How To: Manually install Android 2.2 Froyo on your Motorola DROID for Verizon


It’s here folks – the official Android 2.2 Froyo update has been leaked for the Motorola Droid, and we’ve got the instructions on how to manually install it! As expected, Verizon is rolling out the Android update to their original Motorola Android phone this week, but we know waiting for an OTA update can be painful. So, if you’re ready to get some Android 2.2 action on, keep reading to install Froyo yourself!

Verizon is rolling out the official Android 2.2 Froyo update over-the-air as we speak. Read more about the official Android 2.2 update for your Droid here.

If you’ve been waiting to get some sweet, sweet Froyo lovin’ on your Android slider phone, this is definitely your day. Android 2.2 will enable your Droid to dial phone numbers by voice through a Bluetooth headset, run Android faster (thanks to the JIT compiler), surf the web faster (thanks to the V8 JavaScript engine), support for Adobe Flash 10.1, and a whole bunch of other cool features – without, of course, the WiFi hotspot or tethering option.

Installing the update is relatively easy, and as long as you follow the instructions you won’t have any problems.

Here we go:

  1. Download this file here
  2. Rename the file to (if you don’t see the .zip part of the file, it’s likely hidden and already in the correct format, so just name it ‘update’)
  3. Put the newly renames file onto the root of your SD card (meaning inside no folders)
  4. Turn off your phone
  5. Boot into recovery mode (Power + X)
  6. Press the volume up and camera button at the same time for the text to show up (you may have to do this a couple of times)
  7. With your D-Pad, navigate to “apply“, and hit the gold button to execute the command.
  8. Let the update install, and reboot
  9. You have Froyo!

So if that was too hard for you, maybe you just want to wait out for the Droid 2, which will have Froyo pre-installed on it when it comes out. But we don’t think the method outlined above is too painful – even the less tech-savvy people out there should be able to do this with ease. If you don’t feel like forcing your Droid to update to Android 2.2, that’s fine too, as the official OTA is said to be hitting handsets this week. Just don’t come complaining if its been a week an you haven’t received it, OTA updates can take a while.

If you just used this method, how are you liking Froyo so far? Liking the overall snappiness of the new OS build?

Verizon is rolling out the official Android 2.2 Froyo update over-the-air as we speak. Read more about the official Android 2.2 update for your Droid here.

[Via: Droid-Life]

  • kel

    What do you mean by jig?

    • Matt


    • Will

      As defined by Any of several old rustic kicking and leaping dances.

    • silencedogood

      The Jig (Irish: port) is a form of lively folk dance, as well as the accompanying dance tune, originating in England in the sixteenth century and today most associated with Irish dance music and Scottish country dance music.[1] Jigs were originally in 2/4 time, but have been adapted to a variety of time signatures, by which they are often classified into groups, including light jigs, slip jigs, single jigs, and treble jigs.

      • blakestimac

        Thank you for the clarification. The 'jig step' was removed since some immature viewers chose to take it to another level. It was a joke, and it looks like some people can't be civil.

    • notdadroidsyerlkn4

      I think when they say jig they mean "black people".

  • Matt

    Has anyone actually done this with success? I see it is downloading from a google site… So I presume it's the real thing?

    • Jamey

      Done, Worked great, phone is much more responsive!

    • Tanya

      I just did it and it worked!!Wow!!That was almost too easy…

    • jonesy555

      I did it to my droid a month ago…and it seemed to be more irresponsive! I may need to just recover my phone and start over…

  • Chris

    lol… i was going to ask the same thing

  • Chris

    It's some sort of cultural dance I think.

  • freddy

    Might have to do the picture+volumeup buttons. I did.

    • blakestimac

      Thanks, it's been a while since I've flashed a ROM on this device, and some Android phones don't need this step.

      • freddy

        Flash site is down. Cannot update for some reason. Maybe too much load? Found a boo-boo?

  • FoxKat

    You forgot after step 5, (call it Step 5.1) press Volume Up followed by Camera button to get the menus, THEN step 6.

  • cmo

    5.1 You have to press camera button and volume up (+) in order to get the menu…

  • Tim

    Worked for me after I figured out that I renamed the Update file once I fixed it, worked like a charm.

  • marinperez

    Boom. Re-ordered my Droid just to download this and see how it breathes new life. Thanks Blake.

  • SoundsDubious

    Is this legit? Has anyone done this yet?

  • Darrell

    there is a missing step to the above instructions. after step #5 you should hold the volume up key and the camera button, at least that was the only way I could get to to show the recovery console.

  • Blaine

    Did it. Love it. Thanks!

  • DroidFan

    1. Does your method support Hotspot and tethering?
    2. What will happen to your Froyo installation when the OTA arrives?
    3. Will it be possible to install this release after OTA arrives?

  • Josh Meriano

    Flash 10.1 not working. On hold with Motorola as I type this.

    • Kerry

      // shedding a little tear

  • tom

    downloaded but flash isnt working? any help?

    • Jamey

      There is a way, it's not all that easy and its slow as can be. Use Google. "install flash 10.1 for motorola droid", should be the third result. Will require copying it to your phone from a PC (well it's the simplest method) similar to the Froyo update.

  • Steelerman

    I get the Exclamation Mark — but the D-pad won't move me anywhere. I also tried the other method — holding volume up and camera button, but still it just sits on the exclamation mark. Wassup?

    • Jamey

      Press and hold BOTH buttons at the same time. Can be kind of tricky to get them pressed just right.

  • @Beng2cool4u

    worked GREAT after long initial bootup.
    also you missed a step…before step 6 : Hit the volume up and camera button (half-way down) at the same time.

    otherwised worked great.

  • alex

    your instructions are missing a few steps after holding power+x a caution icon comes up, press volume up + camera button at the same time to bring up the menu. Thanks for the update file though, I'm installing now

    I found the instructions: here:

  • timm79

    works fine but no flash and by doing a jig it is american term for do a little dance lol

    • boxermom

      Works and sytem shows version 2.2 running but still no Flash. Any idea why not?

  • mpo

    not working.

  • Viper

    Just tried it and when I boot into recovery mode all I get is a triangle with a exclamation mark in the middle of the triangle next to the phone icon and no option to update

    • Jamey

      Press the Volume Up button and the Camera (take a picture) button to bring up the menu.

  • sdf

    not working for me either – i get stuck on the screen with the exclamation point and hitting vol up and camera doesnt work for me.

  • sdf

    not sure what did it, but i slid the phone closed, plugged it back into the computer and tried again. it's updating now

  • Kerry

    You forgot one point:

    5b. Press the Vol+ and the Camera button together until you get a menu.

    Other than that, thanks for the file and the info!

  • FPH

    rename as update not otherwise its zip x 2….

  • Ryan

    i have a question if i update this my self will i still be able to recieve the other update from verizon?

  • atlantis

    First attempt was a quick fail: I renamed the ZIP file in Windows forgetting that my file extensions were still hidden so I renamed it "UPDATE.ZIP.ZIP"
    Needless to say the recovery console gave me the error: " does not exist"
    No fear, I'm trying again now!

  • jamey

    Installed and confirmed working! Where the heck is flash???.

    • Jamey

      Love the snappiness! The flash is still slow and clunky, but functional. I would recommend waiting till Flash is officially released, personally.

  • brian a

    worked as advertised.

  • nichole

    ok i tried every thing step by step it's not working

  • Ed

    Successfully installed the update. Installed the flash platform which doesn't seem to install the actual flash 10.1 application…upon clicking it seems to take you to a placeholder at the android market but nothing is there as of yet. Happy overall thought, am sure this will be addressed shortly.

    • Jamey

      Use Google to look for "install flash 10.1 for motorola droid". You have to save it to your phone from a PC, enable install from unknown sources, and use a file browser to "use" it and install it. It's pretty slow and kind of clunky… but I got it working…

      • Ed

        Downloaded the flash apk as suggested and installed via an app manager program from sd card. Worked like a champ and am running with no issues. Thanks all for your help and suggestions!

  • nate

    mine will go for like 2 seconds and then the last 2 lines say E: signiture verification failed Instillation aborted.

  • bob

    phone is moving really slow and barely working after this update. help

  • Adam

    I've installed the update but have noticed that opening apps (browser, market, settings, maps, etc…) is extremely slow. Anyone else having this issue? Any suggestions? It's like it's opening them in slow mo!

    • Wen

      Mine is also pretty slow running the browser now. Also, the system seems to be less stable compared with 2.1 version. Also, the gallery application cannot play video files. It pops up for force close.

  • Brian

    This works great. You can google flash for droid and find the file. I installed flash 10.1…. and it works great.

  • Rex

    Was easy to update had to rename file update not Don't have flash.

  • phillip

    just did it im rebooting right now. you have to hit volume up and camera button several times to get the menu

  • Damageinc

    I have tried everything to get flash to work.

    I loaded froyo yesterday (manually) which went perfectly.

    I then tried everything under the sun on the web to get flash to work on moto droid.

    I downloaded and removed

    I have the .apk. I tried 2 different versions and even a nexus one version for the .apk.

    My phone says that Adobe 10.1 is installed under app management but no icon shows in app icon storage.

    It will begin to load a page and stop and give me a time out.

    It will also ask for Estrongs video player or the (i forget what the name is) factory installed software to open( it asks me) and neither can open the file.

    I imported the file from chrom to phone.Downloaded to sd card and then loaded flash player.

    It still will not play anything.

    Anyone have any ideas?

    I am not sure what side loading means but I tried those instructions also- no go.

    This is bs. You would think there would be detailed instructions somewhere for an unrooted phone.

    We waited patiently for froyo – only for the flash and it doesn't work. You cannot find the correct app to load on the app market either- the link doesn't work and the app doesn't show up although I know it is there.

    Sad thing is that i have succfully loaded it a few different ways and it still doesn't do anything.

    I think this is pathetic. I should have gotten a blackberry or anyting that has flash.The only advantage i have with this phone is free phone calls…

    • guest

      blackberry doesn't have flash….neither does the iphone….there is another update coming so quit crying


    Much gracias!!!

  • Franker

    No Flash 10.1 Update will not allow me to download flash 10.1. Is this a bug and has anyone come up with fix?

  • eric

    Got update to install fairly easily. My phone is painfully slow since then. My CPU seems to always be at or close to 100%, if its synching with Google I literally cannot do anything else -screen even goes unresponsive. Not happy so far but hoping there’s some config issue on my phone since others are reporting increased speed.

  • Chas

    Install went real smooth but now my Droid is really sluggish from the home screen to the browser. My que

  • Chas

    My question is will I still be able to do the ota update??

  • Jim

    Which build is this. FRG01B or FRG22

  • Chas


  • chris

    flash doesn't work

  • Zach

    I worked great! Now how do I get the flash player?

  • Ryan

    My phone is also slower after the update. Real bummer.

  • Mike

    I would love to try this but I just dont see the actually FILE link to download….lol

  • Guisseppe Vera

    Just did it and it is working great. Still trying to figure out why I can't get onto flash sites, but so far so good.

  • Amanda

    Put the newly renamed file onto the root of your SD card (meaning inside no folders) <– what does this mean? Will someone walk me through this step, by step? My husband got his update from Verizon last week… I'm still waiting for mine…

  • smon

    hey is tell me signature verification failed

  • Jamie

    Just did exactly what the instructions above said……. Updated fine!

  • TurnerSeth

    Worked like a charm! Had to push camera/volume + a number of times and the initial reboot was long, but got-heer-done easy enough.

  • Drew

    just did the update manually and now my phone is working really slow…

  • Cat Kronick

    I’m not tech savvy at all and assumed this ‘pop up’ (actual 2.2 update) was some random warranty thing not knowing it would change the look and speed among other things on my phone. Much to my surprise, my alarm clock is gone (which is now under just ‘clocks’) I can’t slide my apps up anymore, and google decided to add a blue ‘g’ to search every area where I am already able to search such as contacts, browser, etc.
    I really don’t like how the new google browser looks and how I can’t slide up my apps anymore 🙁
    Is there anyway to get back the 2.1 version app tab and google search bar without actually going back to that operating system?? Hopefully you savvy ones can help…….

    • Blake

      Don’t want to sound rude, but you should really get over the small aesthetic changes in Android 2.2. The OS is much better than Android 2.1, and over time, you’ll notice this. It’s much faster thanks to the JIT compiler and the JavaScript V8 Engine, and with many other Froyo-only apps, like Chrome to Phone, you’ll have a much more functional device than Android 2.1 could ever give you.

  • Cat Kronick

    Blake, don’t want to sound rude but when someone asks for ‘tech savvy’ help, they don’t want a lecture on how their new operating system is better when the question was on a simple and aesthetic change.
    I am surely NOT complaining about the 2.2 operating system and if you read the OP it didn’t say anything about reverting to the 2.1 os. That’s not what the post was. I simply wanted to know if anyone out there knew how to get the 2.1 LOOK back without reverting back to the obsolete 2.1 system as in possibbly an app for those who don’t like the new look…..?
    I may have not known that a new 2.2 version was coming and what that ‘update’ was since I’m NOT a tech head and wasn’t waiting for the wonderful upgrade but I was blindsided when my screen looks and operates different let alone all the unwarranted and undeleteable apps they hold the right to send….but that’s a different story.
    Yes my phone is a little faster but does the home page work and look like it used to? No.
    That is my dilemma and not the actual operating system.

    Now, if there is someone who knows of an app or download for the old 2.1 home screen app tab or anything that isn’t ‘rooting’ around / reverting back to the 2.1 operating system that would be very helpful and appreciated.
    Thanks in advance for any help!

  • Dan

    i downloaded the update and did the instruction well , however it failed to updated the phone, i get a message that updated has been aborted and the file is not verified, any help ???

  • Donny Juando

    I tried this and ended up with
    “assert failed: apply_patch_check(“MTD:boot:2504704:0b5ee101da41148aa026a32848f609fa4b05403e:2875392:d104d2ec84a2d0660e786c0fb8174bfacb4079d6″)
    E:Error in /sdcard/
    (Status 7)
    Installation aborted.”

    What does that mean?

  • I downloaded 2.2 on my droid…and then I downloaded flashplayer. I am
    overjoyed. everything works..including smart keyboard pro. now we’re
    talking !

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