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Root Achieved for DROID Turbo, But Don’t go Rushing to the Forums Quite Yet

According to various posts on XDA and videos on YouTube confirming the news, root appears to have been achieved for the DROID Turbo on Verizon.

So, what does it mean for average Turbo owners? At this point, not much at all. Down the road, if files and instructions are released by developers, root can be used for apps such as Titanium Backup and possibly even Xposed tweaks, but we are not there yet. 

For now, our guess is that developers will need to confirm a few times that this process is doable by the average Joe, then if deemed safe enough, will be released onto forums all across the place. This process could take quite some time as root achievement is confirmed by those within the rooting community.

As this progresses, we will be sure to keep all of our Turbo owners in the loop.

Via: XDA [2]
  • Mattt

    Now buy the Droid Turbo for a discounted price only at http://goo.gl/r329HX

  • John Friend

    Am I the only one here that thinks this, or don’t u think that since its the year 2015, that all carriers should offer bootloader unlocking for a nominal fee? There arent that many people that would do it, in comparison to people who dont modify. Plus, they’d get extra money. People end up rooting, bootloader unlocking, or switching phones, so that they can do what they need to regardless…sooo…verizon…get with it!

  • kit costantino

    Personally, I had the Turbo and N6 side by side, in the same lighting conditions. Taking the same picture on both, there was not a visible enough inprovement with OIS to justify using a phone that was physically uncomfortable to hold and losing precious battery. The new update for the Turbo could have the Bootloader unlock checkbox enabled in developer settings, and it would be easier as it is already written in to N6 software. i encourage all of you that are happy to see root to new mission? convince carriers to tell Moto to allow bootloader unlock. off contract, there is no justifiable argument #unlockthedroids

  • Ajmobileguru

    Next Verizon Note 4 please

  • sparty569

    Would this also translate to the Moto X 2014?

  • So does that mean anything about permanent root in the future on the other Moto products?

  • s0uth

    FINALLY! dont want the g3 dont want the n6. sure as hell want the turbo now!

    so this would be good new for moto x 2014?

  • Zach Galifianexus

    I remember when I was torn between a turbo and N6… And now the N6 looks like a no brainer

  • bigbucksdrivemenuts
  • Mojor Izin

    We knew that root was “achieved” last Saturday (proof was a respected member telling us that it was). It was big news back then! But it’s 5 days later, and these videos posted by an unkown are easily faked, and don’t add anything new, until this guys releases root. So the big story was last weekend and those of us who care, knew about the news. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=59290879&postcount=1172

  • tiev


  • Synacks

    Knowing XDA the instructions will be out tomorrow before I wake up.

  • B Dizzle

    Awesome!! happy friday everyone

  • cdm283813

    How about throw a Note 4 owner a bone.

  • Franklin Ramsey

    This just in, Lollipop will soon be coming to the Turbo to patch whatever exploit was used.

    • bigdav1178

      Exactly what I was thinking!

  • guest

    Not sure why people buy a locked down phone and wait months just for root when they can buy Nexus and have full freedom to root and unlock boot loader right away.

    • Mike

      Because Nexus devices are perfect for everyone right? You do understand the philosophy of Android?

      I want a phone with as big a battery as I can get, if I have to live with being locked down possibly forever I’ll take that as software can always change from either updates or rooting if it becomes available, but hardware will always be the same.

    • Allen George

      Verizon is the reason. Until the N6 we didn’t have a Nexus since Galaxy Nexus that got service on VZW. And for some of us, we have to have Verizon to even have a signal. In Flagstaff Arizona if you have Verizon you have service everywhere. If you don’t you have service in a very small area in down town and nothing else. With Verizon you can be in the middle of the forest 50 miles from town and have service.

      • guest

        If i remember correctly both N6 and Turbo released around same time, you could have bought N6 from Moto/Play and use on Verizon.

        • gallen408

          Not everyone had & 700 to buy an off contract N6. Especially when best buy was selling the Turbo for a dollar on contract.

    • James_75

      Because the Nexus 6 is too freakishly big and some of us don’t appreciate that.

    • tiev

      because battery life, screen size, and moto voice.

      and because there is no such thing as unexploitable. But really if they had a Turbo developer version I would’ve bought it instead :p

  • pilot25

    Thank God!

  • Maui

    No root tether would make my Turbo perrrrfect!

  • Steve

    Can’t we just all advocate for phones to be just like computers. Could you imagine if Comcast said sorry, your computer has to be boot loader locked to use our service… If only, sigh……

    • Mike

      It doesn’t work that way though. If your computer breaks you send it in to the manufacturer (Asus, Dell, HP, etc). With a mobile phone if it breaks you take it to your carrier to be replaced (As long as you bought it through them).

      If carriers didn’t have to worry about device replacements I doubt they’d care if your device was locked or not as long as it didn’t interfere with the network.

      • Patmw123

        Not everyone goes to a carrier store when they break their phone. That’s ridiculous. A lot of people with iPhone’s go to the apple store for example. In my case, if I break my phone I deal directly with Motorola. While many if not most people may go to their carrier when they break their phone – it’s definitely not the case across the board. It all depends on where the phone was purchased from and what type of warranty/insurance the device has.

        • Mike

          It doesn’t matter if it’s one or a hundred thousand. Verizon and other carriers have to deal with defective phones and that costs them money.

          • Patmw123

            You made a massive generalization about people only taking their phones to carriers when they break. That is simply not true. That is my entire point.

      • TC Infantino

        This is one of the reasons I wish the U.S. moved more towards the way that they do it in Europe. I have heard that over there, you purchase whatever phone you want, and they are sold in many places, then you contact the carrier that you prefer and get a SIM for your phone. The carriers have very little to do with the handsets, and also have very little control over what you can or cannot install on or use your phone for. They compete in price and coverage areas, and that’s about it. Once we get away from everyone wanting subsidized phones, and the CDMA vs GSM systems and everyone is on LTE service, maybe we can see the benefits here too.

  • David Narada Brown

    Im in love with the Moto
    release the root for the turbo

  • bmos18

    Need that root for the 2nd gen moto x on verizon

  • trwb

    People still root their devices?

    • Droid Ronin

      Yes. Although it isn’t as common as before, there are still nice things that can be had with root. I still like having Xposed with Gravity Box on my rooted devices.

      • Ian Case

        Yup. I’m fine with my Moto X 2014, but I’d love to be able to install adaway and GELXposed to tweak the launcher. I don’t want to do anything crazy and work already pays for tethering, so I don’t care about that. Just little things.

      • billhong

        My understanding is that Xposed isn’t (yet) compatible with ART, won’t the latter be the default runtime setting for Lollipop?

    • creed

      There are only two reasons to root for me, titanium backup and ad away. I think some day Google will give android the ability to back up app data natively, but I don’t ever see them adding an ad blocker. In which case, there will always be the need for root.

    • Tyler

      With root, you can disable most of the Verizon services running in the background that slow down the phone.

  • NeilOMalley

    While this is great news I don’t know if I will bother. I have not had root on my last 3 phones and while I miss a couple things, I have been doing well without it. A bootloader unlock would be better for me. Especially with lollipop close which will break it.

  • I’m about to switch to a Note 4 so i can use wifi tether.

    • MichaelFranz

      why? you can with the droid turbo. note 4 on vzw isnt rooted. either way you can you’d just have to pay for it

      • DanSan

        I think the whole idea is he doesn’t want to pay for it……

        • MichaelFranz

          yea but why would switching to a note 4 make it free? still has entitlement and no root to potentially undo that

          • Foxfi works for the Note 4, i thought.

          • The_Other_Ray

            It does work for the Note 4. I use it all the time.

    • Suicide_Note


  • eric

    remember when everyone was excited for the turbo? feels like the turbo has no shot with the n6 g6 and other 2015 sets on verizon. we are spoiled

    • jnt

      Great perspective!

    • no shot at what?

    • Mike

      I actually picked up the Turbo over the Nexus 6. Couple reasons why: Bigger battery, arguably better camera, more storage (At least versus Verizon), more manageable device. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the device is perfect but between the two I would pick the Turbo.

      Don’t get me started on the Galaxy S6. I want a phone that lasts, we have seen time and time again glass backs do not work well.

      • The Doctor

        The camera on the Droid Turbo sucks. The Nexus 6’s camera is so much better. This is coming from the former owner of a Droid Turbo.

        • Mike

          I much prefer the pictures the Turbo takes and most of the reviews I’ve seen/read agree with that. I’m sorry your experience was not the same I’m just going with what I know.

        • kixofmyg0t

          My experience has been the opposite. My Turbo takes way better pics than my N6.

          • ike

            I agree. My turbo last me 3 days of charge time

      • Patmw123

        I’ve never understood this whole “arguably better camera” on the turbo in comparison to the Nexus 6. The fact that the Nexus 6 has OIS (while the turbo does not) makes the Nexus 6 a better option in terms of camera. I acknowledge there are more MP’s for the Turbo, but let’s be real, unless you plan on blowing your photos up to huge, huge sizes – there is no benefit of having higher number of MP’s. Apple has proven this.

        I have both the Turbo and the Nexus 6.

        • Mike

          Your statement that no OIS ruins a camera is the same as the MP debate. I’m just going by picture quality that I’ve seen.

          • Patmw123

            I never said “ruin” once (or even implied it). And no, its not the same – at all. It is widely known that extra MP’s don’t equate to higher quality images. That’s not an opinion – that’s a fact. MP’s help when blowing up the image to very large, huge sizes. Ron just wrote an entire article specifically about this. Having OIS DOES help create higher quality images. OIS is simply a more desirable feature in a smartphone camera – as Ron attests to in his piece unless. Enlighten yourself and read Ron’s article and you might get a better idea of how smartphone cameras actually work. See the link below.


          • Mike

            I read Ron’s entire article and yes it’s a very good read and I’m not saying that I would take MP’s over OIS. What I am saying is that OIS doesn’t instantly make a camera good. Although it helps in low light shots and video it won’t make the image quality better which is more reliant on the imaging sensor and the software that “Develops” the image and in my opinion those qualities are better in the Turbo.

            Thus relating back to what you said is that without OIS you automatically have a worse camera (“The fact that the Nexus 6 has OIS (while the turbo does not) makes the Nexus 6 a better option in terms of camera”).

            Your statement is basically saying that if a DSLR doesn’t have OIS it’s not as good of an option as a iPhone 6+.

        • kixofmyg0t

          I have both the N6 and Turbo. The Turbo takes better clearer pictures hands down.

          • Patmw123

            I disagree – OIS makes all of the pictures on my Nexus 6 come out clearer and more accurate than any I take on my Turbo – “hands down”.

          • kixofmyg0t

            Well I don’t know what I’m doing wrong with my N6 or my Sony pocket camera that has OIS and a 20.1MP sensor because they both take pictures that are more blurry and(especially of the Sony camera) washed out.

            The absolute clearest and most vibrant pictures I’ve taken have been with my Turbo, which kinda sucks because I figured that it wouldn’t have a great camera so I paid $200 for an actual camera thinking it would take better pictures than a smartphone. I took a bunch of pictures back to back with both(before I had my N6)and in every shot(in broad daylight mind you) the Turbo’s pics were clearer and just looked better. The N6 takes good pictures IMO, not bad until I took the same shot with my Turbo.

            The only reason why I’m still using my Turbo instead of my N6 is the larger battery and better camera.

          • Patmw123

            You bought a standalone camera that somehow takes pictures of worse quality than your turbo? I’d try to get your money back.

          • That only matters for low light shots

          • Patmw123

            For me it helps as I have bad hand tremors.

      • eric

        the turbo was supposed to be a flagship type device, but didn’t get any of the flagship limelight. i think it will get lost in the crowd when the dust of 2015 settles.

        is it a bad phone? no way. it might have been released at the wrong time

      • Corey Kinard

        Watch and be amazed as previous droid turbo “owners” come out the woodworks to say that Nexus 6 is better.

        • MaxPower27

          What’s the deal with the quotes around “owners?”

          • Corey Kinard

            People lie about things to validate their position.

    • ThomasMoneyhon

      You say that now but I would trade it all for better battery. The S6 is to appeal to Apple users. The turbo is fast enough.

      • eric

        better battery for hardcore people matters. 4 the rest of the world they want an i-like device.

        as a manufacturer of devices i wouldn’t care as long as people bought it by the millions. that said, we don’t even know how the S6 batter will perform in the real world.

  • Laszlo Boocz

    Oh snap! In other news … what happened to the Lollipop coming soon?!

    • gallen408

      I actually don’t mind the wait, I hope Verizon is just skipping straight to 5.1.

  • Keepfiring

    Any news on whether this enables any flavor of wifi tethering?

  • MichaelFranz

    problem is once lollipop hits…bye bye root

    viva la nexus!!

    • nate

      Unless devs save their exploit

      • MichaelFranz

        maybe, but depending what the exploit is you’d have to see if it survives root. old school apps like root keeper barely work anymore. usually the exploit will be patched with a new release, depending on where the exploit is

        • nate

          If they don’t release the root method publicly, moto devs won’t know what they need to fix. The exploit isn’t what survives an OTA (I’m assuming that’s what you meant), but yeah su has no way to survive an OTA from KK -> LP right now. They would simply run their exploit again on lollipop, unless google/moto randomly fixed the bug they are exploiting to gain root.

          • James_75

            Exactly… Hopefully these guys keep the exploit unreleased to the oublic until the Turbo gets ota’d to 5.1!

    • Justin Dougherty

      If you have root you can add this line to build.prop for tethering.

  • j

    glad I got a G2. great device when rooted.

  • VAVA Mk2

    Wow Verizon must have really locked it down if you are just now getting root

    • Mike

      You don’t understand how this works do you? Or are you just new around here?

      Motorola devices are notorious for being locked down. The first device to be locked down the way they are was actually an international device that had nothing to do with Verizon.

      All variants of Motorola devices are locked down like this.

      • guest

        but Note 4 is locked down only by Verizon & ATT

        • Mike

          Note 4 is from Samsung not Motorola. Two very different company’s.

          • guest

            but the point is Verizon is the culprit in locking down the phones

          • Mike

            Didn’t you just say it was locked down on AT&T too? Both of these company’s prefer locked down devices and most manufacturers are more than happy to comply as well as that’s less devices they have to replace in the long run.

      • VAVA Mk2

        New to what? Android? I am using a Nexus 5 and Nexus 9 right now. Have a 2012 Nexus 7 at home and in the past had the Galaxy Nexus. Before that I had a Droid X. I am used to the Necus experience of things as I do not have to worry about being locked down and can customize as much as I like. In othwr words, I go Nexus to avoid stuff like this. But yes, I do remember on the Droid X needing to use a bootstrapper juat to get a custom recovery on it. I thought Moto became less restrictive in recent years but I guess not.

        • Mike

          All devices are going towards being locked down. Most Samsung and HTC devices are harder to root now as well.

          • VAVA Mk2

            Guess I will always be true Nexus then

      • Tyler

        Sounds like you’re the new one around here! Pure Editions are not locked down, only Verizon version of Moto phones. And Droids up until 2013 were still easily rooted, hell root was available for my HD MAXX before it was even released.

        • Mike

          Droids up until 2013 were easily rooted? Tell that to my Droid 2 and Droid X.

          And only Verizon editions? You do realize the AT&T edition of the Moto X doesn’t have root either.

          • DanSan

            Yea but the GSM version of the droid turbo has an unlockable bootloader and root.

          • Mike

            And it comes straight from Motorola not through carriers.

          • James_75

            And not sold in the USA…

  • Fou Foune Fiend

    I really hope this helps get the VZW Moto X 2014 root as well. There is a nice size bounty growing for the Devs!

    • Ian Case

      Seriously. I want xposed so badly.

      • patt


        • Ian Case

          I want to be able to tweak the Google Now launcher. I use the swipe left to Google now a lot, but other launchers can’t do it. I like the simplicity/etc. I just don’t like the persistent google search bar. I don’t need it there. I can just TALK to my phone, I can swipe left to Google Now to search, I can search from the Chrome address bar. Its a waste of space.

          • patt

            I don’t see anything special about google now launcher.. don’t even like but that’s just me. Using action 3 and happy with it 🙂

          • Under the bridge downtown

            Get rid of the persistent Google search bar by using Nova Launcher or similar.

          • Ian Case

            Nova does not allow for swipe left to google now.

          • Under the bridge downtown

            You have to live with the much more difficult swiping up:) I have it programmed to open Google Now with a double tap.

        • Ian Case

          Also for AppRadio Unchained. I have a Pioneer touchscreen in my car and there’s like 3 phones that support screen mirroring by default. With ARU I can mirror any Android Phone fully with touch support.

  • jerflash

    well if this works then it can be hacked to unlock all of the radios that live inside that snapdragon chip…Making it good for LTE on every carrier! May have to pick one up for some testing…

    • guest

      except Samsung knox infested devices.

    • gallen408

      I thought that was possible without root?

  • Hardy Oh

    Never thought this day would come….! Also never thought Nexus 6 would come to Verizon.

    • Carl

      Today’s a good day to be a believer

    • Ralph Bretz

      Hell froze over.

      • michael arazan

        No, It’s just that Google Caved into Verizon getting it’s [email protected] cut of money

        • Jesse Wood

          No it’s because Google’s 6 is really expensive, as is told by the sales numbers, and most people don’t want to shell out 600 for it

          • Diablo81588

            But they’ll shell out 850 for the smaller note 4, or 950 for the 6 plus? Make any sense?

          • Jesse Wood

            In comparison to before when it was off contract, no one would pay for it when it’s only 150 for a note 4 on contract. It’s a fact I’m not speculating.