notification bar at the top. Camera is also quicker like you said.
4. bigpon (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
Some people said they had a hard time transferring music from pc to their motorola droid and that they had no album art. All I did was once i had the droid hooked up to my pc I created a folder called music and copied music to folder and when i disconnected my droid and went to music the songs were right there with album art also. If people look at the downloaded music on their pc if it doesnt have album art if you look at the properties and stuff its not gonna have album art, if it has album art its gonna show album art.
5. agp31980 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
I just did this and it worked exactly the way it was explained except for when the phone rebooted It took 5 minutes to reboot not 90 seconds. After 3 minutes I started getting nervous but the update is done and no more waiting So far so good. Going back and forth through the 3 home screen seems a lot faster. Apps also alot faster so far. Camera auto focus is a lot faster as described. Thank you Phone Arena! I am far too impatient to wait for the OTA update and this was very easy to do.
6. MR521 (Posts: 47; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)
Where is the root directory found in the memory card? what folder?
7. agp31980 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
@ MR521 Root directory is the main folder of the SD card. Mount the SD card and drag the Update onto the card. I've done the update and its great!
18. MR521 (Posts: 47; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)
@ agp31980 Thanks, i realized that after. My update works great...did any of you have problems with emails being delayed and sometimes just staying in your inbox? Did this update help with that? I've only had the update for a few hrs.
24. alexdadoof (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
if ur talking about gmail. just hit the settings button and hit refresh. if ur auto sync isn't on (for me to save battery life) ur new emails wont show up immediately. hope that helps!
8. becazican (unregistered)
where do you find the update file??? i am also having problems with my text msg conversations disappearing.
33. DroidMasterK (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Dec 2009)
The update file is the highlighted blue downloadable file toward the top of this page that says: update.zip. Also, the text messages disappearing: This phone (assuming you're using the Droid by Motorola) has a memory optimization function similar to that of the BlackBerry Pearl; it has auto-delete features that are convenient to save space but frustrating if you have no idea what's going on. This feature has you set a limit (defaulted at 200 SMS and 20 MMS messages per conversation), and once the limit is hit, say goodbye to your conversation. This limit is changeable and can support up to 999 of each message. To turn this feature off: Go into "Settings", uncheck
9. ibap (Posts: 731; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
You pREformed this on your demo unit? Must have been interesting.
10. je2345 (Posts: 62; Member since: 05 May 2009)
I too was very impatient and couldn't wait for OTA so I did the manual update too. Much easier than manually doing a software update for Blackberry which I loved doing. Fast too..only took about 5 minutes total to download to computer, transfer to SD card and then the few other little steps required also plus the reboot. Must say that the Droid is much faster with pulling the notification bar down and sliding the screen back and forth. I like the new unlock screen better also. If someone screws up trying to do this and bricks their Droid and needs to order a FRU, then they should definitely have to call Asurion or buy another at Full retail.
20. WnnaFghtAboutIt (Posts: 149; Member since: 31 Aug 2009)
really think most of the techs are going to know the difference?
21. vzwtechbill (Posts: 175; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)
The techs don't have to. When the warehouse gets the device, if they determine it was tampered with to void the warranty, they will quietly add full retail charge to next bill. Happens all the time.
12. ggp (unregistered)
hmmm... error message E: can't open /cache/recovery/command. and below that... -- Install from sdcard... Finding update package... Opening update package... Verifying updage package... E: failed to seek in /sdcard/update.zip (Invalid argument) E: signature verification failed Installation aborted. I tried it a few times, no luck getting past. Who can tell me what this means? No problem though rebooting phone, everything comes back fine.
15. vzw fanman (Posts: 1974; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
You have to make sure yhou don't unzip the fil once you download it to your computer, just leave it and then drag and drop.
13. ggp (unregistered)
found the problem, every time I put the update file on the card it just put the name on, but no data. I downloaded from a different source, where it was titled something different, and moved it on to my card, and THEN changed the name to update.zip. Update installed successfully!
14. Ryxer (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)
I'm in Canada right now....do you think there would be a problem updating it that way !! Cause if it crashes I can't reactivate it from here....I would have to wait to go back in U.S.
16. vzw fanman (Posts: 1974; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I was able to update successfully...a lot easier and less time consuming than on my storm...
17. Ryxer (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)
Well I couldn't wait.... haha it worked very well :)
19. WnnaFghtAboutIt (Posts: 149; Member since: 31 Aug 2009)
it works....its much faster....wow...
22. Corporatetool (Posts: 15; Member since: 07 Dec 2009)
Just did the update on my droid, went through just fine. Noticed a new change, someone mentioned the music widget being changed, the power control widget is as well. They made it a bit bigger, and black instead of silver. Notification bar, app panel, window scrolling, and app speed all seem greatly improved. Can't wait to see what the January update adds to this!
26. merc56 (Posts: 18; Member since: 16 Sep 2009)
Just updated my Droid. Worked perfectly. As noted in another forum if you are using a Mac when you download the file use the command and click, download link to get the file. Otherwise I think is unzips the file automatically and that DOES NOT work. Otherwise, easy and great update.
27. seanp2k (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
Since that update.zip is hosted on comcast and will surely get taken down soon, I am hosting a mirror of it her:http://ip2k.com/http://ip2k.co
m/droid_2-0-1.zipmd5sum of orig file (and my mirror): 3af35446905040a3123ec09195299596 Tested this and it works, THANKS!
28. seanp2k (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
Sorry, that'shttp://ip2k.com/droid_2-0-1.zip if you couldn't tell.
29. emahosky (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Dec 2009)
i have dwl the software put it on my phone, works great and really easy to install. but i have one problem my weather on my docking station is not working now, i cant even locate any citys or zips, could the software have effected this??
30. dmscpu (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2009)
Good find, mine is the same way. Tried *228 #1 and that did nothing.
36. emahosky (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Dec 2009)
my phone weather finally came back up a day later, i guess it just took a while for the gps to become active for that program
31. zhespelt (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2009)
Followed instructions. Upgrade was quick and easy. Phone works and seems more responsive. Thanks.
32. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 240; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
We have edited the download link for the update.zip file. It is now at:http://www.phonearena.com/ftp_
34. shaggy81 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Dec 2009)
HELP WANTED hmmm... error message E: can't open /cache/recovery/command. and below that... -- Install from sdcard... Finding update package... Opening update package... Verifying updage package... Installing update.......... Verifying current system...... assert failed: apply_patch_check("/system/app/EnhancedGoogleSearchProvider.apk","d4ac162c4dff6e3eee2c1ce7b6ef960ed f4e7750", "73029ad7f1e34b044e5c7ed209013fb8b4e0b87b") E : Error in /sdcard/update.zip (Status 7) Installation aborted. can anyone tell wassup with this.
35. shaggy81 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Dec 2009)
wHEN I TRIED TO REBOOT THE PHONE THERE QWAS NO RED EYE AS MENTIONED ONLY MOTOROLA SYMBOL. AND IT STAYS STUCK THERE.
37. brando7 (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Dec 2009)
HI, I was wondering if I did this to my droid would it void my warranty?
40. bphillips81 (unregistered)
I clicked on update.zip link to download it and it says this device is unable to download content. What am I doing wrong?
41. buddy769 (unregistered)
I my phone not turn on after the reBoot. What i do next
42. antateohnine (unregistered)
After the little triangle and exclamation mark came up, it won't go away when I hit the volume up and camera button at the same time....oh dear. Have I messed up my phone? Help!!!!!
43. jmartinmaster (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Dec 2012)
What do I do if it doesn't work on my phone?