Safe Droid X Rooting Guide Works

Despite the fact that rooting can self destruct your Droid X, some of the talented folks managed to root the Motorola Droid X device successfully over at droid forum board. We saw this coming, right? 😉

The guide to root Droid X comes to us courtesy of Rainabba, admin at forum. Having a quick look at the forum post, I can say this is a safe tutorial that really works on Droid X phone!

Just go through the series of instructions posted here for rooting Droid X. Also it is highly recommended to check out the original source as they are updating the guide quite often. Btw, your rooted droid x will not be able to install custom ROMs.

Guide to Safely Root Droid X

  • Download the attached archive and expand it to a folder you can find (eg. c:DroidXRoot_v2) (Register at the droid forum for accessing the file)
  • Set up ADB
  • On the Droid X phone: Home, Menu Button, Settings, Applications, Development: Make sure the “USB debugging” option is enabled/checked.
  • Status bar, USB connection: Make sure “PC Mode” is selected.
  • Open a command prompt (Windows: Start, Run, “cmd”, OK; Linux: Terminal)
  • 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.
  • Run “CD c:DroidXRoot” (or where ever you expanded the archive)
  • Run “adb push Superuser.apk /sdcard/Superuser.apk
  • Run “adb push su /sdcard/su
  • Run “adb push busybox /sdcard/busybox
  • Run “adb push exploid /sqlite_stmt_journals/exploid
  • Run “adb shell
  • Run “cd sqlite_stmt_journals
  • Run “chmod 755 exploid
  • On your phone, navigate to a screen where you can switch wifi/bluetooth on/off easily (settings, or a home screen with a widget)
  • IMMEDIATELY after executing the next step, toggle wifi or bluetooth off and back on
  • Run “./exploid” and follow directions on screen. Once this completes you’ll be back at a shell prompt.
  • Run “rootshell“. You’ll be prompted for a password.
  • Type in password “secretlol” and press Enter then you are root! (You’ll know because your prompt will now be a “#” instead of “$”)
  • Run “cp /sdcard/Superuser.apk /system/app/Superuser.apk
  • Run “cp /sdcard/su /system/bin/su
  • Run “cp /sdcard/busybox /system/bin/busybox
  • Run “chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
  • Run “chmod 4755 /system/bin/busybox
  • Run “rm /system/bin/rootshell
  • Run “exit” to drop from root to a non-root user shell (on phone still)
  • Run “exit” to drop back to your machine command prompt (instead of phone)

To Confirm root is established on Droid X:

  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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