How to Root Your Motorola Droid Running 2.1

Last week ended with dramatic Motorola Droid update saga, where we saw the first OTA Android 2.1 update notification appeared only on some lucky users devices. Motorola and Verizon both  officially confirmed this just a few days ago. Finally with the update in place, the wonderful community of Android devs can get back to work. The title is a little deceiving, the actual Android 2.1 has not been rooted. There isn’t a way to go from stock Android 2.1 to rooted Android 2.1, but the there is a way to downgrade back to 2.0.1 and gain root access from there.

It is a pretty painless and simple process, although if you had your Droid rooted and flashed a custom rom before the update, then you really already had all the features that the new 2.1 update brought to the table. If you want to take plunge, then here are the steps to gain root access on your Motorola Droid with Android 2.1.

1. Downgrade using the 2.0.1 SBF file and follow the instructions here.

2. Download the 2.1 update.zip from here.

3. Download the attached .zip file from here, and name it droid-ESE81-update-2.zip

4. Open command prompt and run the following command to combine them: copy /b signed-voles-ESE81-from-ESD56.fa406da6.zip+droid-ESE81-update-2.zip update.zip (If this is successful then you get a file named update.zip)

5. Then copy the update.zip to your SDCard (root meaning, inside no folders), reboot to STOCK recovery

6. In recovery, press Volume + and Camera then use the D-pad to select Apply update.zip

7. The end result, your Droid has been successfully rooted!

Until the stock 2.1 rom is rooted, this will more than suffice in the meantime.  [via alldroid & droidforums.net]droid root t-shirt image

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25 thoughts on “How to Root Your Motorola Droid Running 2.1”

  1. Funny but those are the exact steps everyone is posting so I can’t agree that the author knows much about anything only how to copy and paste.

  2. Nicholas Tarnowsky

    ok i will add you as a source, but i would also look at the Android news community, and see if they gave credit, I dont normally have time to read forum posts for news, but some of my sources and contacts might, the original source of the story should have credited you properly yesterday, before uploading it to the blogosphere

  3. This is not working for me.I am trying to go from 2.1 update 1 back to 2.0 I have never rooted phone and I hate the update my phone runs slow I don’t understand what it means to run dslite as administrator the directions confused me.cab anyone dumb it down for me or show an easier way to root a 2.1

  4. I have gotten to the step to combine the files to create the update file, i saved it to a new folder on my desktop simply named DROID but it says it cannot find the files in command prompt… please help!

  5. Nicholas – two questions:

    After the device is brought down to 2.0.1, if no other steps are taken, will you be prompted to download the OTA 2.1 again as pushed by the Verizon? (Obviously I wouldn’t accept as the point here is to root, but just asking.)

    Second, is there a way to get a full image backup of the phone before doing the steps above? Things I’ve read indicate that to do a (Nandroid) backup you must be rooted first, but of course to root, you’ve got to do this procedure.

    Thanks

  6. Im getting the same thing everytime in the cmd prmt. “the system cannot find the file specified”.

  7. Does the 2.1 update.zip contain all of the features of the OTA 2.1 firmware from Verizon?
    I mean, does it have pinch zoom already incorporated or little things like that?
    Also, does the 2.1 update.zip contain any glitches that must be noted? Such as, keyboard light messing up, or loss of corner LED flash, or anything in particular?
    Over all, does the 2.1 update.zip look just like the OTA 2.1 firmware from verizon? except for the fact that one is rooted and the other one is not??

  8. The link in step 3 Osborne longer working. I’ve tried multiple sites carrying this link and none work. How can I get it?

  9. I have the Droid 2.1 firmware. None of the downloads were supported on my phone frm tht blogsdna to downgrade to 2.0.1version. Do u have any idea?

  10. download any rom you want, rename update.zip place on /sdcard
    1. flash the 2.0.1 sbf
    2. flash the SPRecovery sbf
    download here: http://bit.ly/ceoeiH
    3. hold x and power button to boot sprecovery.
    4. install update.zip

  11. I navel I have the droid x 2.2.1 version and this is from the store just recently. Im not so sure this will work for me but it would be great if it did.

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