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.*
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Once your phone has been reset, don’t bother setting it up yet.
- 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.
- Put the file on the root of your MicroSD card from the phone, (root meaning not in any folders)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.