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How to: Return DROID2 Back to Stock 2.2 to Receive Gingerbread Update

We noticed that more than a few of you are having issues receiving the DROID2 Gingerbread update due to the fact that you are rooted, have removed bloatware, etc. and wanted to walk you through the flashing of an SBF file – basically the only way you can return to stock to get official 2.3.3.  We should warn you though, that SBF files wipe your device clean and are also pretty dangerous.  This is one of the few ways that you can actually brick a Motorola phone, so be careful.  

Download:  VRZ_A955_2.3.20.zip


*Make sure your battery is fully charged.

1.  Download and install Motorola USB drivers that fit your Windows system. [Download]
2.  Download and install RSD Lite 4.8.  [Download]
3.  Download the Droid2 SBF file from above to your PC.
4.  Unzip that file to somewhere other than your desktop.
5.  Open RSD Lite, tap the “…” button, find the 2.3.20 SBF file that you just unzipped and select it.
6.  Plug your phone into your computer and turn it off.
7.  Boot into bootloader by holding the Up Arrow and then holding Power until the screen flashes.

Should say “Battery OK – OK to Program – Transfer Mode: USB”

8. Click the start button and allow your phone to flash 2.2 (2.3.20 Blur).
9.  When your phone gets to 100% and reboots, you are all done.
10.  If your phone reboots and has a bunch of Force Closes, you need to factory reset.
11.  Boot your phone into recovery using ADB and command “adb reboot recovery.”
12.  Run a factory reset/wipe data.  Reboot your phone and accept the update.

Hope that helps those of you that are stuck.  It has been a while since we did an SBF flashing walk-through.  For additional help, feel free to check out this similar post for the DROIDX that was done almost a year ago. You will find a lot of helpful RSD Lite tips in case you do run into issues.

  • guest

    The SBF (
    VRZ_A955_2.3.20.zip) and the third download link are busted.

  • papelet

    I just have to say: THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH!!!
    after rooting and creating a nandroid backup (which failed when tried to recover) I found myself stucked with liberty 2.2, is not bad but I lost everything and the little bugs it has got me frustrated after a while.
    I followed the steps described her to the T and it worked to the perfection.
    Thank you again!

    • papelet

      I had to reactivate my D2  -painless- and I’m getting the GB update right now!!
      I’ll re-root tomorrow, can’t live without root access lol.