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How to: Root the Motorola DROID Bionic


We knew from last week that the current Motorola Gingerbread rooting method would work on the Bionic, but just in case you needed some extra proof, we have it for you along with instructions.  It took me all of 3 minutes and my device was rooted and feeling much happier about life.  And no, this has nothing to do with the bootloader – we are still hoping for a miracle or magical break-through on that front.

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.

*Note – Our buddy @P3Droid is under the impression that a fix to this rooting method is on the way in the near future for both the D3 and Bionic.  If you want to be rooted going forward, you may want to do this now and then deny any OTA updates that may pop up in the next week or so.

Have fun!

Full support can be found at this RootzWiki thread.

Cheers again to @djrbliss for the exploit and to psouza4 and Framework43 for putting this together!

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  • William Plas

    I have a Droid Bionic with the leaked ICS already on it. Can I still root my phone? If so what is the best way.

  • Rpr136

    I have a bionic, I am not an idiot, and this did not root my phone. Thanks. I will never get those “three Minutes” back.

  • I followed these steps to root my phone and was prompted that the root was successful.  BUT when trying to run a specific app it is telling me my phone is not rooted.  Any suggestions??

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  • Jrj0487

     I see its suppose to download busybox and superuser…. But i dont see either of the apps on my phone

  • Mneighbo2

    Nope, not rooted after doing this. 

  • fourbucks

    ha. it worked. schweet.

  • kailee

    Mine goes through the proccess and it says its complete but no superuser app

  • warren harding

    Does this work on the 2.3.4 OS?

  • Him

    Not working on my bionic (Gingerbread OS) either. Same thing, goes through process but not rooted.

  • Droid Bionic – followed steps per post. Indication of successful but no root after reboot of phone.

  • kailee

    Is it even worth rooting the droid bionic? Its runs nice and what not now, only reason i see myself rooting it is for free wifi tether

  • Rubberbandgirl062004

    Tthis is not working for my Motorola Droid phone goes through the process and says congratulations your phone should be rooted but it is not ;-( .

  • I’ve been very happy with my rooted x, but now that I have 4g on the bionic I want to root to bypass verizon data charge, will this work as well?

  • will this work as a one click unroot as well?

  • Lakers4Ever

    Is this root process going to interfere with the Ice Cream Sandwich update?

  • DT – IN – TX

    I finally got the wireless tethering to work on the droid bionic. and tethering with 4G

  • Dav

    I would like to know if there is an app or a way to make the Verizon / Google movie ticket icon work after rooting my Bionic.
    I was streaming a rented movie through HDMI to my flat panel TV. After rooting it gives me an error that says
    “Playback is not supported on rooted devices” Can anyone help?

  • eddieonofre

    how to do a bakcup of the bionic using ROm manger?

  • Yellowtunr

    My DROID bionic wont let me download the file to root my phone. It just says “download unsuccessful ” any ideas why it’s doing that?

  • Phillies69

    How do I unroot when a Bionic is rooted using this method?

  • AndyXplorer

    and, yes, i know about going thru SDK to root, it was a whole system i wanted to learn at one point, and i just didnt have the time to do so, nor do i now, but i am such a technogeek i want to.  But just messing around made me realize what i was holding in my hand.  A computer.  A virtual gateway to everything i do at home, in my hand.  I couldn’t belive what i was holding, and i couldn’t belive the technology in the palm of my hand.  so small, yet so powerfull.  The droid 1 made motorola an assload of money.  And for that, i belive every motorola phone that comes out will be far superior to any of the competition.  Samsung makes a good product, as well as a great TV.  But whoever rooted the first droid, and whoever had the time to learn SDK and root your droid 1…. i give you props,

  • AndyXplorer

    awesome, just got my bionic rooted using this easy as pie method.  And like most, i rooted my droid 1 just to try to get the extra MHZ to squeeze some more speed out of the SOB, and to make my phone my own.  Sadly, its time has come to an end, and i upgraded to the bionic.  I’ve been jealous of every droid phone which came out since i bought my droid 1, and was waiting for the droid 3 (since i need a keyboard) which sadly, didn’t have 4G…wtf, i know motorola will be coming out with a droid 4 with the slideout keyboard i adore and 4G, BUT, i cannot wait for it.  I am verry happy with my bionic, and am doing allot of swype and voice input, which does speed the process up, but i hope i don’t miss my keyboard soo much i buy a 600 dollar droid 4 4G when it comes out.   Thanx for all your input and help everyone

  • How do you get the root app… no request ever came up, my Apps are empty and my Log is too. how do i get the Root Explorer. thanks in advance =]

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  • Nice one!

  • Scoot5841

    will this app allow me to teather with without using the pay hotspot?

  • Matthew

    Awesome stuff guys.  Rooted hours after getting the phone!

  • Superior1

    WOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!!! That was way to easy!!!! Bought the phone on Thursday and now rooted on saturday

  • Jackbigs

    Recently rooted my Droid Bionic (yes lucky enough to get one), and many features did not work. For example, I was not able to change my wallpaper or half my widgets would be cut off. I un-rooted it and it works like a charm… again. Think you need a special kind of root for this.

  • Not to mention the $300 bucks I paid for the LapDock.  Or the $25 for the extended battery, or the vehicle dock I just know I have no will to resist and buy.

  • Klosea

    my bionic will not root! says adb is not valid internal or external command!

  • Rdavi76

    Please help so I’ve rooted my droid bnic but I can’t get it to tether?

  • Root Droid

    Anyone try this yet? http://droidbionicroot.com/droid-bionic-tether/how-to-get-free-wifi-tether-mobile-hotspot-on-your-droid-bionic/ 

  • droidster

    If you reboot your phone will it remain rooted? and also, if at some point ice cream sandwich is released for this phone will we be able to upgrade over-the-air on a rooted device

  • Mizbarber

    I’m total novice to rooting.. will rooting my bionic get rid of all the unwanted bloatware?

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  • Jhauck3

    Hasanyone figured out how to tether wirelessly once rooted?

  • ChaKo

    I’m getting an error trying to load the drivers?  Says Installation process not supported by your processor??? Any ideas?

  • Anonymous

    Rooted…thanks to those who made this possible.  Also battery life is awesome – I ran iheart radio for 8 hours straight and the battery only dropped to 70%.  On the OG, I was switching out batteries after 2 1/2 hours.  And yes, GPS, wifi, 4G, etc. were all ON!  Loving this phone.  Now to figure out how to get the black and grey look of swype instead of the white and light grey…any ideas?

  • Mneighbo

    I won’t root this phone. I love it too much

  • Ranlil

    I’m really looking forward to this…  Remember though to download the 32 bit version of the drivers if you have a 32 bit processor.  Took me a while to figure it out  DOH

  • Jayrod718

    The Moto Drivers are 64 bit.Will this work ok if i download the 32 drivers from moto site?

    • Zo

      Search online, I remember seeing 32-bit drives from such rooting users.

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  • Zo

    Here’s a post also mentioning successful unrooting:

  • Jakmde

    How do i unroot this phone?