The Motorola Droid 2 has been launched in August 2010 and it came packed with the Froyo firmware but since then several updates were released. Here you can find instructions that will help you successfully root your device whether the Droid 2 packs Froyo or Gingerbread firmware. Froyo is Android 2.2, while the Gingerbread is Android 2.3 and both are working on Droid 2.
Rooting your device is easy and you can do it only if you read the instructions listed here, but before moving to the tutorial guide you need to read all the info so that you won’t brick your phone while rooting the phone. Rooting the devices opens a great deal of opportunities for your device, some that are installing custom ROMs that will bring brand new Android experiences which many have dubbed to be way better than the official releases of Motorola and Google. As you already know, rooting your phone will void the warranty and in order to restore it you will need to install the stock firmware.
Those of you that have already rooted their Droid 2 devices are in no need of this guide and therefore you can close this guide or if you wish, continue reading to learn how to unroot it using the tools you’ll find at the end of this post. In case you don’t know whether your device is rooted or not, which would be odd not know such thing, then you can download the Root Checker from Google’s Play Store and it will tell you which root version you’re using or if your device runs the stock firmware. Also, before moving to the rooting guide, you need to know that we cannot be held responsible for any problems you might have with your phone after the root, nor the developer as the only responsible for installing such files is in fact you. However, there shouldn’t be any problems and everything will go according to plan at the end you will be able to experience the feel of a rooted device.
At the end of this guide you will find instructions on how to unroot the device, if you don’t like the idea of having access to multiple other subsystem settings and being able to install custom ROMs that are way better than the official releases by Motorola and Google.
Now that you know all this, I think that you can move to the next part of this article and learn how to correctly prepare your phone so that all the steps will be applied successfully and you won’t brick your phone.Here’s what you need before moving to the tutorial guide:
- Download the Motorola Droid 2 root pack that corresponds to your Android version. Here are the links: Froyo 2.2 / Gingerbread 2.3 (PetesMotorolaTool) . Save on your PC.
- Make sure that you have the Motorola Droid 2 drivers installed on your system. Here are the links: 32-bit download/ 64-bit download.
- create backups of all the video, music, photos, documents and of all the other important files stored on your Droid 2. This needs to be done in case the data gets corrupted or lost during the root.
- you can choose to save the APN and MMS Settings in case something goes wrong after rooting the phone and you won’t be able to browse the web.
- charge the phone’s battery until it is over 75% so that it won’t discharge while you’re applying the steps in the tutorial.
- disable or uninstall all the firewalls, antivirus and antimalware apps from your device so that it won’t block the rooting process.
- enable the USB debugging mode. It can be found on your phone’s Settings menu, Applications and then open Development.
Below you can find two different guide that will teach you how to root both, Froyo 2.2 and Gingerbread 2.3 Android operating systems on your Motorola Droid 2. Make sure to follow all the instructions listed under the tutorial guides and if you have any extra questions then please feel free to ask us in comments.
How to root the Motorola Droid 2 running Froyo 2.2:
- As you’ve already downloaded the files listed in the pre-requisites guide, you can go ahead and connect your Droid 2 to your PC.
- Move the Z4Rooting apk file on your Droid 2 SD card.
- Launch it on your phone and install the apk.
- Follow all the instructions your shown on your device and then wait for this process to be completed.
- In the z4 root you need to choose ‘Permanent Root’ setting and this does exactly what it says.
- Restart the device and that should do it; when the home screen loads completely your Droid 2 has been rooted.
How to root the Motorola Droid 2 running Gingerbread 2.3:
- Since you’ve already downloaded the rooting package, before getting to the tutorial guide, you can go ahead and extract its contents on your PC.
- Connect your Droid 2 to your computer via USB cable.
- Now launch the ‘Pete’s Motorola Tool’ and click the file named ‘Root My Phone’ to begin rooting your phone.
- Your phone will reboot and when the home screen loads it will feature a rooted Gingerbread 2.3 installation.
Please note that this tool, Pete’s Motorola utility, can be used to un-root the Droid 2 which will restore the warranty for your device. To unroot the Droid 2 you need to launch the app and then select the ‘Unroot my Phone’ option.
In case the rooting process gets blocked or it didn’t complete successfully, you need to power off the device and remove its battery. Place it back into its location and then repeat all the steps listed in this tutorial guide. In case you cannot complete the tutorial guide and for whatever reason this root cannot be applied you should let us know by posting in the comments field and we will gladly help you.
Remember that this guide works only with the Motorola Droid 2 and it can be used to root Froyo 2.2 and Gingerbread 2.3. If you own any other device or if you’re using a custom ROM on your Droid 2 then there is no need for you to apply the instructions listed here. Also, feel free to browse our website for other Android how-to guides, tips and tricks on how to better configure your phone without risking any damage done to it.