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How to: Return DROID X Back to Android 2.1

For those not wanting to remain rooted, you are probably looking for a way to return from the leaked Android 2.2 update for the Droid X back  to stock 2.1 so that you can receive the update which we are expecting some time this week.  I’ll just say up front that you will lose root access by doing this and there is a chance that rooting official 2.2 may be difficult, so think this over carefully.  Still ready to go?

Step-by-step guide after the break!  


*Warning* – The process outlined below is very risky and could do permanent damage to your device.  If you choose to proceed, you do so at your own risk.  Droid Life will not be held liable for any damage that is caused.

1.  Download and install Motorola USB drivers that fit your Windows system.  (32 bit)  (64 bit)
2.  Download and install RSD Lite 4.7.  (Download)

You will need to patch this after installing.  There is an .ini file included in the folder that needs to be placed in your install directory.  /Program Files/Motorola/RSD Lite

3.  Download the Droid X 2.1 SBF file.  (Find it here.  Middle of page.)
4.  Unzip that file to somewhere other than your desktop.
5.  Open RSD Lite, tap the “…” button, find the SBF file that you just unzipped and select it.

*Tip* – If you are having issues with RSD Lite, check out this video.

6.  Plug your phone into your computer and turn it off.
7.  Boot your phone into bootloader:

With phone off, hold volume down plus the camera button and then power.

8. Release all buttons after 2-3 seconds. RSD Lite should now recognize your phone.
9. Click the start button and allow your phone to flash 2.1.
10.  When the process gets to 100% and completed in RSD Lite, you can unplug your phone.
11.  We’re not done though!
12.  Your phone may not boot up all the way.  You will need to unplug it and pull the battery.
13.  Put the battery back in and boot into recovery.

Hold home and press Power until you get an exclamation mark.  Release home and tap the search button.

14.  Using the volume up/down switch, highlight the option to “wipe data/factory reset”.
15.  Press the camera button half way down to select it.
16.  When it finishes choose the option to reboot your phone.
17.  You are now back to stock, unrooted, buggy Android 2.1 on the Droid X.

Let us know if you run into issues!

Big thanks to Rootz Wiki.  Check them out for your rooting/unrooting needs!

  • Shopfun108

    Worked Great, Thank You! 
    I did this cause Gingerbread needs fixing!  Browser and WiFi are slower than Froyo and I like the Froyo Camera better (gallery comes up when clicking on the pic on bottom left side of screen) 

  • Shopfun108

    Worked Great, Thank You! 
    I did this cause Gingerbread needs fixing!  Browser and WiFi are slower than Froyo and I like the Froyo Camera better (gallery comes up when clicking on the pic on bottom left side of screen) 

  • andrew

    anyone know where I can get the Droid X 2.1 SBF file? Otherwise it looks like I’ll be stuck with leaked 2.2 forever

  • Jjlinke18

    If you have the OTA 2.2 this will just brick your phone. If you have already done this and are getting the MEM_MAP Blank, svc reqd error, all you have to do is download the OTA 2.2 sbf file and flash it the same way, this will fix the error.

    Here is a link to the OTA sbf file

  • Jhazel

    I did this and I get MEM_MAP Blank, svc reqd

  • Sorry for delayed response. You have to overwrite the old pst.ini file because it contains settings for the droid x. This is probably why you are getting an error.

  • i have the official 2.2 ota and i am rooted and i want to unroot my phone and set everything back to how it was when i first bought the phone, so will this do that for me?

    • In the post it states that these are instructions to go back from the leaked Froyo updates, not the official one, and if you continue to read the comments you'll see that it has bricked people's phones from trying it with the OTA update.

  • jdplasvegas

    Awesome! Worked perfectly.

  • DaJudge5694

    I followed all the instructions and every time I hit start it comes up with “Failed flashing process. Failed flashing process. (0x7100)

  • Mquinn3123

    I got to tell you that it works. I was running a froyo rom that would not let me ota verizons update. i was having problems with the rom and bootloader. i followed the instructions and voila. i am now running the stock verizon ota rooted of cource. thank you.

  • Dolsen61

    you guys are awesome. i thought i was screwed, but i just flashed my first rom onto my formerly f-ed up, brand new droid x. i'm definitely joining this site…

  • Son of a bitch I bricked my X. Got the Bootloader
    Err:A5,70,70,00,1F error status. Please tell me someone has the official 2.2 .spf lying around some where? lol

    • Jay Looney

      I did the same freaking thing….. I guess I won't even go to Verizon since Josh they can't help… -_-
      I'm loosing my trust in them…

      • Jhazel

        I got the same error, any fix?

  • Josh Williams

    If you did the 2.2 OTA update, do not do this. I did and now have a bricked phone. When it turns on it says:




    MEM_MAP Blank

    Service Req'd

    I went to verizon store and they are going to send one to me in the next few days. They tried to flash it but couldnt get it going. They actually gave it back to me (with 29.01 bootloader, but same MEM_MAP blank error).

    • Dd

      same here.

  • Jbbrack03

    You may need to put your SBF File in your “My Documents” folder. I got a “Failed” error until I did this (windows 7 Professional 32-bit). I had it in the root of my C: drive and it would not flash. I moved it to “My Documents” and it worked right away. So if you're having issues, you should try this.

  • Tuna

    Works, just takes FOREEEEVVVERRRR to boot up, stick with it.

  • Erik

    I get to step 8, but RSD Lite never recognizes my phone and the Start button doesn't highlight.
    What am I doing wrong? PLEASE help.

  • xraybravo

    this worked exactly as described. many thanks

  • Jcbravez

    Unable to get RSD Lite to recognize my X.


  • Hey; for those getting the 0x700 error- http://androidforums.com/droid-all-things-root/74153-if-you-get-failed-flashing-process-0x7100-rsd-lite.html#post1274587
    Works for me, when NONE of the other fixes did. Yay for Poor Programming on Moto's part!

  • Erdabbs

    Worked Great! Thanks D-L!!

  • I have a non-rooted 2.2 (leaked) Droid X and and am trying to flash back to 2.1. I have the sbf file and all the components. When I'm in RSD Lite and try to make it start it fails immediately. I did make sure to move the .ini file into the HD file.

    Do I need to be rooted for this to work or anyone have any ideas? Thanks!

    • Tommyboy585

      Open the RSD lite.zip folder and open the folder in the file. copy the .ini file and paste it into c:program filesmotorolarsd lite folder. You need to make sure you replace the file that is already in that folder. Also if you are running win7 you need to run RSD lite as an administrator. I hope that helps you.

      • I have already done both of these things. I even went and deleted the .ini file that I had copied in and replaced it with the original file. I'm honestly at a loss.

        • I got it to work, I thought just because I was administrator RSD would automatically run as an administrator. When I right clicked it and selected Run as admin it worked. Thanks for all the help and sorry being a little dumb!

          • Tommyboy585

            no problem man glad I could help.

      • Dean2359

        I cant find that motorola folder. can you help? thanks