How To Root Motorola Droid RAZR And MAXX After The Android 4.1.2 OTA Update
A few weeks back some Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX users have done a routine check to see if there is any OTA update available for their devices and a mighty “start update” button was standing there asking for some attention. Once they’ve pressed the button, a miracle just happened and they were able to install the official Android 4.1.2 update, even though Verizon hadn’t announced anything official.
Unfortunately, a few hours later Verizon stepped in and the “start update” button has simply vanished. I guess Verizon was testing something at that time and quite a few users benefit from its mistake. This doesn’t matter anymore, because from now on the Android 4.1.2 OTA update is available world-wide and anybody has access to it. In case you still have problems with the official update, you can always turn on the other side and try to flash it manually.
Installing an official version it’s great, but I’m sure that there are some folks out there who didn’t realized that they will lose the root access once an official update is flashed. Am I right?
Now that you’ve lost it, I guess you would like to get it back. Thanks to a controversial member of the Droid RAZR Forums, known as Dan Rosenberg or “djrbliss”, you will be able to root your Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean device via a few simple steps. Dan managed to develop an automated toolkit that will make the rooting process look like a walk in the park.
So to cut a long story short, let’s get started.
Requirements and warnings
- The next instructions are compatible only with Verizon Motorola Droid RAZR or RAZR MAXX and using them on any other device can lead to some undesired outcomes.
- Make sure that the “USB Debugging” option from the “Settings” > “Developer options” menu is enabled.
- Go to “Settings” > “Security” and check the “Unknown sources” box.
- No incidents have been reported yet, but sometimes performing a rooting procedure can be risky and that’s why I strongly recommend you to follow this Android backup guide first.
- The following procedure requires a compatible USB cable and a Windows PC.
- Use this link to download and install your RAZR drivers on your computer. In case you’ve already done that, you can skip this step.
- Make sure your device’s battery is charged properly for this kind of operation (at least 50%).
- Download the rooting toolkit from this official source.
- Extract the zip file you’ve just download on your computer’s Desktop. You should get a “razr_blade” folder.
- Go to Play Store on your Droid device and install an application called “SmartActions”.
- Now it’s time to connect your Droid RAZR to the computer via the USB cable I was talking above. It can take a while for your PC to install the USB drivers, so don’t worry.
- Go to the folder you’ve created on your desktop and open an application called “run”.
- Now you are about to start the rooting process and all you need to do is to press any key.
- Follow the onscreen instructions.
- Once the rooting process is complete, your device will automatically reboot.
- When your RAZR smartphone is on you can safely remove the USB cable from your device.
- You are done! To check if your device has been successfully rooted, you can install an app called “Root Checker” directly from Play Store or you can simply check it the “Superuser” application is installed on your device. Otherwise, you have to repeat the whole procedure, because you’ve done something wrong during the procedure and your device hasn’t been rooted.
Congratulations!!! You are now free to experience the official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean sensation directly on your Motorola Droid RAZR / RAZR MAXX. In case you encounter any problems during the rooting process, don’t forget to let us know.