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#1 satman80

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:38 AM

This has been asked many of times, and these exact steps will work without a hitch to get you back to stock as much as possible with NO FC’s after updating to the JB OTA while preserving root. This is compiled from several threads and lessons learned while helping people through the process.

Before we begin are you sure you're on ICS? Unsure of version? Go to Settings/About Phone

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3. Backup your Pictures, Music, etc.
  • Connect phone to your PC and place it in Mass Storage Mode then copy and paste all the files you wish to save to a safe location of your choice. (Computer/Network/USB stick)
  • Unplug phone from PC
4. Wipe all Data & any backup files including Safe Strap, ICS Files, and Titanium Backup Files.
  • VERY IMPORTANT! Make sure your on Unsafe Side (STOCK Side) then Disable Safe Strap Before you Uninstall it!
  • Settings/Privacy/ Uncheck “Backup up my data” Select “Factory data reset” Let it reboot and do its thing
  • On Power on, Plug phone into Computer (Mass Storage)
  • Cut and Paste or Just Delete the old Safe Strap folders on both internal and External, as well as Titanium Backup’s Backup Folder
  • Reboot into Recovery (See How Do I get into AP fast boot and Recovery?)
  • Wipe cache and dalvik, when that’s done Factory Restore, reboot when finished and wait.
  • Setup the least you can

Could you Skip Step 5?. Maybe, However,

In order to update from ICS to JB, ICS must be 100% stock, no apps frozen or deleted.

I have no idea what you have done with your phone and what it had, or history, or Version.

So I would take the Few minutes and just do it. This is why you need to use step 5 for a 100% stock 6.16.211



5. DroidRazrUtility1.82 Fast boot Restore 6.16.211 (ICS 4.0.4 Official OTA Software)
  • Extract Utility to Desktop only, open “DroidRazrUtility/Drivers. Install 64 bit or 32 bit (Depending on your OS) When finished Reboot PC
  • Put phone in AP Fastboot. (See AP FastBoot how to)
  • Run “DroidRAZRUtility.bat” Option 1 in Utility and FOLLOW Instructions, when finished, let phone boot. Be patient, this may take some time
  • Under Settings -> Security check "Unknown Sources" then under Settings - > Developer Options, make sure "Enable USB Debugging" is enabled.
Now we have TWO options here on root, can either wait, or Practice makes perfect root before you install JB

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Don't update Smart Actions.

Now that we are 100% sure your phone is cleaned and stock

6. Copy Blur_Version.6.16.211.XT912.Verizon.en.US.zip to SD CARD
  • While in “Mass Storage” Copy and Paste (Blur_Version.6.16.211.XT912.Verizon.en.US.zip) to SD CARD
7. The Update to JB Blur_Version.6.16.211.XT912.Verizon.en.US.zip
  • Reboot phone into Recovery (See How Do I get into AP fast boot and Recovery?)
  • Install/apply Update from External Card, Say yes if asked
  • Be patients This may take up to 10 min
How Do I get into AP fast boot and Recovery?
  • Turn off the phone
  • Hold BOTH VOL + and VOL – then hit POWER
  • Choose either AP or Recovery hit the VOL + key to enter
  • To enter Into Recover after you have selected “Recovery” Press both VOL+ and VOL- at the same time.
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1. How to use Unbrick Utility
  • Make sure JB file is in your SD card
  • Extract files to JBunbrick folder on your desktop (Screen Shot Below)
  • Install Drivers in JBunbrick/Drivers, again (32 or 64 depending on your OS), Reboot

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  • It is recommend to wipe data. Say yes when asked
  • Once done, unplug phone, Boot into Recovery (See Recovery howto)
  • Apply update Blur_Version.6.16.211.XT912.Verizon.en.US.zip reboot (Note: this may take up to 10 Min) Aslo on First boot be patient.
  • Do not update anything when booted,
NOTE: Make sure ADB.exe is not running in background, how? CTRL, Shift, ESC --- Processes, Click ADB.exe End now.

2. How to Root using New JB Exploit
  • Put phone in MTP Mode, Go into settings and check off Unkown Sources, USB Debuging, Allow Mock Locations
  • Open CMD.exe again (See Screen shot) (Why run from CMD?, becuase you will get ADB wrong Version notice, Root will FAIL)

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  • Follow the Instructions to the T when you start the root exploit!
  • Let the phone reboot and do its thing, remember when asked do what it says Exactly or (Root will fail)
You should now be on Jelly Bean, Depending on what option you took for Rooting You may now Install Safe Strap and Use Roms

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Note: If you get FC with Safe Strap, 100% chance your not rooted, DL root checker from play store.


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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:08 AM

Nice post man!!
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:11 AM

Nice post man!!


Thanks, just fixed a bunch of silly mistakes.. F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 LOL!

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:18 AM

great job sat
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:49 AM

Pretty slick. But I need pictures, and stuff I can color..this is too confusing. :lol:
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:13 AM

Pretty slick. But I need pictures, and stuff I can color..this is too confusing. :lol:


Added some colors ;)

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:31 AM

A really good post Satman! Youre effort in the forum is fantastic.

Some comments might be to include (I realize this info is in the other posts you link to...)
- In order to update from ICS to JB the ICS ROM needs to be at stock. As in, no apps frozen or deleted. This is why you more than likely will need to use Matts 1.82 utility.
- In order to run Dans JB Razor_Blade exploit, you need to have SmartActions installed but NOT updated.
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:52 AM

A really good post Satman! Youre effort in the forum is fantastic.

Some comments might be to include (I realize this info is in the other posts you link to...)
- In order to update from ICS to JB the ICS ROM needs to be at stock. As in, no apps frozen or deleted. This is why you more than likely will need to use Matts 1.82 utility.
- In order to run Dans JB Razor_Blade exploit, you need to have SmartActions installed but NOT updated.


Yeah, edited, I was debating on adding instructions on JB unbrick utility, etc.. On the other hand, if followed, no need for the JB unbrick etc.. For the smart actions, I am assuming they will be rooting as soon as they are done updating etc, as they just wiped and installed jb, which has smartactions installed not updated.. unsure how far I should go? Thinking too much info, it may not get used or read, but not enough info could hit those few.. hmmmmm

Should Prolly add make sure you update SU binary's, but its in the root instructions.. Coin Flip? :unsure:

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:57 AM

Yeah, SU Binary step many have skipped. :D

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 10:01 AM

Yeah, SU Binary step many have skipped. :D


F5 lol

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:58 AM

Instructions Updated, Added JB Unbrick and JB Root exploit Instructions with screen shots
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Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:33 AM

great job,as always
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Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:48 PM

Very nice post.... :).. See how slow I am, this is a couple days old and I'm just now seeing it LOL..... Great work as usual
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:07 AM

sat, you smashed it with this, let me post a link in my guide
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 04:56 AM

sat, you smashed it with this, let me post a link in my guide


Thanks bro, lol I SWEAR I didn't even see yours until 007 I think it was told me about them lol.. But I guess they are not the same, I was only trying to make it just for this update and the root confusion, etc.. well, and the wipe confusion, I'll definitely add a link to yours if they want even more details n stuff! good work on yours too! :)

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:13 AM

Feeling totally demoralized right now. Tried for the past 3 hours to upgrade and for some reason it seems like my phone would not enter fastboot correctly. I tried everything and no amount of factory resetting and manual deletion of data would get rid of Safestrap. I made it to the end of step 4 and just got stuck with the utility. Had great help from adam and Gytole, but just could not get the phone back to the point where it could install the JB update. I guess I'll just stick with DroidHD and see how things develop. Anyhow, just wanted to say thanks anyway to Sat for a great post.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:35 AM

Feeling totally demoralized right now. Tried for the past 3 hours to upgrade and for some reason it seems like my phone would not enter fastboot correctly. I tried everything and no amount of factory resetting and manual deletion of data would get rid of Safestrap. I made it to the end of step 4 and just got stuck with the utility. Had great help from adam and Gytole, but just could not get the phone back to the point where it could install the JB update. I guess I'll just stick with DroidHD and see how things develop. Anyhow, just wanted to say thanks anyway to Sat for a great post.


Hmmm, I have had many say instuctions worked without a hitch, please PM me at anytime today and I will teamview in (if this is ok with you) and lend a hand..
Did you uninstall Safe Strap First?? And do the Factory resore from settings? Saying yes to wiping cards? etc?

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:53 AM

Hmmm, I have had many say instuctions worked without a hitch, please PM me at anytime today and I will teamview in (if this is ok with you) and lend a hand..
Did you uninstall Safe Strap First?? And do the Factory resore from settings? Saying yes to wiping cards? etc?


I don't have enough posts to PM. Maybe you can reach out to me? Anyhow, I did not uninstall SS. I was telling my wife this morning that there had to be an assumption that others had made, which I did not. That seems to be it. Maybe add "uninstall SS" to the list of first things to do. I'll work on uninstalling SS, try again tonight, and update on success or not.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:05 AM

I don't have enough posts to PM. Maybe you can reach out to me? Anyhow, I did not uninstall SS. I was telling my wife this morning that there had to be an assumption that others had made, which I did not. That seems to be it. Maybe add "uninstall SS" to the list of first things to do. I'll work on uninstalling SS, try again tonight, and update on success or not.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:22 AM

I don't have enough posts to PM. Maybe you can reach out to me? Anyhow, I did not uninstall SS. I was telling my wife this morning that there had to be an assumption that others had made, which I did not. That seems to be it. Maybe add "uninstall SS" to the list of first things to do. I'll work on uninstalling SS, try again tonight, and update on success or not.

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I sent you a PM, did you get it?

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:45 PM

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:39 AM

In your instructions to wipe all data you included Tibu in that too. Can we copy that tibu folder to the computer and copy it to the phone after the upgrade is finished? Thanks!

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:22 AM

In your instructions to wipe all data you included Tibu in that too. Can we copy that tibu folder to the computer and copy it to the phone after the upgrade is finished? Thanks!


I realize I answered this for you in Chat, but for others here, yes. You can move the folder back an forth.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:35 PM

In your instructions to wipe all data you included Tibu in that too. Can we copy that tibu folder to the computer and copy it to the phone after the upgrade is finished? Thanks!


Bad idea restoring stuff from Titanium Backup from ICS to JB, Very bad idea..
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:38 PM

Bad idea restoring stuff from Titanium Backup from ICS to JB, Very bad idea..


Meh... Only if your are talking system data. If you are talking app data I brought mine from my ThunderBolt to my Razr without issue. Also on my wife's Razr I brought app data from ICS to JB

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:43 PM

Meh... Only if your are talking system data. If you are talking app data I brought mine from my ThunderBolt to my Razr without issue. Also on my wife's Razr I brought app data from ICS to JB

NEVER save and restore SYSTEM data in tibu!!



No Trust me on this, you would be surprised what I see when I remote into some... Restoring ICS system apps to JB is NG...:) ;) Believe me I know, tested on purpose, result = bad :P

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:47 PM

NEVER save and restore SYSTEM data in tibu!!

No Trust me on this, you would be surprised what I see when I remote into some... Restoring ICS system apps to JB is NG... :) ;) Believe me I know, tested on purpose, result = bad :P


I am ONLY saying okay for APP data NOT system apps. That is why I said the above line

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:54 PM

I am ONLY saying okay for APP data NOT system apps. That is why I said the above line


Yes exactly... 100% agree, that's why I have noob's not even use the app.. ;) Just best if they skip that program all together and download from app store again.. just my opinion so mistakes are not made....

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:28 AM

Note: Small update in instructions

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:39 PM

Swing into chat.. :)


UPDATE: Uninstalled SafeStrap and futzed around with both the Mac and Windows versions of the DroidRazrUtility. Never did get option 1 to work, but that is likely because I hadn't changed that much and I was back to 100% stock simply by factory reseting. Installed the update from Recovery just fine and am now on 4.1.2. Definitely lost root, but that's cool. I'll fix it later. Thanks for all the help.




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