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Manually Update DROID Incredible to Android 2.2

Ahhh, the finding of an early morning OTA update.zip file.  My favorite.

So yeah, the “official” Android 2.2 update for the Droid Incredible has been found and is ready for your manual consumption.  It’s a pretty simple process that we’ll assume causes you no pain.  Well maybe a little.


*Note 1*– This is for stock non-rooted users ONLY.

1.  Download the update.zip file from here. (DIRECT FROM GOOGLE.)
2.  Drop the file on the root of your SD card.  (Meaning, don’t put it in any folder.)


3.  Turn your phone off.
4.  Press and hold the Volume Down and Power at the same time to boot into HBOOT.
5.  When the white HBOOT screen appears, use the volume button to move down to “RECOVERY.”
6.  Press the Power button to select “RECOVERY.”
7.  When the triangle and exclamation appears, hold the Volume Up and Power button at the same time.
8.  Using the volume button, scroll down to “apply sdcard:update.zip” and select it.
9.  Your phone will now update!
10.  It could take some time, so be patient.  When it reboots, you are on official 2.2.  Yay!

Via:  XDA Forums

Cheers Android Central for the Google Link!

And cheers to everyone who sent this in!

  • Lavas

    My phone is rooted. Is there a way for me to get the update?

    • Lavas

      I should mention that I tried the “easy way” and there was no update prompt.

  • CraigC

    “1. Download the update.zip file from here. (DIRECT FROM GOOGLE.)
    2. Drop the file on the root of your SD card. (Meaning, don’t put it in any folder.)”

    Do you mean download the file to my desktop, unzip it, and transfer it to the phone via USB? I did the first part, but when I plugged in the phone, I didn't get a menu, and didn't know how to acquire one.

  • CraigC

    Can you please explain this a little better?

    “1. Download the update.zip file from here. (DIRECT FROM GOOGLE.)
    2. Drop the file on the root of your SD card. (Meaning, don’t put it in any folder.)”

    Do you mean download it to my desktop, unzip it, and transfer it to the phone with a USB cable? I did the first part and plugged the phone in to my PC, but then I didn't get a menu, and didn't know how to acquire one.

  • Johnsmith

    First off, ensure that you have the Stock 2.1 ROM with first OTA, it WILL NOT work otherwise.
    software/Build version will read as the following: 1.22.605.2…if it is 1.22.605.0, the update wont work…please go here to update it http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=7933281#post7933281

    • Johnsmith

      Also when it gets to the red eye it might look like it froze it could take up to 15 minutes on the first boot. don't pull your battery. Just let it run.

  • martyen

    i cant get in to the hboot. i dont know how?

  • Mike H

    When I get to recovery, it says “E:Can't open /cache/recovery/command” and then when I try to install the update from the SD card it starts going, says it's verifying, etc, but then after a few seconds says “E:Error in /sdcard/update.zip (status 7) Installation aborted”

    Anyone else having this issue? I'm wondering if it may be because it was rooted and then I unrooted to get the update?

    I actually received the OTA and my phone froze trying to get the update, which I assumed was due to the root, so I unrooted and have since been unable to get another shot at an OTA and neither of the files from here seem to be working… Any input would be appreciated.

  • got it to work was on build/software 1.22.605.0 and needed 1.22.605.2 for the update to install correctly…. Seems to be working fine now update in a few minutes….

    • kenny

      Hey Victor this might sound dumb, but I also have build/software 1.22.605.0, how did you update it to 1.22.605.2?

  • i can't get it to work it keeps aborting it says
    E:Can't open / cache/recovery/command

    — Intstall fro sdcard…
    Finding update package…
    Opening update package…
    Verifying update package…
    Installing update…
    assert failed: file_getprop(“/system/build.prop”
    , “ro.build.fingerprint”) == “verizon/inc/inc/in
    file_getprop (“/system/build/prop”, “ro.bu
    ild.fingerprint”) == “verizon_wwe/inc/inc/inc:2.
    E:Error in /sdcard/update.zip
    (Status 7)
    Installation aborted.

    Can someone please help me and tell me what it is i am doing wrong tried several times and it's still not working. So frustrated.

  • NYC_DINC_luva

    IS anyone else having issues with their FM Radio no longer working after the update to 2.2?

    • NYC_DINC_luva

      Figured out the problem – if you have FM Radio problems, then go to Settings>Applications>Manage Applications>All>FM Radio then hit 'Clear Data'

  • Ron

    I tried the “easy” method of going to settings–>about phone–>check for system updates, and it didn't work…my phone told me it d/l 2.2, then it didn't and kept saying system updated even tho the firmware info said 2.1 !!! However, doing the HBOOT method worked great 🙂

  • Donangelo1218

    its not fuckn working

  • Will it void your warranty or Insurance protection plan on the phone.

  • johnnydangerous

    Ok so here's the thing. I started off rooted with an upgraded radio and s-off. I would've downloaded a custom 2.2 ROM but I really didn't want to do a full wipe and lose everything (I understand I could've backed up and restored afterwards but I'm difficult and didn't want to do that), so I waited. I wound up receiving the ota from Verizon and just kept it there. Froyo was looking at me in the face and laughing. I know I couldn't update to froyo with the radio already updated because well, I like having a phone that works. So I made a titanium back up, downgraded the radio and did a full wipe back to factory. Loaded clockworkmod since I have my s-off and restored using titanium, so now I'm halfway to my goal. Of course in the wipe, I lose the ota that was ever so patiently waiting for me. So I decide to try this. Now I know it says that this is for stock non-rooted, is that because you have to go into the stock recovery? And is there any other way to get official froyo on my phone?

    • johnnydangerous

      Oh and btw when I tried to manually update froyo, it would say installing update, and then

      assert failed: file_getprop(” /system/build.prop”, “ro.build.fingerprint”) == “verizon/inc/inc/inc:2.1-update1/ERE27/161494: user/release-keys”

      File_getprop (“/system/build.prop” , “ro.build.fingerprint”) == “verizon_wwe/inc/inc/inc:2.2/FRF91/231334: user/release-keys”

      Any ideas guys?

  • Sp245

    downgraded twice and tried the update everything on the phone is gone but still cant do the upgrade keep getting the message ,E: cant open catch , help anyone please

  • followed the instructions above …applied the update, it went through all the steps of updating/unpacking/etc …it rebooted and now it shows the HTC logo and a % indicator ….it'll reach 100% and then just reboot and do the same thing over and over again.

    Any ideas? Please help!

  • dirtyjeep

    Worked for me.

  • Geographydude

    2.2 for my Dinc Thanks!

  • Myvern

    is anyone having trouble with some applications not working right? Adobe slow speech and the swype keyboard not working

  • Mik1071

    I have seen a bunch of comments on people disliking the Amazon MP3 app, VZ Navigator app, Skype and a few others. If I download the update, extract it to my pc and look at the install files (updatesystemapp) can I delete those programs, recompress it and run the update without those files? Has anyone tried this?

  • Jfricke1188

    2.2 just hit my phone in Santa Clarita, Ca, whats with the MR2 software?

  • Max

    got my OTA at 12am on the dot last night, no manual update for me. ATX

  • Ronaldbice

    I've tried both ways to update but i just get an error message, my dinc is stock and i don't get why it doesn't work

  • donotdoit

    Unfortunately it did work. Had root and S-off. Now still have root, but can't revert back to 2.1. If being able to customize your phone matters, do not install. As of now, I'm stuck with additional bloatware, more memory occupied, and no way to undo.

  • Hefendaz

    I just followed these directions and it worked fine. The file may be named correct when you download it, update.zip then just follow the directions above. Write them down and do each step as it says, took longer to download the file than it did to update the software. Thanks.

  • nononono

    I warn everyone to stay away from the manual update – I applied it and my phone got stuck in a continuous loop. The update would get to 97% and then reboot, over and over. I had to restore the whole phone from backup.

    • that's exactly what is happening to me also.

  • Mr. Incred

    It works but not everything comes across. E.g. the three icons on the front of the screen, did not show up. The new contacts did not show up. The rest of it looks like it did. Anyone else have the same problem? Will the OTA still come through regardless? Any thoughts on how to have everything Froyo is supposed to have?

  • Prudenciow

    Yes……….My Incredible is updating right now………..so, for whatever reason I ended up putting the update.zip in my internal memory, reason why I got my error messages, and after close examination, I remember that I have a 2 gig sd card not the 6.77gig that the disk drive I was using showed, lol…………..so I moved it, and is now working like a charm, can't wait for the update to be done…………Thanks for everyone's help. And to the forum………I definitely couldn't wait anymore.

  • DIncredible

    Is anyone else still experiencing the 2.1 camera interface? i have 720p, and the buttons rotate, but it doesnt have the new camera buttons or updated gallery app.


    There are examples of what it should look like. I'd be interested to see if anyone has this after the manual update.

    • Cybil66

      I sitll have the old camera also.

  • Prudenciow

    It won't install in my Incredible!!!! please help……..followed all instructions. Right off the get go it says, E:Can't open /cache/recovery/command

    Install from sdcard…
    finding update package…
    opening update package…
    Verifying update package…
    E:failed to open /sdcard/update.zip (No such file or directory)
    E:signature verification failed
    Installation aborted.

    Anyone?…….I was really excited about this but my Incredible is giving me Incredible emotional pain right about now, lol………Thanks

  • bdogg

    perfect,…worked great thanks!

  • mike dobak

    did everything, downloaded it, took forever, then is said aborting install

  • Jfricke1188

    when is the 2.2 going to hit california? how does the process work

  • Rats

    Can't get any of the ideas I've seen on this thread to work on my phone – file renaming, clicking up & down vs. holding up and down, Going into Home/Settings/About Phone, etc.

    • Rats

      Finally. Instead of clicking volume up and down simultaneously, I clicked volume up and power simultaneously at the / ! symbol. Now loading as I write this.

  • Mkoyerp

    I used this option and it worked like a charm. Viva le Dos.Dos

  • my only question now is, after downloading this and updating manually, will be be able to get the OTA update when the next one comes I.E. gingerbread or honeycomb

  • Jsnvargas8

    im manually updating my inc as we speak but i have one question, if i manually updated for this update would i have to manually update for every update after 2.2 or will i still be able to recieve ota updates? im new to this so please don't bash on me if this has already been asked. thanks.

    • lol nice i had the same question, I think it has been asked b4 also but cant find it.

  • Clark72985

    When i get to the triangle with an exclamation mark screen i hold down the 2 volume keys like im supposed to and still nothing happens. I followed the directions. Downloaded file renamed it update and put it in the root of my sd. Does anyone have any idea whats wrong?

    • Thomas_lant_rrt

      dont hold them down just make sure you click them at the same time like you would in a video game,

  • ladyITlaw

    Try switching to WiFi and turn off Verizon 3G. I just switched to Wifi before trying to follow these instructions to manually do it and before i could even finish typing in the URL a screen popped up saying a new update is available do I want to install.

  • QuadFather

    Can anyone confirm that they've received the new camera USER INTERFACE?

    NOTE: I am NOT talking about new capabilities, like 720p recording and camera rotation – I can confirm that this update.zip includes those updates. I am talking about the way the camera controls look and are arranged.

    Can anyone confirm that their camera UI is different from the 2.1 UI after manually updating to 2.2? Or does this update.zip file merely give you more options rather than a new UI?

    • Thomas_lant_rrt

      From Android 2.2 site what changed as far as Camera
      Camera and camcorder
      •Changes to camera preview API to improve efficieny of preview pipeline.
      •New display orientation for camera (it can now work in portrait orientation).
      •New APIs in android.hardware.Camera for managing zoom level.
      •New APIs android.hardware.Camera.Parameters for querying and setting device camera settings such as focal length, exposure, zoom level, view angle, and others.
      •New thumbnail utility for video and image thumbnails.
      •New CamcorderProfile and CamcorderProfile classes enable apps to determine device hardware camera capablities.
      •New support in android.media.ExifInterface for retrieving GPS and focal length.

      As far as I am concerned I am saying all that is there. I dont see what you are talking about.

  • Steve Dub


    I'm pretty sure I found a bug. When I try to view my pictures they don't all load. When I click on one to view it, my phone gets suck and I have to pull the battery to re-start it. Lame.

    • Thomas_lant_rrt

      make sure you have either your pics on the SD card or the phone memory. I only have 103 pics and after having read your post I looked at mine and I did it fast from 103 to 1 and they all loaded and very quickly. I have all my pics on SD card.

  • Thomas_lant_rrt

    Guys I dont know who else went through this but I did upgrade to 2.2 and last night I went to sleep with 90% battery and I woke up with 30%, did android kill my battery in just 7 hours? I know about app killer and everything else I make sure I always do that and before android 2.2 my battery going to sleep would be 100% and when I woke up would be 95%. That is a huge difference, but I am did notice that my battery is taking longer to charge too, it use to charge in under an hour now it takes over 2 hours. I am chalking up the first night as maybe somethings were updating themself under the new OS, so we'll see and I will be sure to come back and comment on it tomorrow. Is anyone else having the battery drain the first day?

    • Thomas_lant_rrt

      Just to let you all know I was at 100% and after unplug from wall in under 10 mins it went from 100 to 92% on stand by. I will be downloading the downgrade and if my phone does not make it as long as it use to I will be downgrading back to 2.1 no OS is worth such a drop in battery. GL to you all.

    • my battery took almost 1 hour to recharge at 60% when it normally takes like 30 mins to fully charge from about 20%

    • Cybil

      I am having the same problem… went from 100% to 95% in 5 minutes and takes forever to charge.

  • Kevdogg4

    I KEEP getting ERROR IN SD CARD UPDATE.ZIP!!!! Can anyone help?? I follow steps exactly. I was able to the ota update a few months ago that gave me the boot up animation and 720 video. So why is this one not working??

    • Thomas_lant_rrt

      hmmmm maybe you got the test version, look in your software if you got the 720p maybe you already have 2.2

  • Nateand

    Have they figured out how to root the dinc running 2.2?

    • Mrpicolas

      No not yet give it some time

  • my camera interface works fine, seems to be just you and the one other guy…

    • QuadFather

      It works for me too, but it's the 2.1 interface. Let me ask you one question: do you access your camera settings from the right or left side of your screen?

  • Tmo1604

    ok so ive tried installing it manually 3 times now. every time after i hit “apply sdcard:update.zip” it starts but it says, “:no file in directory, installation aborted”….. any suggestions?

  • QuadFather


    Myself and one other person in this discussion have confirmed that the camera interface has not changed in this update. The screen rotates all directions and you can record video in 720p, but the interface was one of the big updates we were supposed to see with the Android 2.2 update.

    So, unless the 2.2 update for the HTC Incredible officially omits the update to the camera UI, then I am doubtful as to whether this update.zip file truly is identical to the official OTA update for the Incredible.

    Anyone know how to return to 2.1-update1 after manually installing this update.zip?

    • why do you think this is not the offical… it did come from google…

      • QuadFather

        I thought I just explained this …
        Just because it's from google doesn't mean it's final. Keep in kind that this isn't an officially released file. Also keep in mind that it seems to be missing an important 2.2 feature.

    • Thomas_lant_rrt

      My camera is fine I just tested out everything and the 720p recording works fine. I am not too sure what you are talking about. I did this update last night and I am happy as long as the battery corrects itself. it takes longer to charge (which may be a good thing if it last longer), but last night after the update my battery dropped from 90 to 30 in 7 hours of standby…..?? does that make sense and yes I know about app killer….

      • QuadFather

        Ok people, please read what I said … The new capabilities work fine (recording in 720p, rotating the phone) … It's the new 2.2 USER INTERFACE that's missing … you know, the one that expands from the right side of the screen, the one that's supposed to make one-handed operation of the camera possible …

        Why does nobody understand what I'm talking about? Can anyone confirm that their Incredible has been updated to the new camera INTERFACE?

        • Thomas_lant_rrt

          do you only have one hand? I can take a pic fine with one hand already you just aim and push the button. I really have no clue what you are taking about the phone is generally better I think you are looking for everything that was promised and in real life you never get everything they promise. The bulk of the the good is there. If you dont like it reset it.

  • RodLS

    I got my droid in the mail yesterday and an hour later i undated to 2.2. Everything worked fine and its easy.

  • Ted

    does this version contain Adobe Flash? I can't seem to figure out if it does or not.

    • Thomas_lant_rrt

      yes it does it comes preinstalled with flash, if you load it onto your computer and win RAR the file you can see the flash player installs from the update itself.

  • well it worked with ease for me, it took about 20 mins from start to finish, be patient, and THANK YOU Droid_Life, and Google =)

  • webco

    I tried this using the above instructions to the letter and it installed with no problems! I have not tried any of the features yet… It took a long time to reboot but the first icon I noticed when I looked into the phone was 3G Mobile Hotspot!

    Thank you Droid Life! And good luck to everyone else…screw Apple…and vzw OTA waiting games….