Nov 24, 2011

Rooting Methods

Select your phones:



  • Kindle Fire (rooting with SuperOneClick)
  • Kindle Fire (preserving root when updating to firmware 6.2.1)
  • Kindle Fire (running firmware 6.2.1)
  • Kindle Fire (root using Kindle Fire Utility; also installs custom recovery)


Barnes & Noble






  • Atrix 2 (one-click root)
  • Atrix 2 (not really a purely rooting guide but a guide for upgrading to Android 2.3.6 OTA firmware while keeping previous root access)
  • Atrix 4G (rooting with SuperOneClick)
  • Atrix 4G (rooting with Pete’s Motorola Root Tools)
  • Atrix 4G (running Android 2.3.6 firmware 4.5.141)
  • Defy (root, bootmenu, and ClockworkMod Recovery)
  • Defy+
  • Droid 3 (instructions for flashing pre-rooted, deodexed, debloated firmware version 5.7.905)
  • Droid 4
  • Droid Bionic (includes ClockworkMod Recovery)
  • Droid Razr (using Droid Razr Utility; also capable of unrooting, installing custom recoveries, reverting to stock firmware, etc.)
  • Droid Razr (using DooMLoRD Easy Rooting Toolkit)
  • Droid Razr (instructions for unrooting)
  • Droid Razr (one-click method; root and custom recovery)
  • Droid X
  • Droid X (install ClockworkMod Recovery 5.0.2)
  • Droid X2
  • Droid XYBoard 8.2 Wi-Fi
  • Droid XYBoard 10.1
  • Flipout
  • Milestone
  • Razr XT910
  • Xoom (using all-in-one tool; also includes unlocking and unbricking solution)
  • Xoom (running Android 3.2; doesn’t work for Android 3.2.1; with info for unlocking bootloader)
  • Xoom (with info for unlocking bootloader)
  • Xoom (running Android 4.0.3; root and ClockworkMod Recovery)
  • Xoom Wi-Fi (running Android 4.0.3 firmware)



Sony Ericsson



Where to Go If Your Phone Isn’t Listed

SuperOneClick is a great one-click app that roots a ton of phones, especially older ones, so do a bit of googling and see if it works for yours—because it’s just about the easiest root method out there.
Pete’s rooting tool, which roots the Droid X and Motorola Atrix, also roots a number of other Motorola phones, from the Cliq to the Droid2 and 3 to the Droid Bionic.
HTC’s official unlocking method will unlock the bootloader of nearly any HTC phone, though you’ll need to look up more information on how to flash a recovery to your specific device. It also isn’t the easiest method, so if your phone has a one-click tool available, it’s usually better to use that because it’s quicker, will give you S-OFF, and won’t leave a digital “watermark” on your phone that permanently voids your warranty.
Lastly, looking up your phone on the XDA Developers forums is always a great idea too, and the CyanogenMod Wiki often has lots of information on rooting and flashing ROMs as well (even if you aren’t flashing CyanogenMod). With a bit of research, you should be able to find at least one guide that works for your specific device.
We hope this little guide helps you in rooting your phone. We would like to thank all of the developers who have made rooting these phones possible.
As always, if you have updated information on any of the above phones—including newer rooting guides, or even good resources for beginners—please email me at , or share them in the comments below.