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Guide to Rooting the Motorola Droid X

written by: •edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 7/23/2010

Now that you have gotten yourself a new Verizon Droid X it's time to root it. Rooting your phone will give you full access to your phone by reading this easy review.

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    Tutorial

    The Motorola Droid X is undoubtedly the best Android smartphone yet. It was launched about a week back and is extremely popular according to all estimates. It is also the first phone in our list of the Top 10 Android Smartphones.

    Soon after it was launched, there were rumors that there was an eFuse in every Droid X which would brick the phone if the bootloader or the firmware were modified.

    However, the Droid X has already been successfully rooted. It was rooted by members of the AllDroid forums on July 22.

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    How to Root the Motorola Droid X

    Install the Android SDK and the Android Debugging Bridge (ADB). The USB drivers will be installed with it. Make sure ADB is set up properly before your proceed.

    Now download DroidXRoot_v2.zip from here.

    Extract the file and save it to C:\DroidXRoot_v2

    Now on your Droid X, go to Menu > Settings > Applications > Development and enable the USB Debugging option.

    In the status bar > USB connection, select the PC Mode.

    Connect your Droid X to your PC via the USB cable after setting up ADB.

    Go to Start Menu > Run > CMD to run the Command Prompt.

    Type "adb devices" and press Enter. You should see your Droid X in the List of Devices attached.

    Now run these commands one by one in the Command Prompt.

    Type "cd C:\DroidXRoot_v2" and press Enter.

    Type "adb push Superuser.apk /sdcard/Superuser.apk" and press Enter.

    Type "adb push su /sdcard/su" and press Enter.

    Type "adb push busybox /sdcard/busybox" and press Enter.

    Type "adb push exploit /sqlite_stmt_journals/exploit" and press Enter.

    Type "adb shell" and press Enter.

    Type "cd sqlite_stmt_journals" and press Enter.

    Type "chmod 755 exploit" and press Enter.

    These commands will copy all the files to your Droid X and give you WRITE permissions on the exploit file.

    Now go back to your phone and open the Settings screen where you can easily switch Wi-Fi / Bluetooth on/off easily.

    After executing the next step, immediately toggle Wi-Fi or Bluetooth off/on.

    Type "./exploit" and press Enter. Follow the directions on the screen and you will be back to a shell prompt.

    Type "rootshell" and enter the password as "secretlol". You now have root access. Your prompt should change from a $ to a #.

    Now run these commands to copy the files to system folders.

    Type "cp /sdcard/Superuser.apk /system/app/Superuser.apk" and press Enter

    Type "cp /sdcard/su /system/bin/su"

    Type "cp /sdcard/busybox /system/bin/busybox"

    Type "chmod 4755 /system/bin/su"

    Type "chmod 4755 /system/bin/busybox"

    Type "rm /system/bin/rootshell"

    Type "exit" to log out from the root shell.

    Type "exit" again to return to your machine's command prompt.

    You now have root access on your Droid X. Congratulations. To confirm your root access,

    Type "adb shell" and press Enter.

    Type "su" > Enter and see if you get the # sign which indicates that you have root access. Watch your phone display and allows Super User Root Access. Your Motorola Droid X is now rooted.

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    References: AllDroid Forums