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Video: Installing a Custom ROM Using SPRecovery

Sorry to leave everyone hanging last night after posting the video tutorial on how to flash SPRecovery to your stock 2.1 Droid, but I wanted to wait to post this video until today to catch a broader audience.  Today’s video will walk you through step-by-step on how you can boot into SPRecovery and load basically any custom ROM you want without actually having root.  What is also fantastic, is that after you flash over a new ROM, you will have 2.1 root assuming you’ve chosen a 2.1 ROM.

So here we go!  Let’s get everyone on a custom 2.1 ROM and rooted…

*Warning* – The process we are about to layout is extremely risky.  If you choose to do this, we are not liable should you brick your phone or cause any sort of permanent damage.  If you do harm to your phone, please do not email us asking for help as you have already been warned and accept all risk involved. Cheers!

Initial steps…

1.  You have to follow the steps from yesterday on flashing SPRecovery using RSD Lite.

2.  You need to find a custom ROM that you would like installed.  In the video I’ve chosen the ROM that I’ve been using over the last week called JRummy’s Remix which is based off of CyanogenMod 5.0.5.7.  It’s a fantastic ROM.

3.  I used the “update.zip” method of installing a custom ROM in this video.  This process will work for any ROM which has the option of installing using an update.zip file.  Here is a list of similar ROMs to the one I have in the video…

4.  If you find a ROM which will only allow the Nandroid backup method, this video should help you out.

Video instructions…

Step-by-step instructions…

1.  Update and backup any files you wish to restore, this will wipe /data.
2.  Download your ROM of choice and rename to update.zip.
3.  Place the ROM on the root of your sdcard.
4.  Reboot into recovery mode (hold the power and “x” button at the same time).
5.  Choose “Wipe data/factory reset”.
6.  Choose “Wipe cache partition”.
7.  Choose “Install”.
8.  Choose “Allow update.zip installation”.
9.  Choose “Install /sdcard/update.zip (deprecated)”.
10.  Reboot and you will have to add your Google accounts again.
11.  Done!  Enjoy!

*Note 1* – Keep in mind that you can flash one of the ROMs listed above which will give you 2.1 plus root access and if you do not like it, download ROM Manager and change to whatever you’d like.  There is also a 2.1 stock ROM with root available in ROM Manager.

Questions?  As always, drop them in the comments so that we can all take a shot at answering them!

  • Lanningkelsie

    Can u help my droid died will put sp on and know it will not read my charger

  • Yellows_and_m

    I had the same thing happen. By putting the update.zip on my sdcard from a computer and following from step 4 I was able to get my phone to boot

  • Trendkill84

    dont name it update.zip like everyone says.
    Just update it worked for me!!!

  • Trendkill84

    dont name it update.zip like everyone says.
    Just update it worked for me!!!

  • Dan

    how do create a back up for my files and apps and contacts

  • Ttrek2020

    I downloaded froyo 2.2 for my droid and install it.. it worked fine then I wanted to root my phone and followed the video.. after completion of all the steps my phone would boot up for a few minutes then would shut off and finally got into a boot reboot cycle.. it was a brick. I had to replace my droid.. any suggestions?

    • Yellows_and_m

      I had the same thing happen. By putting the update.zip on my sdcard from a computer and following from step 4 I was able to get my phone to boot

  • bryan

    everytime i rename the file it says “if you change the file name extension, the file may become unusuable” anyone got any ideas about whats going on or should i just ignore this?

    • Chris Nimon

      just rename it update, windows is known for adding the .zip. too many .zip's and it wont read it.(p.s. DON'T unzip it first)

  • Imabeautifulloser

    can I follow these same steps and load the bb froyo update v1 im still new to this but i want to run on the 2.2 system

    thanks Hooligan

  • Ricks69l78

    did the 2.1 root and then downloaded rom manager premium and installed ultimate droid new era 1.0.0 which is really sweet but now i don't have the superuser ninja icon and all my rooted apps don't like setcpu,titanium backup,metamorph and so on so can someone tell why i lost my rooted 2.1.

  • Kingfighterx

    i get E:Can't open /sdcard/update.zip
    (no such file or directory)
    Installation aborted
    whenever i try the install, what can i do to fix this?

    • Ruddy

      try naming it just update..

      same thing happened to me and that way it worked just fine

  • Jake (Digital)

    So the download links for the ROMs are absolutely useless considering that they're invalid. I would appreciate you updating the links to actually download them given that this is an absolutely wonderful, vivid tutorial how to get the mod that I really would love to have on my Droid. I appreciate your work, but when you come so far just to get shot down by a broken download link, it's something so frustrating that my word cannot express. Please fix it so I can get the custom ROM

  • http://www.facebook.com/RoyR80 Roy Rader

    LINKS ARE BAD, sorry to shout. :-(
    (for ROMS)

  • tim

    i keep putting the update.zip on my sdcard and everytime i try to install it from recovery mode it comes up instatllation aborted no such file or directory

  • Walter Talley48

    I did did the standard rom install can i now do the custom one also

  • Enrique Alcoser

    Hey guys I have a question.
    I used SPRecovery to install my custom ROM and now Im tired of being rooted and I want to go back to stock,especially since the 2.2 is coming soon.
    How do you do this?

  • JacobXDM40

    where do i go to download the JRummy Remix custom ROMs? i thought that i downloaded one but every time i go through the step to install the update.zip file it says aborted

  • DJ

    For those trying to use the stock 2.1 rooted from the root video kellex showed, I found using the bekit kernels do NOT work with it. I tried all of them from ROM manager. Easy fix though I used a P3Droid Kernel from ROM manager and it works brilliantly. I dont know if it has been covered but I thought this would be useful for people who do not want a custom Rom just the stock 2.1 rooted overclocked.

  • Shai

    trying to root..gained access to sprecovery but getting E:CANT MOUNT SDCARD:update.zip i renamed the 2.1 rooted rom of choice to just “update” w/o the .zip bc I know it is already recognized by phone as zip file and I have tried many diff files the same way I keep getting denied..I just got my new phone yesterday could it be that now everything is blocked or what?

    • http://www.facebook.com/djteche Dillon James Edmondson

      I had the same problem, seems to be something trippin' with SPrecovery? I re-flashed SPrecovery >right before< installing update.zip and it worked for me

  • scott

    Make sure that when you rename the file update that you do not include the “zip” part. It will automatically determine that it is a zip file.

  • wicked5156

    hey. im having a little problem. im trying to install a new rom, i put the update.zip file in the root of my memory card. when i go to install it, it just aborts. it says that the file does not exist. what should i do?

  • ross

    in the install, when i get to varification, it tells me it is unable to find the file or there is no such file in the directory. but, on the sd card when i plug in, it is clearly there. I tried using jrummy, blue and cyan and ised jzip and winrar. Help please

  • wgpeter

    I'm sure this is user error. I followed all the steps as you went through it and ended up (3rd time now) with E:Can't Open /sdcard/update.zip
    (bad)
    Installation aborted

    Any Help would be awesome! Great site and love the posts by all. Thanks!

  • shelbski

    now what do you do to have a wifi tether?

  • enriqueA

    Hey guys I have a serious question.
    I used SPRecovery and everything is great but with Froyo coming out soon should I return back to stock?
    Please help thanks.

  • Ryan

    i want to root but im scared that im going to brick my phone.

  • scott

    okay, I get this error when trying to install a simplystunning rom:
    install from sdcard
    Finding update package…
    opening update packate…
    verifying update package…
    E:Can't open /sdcard/update.zip
    (No such file or directory)
    Installation aborted.

    Any ideas? I changed the name to update.zip and placed it in the root of the sdcard (not in any folder)

  • wgpeter

    Please Help!! I just went through the steps and half way through the “Install /sdcard/update.zip” it tells me “Installation aborted” What now?? Thanks!

  • WhiteNoise

    worked flawlessly…A++ thanks so much!

  • Chris

    I got all the way to the last step of installing the ROM, using update.zip but it said Installation aborted. Can't open sdcard/update.zip Please help.

  • droiddev

    This was a great post – thank you so much! This site is one of the best out there!

  • Sanitroc

    okay so i just renamed the file “update” as apposed to “update.zip” and it seems to work! WOOT! XD

  • Sanitroc

    Do I unzip or extract the ROM?
    I ask because when I try to install the unextracted/unzipped renamed to update.zip ROM placed in the sdcard root; it does not work. ='( I have followed the steps. I am here because I had stock 2.1 but changed 2.1 sprecovery. Suggestions as to why it will not work?

  • Sanitroc

    Do I unzip or extract the ROM?
    I ask because when I try to install the unextracted/unzipped renamed to update.zip ROM placed in the sdcard root; it does not work. ='( I have followed the steps. I am here because I had stock 2.1 but changed 2.1 sprecovery. Suggestions as to why it will not work?

  • FRANK

    HELP!!!!! THE UPDATE ABORTED…WHEN I REBOOTED, NOW I CAN'T GET INTO MY GOOGLE ACCOUNT…WHAT DID I DO WRONG…WHAT CAN I DO???

  • Chrisd3

    How do I back up my apps and contacts and all that good stuff? please help thanks!

  • lsxfbodygen3

    Kellex…thank you for all the great write-ups and videos. Ive been reading this site at work just about everyday(shhhh). Im just about to do a custom rom and root. My question is how would I go about backing up my phone before I go and do this. How do I save all my apps, contacts, and etc before I loose it during the root?

  • lsxfbodygen3

    kellex…ive been following this site for a while and decided to finally root my droid and go with a custom rom. Before I do this. Can you tell me again how to backup all my apps and information so I dont lose it when I do a custom rom. Thats the only part I am lost on!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jabril-Davis/1845803827 Jabril Davis

    thankz kellex and all droid lifers im rooted

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jabril-Davis/1845803827 Jabril Davis

    plz help i followed all instructions but it says installation aborted

  • Towelie420

    Im trying to install rom on SPRecovery and it once i click install it says “E:Can't open /sdcard/update.zip
    (No such file or directory)
    Installation aborted

  • Joseph

    I figured out my issue. In fact, it really wasn't an issue of mine at all. The links to the JRummy Themes on this page don't work (at least the Blue one didn't work). I decided to try another custom ROM to see if the JRummy ROM I was working with was the problem. It worked great. I went with a NexTheme that a reader on another forum suggested and it worked without any issues. I'm not crazy about the look of the ROM, though, so I might look around to see if I can find some others than can be loaded using SPRecovery. In any event, the instructions that Kellex provides here are wonderful. If any of you are having issues similar to mine, it's probably due to the update file you're working with being invalid.

    • Towelie420

      SIMILAR PROBLEM HEEEEELLLLPPPP

  • Joseph

    Ok…What have I done wrong here? I followed the previous video and had no issues with getting SPRecovery on my phone. I downloaded the Blue Theme from the link on this page, renamed it update.zip like Kellex says to do in the video, did everything he did and when I went to install it almost immediatly says that the install was aborted. The progress bar goes about 1/5 of the way and stops. I had to back out, use Nandroid backup to restore my phone and I'm back at square one. I'm not sure if this matters, but I'm using Windows Vista and downloaded the JRummy file on here using Internet Explorer. Also, on my phone I've been running Helix Launcher 2. Will either of these things have a negative impact on the ability to load this custom ROM on my phone? Any help you can give me would be much appreciated.

  • Joseph

    Ok…What have I done wrong here? I followed the previous video and had no issues with getting SPRecovery on my phone. I downloaded the Blue Theme from the link on this page, renamed it update.zip like Kellex says to do in the video, did everything he did and when I went to install it almost immediatly says that the install was aborted. The progress bar goes about 1/5 of the way and stops. I had to back out, use Nandroid backup to restore my phone and I'm back at square one. I'm not sure if this matters, but I'm using Windows Vista and downloaded the JRummy file on here using Internet Explorer. Also, on my phone I've been running Helix Launcher 2. Will either of these things have a negative impact on the ability to load this custom ROM on my phone? Any help you can give me would be much appreciated.

    • John

      Hey Joseph,

      I was having this exact same problem just now. I went in and took out the “.zip” extension on the Update and its installing now.

  • Towelie

    From here can you overclock..? how do you get all your apps back?

  • david6184

    hey someone help me. i followed the first video. it gave me a little ninja guy. i cannot install nothing from my SD card. i followed this one and i dunno. do i delete the original update? kellex's video only had the new update.zip but im afraid to forever screw up my phone…HELP!

  • villian1998

    Anybody know why I can't log into my yahoo account anymore?
    But thanks to everybody who posted, it really helped me through the rooting process. Anybody else who is considering it, I recommend you do. Follow Kellex instructions and use Chrome or Firefox to download the ROM you want to start off with and rename it “update” and you will not have any problems.

  • Nathan C.

    the person below was right, if your useing windows explorer to download it, don't rename it update.zip just rename it update. I did this because i was getting errors with using the .zip. I now have the new mod, it is cool keep up the good work.

  • dennie

    hey i just installed cyanagen rom 5.0.6.2 for my droid, and i keep getting a message sayin “the application launcher(process com. android. launcher 2) has stopped unexpectedly please try again”. over an over again what do i do… plz help