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How to Download RSD Lite and Root your Motorola Droid smartphone

In many cases, for rooting a device you must use the RSD Lite application. This tool has been developed especially for the rooting operation but if you don’t know how to use it than you can easily brick your phone. That’s why I will teach you how to install and use the RSD Lite app in order to root any Motorola Droid smartphone. Also, in the second section of the present step by step guide I will show you how to install the custom Onix 2.2 Froyo ROM, just for those who had messed up the phone’s system.

It’s very important to learn how to gain root access, as more and more apps are requiring a rooted system, not to mention that there are many operations that needs an unlocked OS. So, if you somehow want to improve the performances of your device by flashing a custom ROM, or customize and optimize its internal system, you must first root it. Furthermore, installing a custom recovery image and applying a beta or unofficial firmware is requiring the same task; as you can see, rooting your smartphone is no longer an option for you.

But, there is a negative aspect too. Unfortunately, by gaining root access you will void the warranty of your handset. So, you must be careful in what you do, as if somehow something goes wrong and you brick your phone, than you will be on your own, nobody will help you out. Anyway, the warranty can be easily re-gained by applying the official or stock ROM, or by re-locking the bootloader. In this way, the root access will be revoked and the warranty restored. Now, as you can already tell, for doing things safely, you must always follow a tutorial; don’t try to do things by yourselves.

Also, take note that this is a complex operation that makes changes in your phone’s system. This means that the data can be wiped out without noticing it. So, you must backup all of your personal info first. There are many ways in which you can save the data choose the one that you like the most. You can anytime check our previous guides for more backup related tips. Remember that you can save different files, from contacts, messages, videos, images, call logs, internet settings to market apps, so don’t hesitate and backup all you need to. You can restore the same after the root operation is completed.

Now, let’s see how you can use RSD Lite for rooting your Motorola Droid handset. But first, of course, you must download the file. For being able to succeed you should get all the files from the list below. Save them to a Windows running computer. Then, follow the steps from below.

  • RSD Lite 5.6
  • ROM Onix Beta 20 (for installing Custom ROM Android 2.2 – if you don’t want to get Froyo, you don’t have to download this file)
  • SPRecovery ESE81
  • Motorola Droid USB Device Drivers 32-bit
  • Motorola Droid USB Device Drivers 64-bit

Remember that after the RSD root guide you can also learn how to flash the custom Onix 2.2 Froyo ROM on your Motorola Droid smartphone, so check both methods.

How to Download RSD Lite and Root your Motorola Droid smartphone

  1. From your PC open the RSD.rar file and extract the same.
  2. Then, click on the RSD executable; the installation process should begin.
  3. Follow the prompts and complete the installation.
  4. Then open RSD Lite.
  5. Use the USB cable and connect the Droid to the computer.
  6. Now, reboot the handset and enter in bootloader mode (hold the rocker button while powering on).
  7. On the RSD Lite window search and select the .rdf extension and then click “start”.
  8. Wait until the process is over.
  9. Reboot your phone as it is now rooted.

As you can see, the RSD Lite app is doing almost all the work for you. Now your Droid is rooted and you can start installing different apps and tools. You can apply updates and custom ROMs and you can flash a custom recovery image into its system. Check below for the next step by step guide.

How to install custom Onix 2.2 Froyo ROM on your Motorola Droid smartphone

  1. Go to the ROM downloaded before and rename the file as “update.zip”.
  2. Copy this file to your phone’s SD card.
  3. Reboot your Droid and enter in recovery mode (Press the “X” key from the keyboard while powering on).
  4. Choose to perform a wipe: “Wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
  5. Then, return to the recovery menu.
  6. Choose “select zip from sd card” and “install zip from sd card”; go and pick the file placed before on the SD card.
  7. Wait until it’s done and don’t press anything.
  8. From recovery select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.

Congratulation, now your Motorola Droid handset is rooted and has the Onix 2.2 Froyo ROM flashed. You can decide whether to perform other operations with your phone, as now the system is unlocked. There are many ways available for improving your phone’s capabilities, just try them until you are satisfied. Do tell us if there is something that you will like to learn (related to the Android topic) and we will try to come with a suitable guide for resolving your problems. Remember that now the warranty is voided; for restoring it you must apply the official software, an operation which will revoke the rooted access.