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Don't want to wait for the Motorola DROID OTA?


Well, you don’t have to. We’ve tested this out ourselves, and here are the instructions if you’d like to venture into the wild and try and install the update manually.

  • Download this file
  • Rename the file to and place it in the root directory of your microSD card
  • Power off the phone
  • Power on the phone while holding the ‘X’ key on the physical keyboard to enter recovery mode
  • When you see the triangle with the exclamation point, press the volume up key and camera button key (only press the camera key down half way)
  • Navigate to “apply” and press the gold center button on the keyboard to select it. It will start the update process
  • Reboot the phone after it’s finished.

That’s it! Let us know how it works out, and please don’t try it if you’re not comfortable.

Thanks, David!

Grab this file …
Rename the file to and place it the root directory of your SD Card .
Power off the phone.
Power on the phone, while holding the ‘X’ on the physical keyboard.
When you see the triangle and !, press Volume Up + Camera button.
Navigate to “apply” and press the gold button (center) on the D-Pad. Now it will install.
Reboot phone (should take 3-4 minutes).

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