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Manually Update Droid Eris to Android 2.1

Sick of waiting around for the Droid Eris and its Android 2.1 update?  Then manually install it!  While I have not actually performed the process below, it has been outlined and proven to work on various sites throughout the Android world.

It should be noted that this will wipe your phone and then install the 2.1 OS.  What exactly does that mean?

  • That you will have to re-download all of your apps from the market.
  • Don’t worry about the paid ones!  They are attached to your Google account.
  • Your contacts are also attached and will re-sync.
  • Your music and photos are all on your SD card and will not be lost.

Update: Users are reporting that this is NOT wiping their apps.  HTC was wrong.  Yay!

Instructions for installation…

1.  Download this file:   Droid Eris 2.1 (alt link)
2.  Rename the file to “update.zip” or just “update” if your PC does not show file extensions.
3.  Drop the file onto the root of your SD card.
4.  Power off your Eris.
5.  Hold the “volume down” button and then power on.
6.  Scroll down to “recovery” and press the power button.
7.  When you see the triangle and exclamation mark, press “power” and “home” at the same time.
8.  Select “apply sdcard:  update.zip” and your phone will load the update.
9.  Once it says “Install from sdcard complete” you are finished.
10.  Official 2.1 for the Eris in the house.

Let us know if you have success or run into any issues!

*Side note* – Anyone have a spare Eris that they want to part with?  I’m looking to add to the Droid family.

Cheers to everyone who sent this in!

  • Shahraj13

    thank you very much. Had trouble updating through Verizon.

  • Jerimiah

    I had the same problem. Press volume_up and power at the same time.

  • Kayla_is_kewl

    i luvv the new update i just upated my Eris!!

  • Angoby

    After updating to 2.1 it seems like it takes 10 sec or so for home/menu/back buttons to respond. Way way way to slow. It's like its still waiting for the screen to load or something.

  • dhaiden

    hey im trying to update my eris (the official one messed up somehow and it is not working). but im having trouble with my home button after i see the triangle and exclamation mark. the button doesnt respond and i can't go any further. someone please help.

    • Jerimiah

      I had the same problem. Press volume_up and power at the same time.

  • tripple60

    does anyone know what happens if the zip file is removed from the sd card, I am trying to put the phone back to 1.5 so I can get 2.1 ota, my phone seems all messed up. Or how do I put it into recovery mode

  • ajavgeek

    I am having trouble installing the update on 2.1 leak (non-root) version. It says “Installing Update” and next “Installation Aborted”

    Not sure where to start the debug process, any clues???


  • Frusrated Droid eris owner!!

    So after this update my phone will every once in a while not ring..it only vibrates when I get a call and then I cant hear anything on line..or cant make a phone call…it is timing it, but cant hear it calling anyone or any noise…very slow to any touch commands while this is happening…anyone else haveing this problem…never happened before the update.
    Also can not change the phone dialer default?? is there going to be a fix for this?

    • Arlene

      Same problem here. Very frustrating to have to power off and on when time is critical.

    • Steve

      I am also having this problem after the update and I noticed that when this happens and I check the task
      manager, that the Amazon MP3 store is running in the background. I tried to uninstall it using obviously the uninstaller and it tells me that it's a system built in app and can't be uninstalled or deleted. Even when I manually kill it with task killer, it eventually just turns itself back on. Don't know if this is part of the problem but, it does seem suspicious.

  • Noniibear

    This did not wipe my phone. 🙂 I do not like the notification telling me the text messages are sent successfully though. It bugs me.

  • Anthony

    This has totally messed my wife phone up. I do I remove it? I've tried going back into recovery but it's different now and pressing home and power at the same time doesn't do anything anymore. Any help would be great. The problems she's having are; she can't make calls without resetting her phone, her camera doesn't work, her clock widget doesn't work at all. I just to take the phone back to stock and wait for update from android.

    • Anthony

      okay, so instead of home and power at the same time it's now volume up and power at the same time while you're in recovery.

  • FinCa

    I downloaded the update to my Droid Eris on Saturday, and very slow ( even slower than before) it also is buggy as hell. It's lagging all the time. It always crashes with Google Voice and Google Goggles. The nav app is great.

  • fant0meris

    Stock 1.5.

    The only thing I don't notice is the Live wallpaper?

  • Jman

    FYI if your contacts get wiped with the 2.1 update, go to settings>accounts and sync> sync now. It'll reload all of your contacts because they were saved to a gmail account when you got your eris.

  • mjccpa

    I downloaded an update this morning (5/17/10). It deleted ALL of my contacts! I had just added some contacts yesterday & did not back them up anywhere, so those are lost. I am very mad!! Frankly, this problem alone causes me to not recommend this phone or platform to anyone.

    • Tom

      How is that even possible? That is unless you turned off sync with gmail… Which would be your fault, not the phone's. I've done full wipe several times and never once had to worry about my contacts, because once I signed in with my google account, my contacts, and recently, with the new CM builds, my apps as well showed up in minutes. Don't blame a great os/product for something you likely caused.

  • is there a way i can go from rooted 2.1 to the official 2.1?

  • hchipley

    I haven't read all the comments and it may have already been addressed, but I am having issues linking my contacts with their facebook pages since the update….any suggestions?

  • josh

    where exactly is the root of my sd card?

  • josh

    do i need to unzip the file before putting it on my sd card?

  • Kair2016

    When I Power on my Eris while holding volume down, i get to a screen with HBOOT FASTBOOT AND RECOVERY. I press the volume button (either up or down) to go to recovery, and i get a picture of a phone with a red triangle and an exclimation mark. I press the home touch button, and power off button, and nothing happens.

    Any Suggestions? I really would like to install 2.1.


  • Matt

    I have a prereleased version of 2.1 on my Eris but its software version is 2.26…etc. But I noticed that the new realeased one is version 2.36…blah blah. I've followed all the steps that have been layed out but when I get to the triangle, I hit the power and home buttons at the same time, and nothing happens. Is there supposed to be a screen changes or haptic feed back from the home button or what's going on? if someone could post a video or explain what I should be looking of feeling for please reply.

  • Doug

    I did it… deleted all my apps but no problems. Not everything works, so when verizo fixxes that will I get that automatically or do I have to do it manually. Did I void my Contract?