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How to: Overclock the DROID X or DROID 2

A lot of talk about overclocking the Droid X and 2 today, right?  Confused on how to actually get the job done?  What apps do you need?  What settings should you use?  We’ll do our best in this post to get you all set up, so that you can fully enjoy your Droid.  

*Warning* – Overclocking and rooting your device is incredibly risky.  There is a chance that you could do permanent damage to your phone, just understand that you are doing this at your own risk.  Warned ya!


First Steps:

1.  You have to be rooted.  (Instructions)
2.  You need to have run Koush’s Boostrap.  (Droid X) (Droid 2)
3.  Create a backup in Clockwork Recovery.  (Instructions)


1.  Download one of the new overclock apps.  (JRummy’s)  (Unstable Apps)
2.  Open up your app of choice (we used JRummy’s for this.)
3.  Tap on “Set Scaling Frequencies”.

*Note 1* – DO NOT choose to “Set Frequencies on Boot” yet.  We have to feel out a stable frequency on our phones first before making that decision.  If you choose one that is unstable and “set it on boot” your phone may never boot back up or you may have to flash a backup.

4.  Choose a kernel voltage.

*Note 2* – Here is the basic idea of a kernel voltage.  The lower the voltage, the cooler your system will run and you should see a longer battery life.

5.  Pick a frequency.

*Note 3* – When you tap on one of the listed frequencies, it will be set to your phone.

*Note 4* – Each frequency has a variety of slots which you can also set your phone at.   So just because you chose a 1.4GHz frequency, doesn’t mean you have to run it at that speed.  You could drop it down to 1.1GHz if you want.

6.  You have now set your phone for overclocking.

Using SetCPU:

1.  Download and install SetCPU from the market.

*Note 5* – This tool is used to set up your overclocked phone for optimal performance.

2.  Open SetCPU and choose “Auto-detect” from the first menu.
3.  It should recognize your device and also show your phone clocked at the new speed you chose above.

4.  From here you can set up profiles, a min and max speed and get your phone tweaked to your liking.


1.  Have fun showing off your newly overclocked phone with some benchmarks.  The two favorites are Quadrant and Linpack.  Both are available in the market.

Last Note:

1.  If you have found a stable frequency and a group of settings in SetCPU, you can think about setting these on “boot.”  What that means, is your phone will boot up overclocked and running however you set it up in the overclock app and SetCPU.  Again, this is risky and you will need a backup before doing this.

The overclocking process for the DX and D2 is still young, so be prepared for some hiccups along the way.

Drop your questions below or hit us up in IRC!

  • Davidshaneaustin_98

    Calling ALL Overclockers! Please help in anyway you can! http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Alzheimers-Blitzkrieg

  • Pnsdhrn

    Dear Jared,I purchased Droid Overclock, your new version, which contains all the set ups available in Set CPU namely,Profile settings,Presets etc.By using the advanced option I set up 4 custom presets and applied one at boot.Also i have set up 6 profiles and checked the Use Profiles box.Do these settings will remain permenant   even if I switch off the phone and make it on?Also whether the Set CPU is also to be used together with Droid Over clock/I have selected Low Voltage Scale  and frequencies as  1000 MHz max and 250 MHz min.Please advise.Waiting with thanks,pnsdhrn- Show quoted text –

  • davagain

    I’ve had no luck using SuperOneClick on my D2 running 2.2.  Gets the ADB server running, then hangs waiting for device.

  • Mcode

    what happened to my post?

  • Mcode

    How come when I ope up the Droid X overclock app it just says loading and loading and loading…………..

  • Hondacivic247

    I got a droid x and followed every step and have no issues I’ve messed with the overclocking and voltage. I have a speed tester and I feel like if the voltage isn’t set on a higher setting and you choose anything over 1.2ghz that there isn’t enough volatage to properly run the processor at those speeds. I could be wrong but so far the best for me is low voltage and overclocked at 1.2 or 1.25ghz

  • Um yea, i have a milestone2 in Hong Kong and it would let me overclock it… anyhelp?

  • viewthis66

    this works great.

    question… you know when you are in the Droid Overclock app and the tab to the upper right? when you tap on it a drawer like page comes out. i’m wondering if there is a widget just like that i can put on my phones desktop with the ability to put app of my choice.


    • Anonymous

      Yes, it comes with the newest version of Jrummys application from the market. Just look for it in your widget list.

      • viewthis66

        are you referring to a Droid Overclock widget? if so that’s not what i meant. sorry for not explaining what i’m looking for correctly. i know there is an Droid Overclock widget. i’m looking for a widget that acts like that tab in the Droid Overclock app. do you know of one like that?

        • Anonymous

          Oh, no sorry. I’m sure there’s one out there but I don’t know about it. Posting in this old topic wont get much attention though, you should try the droid-life forums.

          • viewthis66

            ok cool. thank you. i will head over there with this discussion.

  • Nice post. Worked great the first time. DROID X FTW!

  • Theonlytalkinggoat

    My X will run overclocked for a while, but goes back down to its stock value, after a couple minutes.

  • Theonlytalkinggoat

    My X will run overclocked for a while, but goes back down to its stock value, after a couple minutes.

  • Well I don't need THE FASTEST phone in the wild, i just need it to work when I use it. Thanks for the instructions and thanks to the devs who have worked so hard! Thanks

  • Thelastnameisl

    Question: What Theme/Rom Is That? Thank you

  • whitefire

    Is this working for D2 yet?

  • nathan

    When i open the app it says an error occured loading system files. How do i fix this. Please help 🙁

  • 1papachi

    i have setCpu but i'm unable to overclock my droid2 even after selecting the “auto-select” can anyone please le me know if im doing something wrong?

  • k1ng617

    Just hit 1694 @ 1.3Ghz & ULV using Jrummy's. I think I might dial it back for everyday use, because the X is pretty powerful as is.

  • awyoted
  • awyoted

    哇 好帅

  • Lovn my X

    What exactly is overclocking and why do I need it. I have the Droid X and of course I'm not using it to its capabilities but I'm trying to learn. Can someone explain this to me.

  • My DX will only overclock on Medium Voltage. Otherwise it re-boots. Tried uninstalling many times & tried every friggin option. Anyone else having this?

  • Colby629

    I did the quadrant bench mark. I got 1705. My droid 2 is becoming a beast. But wont let me do. 1.4. Can anyone help. Im stuck at 1.35

  • k1ng617

    Thanks to all the recent breakthroughs in rooting, nandroid backups & overclocking I finally took the plunge and bought a Dx to replace my D1.

  • Dsm2k2

    is there anyway to overclock a droid 1 without rooting?

    • Motion

      No. In order to overclock you must root. It is very easy to root a Droid 1.

  • Shid

    Newest update fixed it!!!

  • Roger

    cant get it to work guys. It will only control speeds once i do an initial adb push and speed set. I thought your program controls the kernel i pushed via adb?

  • Xgrinder911

    Ooooook so when are we overclocking the d1 at these frequencies??

    • Shid

      You do realize that its a totally different CPU right? the D1 has a 500mhz processor stock and the D2 has a 1ghz processor stock, thats why the D2 is seeing higher numbers.

  • Clay

    whenever i tap a ghz thing it just freezes, any solutions or reaons why?

    • Killer4247

      Same her do you have koush bootstrap

  • Cloverbubu

    do not see the app. sign

  • Shid

    I installed Fission 1.1 and it worked flawlessly. However, I lost all my contacts and apps and had to re-root. So I decided to return to a previous restore and it STILL does not work. Power cycles after every frequency. Hopefully an update is in the works to get this thing going. It was fun for the 45 minutes that I was running 1.45ghz.

  • Id like to see flash on these ^^

  • Avalide

    Noob question, why is the bootstrap required to overclock a rooted device?

  • Roadglidde12

    How does one get out of this boot loop if I accidentally chose set at boot before set scalling was done?

    It states it is saved but then a boot occurs and i am re-set to stock.

  • Matrixfx187

    Whenever I select a setting, my phone just reboots and is not overclocked. I've tried tons of different frequencies and they all do the same. What am I doing wrong? I'm rooted and have a D2 bootstrapped.

    • KleenDroid

      After the updates it no longer works for the D2. When you choose a setting the phone simply crashes and reboots. I am trying to have some patience with this since it worked when it first came out yesterday. The updates have destroyed the program for now. If he cant fix it today I will refund.

  • having the overclock option with my droid x is amazing 😀 but even more so is using SetCPU and underclocking it when the screen is off. saves so much of my battery so i can text even MOAR.

  • Bromodo

    It doesnt seem like its working for me. I set up Jrummy's app and choose a frequency but when I load up setcpu it just shows stock frequency o my d2…..

  • This work perfect don't wait get it. i'm new to this and i very happy to be rooted and overclock. thank you to jrummy.
    well done keep up the good work.

  • confused…says im at 1300 max, 1300 min, but still saying 1100 mhz :/

  • Djxtreme30

    Cant find the app… Can some post a link other then to the market place

  • Mr2turbo15

    1400 its nice but 1420 is better!! Yup my android g2 overclocked to 1420..omg so fast so responsive so smooth..its like being on my computer..glitches what glitches?!! Sweet!!

    • yaaaa… the problem is, we can go to 1.45 ghz, ohh and theres also somebody working on 2.0 ghz for the X and 2.5 ghz for the 2. so SUCK IT

  • Cordova505

    I cant get it to work, it keeps saying “Error failed to install overclocking components” What did i do wrong? im on a rooted DX, its also saying that on my rooted D2…

  • Jaydog8819

    I have mine set on ultra low voltage at 1.3 and is very fast and stable. I have a quadrant score average of 1865….


    • how..everytime i try, it goes into turtle mode and i gotta take out the battery, using a d2 or a dx?

  • Shid

    I keep getting power cycled after I press ANY frequency. Anyone else having this problem? This is also on ANY voltage as well.

    • Kurtdl

      I am having same problem….haven't gotten any resolution.

      • 3v Mike

        yup same here just reboots after I select a new freq

        • 3v Mike

          Ok so, I was running the Nextheme. I restored from a previous backup and VOILA it works like a charm.

  • I have mine stable at 1.2 on low voltage, which feels like a happy medium for me. It's gotten rid of the little lag I had, my battery seems better, and Quadrant is averaging 1600, which I feel great about. I don't need THE FASTEST phone in the wild, i just need it to work when I use it. Thanks for the instructions and thanks to the devs who have worked so hard!

    My question, at this point, is this: Is there anything we're still missing now? Is there anything the locked bootloader is still preventing us from doing?

    • upgrading to Gingerbread as soon as the devs get their hands on it, you're stuck waiting for Moto

      • Ahh. Thanks for the clarification there. That sucks, but I still feel pretty good about how much can be done with this phone.

  • High Voltage + 1450 MHz/400MHz + SetCPU Performance Mode = 1925 Quadrant score

  • But the “MAIN” question is. After a reboot will this still be implemented into the rom for whatever setting overclock you picked? Because if it doesn't than it's a piece.

    • The way I understand it, once you find a setting you like, then you can go in and set it to boot at that setting.

  • Makeshiftharmony

    I'm getting an error: can't install overclocking componates. An I doing something wrong? I have been using the other oc app with no problem.

    • Makeshiftharmony

      And yes I'm rooted.

  • DarthRogue

    My phone is getting an error saying that it failed to install the overclocking components, and to contact the dev. Anyone found a simple way around this?

  • MrToTo4Life

    I just emailed the developer for help. I have followed all steps listed above but when i go to set frequencies it tells me: error: failed to install overclocking components. Contact the developer. has anyone else had this issue?

    • brife

      I imagine that you have to be rooted.

      • MrToTo4Life

        Rooted with the instructions provided above and all other root items are working

      • DarthRogue

        I am having this issue as well. I just got around to updating to the OTA from the leak, and I did it by flashing the 2.2 SBF over the leak, and it strangely kept all of my data…
        However because I had to re-root after updating, I found out that the app won't even open if you don't have root. If you try to launch the app, it just runs the comments saying “this requires root access” and quits the app. I'll email him too, seeing as he himself said that sometimes it takes a lot of emails for him to get the message that something's screwed up…

      • I AM rooted, and I am having the exact same issue. It says that it failed to install the overclocking components and to contact the dev.

  • blu3bird

    so I didn't read this artible yet and missed the “DO NOT choose to “Set Frequencies on Boot” yet.”. Which I did, and now my phone wont boot. I don't have a backup to flash, is there any option for me?

    • blu3bird

      factory reset did nothing.

    • blu3bird

      fixed it.

  • Deichman234

    Hey kellex, I installed the 928 droidx theme, and I want to install some roms, but I can't with the theme, us there any way to remove the theme?

  • Droid X overclocked to 1.45 on high voltage on jrummy's app runnin like a champ! Suck it I*hone!

    • ElMuchoDroido

      Mine goes into turtle mode as soon as i go any higher than 1.1.. i think i got a dud. would be my luck.

      • Lakerzz

        Try uninstalling then reinstall the app…actually did had to do it 3 times and it worked. Bigtime turtle mode…(It was more like “pull battery mode”)

  • jtdoes

    For the SETCPU settings, should “Set on Boot” be selected?

  • El El Kool J

    Droid X is becoming more appealing to me now 😛

  • Draggerlane

    You know what really sux and I know this is really off topic but I totally lost my phone 4 wheeling yesterday. I had it in the belt clip pouch that Verizon sells to you as a outer case. I got stuck in a mud puddle and I thought I lost it there but I totally drained the puddle out and it wasn't there. I also back tracked every where I went and no phone. How stupid could I be. So guys on a scale from one to ten how stupid was I now I have to get a new one and I had mine decked out too I'm so Pissed.

    • nicotinic

      MAYBE Verizon could locate the phone via gps. Worth a try…or not.

      • Draggerlane

        i had MYLOOKOUT installed on the phone but it only works if the gps is on and unfortunately I had it turned off.

  • My Droid2 can handle 1.25ghz on Ultra Low Voltage. That's were I'm probably gonna stay. SO STOKED!!!

  • BigRed4X15

    Having a little difficulty. When I click on the frequency I want the phone immediately reboots on its own. When the phone is done booting, I go into setCPU and I still show 1GHz, and yes I tell it to auto detect. Any suggestions? I have a D2 with bootstrap, running blackglass. I picked the JRummy app. Thanks!

  • Well, I'm in a boot loop. I also don't have a image that I can restore to. I'm kinda fuked at the moment.

    • You were warned. Everyone should know this: ALWAYS DO A FREAKIN' BACK UP!!!

    • Sbf it… it’ll put it back to stock

  • thelolotov

    /me shrugs

    I'll pass for now, my D2 does me well, but I'll definitely keep this bookmarked.

  • Chewybang

    I can't wait till I can overclock to Jiggawatts!

  • Kurtdl

    Is anyone else having the problem where the phone reboots when you select a frequency????

    • droid x 2.2 tried the 1.4 on low voltage first, rebooted on me, 1.35 on low voltage so far stable about 20 minutes….(Crosses fingers) Btw quadrant of 1719!

  • Xeneize480

    Benchmarks 16000 =) using 1.3Ghz Medium Frequency.

  • Ok I think im happy with a quadrent score of 1692 for now seems to ne ribbon strong

  • Acalvillo5

    No custom theme Friday? 🙁

  • rob

    can anybody tell me what will i gain from overclocking. Will my Droid X now make calls by itself or what…Will the internet be faster?…will my apps work faster….??

    overcloking just seems kinda dumb right now!!

    • Timmah

      It makes the Android OS faster.

  • Xeneize480

    What the best frequency? 1.3 1.2 1.25? I tried 1.4 but my phone runs really slowwwww!

  • Numbskill

    After I select a frequency with JRummy, my phone reboots. Also, SetCPU isn”t auto-detecting the new settings.

    Is it supposed to reboot?

  • I love this app sooo much!!! There's officially no reason to say the Droid2 cant do anything that the Droid1 can't in root.

    • tanknspank

      Aosp, sense, having a true recovery. Just to name a few.

  • mathees

    whats the point of using a kernel thats high voltage? seems like using a low voltage one is a no-brainer

    • Pandemic187

      If the voltage is too low for a given clock speed, the phone will be unstable/unusable.

      • kellex

        Exactly. If you can use a low voltage, then good for you, but some phones can't handle them meaning you need to go higher.

  • mathees

    1677? Hot damn

    • Pandemic187
      • Wow is that with an X…. what settings did u use

        • Pandemic187

          D2. I'm just using the Unstable Apps app – 1.4GHz/66v. It's honestly not that great though, because some have gotten as much as 1950 at 1.4GHz I believe.

  • Pandemic187

    1677? Weeeeak. 🙂

  • tkilla

    What's the max temp your phone should be before it melts down?

    • Below 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

      • tkilla

        Thanks man. I appreciate the answer. I was at 104 and was starting to worry. Thanks for clearing that up.

        • ur welcome. you should be good then cuz 104 is ok. happy overclocking!

  • NykoNako

    I can't see either app in the MP, tried to find them using FlyX ROM, with and with out a build.prop mod, any ideas?

  • Michael_NM

    With these overclocking breakthroughs, I wonder… Can someone overclock the Google and Moto developers?

    I want some gingerbread! 😛

    • dellbx

      LOL!!! I like the way you think

      • only problem is every new software update means new root, deodex, etc.

        • tjhrulz

          you just had to say that and ruin it didn’t you…………..jerk lol

    • lol we gotta overclock them to like.. 5ghz dude!

  • Is it pretty normal that some people can get up to 1.4GHz and above on the same phone while some others of us can only get 1.1 or 1.15GHz?

    • … pick a higher kernal frequency…

    • Has nothing to do with picking a higher frequency. I could set that to 100, but I still can't get past 1.15 ghz. My CPU just can't handle it and immediately goes into “turtle mode.” It seems that anyone who bought their X on release day is in this same position, so it has something to do with that batch of TI processors.

      • Carpatus

        Actually, I heard of a few release day ones that can get into the upper frequency’s like 1.4. I believe what has happened is quality control standards for the chips went up the longer they were out which resulted in the chips being able to handle more. Granted, even the ones coming out today may not be able to handle the higher frequency’s but every chip is different.

      • Jinxt

        I think it actually may be a combination of the CPU and the system set-up. I ordered my X at 12:06am from the Verizon website and received it the next day (the Friday after in-store release). The other day I was running rubiX 1.0 and I couldn’t stress test for this long without a crash/reboot. I’m currently on Fission 1.1 and stress testing at 1.25 for the past 3 minutes without issue. Unless the shipped batch ordered online was a different batch than the stores received I don’t think that has anything to do with it and feel it comes down to sample variation more than with the entire batch.

        • Jinxt

          I should add, on rubiX the stress test would crash at 1.15 after about 10 seconds. Going to crank it up to the 1.3-1.4 range and see whats what.

      • Ok, thanks. That makes sense since that is when I got mine. Oh well, its still a very fast phone.

        • Lakerzz

          I recently got my DX and had the same problem…idk (“turtle mode”)

  • Incredibly risky? I know you don't want to get sued, but incredibly? Who here has ruined a phone through overclocking?

    • Bill


    • kellex

      Gotta warn people my brother.

      • Muse

        Any news on why the jr link to this app doesn’t work?? Running flyx on official 2.2 leak.

    • just because many people on here dont report problems doent mean they dont exist. its really incredibly risky. im sure tons of people have bricked their phones messing with overclocking.

      • All I’m saying is, I still haven’t heard of one case. I know if I screwed up my phone I’d tell the world

        • WusteHase

          I screwed up my D2 today trying to OC with JRummy. DIdn’t think about the voltage setting, and clicked the set on boot on accident before I set the first one. Boot loop. Now trying to un-loop it.

          • Zack121556

            Sucks man…Same thing happen to me….had to turn on in recover….hard reset did the trick 🙁

          • Yeah but you eventually figured out how to fix it and no permanent damage was done right? I mean the first couple times never go that smoothly but I don’t think any noob has the capability to actually brick their phone, they won’t go deep enough into anything

          • I have bricked my OG Droid many times. The boot loop is my favorite. All I can tell you is learn to use adb and back up often. Don’t forget to back up. And remember to back up…

            The great thing about the D1 is that I have yet to find a software issue from rooting, ROM’ing, or theming, that I couldn’t recover from.

  • bravoleader2

    Don't catch it on fire!

    • Blckrex1313

      i already did

      • bravoleader2