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How To Unlock Motorola Droid Razr for SIM Freedom

Are you looking to customize your Motorola Droid Razr with some cool new ROMs and mods? Are you wondering what more you can do with your current Motorola Droid Razr even though it’s quite old? Do you want to install root-enabled third party apps on your Droid Razr?

Using this guide, you’ll learn how to unlock Motorola Droid Razr in a few minutes.

Prerequisite

Rooting your Droid Razr voids your warranty, and you should only root your device if you’re willing to take responsibility. That being said, the methods mentioned below are heavily tested and they shouldn’t brick your device. Before proceeding with the rooting process, make sure that you create a backup of all your important files, in case anything goes wrong. Also, make sure that your device is charged at least 70%.

Method 1: Casual Beta

Casual Beta is one of the most popular methods for rooting the Motorola Droid Razr, and using the software is extremely easily. The software works in Java so you’ll need the latest version of Java installed on your PC. Coming from the XDA Forums, the method supports Gingerbread as well as the Ice Cream Sandwich firmware on the Droid Razr.

Casual Beta is based on the Motofail exploit and it can also root other Motorola devices including Droid 3, Droid 4 and Droid Bionic.

Step 1

Download and install the Motorola drivers on your PC. You can download them using this link. Once downloaded, install the exe file like any other PC app.

Step 2

Download and install the latest version of Java if you don’t already have it installed on your PC. You can download it through Java’s official website.

Step 3

Download the Casual Beta app on your PC. You can get the app using this link.

Step 4

Open the Settings app on your Droid Razr, select Applications and tap on Development. Make sure that the USB Debugging option is checked.

USB Debugging

Step 5

Connect your Droid Razr to a PC using a micro USB cable, and open the Casual Beta app on your PC through Java.

Step 6

Click on the dropdown menu in the Casual Beta app and select Root with Motofail Exploit if you’re on Gingerbread or Root with ROOTICSRAZR if you’re on Ice Cream  Sandwich.

Casual Beta Menu

Step 7

Click on the Do It! button, and wait for the rooting process. Once completed, reboot your device. That’s it! You have successfully rooted your Droid Razr.

Casual Beta


Method 2: Droid Razr Utility

Droid Razr Utility is another popular rooting method available for the Motorola Droid Razr. Th script has been around for a couple of years and it has been extensively tested across various different Droid Razr models. Aside from rooting, the script also lets you use the fastboot restore option, install Voodoo OTA Rootkeeper, install Safestrap recovery and flash boot images.

If you’re using Jelly Bean on your device, then this method will most likely work for your device as the rooting method in the script has been designed only for devices running the Jelly Bean firmware.

Step 1

Download and install the Droid Razr drivers on your PC. You can get them through this link. Once downloaded, install the exe file like any other PC app.

Step 2

Open the Settings app on your Droid Razr, select Applications and tap on Development. Make sure that the USB Debugging option is checked.

USB Debugging

Step 3

Download the Droid Razr Utility on your PC. You can get the latest version here. Extract the zip file on your PC once the download has finished.

Step 4

Install SMARTACTIONS on your Droid Razr if it is not already installed on your device. You can get the app through the Google Play button below.

Download-on-Google-Play

Step 5

Connect your Droid Razr to your PC using a micro USB cable.

Step 6

Run the .bat file from the Droid Razr Utility folder that you downloaded and extracted earlier. A command prompt window should now appear

Step 7

Select the root option from the list of available options. This is usually Option 2 on most versions. Press the Enter button in order  to start the rooting process.

Droid Razr Utility

Step 8

You might need to follow the on screen instructions to enable certain options in the SMARTACTIONS app installed on your Droid Razr.

Step 9

Wait for the rooting process to complete and your device should now reboot. That’s it! You should now have root access on your Droid Razr.


Method 3: ZergRush

ZergRush by Doomlord is another method for rooting various Motorola devices. The method has been tested on the Droid Razr as well. Like the first 2 methods, this app is also extremely easy to use and it will root your Droid Razr in just a couple of minutes. If Method 1 and 2 didn’t work with your device, then this is probably your next best alternative.

Step 1

Open the Settings app on your Droid Razr, select Applications and tap on Development. Make sure that the USB Debugging option is checked.

USB Debugging

Step 2

Open the Settings app, go to Applications and make sure that the Unknown Sources option is enabled.

Unknown Sources

Step 3

Download and install the Motorola drivers on your PC. You can download them using this link. Once downloaded, install the exe file like any other PC app.

Step4

Download the ZergRush app on your PC. You can get the latest version using this link. Once downloaded, extract the zip folder on your PC.

Step 5

Click on the Runme.bat file from the folder that you extracted earlier. A command prompt window should now appear.

Step 6

Connect your Droid Razr to your PC using a micro USB cable. Make sure that you connect the cable to your device first and then to your PC.

Step 7

Skip the PC companion option on your Droid Razr.

Step 8

Press any key to start the rooting process.

Zergrush

Step 9

Wait for the rooting process and reboot your Droid Razr once the process is complete. That’s it!


Conclusion

The Droid Razr is one of the most popular Android smartphones from Motorola and even though the device is relatively old, it still has a lot to offer. If you want to make the most of your Droid Razr or if you just want to install custom ROMs and mods from the XDA Forums, then rooting is probably the smart thing to do. After rooting the device, you’ll have access to a variety of apps, mods, ROMs and other tools that can make your device a lot more useful. Imagine getting a totally new look on your Droid Razr after you install a cool new ROM and a sound mod on top of it?

While rooting does have its perks, you should only root your device if you’re willing to take full responsibility if anything goes wrong. While most methods work fine on most devices and there have been few instances where devices have been bricked, rooting your device will void your manufacturer warranty. Method 1 and Method 2 are probably the most effective ways to root your Droid Razr and if both the methods aren’t working with your device, then Method 3 is the ideal option. Whichever method you choose, make sure that you follow all the instructions on how to unlock Motorola Droid Razr properly and feel free to shoot any questions below!

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