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DROID 3 Bootstrap Released, Get Your Recovery And Backups On

This morning we had the pleasure of the bootstrap for the DROID Bionic being released and now all you lovely DROID 3 owners can have some fun too. Thanks to HashCode, users can start backing up and restoring from SD Cards, and even flash some soon-to-be available ROMs. Make sure to be careful when attempting these procedures.


Download: DROID3Bootstrap.apk

Video showing off the newly bootstrapped DROID3: 


Via: Rootzwiki

  • Rick Mace

    is there a way to get bootstrap on your phone off the sd card?i was running cm7 and it just stopped and now all i get is the factory boot screen
    is there a key combo to boot into boot strap?
    or the d3 factory rom flash out there?
    i have all the full programs ECT..
    but this is my 5th phone and i doubt Verizon will give me another one 
    and all i get is the start screen loop, and X-power for boot.
    any one help please. i am not the sharpest tool in the shed, but i am out of tricks.
    thanks Rick [email protected]:disqus .com   

  • Cock

    Download link is broken. Fail

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  • OrlandoBob

    Just downloaded to my SD card on my one week old Droid 3!  It was great on my Droid 1 and can’t wait to get it up and running.  Looking forward to custom roms now.

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  • This is the greatest phone evar!

  • Anonymous

    Haha my dad got a droid 3 today the first thing he said when he booted it up was “what’s with all these useless apps”.

  • Unexpected62

    Hold up hold up hold up… I’m a former OG Droid owner….. and never had a phone in between that and the X, so I don’t know anything about this boostrapping, etc that people have been doing on the X. I just download this .apk, run it, and then I can do what he does in the video?

    • Anonymous

      if you’re rooted yea

  • Kdarkdarknessk

    I click BP Tools but it goes straight to the regular boot up screen. What to do? 

    • Betolley

      Happened to me also.  I had busybox installed /system/xbin.  I had to reinstall to /system/bin

      • Luv2nil8

        How did you do that? I used root manager and did a copy from xbin to bin in system and still nothing. Could i get a step by step?

  • Silksmooth12

    So until there are ROM’s to actually use, is there any other reason why someone would want this in its current state?  Rootzwiki says that ROM flashing is not even supported on this version.  So is this good for anything except to say you have a custom recovery on your D3?  (which is cool and all…)

    • The ability to back up and restore is worthy enough some would argue…

      • Silksmooth12

        Is this recovery going to prevent OTA’s from hitting the phone?  I guess it won’t matter if a pre-rooted version of the official update comes down the chutes right?

        • Anonymous

          IIRC, on my Droid 2 it did not cause any OTA issues. The OTA only seemed to check the files in the system partition.

          • Silksmooth12

            So I’m rooted running the official stock ROM.  If I back install this bootstrap and recovery, and backup my current ROM 5.5.959, could I theoretically install the leaked update, and if I can’t upgrade from there, restore by 5.5.959 backup?

          • Well if you do install the OTA it most likely will patch the current root exploit. Which means you’ll no longer have root. Without root you can’t run the bootstrap to access your nandroid backup. Just a word of advice if you want to keep root NEVER accept an OTA until it has been looked at by devs. In most cases there is a rooted version available of the OTA within a very short time. Then you can flash that in clockwork and have the latest firmware with root.

    • Hash Code

      Hello Silksmooth12,

      This is the first step in creating the ability to run Custom ROMs on the Droid 3.  And I agree somewhat with your point in that the average user may find this somewhat boring.  But, as a developer, I like having an easy way back to my previous state.  I actually use my real phone for development so having a working restore is key.

      The main issue is to determine how the Droid 3 community of developers wants to proceed and load their custom init files for their ROMs.  Once that’s been determined, I’ll configure the Bootstrap to support as many of them as feasibly possible.

      For starters, the next version of the Bootstrap will support default update.zip extraction method that Cyanogenmod uses.


  • Woohoo I’m on DroidLife..:D