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Bootloader Reportedly Unlocked on the DROID RAZR HD, RAZR M, and More (Updated)


This is not a joke, nor is it April Fools’ Day 2.0. Dan Rosenberg, aka @djrbliss (the man that roots all things Moto), has apparently unlocked the bootloaders of many of Motorola’s recent releases, including the RAZR HD (MAXX HD too), Atrix HD, and RAZR M. We heard this was coming down the pipeline, but he’s asked a couple of testers over at DroidRzr.com to give his method a shot. Sure enough, at least two confirmed unlocked bootloaders have happened (pictured above and below).

The method has not yet been released, but likely will before long, maybe even before the day is up. This method will not work on OMAP phones like the Bionic or original RAZR.

After years of failed attempts at cracking Motorola’s encryption, the time may have arrived. Stick with us, we’ll be following this closely. 


Update:  Our buddy Matt Groff sent over this video to show proof that his Atrix HD is indeed unlocked now. Also, we’ve been told that the public release likely won’t happen until tomorrow.

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Update 2:  I’ll just leave this here.

razr hd bootloader unlocked

Update 3:  The bootloader unlock tool has been released.

Via:  DroidRzr

Cheers M!

  • maara

    any chance to port to the original razr??

  • mike

    Now it’s worth buying a Razr Maxx HD.

  • duke69111

    Mr. Rosenberg could make a fortune unlocking devices for people if he didn’t publicly release it. 🙂

  • I suddenly want to buy a RAZR MAXX HD. It was a sweet phone before, and now it’s sweeter!

  • chucklehead322

    I’m loving my MAXX HD even more now!!

  • Jimneezy

    I wouldn’t be surprised if all of a sudden Moto phones on AT&T and Verizon start receiving “patched” updates all of a sudden

  • Butters619

    So this must mean the bootloader was just locked and not encrypted. Past Moto bootloaders were encrypted, so even if you somehow managed to unlock your phone there was no way to duplicate the process.

  • Droidzilla

    $10 says Google’s behind this.

    • $10 would be wrong.

      • Droidzilla

        Well, if it unlocks Moto bootloaders I’d be happy to be out $10. Good job!

  • Salvationalizm

    Will this work with the Moto Photon 4G? There’s a sizable group that are completely locked into staying on Gingerbread(!) because of the last update (similar to this? it’s a tegra device) after they broke marketing promises and dropped the phone from the upgrade list. I couldn’t imagine not being able to modify and use the device I paid for the way I want to, so my sincere sympathy goes out to those who cannot. Many congratulations and thanks to Dan and all those that work on these things, you guys give us the means to show these companies that we will not be content with their rules and limits. Thank you!

    • jonny6pak

      No. Snapdragon only.

      • Salvationalizm

        Shame, still a good step in the right direction 🙂

  • MichaelFranz

    Not going to lie, i will jump on a Razr Maxx HD if this works and the dev community explodes. Would love AOSP in a CM10.1 or some odd for on it. Combination of battery life and good specs + plus stock android would be awesome….

    atleast until X-Phone 🙂

  • NorCalGuy

    That sign is amazing

  • Sean Carey


    • Detonation

      “This method will not work on OMAP phones like the Bionic or original RAZR.”

      • Sean Carey


    • Nope but you should be able to accept the new Jelly Bean update (4.1) which brings you just under the newest version of android (missing out on the new Camera options and some bug fixes). Plus you can look up Matt’s Utility (made by the same person who discovered this exploit) which will make the rooting process as easy as selecting what you want to do and hit enter.

  • S.Miller

    This is awesome! Dan Rosenberg is like a God! I’ve been a Die Hard Motorola fan for over seven years now. After watching so many people switch to Samsung. I’ve remained loyal and optimistic that Motorola will Reclaim their Crown as the Top Smart Device manufacturer very soon! I believe that their much anticipated “X Phone” will be a game changer that will completely revolutionize the industry. Thus far, everyone thinks that I’m an idiot. But, all my bets are on Motorola. So, buy your Motorola stock now while it’s cheap guys! LOL:-)

  • actionmystique

    There’s already an official bootloader unlocking procedure for all the devices mentionned in your document (Atrix HD, Razr M and RAZR HD): https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/87215.

    I used it to unlock my Razr HD bootloader and root my device: https://plus.google.com/u/0/115100406117254879589/posts/KV8zRJRrQfF

    • Uhhh you posted this on the droidrzr forums too… thats for the developer versions buddy.

  • Stacey

    Go figure. Maybe the dev scene will improve with this development. I’ve been sitting on a RAZR M Developer edition, but I really have no incentive to do anything due to the lack of development.

  • WICKED!!!!! I just hope it can be re-locked if the need shall arise.