How To: Load a Custom ROM on the Motorola Droid 2

This procedure is obsolete. Please head to our new procedure here instead.

 

I. Before You Begin

1. You must have done our How To Root procedure.

II. Get the Custom Recovery Image Working

1. Download the Bootstrap program:

Bootstrap.apk

2. Plug the phone in via USB cable and mount the sd card so we can transfer files to it.

3. Copy the bootstrap apk to the root of the sd card (NOT in any folders just on the sd card itself).

4. Unplug the phone.

5. Go to the Market and download Linda File Manager if you don’t already have a file manager program.

6. Open the file manager and select the Bootstrap.apk file and follow the on screen instructions to install it.

7. Open the bootstrap program and select Bootstrap recovery (if it ever asks for Superuser permissions make sure Remember is checked on and hit Allow).

III. Load a Custom ROM

1. Head over to our ROMs section and download the ROM you want to flash.

2. Plug in the phone to the computer and mount the sd card (so we can transfer files to it).

3. Copy the ROM’s .zip file from the computer to the root of the sdcard (NOT inside any folders just on the sdcard itself. Do NOT extract the .zip file, leave it zipped).

4. Once it is done transferring, unplug the phone.

5. Open the Bootstrap application from your application drawer.

6. Select Wipe Data and do a wipe.

7. Then select Apply Zip and select the ROM file you just saved to the sdcard.

8. Once it is done flashing, select reboot now and wait a while for it to reboot. Once done, you are on your custom ROM.

9. To switch to a different ROM, simply redo Section III only with a different ROM file.

Thanks Koush!

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  • trav

    cant seem to get the root access thing to work. after i type ./rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin on my phone it sits for like 30 minutes with nothing happenening. everytime

  • http://gmail robert

    i cant get the rom to download onto my droid 2 i have been doing trying for 6 hours it just basically says it not going to install but i seen in the vid when u daved it to your computer is was in a folder mines just lookes like a piece of paper when i do it or when i use winrar its just books i tried both metheds folled all the steps and watched the video 20 plus times idk what im doin wrong but i can not get this to install please help my email is robertn36@gmail.com

  • vyruz

    when ever i reboot my phone it goes into the clockwork mod first and i have to choose reboot. It is really becoming annoying so i was wondering how to i stop this

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  • Rlee1110

    Hey man…I did the backup recovery and everything. I flashed the 2.7epic unleashed. My phone turns on but it keeps going to the droid logo sign and that’s it. I can’t get back to the clockworkMod recovery so I can restore it. What do I do? Help would be awesome.

    • Utking

      i did the same thing, and my phones does the same thing ur does, have u figured out hot to fix it?? if so could u please help me.. email me at utking20@msn.com

    • Utking

      i did the same thing, and my phones does the same thing ur does, have u figured out hot to fix it?? if so could u please help me.. email me at utking20@msn.com

  • Utking

    I tried this, and my phone is on an endless loop to when i only either see the M or it goes into endless look like its going to startp with the droid eye and it statrts all obver again, i need some help on fixing this issue, please help….. utking20@msn.com if anyone would be nice to help me with this

  • Utking

    I tried this, and my phone is on an endless loop to when i only either see the M or it goes into endless look like its going to startp with the droid eye and it statrts all obver again, i need some help on fixing this issue, please help….. utking20@msn.com if anyone would be nice to help me with this

  • Lmree728

    I have tried and this thing keep staying on the M and I can’t get back to clockwork mod. Please someone help. lmree728@gmail.com. thanks

  • Lmree728

    I have tried and this thing keep staying on the M and I can’t get back to clockwork mod. Please someone help. lmree728@gmail.com. thanks

  • Jay

    I went through your procedure, everything was going well until i hit reboot system now. It rebooted and has been stuck on the boot-up screen for over an hour now. Please help me with this problem.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4U6I6J4UBTOAJOPHKOXVXLANPM MichealT

    Works great.  I am currently using APEX ROM 1.4.1 and I like it.

  • Matthew

    I just did this for the first time and had a question, will I lose all of my apps every time I flash a different ROM? This is the first phone I’ve rooted and ever put a ROM on it, but in the past when I would get a new device I could go to the Market, and it would automatically reinstall all of the apps I had downloaded from it, but when I flashed to Apex, I lost all of my apps, and the market didn’t reload any of them. Will I have to manually install all of my apps every time I try a different ROM?

  • Robert

    I love the beastie boys too!