How to Root the Motorola Atrix

April 1, 2011

Motorola released this smartphone using Android 2.2. Before we tell you how to root the Atrix, you should know how root access can help you. Root access allows users to remove bloatware, more fully customize a device, use backup tools, and poke around in the internal system. Now, Atrix users will be able to take full control of their devices on launch day. Root privileges will also allow users to enable application sideloading– something AT&T has restricted on their slate of Android devices. Unfortunately, Motorola has still signed the Atrix 4G bootloader. Motorola Atrix can be easily downloaded using the famous one click tool called the SuperOneClick. This tool has become a great tool for rooting Android based devices.

The rooting process is very easy. But prior to going for the rooting process, make sure that you have done your research and are ready to take the slight risk involved in such an act. There is always the biggest disadvantage involved of voiding the company warranty.

There are certain steps that you would have to take before you start rooting your Motorola Atrix.

1. Motorola Atrix can not be rooted using any operating system. The operating systems which are compatible and ready to root Atrix  include:

  • Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • Debian Lenny, Sid, Squeeze and Experimental
  • Ubuntu Jaunty, Hardy, Karmic, Maverick and Lucid

You should have one of these operating systems. In case you do not have one, you will need Mono v1.2.6 for Linux and Mac. in case you have Windows XP, you will need .NET framework 2.0

2. You will need a USB connection between the PC and Motorola Atrix. Download and install Motorola Media Link on your computer. Make sure you download and install the Media Link for your computer OS. This will install all needed USB drivers for your device. Alternatively, you can setup ADB in Windows PC for successful USB connection.

3. The basic requirement. Download CLShortFuse’s Super One Click version 1.6.5 and extract all its components to your computer.

Now, after getting all the requirements, take the following steps:

  • Place your Motorola Atrix into debugging mode, for this, follow this root, Menu~Settings~Applications~Development~Enable USB Debugging
  • Connect your device to the computer using a USB cable, make sure you have not mounted your phone’s SD card
  • Run the Super One Click program
  • simply click the ‘root’ button in super One Click
  • Now you will have to reboot your device, but before rebooting, click ‘Allow Non-Market Apps

After completing this procedure, your Atrix would be successfully rooted

Also note that the files in the root cannot be replaced by custom ones like recovery. So, even though the process of rooting is successful, the device is still locked to a certain extent.

Warning: By rooting your device you could be voiding your warranty.

Disclaimer: Android Authority is not responsible if your device gets bricked or damaged during the process.

Comments

  • John

    I’ve tried this and a couple of other methods to root my Atrix, but have been unsuccessful. I think my carrier may be part of the problem (ATT). Are there any other applications that could root my phone?

  • Rafster

    No … didn’t work for me. (AT&T)

  • Gmolah

    I think it has something to do with the fact that this is an old version, the new version 1.9.5 works with new phones and newer software build in the phone as well.

  • wd40.foster

    Didnt work, I have at&t as well

  • bizbud

    Your link refuses download request for super one-click. After several tries with three browsers – giving up. Can’t find this app.

  • Viteljobs

    So how do you really get this to work. Apprently we need some more step by step instructions because this process does not work

  • Viteljobs

    It keeps getting stuck on running psnuet…something

  • kmp

    will this procedure work on my unlocked atrix phone

  • Danny

    will this work for a new Atrix HD on AT&T?

  • sami aklilu

    I got the same device with android 2.3.4 so is this gone work? Plz give me some insights before I damage my device. Thnks!