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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…

  • http://www.scottwyden.com scottwyden

    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

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  • 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?