How to Root Your Verizon Motorola Droid X2

August 7, 2011

Rooting your phone or getting access into its root directory is the process of customizing the OS loaded on your device to give you total control over it. When you are in full control of your device and its OS, you can go beyond your phone’s limitations, expand system functionality, and even upgrade it based on your preferences. You are able to do that on a rooted phone simply because rooting gives you access to system files you normally do not have access to.

Thanks to the GingerBreak app, you can now root your Motorola DROID X2 and uncover its hidden powers. GingerBreak is a user-friendly tool to root your Android devices in just a single click. It supports devices that run Android 2.2 Froyo, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and also some devices that run Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The method described here has been reported to NOT work with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread on the Motrola DROID X2. (Thanks, geeknik, for the tip!) You are free to try, though–and if it works for you, please let us know in the comments, as a lot of other users may want to know what you did to get this to work with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread.

Some Risks

Before proceeding with rooting your Motorola DROID X2, you have to be aware of some of the risks. Here are the most important ones:

  • Rooting your Motorola DROID X2 will VOID your warranty, though the warranty can be claimed after you restore the device to its pre-rooted status.
  • As the rooting process will wipe your cache, all your APN and MMS settings will also be reset. Contact your service provider to get more information about APN and MMS settings.
  • To ensure that the process completes uninterruptedly, make sure your device has at least 50% battery power. A better suggestion is to root your device on full power.
  • We will not hold responsibility if your device gets bricked or damaged during the process, although the chance of bricking your phone using this method is very slim.

What You Need

  • A Motorola DROID X2 handset
  • The GingerBreak app (latest version is 1.20). The link points to a direct download of the Android package file (APK) from the XDA-Developers forum.
  • An Android file manager app (optional), preferably Astro File Manager.

Step-by-Step Rooting of the Motorola DROID X2

  1. Enable USB debugging on the handset. You can do this by going to Settings > Manage Applications and enable USB debugging.
  2. Connect your phone to the computer. Mount the SD Card as disk drive. Copy the GingerBreak APK to the SD card’s root directory.
  3. Install the GingerBreak APK on your phone using any available Android file manager (e.g., Astro File Manager).
  4. Once GingerBreak has been installed, launch it from the Home screen.
  5. Press the Root button in the app to start the rooting process. Wait for the app to finish.
  6. If the previous steps are done correctly, your device will reboot.
  7. After your device reboots, go to the Home screen and check if an icon labeled SuperUser is present.

Simple Procedure for Unrooting

In case your Motorola DROID X2 experiences some problems and you want to have it serviced under manufacturer’s or carrier’s warranty, you need to restore the handset to its original state. Otherwise, the technical support personnel may consider your handset warranty void.

Unrooting your Motorola DROID X2 is as easy as uninstalling the Gingerbreak app to restore your device to its pre-rooted status.

Rooting your Motorola DROID X2 is that easy, especially with the tools provided to you by software developers. Granting that you followed instructions accurately, the process should be a breeze and should complete successfully. Now you have a phone that is completely yours to tinker with and customize to your heart’s liking.

Comments

  • http://www.geeknik.com/ geeknik

    Gingerbreak doesn’t work with Android 2.3.3 on the X2.

    • Gr8horned1

      I agree…….hope someone figures a way to do it.

    • HuM0D.x2

      How do i downgrade to android 2.2.2 froyo… root access is available on x2 with it

      • http://www.geeknik.com/ geeknik

        There is a one click root out for the Droid 3 that should work for the Droid X2. I rooted my OTA Gingerbread Droid X2 yesterday using the same procedure as was released for the Droid 3. Worked perfectly. No need to wipe your phone and flash back to Froyo. =)

  • chooven

    and the archive is Password protected, very non-useful article.

  • Micha J W

    z4root will work on the 2.3.3 update on Droid x2 :)) hail to hacking!! and for all of thre windows users out there – windows OS is garbage Ubuntu!! = GOD!

    • mototron

      Micha is full of it. z4root does not work on Droids with Gingerbread installed just in case someone actually believed it.

  • Gr8horned1

    OK…..what are APN and MMS settings and how do you reset them after rooting and where do you find these settings anyway? I have a Droidx2 and that Gingerbreak 1.2 didn’t root it.

  • Gr8horned1

    OK…..what are APN and MMS settings and how do you reset them after rooting and where do you find these settings anyway? I have a Droidx2 and that Gingerbreak 1.2 didn’t root it.

  • Artiebucco22

    Will this process automatically allow me to use my phone as a wi-fi hotpot or will I have to do further programming?

  • Mike H.

    How do I really root my DROID X2, devs?

  • Amber

    idk if its rooting or not all i know is that it has been saying it is rooting for the last 20 mins….help please

  • Tnronin

    anybody know where this gingerbreaker app can be had w/o a virus?
    Infection Details
    URL: http://dl.xda-developers.com/attachdl/e7db5d6104339ded83834ef3e32b1c60/4f6ab0ff/5/7/8/7/7/1/GingerBreak-v1.20.apk|assetsgingerbreak.png
    Process: C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe
    Infection: ELF:Lootor-K [Expl]

  • Whiteybo217

    my charger light is on but the screen wont come on

  • http://twitter.com/wizardprang Wizard Prang

    I have found Pete’s One-click Root to be more than satisfactory.

    If you are rooted at 2.3.4 and are considering the OTA upgrade to 2.3.5, be aware that this upgrade BREAKS ROOT.

    Install Voodoo OTA Rootkeeper (from the Market… er… Play Store), and that will allow you to preserve your root access across the upgrade.

  • Nickorr21

    Does it work wit 2.3.5

  • dustin862

    So do I have to leave my phone plugged into my pc while it roots or am I able to disconnect after I have copied over the rooting program?