Root comes to the Motorola DROID RAZR HD, RAZR M, and Atrix HD

Root comes to the Motorola DROID RAZR HD, RAZR M, and Atrix HD
Yes, the Holy Grail has been discovered by djrbliss.

He has taken the time (once again) to come up with a working root method for the newest Motorola smartphones: DROID RAZR M, DROID RAZR HD, DROID RAZR MAXX HD, and the Atrix HD. We've heard that not only does this root method work with the shipping Ice Cream Sandwich that is on the phones, but also the Jelly Bean leak for the DROID RAZR M, which means it should work on the final Jelly Bean over-the-air update for these phones.

The method of rooting is pretty simple:

  • First make sure you have the current Motorola USB drivers installed from here.


  • Connect your phone to the PC and click on the "run.bat" file that you extracted.

  • It is important to follow the instructions in the PC program, as it will ask you to press a button combination of the Volume UP and Power at the same time.

  • If the program gives an error saying something like "run-as: Package 'com.motorola.bug2go' is unknown", then unfortunately you will have to wipe your data and cache partitions on the phone and try again (factory reset the phone).

djrbliss states:


Keep in mind that this takes a lot of time to develop, so if you feel so inclined, he is accepting PayPal donations found in the XDA Forums source link below.

source: XDA Forums (djrbliss) via Droid-Life

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56 Comments

1. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

omg, everything is just falling in my lap for this phone one after the other. i love it. xD and they said that a root method for this was unlikely.

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

thats good man glad to hear that, hope moto continues to improve with google there :)

4. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, i'll be trolling like a mofo if the OTA does indeed come out on Thursday. that would not only mean that the Razr M got JB a month after it's release but it would also mean that it got it before the SIII. xD

8. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I think we all would be laughing then, King. You know, except SIII owners who haven't rooted.

3. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Like I said a few days ago.....I have yet to see an Android phone not be rooted. Some may take longer than others, but they eventually get rooted. They day I cant root an Android phone, or one I want....is the day I start thinking about switching to WP.

5. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

why can't all phones come with an UNLOCKED BOOTLOADER??!?!?!?!?!?? especially HTC and Moto.. I remember spending close to two days trying to downgrade the Hboot of my Desire S and then rooting it, soft bricking the phone halfway and spend a night without a working phone (I couldn't sleep well that night, and couldn't wake up in the morning because there was no alarm)

6. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

this can be bought with an unlocked bootloader... xD

7. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Moto has developer edition, but HTC? LOL.. And HTCDev Unlock bootloader doesn't make it S-Offed..

9. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

Blame Verizon. Motorola released their phones unlocked outside of the US.

10. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

if you guys are having trouble with this let me know.

11. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Hey Kurogiii + jroc74, When you root a android device I know you can use wifi hotspot for free.. Now I have a Evo4G and I am switching to the Galaxy Note 2 on launch under Sprint.. Unfortunately they aren't putting up LTE in my area for up to 40days after i purchase the phone(more likely 20-30). Anyways since I am doing this I will be losing my Wimax 4G connection. I really don't want to be held to 3G for the mean time while I'm at my house. My question is, Can I use a rooted EVO4G(its not rooted yet but i will root it once i buy my gn2) to launch a Wifi hotspot if it is not connected to the account any longer.. It could be a stupid question but considering you need to pay the extra amount to connect to it anyways but you can root to bypass it regularly.. can you root it to connect when it isnt on network.. ?

12. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i'm afraid that if it's not activated then you will not be able to use the hotspot functionality.

13. mhtoo

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I am having problem with my Droid Razr M on saving new APN. Currently I am in Myanmar and in order to use Internet on our CDMA network i need to set to new APN. but everytime when i set the APN - #777, MMC - 414 and MNC - 04, it never save the APN. There isn't any APN saved, even I pressed Save APN. can you help? Thank You!

14. Tegoyette34

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

ran everything as it said to, i got this far then nothing....... [*] [*] Motofail2Go: Motorola Android Root Exploit (Windows version) [*] by Dan Rosenberg (@djrbliss) [*] [*] Tested on Atrix HD, Photon Q, Razr M, and Razr i [*] [*] Before continuing, ensure USB debugging is enabled, that you [*] have the latest Motorola drivers installed, and that your phone [*] is connected via USB. [*] [*] Press enter to root your phone... Press any key to continue . . . [*] [*] Waiting for device... * daemon not running. starting it now * * daemon started successfully *

15. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

do you have USB Debugging enabled? go to Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging also make sure Developer Options are enabled in general at the top of the menu.

47. grantugrant

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

i get the same thing... usb debugging is on and shows it in the notifications, general developer options are on, i even ran as an administrator.. PLEASE HELP

54. Criptonite14

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Make sure you download and install the Motorola Device Manager. Not entirely sure if that is what it was for me, but it worked afterwards.

16. Tegoyette34

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

Yes, USB debugging is enabled. When i go to setting, i can choose developer options, and go into that menu, but there is no developer options to "enable" in general. when i hook it up to the comp, what shouod i select.... Mass storage, Media device, or Camera? im assuming it should be mass storage right?

53. JermstheBohemain

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

I am in the same boat, every thing is set to go but it stops at the same point and does not go any farther

17. Rickaysen

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

I ran the BAT and followed the directions...nothing changed after reboot. I have a Moto M on which I would love to tether. My Maxx tethered with FoxFi easily. Haven't been able to use it with the M out of the box.

18. Highwayman

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

This root worked perfect. The problem that I'm having now with our phones is the OTA update. It goes through the motions but then it comes up and says that the install failed. Anyone else having this issue?

19. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

you rooted BEFORE you did the OTA? xD install OTA Rootkeeper, temp unroot, install the update and then go back into OTA Rootkeeper and re-enable root.

20. Highwayman

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

Thanks. I'll give it a try. I wasn't expecting the OTA to be out this soon. You know how Motorola is. I'll post back if it all works out. I have busybox installed also so I hope that the rootkeeper will work work since I can't uninstall busybox without causing the a loop boot.

21. Rickaysen

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

I waited till after the OTA and motofail2go simply didn't work for me. Did those of you who had success do anything besides run the BAT file? This is frustrating as hell...feel like dumping this phone for something I can root.

22. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i was able to root it on JB. don't get frustrated and decide to just ditch the phone. i found that replacing the Superuser.apk and the su files did the trick for me after i was having trouble with it. just download the "Rootzipfile" from the "Installing a recovery and rooting your Dev Razr-M" article on aosp.us and replace the "Superuser.apk" and the "su" files that's in the folder you're running the script from with the duplicates in the zip file you downloaded.

23. Highwayman

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

No luck with the OTA Rootkeeper. It still comes up with "Update Fail" message.

24. Highwayman

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

Ahhh.... I found the issue I kept having with the update fail (even with the OTA Rootkeeper.. KingKurogiii, your suggestion did work but it took me some time to figure out that it was absence of the sys apps (bloat wear) that I had deleted that was causing the update to fail. I reinstalled them all, used the Rootkeeper app, and then loaded the update with no problem. Thanks for the advice. Of course the butt kicker is after all this and it wasn't even the JB update. So I'm still waiting on it for my Motorola Electrify M.

25. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

ohhhh! yeah, never delete apps, just freeze them. saves a whole lot of trouble.

26. Rickaysen

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

@KingKurogiii: Thanks for taking the time to give me the steps. It worked as described. Occasionally I loose 4G in my area for short periods. I hope it's just a coincidence that I'm only getting a 3G signal after rooting and 4G will resume when it's available. This process doesn't hurt 4G connectivity does it?

27. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

anytime and no, i don't believe it does.

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