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How to: Get Rooted Gingerbread on DROID 2

As many of you know by now, Gingerbread for the DROID 2 and X was released over the weekend giving all of us a taste of Android 2.3.3 and the new blue Blur from Motorola, only there was one thing missing.  Root access.  Well, that problem has now been fixed by our friends over at My Droid World, and we’ve got full instructions for you after the break if you jumped on GB early.  Yep, we walk you through every single step including flashing an SBF file which is something you won’t find anywhere else.  

In these instructions, you are essentially reverting back down to Blur build 2.3.20 and then re-upgrading to rooted Gingerbread.  The process looks intense, but again, we outlined every step to help you get there.

Instructions for DROID2:

*WARNING* – You will lose everything on your phone by following the process.  This wipes it all people.

*WARNING 2* – This is NOT for the DROID X. Those instructions are here.

*Note* – If you didn’t jump the gun and flash the non-rooted version and are still running something like say, Liberty ROM, all you have to do is flash the .zip file below just as you would any other ROM.

Download:  Monster_2.3.2_4.5.153_updater_Rooted.zip

*Note Again* – If you have not already upgraded to Gingerbread, simply download the .zip file, flash it like you normally would a ROM, and ignore this entire process.

1.  Download the file from above and drop it on your SD card.
2.  Download the 2.3.20 SBF file for the DX. [Here]
3.  Download,  install and open RSD lite 4.8. [Here]
4.  Plug your phone into your Windows PC and turn your phone off.
5.  Boot into the bootloader by holding Power + Up Arrow.
6.  Your computer will likely install new drivers at this point.
7.  Once RSD lite recognizes your phone, hit the “…” box and choose the 2.3.20 SBF file.
8.  Click “Start.”
9.  When it finishes and gets to 100%, power your phone off.
10.  Boot into recovery by holding Home + X.
11.  When the triangle appears, hit both Volume Up and Down at the same time.
12.  Navigate down to wipe data/factory reset, select it with camera, say “yes.”
13.  When it finishes, reboot your phone.
14.  Download z4root 1.3.0 and root your phone.
15.  Download D2 Bootstrap and bootstrap your recovery.
16.  Reboot into recovery.
17.  Choose “install zip from sd card”, “choose”, then the Monster_2.3.2_Rooted.zip.
18.  Your phone will now install Gingerbread with root.
19.  When you reboot, your phone will appear to bootloop.  Let it.
20.  If it does it for say, 5 minutes, just pull your battery and reboot.
21.  To Boostrap after installing Gingerbread, you’ll need to use the D2 Bootstrapper.
22.  Enjoy!

Full support can be found at My Droid World.

  • a d2 user

    this needs updated links. megaupload hasn’t worked for a while now.

  • Anonymous

    this method must be very useful for those who has a droid 2.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for your step by step tips!

  • Anonymous

    when doing this, we should be more careful…..

    or it may do harm to our machine

  • Danb18c

    BY THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #11. When the triangle appears,( Press Search on the keyboard, not the screen, on the keyboard (magnifying glass). its NOT I REPEAT (NOT) both Volume Up and Down at the same time. then Use Volume buttons to select the Wipe data factory reset option. Use the Camera key to confirm it spent an hr trying to figure out why hitting both the volume keys wernt doing the job
    this post helped alot tho thanks!!! FYI im a Nube. lol

  • Misshc2012

    when you’re saying it wipes it all , what do you mean ?

  • dead link

  • Mark

    link doesn’t work for Monster_2.3.2_4.5.153_updater_Rooted.zip?

  • Verizon now provides an over-the-air update to Gingerbread for the Droid2 but this wouldn’t install on my rooted Droid2 (nor on my wife’s which was also rooted). I tried many tutorials including the above but I couldn’t find a good guide that actually worked. Here’s how I did it.

    Note: you may want to make a backup in case something goes wrong (I recommend Titanium Backup). I will not responsible if something goes wrong.

    1. Download the 2.3.20 SBF file from the link above. Note, this is Froyo.
    2. Download RSD Lite (the latest is 4.9 and it doesn’t need an INI patch but you may have to select “Config->DeviceId->First Come First Serve)
    3. Connect the phone to the PC first, then switch it off (if you connect it while it’s off, it will turn itself back on)
    4. While you hold the Cursor Up button on the slide-out keyboard (the triangle that’s closest to the Enter key), turn the phone on. This gets you into boot loader mode. You should see “BootLoader D2.37, Battery OK, OK to Program, Data mode USB”. This is the only special boot-up mode for me, booting with volume-up gave an error in RSD Lite.
    5. Using the “…” button in RSD Lite, select the SBF file you downloaded in step 1. If the SBF file was in a ZIP file, you have to unzip the ZIP file first.
    6. Click the Start button in RSD Lite. The message on the phone screen changes to something like “Upgrade in progress” and you’ll see RSD Lite go through several steps. If something goes wrong, the phone won’t start up but you can start over from step 3.
    7. RSD Lite will reboot the phone and will then tell you you have to manually power on the phone. I think this is a mistake: I think it means power OFF the phone. On one of my phones, RSD Lite said it was finished after I powered the phone off, on the other one RSD got stuck on that message and gave me a big “don’t do this” when I closed the program, but the phone worked fine afterwards.
    8. Your phone will now boot the stock Froyo distro but you should still have all your programs and settings. You will also see the Roaming logo (blue triangle), call *22899 (*ACT99) to re-activate the phone.
    9. Tap the Menu button, then Settings, then About Phone (at the bottom). Then tap System Updates. It will tell you there’s an update and it will ask if you want to download it. Tell it to go ahead. Once the (106MB) download is complete, tell it to install it. It will reboot and update the OS, and this time it should succeed where previously it would fail. The phone will reboot once again, this time with a red Motorola logo: that means you got Gingerbread.
    10. Google for Motorola One Click Root for Droid 2 and root your phone again.

    Z4Root from the instructions above didn’t work for me: it keeps looping while it’s trying to trigger the exploit on which it’s based but evidently that exploit has been fixed because it eventually just locked up my phone.

    There’s no need to do any recovery or anything and you don’t need the “monster” zip file above. You don’t even need to remove your battery or your SD card. And you don’t need the D2 bootstrapper.

    Thanks to all the people who provided information here and elsewhere!


  • i went through this process and rebooted my phone. it boots to a white screen, the notification bar is GB, but all i can do is pull down the bar.. please help!!!

    • I had this issue and I started over and made sure I wiped my phone before putting ginger bread on. 

  • Rosie Newsome

    I followed all of the instructions (had to of missed something) cuz now my phone wants to activate but I get a warning saying the number has been change, disconnected or no longer in service. Please help, I have a Droid2

  • Rosie Newsome

    I followed the instructions but did something wrong cuz my phone is back to the welcome to Droid screen. When I hit activate it says the number has been change,disconnected or is no longer in service. Please Help, I have a Droid2

  • 4rari89

    i need instructions getting back to z4root froyo 2.2 for droid 2!!!!! this gingerbread rooted is really slow!!!! someone help me please!!! i do too much business on my phone to be running this slown!!! help please!!!

    • Anonymous

      Just do steps 1-14