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Videos: How to Root the DROID X

We were contemplating doing our own videos for rooting the Droid X, but there are already a half dozen out there that are clear enough for everyone to handle.  We’ve picked 2 to help you out, one using the Android SDK/ADB and the other using Terminal Emulator.  If you struggled installing the SDK this morning through our post on how to take screenshots, you might want to choose the Terminal Emulator option.  Good luck!

Files needed:  droidxroot_v2.zip

How to root using ADB:

How to root using Terminal Emulator:

When finished, READ THIS SET OF WARNINGS.

Let us know any tips, issues or really anything involved in the process. Let’s make this as easy for everyone as we can!

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soldier_of_Fortune,_Inc. Vincent Margott

    I suggest using titanium backup so you can make a backup of the program and then uninstall it. As uninstalling doesn’t delete any backups.

  • Andrew

    i need help i cant get root on my droid x running 2.2.1

  • Andrew

    i need help i cant get root on my droid x running 2.2.1

  • http://www.thecapitalgoldgroup.com/ Capital Gold Group

    Word of advise be very careful when deleting apps from the /system/app/ folder. As of right now we have no way of restoring the phone competely.

  • http://www.freightbrokering.info Freight Brokering

    When I try to open the DOroot extract file my Kaspersky antivirus says the file contains a trojan horse. Should I ignore and go on

  • http://www.SanDiegoDentists.org San Diego Dentists

    i have done it all and got the root sucefull but still cant run root programs any off them say i have no root. downloaded the overclocker for them the new one just out and it says no root.

  • http://blog.webvisible.com/blog/webvisible WebVisible

    This is just rooting….it's not getting past the boot loader. So there will still be no custom ROMs yet.

  • http://www.youressaywriter.com/sample-essays assessment writer

    This post really makes it very easy to root the droid-X.Thanks alot for sharing this post.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mykalaikontilai/ Mykalai Kontilai

    Maybe this will help on you second issue. My droid x has a file named downloads not download. It took me several attempts before I realized it.Do I need to root my DX to download game emulators and games?

  • http://riflery1.php0h.com/mykalai-kontilai.html Mykalai Kontilai

    Maybe this will help on you second issue. My droid x has a file named downloads not download. It took me several attempts before I realized it.

  • http://twitter.com/mykalaikontilai Mykalai Kontilai

    Ok, soon to be new to android phones in the next couple months with X. Can i root it, uninstall and clean up all the junk apps and such then unroot it to get all the official updates? Or root, install/do what i want then unroot and have continueing to be a official device?

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    The videos are really informative,thanks for sharing these videos.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mykalaikontilai/ Mykalai Kontilai

    I think,its better looking and more fluid than BW just use OI file manager to get the skins and use Original skin with another app called add-on very slick.

  • 828

    Do I need to root my DX to download game emulators and games?

  • 828

    Do I need to root my DX to download game emulators and games?

  • nespo

    Hey I'm kind of a n00b when it comes to rooting so this is gonna sound like a dumb question for all you pros but if I root the DX and delete all my unwanted bloatware, would it still be gone if I ever unroot it?

  • swould333

    Could the “Root without ABD” directions could be applied to the Droid1…. I'm just looking to gain root don't really care to load custom roms… or is there a simalr process that can be done just on the phone as this is… without having to load a new bootloader??? :/

  • DROIDMANX

    IM NOT NEW TO ROOTING IVE ROOTED EVERY ANDROID PHONE IVE BOUGHT UNTIL THE DROID X. NOW IM HAVING ISSUES IN TERMINAL EMULATOR. AFTER I TYPE THE FIRST LINE COMMAND cd /sqlite_stmt_journals AND HIT ENTER IT GIVES ME AN ERROR MESSAGE WHEN TRY TO TYPE THE NEXT LINE cp /sdcard/download/exploid ./exploid WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?

    • gamboo

      Maybe this will help on you second issue. My droid x has a file named downloads not download. It took me several attempts before I realized it.

  • gamboo

    I used the non ADB rout. Everything is fine but Im stuck at the part where you type in secretlol and you get the # sign. What do you type after that? Thanks in advance for any help.

  • Semperfarr

    Does anyone know what weather widget he is using on the first video? Looks like the one on the Incredible and I would like it to add on my DX.

    • http://twitter.com/CandaceHarrell Candace Harrell

      He is using “beautiful widgets”, its in the android market.

      • dannydarko

        I think its actually Weather Widget Donate. If you haven't tried you should, its better looking and more fluid than BW just use OI file manager to get the skins and use Original skin with another app called add-on very slick.

        • dankykong.

          just to confirm, it's the one called weather & toggle widget, then you use the h7c skin and the h7c icons.

    • dannydarko

      Weather Widget Donate . Its better than Beautiful Widgets. Also download weather widget add-on gives you the original Sense UI weather animation customizations. Its just better all around I have both so I know.

  • misphit_917

    I would still wait until the process has been simplified which shouldn't be long.

  • Brendan

    Im ganna root when i can actually flash roms and stuff.

  • Annoynimous

    its too bad that 2.2 could be the final update for the droidx (must buy new droid when gingerbread comes out), just speculating :D

    • craig1989

      why did you come to that conclusion? I don't believe that at all..

      • Fyrhtu

        Misspelled Anonymous is likely referring to the now completely disproven rumors of hardware requirements for Gingerbread… apparently, he was able to read the rumors, but was struck with a sudden case of illiteracy when the facts came to light, the poor dear.

    • http://twitter.com/storm34x Daniel Archibald

      Not true at all. Droid x will be fully operational with gingerbread 3.0

      Why are you worrying about gingerbread when you dont even have froyo on droid x yet

  • Joseph

    Word of advise be very careful when deleteing apps from the /system/app/ folder. As of right now we have no way of restoring the phone competely.

    • mwaychoff

      This is true. I suggest using titanium backup so you can make a backup of the program and then uninstall it. This way you can restore any of them later if you have to. Uninstalling doesn't delete any backups, just make sure you do the backup before uninstalling obviously

  • http://twitter.com/ajbattaglia83 anthony battaglia

    Just opened my droid x!!! Effin amazing…

  • fbords

    uhh…still waiting for the video for the incredible that you said you'd post over a week ago.

  • http://techdeft.myopenid.com/ TechDeft

    Off topic sorry.

    Why can't I find the most recent post with Metamorph themes in it? Do I need more caffeine?

  • http://twitter.com/Lovkarma Chris Anderson

    Im usually on top of theses type of things all the time, but someone tell me what are the benefits of rooting my droid x, why should I want or try to learn how to do that?
    thank you

    • djenks24

      There are some apps in the Market that require root. Screen Shot Apps, Titanium Backup, Root Explorer, etc. Also, some of the software that Moto puts on the phone and is running in the background can be removed. And then of course there is the fact that I just can't put it down:)

  • Richard Ney

    Thinking of doing this but would like additional directions on exactly how to get rid of the apps I don't like once root has been accomplished. Thanks!

    • jiggaman508

      On my droid I use root explorer and delete the apks and then the apps are gone…i dunno if it works on the dx

    • craig1989
    • mwaychoff

      See my comment above. Titanium backup seems to be a good option.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ThinkGeeks Hiral Patel

    What the possible overclock on this? I see SetCPU

    • craig1989

      Right now you can't overclock.. Apparently it is in the works. You can however underclock if you want (to save battery life etc).

      • mwaychoff

        Yea underclocking only right now, however I have my setcpu profile to drop it to 300mhz when the screen is off, and it DRASTICALLY improved my battery life. Better than my rooted Droid1 running BB .4

  • http://twitter.com/HereComesDaBoom bOOm

    Any chance sub categories added to the Root(unlock) selection? I'm feeling a little Droid X envy…

    Let em know its a DROID!

  • aarynk

    Was super easy to do yesterday… followed the Terminal emulator way on the phone and it was a breeze. Now onto that Bootloader!!!

  • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    EPIC WIN!! You just can't stop the mods! {{^_^}}

  • djenks24

    I used the w/out ADB method. Worked great!!!

  • amosk

    Argh, I hate when work prevents you from posting “1st” :)

  • WhereIsTony

    Think I will wait for the Foryo OTA

    • djenks24

      From what I've read, root will not prevent the OTA update. Only the ROMS prevent the updates. Can someone confirm this?

      • kellex

        In the past, root has not stopped an OTA nor caused any problems. In fact, OTA updates can remove root. It's the custom recoveries which stop OTA's and at this point those are a ways off.

        • fbords

          so if we root our phone, we'll still get the OTA when it comes out, then we just need to re-root? Is this the fact for most handsets?

          • mwaychoff

            Pretty much yes. When an OTA update comes, it's essentially putting your handsets OS back to factory with whatever updates are included (without affecting your data, apps, settings etc.) however they could very well block this method of rooting on the next OTA update and then we'd be back to square one.

            Basically the key to getting and maintaining root (and a working phone) is to get a custom recovery loaded which is where the whole enrypted bootloader comes in to play. Then when the devs release all these nice roms they make sure to maintain root access in them when they're released. Also if you screw up your phone you have a simple way to load a backup saved on your SD Card or PC.

            I still think we're a LONG way off of loading custom roms on the X, if ever, but I do have to say I'm feeling more optimistic after it being rooted this quickly, but again, root by no means is close to being able to get a backup of your phone, or restore/load a backup/custom rom.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PEJIWTUQIIFSSZAIG7TQNI6E6M JohnC

    That was extremely fast!!

    ps: i didnt say it