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Manual Android 2.1 Update for Motorola Droid

Sure I attempt to get 5 hours of sleep and almost miss out on all the phone fun…

*Note 1* – If you need to return to stock from a custom ROM, follow these instructions.

Instructions to manually install 2.1 on your Motorola Droid:

1.  Download this file:   update.zip (alt link)  (alt link 2)  (alt link3)

2.  Place file on the root of your sdcard (not in any folder)

Make sure it is named UPDATE.ZIP!  Alt Link2 needs to be renamed!

3.  Turn your phone off.

4.  Boot into recovery (Power + X)

5.  Wait for a triangle with exclamation point to appear.

6.  Hit the volume up and camera button (half-way down) at the same time.

7.  Using the D-Pad select “apply update.zip” and press in the gold button on the D-Pad.

8.  Reboot

9.  Bam!  2.1 goodness!

Update 10:01AM 3/31: Added a News and Note section to help those with any issues.

*Note 2* – By the way, if any of the download links drop, please contact me!

Full review coming later today for those still on the fence about unrooting.

  • Serwer

    when installing .ZIP file on phone, display error # 7 Installation aborted.

  • Samantha

    When i try to turn my phone back on it gets stuck at a battery ok page what do i do!

  • Samantha

    When i try to turn my phone back on it gets stuck at a battery ok page what do i do!

  • Anon

    FYI YOu WILl loosE ROOT if you have it with this

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  • Sam

    how do i root the droid in the first place to get the root folder?

  • Dean

    I am unable to reach recovery mode. I hold “X” and power and get the white M logo…and the screen freezes on that logo. It stayed like that for over 5 minutes until I pulled the battery. Anyone have a fix for this? Any other ways to reach recovery mode?

  • MacDeCourcy

    is this the stock 2.1 or is it basically a root?

  • krfilter

    ok this sucks real bad! i didnt do the manual update, i just okd the notice i had on my phone to update. now the thing has been going from red eye to droid for 2 hrs! helppppp i have no way of contacting anyone! i need to get this thing working 🙁

  • roddyblack73

    Keep getting download unsecessful

    • skippy4241

      I thought we where suppose to get some sort of Flash player too? Or did i misread that?

  • schwartz20

    Thank you! This worked perfectly.

  • natthompson

    kellex, help. i tried all three files and none work. what am i doing wrong? 🙁

  • jkmaize09

    hey when i try to do it says file not found unable to open am i doing something wrong but question do i need to download all the alt links too

    • schwartz20

      You only need to download 1 file. The “update.zip” file worked perfectly for me.

  • jAY

    when i tried to install the update folder is said aborted and wouldnt install??

  • Jarrod

    Hey, I keep getting an error when I install FlashworkMod Recovery “An Error occurred while attempting to run priviledged commands!” Do you know how to fix this?

  • drbohner

    I had to remove the .zip from my 'update' downloaded from Google.

  • Scott

    Holy Cow! It worked!!! I had my doubts…

  • I've updated the software and although it says it installed correctly it keeps cycling between “Droid” and the Eye

  • pete

    If i do the manual update, what should i do when the official update comes to my phone?

  • Chris

    I'm getting a force close loop in the Gallery every time I open it… I can see it at first, but as soon as the photos start to fan out I start to get the loop. Any suggestions?

    • CRJ700

      This was posted a few hours ago maybe it will help you. “I don't know if anyone else had this issue, but I applied update.zip (from the first link) to two different droids today and the gallery failed to work after the update. i reapplied the same update just to see if maybe that would work. no luck. then i downloaded update.zip from (alt link) and applied to both droids and it worked after that.”

  • CRJ700

    Guys…How are you backing up all your apps/data. I would use titanium, but the problem is once you un-root titanium no longer works! Is there an app like titanium that will back up market links/app data without requiring root access??????????????????????????????

    • CRJ700

      Ok, I did it. There's probably an easier way but here's what I did. 1. Flashed/Un-rooted back to Stock 2.0.1, and wiped data (I was coming from cyanogen) 2. Re-rooted through DM Updater 3. Restored all my apps/app data/market links using titanium backup. 3. Un-rooted (again) 4. Applied update to stock 2.1

      • CRJ700

        I tried installing the update to 2.1 and it has been stuck on the Motorolla symbol for over 5 minutes now…..HELP!!!!! What should I do?

        • CRJ700

          Nothing like having a conversation with yourself…but…if this will help anyone else her ya go.
          I was stuck on the Motorolla symbol for over 10 minutes. Finally did a battery pull, rebooted again into recovery re-installed the update.zip again and walla, the second time she booted right up.

  • FusionEnvy

    Been trying all day to get ANY ROM to work on this. I think my ROM Manager is bugged. But i tried this 2.1 update and BAM! It works great, Love the Live Backgrounds. Thanks for the heads up.

  • braydenn

    is this rooting my phone?

  • angad

    i am confused indian 2.1 update has 5 home screens
    Hong kong 2.1 update has 9 home screens
    and USA 2.1 update has 3 now whats going on and i have no idea about the features of European update

  • nasunog

    Thanks cpeter753 for your help… 🙂

  • wolfhound0023

    Just updated to Android 2.1 by following the instructions. Works perfectly!!! Thanks

  • billweller

    I installed 2.1 last night and installed helix launcher and evey thing was working fine. I get up this morning and I am in an endless loop of helix doing a force close. how do I fix this/

  • james

    I don't know if anyone else had this issue, but I applied update.zip (from the first link) to two different droids today and the gallery failed to work after the update. i reapplied the same update just to see if maybe that would work. no luck. then i downloaded update.zip from (alt link) and applied to both droids and it worked after that.

  • Ryan

    All I get is a Triangle. I hit the camera and up button and nothing. Do I have to hold it in? Hit it multiple times, or just hit it once and wait?

    • Ryan

      This guys post got it.

      you r not hitting the volume up an camera at the same time. It is actually kind of challenging to get them at the same time. The trick i used was hit the volume up a millisecond before the camera key

  • Lipster

    I dont see what all the hype is about.. Rooted is the only way to go

  • tankboyben

    ok so when are you gonna post the milestone update on here, somebody must have it, or are europeans not allowed to join in on this site?!?

  • trevorkai

    What the root of the sd card?

  • DatDudePug

    it keep saying installation fail on my droid

  • Ray

    Im not sure if i did this right but i still see ROM manager in my apps

  • TJHmojoman

    when I try to apply the update it says it can't verify the file and cancells out of the update tried several download file same thing happens??

  • Ant B

    does nothing when i press volume and camera button. WTF!!

  • Ant B

    how do i move file to root or sd card? i know im noobish

  • just letting you know, for those of you who SUCK at getting into recovery mode like i do. if you go to the Security settings, and do a Factory Reset from there-it does the same thing and Clearing the Cache / Data wipe

  • mrwildman1

    Thanks Kellex! i got it installed, and it fired right up. i had the eye thing for a few minutes, but then it came to life. this sight rocks!!!

  • thecommishonher

    Would this 2.1 update work on the Eris?

    • guest123456m

      Anyone have any idea?

  • Works perfectly! Thank you!

  • ProjectXero

    Did it. Works perfectly! Thank you!!

  • rgardner

    I installed the 2.1 update, but know I have the superuser permission ninja in my app drawer. Is it supposed to be there?

  • Matt

    is it possible to uninstall the update.zip after updating to 2.1?
    I would like to go back to the old update and wait for verizon to send me update notification.?

    • nkhex19

      The update.zip you installed is the exact same file Verizon is going to send you OTA. I personally don't know how to go back to 2.0.1 but I'm sure there is a way if your really set on waiting for Verizon. I just wanted to let you know though its the same file. Your just installing it early before they send it to you.

    • US Marine

      yes but it requires RDSLite and the sbf 2.0.1 file

      http://www.mydroidworld.com/forums/android-hack

  • Troy

    Mine worked but i still have 3 home pages and i dont have the new app launcher. whats the deal?

  • Ken

    I don't think this is the official update from VZ. Because, if you have noticed, there is no Yahoo email account option available on this update, that was mentioned on the leaked VZ 2.1 update…Is this correct or am I missing something?

    • HR

      I have to agree.. I did a Mod Recovery to my Rooted Stock 2.0.1 and installed the update. System now reads as 2.1 update1 and I am still rooted.

      • rgardner

        Me too, how do we go back to unrooted from here?

    • a1locjaw

      See if you can set up a Yahoo mail account easier now under the regular email program from the app drawer.

  • Chuck NY

    Manual update worked fine. After reboot, I did lose all the phone information (number, PRL Version, MIN) and had no network. A second reboot cleared it up. Thanks Droid-Life !

  • Joe

    My droid is stuck between red eye and “droid” word whats up with it help please need to go to work soon lol

    • logicmanNY

      It seems to take a very long time to restart after installing the update.

  • bboy9110

    how do you put the file in your sd card?

    • logicmanNY

      Connect to your PC via USB cable. Pull down notification and touch USB connected notification. Touch Mount. Droid should show up on your PC as Removable Disk. Then copy and paste update.zip.

      • bboy9110

        Thanks

  • bry

    YAWN…..that was a lotta hype for nothing…still love the phone but that was so rediculously drawn out for a few smallllll changes. I knew what was going to change but somehow I still had higher expectations.

  • dhabes

    when i boot into recovery mode and hit the volume up and camera button nothing happens. please help

    • Bry

      keep trying it takes a while …just hold them down and if nothing happens for like 10 secs stop and try again.

  • Mark Benson

    I and 4 of the guys I work with all followed this and it worked without a hitch for all of us! Awesome update by the way…

    • Seneca

      How long does it take your droids to boot up after the update? My first boot up took forever after doing the update, but then doing additional reboots now, it still takes mine like a lil over a minute to completely boot up.
      Thanks

  • Seneca

    Should it take a minute and a few seconds to boot up with the 2.1 update?

  • Julian

    I have no lock screen can anybody help me out please.

  • flavorman55

    anyone tried using rom manager with 2.1 yet?

  • dianaland

    Install successful! and I'm a newbie. But could use advice on making my POP3 email account send reliably. It's my own domain, hosted by GoDaddy, which uses a Yahoo SMTP outgoing address — Verizon support told me there would be problems until the update. But after the install, I can't get a test outgoing message to send from my Outbox, either with 3G or WiFi. Do I need to remove and re-enter account settings? (as I've done before to get email unstuck) Or am I likely to keep encountering this issue even with the update? If so, I'll probably have to return the phone (I have another week), as pretty as the new wallpapers are!

  • Seth

    You CAN Bluetooth the file to your phone and then apply it.

  • jamesfac

    Ok downloaded 2.1 and phone info says it has 2.1 instead of the 2.0 before. So what is different about my phone now? My concern was wanting the voice to text. As in my manual. I called motorola before and they said it was in the 2.1 software. anyone try it yet?

    • jamesfac

      Its working!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love this voice to text!

  • jamesfac

    oK I downloaded the 2.1 and when i check phone info it sayd 2.1 where it was 2.0 before, so now what has changed?

  • emanuelc

    my gallery stopped working, it said “application is not installed on your phone” how can i go back to stock 2.0.1

  • USmarine

    My device has sat at the droid eye for an hr now and manual udpate…what can I do to fix this?

  • jduro923

    Attempting update….just wanted to know if I do it from stock or from rooted droid??

    • kino

      stock

      • jduro923

        Thanks

  • DeeMat

    Thank you Kellex and the rest of the team. Successfully updated using your instructions – any problems I ran into were self inflicted.

  • rreusch

    Kellex,
    Last night I check ROM Manager and they had Ultimate Droid V9.0.0 available for installation. So I did and it says Firmware Version 2.1. Is this a rooted version of 2.1? The last version of UD had a Firmware version of 2.1 updater 1, if I remember correctly. Is Verizon 2.1 better than the UD v9.0.0?

  • MobileMe

    Guys, will this process to 2.1 update work on a Brazilian retail, 2.0.1, rooted Milestone?

  • jduro923

    Is this the verizon 2.1 update I'm looking at…

  • dabruise

    got it working. looks great so far not as many features as cyanogen but i think cyanogen was killing my battery a little to fast for my taste anyway. the speech to text feature on the stock keyboard is a sweet feature

  • Billyhouse

    Will this work for me?I still have a file still on my sd/card from when i unrooted that's named update. Do i need to delete this from my root?

    • kino

      delete

    • JLeo87

      Had I the same issue earlier this morning. I had an update.zip and a stock-update.zip in my root. all I did was just move those 2 files off my SD card and into My Documents on my desktop, just in case I might ever need them again in the future. After I did that I took the new update.zip file and placed it in the root where the other 2 update files had previously been. After that I simply followed the directions given here on DL. It work flawlessly and went smoothly.

  • Todd

    Kellex you are the best! Worked perfect first shot, thanks for all your work and now I don't have to wait, HOORAY!!

  • kellex

    Added news and notes section to help those with issues: http://www.droid-life.com/2010/03/31/droid-2-1-

    • PGD

      What is a Motorola Droidt ?? lol just seen myself in title heading 🙂 Proves we are all way to busy to get this update than actually read something, lol.

      • kellex

        its been well documented that i was struggling this morning. 🙂

    • rgardner

      After updating, am I still supposed to have the superuser permission ninja in the app drawer?

  • smurgen

    I am thoroughly enjoying this update and using voice recognition to type this post yes

  • dabruise

    i went back to stop and it seemed to be working now that i am rebooting it keeps going in a loop from droid to red eye from droid to red eye……

    • dabruise

      had to completely wipe my phone. its activating now

  • Hello, I got this update, and multitouch isnt working

  • paligap

    Will this work for the Droid Eris? I SOOOOOOO want 2.1 – have been putting off rooting….

  • My firmware version says “2.1-update1”. Just want to make sure that's correct. Let me know please & thx.

    • cpeter753

      yes this is correct.

    • Christian Lee

      Also, I opened browser and I can't do pinch zoom. Thought this was part of the update.

      • Christian Lee

        Info on this? Anyone? Kellex?

      • starcrwzer

        I thought I had the same problem, until I went to a web page that didn't support mobil's, pinch zoom worked fine there. I don't have any zoom capability on a page that is set for mobil viewing.

    • Exodus615

      does the update delete all your apps?

      • Christian Lee

        Does not delete apps. Am very curious why pinch zoom in browser doesn't work however.

        • Christian Lee

          Pinch zoom works on gallery perfectly. Live wallpaper is cool. “Neural Network” is a cool one.

          • LOS

            my live wallpapers dont work any ideas

  • nasunog

    I have not gotten an update notification yet :-(……. should I be worried…

    • Brendan

      no because only 10,000 people have received the update you will probably getting it tommorow

    • cpeter753

      no just manually install it. i did it and it went flawlessly and im to tech wiz by any stretch of the imagination. Just follow the instructions above and you're golden

  • kino

    Totally painless install. I was afraid I would have to fix all my home screens and what not again after just reconfiging post-unroot yesterday, but everything stayed and HelixLauncher (not 2) is working fine. Soft keys, speech-to-text, market all functioning. Probably still go back to root though just for the kernels. Man, I was loving that battery life.

  • darkcomartist

    I have my facebook contacts to sync with my regular contacts but for some reason 1 or 2 of my facebook contacts does not sync up and one of those contacts disappeared from my normal phone contacts altogether. Anybody having an issue similar to this and did you find a fix for it?

  • kbro87

    help i keep getting the note “failed to read footer from /sdcard/update.zip” any help from any one would b awesome

    • Brendan

      are there any other update.zips on your sd card??

    • jared12

      no and it keeps aborting the update

      • Brendan

        try a different link

    • leftiphone4droid

      I was getting the same error message. What I was doing wrong was renaming the file “Update” after i had transferred it to the root of my SD Memory Card. I then had a copy of it on my PC desktop, I renamed that to “Update” then I transferred it to the root of my SD Card and everything worked. So try that too….

  • jared12

    can someone call me and walk me through it 323 752 0192 jared

  • Ok, here is some good news for those of you who want the update now and don't have immediate access to a computer to move the file. If you copy it from downloads file with astro and paste it up one folder, it will work. When prompted, chose install update zip from sd card, right after the volume and camera button step … it does take some time, as someone else has said, on moto logo screen and driod eye screen, but be patient.

  • jaymez007

    Ok, probably a question that's been answered, but do I *NEED* to unroot to get the update, or can I just restore my saved standard ROM (rooted, but other than that stock 2.0.1) and run the update?

    • Brendan

      Just unroot to be safe, it could screw your phone up

  • Perfect, simple and it worked. Thanks kellex, this is why this site is my source for all things droid. sure I could troll forums but I'dd rather wait for the proven methods to hit here. Thanks again

  • jared12

    i wont work for me ive did it a dozen times

  • tpags

    To be honest I thought I was going to be a poo pooer when this update came out. But I think it is good. The only reason I wanted the 3d app drawer was cause I hate the normal app tab at bottom of screen and also the bland gray background while your scrolling through apps. Helix launcher fixes that. Ya no 3d but that dont bother me. But it gives you shortcuts and gets that stupid pull tab off there. Win Win in my book. Now flash and we are good. Bring on 3.0. ;D

    PS: As always,Kellex, your on top of it. Link 2 worked like a charm. Droid-Life is the one stop spot for all things Droid!!!!!

    • Brendan

      Helix launcher 2 has 3D app drawer but when i installed it, it went into a force close loop, can you try it and comment how it went because i am having problem with 2.1 apps i have downloaded like Nexus mod LWP and Helix launcher 2

      • tpags

        You have to wait for the helix 2 update cause it will not work with droid for now.

  • Ok, here's some good news for those of you who want to install the update, but don't have immediate access to a computer to move thefile from downloads to the root directory. If you use astro to copy and paste the file from downloads to the regular sd card directory, you can then follow the instructions posted by Kellex and

  • kbro87

    help i keep getting “failed to read footer from /sdcard/update.zip

    • ZUKI

      it's most like named wrong, or it's not in root then.

  • ZUKI

    Disappointing! The gallery and live wall paper is nice, but stuck with 3 screens still? How about some functionality instead of the eye candy! I waited to root thinking I'd get my more home screens w/ 2.1 which was my major desire. I'll be rooting ASAP! FU devs for letting the UEs have the screens and not us Americans!

  • BLITZ

    KEEPS SAYING VERIFICATION FAIL UPDATE ABORTED

  • Julian

    Hey mine want boot up, it keeps going back and forth between the droid and the red eye somebody help me please

  • cpeter753

    THANK YOU SO MUCH KELLEX! this is why i love this site

  • Brendan

    Is anybody having trouble downloading 2.1 apps they wont open for me, force close loop. (ex. helix launcher 2, Nexus mod LWP)

    • cpeter753

      yea helix launcher 2 FC looped on me people were saying it was the fact the the builds of the two 2.1 update 1's are different but i cant really say. i heard a bunch of other people have this problem with the HelixLauncher2 and their 2.1 droids

  • duck

    mines said E:Can't open /cache/recovery/command

    plz help been waiting on 2.1 for a while now

    • Brendan

      1) are you rooted
      2) do you have any other files named Update.zip
      if not re download the file and try again

  • sumanmd

    I thought this was suppose to have the 3-D app drawer? It says “2.1-update-1” under firmware, and i have pinch & zoom with the new gallery. So I guess its 2.1? I ran into that same error where it says
    E:Can't open/cache/recovery/command
    but it still installed, and I rebooted. Was I suppose to do a reset to factory settings or is there really no 3-d app drawer. I thought I saw it listed in yesterday's posting

    • Brendan

      you saw 3D gallery

  • Tom Turkey

    For those worried about the security of the links, here's an “official” one:

    http://android.clients.google.com/updates/voles

  • John

    Installed, everything is working awesome except for can't download or update any apps from the Market! Help!

    • Brendan

      2.1 apps force close loop also

  • Austin

    I found a way to complete the update without a USB cord. Download Astro File Browser from the market open to associate it with zip files. Then open your browser and navigate to http://androidoverdrive.com/trident/update.zip. Download update. Go to astro file browser and select your download folder. Long click on update.zip and select edit-> move. Navigate to root of sd card select Menu->Edit->paste. Then follow the procedures above.

  • Just finished the update. Was worried for a second, it took quite a while to boot but it's up and running great now.

  • sumanmd

    I downloaded the file posted up above and put it on my MobileMe site. Just open the link and it'll download. Enjoy. Feel free to repost, but the link is only active for the next 15 days.

    files.me.com/rossmd/wqmsnf

  • pspencer777

    Any idea how long it will take to root it in 2.1?

  • Cave

    Getting error messages? Here's the fix….

    So, I did get this message every time:
    E:Can't open /cache/recovery/command

    And the first try, I got 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.

    Then I realized, I DID NOT PUT THE FILE IN THE CORRECT PLACE. Threw it in the root directory, and it went through. Check your files before ya freak. Now that I just booted to 2.1 for the first time, I'm gonna go play.

    • Charlie

      I'm getting the same thing. How do I know what/where the root is? My Mac opens “No Name” and I just try to drag from my downloads on the laptop and drop it onto the No Name. I see it show up in the list of files, I can even rename it. Thanks!

      • Cave

        By the root, we mean drop it in the first directory listing you get when you're looking at your card. You can also try a file manager for your phone, like astro.

  • rockymtnhigh

    Had to completely uninstall Helix Launcher and re-install to get it to work, and in the process lost all of the customizing of 7 screens I had before. But its up and running, better than ever.

  • Using “alt link 2”, I definitely just bricked my phone. It won't boot farther than the Motorola logo.

    What's really bad is that I can do Power+X to get the triangle, but camera+volume up doesn't even work, and so I don't think I can even do a factory reset! Looks like it's totally dead.

    I don't know if it's “alt link 2” that is the problem or something like all of the hacked 2.1 apps I have installed. Looks like I'm headed to BestBuy today to cash in on my black tie protection…

    • Brendan

      try the dpad

      • I was able to get the debug menu back (I guess I didn't press camera+VolUp simultaneously enough the first few times). So I re-applied update.zip. That gets the boot screen to the DROID eye… but it doesn't want to go farther than that.

        I guess I'm headed for a factory reset. 🙁

        • kellex

          TED CHILL OUT.

          My red eye sat there for at least a couple of minutes. Let these things load. Be patient. Stop jumping to conclusions so quickly.

          • My Moto logo sat there for like 15 minutes with no activity. After update #2, Red Eye wasn't doing much better.

            Just starting fresh. Holy crap — after doing a factory reset, my Firmware version is “2.1-update1” and my build number is ESE81. Well, that was easy.

          • kellex

            Ding! 🙂

  • dannydarko

    I fixed my issue all I did was erase ALL other update files on my SD and used FireFox to download file NOT CHROME,.then I mounted and put the file on root of SD renamed and presto we got 2.1.1 people so don't give up just keep trying.You can rename it before you put it on the SD root too if you want.If you have a computer do the steps manually and your problems should be solved.Also I re-downloaded the file too erased the one that failed so do that and good luck:)

  • randy21671

    I don't see the yahoo email app. pinch to zoom works.

  • dabruise

    I am having trouble keeps saying install aborted do i have to go back to stock first?

    • Brendan

      ya dude

  • Octotron

    IT IS CHRISTMAS MORNING!!!

  • Brendan

    now how do you root!

  • shane0790

    Do I have to be unrooted to apply the update?

    • Brendan

      ya you do

  • Android 2.1 doesn't seem to be booting on my phone… Just see Motorola logo forever. 🙁 I guess I better try to get Android 2.0.1 back on my phone.

    • Brendan

      did you make sure there aren't any files on your sd card also named update.zip?

      • No other update.zip's. Only the one on /sdcard/.

        I did manage to get the debug menu back (phew) so I guess I can factory reset if worse comes to worst.

  • super user ninja in app drawer…how do i get rid of it? i updated to 2.1 successfully

    • kellex

      Hah you are seriously still rooted?

      • I did this…I downloaded the update file and renamed it update.zip. so it would read “update.zip.zip” so I can differentiate. When I went into bootloader, I applied the update.zip from sd card and it performed the install. When it restarted, I realized I applied the root update file instead. So I went back and applied the new update zip file on my sd card, replacing the root update file. I went into bootloader again and applied the update.zip file and this time it took a few minutes to install. Up and running now, I opened my app drawer and lo and behond, the damn ninja is still there. I checked “about phone” and sure enough I had 2.1 update1 with ESE81….but I still have the stupid ninja. how do I get rid of it???

  • Roy

    Thanks! The download and install completed. Followed instructions exactly. Step 6 was a little tricky as you have to press the camera button only half way.

  • earz

    this might be a really dumb question to ask for most of you but……where is the “root of your sd card” located at?

    • Brendan

      you just put it in no files just by itself

      • earz

        still dont get it? lol….. sorry
        do you mean just add it into the phone folder by itself?

        • Brendan

          ok so you open up your phone's files on your computer ok, now you need to put it at the very bottom and make sure that you dont put it in a folder, so make sure you can see the file without opening a folder, do you get it?????

          • earz

            got it… thanks brendan. really appreciate your help. ill let u know how it turns out

  • pspencer777

    I made the mistake of installing the 2.1 update which un-rooted my phone… Is there a way to root it again now that I am running the “official” 2.1 unrooted or do I need to wait until droid 2.1 is rooted?

    • Lee

      You are stuck with it for now. You will have to wait until they find root for this new build, no idea on how long that will be.

  • javi

    can you post a video for those of us that are watting to get the update starting tomorrow???? Just dying to see what it looks like and how well it works?

    Thanks

  • Caboose

    i cant get it to work, when i got the file i was in a zip folder named update, i named it update.zip and i think i put it in the right place. i put it in where all the rest of the folders are…….

    • Caboose

      nevermind got it ! thanks for the update guys !

      • iouren

        how?

      • nkhex19

        did you reboot your phone when you got stuck?

    • Daballa

      Just name it update if your using windows. It will recognize that it is a zip file and add the extension for you. Place in root and then follow directions. Takes about 5min tops.

    • Brendan

      dont rename it zip is referring to the type of file so just rename it update and it will automatically put a zip behind it. otherwise it would be update.zip.zip

  • Charlie

    Wow, do I ever suck. I don't even know enough how to “put” it on the SD card root, even though I DO have Astro. I'm not even sure where the root is to “put” the downloaded file there. Amateur!

    • Charles,
      Download file.
      Plug phone into computer via USB.
      Mount Phone (Use pull down menu and click on the mount option)
      Drag file onto SD Card (The root is the first level of the file structure so basically after you open up the phone when it's connected you'll drop it right in that first place)

    • The root of you're sd SD card simply says SD card on Astro.

    • Brendan

      you cant put it in a folder it has to stand by itself

  • randy21671

    KELLEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You da Man! Once again. Wow, Thanks, Really, Heading up to Oregon April 24th. Love to meet.

  • OH MY GOD THERE'S ONLY THREE SCREENS AND NO 3D APP DRAWER? !(@*#)!*@#)(!@)( FUKASLKDKK!!!

    Just kidding I'm not a god damn retard.

    Thanks for the file bros!

    • merehuman

      Am I missing something or is there still no BT voice dial???!!!

      • You are making the bold assumption I can afford anything bluetooth but you are wrong. I am poor.

  • Mike

    I get to step 7… and it fails to find the file. I put it in the root of my sdcard like it was explained, but it says it can't verify the file and aborts the install. Anyone else having this problem?

    • nkhex19

      I just posted this about 4 mins ago and I'm having the exact same issue, I followed everything exactly to a T, at the bottom of my thing its saying Installation aborted, I'm stuck now. Someone know what is wrong?

      • Mike

        Looking through the comments over the past 15 minutes, quite a few people are experiencing this.

        • nkhex19

          are you still stuck at that screen? what happens if we select reboot system now? will it reboot back to how we had it before we tried to update?

          • NIck

            Thats what i want to know as well, just want to make sure my phone will go back to normal.

          • helix

            apparently it works if you don't rename it .zip just leave the file as you downloaded it. its installing for me right now

          • NIck

            I didn't rename anything, just kept it the same. I wonder why it is happening on some while others it works fine. I am still at the System Recovery screen, do I chose “reboot system now”

    • iouren

      Yea me too

      • iouren

        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

        thats all i keep getting…
        i believe it is because of:E:Can't open/cache/recovery/command
        if so how do i fix it?

        • iouren

          W00t i got it! idk y but i decided not to change name to “update.zip” i just left it as update because the file type is a zip
          so if your having my problem just leave the name as update

        • dabruise

          do we have to go back to stock first?

          • Brendan

            ya

        • Brendan

          1) are you rooted
          2) do you have any other files named update.zip?

    • NIck

      Me three!

      • DeeMat

        +1. Just re-booted. Will try again.

        • nkhex19

          so we just reboot system now and then try again?

          • DeeMat

            I ended up starting from scratch and was successful.

  • Yagermeister

    I had originally used DMUpdater to root. I then installed ROM Manager but no custom ROMs. I was rooted. I then went through your steps to return to stock but only to find I was at stock but still rooted and with the SPRecovery images still on my SD card. I went ahead and did the manual install of 2.1. IT WORKED and all the while rooted 🙂 Did I do something wrong somewhere (probably many places)? Am I at risk of anything being unstable? All seems well with all the new features…

    btw…GREAT WEBSITE AND INFO DAILY!!! KEEP IT UP!!!

  • rockymtnhigh

    Anyone having problems getting Helix Launcher to work with the new 2.1?

    It shows it as installed, but it will no longer run. I had restored the main home screen as the default before the install, but now I can't open it. It will not show up in the list of applications? Some sort of issue with the build name maybe?

    I need Helix back!!!

    • eddieonofre

      I'm reas that hellixluncher doesn't work in 2.1, so that is why you can no see it in your app list, but hellix has a version that works on 2.1 hellixluncher2, search it in the market

    • logicmanNY

      Helix is working fine for me including Live Wallpapers. I left Helix as the default launcher before installing 2.1.

  • nkhex19

    quick question, I put the update.zip file into the root of my sdcard, booted into recovery, selected apply update.zip and then it is now saying E:Can't open /cache/recovery/command

    • NIck

      Same thing here

      Umm. everything went fine until I went to apply sdcard:update.zip

      It says:

      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.

      What do I do know? i followed every step but now this comes up. Can I turn off the power and restart the phone or do i have to do something else now? I dont want to ruin/brick the phone. Any help? My phone is not rooted or anything.

      I should have just waited…
      nick

      • nkhex19

        thats exactly what mine says, now I don't know if I should reboot system now or what? anyone have an answer to this?

        • dannydarko

          I am having the same issue can we get a fix Kellex

          • dabruise

            same thing did we use a bad link or do we have to go back to stock 2.0.1. first?

          • I'm having the same problem, tried factory resetting and going back to 2.0.1 but it seems like its refusing to run any kind of update.zip file now

  • Jeff

    Is the HTC IME weird for anyone else now with the update? It's putting the suggestions lower than normal, making the top row of keys half-covered by suggestions. It's really hard to type this way. It's a shame, that's the best keyboard around!

    • US_Marine_beta

      That's how mine was for a while. I think I was running Cyanogen when it was like that. Now I'm stock 2.0.1 and its fine. So maybe its something with 2.1?

    • PGD

      Long click on that suggestion bar and just drag it up higher or put it anywhere you want to 🙂 gl

      • Jeff

        I never knew that was possible. Thank you so much! Now everything is perfect!

  • jednc

    Thanks Kellex. Works great and looks great. I appreciate all your hard work on this site. I check it everyday.Jon

  • Ok, noob question, how do I get xscope to save the update to the root folder instead of download folder, or is there a way to move the file? I have astro, but when I hit move, it does nothing … help! Thx

  • teejaytm

    I need a review or a video. I feel like this is becoming one of the biggest decisions in life HAHAHA

  • teejaytm

    I need a review or a video. I feel like this is becoming one of the biggest decisions in life HAHAHA

  • syntakk

    Nice. I'll be sticking with cyanogen for now though until 2.1 gets rooted. Also, I was reading the UD9 thread on droidforums yesterday, BD said he should have a working copy of UD built from ESE81 sometime around noon today.

  • US_Marine_beta

    I don't know why but I think I'd rather wait for the OTA to come to my phone

    • a1locjaw

      worked easy and fine…. probably sounds harder than it is.

      • US_Marine_beta

        Lol. I can do it. I'd just rather receive the update OTA from Verizon so if it f's up somehow, I can blame it on them. They probably can't even tell but I guess I'm being paranoid(even though I've rooted before) lol. And I have no problem waiting anyways

  • rtrudel

    It appears that the amazon mp3 application doesn't work with 2.1

    It disappeared from my applications and refused to reinstall from my Astro backup on the SD card.

    • littlemac48

      Try this. Go to settings-> applications-> manage applications-> hit menu-> filter-> all. Then go down and look for the applications that start with com.etc…. and find the one that is for the amazon mp3. If you find it, click on it and click uninstall. then reboot you phone and it should work

      • rtrudel

        settings-> applications-> manage applications-> hit menu-> filter->

        That path revealed the MP3 Store application, but when I went into it there was no uninstall button, just clear data and force stop.

        • littlemac48

          Um… That appears to be a problem, the only way that i know how to fix that know, it to flash a rom with the application. That requires the 2.1 to be rooted which it isn't yet. Hopefully someone else knows how to fix it without it being rooted.

    • a1locjaw

      just checked my Amazon MP3 store and it worked fine with 2.1… I ran it from my App drawer

    • George

      Seems to be gone on mine as well, that's a shame.

      • George

        I take it back, it's now under m for mp3 store instead of being under a next to the regular amazon store app.

        • rtrudel

          LMAO!

          I didn't even think to look there. Thanks for the tip! I feel much better about the update now!

      • rtrudel

        If you have Astro you can find the apk in /system/apps and even run it and it will work fine, but there is no link in the app manager.

        Haven't found a workaround yet.

  • Halcyone

    updated!!! awesome. thanks

  • Tom

    just going to wait for it to be rooted or until Cyanogen/koush use the ESE81 build in their releases. Seems like the smart thing to do….

    • thflores

      hey tom…this is the other Tom. I agree. Great Toms think alike!!!

    • droiddog22

      Thats the thing to do. But i am tempted to update just because we have waited for so long

  • anyone pissed the Milestone is getting 9 screens and we still only get 3

    • Yep, this is truly, truly, disappointing to me.

    • POWERLESS415

      Try running Helix.. Currently running 7 screens of goodness..

      • Will that run on 2.1?

        • POWERLESS415

          Apparently someone is running it on the update (posted above).. Says its a great combo..

          • Kaufkin

            Agreed, ran the “official update” from link above, and just re-downloaded Helix Launcher V1 (NOT V2).

            haven't tried to break it (yet) but appears to run fine, even with live wallpaper (grass).

            Kaufkin

  • tomchoy

    Dumb question – what happens when Verizon tries to push the update OTA over to a manually updated phone? Will it go, “oh, this phone's already got an update” and move on? I'd love the update but I'm willing to wait for the OTA (plus I just think it's way cool for it to update on its own) and I was just curious. Just how many Droids are out there anyway? Knowing my luck I'll probably be in the last batch to receive the update.

    • Han

      That's what I asked (probably in a dumber way lol). Hope someone has time to answer this.

      • Lee

        It was already answered. If you manually update…. you already have the update and the there is no reason for the official update to update itself again… lol

        Either way it's the same thing. Either update now and be done, or wait. Just depends on if you want to wait. Once you have updated manually, the system will see that you already are updated and that's all. No worries guys, if you want it now… go for it!

  • jagarchitect

    Thank you Kellex! You are the man!

  • funkyg

    Uh oh… what am I doing wrong? I downloaded the zip file, put it on the root of my sd card, turned my phone off, rebooted with Power + X, but when I get to the exclamation point and hit the volume up & camera buttons at the same time, nothing happens… How long do I wait? Do I need to leave them held in until something happens…? YIKES – THANKS!

    • littlemac48

      you r not hitting the volume up an camera at the same time. It is actually kind of challenging to get them at the same time. The trick i used was hit the volume up a millisecond before the camera key.

      • funkyg

        NICE! Thank you VERY much – it's installing now. I'm going to have to eat at my desk this afternoon so I can play with this stupid thing now… 😀

        • littlemac48

          hahaha nice. Have fun!!!!!!!!!!

      • a1locjaw

        .. or like someone told me.. HOLD DOWN the volume up key and then TAP the camera button.. the screen came up instantly…

    • bsteen

      Make sure you are only pushing the camera button to the first click – half way. And make sure you are pushing the “up” volume switch. Try it several times gently until it works if it doesn't work on first try.

    • machinegun68

      Just keep trying. I think it's a timing thing with those 2 buttons. It took a while to get mine to display the menu too.

  • machinegun68

    Followed the directions and no problems here. Thanks Kellex.

  • little_mac48

    Ok here is what you have to think about, before you install the update. If you only rooted your phone to get you phone to look and be 2.1, then install the update. If you rooted your phone to try many custom roms, don't install the update, until you know it can be rooted. If you rooted you phone because you push and pull apps and make backups, don't install the 2.1 update. Finally, if you rooted you phone because of the wifi tethering and over-clocking, do not install the 2.1 update. Overall, do not install the update unless you want the stability and a 2.1 software.

  • kenny78

    You ROCK!!!! Kellex…

  • kellex

    UPDATED LINKS. Should be slightly faster now!

    • darkcomartist

      Thanks for everything Kellex. Very fast download and easy to install. I'm currently updating as I type.

  • POWERLESS415

    Yo Kellex, If I go against my gut instinct and unroot and install the update.zip will I be able to re-root with DM?? I could care less about the update but just wanting your opinion.. Thanks

    • bsteen

      I'm no expert by any means, but wouldn't rotting with DM as it currently exists put you back at 2.0.1?

      • POWERLESS415

        True.. Well I guess I'll just stick with my current Droidmod 164, 2.0.1.. That is until the 2.1 is built and polished..

        • Lee

          If you load the official 2.1 update you will NOT be able to root again in any way at the moment. They have locked it up. You will have to wait until it gets rooted again, no idea on how long that will take.

          So if you take the update, you will no longer need or be able to use Dmupdater or Rom Manager.

  • Jeff

    All hail Lord Kellex.

  • Han

    what if we download and install this and the real update comes to prompt to update, what should we do? Cancel it or ignore it? btw, what is the advantage of rooting the update as opposed to the official one they send out? Thanks!

    • When I manually installed the 2.0.1 update, I just never got an update notice. I think you only get the notice if the version of the software on your phone is out of date. Once you manually install this, your phone will just think that Verizon is the one who gave it to you and won't bother with reminding you that an update is available.

      • Han

        Thanks

  • disturbedny

    Anyone else stuck in a reboot loop? I actually booted into recovery again and re-applied the update again

    • bsteen

      This happened to me once when I accidentally pressed the “down” side of the D pad instead of the center “enter” button.

      • disturbedny

        Actually ended up doing a factory reset, but when the phone came back up, I was showing 2.1update1. No to reload most of my apps….

        • thewinternet

          Same here. Had to factory reset to resolve

  • xFenixKnightx

    The 2.1 update plus Helix Launcher is really a great combo. Just FYI my fellow Droidians =)

    • bsteen

      Whoops, replied to wrong comment. Should be here … Agreed. Everything appears to run snappily. Just want root now for overclocking and Titanium backups.

      • rreusch

        I couldn't get Titanium Backup to work at all. Is there some trick to it?

    • randy21671

      yes…. Nice, how to get the 7 screens?

      • xFenixKnightx

        After installing Helix L. Push the home button and select Helix, then press Menu and slect Configure. Then at the top it sais Screen Size select desired amount of screens. I have mine at 5. Dont need 7 and it works great.

      • randy21671

        I figured it out… Settings, configure and there it is… Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

        • randy21671

          Thank you xfenixknightx…

  • POWERLESS415

    I don't even want the 2.1 update.. Really happy with DMv1.0.. Gonna wait for a build on the ESE81.. Standing by for sickness..

    • bsteen

      Agreed. Everything appears to run snappily. Just want root not for overclocking and Titanium backups.

  • Blackdroid is suppose to have an UD rom based off the official 2.1 sometime today from what he said on the forums last nite im looking for it to be UD 9.1

    • POWERLESS415

      I'd like a solid build on the ESE81.. Don't know if I'll go with the first one out (no disrespect to UD) but how stable can a build be in less than 24 hours?? Any input? Kell, I take it your running the 2.1 update now??

      • Lee

        Hmm… It would be as stable as the stock 2.1 update since that is what the UD would be based on…. LOLOLOL

  • rocketdaddy

    Works good! Anybody rooted yet? Want more screens and overclocking. Wish I had the know-how to help with that.

  • DavidB

    How about a review of the official 2.1 update for those of us that are on the fence about unrooting?

    • teejaytm

      I agree. I unrooted and everything but am now skeptical about it and I want to see it or know what its like before I do it

      • randy21671

        Still same 3 windows, app drawer is the same, but 3d gallery, live wallpaper. Runs smooth so far no f/c. Camera has icons on the side of the screen that I havent seen before i.e. no flash, Mountian view stuff like that. I am also able to see videos that I couldn't before…

        • You did the ota update?

          • randy21671

            Yes. I did it manually.

        • bluezer

          you get the ability for the videos from the new flash player =]

    • POWERLESS415

      Yes.

      • thflores

        I agree!!! I don't know if it really want 2.1 stock….I don't know the benefits, if any, outweigh my cyanogen configuration right now.

        • gonzo319

          I'm with everybody else, want to see 2.1 before I or even want to install it. Thank Kellex for your generosity, just install Black Droid V9 and I like it so far forgot all about the OTA.

    • kellex

      Its coming dont worry. 🙂

  • littleneutrino

    Please remove my DropBox link, DropBox has asked me to stop hosting the file

  • jstapels
  • Deebo

    Updated it today and it ran smoothly with no problems. Go Droid!

  • Deebo

    Done! Runs like a champ!

  • kweckstrom

    I hope this release is rooted soon for the benefit of the poor souls who are doing this update.

    It's pretty much certain you'll lose the ability to root. This means you'll have to wait until this 2.1 release is rooted before you can go back to doing all the things you did before.

    Maybe I'm jaded. Maybe I'm just spoiled. But I see no real benefit to going to an “official” 2.1 when the best of it will inevitably make its way to the rooted custom rom scene within a couple of days.

  • kegofkillians

    Is there any information on file types for the live wallpapers so I can create my own? Or a place to download more?

    • Jack

      There are no live wallpapers, friend.

      • Jack

        Sorry — my bad. They are there and work very nicely.

  • bsteen

    Joy!

    Worked flawlessly. Now I can't wait for all the posts to begin … “Huh? I whined for a month over THIS?” 🙂

    BS

  • JLeo87

    Kellex I already have 2 update.zip files on my root. one just says update and one says stock-update. I think they are the files from DMupdater. do I need to remove any of these update files before I put the new update on my root?

    • bksone74

      good question… i have the same two files and want to know what, if anything, i need to do with them before installing… can anyone chime on this and help us out?

      thanks

  • droiduser

    All of the download links at Android Central work. I did this a few hours ago via their info…works great!

    http://www.androidcentral.com/how-manually-upda

  • bakubomb

    If anyone wants I downloaded the file from the link Kellex posted and re-upped it on Megaupload

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=NZKKLUUS

  • lugzey

    Wouldn't let me download the update. It gave me an error.

  • rneal_ra

    Kellex,
    Have you done this??? Is it safe, or should we wait. I have the file and am waiting on your guidance! Thanks so much for this site. Without you I would have never even tried to root and see all the possibilities our phone offers!

  • thflores

    firefox tells me that the site is untrusted and is going to steal my identity….

    I really want to put this on my lady's droid so she can stop complaining about all the greatness of rooted rom's. she just wants the basic phone functions “like everyone else” SO UNAPPRECIATIVE OF WHAT SHE IS RUNNING!!!!

  • I downloaded successfully, but I still have the super user permission icon (ninja) on my app drawer..how do I get rid of it?

  • kellex

    LINK IS UPDATED! Sorry!

    • teejaytm

      Kellex, did you do it? Is it worth it? And, if I do it, I wont be able to root or anything until someone comes out with something new?

    • a1locjaw

      thanks, pal… I'm sitting in 2.1 now and it's fine.. I mainly like the speech to text input….

  • zizzybaloobah

    Update download link should be: https://android.clients.google.com/updates/vole

    • skrap853

      sent

    • kellex

      If you host it, let me know and I'll add the link to the list.

  • dannydarko

    It keeeps saying error not found when i try to goto the link you left for the fileplease send it

  • a1locjaw

    For some reason the link above doesn't seem to be reading the entire pathway… it's reading the condensed path….

    https://android.clients.google.com/u…6.fa406d…

  • Thanks

  • very nice! 😀

  • zizzybaloobah

    Link doesn't work (404 error). I think it got shortened in error (notice the ellipse): https://android.clients.google.com/u…6.fa406d…

  • Joandy

    I cannot find the “golf” button :P!!! Thanks a million for all you are doing Kellex!!!!!

    • kellex

      I was working a little fast this morning about 5 minutes out of bed 😛

      • pspencer777

        Any way to root the droid once you apply the official update?

      • See, now, what sucks is that you apprently fixed it and now the rest of us have no idea where the “golf” button was! And I so want to play golf today!

      • Julian

        kellex i need help, hope i didn't destroy my phone. he goes between droid and the eye but no farther

        • sundawg

          Pull the power boot into recovery of you have android go in it and boot your recovery file

  • Nick

    I think the file was removed……..

  • Jim M

    Yeah it's 7:10 here in AZ and that link isn't working 🙁

  • Halcyone

    anyone else download this?

    Is it theeee offical 2.1? any issues with installing?

  • jbfickler

    did it this morning. I was kinda disappointed though… only 3 screens?

    The only good Live wallpaper in my opinion (which isnt too distracting) is “Neutral Network”

    Everything else does run smoother…

  • a1locjaw

    At 7 AM Pacific time, the file above is not on that site..

    PS, are we driven or what? I'm the same way.. hope you get some sleep.

    John

    • DeeMat

      Same issue here.

  • shadrock

    Be Prepared to reinstall Swype … tried the “Swype Fix” of changing the Input method back and forth, but no go; had to do a complete reinstall; also, Live wallpapers does not work with Home++ … until they fix it, that is …

    • jmonte345

      I didn't have to reinstall Swype. Works great.

  • stasi824

    Not worth the wait at all!! dont even have the 3d icon thing.. now i cant even go back to 2.0.1 and root my phone

    • If you read this site before you should have known…

      • stasi824

        Well i did but i didnt think it would be soo blaa