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Droid 2.1 Update Notes and News

We’ll attempt to use this post as a spot for people to drop tips, news, tricks and/or anything related to their 2.1 update.  If you had a bad experience, tell us how you fixed it.  If had download issues like I did, let us know.  If there is anything out of the ordinary that you experienced during the process, please drop it in the comments so we can share with everyone else and I’ll be sure to add as much of the important stuff as I can…

1.  First off, here are the manual instructions to update including the update.zip file.

2.  If you are still rooted and running a custom ROM, here are the manual instructions for returning to stock.

3.  When renaming the file to update.zip, make sure it does not get renamed to update.zip.zip or the update process will be aborted.

4.  If you get the following messages during install, it could mean you have not placed the file in your root:

E:Can’t open/cache/recovery/command
–Install from sdcard…
Finding update package…
Opening update package..
Verifying update package…
E:signature verification failed
Installation aborted.

5.  If you receive a cache error, try booting back into recovery and “wipe cache partition.”

6.  You can perform this update without a computer.  Download the file from your phone browser, open Astro File Manager, find the file in your “downloads” folder, move it to your root or /sdcard and perform update instructions.

7.  If you want a great alternate launcher, download HelixLauncher from the market.  Just do not attempt to use HelixLauncher2 or you will run into force close issues.

8.  The process can take some time.  BE PATIENT.  Mine sat at the Droid Eye for almost 2 minutes. If you follow these steps exactly, the process should work flawlessly.

9.  Many experienced initial 3G Market download and Gmail issues.  I fixed this by enabling wifi for at least 30 minutes before disabling again.  3G issues seem fine now.

10.  When you are finished, you should be on 2.1 Update 1.

11.  If you think you are stuck at either the M or Droid eye boot screens, be patient.  The update definitely takes time to complete.

12.  If you ran into an issue with Swype, uninstall your version and install the version we have at our downloads page.

13.  Right now there is no root for this official build.  However, if you are still rooted and using a custom ROM, there are versions of ESE81 already floating around.  (More on those later tonight.)

14.  Once you update using this method, you will not get the OTA notification.  This is the official update so you are good.

15.  There is no FLASH included in this update.  We’ll hopefully see that in the next month or 2.

16.  Verizon is tweeting that the update will void your warranty.  They have to say this since the broader rollout of the update does not start until tonight.  You are fine if you’ve gone through the manual process.

More coming!

  • alkivt

    I know this sound stupid but I cannot get into recovery mode. Switching off, the power button and 'x' brings me always to normal boot up (no triangle whatsoevfer)
    Please what do I do wrong?
    Thanx

  • Rohan

    Hey, I have copied the the update file in the Root folder of my SD Card(when you open SD Card through Astro, where all the folders are there, like Motonav, Mobile, Albums, albumthumbnail etc etc… One of the folders is Update.zip. I can see the update logo as well through Astro in the root). I am getting the below mentioned error of E:failed to verify whole-file signature.

    E:Can’t open/cache/recovery/command
    –Install from sdcard…
    Finding update package…
    Opening update package..
    Verifying update package…
    E:failed to verify whole-file signature
    E:signature verification failed
    Installation aborted.

    Kindly help… I am using Motorola Milestone

  • toby

    should i delete the zip file i downloaded for the manual update after i install it or is it necessary to have for the update to work properly?

    • SDI

      For some reason my droid started to download the 2.1 update and i didnt ask it to? Can i just not do ot or does it auto upload when i reboot?

  • brain550

    Any news on 2.1 root access yet?

  • KE

    I have the Triangle with exclamation point but when I hit the volume and camera button, nothing happens…anyone else having this problem or any suggestions?

    • brain550

      You need to use the D-pad to move up and down and the gold center button to accept/hit OK, I believe the volume and camera buttons only work with sprecovery or clockwork recovery (don't quote me on that one). Hope this helps.

  • danodroid

    I downloaded the updae and placed it in the root directory of phone. Restared per the directions and it will not work. This is for an ERIS. My understanding is that this should work with an Eris, but it will not even find the upgrade folder. It is named correct as a zip and no duplicates. HELP

  • http://www.scottwyden.com scottwyden

    How long do you think it takes for the phone to restart once it starts doing the cycling between Droid and Eye? Mine has been almost 15 minutes now

  • pete

    Go to sd card and rename it update.zip, it might say update.zip.zip, thats what mine said. renamed it and it worked. Also JUST WONDERING WHAT TO DO WHEN THE UPDATE COMES TO MY PHONE IF I ALREADY MANUALLY UPDATED?

  • zooger3500

    E:Can’t open/cache/recovery/command
    –Install from sdcard…
    Finding update package…
    Opening update package..
    Verifying update package…
    E:failed to verify whole-file signature <—This is the thing don't understand.
    E:signature verification failed
    Installation aborted.

    Why is this? And how do I fix it?

  • shriker

    works great, anyone else having trouble with voice input when on wifi?

  • Cliff

    will this update work for the HTC Eris?

    • danodroid

      Did you get this to work on the Eris?

  • shooter454

    Ok where the video on flashing back to 2.0.1 lol

  • richkoos

    When trying to do this without a computer i ran into a problem. When i tried to click the link to download it, it started and then stopped the download and said that the phone doesn't support that file type.

    • Mark

      Download Astro File Manager from the Android Market, then try to download the update again.

  • jerbush91

    Oh and I did not return to stock to install the update.zip

  • jerbush91

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-hacks/33

    Used the update.zip there to install 2.1 on my Droid. Worked perfectly and I stayed rooted. I emailed proof to Kellex. I am now overclocked really blazing

  • fedex_325

    hola me podrian desir Como ENTRAR al Modo Recuperación. gracias

  • Droidporn

    Why are all the android/droid site pushing so hard for us to upgrade manually??? I don’t trust the file some guy uploaded to the internet.. has anyone stopped to consider that it might be tampered with in some way?? How do you know its the correct update file and not some trick someone his playing on you??? The update is mostly eye candy, but sets us up for flash.. so whats the rush??
    I hope all the best for all those that manually updated but Im waiting for the official untampered file to be pushed out from the only real source..
    Don’t fall for the hype…

  • Drew

    I keep getting this

    “E:Can’t open/cache/recovery/command
    –Install from sdcard…
    Finding update package…
    Opening update package..
    Verifying update package…
    E:signature verification failed
    Installation aborted”

    Im totally un-rooted and the link above is the only “update” thats on my sdcard and yes I have the “zip” after it. And its not in any folder either, its just on my sd card

  • Droidporn

    Why are all the android/droid site pushing so hard for us to upgrade manually??? I don’t trust the file some guy uploaded to the internet.. has anyone stopped to consider that it might be tampered with in some way?? How do you know its the correct update file and not some trick someone his playing on you??? The update is mostly eye candy, but sets us up for flash.. so whats the rush??
    I hope all the best for all those that manually updated but Im waiting for the official untampered file to be pushed out from the only real source..
    Don’t fall for the hype…

  • nickmears

    Ok so I have Droid Mod and I have attempted to download multiple ROMS with no succes, every time I download one be it BlackDroid or Cyanogen I always get a loop on the boot up screen. There has to be something i am mossing if none of them are working. I'm close to returning to stock and trying but before I do…any tips?

  • Dmitry

    how come my haptic feed back wen i txt is gone and the sound wen i txt is gone?

    • Dmitry

      i only installed the update.zip

      • brain550

        go back to your settings, “language & keyboard” and re-check the settings for both

  • bmcguire

    if i have the 2.1 update can i root with dmupdater or will it fubar my droid

  • Gus

    Do we have to clear the cache after we install the update, if so, how? sorry if this is a dumb question…

  • fuyuasha

    Hi Folks;

    Just a quick update report from me – nothing sensational, just data points FWIW, I updated 2 droids – one's mine the other my wife's and both went flawlessly I'm happy to report:

    Droid#1 (been rooted ROMed once): time to process update.zip 2:20 mins, time for first boot: 6:01 mins
    Droid#2 (never been rooted/ROMed): time to process update.zip 3:03 mins, time for first boot: 1:56 mins

    As usual – thanks to everyone for super useful info sharing/help and esp to kellex for the #1 kick tail/up to date yet friendly place to learn/discuss all things Droid …

  • Brett

    I you haven't received the OTA 2.1 update but installed it manually. What do you think will happen then Verizon pushes it out to your phone? Anyone have a clue?

    • nkhex19

      If you install it manually you will not receive it OTA because you already have the update. Your basically just downloading it early. A lot of people were worried about installing it manually but its the EXACT same file Verizon is going to send you OTA.

  • cyrusegenemallard

    I tried to dwnld file from Alldroid.com, but Norton security stopped me and said the certificate for that page was for another page and going therewould be dangerous. The page was clients.google something. Is the file safe?

  • cyrusegenemallard

    I was going to dwnld but when I clicked on the file, my Norton security stopped me from opening the page. It said that the certificate was for a different page and not valid. Is it safe to dwnld this file?

    That was on the link from Alldroid.com and was clients.google something.

  • poker4400

    when i reboot wile holding power and the x button it go's straight to recovery no icon were you push volume up and camera at the same time?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/DONHHAKOX4L7WN3EDZTYT5GCOU John

    If i am rooted using droid mod and dm updater,are there any files that need to be removed before installing ota 2.1 update

    • Falcon34

      I believe you just have to use dmupdater to go back to stock, then delete the update.zip file from your root access. I would delete out update-stock.zip as well before you install the 2.1 update.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/DONHHAKOX4L7WN3EDZTYT5GCOU John

        Thank you very much just answer i was looking forr.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/DONHHAKOX4L7WN3EDZTYT5GCOU John

      What i mean is after i return to stock are there any files that need to be the removed before installing ota 2.1 update?

  • sundawg

    So if I get the 2.1 I should say bye bye to setcpu till there's a root for it?

    • POWERLESS415

      The 2.1 has been rooted.. Running it now..

      • rreusch

        Where did you get the new update file for the root?

        • http://www.facebook.com/owen.friedrich Owen Friedrich

          I got mine from Rom Manager –> Download Rom —> Stock Images —> Verizon Droid 2.1 Stock……I am using the Helix launcher1 and everything is running smooth.If I had setCPU working I would be golden.

          • sittingbill

            Owen Thanks So Much! Running 2-1 Stock Rooted :)

        • POWERLESS415
  • MICHAEL

    if i update to 2.1 will i lose my contact info and my apps that i have installed..do i have to create a backup or something

  • slatejones

    I just downloaded and installed the update.zip, everthing is working perfectly. Thanks Droid-life.

  • Chris

    If you are using the HTC UI launcher. When you update to 2.1 it will continually force close the launcher to where you can't see the home screen or do anything at all.

    I fixed it by going to the drop down bar where I have advanced task killer, then long press on “Settings” switch to, and going to manage applications and uninstalling the launcher.

    Whats the deal with this 2.1 launcher? I thought it was supposed to be like the nexus ones. Where it has the little square in the middle of the bottom then you open it and it has the sling back.
    I have the old launcher from 2.0.1 =/

  • http://www.facebook.com/owen.friedrich Owen Friedrich

    Anyone else install the 2.1 Rooted from Rom Manager? I have it working great except setCPU no longer allows me to up to 1ghz?

    • rreusch

      I installed Ultimate Droid v9.0.0 last night and it is working great. Is that what you are referring to? Does anyone know if v9 is the same as the v2.1?

      • http://www.facebook.com/owen.friedrich Owen Friedrich

        No not ultimate droid. In Rom Manager I went to Download Rom, Stock Images, then I chose Verizon Droid 2.1 Stock (Stable, Radio, Rooted). It is definitely rooted because other root apps work but setCPU isn't working properly.

        • rreusch

          That is good news. So ROM Manager creates the access. All programs except SetCPU are working? Is it smooth?

          • http://www.facebook.com/owen.friedrich Owen Friedrich

            Very smooth in my experience so far. I actually am suprised because its not overclocked at all. Maybe cynagoen was slowing it down before??

    • POWERLESS415

      Installed the file directly to SD and reboot into Clockwork Recovery and bam.. A rooted 2.1

    • Dito_Muertez

      i had that same problem earlier, and i've been mulling it over all day, i know setcpu has a custom frequencies setting at the bottom of the list for roms, i'm wondering if we can edit the setcpu.txt on the sd card it talks about to allow us to create our own frequency range. It looks like we'll have to make the .txt file ourselves, theres directions for it, i'll try tomorrow, i'm done for the night.

  • leonardpgh

    Ok, newbie here…just downloaded the 2.1 update and I have successfully installed it. Now, can anyone point me to a web site that tells me all the new features are for this update. thanks!!

  • rreusch

    Is the new 2.1 better than Ultimate Droid v9.0.0.

    • gsxr750

      ultimate droid is better

  • Falcon34

    I'm running Ultimate Droid v9 – from what I understand it's based off this update. So far I'm loving it!

    I have a couple questions tho… I never installed the 2.1 update, so if I ever have to go back to stock from the new Ultimate v9, will I go back to 2.0.1? If I do go back to 2.0.1, will it prompt me to install 2.1 OTA? I might go to stock as soon as there is a a tutorial on how to go from 2.1 to root, just to ease my mind.

  • earz

    i uploaded the 2.1 zip file onto my droid. will that have an effect on the actual 2.1 update that verizon will be sending?

    • nkhex19

      That is the actual 2.1 that you just manually installed. Basically what your doing is installing it in advanced before VZW sends it to you OTA. Now that you manually installed it you will not receive it OTA. They are both the exact same file.

      • earz

        oh okay.. gotcha. in doing the advanced 2.1, will that void my warranty at all?

        • nkhex19

          Nope. Verizon tried to claim it would on Twitter but that's because they are covering themselves pretty much incase someone tried to upload it manually and ended up screwing up their phone. Its the exact same update as their sending OTA so no worries. Enjoy 2.1!!!

          • marcaureli

            all you guys are saying about it “not voiding your warranty because they are only covering themselves” is that they can't prove it…. it doesn't mean that your not voiding your warranty, however, without looking at the warranty and the contract, I'm not sure they can change the terms of your contract. So really, you need to look at the warranty provision of the contract and figure out if installing an update w/o Verizon's consent voids your warranty….

            like i said, I haven't looked recently but I'm guessing it does. But like everyone is saying, they can't prove it seemingly.

            However, you being on here might be sufficient proof, especially if you say it…. but unless you linked your profile to facebook or something they still can't tell.

            But, really Verizon will not go through all these steps to make sure when you come in with a broken phone

          • Chris

            not to mention most of the readers here and other android blogs are no angels in regards to rooting/ modding/ installing .apk files which pretty much would also void your warranty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/emmanueljean Emmanuel Jean

    has anyone found the yahoo mail improvements?

  • http://twitter.com/BrianBrick Brian Brick

    Enjoying 2.1 so far. Some force closes for helix launcher but no fc loop so I'm happy

  • eddieonofre

    hey kellex do you know if there is a Room of this version of 2.1??
    It really looks nice. Voice comand looks more usable.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFRrWzItkM0