Sometimes purchasing a phone right off the shelf just isn’t enough. There has to be more to a phone than what the manufacturer designates. Do you want to access all the awesome custom ROMs and mods on your Motorola Droid X?
Don’t worry, we’ll show you how to root Droid X in a few minutes.
Using this guide, you’ll learn about various easy rooting methods for your Motorola Droid X and the methods mentioned below should work with most Droid X devices and firmware versions.
Rooting your Motorola Droid X will void your manufacturer warranty. Also, rooting is a risky process and you should only root your device if you’re willing to take responsibility for anything that goes wrong during the process.
Make sure that you create a backup of all your important files and documents on your PC as all your data might get deleted if anything goes wrong. Make sure that your Motorola Droid X is charged at least 50%.
Method 1: Z4Root
Coming from the XDA Forums, Z4Root is possibly one of the easiest and fastest rooting methods available for various Android devices. The great thing about the app is that you don’t need to install anything on your PC and the rooting process will be done directly on your Droid X.
The app features a temporary mode where root access is removed after a reboot and a permanent root option for permanently rooting your device. Almost all Android devices are supported for the temporary method and the Motorola Droid X has been tested successfully with both the methods.
Download the Z4Root app on your PC. Unfortunately, the app is not available on the Google Play Store but the apk file can be downloaded using this link.
Connect your Droid X to your PC using a micro USB cable and click on Open folder to view files in the AutoPlay popup. Transfer the apk file to your device’s root directory.
Open the Settings app on your Droid X, go to Security and enable the Unknown sources option. On some firmware versions, this will be available from the Applications menu in the Settings app.
Open any file browser on the device, navigate to the directory where you transferred the apk file and tap on it. Press the Install button to install the app.
Open the app and click on the Temporary Root button for rooting the device temporarily or the Permanent Root button for rooting it permanently.
Wait for the process to complete and it might take a couple of minutes. Reboot your device once the rooting process is complete.
In order to check whether rooting was successful, open the app again and if you see the Re-root and Un-root options, then the rooting process was successful. That’s it!
Method 2: One Click Root
One Click Root is another easy method for rooting your Motorola Droid X and unlike Method 1, this was specifically designed for the Motorola Droid X. While the app does require a PC, it is still a fast and reliable method for rooting the device. One Click Root is one of the first methods to appear right after the complex rooting method appeared for the Droid X and using the app is as simple as clicking on one single button.
Download the Droid X One Click Root app on your PC. You can get the zip file here. Once downloaded, extract the file on your PC.
Open the Settings app, go to Applications and tap on Development. Make sure that the USB Debugging option is enabled.
Connect your Droid X to your PC using a micro USB cable and wait for your PC to recognize the device. On your Droid X, select the Charge Only option and tap on OK in the USB connection popup.
Run the One Click Root app, click on the Root Me button and wait for the rooting process to complete. This might take a while.
Reboot your device once the process is complete. That’s it! You have successfully rooted your Droid X.
Method 3: Motorola One-Click Root
Motorola One-Click Root is another way of rooting your Droid X and as the name suggests, this app was specifically designed for rooting various Motorola Android devices including the Droid X, Droid 2, Droid 3, Droid X2 and Cliq. While this method isn’t as popular as the first two methods for rooting the Droid X, it is still effective and should work with most Droid X firmware versions.
Download the Motorola One-Click Root app and extract the zip file on your PC.
If you don’t have Motorola drivers installed on your PC, download and install Device Manager from Motorola’s official website.
Enable USB Debugging, connect the device to your PC and enable the Charge Only mode by following Steps 2 and 3 from Method 2.
Open the Motorola One-Click Root app from the folder that you extracted on your PC earlier. A command prompt window should now appear.
Wait for the app to recognize your device and the rooting process should automatically start once your device is detected. Once completed, you’ll receive a Congratulations message in the command prompt window.
While the Motorola Droid X is a fantastic Android smartphone, rooting an Android device takes usability to the next level. You don’t need to be a developer in order to benefit from rooting and you can easily install custom ROMs and mods on your device from the XDA Forums. You can even try to root your phone without a computer if you’re feeling a bit techie.
The first two methods are possibly the most effective ways to root your Motorola Droid X and if both the methods are not working for your device, then Method 3 is the next best alternative. Whichever method you use, make sure that you follow all the instructions properly on how to root Droid X, and feel free to shoot any questions below!