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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.


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!

  • Bilbo Baggiepants

    Verified – This process works for 2.2.1 as well. It took me 2 tries, but it's now rooted again 🙂

  • Gyeagley

    Just used this method, so simple it was amazing! Downloaded CyanogenMod and love it! Thanks Droid-Life, you guys ROCK!!!

  • Simianinfernus

    It says I need a SE Flash OMAP3430 MI driver but I have no idea where to get it. Anybody know where?

  • linux user

    You say this method is for PC only, but what you mean is “Windows” only. PC and windows are not the same thing… I have four PC's at home, all running flavours of linux.

  • Samwise Gamgee

    RSD Lite is stuck at “Executed: 0%”. I'm scared.

  • Ronaldflory

    Thanks for your help. I just rooted my moto droid from stock froyo to rooted froyo running BB. It took me several attemps (catching the boot sequence in rsd lite was what i kept missing) to get it right. I think some folks are due some christmas gifts.

  • Godsvenndetta

    when i get try to reboot into recovery i dont see the SP thing all i see is a triangle with a exclamation point in it with a phone sitting underneath it :/ can someone please help me?

  • Dchi436

    When I try to install the sbf file using RSD Lite it tells me it fails. please help

  • Baseballmz11

    When I'm trying to install update.zip i keep getting an error it says:
    –Install for sdcard…
    Finding Update package…
    Opening Update package…
    Verifying update package…
    E:signature verification failed
    Installation aborted

    any advice on how I can fix this so i can finish rooting my Droid

    • Faqbch99

      I am having the exact same issue.. Signature Verification Failed.

    • Dustin

      You probably skipped a step. Before hitting install you have to hit the option above (Allow update.zip install) it’s step 4.

  • Nowetdio45

    where am I suppose to open thee sbf file?

  • In Step two…. between parts two and three… i missed a step that wasnt listed, and my cyanogen mod was cycling trying to boot, so i went back and the part between step two and three, and “CLEARED or used the WIPE DATA option” to clear out factory files and settings ect, and it worked perfect thanks


    Works perfectly no need to return to factory default easy and by far explained thoroughly thank u for an amazing guide

  • Jakepetre231

    This worked great! a few of the links were broken or the servers were down, luckily i got my root on! thanks for all of the help 😀

  • Mdsinger2

    help i followed directions and now it boots with no battery symbol and it wants to force close the process…

  • josh

    does this work for droid 2

  • Stonecoldxlh

    Ok, I should have asked this question before I rooted my phone, but I'd better ask it now before it's too late..

    1) What happens now, if Verizon releases a new version (updates v2.2D to 2.2X), and my phone is setup for auto updating… will it brick my phone?

    2) Is there a documented way to restore my phone back to non-rooted 2.2D if I need to?


  • Kyle Tavu

    it says “failed flashing process

  • ryan

    Um good guide except your update.zip didnt work for me…after I downloaded it from elsewhere everything else went smoothly.

  • Hyduke

    can't boot into recovery mode

  • Moe1199

    every time I try this it says “E:Can't open /sdcard/update.zip
    (no such file or directory)
    Installation aborted. any ideas what is wrong on moto dorid 1 wish 2.2

  • Drewbowski

    Worked like a charm. Good tutorial. Don't forget you can take a backup of the current state before you install the update.zip file inside of the recovery mode. This way there is little fear of “bricking” the device. Thanks again.

  • Rocketsalad

    Says the signature verification failed and won't install update.zip. What's up with that?

  • Smokecrops

    ok help im freaking out, I followed all the steps and I get to the screen with the gold droid and go to install, then allow update.zip installation, then install/sdcard/update.zip(deprecated) and it keeps saying

    can't mount /dev/block/mmcblk0p1 (or /dev/block/mmblk0) no such file or directory E: can't mount SDCARD:update.zip installation aborted

    please please help me

    • Smokecrops

      ok so i got it fixed, maybe this should be included in the directions, If, when you are in the menu with “install” “allow update” and “install update.zip”, you fail to use the volume up/down and camera buttons and instead just use the d-pad and the center d-pad button it gives that error, but if you use the volume and camera buttons it works perfect…weird huh?

  • Ok guys, what about us Mac users wheres the love? I am not a programmer so I would love a simple way to root my Droid 1 version FRG22D. I mean I could learn how to do this the hard way but I really am to lazy (no I really do not have time to sit down and work on a phone for three hours). Anyone know if Easy Root has been updated to work on FRG22D yet?

    • Rocketsalad

      I used Parallels Desktop to emulate Windows XP in order to root my A855 Droid. I used the other method linked above, the Android SDK and adb method. Worked like a charm.

  • fearful

    What's the chance of getting your phone damaged in any way?

  • Jgregory83

    I am dumb as hell and I just rooted mine. Great Guide! Thanks to all who made this possable.

  • Grenadier89

    question for anyone who is willing to answer…
    does the data on the phone have to be wiped to do this? or can you leave all your stuff on when installing the update.zip?
    if you do have to wipe your phone, how do you get all your data and apps back on more simply than installing everything again 1 by 1?

    • Chris Nimon

      I use the AppBrain app with the Fast Web Installer app. When you load the app you sync it with your phone. Mine autosyncs like once every day. Then you can pull up appbrain on your computer and it has a list of all apps youve had on your phone. once you enable the fast web installer you can just click install (from your computer) and it auto loads on your phone. http://www.droid-life.com/2010/07/07/appbrain-allows-pc-to-phone-app-installs/

    • Joemyrick77

      I didnt wipe mine

  • Michaelfong8888

    i keep getting “installation aborted', what do i do

  • Alex M Keech

    the link for sprecovery is down is there another?

  • Angel

    This TOTALLY WORKED. Easiest instructions around. Thanks so much!! I did screw up and not press the up on the d pad quickly enough after installing the sbf file but went back and re-installed it pressing up on the dpad almost immediately and it worked perfectly. Ohh and THANKS SO MUCH:D Super excited to see what cool things my droid is capable of now:) –APL

  • FotoLyfe

    Doesn't seem like anyone has answered this question yet. RSD Lite is not seeing my phone for some reason. When I go into the Bootloader it says my usb driver has a problem and I don't know why.

    I'm running windows 7 32-bit

  • Tyler Cunning

    I would just like to say thank you ALOT.. I rooted my phone and it is good to go, I would also like to know if their is any type of website that I could donate to show my appreciation.

  • betor

    the update.zip file does not open in sprecovery?!?!

  • El wapo

    just rooted droid and really like the end product. very easy to do

  • KCase06

    mine keeps saying Failed Flashing process. Any Ideas?

  • anon

    Rooted with this method and then something screwed up when I tried to install Bugless Beast ROM. Can I do this again to gain my original root? What is the best thing to go about doing this?

  • Coreyhyatt

    I finished Step 1, but when i choose the apply update, it finds the packge opens it, but fails verification and aborts installation, any help here?

  • Hi there,

    Since i updated with udate.zip downloaded here I have root access! Nice! Since we did a factory reset in the process my wifi setting got lost! I don't get wifi to work again. I am my own network admin and never had problems. I got the right password. I am useing static IP and it still doesn't want to work. 3G works fine!

    Is this rooted stock FRG22D know for causing problems with WIFI?


  • Corkeylt91

    i just have a question or two before i decide i really want to do this….what does “running stock ANDROID 2.2 mean and in step 1, do you have to do #11 and “catch the boot”??? thanks!!

    • Art

      Stock Android 2.2 is the FRG22D update push you received over the air (OTA) by Verizon Wireless. As for question 2, yes, you have to hold “up” on the directional pad when the phone reboots after RSD flashes SPRecovery.

  • Okay, I keep getting the exclamation point every time I try to reboot… what should I do?? I've tried at LEAST 8 times and it just doesn't want to go to the next screen… I'm pressing X and then pressing the power button until the screen lights up a little and then continuing to hold x and it always goes to the exclamation screen… three presses on the power button later and it turns my phone back on…

    And ideas?

    • anon

      When RSD Lite is done you have to catch it before your phone boots back up. If you don't catch and let the phone boot up normally and then turn off and try to then go into the recovery mode you will get that exclamation point. It's so quick you could totally miss it. But you have to catch the reboot so that you stay in the bootloader. Then do the x power button reboot to get into SP Recovery.

  • Jdredsoxdude

    Ok I open RSD and I select my file and it doesn't show my device whats wrong?

  • Lizardkeno

    I'm having problems downloading RSD lite File. I save it to my desk top, and it's there just as a blank white icon. Anyone one have any suggestions, thoughts or ideas? I'm open.

    • Shaunypat

      you might need to download a .rar opener program. Find a free one with no viruses or permissions to your system. I used Winrar to open it, then immediately uninstalled and wiped it from my system memory.

  • Dougbloch

    This worked perfectly and so easy. Thanks!

  • Dray654

    i just tried this method and cannot get the rsd lite to install on my computer, it just says windows does not recognize it. am i opening it wrong? im new to this lol

  • TheVitalVice420

    this is why i dont like macs :[

  • Aigooalex

    I just rooted my phone by using this instruction and worked great. i changed my rom as well and everything was going swell until i go into market place… i don't see any apps nor can i find the apps i need. can someone help me?

  • Knecht47

    Help. All the steps worked until the end. When installing the update.zip I get an error: “E:Cant mount /dev/block/mmcblk0p1” and it aborts.

    Any ideas?

  • SofaKingKonFused

    I installed the update.zip and for some reason it said installation aborted

    • SofaKingKonFused

      Nevermind, I'm an idiot. I forgot to click allow 😛

  • Hayley Boren

    everytime i press start nothing happens. it doesnt say my phone is connected. HELP :[

  • Jaszdrummer

    Your instructions are quite complex. After reaching the blank page on my droid I go to: Step 1, #8: “Click the … next to the filename box and browse to where you saved MC1_A855_1282081087_Recovery-Onl..sbf.” Where do I “click the … next to the filename box and browse…” Where are the “…” you refer to?

    I guess I will wait for an app that will do the rooting for me.