How-To: Manually install Android 2.2.1 Froyo on your T-Mobile MyTouch 3G

HTC Magic T-Mobile myTouch 3G Android 2.2 Froyo

The MyTouch 3G Froyo OTA is underway, but T-Mobile just extended the update completion window to December. Those of you rocking a T-Mobile MyTouch 3G (1.0) and don’t want to wait that long, you can manually install it yourself, and we’re gonna tell you how. This update is only for the first MyTouch 3G, so users with the Fender MyTouch, or the one with a 3.5mm headphone jack will have to wait a while before they get their Froyo on.

This is one of the easiest ways to update a phone, as it requires no command line, driver installation, root, or anything else. It’s as simple as flashing a file twice, (as the update is broken into two parts), and you’re done. So let’s get started, shall we?

*Note* While you don’t need one, it may be much easier if you have a MicroSD card reader. You can always use the USB cable to transfer files, I just found it much quicker to use a card reader.*

  1. First off, download these two files. Remember the order, as you’ll be flashing them in this order. If you forget which is which, the first file is only about 364KBs, where the second file is about 42MBs.
  2. Now you’re going to want to back up everything thing that you don’t want to lose during the process, because the next step is the give the phone a data factory reset. Try MyBackup Pro, it’s the best I’ve ever used with a simple and straight forward, and there’s a free version as well.
  3. After you’ve gotten everything you want backed up, you need to wipe the whole handset. You can do this by going to Settings > SD Card and Phone Storage> Factory data reset> Reset Phone.
  4. Once your phone has been reset, don’t bother setting it up yet.
  5. Now you want to grab the first file you downloaded, and rename it to update.zip. Since it’s a zip file already, all you may need to rename the file is to “update” if the file extension is not shown.
  6. Put the file on the root of your MicroSD card from the phone, (root meaning not in any folders)
  7. Now, with the phone off, boot up your phone by holding down Home and Power. Hold these buttons down until you are presented with a screen with a triangle with an exclamation point.
  8. Once you see this screen, release the keys and press both Home and Power once more to get into the recovery screen. Using your trackball, navigate to  “Apply sdcard:update.zip” and press in the trackball to execute the operation. The file will flash, and the phone will reboot a couple of times. Don’t interrupt this process.
  9. You’re halfway done now. Now you need to repeat steps 5-8 with File 2. Make sure you delete the first file from your SD card, rename File 2 to update.zip, place on the root of the MicroSD Card, turn off the phone and repeat the steps from the paragraph above.

After successfully flashing the 2nd file, allowing it to reboot a couple of times, you will now be on Android 2.2.1. Enjoy!

This will likely be the last update the MyTouch 3G will ever receive, so revel in it.

[Via: T-MobileForums]

  • dom

    Just did this update! worked great.
    Took me a couple tries to finally figure out what i was doing wrong.

    READ the directions!

    • Nbatis09

      can you please tell us what you did wrong? I’m getting the same error on the 2nd file and I TRULY believe im doing everything correctly.. thanks

      • Anonymous

        Not sure what to tell you, but if you’re getting a error on either file, try redownloading it. Wish I knew how to help more, but I never saw any of these errors.

        • Anonymous

          The second file is not able to download. Has someone pulled the second file offline so that it is not even available?

          • Starius40

            Hi Andy,
            Did you get the second file? I get an error trying to download it.
            404. That’s an error.
            The requested URL /packages/ota/tmobile_opal/e3671133717d.signed-opal-FRG83-from-DMD64.e3671133.zip was not found on this server. That’s all we know.

        • Starius40

          Hello Blake,
          Thanks for the help you are giving here. I am not able to download file2 from the location indicated. I get the error:
          404. That’s an error.
          The requested URL /packages/ota/tmobile_opal/e3671133717d.signed-opal-FRG83-from-DMD64.e3671133.zip was not found on this server. That’s all we know.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MKZK3QNIFVDQAGAQJNDU6ZQPFI Gil

    I get a message that there are no signatures in the first update zip and that verification failed when I try to update from the recovery screen. Also, I get to my recovery screen without having to re-press home & power. I get there when I just hold down home & power when the phone is off.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rorschach2.0 Joshua Dwayne Summers

    While flashing the second file, after verifying I get an error, something about file_getprop and release_keys, and it ends with (Sect 7) or something like that. I followed the directions to the letter…what am I missing?

    • Niranjan Nayar

      I got the same error

    • Rmflagg

      I am also having the same problem as the two above and I can’t figure out what I am doing wrong! :(

  • Jdhhendon

    i’m confused….about a month ago I got an text telling me that my 2.2 update is ‘coming soon’….still waiting…or, do i have to do it myself? what’s the next step? Is there something that I have to do now?

  • Anonymous

    Sorry to hear that people are getting errors. I didn’t experience anything like this. Maybe try redownloading the files, the MD5 could have been wrong.

  • DEATH OF A POP STAR

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH

    • Mr-trujillo

      worked GREAT.!!!!!! thanks

  • Samjay

    I got the updates applied successfully. It is only that I don’t have myfaves anymore and voice dialing is disabled. Any thoughts?

  • Domenic

    my phone crashed and now i cant turn it on… dont do this. its not even mytouch froyo. its galaxy x froyo version.

    • Anonymous

      This is in no way the Galaxy S Froyo. I successfully did this for my friend’s MyTouch 3G. It’s plain old stock Android 2.2.2 Froyo. Read the instructions carefully. It’s painfully simple, really.

    • Anonymous

      This is in no way the Galaxy S Froyo. I successfully did this for my friend’s MyTouch 3G. It’s plain old stock Android 2.2.2 Froyo. Read the instructions carefully. It’s painfully simple, really.

  • CHAM

    this doesn’t work!!!! The second file won’t flash

  • Bigtimestearn

    in process now, but i wonder will tmobile still send me update?

  • Rachel

    I followed these instructions last night after my boyfriend forwarded me this article. It worked for me. I’m using 2.2 right now.

  • DUKE

    READ AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS !!!!!! IT WORKS PERFECTLY.

    • Starius40

      Hi Duke,
      I am having trouble downloading file2. I get the error:
      404. That’s an error.
      The requested URL /packages/ota/tmobile_opal/e3671133717d.signed-opal-FRG83-from-DMD64.e3671133.zip was not found on this server. That’s all we know.
      Any help

  • Pmolina718

    how do i back up my files?

  • Pmolina718

    Im having problems restoring my backed up files. my applications my data. any suggestions?

  • Pmolina718

    Ignore my last questions figured it out. worked great thanks man. took me a couple of times . figured it out at the end !!!

  • Benbash

    Worked great!! Thank you!! :)

  • frijoltj1

    ive followed the instructions an it worked just fine!!!!Thanks!!!!

  • frijoltj1

    ive followed the instructions an it worked just fine!!!!Thanks!!!!

  • Anonymous

    edit

  • Mar

    i followed the directions perfectly i get an error when trying to flash the first file help anyone?

  • kelsey

    Does it make a difference if I set up my google account after the reset before i update?

  • http://www.facebook.com/mab3oos Sanfoor Garfan

    the best, most concise froyo upgrade tutorial I have seen! great post!

    just follow the steps. that’s all it takes.

    thanks!

  • Blake

    Everything goes fine till the 2nd file and it says i have a bad file?

  • …..

    do i need to have a data plan?

  • Enoch861

    Worked like magic!

  • Eric L

    I’m having this problem on my friend’s MyTouch. This process worked on my MyTouch but I am gettting the “E:Error in /sdcard/update.zip (Status 7)” error. Has anyone solved this issue?

  • Silent P

    HURRY i need this update for my 3.5mm. Patience is withering!

  • More

    All great for u people for who it worked but maybe it’s time to actually stop braggin bout the way it worked and started to help the people who aren’t so lucky? whats with the verification problem? im getting it each time and redownloading it doesnt help.

  • Qerby

    I have downloaded froyo works fine but dont have live wallpapers option. any help

  • maritza

    When I was trying to do step 8, my phone said there was an error like if the file didn’t exist in that area even though i did put it in the root of my micro sd card. what am i doing wrong??

  • maritza

    It says the “update” file is write-protected when i try to copy it to the root of my sd card. why wont it let me copy it?

  • http://twitter.com/shiaraluna Shiara Agosto

    I’ve found a problem with the second file. I get an error saying it cannot find the update script. In the following folder:

    ..META-INFcomgoogleandroid

    There should be a file named update-script, instead it is named updater-script and thus the phone does not recognize it. Can this be fixed? If I unzip, rename, rezip, I get a signature error.

  • anony

    I followed the directions for the first file exactly, but since I didn’t have a card reader handy for the second, I went through the Google setup process on the device, moved the file over, powered down and then followed steps 7 and 8. Everything worked perfectly.

    The problem is that it went perfectly and I have no idea how to troubleshoot for those who are having difficulty. But the files and process are sound; those running into issues may have missed the compatability issue (“This update is only for the first MyTouch 3G, so users with the Fender MyTouch, or the one with a 3.5mm headphone jack will have to wait a while before they get their Froyo on.”).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7BZUVUKFFOWG6D4E52NZAK6EE4 Ashvin Dalwadi

    thank you so much….

  • GREED1418

    MAKE SURE YOUR CURRENT BUILD NUMBER IS “DMD64″ BEFORE YOU FLASH…SETTINGS > ABOUT PHONE..IF IT IS NOT FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET TO “DMD64″ FIRST THEN FLASH THESE FILES…THAT IS HOW I DID IT…I HAD THE SIGNATURE PROBLEM…

  • GREED1418

    MAKE SURE YOUR CURRENT BUILD NUMBER IS “DMD64″ BEFORE YOU FLASH…SETTINGS > ABOUT PHONE..IF IT IS NOT FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET TO “DMD64″ FIRST THEN FLASH THESE FILES…THAT IS HOW I DID IT…I HAD THE SIGNATURE PROBLEM…

  • GREED1418

    MAKE SURE YOUR CURRENT BUILD NUMBER IS “DMD64″ BEFORE YOU FLASH…SETTINGS > ABOUT PHONE..IF IT IS NOT FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET TO “DMD64″ FIRST THEN FLASH THESE FILES…THAT IS HOW I DID IT…I HAD THE SIGNATURE PROBLEM…

  • kristine

    hi blake,, thanks for the post. however i wonder if you could help me with this.. i’m having a problem updating with FILE 2 it says ” E:Error in /sdcard/update.zip (status 7)” what should i do? i hope to hear some answer and solution with this.. thanks in advance! kristine

    • Anonymous

      Hi Kristine, I honestly don’t know what you’d want to do with that, but I would redownload the file and start over. It’s not a a guaranteed fix, but since the tutorial is so straight forward, most problems are likely a result of the file not downloading correctly.

  • subg08

    what if we get a message saying to update to froyo after we manually updated? What will happen?

  • Murtazabajwa786

    The second file doesn’t seem to exist… anywhere else i can download it?

  • Tim Braun

    Worked really well. Info was great. I didn’t know MT wcould do multi touch was surprised when I pinch zoomed and didn’t even mean to. I did it without a data plan. My wife got her update via OTA it’s the same update. Thanks.

  • Courtney

    the second link isnt working for me. Please help . !

  • Raulramirezalvasre

    second link is not working for me.. anyone alse having same problem?

  • http://twitter.com/_JoeeJoee Joe Joe!

    mine keeps saying E:signature verification failed installation aborted?
    what do i do?? i have a mytouch 3gUS….. wat am i doing wrong
    i am trying to install it through sdcard:update.zip

  • Kd7eir

    Worked flawlessly for me! Thank you for the info.

  • Kd7eir

    Worked flawlessly for me! Thank you for the info.

  • SalasPappi

    Does this work on the Slide

  • Yoyo5793

    Will this work for Google ION version of the phone that google gave out in the ’09 developers conference?

  • Yoyo5793

    Will this work for Google ION version of the phone that google gave out in the ’09 developers conference?

  • Yoyo5793

    Will this work for Google ION version of the phone that google gave out in the ’09 developers conference?

  • elponderado

    Now that the 3.5 jack version of the mytouch is being update to Froyo via OTA, do you have those files for a manual download?

  • Evilgeorge0

    Is this dangerous

  • Tmiyazaki83

    can someone please help me the second file does not download gives me a 404 error The requested URL /packages/ota/tmobile_opal/e3671133717d.signed-opal-FRG83-from-DMD64.e3671133.zip was not found on this server.

    i tried google search this file and nothing came up. i tried it in 3 different browser and still nothing. if anyone has a slalution for this problem please email me at
    tmiyazaki83@gmail.com

  • Paper

    I can’t download file 2.. says it does not exist.. help please?

  • Nykiat

    file 2 link is broken

  • Lilcazy_0508

    the second link wont downlaod can someone help me?

  • Lilcazy_0508

    I need help with the second link. i cant download it. pls.

  • BeeMee

    Me, too. I need the second file but the link is broken.

  • Ejnj

    i need the second file if any one has it email me at ejnj@rocketmail.com

  • Gkeyzers

    Hey Blake….Are
    the T-Mobile 2.2.1 Froyo upgade files still good? File 1 downloaded great but file 2 is not found.

  • munguldinho

    I need 2nd file too!!! please share this file

  • Bricksquad909

    where is File 2 ??????? wont download .. .link is broken .

  • Mar92587

    hey, if you have the second file, that would be really awesome to have, right about now. thanks!

  • Santhoshyakkali

    Not able to download the second file. Any help pls..

  • john

    hey the second file not working men do something please….

  • http://www.facebook.com/hollydawit Dawit Kebede

    am upset to finding z 2nd file I can’t download it help me pls!!!!

  • Julius

    Please am unable to download the file 2, says error…. what else can I do?

  • mike

    second file doesnt exist. T_T

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