Easily Root any Android based Motorola Device (tutorial included)

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Are you looking for an easily to apply and safe root solution for your Android powered Motorola smartphone or tablet? If so, then you should know that those of xda-developers (we have them to thanks for this step by step guide) had released a universal root solution that can be used on almost any Motorola handset that features the Android OS. Therefore, during the next few lines I will show you how to use the new root package for gaining root access on your Motorola phone; also I will be explaining you everything that’s related to this process, so for further aspects, don’t hesitate and check this tutorial (read all the lines from the same).

Most of the Android users are thinking in rooting their devices, but when hearing about the warranty aspect, they are changing their minds. As you know the root operation isn’t official, so the warranty of your phone will get void. That’s what scares most of the Android users. But, if you follow dedicated step by step guides – like the present one – and using tested apps and procedures, you can be sure that nothing bad will happen to your smartphones or tablets.

Furthermore, if you get pass through the root method, then you can restore the warranty (if you will have to) by following some easy to apply procedures: you will have to downgrade your Motorola devices to stock Android firmware, or you will have to update your devices with an official release of the Android software. Either way, you will do the operations manually as the OTA updates can’t be flashed or received on rooted handsets.

Basically, when talking about gaining root access, you should think on the following: you will unchain the system of your phone by removing the factory and default restrictions. So, after completing this guide you will be able to easily access the internal system of your Motorola smartphone / tablet, optimize and customize the OS and the performances, upgrade the battery life, install complex apps and tools (like CWM recovery which is an custom recovery image), update with custom ROMs, overclocking the CPU and removing in built-programs.

So, rooting your Android based Motorola handset comes with many and important advantages. Without doing the same you can’t improve and power up the performances of your phones, you can’t bump the speeds and you can’t update with custom, or beta ROMs that aren’t officially released or available.

Since there are many Android powered Motorola devices available on the market, the root tutorials are also numerous. Anyway, if you want a universal root solution that can work on almost all the Motorola smartphones and tablets, use this step by step guide. The tutorial can be easily completed and you have nothing to worry about as the method has been tested by those of xda-developers, who are also providing the root exploit.

This method will work for Motorola devices that use SBF firmware in “CG2.smg” format, or in “fastboot.xml.zip” or “xml.zip” format. Furthermore the root operation can be applied only for devices that come with Qualcomm chipsets. So, if different don’t use the steps from below for rooting your Motorola smartphone / tablet.

Do prepare you handset and complete the pre requisites before heading to the root guide:

  • Ensure that you can use a computer, your phone and its USB cable.
  • On the computer fastboot and ADB must be installed; for getting the same learn how to install Android SDK on Windows, or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
  • Also, on the same computer the Motorola drivers must be installed.
  • The USB debugging option must be checked: on your phone go to “Settings –> Developer options” and enable the same.
  • Charge your phone to 70% power or above; if your device gets turned off while you are trying to apply the steps from below, you will risk in bricking your Android smartphone / tablet.
  • From your computer and from your device deactivate the security tools and protection; these programs (like antivirus, antimalware) are usually interfering with the root operation.
  • Backup your data that is saved on the internal storage memory of your device. Since this is an unofficial operation, by completing the same, the data might get corrupted or even wiped out. So, save anything that’s important to you, including contacts list, call logs, text messages, market apps, personal info and accounts and so on.

After completing the pre requisites, on your computer download the following apps:

  • UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.41.zip file from here.
  • MotoAndroidDepacker-1.2alpha3.zip package from here.
  • And the sample-XT910-ICS-recovery.img file from here.

Good job; you can now safely begin the proper tutorial; make sure to use the suitable root method available for your Motorola device.

Root Motorola devices which use firmwares in SBF format that are packed in CG2.smg format

  1. From here download the SBF file for your Android based Motorola smartphone / tablet.
  2. Save the file on your computer.
  3. From the file which you have downloaded earlier, unzip the “MotoAndroidDepacker-1.2alpha3.zip” package.
  4. Up next, run the MotoAndroidDepacker.exeexecutable.
  5. From the window that will be displayed on your computer choose “open from file”.
  6. Pick the SBF file which you have downloaded before.
  7. Select “split to folder”.
  8. Return to the main window and once more select “open from file”.
  9. Go to the unzipped SBF folder and from there select “MOTOBLUR mbn image (*CG2.smg)”.
  10. Minimize – don’t close – the depacker window on your computer.
  11. Open the SBF folder and enter into the “CG2-extracted” folder.
  12. On that folder you will find a file named “recoverysec.mbn” or “emmc_recovery.mbn”; rename that file into “recovery.img”.
  13. On your computer, now go on this page.
  14. From the same page select “Choose file”.
  15. Select the “recovery.img” file and click on “build”.
  16. Download the new recovery file that is provided and place it on the same folder with fastboot.
  17. Connect your Motorola device with the computer by using its USB cable.
  18. Go to the fastboot folder, and open a command prompt window there: press the shift key on the keyboard and while pressing the same right click on a blank location with your mouse; then select “open command prompt window here”.
  19. In the cmd window enter: “adb_fastboot”; your device will be rebooted into fastboot mode.
  20. Then, enter the command (on the same cmd window) “adb reboot-bootloader” followed by “fastboot boot recovery.img”.
  21. Your handset will be entered in recovery mode.
  22. From the recovery mode just select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
  23. Pick the “UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.41.zip” file and flash the same.
  24. When the installation procedure ends, from recovery select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.
  25. Unplug the USB cable as you are done, your Android based Motorola handset has been successfully rooted.

Root your Motorola smartphone / tablet with fastboot.xml.zip, fb.xml.zip or .xml.zip extension

  1. Connect your handset with the computer via USB cable.
  2. Copy paste or drag and drop the UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.41.zip file from the computer to your phone’s SD card.
  3. Then, from here download the firmware file with fastboot.xml.zip, fb.xml.zip or .xml.zip extension suitable for your device.
  4. Unzip the downloaded file; go to the resulted folder and from there rename the “recovery_signed” file into “recovery.img”.
  5. Go to this page.
  6. Update the recovery.img file and then tap on “build”.
  7. Download the provided file and save the new recovery on the same folder as fastboot.
  8. From the fastboot folder open a command prompt window.
  9. Your phone must be connected with the computer.
  10. On the cmd window enter “adb reboot-bootloader”.
  11. Then type: “fastboot boot recovery.img”.
  12. Once more your device will be booted in recovery mode.
  13. By using the recovery menu select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
  14. Pick the UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.41.zip file and flash the root package.
  15. Wait while the installation procedure is running and don’t make any other changes.
  16. In the end select “+++go back+++” followed by “reboot system now” and you are done.

Congratulations, you have managed to root your Android based Motorola smartphone / tablet. Did this universal root solution worked for you? Have you encountered issues while trying to apply the methods from above (if so, use our dedicated tutorial and resolve the issues)? Do share your impressions and thoughts with us and with other users by using the comments field from below and we will assist you as soon as possible.