Jul 22 AT 9:47 AM Sean Riley 17 Comments

Droid X has been rooted just one week after its release

The Droid X’s bootloader may remain locked up tighter than Fort Knox, but thanks to some industrious users from Alldroid the Droid X community at least has root access to sooth their pain.

As the question of why you would want to root always comes up I’ll go ahead and answer it now. Some of the advantages include the ability to use WiFi tethering without shelling out extra cash to your carrier and access to a number of “rooted only” apps in the market including a variety of backup options for your phone.

To reiterate this is only root access and won’t allow you to flash new ROMs yet although I’m sure there are many dedicated folks plugging away on that if for no other reason than to prove to Motorola that they shouldn’t have bothered locking the bootloader in the first place.

The instructions and download can be found by hitting the source link below. This method does require you to use command prompt/terminal and that you have ADB setup so it is a little more complicated than some of the one click options that have been circulating of late, but if you are having any trouble I’m sure someone here will be more than willing to offer their advice.

Let us know how it goes for you and happy rooting.

Update: I rooted myself last night using this method and can confirm that it works just fine for those that might have been leery about it. As a quick PSA while you can remove a number of the pre-installed apps/bloatware you should not remove Motorola Backup Assistant as there are a number of reports that removing that app can brick your phone.

Source: AllDroid

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://www.londatiga.net Lorenz

    Nice job guys..

  • http://Website The_Omega_Man

    So this is finally take the droid x off of 2010 Hacker Reports do not buy list?

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Maybe off the do not buy list, but I believe they still have said they can’t recommend it.

    • m4n1sh

      Well, it is only rooted. Let’s wait till someone finds out a way to flash custom ROMs on it.

  • http://Website Josh

    As soon as custom ROMs are available I will probably get this phone.

    • http://Website Derek

      I hope you arent holding your breath for that. Milestone hasnt been hacked yet, and its been over 7 months. Rooting it was always expected, just like Milestone.

  • http://Website Alankrut


    Nice to see that the Android Community just proved Motorola wrong.

    - Long Live Android.

    • Alan Reboli

      Well root doesn’t necessarily mean that there are going to be any ROMS, but it’s definitely a positive step forward. :)

  • http://Website JAG

    Nice, beautiful song.

    Now install custom roms

  • http://Website Brife

    I can hear the angels singing. ;)

  • http://Website tgraupmann

    Wait where’s the source link below. I hope you didn’t just copy/paste the story and forget the instructions link?

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      No copy/paste here. The source link is just above the comments or just below the related posts depending on how you want to look at it.

      • http://Website tgraupmann

        so tiny. the source link needs to be TEN FEET TALL WITH BLINKING LIGHTS AND BIG ARROWS!!!

  • http://Website Rappstar

    Forgive the ignorance. I’m new to the experience of non-stock android (had a G1 prior). Does root access mean I can now delete all of the bloatware that VZW loaded onto this? Thx.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Yes you can, but do not delete Motorola’s backup assistant program. Users have reported that deleting that app from the system can brick your device. I’ve removed City ID and Blockbuster so far and that went just fine.

  • http://Website lorne

    Well, I think that rooting is all I want. I’d like 3 things:
    1) WiFi tether (good to go I guess)
    2) HDMI out for movies and such other than just videos taken with the camera. Will rooting allow this?
    3) Ability to over/under clock. WIll rooting allow this?

    Thanks for rooting. Now to get over nevusness and root.

  • AndMac

    Motorola just made comments indicating that the Milestone will not get an OS upgrade. This rooting method used an exploit from the Milestone.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Droid X never gets updated to OS3, based on Motorola’s history.

    Why anyone buys this phone, with its locked bootloader, is beyond me. The Super AMOLED Samsung seems like a better bet.