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Get the Motorola Droid 4 Jelly Bean Update Right Now



Yesterday, we saw the Motorola Droid 4 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update get approved by Verizon with the roll out pegged for arrival today. However, those who don’t wish to wait for the OTA to roll out have the option of installing the software right now if they choose to.

Read: Motorola Droid 4 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out Now.

After several months of waiting, those who own the Motorola Droid 4, which very well could be the last of the original Droid series, were greeted with great news as Verizon approved the Droid 4’s Jelly Bean update for arrival by posting the contents of the update on its support page. Verizon says that the update will roll out starting today though it will roll out in phases which means some owners will have to wait.

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The Motorola Droid 4 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is available now.

Those who don’t wish to wait for the OTA upgrade though don’t have to due to the fact that Droid Forums got a hold of the Jelly Bean software a bit ahead of time. This means that with a little work, Droid 4 owners out there who are comfortable manually installing the update should be able to do so provided they can follow a few instructions.

The instructions mirror the ones we provided for the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates and according to Droid Forums and Droid-Life, it should work just as well as they did.

Before taking the plunge, we advise those who are not adept at installing Android updates manually to refrain from doing this and instead, wait for the OTA to roll out instead.

First things first. The software on the Droid 4 must be Ice Cream Sandwich build 6.16.217 and the phone must be stock. If the phone is not, this process is not going to work.

Next, users will want to download the Droid 4 Jelly Bean update. After downloading that file to external storage like an SD card, owners will need to boot into Recovery. To get there, turn the phone off and hold down both Volume Down and Volume Up buttons plus the Power button. Once in the menu, select Recovery. Once an exclamation point appears, hold down the Volume Up and Down buttons.

Once in Recovery, users will need to select the “Apply update from external storage” and choose the file. The update will then install and the Motorola Droid 4 should be up and running with the appropriate version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.



  1. Harrison E

    03/24/2013 at 6:23 pm

    The update is Absolutely HORRIBLE. Since the update I have become frustrated with quite a few things. First of all is my notifications. I now have to go in to all of my apps before they will refresh. It makes it difficult to keep up on things like emails, other downloaded messaging apps, and online friends games. I had a app the came with my Droid 4 called Alarm and Timer and it was exactly that. Now it is called Clock and is just a clock that you can dim and has an alarm function. I constantly used the timer for everything now I have to download a different application to do it. The appearance isn’t as smooth as ice cream sandwich and not pleasing to the eye. I will say that I do like how it does a better job of integrating contacts together from your social media accounts.. but other than that one thing I can not tell you any other positive feature that this update has over the previous ice cream sandwich.

  2. Daniel Harris

    03/24/2013 at 8:46 pm

    This update uninstalled one of my stock games from ICS (Madden NFL 12) which can’t be downloaded from the Play Store as it says it’s incompatible. USB tethering used to be free in ICS but now you have to buy the subscription which costs an extra $30 a month.

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