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How to: Root the DROID2, DROIDX2, DROIDX, and DROID3 Running Gingerbread


Actually, this method should root just about any Motorola phone running Gingerbread.  So not only will it work on the DROID3, DROID2, DROIDX2, and DROIDX, but it should also work on the DROID Pro and D2 Global when they receive an update – hopefully the DROID Bionic too.  We were inspired to write this for the simple fact that the D2 received Gingerbread last night finally, and within 5 minutes I was rooted.

Thanks to Framework43 and psouza4 for putting this together.  It couldn’t be any simpler than this method right here.  

Download:  MotorolaOneClickRoot.zip


1.  Make sure you have Motorola drivers installed – [Download Drivers]
2.  Download the MotorolaOneClickRoot.zip file from above and unzip it to your Windows PC.
3.  On your phone go into  Settings>Applications>Development and check the box for USB Debugging.
4.  Plug phone into your computer and select “Charge Only” mode.
5.  Navigate to MotorolaOneClickRoot folder and run MotorolaOneClickRoot.exe.
6.  Follow the instructions in the command window.
7.  Your phone will complete 3 steps, rebooting along the way.  When it finishes, you will be rooted.

Full support can be found at this thread in case you run into issues.

  • Vampi2

    Great Great Great, this was soooo easy, even i could do it.

  • Johnandjanelle69

    worked awesome for my droid x2 thanks so much 

  • acnovak

    How do you unroot the droid 2? It keeps shutting off my 3G.

  • Jason Kent

    Hi, after rooting the droid 3, will we be able to use it on a different network like at&t or t-mobile.

  • Jason Kent

    Hi, would rooting the droid 3 mean that we will be able to use it on a different network? Ive seen some people selling a droid 3 on ebay who say they have rooted the phone and it works in t-mobile or at&t sim cards?

    • jay

      only unlock phone can be use on different network but at&t and t mobile r GSM network so only those phone can be use on there network

  • Trevor

    I tried it on my droid 2 global and it dosent work like it says its done and everything but then i dont have busybox or anything please help

  • Adamabdullah62

    ok so i rooted my fone and for some reason it said root successful but tht root explorer thing never came up people i need heelp 🙁

  • Janbro

    I tried this on my droid x v2.3.4 but nothing happened. I went through all the steps, and my phone rebooted all times, but when i try to use a root access app, it says i need to root my phone…

  • C02subarufreek

    please help!!!!ive tried this 3 times and each time it goes through all 3 stages of the process. says that my phone has been successfully rooted, but then i look on my phone and nothing 🙁 i run the rott checker app and it says soor , this device doesnt have proper root access. any advice on what i may be doing wrong?

  • Alterno

    Thank you so much for this simple and useful information!!!!  Rooted my Droid X2 within minutes.

  • josh

    I have been trying to root my dx 2.3.4 and can’t seem to get it. I want to be able to use it for internet access while traveling for work without having to pay for my internet plan twice. Is there anyone in the miami area that could give me a hand setting this up?

  • Kotolski

    Does this work on 4.5.621?

    • Acurtis83


  • Makeitsnow16

    i just rooted my droid x2 now what do i do?

  • Panocho11

    ok i did everything now what ? i see the super user app on it but nothing happen.. i need the freaking hotspotttttttttt

  • Ironhead

     it didn’t reboot … by itself =

    • Panocho11

      is yours root and working?

  • Morganrpcps

    I have rooted my droid x now do I step it up to use it as a hot spot with out being charge by my server?

  • Drtbkerm

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you guys are amazing!!!!! I went through hell trying to root my droid 2 with pre-loaded gingerbread and you guys solved all my problems!!! I have had three droid 2’s now and the first two had froyo so all i had to do was install my pre-rooted version of gingerbread but the pre-loaded gingerbread was proving to be a nightmare until now…. thanks guys!!!

  • Bradley Bonds1

    it says i neeed to install a version of NET Framework: V2.0.50727

    • Bradley Bonds1

      how do i do this??

  • Mathisarnell

    Can someone please tell me how to unroot this? I just followed these steps and the root was successfull. Right after I realized my phone won’t charge anymore, tried several different chargers. I need to unroot as fast as possible before the phone dies. Anyone know how to unroot from these steps? I will be forever greatful!

    • Trevor

      Just factory reset it


    Will i loose any data on my phone?

  • Ghostlux10

    Please help! I installed motorolaoneclickroot on my Droid x2 only and after I opened the file my screen went dead black, I keep trying to reboot phone but screen still not showing up, please is there anyway I could get it back to work?? My phone was already factory reset so I had no other rooted apps, just clean as brand new

  • guest

    please help.  I am rooted.  My laptop and iPad see my Droid 2, but can’t connect successfully to wifi.  How to reset password?

  • Apresto1252

    How long should this take?

  • coyote

    I am at the command screen, and it says “searching for the phone”… how long do you have to wait for this step?

  • Anonymous

    It just keeps saying looking for your phone….please help! I followed all the steps.

  • Kbarfels

    i downloaded the superuser but how do you sue it i cant figure out how to delete vzw apps i dont want

  • Icepicc23

    It wont let me download the driver.

  • Vla1572

    Anyone having trouble, try Pete’s Motorola Root Tools at http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=17713512

    Tried everything here, but this was the only one that let me into Titanium Backup with root and the Autostarts program (let me change settings).  I have Droid X with Gingerbread over the air update with 2.3.3.  This one REALLY WORKS!

  • Fennarian13

    i cant seem to get it to work it finishes but it doesnt seem to do anything. what do i do?

  • twinszo

    will this work for Gingerbread 2.3.4

  • Droidx2

    This is a awesome site. Worked on my device. Have a Droid x2!

  • Droid 2 user

    I have a droid 2 version 2.3.3 and its not working.  I put on charge only, USB debugging, and each of the files have correctly downloaded.  It just gets stuck at Step 1 of 3 (Rebooting your phone . . .) and nothing else happens.  Just waiting and waiting.  It sits there FOREVER until eventually my phone dies and it says the battery is to low to continue.  Any advice?

  • Franchesca

    Will this hurt your droid??

  • Rjmartins77

    Tried on my Droid X 2.3.3. Thought everything was fine and dandy!…. when i open up superuser on my phone. “Root Explorer” is MIA!?….. if anyone knows why that would be awesome…

  • Travisryoung

    do i download the driver to my droid or computer. when i download it to the computer a message comes up and wont let me after i hit run

  • Richard Ryan Grove

    This process is flawless, worked amazing on my Droid X.  I just did as instructed then installed Titanium Backup Pro and was off making my phone a whole lot better. 

  • amp

    I have the Droid 2 Global and am running 2.3.3 I did everything in this description and in the program and am pretty sure I did it all right.  The program said it was done and my phone should be rooted, but when I went to titanium backup it said it is not rooted. I went to busybox to see if I need to install that and it said no root access. Can anyone help me?

    • Ozhart2

      I also ahve the Droid2 Global,2.3.3 and it worked great with mine using Win 7 Utimate 32 bit.

  • Cocojo69

    Worked perfectly on my Droid X2 so happy!! I was looking around at a couple Droid forums and you got these hardcore programmers writing in Chinese on how to root your phone by making the thermal nuclear ions of the central data manipulator congruent to the vertices of the matrix. This was incredibly simple and took no more than 5 minutes. A++++

  • monkeyman

    for some reason when i run the oneclick its saying searching phone connect now and its already puled into my pc 

  • monkeyman

    why would you need the drivers to download ?

  • Aznracer35

    why does it take me to bootloader when it restarts? droid 2

    • Tropwen1789

      It’s booting into safe mode. Pull your USB cable, reboot manually, and then plug it back in while it’s still booting up

  • Aznracer35

    any body knows why it goes to bootloader blah blah battery ok when it reboots?

  • Mavlax1

    i just rooted it im pretty sure, how do i know for sure that it is rooted, and what are some things i should do now that it is rooted? Please reply

    • Paul Garcia2345

      which droid do you have ??

  • yanks0202

    One time i tried to root my phone but i didnt use this site…anyways my phone went to a black sreen and it wouldnt turn on it had words but i didnt remember the words if i tried to do this would that happen to me again

  • Nickdize

    Droid x 2.3.3 not working need help!!!

  • Jogn

    How long does this root take? My phone has been rebooting for about 50 min now

  • Atony

    how long does this root take? mine is still going and its better about 30 min

  • Traehflow1

    Thank you… just rooted Droid X today and finally got rid of Madden and now working on BLockbuster app

  • Christianiije

    Didn’t work For Droid X running 2.3.3. And yes, I did it right.

    • anthony

      Did you ever get ur phone to work ?? i wanted to root my droid x but didnt know if this would work

  • Mitchc247

    yeah so i went through all the steps and such, no problem. Well nothing happened after it rebooted, the phone seemed the same as usual. So I rebooted it again but now it is just stuck on the red and white Motorola symbol. I have a droid x2 thats only 48 hours old….if i hold down the power and volume down buttons at the same time though it brings up the command thing. But if i select anything, it never loads. Please help!!!