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

Published Dec 8th, 2009 11:51PM EST

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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).
Jonathan S. Geller
Jonathan Geller Founder, President & Editor-in-chief

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