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Manually Update Your DROID X to Android 2.2.1 (If You’re on Build 2.3.15)



So the DROID X maintenance upgrade went out to at least a few folks yesterday – likely those who are part of a test group – but XDA have gotten their hands on the files you’ll need if you want to update your phone yourself. While many believe this update is final and will continue to roll out to the rest of Verizon’s subscribers starting sometime tomorrow, we still urge you to proceed with caution. Remember that you proceed at your own risk, and that whatever happens as a result of following these instructions is no one’s responsibility but your own.

Note: There are reports that this upgrade works flawlessly when coming from system build 2.3.15 – whether or not you’re rooted – but the community is still working out a solution for those on other builds. If you are not on 2.3.15, I strongly urge you to reconsider even trying. That said, the instructions await the rest of you below, courtesy of Droid-Life.


1.  Download this file to the root of your SD card:  update.zip (alt link)
2.  Do not unzip or rename the file.
3.  With the update.zip file on your SD card and not in a folder, power off your phone.
4.  Boot into recovery by holding down “Home” and then “Power” until you see an exclamation mark.
5.  Then press the “Search” button and you will enter recovery.
6.  Using the volume keys, highlight “apply update.zip” and press in the camera button.
7.  The update will now be applied.  Enjoy!


Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. But will I lose root?

  2. Yes.

  3. But you should be able to re-root. Correct?z4?

  4. Just updated using your file. Seems to be working perfect. Not noticing anything new but at least my phone has had zero issues so far. Thanks for the link guys.

  5. Im rooted with z4, the update worked flawlessly, but i lost root. Reran z4 and everything is fine. Can i delete the update.zip from the sd card?

  6. Thanks for the link. Unfortunately it failed on my X.

    Assert failed: apply_patch_check (“/system/app/GenieWidget.apk”, “tons of numbers” , “tons of numbers”)
    E:error in /sdcard/update.zp
    (Status 7)
    Installation Aborted.

    Boo! Oh well.

  7. Just loaded the update, seems to be working fine.

    I did notice a change to the X’s dialer, it now displays the most recient call, and speed dial now works.

    The phone does seem to respond faster.

  8. I downloaded the recent update and have had no issues what so ever. Shocking I know since the update to Froyo caused me to loose the ability to connect through my work Exchange server. Had to purchase Touch-Down @ $20 to solve the problem. BTW – I have a FRG83D build on my Moto Droid (original).

  9. Why is everyone manually updating this? It’s a OTA update (FREE) from Verizon Wireless. Just go to Menu on phone, settings, about phone, system update. I received mine yesterday.

  10. Well Tim, if you read the article you would have seen that the update rolls out to people, meaning not everyone gets it at once.

  11. Not working? keeps getting error just like one of the previous comments. Installation aborted anyone else having issues like this? I am on 2.2 with 2.3.15 however bootloader 30.04 if that makes any difference. All the bloatware is running and nothing frozed and root removed. Thanks

  12. “Well Tim, if you read the article you would have seen that the update rolls out to people, meaning not everyone gets it at once.”

    wrong. the update can be manually pulled using settings>about phone> system update

    the update was removed from motorola’s servers yesterday morning

    “Thanks for the link. Unfortunately it failed on my X.
    Assert failed: apply_patch_check (”/system/app/GenieWidget.apk”, “tons of numbers” , “tons of numbers”)
    E:error in /sdcard/update.zp
    (Status 7)
    Installation Aborted.
    Boo! Oh well.”

    you have either frozen or removed or renamed some of the verizon bloatware. rename the files back to .apk, unfreeze them or install them again and it will work

  13. i downloaded just fine but im using a mac…. how do i find my SD card. all i see is memory card

  14. Thanks. Works perfectly. I am one of those people who can’t wait. No flaws or anything. Easy set up and easy install if you follow the directions.

  15. Doesn’t work if you have a rom (at least it doesn’t for my rubix rom on my Droid X)


  16. After the latest Verizon update, can I get back Root using same stuff as Froyo Root?

  17. I get the message, “no such file or directory.” Do I need to remove ther update somehow and reinstall it? My first download simply never tallied up percentage-wise and just eventually said completed. Or perhaps it’s not on the sd card?

  18. my update failed it says E:signature verification failed and then then installation aborted

  19. Got it as a manual update and works just fine for now. Just like everyone else, not much of a difference, but seems to work a little better now. I hope we can the new OS Gingerbread to see what that will offer.

  20. Does anyone know, do you have to unroot your phone or remove root apps before installing this update?

    I tried getting the update through settings > about phone > system updates. None available and I am on version 2.3.151

  21. Tim is right and Jeff is wrong.

    The update is easily accessible as Tim described. There’s no need to do anything other than turn on your phone, go to settings, about phone, system updates, and download it.

  22. actually tim is WRONG I still can’t get the update and I haven’t removed anything so some people need to stfu b/c just cause it works for you doesn’t mean it works for everyone! thanks for the update…updating now

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