Manually Update Motorola Droid Bionic to Official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS

On Monday, Verizon officially released the OTA Jelly Bean 4.1.2 update for the Motorola Droid Bionic, so now you can anytime apply the firmware on your phone. If the software hasn’t arrived to your Bionic until now, don’t worry as the OTA is being rolled out in phases, so some users will receive the Android 4.1.2 OS sooner than others. Also, if you have a rooted Droid Bionic, then you will not be able to flash the ROM therefore you will have to use a manual installation procedure. If so, then follow and complete this step by step guide as here you can learn how to update the Motorola Droid Bionic to official Jelly Bean 4.1.2.

The jelly Bean touch comes to improve the performances of your Bionic, as new and important features and apps will be installed on your smartphone. Of course, Project Butter, Google Now, improved keyboard, offline voice typing, expandable and actionable notifications, ability to resize and rearrange widgets and shortcuts automatically and more capabilities are being included in the platform, so yes we are dealing with a major OS improvement. And, actually, the Jelly Bean OTA has been released way sooner than predicted by us, as we all know that the previous official upgrade (the ICS one) for the Bionic has been delayed several times.

As already mentioned a manual installation procedure is being required for those who: haven’t received the OTA Jelly Bean firmware until now, or for those who have rooted their Droid Bionic handsets as in that case the software can’t be over the air applied. Don’t worry because if you choose to complete this tutorial you will flash the same version of the Android 4.1.2 OS with the stock one provided by Verizon. Therefore, your phone’s warranty will not get void by performing the next steps; furthermore, if you have a rooted device, now you will be able to restore its warranty.

Anyway, it should be clear for you that this is still a complex and risky procedure, meaning that you will have to complete some preparation things first. Else, you will not be able to flash the Jelly Bean ROM on your Motorola Droid Bionic, or worst you can end up in bricking your phone while trying to do the same. Because of that, before going any further take a look and also apply the next tasks (which are being listed below).

  • It is important to backup the Droid Bionic data before starting the update operation. Else, in the end you might notice that all of your personal saves have been wiped out. So, backup the contacts list, market apps, personal info, text messages and everything else you might need.
  • In case you have a rooted device that is installed with a custom recovery image, use the same and make a Nandroid backup too.
  • Now, this guide must be applied only if your Bionic is on stock Android 4.0 firmware with system version 6.7.246.
  • Furthermore, the software must be 100% stock and unmodified, though it is ok if the ROM has been rooted.
  • In order to check the firmware version number on your phone, you can go to “Settings -> about phone”.
  • Ensure that your handset is charged, or at least make sure that there is more than 60% power left; else your smartphone might get turned off while trying to flash the Jelly Bean OS into its system.
  • Enable the USB Debugging option on your device.
  • A computer or notebook is being required; make sure that on the same (and on your handset) there are no security programs installed.

Well, as mentioned, this tutorial can be completed even if your phone is rooted as long as the stock Android 4.0 firmware is running; now if you do own a rooted Droid Bionic then before starting the flashing operation, do the following:

  • Take your handset, go on Google Play and download the OTA RootKeeper app (you can download the app from here).
  • Install the tool on your phone and run the same.
  • Now, backup the root status by taping on “Protect Root”.
  • Next, tap on “Temp Unroot” in order to remove root before applying the Jelly Bean OS.

Finally, you are ready for the proper guide. Do remember that this tutorial is compatible only with the Motorola Droid Bionic model number XT875. Therefore don’t try the next steps if you own a similar or different handset because you can end up in bricking your device.

How to Manually Update Motorola Droid Bionic to Official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS

  1. Download the update file on your computer; the download link is here.
  2. Then, connect your phone with the computer via USB cord.
  3. Copy the downloaded file from the computer to your phone’s SD card.
  4. Don’t put it inside a folder and do not extract the file.
  5. Unplug the USB cable and turn off your Bionic.
  6. Now, reboot by pressing on the Power, Volume Up and Volume Down buttons at the same time; your device will boot into recovery mode.
  7. From the recovery menu select “install/apply update from external sdcard/storage”.
  8. Pick the firmware file from the SD card.
  9. Wait a couple of minutes; this is a major update so be patience.
  10. Also, if during the flashing procedure your phone will be rebooted several times, don’t worry there is nothing wrong with your handset.
  11. Finally, in the end, the Droid Bionic will boot into Jelly Bean 4.1.2 OS.

In case you will want to restore the root access back, here is what you need to do:

  • On your phone open the OTA RootKeeper app.
  • Then, tap on the “Restore Root” option.
  • Done; take note that if you want you can choose not to restore the root access.

So, that was all. Now you know how to manually update your Motorola Droid Bionic to official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware. Test the software and also share your impressions with us related to the new ROM and to the operation explained above. Use the comments area if you want to talk with us or with other users.

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  • http://www.mediacoronline.com/ Peter B

    I have posted the JB update file I used on my website if the above link doesn’t work :-) http://www.mediacoronline.com/bionic_jb_987222.html

  • walt

    Has anyone else note a decrease in 4G access n decrease in WiFi connectivity with this update

  • James Rosendahl

    When I boot up in recovery mode, install/apply update is not an available option.

  • James Rosendahl

    Is there anyway to rollback my Verizon Driod from 4.1.2 to the previous version? Stock, unrooted phone.

  • Marcmjc

    tired to update several times and my update aborts????

  • Guest

    The Update works fine.