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DROID RAZR HD, RAZR M, and Atrix HD All Rooted

The new line of RAZR phones from Motorola have all been rooted today, thanks to Dan Rosenberg, aka @djrbliss. That includes the DROID RAZR M and yep, the RAZR HD. While we still need someone to confirm this method gaining root on the RAZR HD, you can see from my picture that it most certainly roots the RAZR M. Dan mentions that this method should work on the Atrix HD, Photon Q, and Razr i, as well. 

It involves hooking up your device to a Windows PC, downloading a zip (found below), extracting that zip, installing current Motorola drivers, and then running a run.bat file which gives you simple instructions. Trust me, it takes all of 3 minutes to complete.

Download:  motofail2go_windows.zip

*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.

Via:  XDA

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  • sirdudemanguy

    i had success rooting my razr m with this method. i did however need to replace my su and superuser files to get root. as for unrooting i placed the original files back into the motofail2go and did the steps again and had success full unroot. thanks all for the info

  • johnnycashjone

    razr hd…root method works

  • droidlife2012


  • Bionic

    Will this work for Bionic running ICS?

  • Ernie

    worked on my RAZR MAXX HD with ICS 4.0.4

  • will this method work on the razr maxx hd??


    My Razr HD Maxx is Rooted!!! Worked Flawlessly

  • Does it work for sure on a bone stock out of the box razr m?

  • Chuppa

    This method doesn’t work on French Razr HD.

  • 216monster

    I might just have to upgrade! Life with out root is never an option but this..is good news

  • I like that wallpaper! Where can I find it?

  • Sporttster

    Got a feeling the HD’s and M will be getting more dev love than the reg Razr and Maxx even though those have sold many many more phones simply because they came out first.

  • I cant figure it out. anyone know what app the jelly bean notification icon is for?

    • abaha

      USB Debugging

  • J

    Was notified on Friday that I was one of the first winners of the Motorola #RAZRMinHand sweepstakes on Twitter (yay me). This post is going to mock me for the next 6-8 weeks.

  • Barkley Fan

    I’m grandfathered so I’ll pay retail anyways. Dev edition for me.

    • Justin W

      same here. No end to unlimited in sight for me!

    • Im on a grandfather plan and upgrade still. Just tell them not to mess up your plan and keep it unlimited

  • cooksta32676

    I thought the new Blur had a root toler that was non resetable? So you’re pretty much busted when you send it in if something happens. Anybody else remember seeing this?

  • fixxmyhead

    haha love that zip name

  • Greyhame

    From the lack of comments here, I wonder how much of the Droid-Life community is still buying this phone. Time for a new poll!

  • kixofmyg0t

    You may want to thank Moto for this one. Because the GSM RAZR HD is unlockable he could do a system dump and go poking around Moto’s latest beast.

  • Butters619

    Well better than the AT&T HTC One X (which might just be the only current Android phone that can’t be rooted)

    • Diablo81588

      The One X doesn’t have root?!

      • Butters619

        Only the AT&T version on 2.20, which has been out for 10 weeks now. Nobody has cracked it so anybody with a new phone is unable to attain root.

        Also if you had an unlocked boot-loader and ran the 2.20 RUU, you lost the ability to flash kernals (boot.img) from recovery and lost the ability to flash radios completely.

        • Diablo81588


        • Greyhame

          Man, what the hell happened to HTC?! They used to be one of the most dev friendly. Shame.

  • Detonation

    Don’t care as much about a locked bootloader, but no root was a deal breaker for me. Very happy to see this.

  • Because of this news I’ll be picking one up on Thursday.

  • PyroHoltz

    “While we still need someone to confirm this method gaining root on the RAZR HD…”

    Kellex, get to cracking on that new RAZR HD of yours….come on!

    • Aardvark99

      Don’t say “cracking”!!! He’s done enough damage already!

      • Hah +1.

        And I would, but this is technically a review Razr HD. 😛

    • kixofmyg0t

      It works.

    • Justin W

      Yes, it does. Just did it to mine that I picked up this morning 🙂

      All of this so I can get Wallet to work on my brand new NFC-Enabled phone. I thought VZW wasn’t able to block it?

  • Chad

    SWEET!! Now I don’t have to buy a developer edition and void my warranty in order to tinker.

    • Southrncomfortjm

      Root access is different from unlocking the bootloader. The dev edition gets you the unlocked bootloader which is the real key to unlocking (pun intended) the potential of the phones.

    • Greyhame

      Yes and no.

      Custom ROMs, yes. Custom kernels, no.

    • cancerous_it

      as others have stated, unless the bootloader is unlocked, gaining root only goes so far. custom kernels and true development only happens with an unlocked bootloader. with an unlocked bootloader and a dev community supporting the device, you’re never at the mercy of moto or vzw to update or fix any problems that they can’t or won’t address.

      • Diablo81588
        • Ibrick

          Dude, quit posting the same link..
          Go take a stroll through XDA and Rootzwiki and tell me what you find regarding Moto and custom kernels.

          • Diablo81588

            One thing I did find was no mention of “hit or miss” like you say. You obviously don’t know the purpose of kexec, so refer to my other reply.

          • Ibrick

            I understand kernel exchange well enough, but from what I found poking around a few forums CDMA versions don’t have near the success rate of GSM versions, sometimes turning your dual core into a single core CPU.
            I think this is why, even with kexec, everybody is so hard up for a Nexus from Moto.
            I would love to have full access to Moto devices without the unlock tool as much as anyone, I just think you’re simplifying things, and again, I’d hate to see people buying RAZR HD’s with expectation they’ll be able to flash ROM’s and kernel’s like they are currently doing on their HTC, Sammy whatever..

          • Diablo81588

            The single core issue was in the very first release, and has since been fixed in newer releases. Again, I’m not saying its a replacement for unlockable bootloaders, but its a viable alternative.

  • Manuel ORTIZ

    That’s y android rocks.

  • Siggy

    Nice!!! I was sure it would happen sooner rather than later. And people said this phone was unrootable. I didn’t get it for that reason. Def still glad I went with the nexus but this phone is perfect for my wife. Glad to see it can be rooted if I need to “fix” anything down the road.

    • Southrncomfortjm

      I don’t think anyone doubted its rootability. What they do doubt is the ability to unlock the bootloader. Think back to the Galaxy SIII. They had root access in a day or two, but unlocking the bootloader didn’t happen until some special file got leaked.

  • HTC1

    Is this a huge break through? I thought their phones couldn’t be cracked? or is motorola just making it easy on purpose now? or am i totally wrong and you could always root them?

    • Diablo81588

      Every Motorola phone has root. The bootloader is still locked, but that only means no custom radios nowdays. ROMs, root access, and custom kernels can all be had with moto devices.

      • Greyhame

        Kernels too? News to me. Sweet.

        • kernels no. maybe via kexec but it’s proven rather unstable for CDMA devices so it isn’t widely distributed. ROMs will pop up the same as they have for the Droid RAZR/MAXX

      • Ibrick

        No kernel’s.. at least in the sense that you’re used to with an unencrypted bootloader.

        • Greyhame

          This is what I thought.

        • Diablo81588

          Wrong. Kexec allows for custom kernels by bypassing the bootloader. I never said the bootloader was unlocked, only that you can flash custom kernels.

          • Ibrick

            Yeah, from what I understand it’s pretty hit or miss whether it works or not..
            I just spent a little time looking through XDA and Rootz for a custom kernel, and couldn’t find anything. Not counting the Atrix since that was cracked via a leak direct from a Moto tech, and the Photon which has an unlock tool.
            It’d be great if true, I just don’t want people expecting to be able to flash a kernel through recovery like you would with a rooted and unlocked HTC, Sammy, LG, etc..

          • Diablo81588

            Funny, a simple google search found a CM10 jelly bean kexec enabled ROM. Kexec is relatively new for Moto devices, so you probably wont find a huge list of kernels to flash. The point is, it enables you to boot customer kernels, which means the potential for fully functional AOSP based custom ROMs. No, you won’t be able to flash a custom kernel in recovery like you can with a fully unlockable bootloader, but the potential is there with little to no drawbacks other than convenience.

        • Darksthour

          Or just save up 500 to 600 for the dev edition. Unlock it yourself and make a rom.

  • fartbubbler

    this is why Android rules.

  • htowngtr

    Now to unlock that bootloader….

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