[How-To] Force 2/2/2010 OTA UpdateTips

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  1. Fabolous

    Fabolous Superuser VIP Member

    The procedure:

    1. obtain the update.zip file
    2. reboot into the bootloader
    3. select recovery
    4. apply sdcard:update.zip


    Obtain the file from here:

    https://android.clients.google.com/updates/passion/signed-passion-ERE27-from-ERD79.a487b405.zip -Thanks Fabolous


    signed-passion-ERE27-from-ERD79.a487b405.zip - Thanks DEMO_BURN

    http://android.modaco.com/content/g...d-and-unrooted-optional-radio-optional-himem/ - Thanks FLT

    -Rename the file to update.zip (in Windows, just rename to update - it is already a zip file)

    -Make sure the update.zip file is on the root of your sdcard (not in any folders)

    -To reboot into the bootloader, turn off the phone. Then power on while holding down the trackball.

    Navigate to the option 'recovery' using the volume up/down keys - Thanks peader

    When the Android w/ caution logo pops up, hold down the power button then press volume up (while still holding down power) - Thanks FLT

    Select 'apply sdcard:update.zip'

    Thanks chief99 for the bootloader specific instructions.



    -Does this work on any other phones besides the Nexus One? Absolutely not! Do not do it!

    -Will this void my warranty? How do I know it's legit? No, this won't void your warranty. The source above is the exact location that people who legitimately got the OTA update downloaded their update.zip files from. Also, after the update has been applied, it is impossible to distinguish between those that got it OTA or forced it.

    -Does this wipe my settings or applications? No, the update only touches your system files and radio. All your apps and settings will be preserved!

    -If I force update with this method, will I still receive an OTA update? No, once you've updated, you will not get any further notices to update.

    -If I'm in an unofficial country (not launched by Google yet) with an unlocked N1, will I still get the update OTA? I'm not certain yet, but as confirmed by many users, this update will work on your phone. There is no danger is forcing the update, rather than waiting for Google to (maybe) push it out to you.

    -Will this method work if I have a rooted N1 with unlocked bootloader? No, you'll have to download a modified version of the update file (link above) that will not break your root access.

    -It's 'frozen' at a picture of an Android, and arrow, and a box. Is my phone bricked?! No, you're okay. Just be patient as the update is doing it's thing.

  2. Fabolous

    Fabolous Superuser VIP Member

    Directions, as provided by FLT


    An addendum:

    For the first link, ignore the security warning. It is legitimately Google's server. They were just lazy and didn't sign the certificate or something like that.

    Also, I failed to mention the features of the OTA update, they can be found here:

    Nexus One | News and Updates

    The highlights include pinch-zoom for Browser, Maps, and Gallery. Also, 3G reception is improved, as well as a new night mode for navigation.
  3. Howie

    Howie Well-Known Member

    wow that was quick to get out
  4. jimblanco

    jimblanco New Member

    does the update wipe all your settings off the phone? thanks
  5. Fabolous

    Fabolous Superuser VIP Member

    Good question! It does not change any of your user settings or applications. Only the system files are updated. I've added this to the FAQ.

    Everyone feel free to ask more questions and I'll add them to the FAQ too.
  6. chief99

    chief99 Member

    No the update doesn't affect user data at all. Always good to have a backup just in case though

    Edit: beaten to it!
  7. nDrg

    nDrg Member

    My phone seems to sit at an android sign with a warning symbol above it when I choose recovery. Have I done something wrong? :s
  8. FLT

    FLT Well-Known Member

    Read the second post ;)
  9. nDrg

    nDrg Member

    Cheers mate, I got too excited and didn't read all the posts :p
  10. Fabolous

    Fabolous Superuser VIP Member

    I've also modified the instruction to be more descriptive of the picture, if it was causing any confusion.

  11. RedMist

    RedMist Well-Known Member

    is this ok to use for a uk phone?
    roms for the g1 had special eu versions
  12. RedMist

    RedMist Well-Known Member

    is this ok to use for a uk phone?
    roms for the g1 had special eu versions
  13. FLT

    FLT Well-Known Member

    There are no 'UK' phones, all Nexus are the same. So yes ;)
  14. odhinn

    odhinn Well-Known Member

    But how does anyone know this is the correct and final update and not a beta or other pre-release version?

    Even assuming it's the final version, how do we know it's correct for all users? (different countries, carriers, etc.)

    Thanks for the tips, but I think I'll wait for my phone to do it's thing itself just to be safe.

    BLOWNCO Well-Known Member

    because it was pulled from a phone that got the OTA UPDATE already
  16. FLT

    FLT Well-Known Member

    Because this is the link of the OTA update. Someone found it in the phone logs after updating.

    Countries/ carriers don't mather since the device is carrier free (yes even if you bought it with Tmo).

    No worries I live in Belgium (where the phone isn't even available) and it hasn't exploded after the update (yet :p)
  17. Fabolous

    Fabolous Superuser VIP Member

    Yes, that Google link was acquired by reading the OTA information from a phone that had received the update already.

    In other words, when your phone gets the update, it will be downloading it from the exact location that was linked to.

    Also, Android has been around for a while. This has already been confirmed and done with the G1, Hero, Droid, etc. etc.
  18. blisk

    blisk Member

    I had to manually reselect tmobile as my network operator under settings -> wireless networks but after that I got data. Was pretty smooth and painless. Also data roaming was off so you might want to change that back if you had it enabled before (I did and I'm almost positive I won't get data roaming charges).

    Its an awesome update. Pinch to zoom works where it said it would. It's *MUCH* faster. I think they unlocked all the ram. Boots faster, homescreen apps thing flies in noticeably faster.. and yes this is comparing to reboots before the update and its speed. Under version it says 2.1- update1 now. I also get HSDPA in my apartment (check by going to *#*#4636#*#* then phone info. It'll say it under network type.. run a ping test it seems to switch to the mode automatically after some sort of data has been sent.. my guess is to save battery life). So overall it looks great.
  19. Matt_HTC

    Matt_HTC Member

    Not it does not.

    BLOWNCO Well-Known Member

  21. nDrg

    nDrg Member

    Yeah i noticed the exact same thing, w00t for google :)
  22. nzrr

    nzrr New Member

    Wow...Thanks for the info I was tired of waiting for the OTA
  23. nugalonious

    nugalonious New Member

    Maybe a dumb question, but will TMO ignore me for the OTA if I apply the update manually? Just wondering if it'll ask me to update again or will they assume I'm updated already? Thanks
  24. Fabolous

    Fabolous Superuser VIP Member

    Good question, I'll add it to the FAQ. If you force update, you will not be asked to update again.
  25. nugalonious

    nugalonious New Member


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