Want to manually update your Motorola DROID's software? Here's how.

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Want to manually update your Motorola DROID's software? Here's how.
*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*

Yesterday we informed you that the software update (ESD56) for the Motorola DROID was now out and (slowly) making its way to the device via an OTA (over the air) download. The thing that most DROID owners are having a problem with is the waiting....and waiting....for the update notification to magically appear on their phone. It's been two days now, and even our demo unit hasn't been notified as of yet. So that got us thinking...why not have a way to download the Software Update file to your PC, transfer it to the SD card on the phone and install it from there. We'll the Android gods must have been listening, 'cause you are now able to do just that.

Here's what you'll need to do:
1) Download the file update.zip and place it in 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.
2) Power the phone off.
3) Slide open the phone so you can see the keyboard.
4) Press-and-hold the letter X on the keyboard and press the Power button until the device powers on.
5) Continue to hold the X button until the screen shows a triangle and exclamation mark.
6) Release the X button and then press the Volume UP *and* Camera buttons at the same time. Be sure to keep the phone open.
7) 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.
8) The update will begin and take a few minutes.
9) Once it is done, select the 1st option on the screen to Reboot the phone - NOT Factory Restore.
10) The phone will turn off and then restart, and the "DROID EYE" will show for about 2-5 minutes.
11) Once the Home Screen loads, everything will be intact, including programs and settings.
12) Turn phone back off, remove battery, wait 1 minute, replace battery and turn phone on.

We preformed this on our demo unit and didn't encounter any problems. So what differences have we noticed besides the new Unlock Screen? First off, moving between the 3 Home Screens is much faster and smoother, without any lag studdering. The camera autofocus works (showing green corners) and there is only about 2.5 seconds between taking picture, instead of 5-6 seconds. The Music Widget on the Home Screen has changed slightly, but nothing significant as it still doesn't show any album art. Call quality is still good, but we've only used it on 2 calls tonight for a few minutes. The overall speed of using the device and apps feel faster as menus open quicker. As far the other "fixes" that are included, such as improved battery life, we'll have to keep using the device to see.

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

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43 Comments

43. jmartinmaster

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 06, 2012

What do I do if it doesn't work on my phone?

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!!!!!

41. buddy769 unregistered

I my phone not turn on after the reBoot. What i do next

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?

39. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

Thanks a million!

37. brando7

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 12, 2009

HI, I was wondering if I did this to my droid would it void my warranty?

35. shaggy81

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 11, 2009

wHEN I TRIED TO REBOOT THE PHONE THERE QWAS NO RED EYE AS MENTIONED ONLY MOTOROLA SYMBOL. AND IT STAYS STUCK THERE.

34. shaggy81

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

32. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

We have edited the download link for the update.zip file. It is now at:http://www.phonearena.com/ftp_access/upload/News/Motorola%20DROID%20update/update.zip

31. zhespelt

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 10, 2009

Followed instructions. Upgrade was quick and easy. Phone works and seems more responsive. Thanks.

29. emahosky

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 10, 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: Dec 10, 2009

Good find, mine is the same way. Tried *228 #1 and that did nothing.

36. emahosky

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 10, 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

27. seanp2k

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 09, 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.com/droid_2-0-1.zip md5sum of orig file (and my mirror): 3af35446905040a3123ec09195299596 Tested this and it works, THANKS!

28. seanp2k

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Sorry, that'shttp://ip2k.com/droid_2-0-1.zip if you couldn't tell.

26. merc56

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

25. idiotwind13

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

Worked awesome. Thanks.

22. Corporatetool

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 07, 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!

19. WnnaFghtAboutIt

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

it works....its much faster....wow...

17. Ryxer

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

Well I couldn't wait.... haha it worked very well :)

16. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I was able to update successfully...a lot easier and less time consuming than on my storm...

14. Ryxer

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 11, 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.

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!

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: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

10. je2345

Posts: 63; Member since: May 05, 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: Aug 31, 2009

really think most of the techs are going to know the difference?

21. vzwtechbill

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

9. ibap

Posts: 873; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

You pREformed this on your demo unit? Must have been interesting.

8. becazican unregistered

where do you find the update file??? i am also having problems with my text msg conversations disappearing.

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