Last Updated: Nov 10,2011
I have no idea what this means...can someone walk me through it?
If this isn't what you were looking for you will need to be more specific. What are you looking at that is asking you to flash a .zip?
Assuming you have your phone rooted and have either ClockworkMOD recovery or SPR Recovery installed.
The first step is always have a nandroid backup.
I WOULD NOT FLASH ANYTHING WITHOUT A FUNCTIONAL BACKUP.
1. Place zip file somewhere on SD Card. I use the root directory.
2. Boot your phone into recovery by holding down "X" while powering the phone on.
3. Choose Install .zip from SD Card.
4. Browse to file using the directional pad and select it.
5. Choose Yes.
6. Use the Power button to go back to the main menu and select reboot.
I am not sure about SPR because I havent used it but I would assume the steps are similar
what he said ^^
he could be looking to flash all kinds of zip files: zipped OTA updates, keyboard installs, kernels, basebands, etc.
In this case, I am trying to load the Gingerbread keyboard on my Froyo Droid.
How-To: Install the Android 2.3 Gingerbread keyboard on your rooted device
I placed the .zip file in the root sdcard folder. When I boot to recovery, it still does not see it.
It tries to use update.zip which I deleted. That .zip does not even show as a selection.
in recovery, try the option "install zip from SD card" and then navigate to that zip file, select it, let it install, reboot.
"install zip from SD card" is another method of installing files not named update.zip but could certainly be used to install an update.zip file.
are you sure you did not name it update.zip.zip accidentally - that happens
In that case are you rooted?
If you are and have ClockworkMOD Recovery. you can follow the directions I have place above after making sure you have a backup. If not I can point you in the right direction but you will have some reading to do.
V: True but I am sure he would not be the first person.
boy I sure hope so.. he does say "When I boot to recovery" and he is in the root forum and all the keyboard threads make it clear you have to be rooted to apply this - so I think he is. If Recovery is not seeing the update.zip I think it might be a naming of file issue which many people do accidentally.
But like I said above, he should be able to install it via the "install zip from SD card" option. If he still cannot navigate to it and find it and install it via that, then the OP is making some other error as that method does not care what the name of the zip file is so should see it.
I am not getting an option to "Install .zip from sdcard". This is all it gives me...
Android system recovery <3e>
Use D-pad to highlight; center to select
reboot system now
wipe data/factory reset
wipe cache partition
wipe baseband data
your not in clockworkmod
I assume you have ROM Manager installed? Go into ROM manager and select at the bottom Flash Alternate Recovery, once that is done, go back and at the top select Flash ClockworkMod Recovery and reinstall it (should be 126.96.36.199 version when done), once that is done select Reboot Into Recovery....
This is what clockworkmod Recovery screen looks like and you can see the options
Just rename the file to update.zip on the root of your SD Card and then select "apply sdcard:update.zip". This should work as long as you are rooted. The stock recovery will only recognize the file if its named update.zip.
Thanks! I'm flashing GAPPS and needed to rename it to update.zip in order to get CWM to see it.
Double thanks!! I accidentally named the file update.zip.zip and (surprise) it didn't work.
Renamed the file to update.zip and now my gmail apps are back!
Wrong. Clockwork Mod Recovery can flash .ZIPs regardless of name - you just have to select the correct option in CMRecovery to do so.
If you pick the one that says Apply update.zip then it will need to be named update.zip.
If you pick the option that says something like Apply .ZIP then you navigate to wherever you have it stored and select it.
Install .zip from SD Card....
Separate names with a comma.