Verizon started rolling out the Android 2.1 upgrade to Droid Eris owners earlier this week, but many have still not received it. This is because over the air (OTA) updates normally roll out in stages and it can take 1-2 weeks before everyone sees them.
If you are tired of waiting on the OTA upgrade and have a half-hour to burn, you can manually install Android 2.1 on your Droid Eris right now. Virtually every Android phone has a manual method of flashing new firmwares and all you need is the latest upgrade file.
There is no need to worry because this is the official upgrade file that is being sent out over the air (Just check the download path. It’s from Google’s servers). You can wait a week to get it from Verizon or you can download it from Google now and install it today. This update is only intended for Verizon Droid Eris owners still on Android 1.5. This update is not to be used by those who previously installed one of the unofficial leaks.
We originally reported the Droid Eris 2.1 upgrade would require a wipe, but users who have flashed the upgrade said it did not. Checking Verizon’s support page it looks like they have removed the warning about erasing user data.
Update: HTC has informed us that users updating this way will factory reset the phone. All your contacts are backed up with Google, while your music and pictures should be stored on your SD card. Users will need to reinstall applications that were download from the Android Market. All paid apps are synced with your Google account, so no worries about losing your purchases.
For the list of changes and benefits check out Verizon’s release notes on their official support page.
To manually install Android 2.1 on the Verizon Droid Eris, perform the following steps:
- Download the official Android 2.1 firmware for the Eris from: Android 2.1 (2.36.605.1)
- Copy the file to your microSD card and name it update.zip (newb warning: not update.zip.zip)
- Power off your phone. Hold down the VOLUME DOWN button and power it back on.
- The phone will now search for files like PB00IMG.zip, etc. This is normal. Scroll down to recovery and press the POWER button.
- When you see the “/!\” symbol, press the POWER button and the HOME button at the same time. You should be presented with a menu and one of the options should be “Apply sdcard:update.zip”.
- Use the trackball to navigate to “apply sdcard:update.zip” and select it.
- When you see “Install from sdcard complete”, select “reboot system now”.
Users who have flashed the upgrade reported it takes about 15 minutes from start to finish.