How to Root Droid

First questions that comes to every android user is, why do I need to Root?

Rooting on Android is very similar to Jailbreaking on iPhone. After rooting, you get root access to the Android OS, and thereafter control everything. One would be able to download widgets and install utils that allow them to overclock their processor or install themes that dramatically change the appearance of their phone. What’s more is you can replace the OS with a custom one (provided by Cyanogen), which  unlocks the features which were not possible before. e.g. Multitouch

Update: How to Root Droid X

How to Root Droid

Method 1: (For Geeks and Linux users only)

Mirror: http://rapidshare.com/files/318204448/d … t.zip.html
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/168496608/8 … -root.html
Mirror 3: http://www.mediafire.com/?ydaqjmditjh
Mirror 4: http://www.multiupload.com/XYPZLK4K22

Step 1. Download the zip file (see mirrors in posts below)
Step 2. Rename to “update.zip” and copy to the SDCard
Step 3. Power off the DROID and power back on while holding the X key
Step 4. When you see a “/!\” symbol, press both vol+ and camera
Step 5. Use the onscreen menu to install update.zip
Step 6. Once installed you will be able to run “su” from your adb shell.

Method 2: Easy Guide: (for n00bs) on Windows

Droid Root.zip -same as above-

SDK
http://developer.android.com/sdk/download.html?v=android-sdk_r04-windows.zip
SU
http://www.magicandroidapps.com/su.zip

Step 1. Once all 3 are downloaded, extract them all into C:\Android
Step 2. Now, connect your Droid to your computer and Mount the SD Card through the phone (A dialogue will pop up on your phone asking to connect your SD Card. Click Mount)
Step3. Go to the C:\Android, rename the file droid-root.zip to update.zip. Then take update.zip and move it to the SD Card on your phone. Once  done, unplug your phone and turn it off.

Step 4. On Phone’s keyboard, hold down the  “X” key and power your phone. You will see the Motorola logo, followed by a graphic with an ! mark on it. At this time,  let go of the “X” key and the power button. Now, Press and hold the Volume + key on the side of your phone, then press the camera button while holding the Volume + key.

Step 5. A menu would pop-up. Navigate to “update” using the D-pad, and click the middle button. Now wait for the process to finish.

Step 6. When it is done, your phone will power up again. Navigate to Settings->Applications->Development and check the USB Debugging checkbox and Connect your Droid to the Computer again.

Step 7. On Windows ->Run -> cmd. Now type the following, pressing Enter after each line:

cd c:\Android\tools
adb push su /data/local
adb shell
su
mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system
cd /system/bin
mv su osu
cat /data/local/su > su
chmod 6755 su
ls -l *su

(you should see the following)
-rwsr-sr-x root root 76200 2008-08-01 05:00 osu
-rwsr-sr-x root root 76200 2009-05-30 11:28 su
(now continue typing these following lines to finish)

Step 8. Now sync the device and reboot.

That’s all, enjoy your rooted Droid. What’s Next You can Tether Your Droid: How to Tether Motorola Droid

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  • enhancedkrealkalyn

    I will be rooting it the first chance I get. I makes no sense that the browser does not have support for other fonts/languages

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  • enhancedkrealkalyn

    I will be rooting it the first chance I get. I makes no sense that the browser does not have support for other fonts/languages

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  • wooty

    “now continue typing these following lines to finish” wtf. what lines. i dont know what to do now to finish

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  • Mike

    keep getting “device not found” error

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  • Eric Miller

    “Once all three are downloaded, extract them all into C:Android”

    All three? those links provide the same zip, so thats one.. whats the other 2

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  • http://commercialprogression.com/ Alex

    For windows users, you should note you must install the Android USB driver on your PC before you'll be able to run ADB. More info/download at:

    http://developer.android.com/sdk/win-usb.html

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  • LinuxAdmin

    This is why you guys should not be rooting your Droid. You have no concept of what it really means to have “root”. Your attempts will likely result in you bricking your phone, then you'll claim the instructions posted here are to blame.

    I would *HIGHLY* suggest you spend some time getting familiar with a free downloadable Linux distribution (Android is based on Linux and runs a Linux kernel variant) so you can understand what it is you're getting into. Accessing the “root” user account on any Unix/Linux system has inherent risks and responsibilities, and when you're talking about a piece of equipment that you will rely on a day-to-day basis, it's best to understand what power “root” actually gives you and how easy it is to make mistakes with it if you aren't careful.

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    • commo guy

      listen, I understand that it does get frustrating trying to explain this stuff to people that don't really understand the full aspect of what they are doing but you need to calm down and realize that you were a noob at one point and didn't understand the aspects of technology and that everyone starts somewhere. I'm sure there are alot of things that i could look at you with disgust and call you a ignorant noob. So just be patient and help people understand, don't degrade them.

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  • Farts

    what does rooting the phone even do?

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  • Oncloud9420

    Doesnt work. Error comes up when trying to install package.

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  • Mikethescot74

    This blows. My phone. Won't. Let me download any of these files

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