Customization is something that you can enjoy when you have an Android device, but before you can do that, you need to achieve root access. XDA Developers member TruEastSydeBoi brings to us a working and easy method to root the Motorola RAZR HD XT925. If you're not familiar with what rooting is, you can read up this rooting guide for your Android device, this layperson’s dictionary of rooting terms, and the ins and outs of rooting, explained for beginners.
Like all rooting methods, however, TruEastSydeBoi's method is not perfect. There is no available rooting method which will allow us to directly root this phone after receiving the Jelly Bean OTA update, but there is a workaround to this problem. You just need to root your phone on while it is still running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and you will retain root when you update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. So, essentially, this guide is less about rooting the phone running on Jelly Bean but more about preserving root while still on ICS.
This guide shows you how to root the RAZR HD XT925.
- The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the Motorola RAZR HD, model number XT925. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
- The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
- Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
- Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.
- Motorola RAZR HD XT925 running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Windows PC
- Handset USB drivers installed on the PC. Download and install the Motorola Drivers (MotorolaDeviceManager_2.3.4.exe, 31.5 MB) to your computer.
- Enable USB debugging on your handset.
- Disable antivirus, firewall, and other security software. Such software can interfere with the procedure in this guide.
- Download the Motorola rooting file to your computer:
- Make sure your device's battery still has at least 70% power. You don't want the device to shut down in the middle of the procedure.
- Backup all personal data on your phone to make sure you have a copy of your personal data (e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.
Rooting on Ice Cream Sandwich
- Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable.
- Windows should detect your phone. If it does not, try to re-install the drivers.
- Extract Droid Razr HD Root.zip to your computer.
- Open the folder where you extracted the file and run the Run.bat file as Administrator.
- Right-click on the Run.bat file and click Run as Administrator.
- Just follow the on-screen instructions and your phone will automatically reboot when it's done.
- Unplug your phone from your computer.
Retain Root After the Jelly Bean OTA update
- Install VooDoo Rootkeeper on your phone.
- Open the app and select Protect Root.
- Select Temp Unroot.
- Apply the Jelly Bean OTA update. Go to Settings > About Phone > System Updates > Download.
- Go back to VooDoo Rootkeeper and select Restore Root.
Congratulations! Your Motorola RAZR HD XT925 has now been rooted. If you've upgraded from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the over-the-air Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, you've also retained root access.