Aug 03 AT 3:22 PM Sean Riley 143 Comments

How to manually install Android 2.2 on your Motorola Droid

To all those patient folk that have been waiting around with stock Android 2.1 and wondering when Google would finally see fit to give you your precious frozen treat the waiting is finally over.

This is the official file direct from Google’s servers so you can either wait for it to come to you or go ahead and install now. Please note that this version is only for those that are on stock Android 2.1 right now so if you are on another rom and/or are rooted you should wait for whatever you are running to be updated or get back to stock before updating.

All credit to the guys at Android Forums for the find and specifically forumites LarryR and NickMili.

To manually install Android 2.2 on the Verizon Droid, perform the following steps:

  1. Download the official Android 2.2 firmware from: Android 2.2 (FRG01B)
  2. Copy the file to your microSD card and name it (newb warning: not
  3. Power off your phone. Hold down the “X” button on the physical keyboard and power it back on to boot into recovery mode.
  4. When you see the “/!” symbol, press volume up and the camera button to display the recovery options.
  5. Use the d-pad to navigate to “apply” and select it.
  6. When you see “Install from sdcard complete”, select “reboot system now”.
  7. Great success!

If you have any problems or just feel like bragging about having Froyo hit us up in comments.

Update: If you are looking for Flash 10.1 it apparently is not appearing in the Market yet for updated Droid users, but according to Jeice it will allow you to get it directly from this page on Adobe’s site. It seems that the Adobe page isn’t working for some people either so here is a link to the .apk file.

Source: Androidforums

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://Website Joseph W.

    Will this on the Droid X as well?

    • Sean Riley

      Absolutely not, just the original Droid.

  • JonnyPickel

    I’ve never done this before so I just want to be perfectly clear on one thing: Is this the same file that is going to be released OTA?

    • JonnyPickel

      GG reading. I wish I could downvote my own comment…

      • Jeice

        I’ll do it for you! :D

        • JonnyPickel

          Much obliged :)

  • http://n/a Anthony

    Is this legit? I assume so cuz Ive seen this file a few places but I’ve heard nothing from VW so I wanna be sure.

    • Sean Riley

      It’s definitely legit, VZW is probably just a few days out from starting the actual OTA.

  • http://Website Foxxy

    All sucessful but could not open file guess I will have to wait for verizon :(

    • Sean Riley

      You got it downloaded and couldn’t open the zip file on your computer?

      • http://Website Brian

        Hmm, followed all the steps but it didn’t work. failed to read footer from sdcard/ signature verification failed. Install aborted.

        • http://Website Jordan

          Same thing happening with me, installation aborted…help!!!!

          • http://Website russ

            N00bs, you’re naming the update incorectly. Name it ‘update’ without the .zip extension. In essence, ur naming it the ‘.sop’s extension is hidden in most folders. Name it ‘update’ and try it

  • Jeice

    Installing now. See ya all on the other side.

  • http://Website klacebo

    Is this for the Milestone (euro droid) also? I’d hate to brick it…

    • http://Website nate

      Don’t hold me to this but I highly doubt that this will work on the milestone because of the hardware differences.

    • Sean Riley

      I would not recommend trying this on your Milestone, someone may well find a way to make it compatible but the default update won’t be.

  • http://Website pal251

    I want proof it works

    • http://Website Remy

      Perfect directions and it works great!!! FYI…Verizon put a block on the Tether feature (as I feared)…otherwise this update is everything I’ve heard it would be.

  • Jeice

    Ooh, five home screens. Launcher looks nice as well. It took a bit longer to boot up after the update, but it works.

  • http://Website Danimal

    “if you are rooted and on another rom you should wait …”

    I am rooted but not on another ROM. Am I safe to run this?

    • http://Website thepwneddroid

      It could, but I wouldn’t, I suggest using DroidMod Updater to unroot your phone, then use the upgrade.

    • Sean Riley

      Sorry about that, it should read “if you are rooted and/or on another rom…” I’m correcting it now.

      You should wait for someone to release a rooted version of 2.2 or head back to stock if you don’t want to be rooted anymore.

    • http://Website jason

      The rooted version of this ROM has been available since 7/20. Google frg01b untouched.

  • http://Website Graham

    Installed just fine.

    1st boot was slow, got some force closes on the home screen

    rebooted, and everything is gravy.

    installing flash 10.1 now

    • http://Website Deter

      How are you installing flash? i can’t find it in the market.

  • Jeice

    There is an option in settings for USB tethering, but it doesn’t seem to work with my laptop.
    Not sure if that’s because Verizon did disable it like they said or because my comp is not running a compatible OS.

    • http://Website Willard Potter

      As far as I know. There really isn’t an incompatible OS with that. Windows, Mac, and Linux are supported. I’ve used a few windows machines, and two linux distros and they worked, but that is with the rooted releases.

      I was going to consider unrooting for the official release, but now i might hold off… I hope that’s not the case.

  • http://Website James E.

    Downloaded, installed, rebooted, and…Froyo! Of course, without tethering and the wi-fi hotspot.

  • Jeice

    In horrible news, I can’t find Flash 10.1 in the marketplace anymore. Help?

    • Sean Riley
      • Jeice

        Tried that. It said it can’t find the package. I had to go find the package hosted on adobe’s site instead.

        Works fine.

        • http://Website Arian

          Hmm, I’m getting “The Requested Item Could Not Be Found” following that link. Anyone else?

          • http://Website lawlzilla

            I keep getting it as well. Why does it work for some and not others?

          • http://Website Jon

            Im confirming this problem after adobe showcase install

        • Sean Riley

          Thanks for the info, I’m sure a lot of people are going to be wondering about that, I’ll update the post.

        • http://Website Goatyeah

          I went to the site that you suggested for flash and its not valid… where did you get it?

        • http://Website Tyler

          I found what could be a helpful link as well, the 2nd link down i believe as the .apk file to download. Havnt updated phone to 2.2 to test yet, but i thought sharing my link would be helpful for some wanting Flash 10.1 Beta 3.

  • http://Website Nicole

    When I click on the file to download, it says. Cannot download. Device not supported. But I have the original motorola droid…….

    • Sean Riley

      I may just be misunderstanding, but are you trying to download the file from your phone?

      • http://Website Nicole

        Yeah I did it from my phone. But I’m all set now…my fiance helped me out lol :)

  • http://Website HanSQL

    Just installed it and I can vouch that the update is legit. THANK YOU!

  • http://Website Mike Norton

    I can’t get the X power on to come up with a boot loader. I do NOT have SPRevover installed. Tried to and the flash failed.

    Sooo. . is something wrong or do I need SPRevovery?

  • http://Website mikeDroid

    LOVE IT! :)

    Rebooting from install right now – All working cherry, so far.. Thanks AAM

  • http://Website xorey

    The best thing is the lock screen finally has swipe to vibrate

  • http://Website solDroid

    i got the update working and it’s running fine on my phone.i just can’t get the flash player to just keeps saying requested item not found

    • http://Website Lawlzilla

      Same here. I’ve followed the link from adobe on my DROID, and it refuses to give me what is rightfully mine. >.>

  • http://Website mikeDroid

    Just an update.. phone doesn’t feel any fasterto be honest, though I’ve read it takes a few boots / time to speed up.

    Its running warmer than usual, assuming that has to do with it still setting itself up maybe?

    Ran a quadrant benchmark and scored 817, I think I was around 330 pre 2.2.

    Thanks again aam.

    • http://Website Splendor

      I got an 838! :)

  • http://Website Splendor

    Worked for me!

  • http://Website M6Droid

    I downloaded the file, copied it to my SDCard root (the main SD card folder), and did the installation as said…but it said it failed because it couldn’t find the folder.

    Did I do something wrong? I am wondering if I should make an folder under the main SD card?

    • http://Website Splendor

      No, it has to be in the root directory. It can’t be in a folder.

    • http://Website M6Droid

      Ah ha! I didn’t have file extensions showing so I was (unknowingly) naming it Went ahead and just named it update and moved it to my SDcard folder and viola! It is installing now.

      Consider me newb! :(

      • http://Website Splendor

        At least you figured it out. That counts for something. :)

  • http://Website JimD

    No flash yet. The 10.1 Flash for Android is out for the Google Nexus one, not the Motorola Droid. It is supposed to be out next week.

    • http://Website mikeyDroid

      Phones feeling quicker, and I DO indeed have flash installed. I checked out a flash game for a basis but it was too laggy to really enjoy, though did load and respond, so that’s a plus.

      • http://Website lolol

        How? The link from adobe isn’t for the Droid, it just directs me to the market where it says item not found.

  • http://Website Jesse

    I noticed the Swype keyboard no longer works after upgrading to 2.2.

    • http://Website Jesse

      Nevermind, I just had to reinstall it.

      • Chris W.

        Hey Jesse – thanks for the tip!

  • Ryan C

    if im on 2.0.1 on my Droid 1, can i jump from 2.0.1 to this 2.2 update? then if i want to go back to root on 2.0.1 can i jump back to that?

    • Sean Riley

      Ryan, no to use this you have to be coming from the stock ESE81 build which was 2.1 update 1.

      If you are interested in a rooted version there are a few places you can find it.

      Here’s one option, but you’ll need to hit the guys there up for specifics.

      • Ryan C

        so that link you gave me, the link to that 2.2 build is a rooted one? does this mean i will have to update to the 2.1 update1 then install the rooted 2.2 build thats on the site?

  • http://Website vic

    you guys think this would work on the droid x?

    • Ryan C

      absolutly not. read all the other comments.

  • http://Website Matt

    Thanks again for coming through you guys never let me down :) :) :)

  • Dfv

    I have htc desire and I just got my froyo taste yesterday and it taste great, now I’m really announced when I receive an email and my applications update themselves like this one

  • Brent Rasmussen

    Thank you so much for this! Up and running great with Froyo now! :)

  • http://Website taylorsand

    Hey everyone. I downloaded it and then when i get to the apply sdcard: portion it says E: cant open/cache/recovery/command
    install from sdcard
    Finding update package
    Opening update package
    Verifying update package
    E: failed to open /sdcard/ (no such file or directory)
    E: Signature verification failed
    installation aborted

    What is causing it? Do i have to put it in a certain folder because i just put it on the page where all the other folders are.
    Thanks :)

    • http://Website DigitalEnforcer

      I just had the same issue. I renamed it before I put it on the phone, but when I looked at the file name with my Astro File manager, it was named

      So just rename it through the ASTRO app and name it

      • Will


        Finding update package…
        Opening update package…
        Verifying update package…
        E:failed to verify whole-file signature
        E:signature verification failed
        Installation Aborted.

        I’ve downloaded Astro to confirm the file is named tried, update, tried and still nothing. Do you think it would help if I chucked it against a wall? What am I doing wrong?

        • http://Website Lary

          Same problem here!

  • http://Website Quinci

    I’m sooooooo gonna rip my hair out! I CANNOT get flash to download. Went to Androlib, says requested not found, go to adobes stupid website, says requested not found! I’m 30 years old and about to have a tantrum like a 3 year old. I need another drink. And some help downloading please!!

  • http://Website Chris

    FROYO!!!! It worked like a charm! No flash tho, but as others have said, I guess that comes next week. Thanks to those who posted the link!

  • JonnyPickel

    What happened to the Corporate Calendar widget?

  • http://Website Dave

    Gots me some 2.2 now! Worked like a charm.

    • http://Website Taylor Sand

      Can you tell me step by step what you did? Im having problems. Thanks :)

  • http://Website justin

    Installed and it works like a charm. There’s a link on to flash 10.1. You have to use a sideloading program on your pc (link to one of those on the site as well). I’ve got it installed and it works but video playback is slow and somewhat choppy, promising start though so I’m definately looking forward to flash updates in the coming months

    • http://Website Taylor Sand

      Hey. Can you look at my comment above and help me figure out what im doing wrong please? thanks :)

  • Covert

    For all those wanting Flash, I downloaded the .apk from a link on Droid Life and it installed/works fine. Flash is a bit slow for complicated applications, but it runs.

    Flash 10.1:

    …as seen here:

  • Dct496179

    Hey I followed all the above directions and I was unable to update. I received an error message that it could not load the OS update (it did download it directly to SD Card and was able to rename it (, but I got to the recovery options and listed the”SDCard/”. I was reading the instructions and it states that it will only work with stock 2.1 OS. My Droid was one that received the 2.1 update after I first got my Droid. Do I need to wait until Verizon to send OTA?

  • http://Website Taylor Sand

    NVM. I went here and then did there and not google and it worked! :)

    • http://Website Taylor Sand

      it is the google update but that one is all set and doesnt need renaming. Hope this helpds some :)

  • http://Website DW

    Got 2.2, moved a bunch of apps to the sd card to make room for Flash 10.1 :) Droidlife has a link to the Flash Player 10.1 apk file, works like a charm!

  • http://Website YENOT22

    Is anyone having problem with app from 2.1 that does not work, like the droid x keyboard and the htc keyboard ported over to droid, all they do now is force close

    • http://Website MIKEAWESOME

      Just about any application you’ve installed from a 3rd party will likely have an issue after installing.

      It’s basically because you don’t have the convenience of the marketplace updates. However if you go to the sites where they’re hosted, I’d bargain there’s updates for them.

      For instance, the froyo version of the HTC_IME mod keyboard is here:

      But beware, the developer has taken a break from the app, so it may or may not work (I haven’t tried it yet)

  • http://Website Brianna

    I’m really trying to be smart about this, but I can’t seem to get this to work. I added the file to the phone’s SD card (the first view of various files showing those for my applications as well as the dcim folder), and relabeled it, but I’m still receiving the same error message as others have stated.
    It seems as though those “others” have figured out their issue, but I have not.
    Help, please?

  • http://Website joe

    well i tried it about 10 times i keep getting that verification error. i showed the file extensions and it is on the root file. any ideas what im doing wrong?

  • http://Website Chris

    I have been running this froyo for about well over a month’s time. and everything checks out perfectly, tethering, running apps from sd card and also flash. Haven’t had any problems what so ever. although google maps might need to reinstall.

  • http://Website Bob

    Hey kids, This is not for the faint of heart – or the weak of mind. If you find the instructions on a website, READ them first, and then do the update. You can also get Flash, if you have all the stuff the INSTRUCTIONS tell you to have. There will be an error message – DON’T turn off your phone.

    Only prob I have had so far is that the TWC app can’t be killed by ATK Pro. Re-installing it. USB tethering will bring you to a page that tells you to call a number to sign up for an additional $15-29 a month to teher, but Easy Tether Pro works great if you get my drift…

  • http://Website Goatyeah

    I downloaded the new version… great….! Im thrilled, but when i tried to download Flash 10.1, couldn’t find it anywhere… i went to several sites that were listed and no e of them worked…

    Where is it exactly, will someone please tell me a site that its located at..? Thank you so much.

  • http://Website Mitch

    I already updated it on unrooted droid, how would I go about rooting it with the 2.2 update installed?

  • http://Website Erick Engelhardt

    Hey guys!

    Will it work in Brazillian [Vivo] Droid 2.1 (stock)? Or only Verizon?

  • http://Website Greg Dearborn

    I’m trying to do the manual 2.2 update on my Moto Droid. I downloaded the update file but can’t copy it to the sdcard because it says the file already exists. The file there with that name is the 2.1 manual update I did some time ago. How do I get around this, does someone know? Thanks!

  • http://Website Rich

    Ummm, maybe delete the previous file first?

  • http://Website Greg Dearborn

    I had considered that but was afraid to do it in case there were threads attached. However…I just did, finished the update application and 2.2 is running just fine! Thanks!!

  • http://Website zach

    if i update the software to foryo does it delete all my contacts and everything like am i going to loose all of my data?????

  • http://androidandme a hysell

    i have tried to download this update several times, and it wont take it. it keeps saying installation aborted, and E: cannot find file(file does not exist)
    what do i do?

  • http://Website jk

    Anyone find a site for 10.1 that actually works

    • http://Website DW

      The link from DroidLife worked for me yesterday:

      It’s an apk file, put it on your sd card and install it. There are several apps that let you install from sd card, I used Astro file manager.

  • http://Website Matt

    If I do this will I still get verizons update?

  • http://Website Vixitl

    Ha enabled USB Tethering option and Verizon cock blocks access on laptop unless you are a subscriber to additional data plan! Sticking to PDANET =)

    Love the uninstall shortcut on homescreen and idk if I have use for a market widget but so far so good.

    Also it seems live wallpapers run allot less laggy

    Undecided if I will use stock home launcher or go back to Laucher pro

  • http://Website aaron

    Got froyo got flash and benchmarked at 856! Not too shabby

    • http://Website jk

      Where did u go to get flash?

      • http://Website aaron has link to the .apk

  • http://Website Monty

    How does one transfer apps into the sd card??

    • http://Website Arjun

      You have to wait for the app to send you an update… when the app updates you can go to Settings>Apps>Manage>*Click on the App*>MOVE TO SD CARD.

      Until then, the MOVE TO SD CARD will be grey’ed out

      • http://Website Monty

        Arjun, installed 2 new updates (Twitter and Handsent) and the MOVE TO SD CARD button still greyed out. Back to the drawingboard…

        • http://Website DW

          If you have the Android SDK installed you can connect to your phone and from a command prompt type:
          adb shell pm setInstallLocation 2

          then press enter. Wait a second or two for the command to execute, then most of your apps should have the move to sd enabled. Some old apps and some of the apps that ship with the phone can’t be moved to the sd card. That option will make the sd card the default install location, but you can always move the app to the internal storage if you want. To change it back to the default, type

          adb shell pm setInstallLocation 0

          • http://Website Monty

            Thanks for the info but I have no idea what you’re talking about. I’m not that proficient in playing around with my Droid. But again, thanks.

  • http://Website Erick

    Ok… Download, copy, boot, and…

    Finding update package…
    Opening update package…
    Verifying update package…
    E:failed to verify whole-file signature
    E:signature verification failed
    Installation Aborted.

    Any idea????

    • http://Website Curt

      Erick, you need to verify that your file is named I accidentially named mine and was getting the same error as you are. Install Astro File Manger from the App Store as it lets you see what the files are named on the sdcard. Once I corrected the name the upgrade installed without issue.

  • http://Website Dave

    Can anyone please tell me if this will work on a UK Moto Milestone on Orange? Im just sick of waiting for the update now lol!

  • http://Website Curt

    Thanks everyone, I got the Android 2.2 and Flash installed and operating on my Droid.

  • http://Website heff79

    It doesn’t work it says my phone doesn’t support it why

  • http://Website Deon

    I cant get the abode flash to install? any idea/help? i got android 2.2 installed & i downloaded the link yu for adobe but still no luck

    • http://Website Scott

      just installed flash for android 2.2…

      move the apk file after mounting your sd card

      unmount your sd card

      browse to file using a file explorer tool

      turn off setting blocking installs from an unknow location

      selct the file and install

      turn on the setting disallowing installs from an unknown location

      enjoy flash!

  • http://Website Scott K

    Thanks, just updated to 2.2. Steps worked perfect!

  • http://Website Tyler

    What is up with the new FRG22 build? This wont trouble me much i think considering i have an file for android 2.1 (asuming it works because im not going from 2.0.1) Is there anything new with it and will there be an update thing for it from FRG01B? Because i want to make sure whenever Gingerbread comes out that i get it, if i can get it (hope so).

  • http://Website tcole

    When I tried to download the program it said that my phone doesn’t support the application. I have the moto Droid running 2.1 please help me figure this out thanks.

  • http://Website Jimmy

    I have tried just about every name for the folder containing froyo. I’ve left it at, update, UPDATE.ZIP, ect., with no results. I still get the same error.

    Finding update package…
    Opening update package…
    Verifying update package…
    E:failed to verify whole-file signature
    E:signature verification failed
    Installation Aborted.

    This isn’t me being an idiot… I consider myself a tech-savvy guy. I have no clue what I might be doing wrong.

  • http://Website Dante

    I rooted my phone with easy root a couple days ago but now I want to download this to get froyo. I uninstalled the application but I dont know if that means I’m still rooted or not. Should I try it?

  • http://Website ukchiq

    Worked Like a Charm – THANK YOU!

  • Jeice

    I’m not sure this is new, but it looks like the browser supports more than six windows open at once. Unfortunately, killing the browser doesn’t close them. And all the links you open from twitter, facebook, etc., open in new windows. Keep an eye on your tabs. They can easily eat up your memory.

  • http://Website payton

    i have a mac and i add the file to the sd card on my computer and then i bring my phone to recovery mode and then hit the apply and then it says failed and aborted
    what am i doing wrong plzz answer asap

    • http://Website J2R

      Make sure the file is only named “update” your pc will add the .zip naturally. Also be sure to unmount the SD card before trying to add the file on the SD card.

  • http://Website J2r

    This update does work, BUT you have to safely unmount your SD card on your phone first for it work. If your having problems with your computer copy and pasting the downloaded file to the SD card it is because the SD card was not properly unmounted on your Droid.

    Also make sure on your computer you rename the file “update” not or else it will read

  • http://Website BygDaddy

    Just did it! Thanks for the clear instructions! :)

  • http://Website AmyPro

    I am trying to install the update on my Moto Droid. I have it downloaded and everything and mounted my SD card renamed the file. I do the recovery reboot by pressing the power button and x at the same time, but when it brings up the exclamation point and triangle, I press the volume up button and camera button at the same time and it doesn’t do anything, it just stays on the same screen. Am I doing something wrong??

    Thanks guys

    • http://Website Jeremy

      I am having the exact same problem with the volume and camara button. If anyone had this problem and figured out what to do, please let me know. Thanks

  • http://Website Luke

    I can’t get it to work it says:

    E:Can’t open /cache/recovery/command

    –Install form sdcard…
    Finding update package…
    Opening update package…
    Verifying update package…
    E:failed to verify whole-file signature
    E:signature verification failed
    Installation aborted.

  • http://Website Tyler

    I’m kinda new to android only my 3rd day wit my droid how much space do I need on my sdcard cuz I only gots a 4 gb card

  • http://Website Mike

    Worked like a charm!!!!

  • http://Website James

    Everytime I try to down load the updates file it says that the content is not supported on my phone. Someone please let know what to do!

  • http://Website Stevo

    Everytime I try All Instructions fail I keep getting :

    –Install from SD card…
    Finding update package…
    Opening update package…
    Verifying update package…
    E: install blocked
    Installation Aborted

    I have tried multiple downloads and nothing is working same message..Can someone help please..


  • http://Website chris

    I have followed the instructions, problem is i boot into recover mode and select apply sdcard: and nothing happens. Any clue whats going on? I tried selecting reboot system also and nothing happens.

  • http://Website Peter

    I tried with several different links on the update files but it all says

    —Install form sdcard…
    Finding update package…
    Opening update package…
    Verifying update package…
    E:failed to verify whole-file signature
    E:signature verification failed
    Installation aborted.

    Is is b’cos my phone is a Milestone and not a “Droid”?

  • EdNug

    Hi Guys, Total NOOB here. I have a Milestone and need 2.2. Really not looking forward to waiting for Q1 2011. Currently running 2.1 update 1. Anyone know where I can find my flavor of FroYo? Preferable the one that doesnt restrict tethering and hotspot. :-)

  • http://Website A

    A link to android 2.2 appears to be broken

    Any clues

  • http://Website Mohit Agarwal

    Hi friends, you can download Android 2.2 (froyo) from here:-

  • http://Website Deepak Kumar

    Hi Guys,

    I use Xperia X10 mobile and It is pre-installed with android 2.1 and want to upgrade it to andriod 2.2 and above version, Is this possible?
    Moreover can you guys plz send a link from where I can download the android 2.2 version in my mobile.

    Deepak Kumar..

  • Albert Deo

    I have just bought a motorola droid but it does not operate in my country why is that? Please incase there is anybody out there who can help me please I would appreciate your help….