How-to Manually Flash Froyo on Your Droid Without Waiting for OTA

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The Motorola Droid (original) was the first Android-powered phone to come out with Android 2. Granted it was 2.0.1, but it was still a leap ahead of the game. Shortly after Android 2.1 was released, the Droid got updated to 2.1 as well. Now that Android 2.2 has been out for a while, Droid owners are wondering what’s taking Froyo so long to come to their devices.

A lucky few have begun to get the over-the-air (OTA) update to their Droid’s, but this is generally a slow process to keep from overwhelming both Google’s update servers, and Verizon’s network.

If you’d like to get the “official” Froyo update for your Droid (FRG01B), the steps are simple, and no rooting or warranty-voiding necessary. Like all updates, take care: pocketnow.com isn’t responsible for any damage you may do due to faulty downloads, failure to follow direction, unexpected power failures, or some other random and/or inexplicable event. Continue at your own risk.

These instructions assume a stock phone with the factory recovery ROM. If you’ve rooted your phone or have installed a custom recovery ROM these instructions may not apply.

1. Download the update file.

2. Rename the file to update.zip and place it on the root of your sdcard.

3. Power-off your phone.

4. Press and hold the “X” button on the keyboard, and press the power button (this will boot you into recovery mode); you know you’re in the right spot when you see the “exclamation mark in a triangle” icon.

5. Press volume-up and the camera button, this will bring up the recovery options.

6. Using the d-pad, navigate to “apply sdcard:update.zip” and press the center of the d-pad to select it.

7. When you see “Install from sdcard complete”, select “reboot system now”.

Keep in mind, the first boot after flashing a new ROM will usually take a fair amount of time (more than normal, at the very least).

Also, you won’t be getting the built-in WiFi tethering that other Froyo devices get due to the lack of drivers that support the correct mode to enable it (it’s not a “lack of hardware” as Verizon has previously stated).

If the steps above don’t work for you, if the update file has been pulled, or if you’d rather not risk it, you can just be patient. The OTA update has already started to roll out and should be coming to your phone any time.

Enjoy your Froyo!

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy".By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video.Read more about Joe Levi here.