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    Default [Guide] Root and/or Load JB on RAZR HD & HD MAXX



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    OLD METHOD
    Yes, the Holy Grail has been discovered by djrbliss.
    
    He has taken the time (once again) to come up with a working root method for the newest Motorola smartphones: DROID RAZR M, DROID RAZR HD, DROID RAZR MAXX HD, and the Atrix HD. We've heard that not only does this root method work with the shipping Ice Cream Sandwich that is on the phones, but also the Jelly Bean leak for the DROID RAZR M, which means it should work on the final Jelly Bean over-the-air update for these phones.
    
    The method of rooting is pretty simple:
    
    
    
    • First make sure you have the current Motorola USB drivers installed from here.
    • Connect your phone to the PC and click on the "run.bat" file that you extracted.
    • It is important to follow the instructions in the PC program, as it will ask you to press a button combination of the Volume UP and Power at the same time.
    • If the program gives an error saying something like "run-as: Package 'com.motorola.bug2go' is unknown", then unfortunately you will have to wipe your data and cache partitions on the phone and try again (factory reset the phone).
    source: XDA Forums credit: djrbliss
    *Note: If for some reason that method fails to give you root once you boot back up and open a root-friendly app, try swapping out the su and Superuser.apk files with these two and then running it again.

    Updated 11/12
    NEW METHOD by sammyboy405
    This will work on the RAZR HD, or RAZR HD Maxx
    Steps to Root
    1.You are stock with the non-JB Verizon pushed update (6MB) applied (Settings > About Phone > System update tells you your device is up to date)
    2. Download the Droid Razr HD Utility from Matt via his site Batakang
    3. Enable USB Debugging
    4. Be Sure you have Motorola Drivers installed. (Included with the RAZR HD Utility)
    5. Plug your phone in and Ensure its all Connected up.
    6. Run the DROID_RAZR_HD_Utility.bat
    7. Follow the Instructions on screen.
    8. The Hardest Part is forcing a Bug Report. By holding the Power and Up Volume key.. You will Think that it didnt work, But in fact it really did. The Vibrate that it talks about in the Menu, for me it was Delayed.
    9. Once your Phone is Rooted, it will reboot.
    10. Enjoy Root


    Be sure download the Jellybean leak and copy it to you SD Card before you Continue.

    Jellybean 9.1.39Xt926.verizon.en.us Download
    CRC Download

    Steps to Loading Jelly Bean

    1. You are stock with the non-JB verizon pushed update (6MB) applied (Settings > About Phone > System update tells you your device is up to date)
    2. You root (or are already rooted)
    3. You go into the Superuser app, swipe to the left the info tab (if you don't see this, the make sure you have the latest superuser update from the app store VERY IMPORTANT!!! If you dont you wont be able to keep root)
    4. Tap on the 3rd line (su binary tap to check for updates)
    5. Update the binaries to the latest (This is also VERY IMPORTANT)
    6. Run the DROID_RAZR_HD_Utility.bat , this time Install the OTA Vodoo RootKeeper (or Install from the Play Store)
    7. Open OTA Vodoo RootKeeper and Protect Root (or delete and create a new backup if you have already used the app to backup)
    8. Temp unroot in OTA Vodoo RootKeeper
    9. Power off the device
    10. Power + volume up, then press volume up and down simultaneously when you see the android. (Or use adb to get to recovery)
    11. Volume down until recovery is highlighted, then volume up to select recovery
    12. Choose install update from external sd card
    13. Select file to update (This takes a long time)
    14. After boot, wait a while (3 or 4 mins)
    15. Restore root using OTA Vodoo RootKeeper
    16. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to confirm you have root
    17. You may need to reboot to get root fully working. I had to reboot to get Titanium Backup to work.
    18. Enjoy Jelly Bean


    Hopefully this will help anyone out who needs it..

    Thanks to mattlgroff For his RAZR HD Utility

    Here is a Download for the Linux/OSX Version of the RAZR HD Utility. Dev-Host - LinuxMacDroid-RazrHD.7z - The Ultimate Free File Hosting / File Sharing Service via johnthehillbilly
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    Cyber Warrior, first Thank You for posting this. Man do I appreciate it. I plan to do this but since this will be the first attempt is there anywhere that shows screen shots or step by step directions? I don't want to brick this thing but I want to delete all the VZ junk. Many in this forum are comfortable with doing this but I haven't ever tried it. Any ideas???
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    Default Re: [Guide] RAZR MAXX HD Root Method

    Quote Originally Posted by mobrules View Post
    Cyber Warrior, first Thank You for posting this. Man do I appreciate it. I plan to do this but since this will be the first attempt is there anywhere that shows screen shots or step by step directions? I don't want to brick this thing but I want to delete all the VZ junk. Many in this forum are comfortable with doing this but I haven't ever tried it. Any ideas???
    You're welcome... I wasn't able to find any videos showing the exact process being done but from what I hear.. it is VERY simple to use, it's basically a "one click" style program that will walk you through step by step.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyber Warrior View Post
    You're welcome... I wasn't able to find any videos showing the exact process being done but from what I hear.. it is VERY simple to use, it's basically a "one click" style program that will walk you through step by step.
    Thank you and I will let you know how it goes.
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    Any downside to rooting at all ? (assuming its done right of course).
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    Quote Originally Posted by revtech View Post
    Any downside to rooting at all ? (assuming its done right of course).
    To root or not to root: the pros and cons of rooting your Android smartphone - News - Know Your Cell
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    Quote Originally Posted by revtech View Post
    Any downside to rooting at all ? (assuming its done right of course).
    Love when these questions pop up lol. Honestly it will all come down to personal preference. Some will say you don't need to root and shouldn't while others like myself say if you want to get more control over your phone root it. All comes down to your needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by creccaj1 View Post
    Love when these questions pop up lol. Honestly it will all come down to personal preference. Some will say you don't need to root and shouldn't while others like myself say if you want to get more control over your phone root it. All comes down to your needs.
    Well . . Sorry . . I guess I didn't explain myself in enough detail so my fault . .:/
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    Quote Originally Posted by revtech View Post
    Well . . Sorry . . I guess I didn't explain myself in enough detail so my fault . .:/
    Nothing wrong with the question lol. It usually sparks and argument between root vs. anti-root members and sometime it gets... "heated". You have all the right to ask if you are new to this stuff, it can be confusing. Basically root will give you greater access to your phone. With root access its almost like having Administrator access to your device, while having an unrooted device would be a Guest account. As a Guest you can still do all the basic functions to use the phone as your normally would, but you are restricted to things that would tamper with the inner workings of the phone. With root access you can do things like access root storage, tweak kernel settings (not flash kernels just tweak settings), block advertisements, back up apps and much much more. These are very basic explanations to help you understand some of the things you can do with root access.

    If you have any further questions don't be afraid to ask.
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    Cyber- I was hoping you would post about rooting the hd. You were my guru in rooting the Tbolt. Trust is everything.
    I am going to wait a while to see if any custom roms become available along with a well tested custom recovery.

    Thanks so much for helping us out!
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    Thank you creccaj1 . . What I didn't take the time to explain is that I have read alot about what I can do with rooting, but I've never heard anything about the downside. I basically would like to root to get rid of the bloatware and other basic stuff, but I had heard somewhere something like if I root and an update comes along it can really screw things up. So what I was doing, without explanation, was saying 'I think I had done my homework but wanted to check to see if their was a downside I didn't know about that I'd regret later'. I like the idea of tinkering, but when I hear talk about stability issues, etc, it gives me pause; so I was just trying to be careful to not get in over my head.
    Holy cow, that was a rambler, guess its late :/
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    Default Re: [Guide] RAZR MAXX HD Root Method

    Thank you, the article was very helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by revtech View Post
    Thank you creccaj1 . . What I didn't take the time to explain is that I have read alot about what I can do with rooting, but I've never heard anything about the downside. I basically would like to root to get rid of the bloatware and other basic stuff, but I had heard somewhere something like if I root and an update comes along it can really screw things up. So what I was doing, without explanation, was saying 'I think I had done my homework but wanted to check to see if their was a downside I didn't know about that I'd regret later'. I like the idea of tinkering, but when I hear talk about stability issues, etc, it gives me pause; so I was just trying to be careful to not get in over my head.
    Holy cow, that was a rambler, guess its late :/
    If you root your phone and don't do anything else with it, you can still get OTA's and update you phone and should be okay. You may loose your root access but thats easy enough to get back. Once Jelly Bean update comes through on this phone which hopefully will be before 2013 when Moto says it will (not holding my breath) shouldn't be an issue.
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    Default Re: [Guide] RAZR MAXX HD Root Method

    Ok, so maybe what I heard was in reference to phones that were rooted then modded with a custom rom.

    Is a rooted phone any more susceptible/vulnerable to a virus/malware attack because its "opened up"?
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    Random OTA came through this morning (not Jelly Bean) and when it was done updating it did break root access. As far as I can tell now too this root method does not work properly and will keep you unrooted.
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    So it's what others suspected, its a "security patch" to disable root?
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    I took the update. I had Ota Rootkeeper installed. Root was kept.. First time I've heard of an update for ONE small patch though.
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    I have both the RAZR HD and maxx HD and the maxx was rooted ran update and I believe I still have root because I still have super user.

    Sent from my DROID RAZR MAXX HD using Tapatalk 2
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    Sadly I took yesterday's update on my phone-not yet rooted. Just tried to root and it failed. I guess I had this coming.
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    I'll try to update the guide with a new method as soon as I get a chance.
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    Default Re: [Guide] RAZR MAXX HD Root Method

    Quote Originally Posted by trillianprefect View Post
    Sadly I took yesterday's update on my phone-not yet rooted. Just tried to root and it failed. I guess I had this coming.
    I'm reading through some user comments.. Some are having trouble rooting after the update and some are saying the method above still works.. supposedly a factory reset helps but I'm not 100% sure yet. As soon as I get more solid info I'll keep you guys updated.. Or if anyone else knows whats going on please share what you've heard or experienced. Thanks.

    What exactly does it say or doing that its failing?
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    It just says "waiting for phone" and nothing happens. This is after I pressed the volume up and power button simultaneously and got the vibrate feedback. After that, I waited for about 5 minutes, but nothing changed. Then I disconnected the phone and reconnected it again and the script finished and claimed to have successfully rooted my phone.. But upon installing superuser and testroot, it claims it's not rooted. Have not done the factory reset though.
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    Just did factory reset. Upon rooting (which went painlessly) my phone boots to the green android with the rotating molecule. And it has been rotating for the past 10 minutes..

    I turned my device off and then on, it resumes to the rotating droid thing. Turned it off, powered up with pushing volume button down and holding power button, it turns back to the droid, but says formatting data and freezes on that.

    rebooted into help menu, tried recovery and this failed.
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