How to Root Droid X

droid xFinally, a sigh of relief for Motorola Droid X users waiting for the Root to happen.

Tehre were lots of discussions and panic over the fact that Motorola has locked the Droid X from any custom ROM loading, and  customizations. As of now, it is confirmed that Droid X is officially rooted with instructions also surfacing simultaneously. The credit for this root goes to super moderator at Droid X Forums, B16.

Warning: Please use this method at your own risk. No one would be held responsible if you end up with a bricked device. A guided video would attempt to help you in every way possible.
How to Root Motorola Droid X [Video]

Here are the step by step instruction for rooting your Motorola Droid X.

  1. Download the attached archive and expand it to a folder you can find (eg. c:\DroidXRoot_v2)
  2. Set up ADB (Step-by-step guide for Windows Vista/7
  3. On the phone: Home, Menu Button, Settings, Applications, Development: Make sure the “USB debugging” option is enabled/checked.
  4. Status bar, USB connection: Make sure “PC Mode” is selected.
  5. Open a command prompt (Windows: Start, Run, “cmd”, OK; Linux: Terminal)
  6. Run “adb devices”. If you don’t see your device listed under “List of devices attached”, return to step 2 and follow the link to setup ADB (use that topic for support) and return here when “adb devices” lists your X.
  7. Run “CD c:\DroidXRoot” (or where ever you expanded the archive)
  8. Run “adb push Superuser.apk /sdcard/Superuser.apk
  9. Run “adb push su /sdcard/su
  10. Run “adb push busybox /sdcard/busybox
  11. Run “adb push exploid /sqlite_stmt_journals/exploid
  12. Run “adb shell
  13. Run “cd sqlite_stmt_journals
  14. Run “chmod 755 exploid
  15. On your phone, navigate to a screen where you can switch wifi/bluetooth on/off easily (settings, or a home screen with a widget)
  16. IMMEDIATELY after executing the next step, toggle wifi or bluetooth off and back on
  17. Run “./exploid” and follow directions on screen. Once this completes you’ll be back at a shell prompt.
  18. Run “rootshell“. You’ll be prompted for a password.
  19. Type in password “secretlol” and press Enter then you are root! (You’ll know because your prompt will now be a “#” instead of “$”)
  20. Run “cp /sdcard/Superuser.apk /system/app/Superuser.apk
  21. Run “cp /sdcard/su /system/bin/su
  22. Run “cp /sdcard/busybox /system/bin/busybox
  23. Run “chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
  24. Run “chmod 4755 /system/bin/busybox
  25. Run “rm /system/bin/rootshell
  26. Run “exit” to drop from root to a non-root user shell (on phone still)
  27. Run “exit” to drop back to your machine command prompt (instead of phone)

To Confirm root is established:

  1. Run “adb shell
  2. Run “su” (now you should see the # sign which indicates you are root)
  3. Watch your screen so you can allow Superuser root access.


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  • Jkenny679

    'adb' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

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  • Chris

    Step 11 fails for me, with the error “failed to copy 'exploid' to '/sqlite_stmt_journals/exploid': No such file or directory”.

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