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How to: Root Motorola DROID Running Android 2.2 FRG22D

After updating to Android 2.2 FRG01B and FRG22D, there have been so number of issues after rooting and it appears to have finally been figured out by the brilliant minds of the Android community.  Apparently with FRG01B, came a fix which would continue to break any custom recovery and return the phone back to a stock recovery leaving you all full of frustrations when trying to flash any custom ROM.  (Pretty sneaky right?)  Well with this new rooting method for FR22D, you not only gain root access, but you also trip this new recovery breaker giving you life long access to actually enjoying so many of the hidden secrets on your Droid device.

So you know, this is essentially the same method used on the Droid 2 and Droid X running 2.2, it has just been manipulated to fit the D1.

THERE IS ANOTHER METHOD AVAILABLE WHICH USES RSD LITE AND SBF FILES. IF THE METHOD IN THIS POST IS CONFUSING CHECK OUT OUR OTHER 2.2 ROOTING GUIDE.

*Warning* – As always, when you decide to root your phone, you understand that it voids your warranty.  You also take all responsibility should something permanently damage your phone.  Droid Life will not be held responsible.

*Note 1*- This is going to look incredibly long and confusing, but trust me when I say that it takes 5 minutes once you have the Android SDK installed.  No RSD Lite or SBF files needed.

Instructions:

*Note 2* - You need to have current Motorola USB drivers depending on your system.  (32-bit)  (64-bit)

*Note 3* - You need the Android SDK and adb working properly.  SDK instructions here or here.

*Note 4* – You need to download and unzip this file to your PC.  This contains everything needed to root.

1.) Enable usb debugging on your device if you dont already have it enabled.
2.) Extract Droid2Root.rar to c:\droid2root
3.) Connect your phone to the computer via usb cable
4.) On the computer open the command prompt. (In the start menu under accessories)
5.) cd to your adb tools directory:

For most the command would look like this cd C:\android-sdk-windows\tools

6.) Now enter the following commands:

adb devices (This should list a device as a long number. If it doesnt something is wrong.)
adb push c:\droid2root\rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin /data/local/tmp
adb shell
cd /data/local/tmp
chmod 0755 rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin
./rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin (Be patient here.  When finished it will return you to c:\droid2root)
adb devices
adb shell (you should now see a # instead of a $)
mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock4 /system
exit
adb push c:\droid2root\Superuser.apk /system/app
adb push c:\droid2root\su /system/bin
adb push c:\droid2root\busybox /system/bin
adb shell
chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
chmod 4755 /system/bin/busybox
mv /system/recovery-from-boot.p /system/recovery-from-boot.p.disabled
mount -o ro,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock4 /system
rm /data/local/tmp/rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin
exit

7.)  Done! Reboot your phone for good measure.  You are now rooted.

Running into issues?  Drop your questions in the comments or head to our Live Support Channel!

And I apologize to those of you experiencing issues over the last few weeks.  There has been a lot of behind the scenes frustrations with regard to the new Froyo for the original Droid and this should get you all straight.  Thanks for sticking with us!

Via:  Android Forums, Droid Forums

  • http://www.facebook.com/braum.schiro Braum Schiro

    Best way to root is your powerbotton is broke

  • http://www.copperreflections.com/ handmadejewelry

    I will wait for a few more weeks until something better comes out

  • Wagz86

    mine wont get past the C:android-sdk-windowstools just keeps saying it cant find the specified path

  • Johnathen Radelet

    I get all the way to “mv /system/recovery-from-boot.p /system/recovery-from-boot.p.disabled”
    and I get this “failed on system/recovery-from-boot.p no such file or directory”

    is this whats supposed to happen or am I missing something?

  • Amy McCraken

     Thanks for telling that there is Another Android 2.2 FRG22D Rooting Method for the Motorola DROID….well your post is quite informative and really helpful,thanks…

  • Pete

    How do you do this with a mac?

  • crowdSPRING

    well this is the right place to get solutions of problems related to android,droid! now i got to know that this is essentially the same method used on the Droid 2 and Droid X running 2.2, it has just been manipulated to fit the D1……thanks  for the instructions!

  • eku84

    I am following step 6 above and when I ener cd/data/loca/tmp in commend, I receive a message saying cd/data/local/tmp: not found. I tried it couple times and got the same message. What do I do? Please help!

  • Emeruwaike

    the droid 2 root ware is a virus new link plz

  • Mikeybonez28

    i just used this method to root my droid running 2.2.2 frg83g and i have su, busybox & root but i also have a problem. i installed rom manager, loaded clockwork 2.5.0.1 and tried to nand my current setup & it failed with error 31. only thing i havent done is partition my sd card. could that be it or did i screw up? can you reply via email? [email protected] so i get the answer right away. thanks!!

  • Doriean

    Thanks So Much This Worked Perfect No Problems…I Really Do Appreciate Your Hard Work…Im Running Motorola Droid 2.1 Now Rooted With SuperUser Installed…

  • Blaine Alderfer

    alright can anyone help? ive tried this process like 5 times it all goes fine until i get to pushing superuser to /system. i repeatedly get…

    failed to copy ‘C:droid2rootSuperuser.apk’ to ‘/system/app/Superuser.apk':
    Read-only file system

    please help

  • Blaine Alderfer

    alright can anyone help? ive tried this process like 5 times it all goes fine until i get to pushing superuser to /system. i repeatedly get…

    failed to copy ‘C:droid2rootSuperuser.apk’ to ‘/system/app/Superuser.apk':
    Read-only file system

    please help

  • remy7

    Has anyone been able to verify if this works on 2.2.2 FRG83G???

  • robotstabber

    You say “voids your warranty” by rooting, what is my warranty? Will Verizon know?

  • Batmatty

    I can not get past the “chmod 0755 rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin” step. I get a USAGE: chmod afterwards.
    I had no trouble to any step prior to this but this is where I stop. Help, please.

  • Jpv90

    Just use 1 click root instead, easier..

  • Liquid

    Note 4 says ” This contains everything needed to root,” but it appears that besides the stuff in that rar file you still need the sdk and the driver. That’s very poorly worded.

    Also that link to the moto drivers is very strange looking, it would be great if you could also put them on megaupload.

  • Liquid

    Note 4 says ” This contains everything needed to root,” but it appears that besides the stuff in that rar file you still need the sdk and the driver. That’s very poorly worded.

    Also that link to the moto drivers is very strange looking, it would be great if you could also put them on megaupload.

  • Danny DeMichele

    Well with this new rooting method for FR22D, we not only gain root access, but also trip this new recovery breaker giving us life long access to actually enjoying so many of the hidden secrets on our Droid device…Thanks droid and android.Also thanks for these instructions provided by u..

  • durtydusty

    so i rooted using z4 one click… now what? im not sure wtf to do

  • http://twitter.com/randomguyweird Zachary

    Does this work on a Mac?

  • http://wfhmarket.com/faqs.php market

    That’s why I always say droid changes the life through their latest app,here ai find a great app,thanks droid

  • http://www.lead411.com/Brad_Stubbs_2237460.html Brad Stubbs

    Works perfectly no need to return to factory default easy and by far explained thoroughly thank u for an amazing guide

  • Dowjonez50

    this is so hard

  • http://www.fergytech.com Marc Ferguson

    Great article, it seems pretty straight forward. Do you know if this process works for the latest update to the Droid, FRG83D? I almost feel foolish when I compulsively click on “apply system update.” I keep forgetting that there probably isn’t an easy root for this version yet! Doh!