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Another Android 2.2 FRG22D Rooting Method for the Motorola DROID

After posting rooting instructions for rooting your Motorola Droid running Froyo FRG22D this morning using adb and the Android SDK, we are getting the feeling that many of you would rather use an RSD Lite method instead and decided to bring you a guide for that as well.  This method will look familiar to those that went through our 2.1 rooting guide, but we’ve adapted it to work with some new files that have emerged.  Have fun!

This guide adapted from our 2.1 rooting guide which is a source for any issues you may run into.

All credit goes to MotoCache1 for the files and awesomeness!

*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!

Full rooting instructions after the jump!  

*Note 1* – So we are clear, this is for Motorola Droid users running stock Android 2.2.

*Note 2* – This is for PC users only.

*Note 3* – This will not work on the Motorola Milestone.

Step 1:

Flashing SPRecovery onto your device: The first and most important step is to use a program called RSD Lite to flash/install the SPRecovery image onto  your phone.  This recovery will replace the stock Android recovery image and allow you to gain root access to your phone.  This step does not root your device, but it does take you to the next step which will.

*Note 4* – For a general video overview of flashing an SBF file in RSD Lite, check out this.

1.  Download the SPRecovery SBF file:  MC1_A855_1282081087_Recovery-Onl..sbf
2.  Place the file somewhere other than your desktop.

DO NOT RENAME OR ATTEMPT TO UNZIP OR ANYTHING.

3.  Download the correct Motorola USB drivers and install to your PC.  (32-bit)  (64-bit)

32-bit for a 32-bit Windows OS and 64-bit for a 64-bit Windows OS.  To find out what your Windows OS is, go to Control Panel>System and it will tell you.

4.  Download and install RSD Lite 4.6.  (Download Link)
5.  Connect your phone to a USB and your PC and turn it off.
6.  Open RSD Lite (run as administrator).
7.  Slide open your keyboard, hold up on the d-pad, then the power button for 5 seconds and release.

Your phone should then boot to a black screen which is your bootloader.

8.  Click the … next to the filename box and browse to where you saved MC1_A855_1282081087_Recovery-Onl..sbf.
9.  Double click and open the file.
10.  Click “start” and allow the SPRecovery SBF to flash.  This should not take long.
11.  Watch for “rebooting your phone” and do d-pad up before the phone boots to “catch the boot” and come right back into the bootloader.
12.  Close RSD Lite and disconnect your phone.  You now have SPRecovery installed on your Droid.
13.  Proceed to STEP 2.

Step 2:

Rooting your device: You are now ready to flash a simple “update.zip” file in SPRecovery which will give you root access to your phone.  Remember that you now have SPRecovery as the recovery image on your device after flashing the SBF file in the last section.

*Note 5* – For an instructional video which shows a general overview of this process, head here.

1.  Download this file and place on the root of your SD card. (Meaning, do not put it in a folder.)
2.  Reboot into recovery mode (Turn off then hold the power and “x” button at the same time).
3.  Choose “Install.”
4.  Choose “Allow update.zip installation.”
5.  Choose “Install /sdcard/update.zip (deprecated).”
6.  The update.zip will now be installed.
7.  When it finishes, select reboot.
8.  When your phone boots up, you will be rooted!
9.  Enjoy!

Other Info:

Overclocking: If you are interested in overclocking your device, you can find some general information about it at this post.

Root-Only Apps: Here is a list of apps worth checking out that work once you have root access.  Trust me when I say that these will make your phone that much more amazing…

  • SetCPU: App used to overclock your device.
  • Root Explorer: File manager that lets you browse every file on your Droid.
  • ROM Manager: The easiest way to install new ROMs.
  • ShootMe and Drocap2:  Screen shot apps.
  • Barnacle Wifi Tether: App for wifi tethering your Droid.
  • LEDs Hack: Gives you control over your LED soft-keys.
  • MetaMorph: Allows you to install custom themes.
  • Titanium Backup: For making custom backups including your apps.

Let us know if you run into any issues! Our IRC support channel is also live!

  • Mhanda45

    I have heard great things about rooting. I'm excited about extending my battery life and speed increase which is why I want to root. However I'm worried about some of my programs like NFL Mobile. I watch football on it every Sunday. I hear people have to pay $10 a month to watch live football now but since I'm grandfathers claused in I dont. I do not want to upgrade if I lose such grandfathers clauses. I think Shazaam is another program that people have to pay for now. Any suggestions?

  • Serum186

    Is there a post for returning to stock 2.2 from rooted?

  • Patriotvirus

    Don't forget to Choose “Allow update.zip installation.” when boot up in recovery then Choose “Install /sdcard/update.zip (deprecated).” I had the same prob and forgot to allow update.zip installtion

  • Patriotvirus

    Don't forget to Choose “Allow update.zip installation.” when boot up in recovery then Choose “Install /sdcard/update.zip (deprecated).” I had the same prob and forgot to allow update.zip installtion

  • Patriotvirus

    Don't forget to Choose “Allow update.zip installation.” when boot up in recovery then Choose “Install /sdcard/update.zip (deprecated).” I had the same prob and forgot to allow update.zip installtion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/luckyxlindy Lindsay Dastrup

    YAYYY… Thought it ruined my sd card at first but did it second time NO PROB. Was awesome! WANNA DO IT AGAINNN lolol THANK U!!

  • Ashin220

    i get up to instruction 7 in step 1. For some reason my phone does not show up in the device properties. Please help

    • Ashin220

      nevermind. I forgot about the drivers, duh. Sorry

  • Dustinwillard83

    hey when im rebooting into the recovery menu to install the update im getting a picture with a trianle with a “!” in it next to a droid??? any ideas

  • Shazam Itttt

    so i installed the sbf file but when i go to try to get to recovery mode i just get a triangle with an exclamation point and a picture of the phone. why wont it go into recovery?

  • Mapleshosho

    I installed the SPRecovery onto my phone. Then on Step 2, after I put the “Update.zip” file onto my SD card, then I rebooted and when I clicked on apply:sdcard:update.zip it like aborted it. Help?!

  • TM20

    I cannot install RSD lite. When i download RSD light and open it, it asks me to specify which program i want to use to open it. Which program should i use?

  • EWOK0

    i have booted into recovery mode and have the update.zip file on my phone and clicked apply update and i get an error and says cannot find file, but its on the root of my sd card

  • Patriotvirus

    I didn't do #11 on Step 1. Does this mean I have to do Step 1 again?

    • Patriotvirus

      I rooted my droid1

  • Bflores05

    I can't seem to load RSD lite. Do I need a specific program to open it?

  • DrClaw

    Hello,

    I am stuck on Step 2.2. I installed SPRecovery successfully according to RSD Lite. However when I try to boot into recovery mode I get a picture of my phone and a ! inside of a triangle. The phone no longer responds and I have to pull out the battery to turn it off. However it can still boot normally.

    I have done manual updates before using an update.zip so this worries me that I am no longer able to boot into this mode.

    • DrClaw

      I was able to boot into recovery. I had 'caught' the post SPRecovery boot before and gotten a 'PASS' from RSD Lite but had to do it twice more to get it to take. My advice is to hold the up button on the keyboard immediately after hitting 'start' on RSD Lite.

      Now… time for some fun.

  • nick

    I couldn't get it to work. The start button was grayed out, then i moved the spr recovery file to my c:drive and renamed it something shorter, but the flash failed. What is going on?

  • Dale

    I like this meathod a lot better but i was reading through the instructions and i noticed STOCK 2.2 my phone has updated to 2.2 FRG22D it came out of the box with 2.0.1 update will this work with this phone

  • BS

    when i update this phone to 2.2 does this become the new stock or what do you mean by stock

  • afrank_86

    So i have been having problems with my phone. i have been rooted since day one of getting my phone. I got the bright idea to put one of the stock images on and when it booted up it downloaded the over the air update. now it sitting at a stock phone but it has superuser on there and wont let me do anything. I have been trying to reroot it but it keeps telling me “E: signature verification failed. Installation aborted”. I have been trying to get the superuser off of there but i cant get into my root explorer.

  • LuisAngel714

    does this method give u new recovery breaker giving you life long access to actually enjoying so many of the hidden secrets on your Droid device????

  • Tonee187

    if i root will i be able to unroot my d1?

  • ConfusedDroidLover

    Okay, so I still have not rooted and want to know, who has rooted their Droid 1 FRG22D using the instructions above? Once you did it, and the phone boots up, is everything the same except that there is a new “Superuser” app, or does the system appear fresh and all apps have to be redownloaded and the phone reactivated using *228? Basically, if I root, will my phone boot up the same way and load my 5 home screens, live wallpaper, gmail account, and Verizon service the same way prior to root??

    Thank you in advance!

    • afrank_86

      everything will be the same. the superuser app lets you change your phone and use other programs. download ROM manager to get custom ROMs, setCPU will let you overclock and you can use Rootexplorer to change boot loaders and delete apps you dont want. Its not hard just mess around with it

  • Andrew Per3

    I can't run as admin on vista 64, even going to options and advanced the check box is grayed out, when I hit start RSD says failed. I am running Froyo 2.2 FRG22D on my phone. Does anyone have suggestions on how to fix this?

    • Andrew Per3

      I found the answer in another forum. Open the install folder (for me it was: C:Program Files (86)MotorolaRSDliteSDL right clicking on SDL gives me the run as admin option) worked perfectly and am now rooted!

  • Padawan

    Just take your time and it works thanks again guys for the freedom of root once again.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QYTBOQDNZ5MEX5ITFGOYYDYMBE Tramaine

    what if i rooted my phone back when it had 2.1 and then flashed back to stock 2.2. Can I use the rsl that i already have to root 2.2?

  • Millerjsn1

    worked great

  • spiral_out

    I rooted about 6 months ago and was enjoying the rooted life… then bam got frg22d somehow and lost root.

    I just used this method to get my beloved root back and it appeared to work as usual but when my phone reboots, it asks me to activate my phone. Once I do, I am greeted by a bunch of force closes of android processes and the black screen of death. I think I am gonna start all over but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions.

  • Ken Long4

    I have run the SPRecovery SBF file: MC1_A855_1282081087_Recovery-Onl..sbf file, now how do I know if it took, I did the x and power and came up with the triangle.

    • Andrew Per3

      that means it didn't take. You have to “catch” the reboot (when in RSD it says rebooting phone) basically hold the up key right after you press start on RSD and you will catch the reboot. then wait for RSD to say it is finished. Then you can do x and power and a custom boot loader will come up with a gold droid in the middle of the screen.

  • http://twitter.com/DeadEconomist Adam Smith

    Signature verification failed when trying to apply the update. What gives?

  • Sgtguthrie

    So would this remove all my apps? Also, if you flash back to factory defaults later is SPRecovery removed from your device?

    • Sgtguthrie

      Sorry, I'm a newbie to rooting, I figured it out on my own. Thanks for the instructions!!! Between these instructions and “Root droid 1 regardless of OS” over on droidforums.net I had no problem rooting! THANKS AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

  • Aarong

    I have done the steps you listed and all was going good until I tried to install the update.zip I downloaded from your link. The Verification failed so the update was aborted. Was there something I may have missed?

  • Aarong

    I have done the steps you listed and all was going good until I tried to install the update.zip I downloaded from your link. The Verification failed so the update was aborted. Was there something I may have missed?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ffej123 Jeffrey Laseur

    ok i really need help ive done everythign right.. ive done this many times befor. but for some reason when i wanna unroot for certin reasons to reroot (phone back to normal for a while) i do everythign have all the right drivers and rsd lite and the sbf file in adn everythign ready… i go to click start except its grayed out (its liek the button isint even there)

    in the botom part it says

    model port no. port type imei/esn/meid status
    se flash omap 3430 MI 1 usb N/A connected

    please help me i need to unroot then re root.. for somereason on accidently downloaded a rom that was stock adn forgot to put super user with it.. adnnwo i cant do anythign adn i still ahve super user and i wanna reroot so i can have everthign back to root normal

    please someone help me please

    comment me back on here ( will check as often as possible.. or email me (the faster way to help me) jeff.laseur@gmail.com

    • http://www.facebook.com/ffej123 Jeffrey Laseur

  • Xzadfor

    how about rooting for Droid 2?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KBSKQSRLR2YH6ZRPAKPM5XDN5A Clayton

    I did a manual update to 2.2 so i already have an update.zip in my sd card and of corse i cant replace it. Can i still root my phone and if so how?

  • Ffhpark

    I'm at step 2, #5.

    after i choose “Install /sdcard/update/zip (deprecated), it quickly lists a bunch of stuff, and at the end, it says:

    “Installation aborted.”

    but the yellow bar on the bottom is still moving, as if completing something. is this fine?

    • Ffhpark

      the yellow bar just finished… and nothing is happening. what should i do??

    • j-

      I am getting this too. It can't mount the sdcard — can't find the correct path. Anyone have a fix for this?

      • digipimp

        Step 2: 4. Choose “Allow update.zip installation.”

        If you don't do this, step 5 will not work

  • BurbankCA

    Can somebody answer the questions other people post? They have legitimate and great questions for us “newbies”. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/aguilacahc007 christian hernandez

    ive done step 1 successfully. But when i move on to step two, i press the power button and “x” as well and my phone goes straight to the screen with the little picture of the droid and the warning triangle sign. Please help

  • GamerSean19

    Is it rooted for good now?

  • http://twitter.com/RobbThundr Robb Manlapaz

    im having the same issue exclamation triangle and device when i reboot into recovery. I press vol up and camera to get to the menu but i dont see any spr settings and load update fails. Any help?

  • Aubbers

    Ok so, heres a question… if i use this method to get root access, will i have to re-setup my phone as if it were new? that is dial into verizon and set everything back up, or will my phone remain the same, but with root access now?

  • http://twitter.com/diamonddave242 Diamond Dave

    I am wondering, instead of going on to Step 2 to root, wouldn't be easier to use Easy Root after flashing? I am still a newbee to all this rooting, flashing, custom ROMS, etc… I have a DROID 1 with 2.2 and the FRG22D version. I'm trying to get back to when I was able to use the wireless tether from above. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Aubbers

    Ok so, heres a question… if i use this method to get root access, will i have to re-setup my phone as if it were new? that is dial into verizon and set everything back up, or will my phone remain the same, but with root access now?

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

      It stays the same, just with root access. Didn't even have to redo my LauncherPro icons. Once you delve into the world or ROMs I believe when you start running into re-activating your phone

  • http://twitter.com/diamonddave242 Diamond Dave

    I am wondering, instead of going on to Step 2 to root, wouldn't be easier to use Easy Root after flashing? I am still a newbee to all this rooting, flashing, custom ROMS, etc… I have a DROID 1 with 2.2 and the FRG22D version. I'm trying to get back to when I was able to use the wireless tether from above. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

      Easy Root doesn't work with FRG22D

  • http://www.facebook.com/FOREVER.PINSTRIPES Jesse Cervantes

    after reading all the comments i got it working rooted my phone and my girls phone thanks guys for all the comments maybe they should edit this page for noobs like me

  • Jessecnyc

    I need a little help after following step 1 could not go into sprecovery any help anyone

  • Steve

    When I boot-to-recovery, get an exclaimation mark surrounded by a triangle over phone image. Does this mean I did not get the SPRecovery properly flashed?

  • http://twitter.com/amp68 Andy Pastuszak

    Once I actually read the instructions properly, I got it to work. Phone is rebooting now!

    • Kika951

      thank you for posting this. I kept getting frustrated. I totally skipped some of the steps on this tutorial. I kept getting the exclamation mark after the second reboot. Now I'm rooted and can tether again. Yay.

  • ava030395

    Can you do this on a imac??

  • Dane Kavanaugh

    so the RSD hangs at 100% and “in progress” and the status says please manually power up this phone. If I try to close RSD it says that the application is currently busy…Whats gpong on with this?

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

      You have to hold up on the D-Pad right when it says “SW Update Complete” on your phone then RSD Lite will show “PASS” and after that you can boot into recovery