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DROID 4 Owners – Your Ice Cream Sandwich Update Is Ready to be Pulled

Motorola continues to impress their fans going into the weekend with this latest news. The DROID 4 had its build of Ice Cream Sandwich approved earlier this week and we have been waiting to see when it would officially roll out for all owners. The build is the same as the previous leak, .217, and brings the device up to Android 4.0.4.

If you have been waiting for the update head over to System > About Phone > System Updates to see if the update has rolled out to your area yet.

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  • jon

    Just downloaded for my D4 and is anyone having troubles with double tapping the spacebar for a period? i checked the button for it in settings and restarted my phone and it still won’t work. any suggestions?

  • does anyone know how to edit info for photos now ? i no longer have that options..im talking about naming, title, not artistic editing..

  • Dave W.

    Upgraded to ICS today and my battery will not hold a charge long. My battery went from 70% to 0% in less than 40 minutes. Has e
    Anyone else experienced this?

    • its a nightmare now !! i was told to drain battery completely and recharge 1x a month..see what happens

    • Levi B

      Hello… Im experiencing the exact same thing. AND… My bluetooth connections now are inaudible. Plus, my phone is ridiculously hot now. Like “burn-your-ear” hot! Whats that all about? I’m also having problems with receiving texts VERY late…

    • Frank

      I am having the same problem battery just drops WTF! I need these assholes to test crap before pushing it out! as for the the rest of the update … If I could go back to gingerbread I would.

    • shakypete

      I have a co-worker with this problem too. He asked for help. It sounds like your battery statistics are not correct. Like you had a low charge during the update, and the phone registered that low charge as the maximum charge.

      I suggested my friend reset his battery statistics. He found it really helped. If you have CWM or Safestrap installed, you can reset them from their respective menus.

      If you do not have Root control, then look at this forum. It is what worked for my friend:

  • guy

    How do I get the “Charge Only” option when connecting the D4 to a PC’s USB port?

    • Zero5295

      I regret to inform you that the very feature you mentioned has been removed for some.odd reason.

  • Gerry

    Good update to bad the speakers are going out on mine, the backlit keyboard is going out and before the update it couldnt hold a 4g or 3g connection (have to wait and see if this update helps out at all)

  • Leita

    This Ice Cream Sandwich made me so happy. I’m not struggling to be online with a full signal anymore and everything is much easier. Looks nice as well. So happy I have snapshot now with no problem.

    • Mrname

      How do you snapshot?

      • jon

        just hold the power and down volume button

  • lee

    UK calling and still waiting….. Hey goorola cant u buy t mobile so I can get my download soonerplease

  • Knlegend1

    Someone is doing some serious trolling with all these down votes. Probably bionic users.

    • Mr Waldo

      Downvoted on priciple

  • DesiD92

    I was wondering if anyone had figured out how to get the Droid 4 to 3G only by dialing whatever it was we did for the Droid Razr. I tried using it but didn’t seen to work. Thanks in advance :]

    • bakdroid


      If you download the thunderbolt 4g toggle it will take you right there. Works on .232 bionic leak.

  • tenducks

    just upgraded seem to have lost the my library option in the my gallery also the screen keeps sorta flashing? hoping that it resolves itself in a few hours.

  • mnm

    Is there a way to remove the ICS update?

  • mnm

    Is there a way to remove the ICS update?

  • Mark

    They removed Adobe Flash with the update but I still have the Flash Player icon in my app drawer. How do I get rid of it? I’m not rooted.

  • I could not agree More Kellex. Moto seems to be doing a good job as of late. Congratulations to the droid 4 owners on their ice cream sandwich.

  • Shurikenv

    so after update im no longer able to toggle between 4g – 3g is there a new way to do this?

    • blackmagick20



    Pull ‘this’, Moto…..

  • Hopefully they do better than HTC. I updated to ICS last week and now I’m wishing I wouldn’t have, even tho they had 6 months to perfect the update its still broken. I’ve been through 2 different Rezounds this week alone trying to fix the data issues and random reboots and it looks like I will be taking another trip to Verizon tomorrow because my CLN replacement is rebooting now and can’t find any data!

  • Kitzira

    Got mine last night. However… I feel like Android took a step backwards making menus, email, ect. background black, text white. That’s cool and all if you want a 1337 setup… but professional? Lets just through that out the door. I guess white background, black text is too Apple. Also the standard font isn’t very pleasing to the eye. It took awhile figuring out why my icons were bigger too. Seems resolution was altered a bit. Things look sharper, but they also look bigger! I had to set the default txt size to small instead of normal. Top row of alert icons looks dim as well, but that may be an effect of the black background and slightly smaller icons. In short, not as happy I should be getting an icecream sandwich. Why didn’t these things come in cookies ‘n cream?

    • kixofmyg0t

      I downvoted you simply because you actually used the term “1337”. This isnt 1995, youve been watching “Hackers” way too many times. Grow the f-ck up.

      Also you’re b-tching about white text on black backround isnt “professional”? What are you smoking?

      • Kitzira

        Because when it was 1995, I did make black background with white/aqua text websites that I thought were the best things ever. And then somehow I grew up. Professional is this website, amazon, anything of rep. How many websites do you buy something at that still use black background, white text?

        I think you’re the one who needs to grow up.

        • kixofmyg0t

          We’re talking about the menu page on a mobile operating system….remember that. I see how you’re comparing it to Amazon, so lets play this game.

          Ever used a Kindle Fire? Go look at the Amazon app store. I see alot of white text on black(well id say charcoal) backround. So that make Amazon unprofessional right?

          White text on a black backround doesnt make any site or service unprofessional by default. You using the term “1337” voids your opinion on what is professional in the first place anyway.

          You can argue from here but im done listening.

  • Morlok8k

    I miss in-pocket detection.

  • megoen

    How do you disable 4G in ICS?

    • KOBALT

      GO to settings, then where the toggle is for mobile networks, click on the actual Mobile Network words, then Network Select.

    • there is this application called phone info. You can get it from the market and make sure you put cdma auto (PRL)

  • Johnny Wishbonn

    Got the updat this morning love it. I’ve had no problems yet.

  • bhain3s


  • bhain3s

    download apex launcher, its pretty smooth, i think ill try nove launcher next

  • sangelopez

    I got mine last night. Does anyone know how to get the news feed app that was on GB back to ics?

  • KiddSayne

    mines showed up around 1 this morning downloaded it then went to sleep and when i woke up….all new ics goodness up and down my droid 4

    • D4 Guy

      Same here!

  • chris kilps

    Every time I push update, it says that I have to setup an account with Motorola. I push setup and it says connection failed. Is there anyway around this?

  • d4owner

    Updated! The phone is a lot faster and smoother! LOVE IT!

    • If you put nova launcher on it, you will like it even more. Give it a try 🙂

  • Matuas

    Anyone having any issues with Facebook since the update? It’s not starting for me – even when I revert to an earlier version.

    • blackmagick20


    • mnm

      How did you revert to an older version?

    • i am having major issues with FB since the update.cant even use the site unless I toggle to android mode..i use Dolphin – and always use desktop mode.. this really sucks!

  • Tiger

    So yeah, I did get to get the ICS update this morning but honestly, my phone’s bricked 90% of the time. It overheats when it charges causing it to lose battery, it can’t find my SD card, it freezes whenever I start an application and becomes unresponsive. I never even rooted my phone or messed with it like that. Im about to restore it to factory settings.

    • blackmagick20

      You should do a hard reset or at least clear the cache when you update your phone. It runs smoother every time. Also…even if you ‘restore factory settings’ as you say…you’ll still be on ICS

  • Knlegend1

    Exciting day for the D4 users.

  • Lambo_21

    now Moto can move on to the next one (see what i did there, no then i guess you dont listen to Jay Z)

    • Guest


    • Diablo81588

      Weak lol..

      • Lambo_21

        it sounded much better in my head haha

  • droid4user

    Downloaded installed/ need to reroot phone, lost tethering and slow moving from screen to screen on phone. Any suggestions?

    • Morlok8k

      rooting is easy, just grab the d4 utility.

      idk about tethering yet.

      as for the slow moving: in settings/developer options, set Window and Transition animation scale to Off.

      also, phone in initially slow after update. wait a few hours afterwards to let ICS index your system, and reboot.

      • Story_Ninja

        Its not quite as simple as you make it sound. I have used lots of different one click root methods. This was the first time that I had to install Android SDK tools and Java Dev kits. and I still dont know how to check to see if I have an ADB connection. All I know is I did what It said in order to get an ADB connection, started the eternity root 1click. and it worked…

        Anyways Following the xda directions was a little tougher than downloading something opening a file and connecting to my PC this time.

        For the record. Voodoo OTA was Unsuccessful in saving root through this update. Anyone Else Experience this?

    • FoxFi with Wifi Tether without root – tested on my D4 under ICS.

    • droid4user

      found this tool that was legit for root – http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1714596

      just got a new D4 in the mail. what is the best backup tool to move everything you guys have used before? thanks

  • uscmikey

    Go to settings>Apps>AllTap Google Services FrameworkTap on Clear Data and then Force StopGo to About Settings>About Phone>Check for Updates

    do the above. my update is now downloading.

  • Name


    • blackmagick20

      Umm…good for you?

      • KOBALT

        don’t be a douche

  • Gustaf

    Downloading now!

  • Drew Clouse

    If a phone is stock rooted on GB, can I just install this OTA update over it without any issues? It doesn’t matter if I lose root or not, I just don’t want to brick it.

    • Download and install “Voodoo OTA RootKeeper” from Play store (a FREE app) and keep a root backup and “Temporary Unroot” using the same app… Then download OTA update as usual… After OTA installation, just restore root access from the same app… This worked well for my DroidRazr and there is NO reason it may NOT work in Droid4, imho… Just try this method…

      • Raven

        What is with all of the down votes on this comment? This is great advice. I hope those 5 people missed the up arrow by mistake.

  • Mike

    Glad to see my Bionic still hasnt seen ICS. Come upgrade time, goodbye Motorola, HELLO SAMSUNG.

    • smwandrie93

      love seeing people like you complain about everything… me as motorola “lets update all the phones that are older before even thinking about updating phones that came out months afterward” ….just sayin….

    • Knlegend1

      Hello kies. 🙂

    • Jay

      Yeah because if there’s a company that ALWAYS does updates right, we all know it’s Samsung. Just like with the Charge…oh wait. Well there was the Fasc…hmm no. Ah the Continuu…dammit.

      Good luck with that knee jerk reaction of yours buddy

    • KOBALT

      Should have cashed in your Bionic for a Rezound awhile ago. If you complained, they would have gave you one.

  • LionStone


  • For what it’s worth, OTA updates to phones don’t roll-out to specific areas at specific times. For years I’ve been watching morons post comments similar to “Just got the update in Chicago” or “Nothing yet in San Diego” – what the hell, people? I long since would have assumed that you knew this? Their is some sort of method behind how the roll-out, but it has nothing to do with physical location (why would it?).

    • like duh

      so what you’re saying is you’re sure it isn’t the case, but might not be. Thanks Inspector Genius.

  • I wouldn’t say that I’m impressed by moto. I was told I’d have this update for my bionic by Friday and from what I’m seeing I won’t even have it this month.

  • curaga

    Just got it!

  • Dae

    Downloaded and installed within 35-40 mins!

  • Jeff A.

    Downloading now.

  • Joe

    Didn’t work for me. Still says “Check for update is not available at this time. Try again later.”

    • Linus

      That’s what mine says too. I guess we’ll just have to wait as it rolls out.

    • James

      I had the same message but when I turned on WiFi, the phone automatically started downloading the update. Could be a coincidence though.

      • rbs

        Enabling WiFi worked for me as well.

    • Hope this helps

      Do a factory reset happen to me on the razr and once I did that I was able to update

    • Some people get it first, give it a few days. You will enjoy it.

  • Bionic


    • Buy This

      Shut up troll and be patient.

      • Mike Hawk

        It’s crazy how much hate is getting directed to Bionic owners for absolutely no reason at all… Smh..

        • blackmagick20

          ‘No reason at all?!’ Are you serious? It’s not directed at all Bionic owners…it’s directed at all the ones that are CONSTANTLY whining on these comments that they don’t have ICS yet…

  • IF YOU CAN’T update or if your update says “fails” or “failed”, etc., make sure you unfreeze all bloatware, uninstall Safestrap or any Bootstrap, and if all else fails, unroot!
    Worked for me <3

  • Downloading now!

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    I thought by “pulled” you meant the update was delayed/canceled.

    • That would have been a bummer 😛

      • Kellex why we are not allow to post to facebook post from droid life like we used to do before. I just get the option of google plus and twitter not facebook.

        • michael arazan

          His name is Tim not Kellex

  • KeyboardOrDie

    Mine appeared this morning. It’s installing as I type.

  • S9779